Many people recognize Melina Nafrada as Homestead’s ASB activities director for the last ten years but she plays another role on campus as well. Mrs. Nafrada is a resource specialist, which is a type of special education teacher. Among the courses she teaches is special education English, learning skills and also contemporary literature with Mrs. Rivera.
Recently Nafrada was awarded the title Certificated Staff Member of the Year by a group of former recipients. Mrs. Nafrada began her path toward becoming a teacher at Chico State where she studied social science. She continued her education at San Jose State to receive her teaching credentials. At first, she planned on becoming a Social Studies teacher but while she was doing her observation hours before entering her credential program she had a change of heart. “When I showed up at the class, I realized it was a special ed class.” she explained. “The mentor teacher threw me into it and told me to give it a try and I ended up loving it so much I changed my focus senior year at Chico to become special ed teacher and not a social studies teacher,” Nafrada added.
Nafrada’s inspiration to become a leadership teacher came from her personal high school experience. “I really loved school, really loved all the activities, loved the teachers that I had; from an early age it was on my mind that I wanted to work in high school.”
In her free time, Nafrada enjoys running with her friends. Since she grew up in an area not far from the bay area, she also loves spending time with family. “There are seven kids in my family so I have a lot of nieces and nephews that I spend a lot of time with,” she said. Nafrada also enjoys spending time with her husband, fellow teacher, Mr. Nafrada and her dog named Lilo.