CREATIVE MINDS PRESCHOOL TEAM
Christie Finnegan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts Management and a minor in Studio Arts from the College of Charleston. She is an experienced childcare professional, small business owner and mother of three daughters. Christie has a passionate understanding for children and has been a preschool teacher for 20 years as well as a skilled art instructor who loves introducing young children to a variety of media.
Amelia Maher is a student currently enrolled at Oceanside Collegiate Academy, and Trident Technical College. She has been working with children from a young age, through babysitting and then later through teaching preschool age children. Amelia is passionate about working with children and creating a fun and safe environment for them to grow. When she’s not busy in the classroom, she’s busy at home with her two young siblings, Athana and Georgie, or in her free time, she’s painting and drawing.
Owner / Founder of Charleston Dance Works
Melissa DiRienzo is the owner and founder of Charleston Dance Works. Melissa has over 17 years of experience teaching all styles of dance to all ages. Melissa started dancing at the age of 2 and has continued to make it her life love and career. Her teaching motto/ mantra/ mission statement is all about bringing technique and fun together as one. Melissa received scholarships to Dance at both Adelphi University and Plymouth State University. She received prestigious dance awards from Plymouth State University as well bachelor’s degrees in Dance and Psychology. Melissa has performed with two professional contemporary dance companies in Boston, MA. She was also named Miss Lakes Region and Miss Winnipesaukee in the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship program. She went on to choreograph for many pageants throughout New Hampshire. She has directed many shows and managed many studios before opening her own studio. Melissa is overjoyed to have her own studio to teach future dancers. Her greatest joy is developing excellent technique as well as a passion and love for dance in her student’s.
Sabrina Clark, MT-BC, NICU-MT has been a board-certified music therapist since March of 2020. She completed her bachelor’s degree in music therapy from The University of Alabama, completing her internship in Fairfax County Public Schools. Her primary instrument is voice, but she is also an accomplished guitarist, pianist, and ukulelist. Her clinical experience includes: working with infants in the NICU, children with Autism, pediatric unit patients, teens with
emotional and behavioral disorders, adult psychiatric intensive care unit patients, adults with varying disabilities, older adults with dementia, and hospice patients. Sabrina enjoys working with all who have a love for music! She is excited to provide music therapy for all in the greater Charleston area. She is First Aid and CPR Certified by the American Red Cross for both children and adults.