Melinda Hartney

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About Me
What do you do at PCA?: 

I support students in the classroom and also through a Service Learning program with a focus on helping students explore what they want to do after high school.

Describe your Educational Background from High School to where you are now.: 

I graduated from Lake Brantley High School in central Florida and continued to college at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.  My major was a 5-year program in Interior Design in the School of Architecture. 

What inspired you to become a teacher or work in a school if not a teacher?: 

I applied for a Paraprofessional position at PCA a few years ago because I was looking for a way to connect to the PSD school system and work with students. Although this has been my first job at a school, I had directed an after-school enrichment program for at-risk students in Georgia and had experienced being a wife of a teacher for 15 years.

What are some of your hobbies?: 

My hobbies currently center around a goal I made to visit 50 national parks in my 50's to see the natural wonders and treasures of our country.  It is the reason I moved to Colorado and needed my summers off.  One thing it has taught me is that 50 is a large number when you experience travel costs and the size of our country, but it has been life-changing to see and photograph such beauty!   

What was your first job? What did it teach you? : 

After college I was discouraged with the corporate look of my culture so I veered from my major and volunteered with inner city kids in Jacksonville, FL.  Next, I followed them to a camp in Asheville, North Carolina where I supported myself through a small business designing children's clothes and painting wall murals.  Kids in need and entrepreneurial businesses have always been on my path through life.