Lean In: Melody DeFlorio, associate director

This story is not just about me but also about my husband and our collective decision to lean into new career paths. While I pursued a new job in financial aid in higher education, he became a stay-at-home dad and part-time photographer.


Choosing a kindergarten for my son

This is what I did before I enrolled my son in school: I visited six public schools, two private schools and a special lab school. I scoured the state education database and read as many books, articles and online reviews about those schools as I could find. And I spent several months consulting a countless number of people for advice, including The Orange County Register's education reporters, neighbors, parents and school officials.

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