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About Michelle

Michelle’s passion to make a difference in the lives of families inspired her to create / establish her business, Adventures with Mel as every day should be an “Adventure in Learning”.  Michelle has over 30 years of experience in Early Childhood development teaching, Storytelling, Program / Event Planning. She plans / Implements Programs for all age Groups Birth - Adult and is passionate about Beginning Emergent Literacy Skills and Instilling a Lifelong Love of Reading and Learning. 

Adventures with Mel was inspired by her passion to create a learning experience that was adventurous for all age groups. Her unique presentations / programs create a personal experience / connection which inspires creativity and learning.


Michelle has two children who are now adults, daughter, Crystal Forde, Human Resources Administrator, and son, Heath Forde, who serves as a First Lieutenant Officer in the United States Army.


Michelle resides in Fernandina Beach, Florida with her spouse of 34 years, Randy Forde. They enjoy being in the mountains whenever possible lounging beside the riverbank reading, writing children’s books, walking, and riding their bicycles on the Amelia Island Bike Trails.

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