Maeleesa Strong is a central Florida native who was raised in Lake Wales. After completing high school, she attended and graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Development, followed by a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership: Higher Education/Student Personnel. Since elementary school, Maeleesa has always had a strong passion for education. She began her professional career as a teacher’s aide, which then led to her becoming a certified classroom teacher for five years. While teaching, Maeleesa also spent time coaching girls JV volleyball, cross country, girls weightlifting, and girls JV basketball at her alma mater, Lake Wales Senior High School. Maeleesa recently began her career in Academic Advising here at USF in March of 2020 working with the Department of Chemistry as a Biomedical Sciences advisor. In her spare time, Maeleesa loves watching football and basketball, listening to music, watching Food Network, and spending time with family and friends.