Phone: 636-479-5200 ext. 5141
Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Melanie Castens
Hi! My name is Melanie Castens and I am excited to be a part of the Taylor Early Childhood Center. I have one brother who is 5 years older than me. After I graduated high school, I attended Jefferson College while working in several daycares/preschools. I have been a childcare director, a preschool teacher with 3-year-olds, two-year-olds, and an infant teacher. After 12 years of working in the childcare field, I decided to go back to school to be a teacher and specialize in Early Childhood Special Education. While I was working on my teaching degree, I worked as a paraprofessional/aide at Festus Elementary school with special education students. I graduated from Missouri Baptist University in 2009 with my teaching degree and was hired by the Dunklin R-5 district. This will be my ninth year of teaching.
I am married to a wonderful man, Larry, who is a railroad laborer. We have one son, Dalton; he is 13 years old and attends Senn Thomas Middle School. We also have two dogs; a puggle and a black lab. My family and I enjoy trail riding four-wheelers and hanging out at Clearwater Lake, where we have a family cabin.
I am so excited to be your child's teacher and for them to be a part of my classroom. I would like to welcome you and your child to the Taylor Early Childhood Center.
A Few of My Favorite Things:
Favorite color: Orange
Favorite Season: Fall
Favorite Food: Pasta Con Broccoli
Favorite Fast Food: Thai Rama
Favorite Drink: Diet Dr. Pepper
Favorite Sport: Volleyball
Favorite Animal: Goat
Favorite Book: How to Eat Fried Worms
Favorite Hobby: Trail Riding and Four Wheelers