Melissa Nickell

Grant Writer/Admin Support

I was raised in Jerome, Idaho and enjoyed a childhood filled with dairy cows and fields of corn.  Growing up, my mother always taught me to appreciate the magic of imagination and the value of play.  I attended Boise State University where I earned a degree in Business and went on to Northwest Nazarene University to earn my Masters in Business Administration.  My career began when I was 16 years old and took on my first official job as an after-school teacher.  I immediately fell in love with early education and followed a path working in various roles with many different ages and stages of development.  I also spent 7 years working at United Way of Treasure Valley addressing community needs.     

Above all else, I am a mother of four amazing children, two girls and two boys.  As a boy mom, girl mom and twin mom, I know first hand the value of a quality start and the importance their teachers have in their educational journey.  I am passionate about the work Giraffe Laugh does, not just the education for the children they serve, but the flexibility and support they provide to families as they navigate the joyful challenges of work and parenting, myself included!

I have always enjoyed traveling and learning about other cultures from Kenya, Africa to Dublin, Ireland.  I volunteer whenever I can with our children’s schools, serving as an art teacher, classroom volunteer and dance coordinator.  We keep busy with various sports schedules and endless birthday parties.  My greatest joy is in everyday moments with my four kids.

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Giraffe Laugh is a local nonprofit that provides early childhood education and nurturing to 170 Treasure Valley children annually by ensuring school readiness, empowering families, and building strong futures.

Giraffe Laugh has two full-time programs that serve children 0-5 years old, a full-time preschool program that serves children 3.5-5 years old, and a summer program that serves children that are of school-age.