Melissa McFarland

Early Learning Coach
Office: Child Study & Development Center, Child Study & Development Center, Durham, NH 03824
Elaine Walczak

Melissa McFarland has a bachelor’s degree in Family Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University. She has spent many years reflecting on her own practice and expanding her toolbox through a multitude of continuing education opportunities. Melissa is credentialed as a master teacher in the state of New Hampshire and has worked in a variety of roles promoting best practices, including as an Early Head Start home visitor, where her primary focus was strengthening parent/child bonds and the understanding of parenting with intention.  She has also worked at the Child Study and Development Center, the early learning laboratory school located at UNH, where she created child led, process-based investigations for infants and toddlers.  In this role, Melissa directly mentored multiple UNH students focusing on the cycle of inquiry and co-collaborating with children. Melisa has presented at the state level providing professional development to fellow practitioners around creating a new vision for our state’s infant programs and has been utilized as a source of knowledge during educational presentations geared towards various cohorts of UNH students. In her role as an instructional coach, Melissa draws upon her years of experience forming collaborative relationships as well as her understanding of best practice, and her true belief that when teachers are brave enough to delve deep, reflect, and try something new, it will result in impactful change.