Guides at Solvit Academy act as gamemakers who propose exciting challenges, set and hold boundaries, and invite Voyagers to embark on life-changing adventures. Guides have little in common with traditional teachers, and more closely resemble a coach or facilitator. Guides offer frameworks, systems, and boundaries within which Voyagers work to find a calling that will change the world.
Melissa comes to Solvit Academy with a passion and desire to see children learn, grow, and become a difference maker in the world around them. She is so excited and honored to be a small puzzle piece in the lives of all those who enter the Spark Studio. As the K-1 Guide, it is her goal to help children find academic success and, even more importantly, serve as an encourager and guiding light as children begin to embark on their own “Hero’s Journey”.
Melissa graduated from Millersville University in 2009 with a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education (K-6) and an Early Childhood Certification. The science behind a child’s brain development, and the philosophies surrounding best practice in the early childhood years, quickly became a passion of hers. Upon graduation, she worked in the public-school system as a Kindergarten and 1st Grade Teacher for five years. During this time, she went back to Millersville University and started working towards a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood, which only furthered her love for educating this specific age group. When her daughter was born, she decided to take a small hiatus from teaching in order to stay at home. Although Melissa absolutely loved the quality time spent with her daughter during those younger years, as that stage of life was coming to an end, there was a stirring in her heart to follow her life’s calling once more– educating and impacting the lives of children.
Melissa lives in Mount Joy with her husband, Ryan, and their daughter, Cella. As a family of educators, finding a quality program with the philosophies and core beliefs that Solvit Academy encompasses were incredibly important to them, which is why they are so excited that Cella will also be joining Solvit Academy as a Voyager in the Exploration Studio.
Melissa believes every child is valuable, every child can accomplish great things, and every child has a gift within him/her that can make a difference in the world, no matter how big or small. She looks forward to walking alongside your family as you, and your child, begin this amazing journey.
Lexi is joining Solvit Academy with an excitement and passion for guiding and supporting young learners as they embark on a Hero’s Journey. She believes that supporting a learner’s natural inquiry and providing opportunities for authentic learning experiences are essential to celebrating each individual child’s learning and growth. As the 2-5 Guide, Lexi’s focus and ultimate goal is for all Exploration Studio Voyagers to develop and continue to build upon their own repertoire of tools and resources as they continue to grow into successful, thriving young adults.
Lexi graduated from Millersville University in 2017 with a B.S. Degree in Early Childhood Education as well as an Integrated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education Methods Endorsement. Upon graduation, she worked in the public school-system and has experience working directly with students K-5 as well as working as a Title 1 Support Teacher to provide additional supports to K-1 learners.
Lexi is overwhelmed with excitement to be a part of such a strong, dedicated team of Solvit guides and leaders! She has always found such joy in guiding the exploration and discovery of young learners and is ecstatic to be a part of the Solvit Team. Lexi believes every child possesses their own unique potential to create, collaborate, and make a difference in the world around them.
Julie believes that the most important part of any PE program is for it to be fun! Her goal is to equip and inspire Voyagers so that they learn about teamwork, sportsmanship, and the importance of leading an active, healthy lifestyle. At Solvit, we believe that PE should encompass a broad array of activities that will include all of the usual games plus bicycle safety, juggling, cup stacking, Star Wars dodgeball, dance, and much more. Julie really gets into the holidays, so you will find many of her activities to be seasonally themed and accompanied to music. It’s this infusion of fun that led to her being named a Lancaster-Lebanon PE Teacher of the Year.
In her spare time, you can find Julie riding her bike on rail to trails or spending time with her grandchildren. She lives in Ronks with her husband Jim, with whom she just celebrated 40 years of marriage.
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