My name is Melissa Draxinger. I grew up right here in Leesburg, attended First Baptist Church, and even went to FA in my elementary years. I moved to Birmingham, AL where I graduated from Samford University with a Bachelor’s in Family Studies with a concentration in Child Life. I taught preschool for 5 years at Hand In Hand, an inclusive school that serves children with special needs alongside typically developing children. In 2010, I moved to South Sudan as a missionary, where I taught missionary kids and trained local Sudanese teachers for 2 years. Since then, I obtained my Professional Teaching Certificate, and this will be my 9th year teaching Kindergarten at FA. I look forward to many more years at FA!