My name is Melissa Joyce. I have been in the child care field for 13 years starting off as a caregiver and working my way up to Lead Teacher, Assistant Director and then Director. I earned my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development through Oakland Community College and have also taken classes through Eastern Michigan University and Rasmussen College. I reside in the city of Howell with my boyfriend Tim and his 2 children, Kaelin and Owen. Together we have 3 dogs Rogue, Gambit and Jackson and we also have chickens. I have 2 younger sisters and 3 stepsisters. I have 1 niece named Hailey and I am expecting my first nephew this June! I have a big family with my mother living in Florida, I am fortunate to have my dad and stepmom nearby in Michigan. When I am not working I enjoy reading, kayaking, fishing, camping and I just recently picked up photography. If the weather is nice outside you can find me doing some sort of activity outside. I love to travel and will go anywhere I can. I fell in love with children when I was 14 and started babysitting and when I obtained my first child care job at the age of 17 I knew this is what I wanted to do with my life. Working with children is my passion and knowing I am making a difference in their lives at a young age is very rewarding to me. Plus, you can never have a bad day when a little kid comes in giving you a huge hug! I look forward to meeting you and getting to know your family.
Ms. Elizabeth H.
Assistant Program Director
Hi my name is Elizabeth Hyndman. I have been married to my husband Adam since July 2017. I have a son named Scott who was born in 2006, an angel baby named Zachary who was born in 2012 and passed that same year, a daughter named Emma who was born in 2017 and am expecting another baby in April of 2019! I live in South Lyon, Michigan. I love spending time with my family! I am a Christian, a country and Christian music lover, Red Wing and Chicago Cubs fan! I have been in the Early Childhood Development field since 2001. I have my CDA credential in Infant/Toddler and was a Lead Teacher for 11 years. I moved up into the Assistant Director position in September 2018. I am looking forward to learning and growing with the Gilden Woods families!