Melissa Valencia assists Ana Ramirez in the afternoon Globe Willow preprimary (bilingual) class. Melissa was born in Michoacán, Mexico, and is currently living in Lafayette. Her biggest hobby is taking pictures. "I cannot go anywhere without my camera because you never know what can show up and you need to capture it", says Melissa. She also enjoys listening to all kinds of music. Melissa loves to help her mother with her daycare where Melissa plays, dances, and sings Spanish and English songs with the children. Melissa is also very excited to learn more about the Montessori philosophy as she prepares for the birth of her daughter in December.