Melva Zapata – Melva was born in Del Rio and moved to Round Rock in 2013. Melva is deaf and uses ASL (American Sign Language) as her primary method of communication. She started working at Emerson Academy in 2013 and her favorite age group is the infants. Melva obtained her Child Development Associate Credential in 2015 and has participated in many trainings such as Conscious Discipline, curriculum development, Emotional Mayhem, Infant, Toddler & Pre-school Early Learning Guidelines and Frog Street Infant Curriculum. She really enjoys working with infants and their families. It lights up her day to see the babies smile and watch her ASL signs. When not teaching at Emerson Academy, Melva likes to spend time with her family, watch movies, and traveling and exploring different states.