Melissa Parker

Department Chair


Child Development

Courses Taught

Curriculum Resources for Early Childhood Programs

A study of the fundamentals of developmentally appropriate curriculum design and implementation in early care and education programs for children.

Child Growth and Development

A study of the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive factors impacting growth and development of children through adolescence.

INRW (face to face, online)

The focus of the course is on applying critical reading skills for organizing, analyzing, and retaining material and developing written work appropriate to the audience, purpose, situation, and length of the assignment. The course integrates preparation in basic academic reading skills with basic skills in writing a variety of academic essays.

STSK/Learning Frameworks (face to face, online)

This course focuses on the psychology of learning and success, and it examines factors that underlie learning, success, and personal development in higher education.

Engl 1301

Intensive study of and practice in writing processes, from invention and researching to drafting, revising, and editing, both individual and collaboratively. Emphasis on effective rhetorical choices, including audience, purpose, arrangement, and style. Focus on writing the academic essay as a vehicle for learning, communicating, and critical analysis.


MA, English 2020, Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ

MS, Early Childhood Studies 2020, Walden University, Minneapolis, MN

DBA, Social Change (ABD) 2015, Walden University, Minneapolis, MN

MA, Psychology 1996,  University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton, TX

BA, Religious Education 1993, Howard Payne University, Brownwood, TX

Teaching Experience

A strong motivator for me to teach is helping people become more proficient and successful in my areas of expertise, and in the areas that learners choose to grow professionally and academically. It is enriching to watch students build their confidence and skill level in the classroom to take out into the professional realm. With a strong belief that education is the key to overcoming many of life’s issues including poverty, abuse, generational welfare and low self-esteem, educators play a crucial and critical role to helping individuals and societies advance and become more stable.


I believe that professors and instructors who invest in students and their development will create a culture of trust and respect in the classroom that is foundational for success. I am a reflective listener, and ask meaningful questions in class to help students absorb and master course room objectives. By using relevant course work and asking questions related to current events, students are able to see the real life practical use of the work that they do. I provide numerous learning opportunities through different teaching methods to appeal to each learning style and allow students to be successful and retain information.

Professional Experience

Grace Discovery Center, Owner, Early Childhood Program March 2015 to present

Belton Christian Youth Center, Executive Director, May 2001 to February 2015

  • Administration of 20 – 50 employees, overseeing payroll, benefits, job performance, hiring and firing as needed; counseling employees on personal and employment issues
  • Teaching/mentoring high school and college aged student on career development
  • Counseling children and adults on behavioral and educational issues
  • Development of a million dollar capital campaign resulting in a new building for students
  • Implementation of hundreds of programs relating to interests/need such as: devotionals and Bible based activities, arts and crafts camps, educational based field trips, wellness programs, tutoring and mentoring
  • Highly efficient at cost reduction, streamlining staff and related expenses, best purchasing
  • Successful development of networking efforts and community partnerships to accentuate program areas
  • Establishment of all job descriptions and policies and procedures for the organization; highly effective at identifying skills/interests and creating appropriate positions/personnel transition
  • Coordination effort with architects/contractors, donors, and board to create a 9,987 sf building
  • Replaced entire transportation fleet with safer, more reliable vans and buses
  • Upgraded entire communications package (e.g. phones, paging system, website, network, and parent notification call program) to provide maximum safety and security for students
  • Oversaw all fundraising and development efforts, equaling over one million dollars
  • Assessed needs of low income/indigent families, dispersing scholarship funds as appropriate
  • Facilitated partnership with Boys and Girls Club of America,
  • Acquired funding to produce meal and snack for all students daily, serving 3000 meals monthly
  • Service minded with compassionate heart for students and their families

Temple Housing Authority, Kaleidoscope Director, January 2000 – May 2001

  • Consultant to the organization in the childcare industry
  • Assisted in the development of a new childcare center structuring building and equipment to meet DPRS Minimum Standards
  • Hired and trained the inaugural staff of 30 – 40 employees
  • Acquisition and sustenance of Child Care Management Service Contract
  • Counseling low income families on life skills and budgetary processes
  • Instructing adult learners on appropriate development levels for children and adults
  • Positive cash flow within 6 months of opening
  • Researched and purchased all office, kitchen, and classroom equipment and furniture
  • Development and implementation of food service contract
  • Positive customer service with highly aggressive clientele, mediating as necessary

Immanuel Baptist Church, CDC Director, May 1994 – December 1999

  • Moved Child Development Center from a negative balance to positive cash flow, 200% increase, in first six-month period
  • Seminar instructor on development and appropriate activities for children
  • Remodeled all (15) classrooms, purchasing equipment and coordinating contractor work
  • Successful creation and implementation for grant funded playground environment
  • Responsible for fundraising and development efforts
  • Training and counseling staff, children and parents
  • Implemented multiple special programs and activities
  • Coordinated room use with church staff to maximize shared space
Professional Presentations

Early Childhood Development Courses 2001-2002, Temple College, TX

Classroom Techniques Courses 1994 - 2000, Immanuel Baptist Child Development Center, Temple, TX

Discipline 2001 - 2015, Belton Christian Youth Center, Belton, TX

Classroom Arrangement 1994 - 2000, Immanuel Baptist Child Development Center, Temple, TX

Reflective Listening Ongoing, Belton Christian Youth Center, Belton, TX

Open Ended Questioning 2001 - 2015, Belton Christian Youth Center, Belton, TX

Developmental Milestones 2006, First Baptist Church, Temple, TX


Deans List 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993

Presidents List 1991, 1992, 1993

Melissa Parker Named Scholarship 2014

Glynda Parker Nursing Named Scholarship – Temple College 2019

Research Interests

Social Change


Business Administration Studies

Business Operations

Information Systems Management

Strategic Marketing


Building Sustainable Organizations

Financial Management

Business Strategy and Innovation

Applied Quantitative Research Methods

Applied Qualitative Research Methods

Business Analysis

Quantitative Decision Making



Law and Compliance

Building Partnerships

Streamlining and Efficiency

Cost Reduction

Revenue Building


Biblical Languages

Art and Design

Music Theory and Appreciation

Group Counseling Techniques

Play and Learning for Preschoolers

DAP for Preschoolers

Preschool Environments

Research/ Advocacy in Early Childhood

Impact of Current Issues and Trends i

Resources and Support

Child Development Theories

Cultures Influence on Development

Supporting Exceptional Children

Observation and Assessment

Child Development Continuum

Culturally Responsive Practice

Impact of Bias

Access, Equity and Promoting Change

Collaborating with Governments

History and Evolution of Early Childhood


Systems Perspective

Research Methodologies and Proposals

Families and Communities

Curriculum Models

Writing Theory: An Applied Approach to Rhetoric and Composition

Social/Technological Contexts of Writing

Applied Theories of Rhetoric and Organizational Communication

Multimedia Writing: Creating a Campaign for Social Media

Critical Practices Teaching Literature

Pedagogy for Higher Education

Grant Writing

Instructional Methods in Higher Ed