Jessica (Director) lives in Royal Oak with her daughter. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, jewelry making, reading, traveling, and spending time outdoors.

She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Mathematics and a Masters in Math Education that she used during her seven years of classroom teaching experience.  She joined Olive Branch in 2014 and continues to pursue content in Early Childhood.  She loves spending time with the staff and children, the diversity of each day, and experiencing the joy children have as they learn and grow.

Karen (Pre-K Lead Teacher) lives in Hazel Park with her husband and has a son and a daughter and new grandson. She enjoys games, sports and puzzles and loves Snoopy.

She worked for 11 years in early childhood prior to joining our staff.  She has an Associates Degree and has been on staff at Olive Branch since 2005. As head teacher, she loves interacting with different people and experiencing her students’ light-bulb moments when they learn new things.

Mareta (Pre-K Teacher) lives in Ferndale with her husband and has three children.  She loves decorating, doing yoga, and loves her pet Zoey.

She has 20 years of childcare experience all used at Olive Branch since 1998.  She loves the kids the most and enjoys helping parents and being a positive influence in young lives.

Brigette (Pre-K Teacher) lives in Detroit.  She has a daughter and a grandson and enjoys spending time with her family, doing yoga and shopping.

She has over 14 years of experience in childcare and has been on staff at Olive Branch since 2007. Her work with the pre-K children brings her joy because she loves seeing them mature into school-age children ready for the classroom.

Diane (Pre-K and Older Infant Teacher) lives in Royal Oak with her husband and has four adult children.  She spends her free time crocheting, reading, walking or enjoying time with her two grandsons.

After many years of taking in children at her home, she has been caring for them at Olive Branch instead since 2003.  She enjoys the opportunity to be refreshed by seeing the world though children’s eyes and especially loves watching their discovery and milestones.

Trissa (Preschool Lead Teacher) lives in Oak Park with her husband and has four children.  She enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with her family and pets.

She has been working with children since she started babysitting at age 11.  She is certified in early childhood and has been working at Olive branch since 2001.  She enjoys interacting with the children and helping them achieve new goals.

 Vikki (Preschool Teacher) lives in Hazel Park with her husband and has two children and one grandchild.  She enjoys watching soccer, gardening, crocheting and spending time with her grandchild.

She has 31 years of experience in childcare and has been at Olive Branch most recently since 2001 but had worked at the center previous years also. The joy of helping children learn and experience new things through play makes this job gratifying.

Shawn (Preschool/Pre-K Teacher) lives in Royal Oak with her three sons. She loves spending time with her family and friends which often includes going to games to watch her sons play sports.

She has 24 years of experience working with children and has worked since 2006 at Olive Branch. She has worked with many different age groups and loves working with the children each day. 

Cheryl (Toddler Teacher) lives in Troy with her husband and has one daughter.  She likes to camp and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Since 1986, she has faithfully served the children and families at Olive Branch.  She loves the children, especially their smiles, laughter, and hugs.

Asalya (Toddler and Float Teacher) lives in Detroit with her family and enjoys many things like baking, sewing, traveling, drawing and reading.

She has worked with children babysitting through high school and made the move to more structured child care in our center in 2018.  She is excited to know the kids and staff.

Candia (Older Infant Lead Teacher) has lived in Royal Oak for her whole life.  She loves the zoo and spending time with her sisters, brother, parents, and two nephews.

She has an associates degree in early childhood and began working here as a high schooler in 1999, earning her many years on staff at Olive Branch.  She loves her colleagues and the parents and children with which she works.

Ryan (Toddler and Older Infant Teacher) lives locally with her two sons and boyfriend and enjoys going to tea shops and thrift stores, reading and music.

She has had one year of experience with children, but grew up with her mom in the early childhood profession.  She was new to Olive Branch late in 2019. She likes being able to watch the children learn as she works here at the center.

Loventry (Young Infant Lead Teacher) lives in Oak Park and is a mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She loves music and sports and especially enjoys football.

She is currently completing a degree in Mental Health Social Work and worked in adult education before joining Olive Branch in 1997.  She enjoys working with children and interacting with families especially as a support and positive influence in their lives.

Gina (Infant Teacher) lives in Oak Park with her husband and has two children.  She enjoys spending time with her family and watching great movies from time to time.

She has been working at Olive Branch most recently since 2010, but had also worked previously at our center and thoroughly a enjoys her time here.  She values her role as a help to parents and seeing the babies she cares for make great developmental strides.

Cynthia (Younger Infant Teacher) lives in Royal Oak and enjoys going to church.  She loves meeting her friends at church each week and enjoys the pastor.

She has been working at Olive Branch since 2000 and she most enjoys interacting with the children and families, especially talking with the parents each day.

Paris (Float Teacher) lives in Highland Park and enjoys cooking and going to the beach.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends.

She has been working with children for about a year and joined Olive Branch in late fall of 2020. She enjoys working with the children and playing with them.

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