Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing SC Teacher certification American Heart Association BLS instructor (FDTC)
Mrs. Melissa Barrera
Welcome to the West Florence High Health Science program. My name is Melissa Barrera. I am a registered nurse that is now trying to teach and mentor future generations of medical professionals. I graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. I have worked most of my patient care career in the areas of intensive care and Labor and Delivery. I also have had experiences in office nursing and school nursing, as well as, an adjunct instructor for Florence Darlington Technical College. I am currently working through FDTC as a BLS instructor.
I have 2 daughters, Mallory and Madelyn, a stepson J.W., and a step-daughter-Ally. Mallory, is 2019 Anderson University grad and a first-grade teacher at Lucy T. Davis; Madelyn, a senior here at WFH; J.W. is in his last year of med school at USC-Greenville, and Ally is a sophomore at Clemson studying Environmental Engineering. All are or will be, WFH graduates. My husband, John, works for GE Healthcare.
My hobbies are painting, making wreaths, sewing, cross-stitch, really anything crafty. I love creativity! (hint for students when working on projects) :)
I have been a health science teacher for FSD1 for 10 years now. I never visioned myself doing this job and for that fact, this long but it is still my passion to inspire the next generation of healthcare professionals and help them to achieve their goals and become outstanding individuals in their field.