Seventh in the 2017-18 New Staff Series


Melissa Kress

Instructional Assistant


Hometown: Lancaster

High School: Lancaster

College: in 2003, she earned her Associate of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice. In 2018, she will earn her Bachelor’s in Human Services from Upper Iowa University.

Previous employment: Prior to Mineral Point, she worked in Belmont as a Teachers’ Aide and Special Education Paraprofessional, as well as in the City of Platteville as a telecommunications clerk. She has also been previously employed at Maple Street Kids Daycare in Lancaster.

Hobbies/Free time interests: Family time, spending time outdoors doing anything, or on the trails, baking, cooking, hosting cookouts and family events, photography, playing volleyball, playing cards/games, and just about anything else.

Spouse/children names?: My children are Sophia and Logan Kress.  Sophia is in 5th grade and Logan is in 4th grade.

What attracted you to apply at MP Schools?: I have always heard good things about the Mineral Point School District and curriculum knowing they want the best teachers for their students.  It is also a school I would send my own children to.

Quotable: I have worked with students with all ranges of physical, cognitive, emotional, or learning disabilities. I’ve worked with students that need a break after struggling with something, so we take a walk around and do exercises or other strategies so we can return to the classroom setting.

Communication is key with anyone you work with and any age.  Depending on the situation, and who I am talking to, I have the ability to be kind, compassionate, and understanding of children in situations, as well as; being firm and authoritative.  I am level-headed in all situations, and do not fluster easily.  I do ask questions when I am not sure of something.  I have a great, friendly, and outgoing personality, and I am easy to talk to, which makes me approachable.  I always wear a smile.