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University of Minnesota Duluth

UMD Children's Place

The College of Education & Human Service Professions

UMD Children's Place: 260 Kirby Plaza, 1208 Kirby Drive, Duluth, MN 55812; (218) 726-6727, Email:

Children's Place Staff


Melissa Severson

  • Preschool Educator

About Melissa


I’m Melissa!  I was born and raised in Hermantown, MN!  I started getting interested in working with children my junior year of high school.  I had an opportunity to take college classes, and be a “college student” at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College while still in high school.  After a few short weeks of taking classes I knew that the Early Childhood field was just for me!  While attending WITC I was also given the wonderful opportunity to be a student representative for the Early Childhood Advisory Committee.  I graduated from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College with an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education in December of 2010, and proceeded to substitute in various early childhood programs in the area, as well as continued to nanny for a family.

Any free time that I have, I love to go to our family cabin with my family and friends!  My favorite part of being at the cabin is fishing, the campfires, and all the laughs and memories that we make!  I am also a fan of stock car racing!  It is an important hobby for my family and me!  Besides that I love to spend time outside enjoying what Duluth and the surrounding area has to offer!

I am very excited for this great opportunity and cannot wait to get to know you and your families!