Elissa’s passion and success in her Early Childhood Development career find their roots in her time at MICC when she began working at a preschool. “I started volunteering my time when I was a part of MICC,” she explains, “and then they hired me two years later and I had fell in love with the job.” Knowing that a degree is required to work with young children, Elissa knew that her years at MICC were to prepare her for pursuing her associate degree one day. MICC prepared her to succeed at Liberty by strengthening her time management and organizational skills which Elissa claims was most important when balancing her classes and work schedule.
The experience was immediately different as she wasn’t as active on campus, “I was working at the preschool Wooddale Academy at the time while doing my school online. So, I took one class at a time.” Like many participants in the College program, Elissa lived in the on-campus apartments for all three years at MICC. She mentioned that her apartment mentor, Julia Smith, was a significant support for her throughout her journey, saying, “She was my mentor for all three years. She encouraged me spiritually; she had this great spirit in her that I admire in her.”
Passionate about working with children and excited about the opportunities her journey with MICC and Liberty University have prepared her for, Elissa is ready for the next steps in life. Currently, she works at Wooddale Academy in Eden Prairie with students aged 3-4 and enjoys helping with art projects the most. When considering what the future has in store for her, Elissa shares that she thinks, “What's next for me is to be an assistant teacher along with doing mission work too. I think God has really nudged my spirit to go to do mission work too.” She would like to thank her friends Bang Schneider, Erin Manoles, Courtney, Ashley, Jeremy, Elizabeth, and all her coworkers at Wooddale Academy for their support now and moving forward. Everyone at MICC is very proud of Elissa’s accomplishments and wishes her the best of luck moving forward. Congratulations Elissa!
Minnesota Independence College & Community is a 501(c)3 nonprofit vocational and life skills training program for young adults with learning differences and autism spectrum disorders. Since our founding in 1996, MICC has remained dedicated to helping our students make successful transitions towards independent living and self sufficiency. MICC is proud to be recognized as one of the Top Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune.