Thriving on a strong foundation

Rebecca Kelley

Fri November 22, 2013 2:07pm

When Aaron and Melissa Partch built their home in Otay Ranch nearly a decade ago, a strong foundation was needed.
Before any walls went up or windows went in, Aaron and Melissa looked closely at where and how their home was being built. Was it solid concrete? Were there apparent cracks?
Paralleling the strong foundation of their home, Aaron Partch has a strong foundation in all other aspects of his life. His faith, his family and his job.
Aaron Partch is like most of us; he’s a transplant. He served our country in the U.S. Navy, attended Southwestern College and then received his teaching degree from San Diego State University. That’s where he met his wife (who happens to be a fourth generation Chula Vistan), Melissa.
Melissa already had the community “foundation” that Aaron was yearning for. When Aaron and Melissa married, Aaron became a father to Andrew and Michael. Aaron and Melissa then expanded their family with the births of Anthony and Melia.
One area where most of us differ from Aaron Partch is the upbringing of their children. What is fascinating to me as a working mother and wife is that Aaron put his career as a teacher on hold to be a stay-at-home dad for five years.
 He was the parent who changed Anthony and Melia’s diapers. He was the parent who took Anthony and Melia to Romper Room during the day. He was the parent you’d see in the library for reading time.
With the Christmas season coming up, Aaron mentioned that his life quote is John 3:16 from the Bible: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
“The holidays are what bring people together, but for me, it’s about God all year long. My faith is leak-free. I’ve been a member of Concordia Lutheran Church for many years, years before the church moved to Otay Ranch,” Aaron said.
Aaron is the associate director of Concordia Lutheran Church’s preschool and also the kindergarten teacher. “Being an educator, it’s about making sure our youth acquire a strong educational foundation which they can carry with them throughout their lives. Kindergarten teachers, in fact all teachers, are critical to our society. We ensure that youth have a strong foundation.”
When Aaron isn’t teaching kids at Concordia Lutheran Church & Preschool, he and his family enjoy bike riding and hiking. Melissa Partch is a teacher at Kellogg Elementary, Andrew attends UCSD, Michael is at Olympian High School, and Antony and Melia are at Veterans Elementary School. For more information about Concordia Lutheran Church & Preschool, visit their website at