Founder and Head Teacher, Melissa Sheppard has 19 years experience as a preschool teacher and has her CDA in Early Childhood Education. She is a Second Level Nature School Teacher certified with the Eastern Regional Association of Forest and Nature Schools, a Certified Waldorf Early Childhood Education Teacher, a graduate of LifeWays North America's Early Childhood Program and a National Geographic Certified Educator. Melissa obtained her A.A.S in Fashion Merchandise and Marketing in 1995 through Berkeley College and attended the Fashion Institute of Paris. Finding the fashion world too superficial she returned to her first love, Early Childhood Education, in 2000. Growing up near woods and stream a connection to nature was made at an early age. A deep respect for children and understanding the benefits of a nature immersive program Star Child Nature School was founded to offer a place to enjoy the early years of childhood and connect to nature through imaginative and creative learning that develops the whole child.
Kelly joined Star Child in the Fall of 2018 and is a firm believer in the importance of the outdoors, nature and free, creative play in the lives of young children. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and has her A.S. degree in Nutrition. A natural teacher, Kelly has a nurturing and calm disposition, warm smile and the ability to ask perfectly open ended questions that promote thought, wonder and imagination.
Jenn has her BA in Psychology and her MEd in Special Education. She is currently enrolled in Logan University's Master's of Nutritional and Human Performance program to become a Certified Clinical Nutritionist. With an understanding of the physiological and psychological benefits of yoga it is important to Jenn to create classes accessible to all ages and abilities. A Certified Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, completing her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training and certified through Kidding Around Yoga Jenn brings a joyful, creative and imaginative approach to teaching yoga to young children. Focusing on mindfulness, strength, coordination, body awareness, concentration her students have fun while finding calm. Acceptance of others, kindness and compassion are at the heart of each class as Jenn reminds us that "Peace begins with me" In addition to Star Child Jenn can be found teaching at The Schoolhouse Nursery School and Kindergarten, Yoga Revive and Burn Boot Camp. She also hosts private classes, special events and birthday parties.
Tell me and I'll forget; Show me and I may remember; Involve me and I'll understand
Star Child School LLC staff are CPR, AED and First Aid Certified