Nursery Staff

Ms. Astrid

My name is Astrid Blanco. I have been working the church nursery for over seven years. I have been working with children for more than ten years. I have been a member of the church since August 2008 after working with the children. I saw how they grow in faith and that is what inspired me to become a member.
Our Mission is to have a safe and nuturing environment for the children and parents. And also to teach our youngest children about God’s great big love for them and to build a relationship with them.

Ms. Melanie

My name is Melanie Baez and I was born in Columbia, South Carolina in 1993. I am part of a military family, so we moved from place to place when I was younger. However, I have been living in Homestead for 17 years and have had the blessing of working at FUMC for almost 3 years. I have always loved children and have worked with organizations, such as Best Buddies International and the YMCA, that are centered around building children’s character, teamwork skills, and friendships.
I studied at Miami Dade’s Honors College for two years and am currently a student at Florida International University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics and Nutrition. My time at the nursery has inspired me to seek a career in Pediatric Nutrition and has also brought me closer to God. My mission is to continue to bring the best quality care to our church. Helping the children to build a relationship with the Lord while having fun is our goal as a nursery.

Ms. Esther

My name is Miss Esther Treto and this is my second year as a part-time child-care aide. Previously, I was a tutor and I volunteered for the Title I Migrant Education Program which assisted students that attended Mandarin Lakes K-8 and the other schools in the Homestead area.
I have begun working towards my degree in Exceptional Student Education; I plan to graduate from Miami Dade College with my bachelor’s degree. I am an outgoing person and love working with children. I believe children should start early to prepare themselves for an educational setting.
I work with in nursery care for children usually from 0 months to three years old, either in the morning or the afternoon. As part of the team, I play an important role in helping children to learn about the wider world, develop their social and learning skills and prepare them to move on to the older classes. I also work closely with parents and caregivers, keeping them up-to-date on a variety of issues to make sure that their children enjoy a fun, safe and caring environment.