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.

Laura (Assistant Director) has lived in Royal Oak her whole life.  She has three children and loves Broadway theater, spending time outdoors and going to concerts.

Her Bachelor’s degree is in Early Childhood Development and she has been employed at Olive Branch since 2012 as Assistant Director, and she loves being able to create a home away from home for so many amazing families.

 

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.

 Matt (Pre-K Teacher) lives in Livonia and enjoys playing darts, and playing video games.

He has a few college courses, and he has spent the majority of his professional life at Olive Branch.  He has worked here since 2006 and he enjoys working with the children and loves the opportunity become a big kid himself each day.

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 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.

Kat (Toddler Lead Teacher) lives in Dearborn Heights with her youngest daughter.  She enjoys vacationing and learning about different cultures.  In her free time, spends quality time with her family and is involved in her church and enjoys attending sporting events.

She joined Olive Branch in spring of 2019 and enjoys planning lessons and activities that help children learn and thrive through music, play, funny nursery rhymes and learning about God and His love. She has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood and has over 20 years of experience with children. 

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.

Peggy (Toddler Teacher) has lived in Royal Oak all her life and now resides here with her husband and has two children.  She loves the outdoors, especially gardening, and she enjoys going to Sage Lake to spend her free time.

She has spent time caring for children since she began babysitting as a pre-teen, she worked at an in-home daycare until she started here and has served the families of Olive Branch since 2002.   Watching children develop, their intelligence and the way they quickly catch on to new things have always interested her.  She also loves the innocence and unconditional love of children.

Diane (Toddler and Float 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.

Asalya (Toddler 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.

Gwendolyn (Older Infant Teacher) lives in Hamtramck.  She enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, being creative and drawing and photography.

She has been working at Olive Branch since early 2017 and has almost two years of experience teaching in Shabbat school.  She loves the children and enjoys watching them grow and learn.  Their smiles and laughter bring joy.  

Deb (Older Infant Teacher) was married for 32 years and has lived in Royal Oak for 40 years.  She has two married daughters and 4 grandchildren. She enjoys sewing, painting, gardening and reading for education.

She has a long history of childcare including scout leader, babysitting, and Sunday school volunteer. She has worked at Olive Branch since 2014, and enjoys cuddling with the babies as well as watching them grow and discover new things.

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.

Tori (Younger Infant Teacher) lives in Eastpoint with her husband and dog, Bella.  She enjoys gardening, crocheting, reading and bike riding.

She has been working at Olive Branch since early 2016 and has been with children in various teaching capacities for 20 years.  She currently tutors and finds great joy working with young children.  She feels  blessed to have found herself surrounded by children in a Christian environment.

Julia (Float Teacher) lives in Royal Oak.  She enjoys spending time outside in nature as well as listening to music and shopping.

She has been working at Olive Branch since 2016 and loves interacting with the children and getting to know each of them individually.

Sarah (Float Teacher) lives in Detroit and enjoys going to concerts, art exhibits and spending time with her son.  She also likes to explore Detroit and meet new people.

She joined the staff in 2019 and has experience with children working in Pontiac Schools for a year.  She enjoys the lively children, wonderful staff and community gathered at Olive Branch.

 

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