Teaching Teams

Strengthening the Home to School Connection

Fay Miller Center - Room A

With a passion for educating children and learning, LULAC’s highly qualified teachers welcome you to their classrooms!

Melissa Orrino
Head Teacher

I have been working in the early childhood field since 2003. I started my journey with LULAC in February of 2020 as a Head Teacher. In the past, I have worked with infant/toddler and preschool age children. I really enjoy working with any age group. In my free time, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my son and family. Our favorite thing to do as a family is to go on hikes and play at the playground.

Elizabeth Mercado

Hello! My name is Elizabeth Mercado. I have been working at LULAC for 12 years. I work as a Teacher with infants and toddlers. I really enjoy working with children. I love interacting with them and just seeing them, smile brightens my day. I also have two beautiful kids. I'm currently taking classes towards my Associates in Early Childhood Education. My goal is to continue my education by pursuing a Bachelor's and Master’s. I'm currently working in Room A. I'm so excited to be a part of LULAC Head Start Program.

Minna White-Gomes
Teacher Assistant

Hi! My name is Minna White. I’ve been a Teacher Assistant at LULAC Head Start since July 2016. I’ve worked in early childhood with infants and toddler since February 1999 at other daycare centers in New Haven. I really enjoy working with infants/toddlers and watching as they reach each milestone in their development. I enjoy watching movies, playing games, and eating great meals with my family. One of my favorite books that I like to read to the children is "Owl Babies" by Martin Waddell. I also like reading Eric Carle books to the children. I really enjoy what I do as a childcare provider. The work I do with children is challenging at times but very rewarding to me.