• VOLTA program in Forest Park

    My name is Melanie West and I love teaching Kindergarten!  I was so happy to join the Wilkinson Early Childhood Center family fall 2017 after graduating from Webster University with my Master of Arts in Teaching in Early Childhood Education.  I’ve spent the past 13 years in education, five as a Parents as Teachers Home Visitor, six supporting children with special needs in general education classrooms, and two years as a Wilkie Bear Kindergarten teacher!

    The capabilities of young children always amaze and I’m grateful to be able to support our unique learners in their growth.  I believe a classroom should be a caring, predictable, and encouraging community.  Learning at this age encompasses social-emotional, cognitive, and fine and gross motor development.

    My oldest daughter just began 3rd grade and her little sister will be a P4 Wilkie bear this year!  They keep my husband and me very busy and our house filled with laughter and just the right amount of chaos.