Meet Our Preschool Team

 

All members of our teaching staff are life-long learners and have a passion for teaching preschoolers!  Our full-time teachers hold a Bachelor's Degree or higher in education.  Teachers attend regular trainings on best practices in the field of Early Childhood Education.  

 

 

Mrs. Cleeves

 

 

My name is Breanna Cleeves and I am the Director of the Little Comets Preschool Programs.  Preschool is such an exciting, impressionable time in a child’s life.  It is a special time when children develop a love for learning.  I am always amazed at the developments that occur over the school year within each child.  Watching our students grow is a favorite part of my job! They are not only learning letters, numbers, and how to write, but are also developing positive attitudes toward independence, exploration, cooperation, motivation, and creativity.  I feel very fortunate to be working amongst a group of supportive, inspiring, early childhood professionals.  What an amazing team I have!    

I obtained my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Spring Arbor Univerisity in 2008 and went on to obtain a Master's Degree in Instruction and Curriculum in Early Childhood Education from Grand Valley State University.  Prior to re-opening Holbrook, I enjoyed teaching preschool in Atlanta and in the Lansing area.  I also taught full-day Kindergarten for four years.  I am very excited about the growth and expansion of our Little Comets Preschool program at our new Delta Mills location!  When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling, boating, shopping, and down-hill skiing.  I have a passion for interior design and enjoy decorating and re-decorating my home in Grand Ledge  My husband and I have two beautiful children who bring so much joy to our lives! 

Hi!  My name is Maria Dionise.  I am the Assistant Director at Delta Mills.  I graduated from Michigan State University in 2012.  I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and Letters with a minor in Education and Spanish.  I am in the process of obtaining a ZA Early Childhood endorsement.  I have always worked in preschool!  During college, I was a preschool aide and in years prior I was a lead teacher at Little Shamrock’s Preschool.  I have been a Lead Teacher at our Holbrook Early Childhood Center since the building opened in 2013.  I am thrilled to be making the move to Assistant Director at Delta Mills Early Childhood Center.  I look forward to sharing my knowledge and excitement for preschool with the early childhood staff.  A few of my favorite things include spending time with my family and friends, MSU football, traveling and going to the movie theatre.

           

Hello, my name is Marnie Choate and I am thrilled to be a full-time Lead Teacher within the Little Comets Preschool Program.  I worked at the Holbrook Early Childhood Center for a year as a Teacher Assistant in the three-year-old class, gaining the experience to now have my own classroom at Delta Mills Early Childhood Center.  I am excited to continue sharing my love for children and watching their minds grow.  I graduated in May of 2015 from Michigan State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a focus in English Language Arts.  While in school, I studied abroad in Ireland, spending two weeks in several elementary schools and also their College of Education.  My family and friends mean the world to me, having that sense of community is everything.  I hope to bring these same values into my classroom and create a sense of family with my students and parents!

Hello, my name is Andrea Hulsey and I am so excited for this new opportunity.  I will be the full-time, part-day Lead Teacher here at Delta Mills.  I worked at Bright Start Preschool as the Associate Teacher in the Great Start Readiness Program and in May of 2017 I graduated from Ferris State University with my Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education.   I am overjoyed to share my passion of teaching children.  I have had many years of student teaching and hands-on experience that has helped sculpt my teaching philosophy.  I believe children learn best in a hands-on, play-based environment.  I value my family and friends and believe that the best relationships have good communication.  Parents are their childrens first teachers and I want to support that, as well as connect with the children and become a family unit.  Looking forward to a magificent school year!