• Tree  Welcome to our Pre-kindergarten page!

    Enrollment questions? Please call our office at 410-658-5925 or visit the CCPS prekindergarten page.





Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Melissa Kananen

Hi everyone! Welcome to Pre-Kindergarten! I am a graduate of the University of Delaware with degrees in Elementary and Special Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. I have been teaching for over 23 years with the past 12 years being here at RSES!

I have taught 5th Grade Resource and 1st Grade Self-Contained in Delaware. Here at Rising Sun I have taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade as an inclusion teacher, 1st Grade General Education and for the past few years, Pre-Kindergarten. I love teaching Pre-Kindergarten here at RSES!

I live in Chester County, PA with my fiancé Brian and our 3 dogs; Eddie, Mozart and Fresno. I have 2 children; Meredith, a labor and delivery nurse, and Michael, an Athletic Training student at Penn State University.

Phone: 410-658-5925


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Melissa Murphy

Hello RSES Pre-K families! I am so excited to begin my 15th year teaching at Rising Sun Elementary! I spent the first 12 years at RSES teaching Kindergarten and am beginning my third year in our full-day Pre-K program.

I am a Perryville High School graduate and earned my teaching certificate and Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Towson University. I also earned my Master’s degree from Walden University in Curriculum and Instruction. I worked at The Goddard School as the Head Teacher in the 3’s class and spent my college years working at the Towson University Daycare Center.

I currently live in Harford County with my husband, Tim, our two children, Rylan and Gwen, and our dog, Bella. In my free time, you can usually find me at taekwondo or gymnastics! We also enjoy swimming, kayaking, and watching movies together for fun. I also love to read!

I am looking forward to a great year getting to know your kiddos and helping them kick off their school experience!