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 University 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 theater.

           

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 Dehring and I am so excited for this new school year. I will be a Full Day Lead Teacher within the Little Comets Preschool Program at Delta Mills! I am overjoyed to share my passion of teaching children with the community in this role. This is my second year as a Lead Teacher with the Little Comets Preschool Program.  In May of 2017 I graduated from Ferris State University with my Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. I have had many years of student teaching and hands-on experience, which 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 children's first teachers and I want to support that as well as connect with the children and become a family unit. Looking forward to a magnificent school year together!

             

Hi! My name is Jessica Cornman and I am thrilled to be part of the Little Comets Preschool teaching staff! I have been incredibly blessed to discover my passion for Early Childhood Education after a successful career in Communications and Graphic Design. My original Bachelor’s Degree is from Grand Valley State University (Go Lakers!) in Communications and I have completed Early Childhood Education coursework at Central Michigan University. After raising my own preschoolers into successful grade schoolers, I realized I belonged in a classroom and preferably with young children. I truly believe in the magic and joy that can be preschool! These little minds are soaking in so much valuable information to carry them on to the rest of their lives. If I can have a small part in launching them forward, then I have lived my purpose. When I am not thinking about my class and planning creative activities, I live for my family: My husband, Tim, is a teacher and coach. My oldest son, Drew, is a sophomore at GLHS, my middle son is Alex, a seventh grader, and my daughter, Addison, is a fourth grader. I can’t forget my spoiled yorkie, Kai. We love watching sports, playing sports, taking walks in our neighborhood, doing crafts, baking and sometimes just lounging around all together. I am a crazy reader – I read every single day. I also love to knit and crochet. I feel so fortunate to be part of this amazing school!!

            

Hello, my name is Janna Sherwood and I’m so excited to be a full time Lead Teacher in the Delta Mills Two’s Classroom for the Summer Program as well as for the 2018-2019 school year! I was a TA in a 3/4’s classroom at Delta Mills this past year and while I’ve learned countless things, the biggest one is that my love for teaching and positively impacting young minds only gets greater! I graduated from Michigan State University in 2008 with my Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. A few years later, I felt as though I was meant to be in the classroom, surrounded by children and began a whole different path in Education. I’m currently working on finishing up my second Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education with an English Minor and a Social Studies Endorsement from Michigan State University. Spartan Forever! Being able to help contribute to my student’s educational journey is such a fulfilling thing! I feel so fortunate to have found where my passion truly lies and feel that I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be!

While teaching is a big part of my world, my family and friends make up the rest! My husband, Dan and I will be celebrating our 5th Wedding Anniversary this fall! We have a son, Gannon, he is one! I am amazed by him every day and feel so blessed to be his Momma. I love adventure, camping, traveling and making memories!

 

            

Hello! My name is Emily Love and I am so excited to be a one of the Co-Lead Teacher’s for the Two’s Classroom at Delta Mills Early Childhood Center! During the 2017-2018 school year I worked as a morning Teacher’s Assistant at Delta Mills and I just fell in love with my job! I am delighted to share my passion for teaching children and take on this new role of being a Lead Teacher. I graduated from Grand Ledge High School in 2015 and I’m currently attending Lansing Community College. I’m working towards my Associate’s Degree in Child Development and will have that completed in December 2019. I plan to attend the University Center at LCC to obtain my Bachelor’s Degree. Throughout all of my experiences I have discovered my own teaching style. I believe that children learn best through hands on experiences and through play. It is so rewarding to see children learn new things on their own and see the smile on their faces when they enjoy learning. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I got engaged to my high school sweetheart, Tyler, in March 2018 and we are excited to be planning our wedding together, and starting the next chapter of our lives! I also enjoy reading, coloring, crafting and spending time up north. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year together!