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New Staff Member Spotlight: Melissa Placek, After School Education Program Coordinator

Where are you originally from?

I am a native of El Dorado County, I was born and raised in Placerville and now live in Rescue with my husband and two sons.

What were you involved with before starting with Hands4Hope?

I have worked most of my adult life in the field of education. For the last 16 years I have worked at California Montessori Project where I have been: before and after school program support, a teaching assistant, team teacher, and the schools library tech.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love to cook and bake!! I am always looking for new recipes to try. In the summer, I enjoy spending time 4-wheeling and camping in the mountains and watching my sons compete for the Dry Diggins Dolphins. In the fall, you'll find me cheering on my husband as he coaches Varsity football most Friday nights.

What goals do you have for your work with Hands4Hope?

My goal is to help the education program grow and mentor our youth leadership in achieving their long term goals.

What are you most looking forward to in working with Hands4Hope?

I am looking forward to my role in helping the youth in our community grow in their service minded pursuits. My family has instilled a love for service in me and I want to pass that joy along to others. It is always such a good feeling to know you are helping make a difference in the community.

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