Sam Mull ~ Site Leader
Ms. Sam is a recent graduate of Eastern Michigan University. She has worked as an Enrichment Specialist at both South Pointe Scholars and Grand River Academy. Having grown up in the area, she is excited to get to know all of our families and work with the kids in and around Ypsilanti. She is happy to be a part of the M&M Fortis Team!
Afton Gologram~ Kinder and First Grade Specialist
Mrs. Afton is our Enrichment Specialist for the K-1st grade class. This is her fourth year with M & M at Fortis and she loves working with the students. She and her husband have seven children between them and they have nine grandchildren, six of which attend Fortis. She also works as an Office Manager at a company in Ann Arbor where she has been for over 20 years. She continues to enjoy working with our Fortis Families and staff.
Taylor Howard~ Second and Third Grade Specialist
Miss Taylor has been with M&M for 2 school years. She currently attends Eastern Michigan University majoring in Health Administration and minoring in Spanish. She loves getting to know her students individually and allowing them to reach their greatest potential. She would like to give a huge thank you to all the M&M parents we have here at Fortis, for allowing her to work with your children and get to know them so well!
Fun Fact - Miss Taylor was once a CLIENT in one of our programs 10 years ago as a student!
This is Ms. Gracie’s first year working with M & M, and she works as an enrichment specialist with the middle school students. Ms. Gracie loves being able to work with kids on a daily basis. She is in her junior year at Eastern Michigan University, she is a social work major, and is specializing in child welfare. Ms. Gracie is excited for the opportunity to work with M & M and being able to work with her favorite people in the world, kids!
Miss Brooke is currently a junior at Eastern Michigan University and she is studying elementary education with a focus in integrated science. She also really loves art! You may see here at either Fortis or South Pointe Scholars Academy. She helps out at both schools in varying classrooms. Her favorite part about working with M&M is of course the kids. It is so fun getting to know all of their unique personalities and they truly brighten up her day! When she is not at school or work she likes to be involved with her sorority, paint, spend time with family, or just relax!
Jena Rushton - Customer Care Specialist
Jena started as an Enrichment Specialist with M&M in 2013 at South Pointe Scholars. A year later, Jena helped M&M Extra Care grow, as the new Site Leader at Grand River Academy. In 2015 she became our Customer Care Specialist. Jena’s bubbly personality can be felt through the phone or email and she is loved by all! Jena recently had a life change and moved to Atlanta, but thanks to the wonderful world of technology, she has been able to remain, to help families navigate the registration, billing, and scheduling practices of M&M.
Tara Ball - Operations Manager
Tara has been with M & M since 2009 and also began as an Enrichment Specialist. But with Tara’s extensive experience and expertise in School-Age programming, it was clear her role was to include so much more. Tara is instrumental in providing high quality care at M&M. Tara is a valuable coach and leader to all Specialists, Site Leaders and even the Administrative Team. Tara will often step into a classroom to cover a shift, to help train a new specialist, or even just because she LOVES working with the kids! Tara’s greatest love—planning and working summer camp!
Madonna Mrocca - Owner
As the owner of M&M Daycare, Inc., Madonna has been providing care for children since 1995. As a parent of two children who attended NHA Schools, Madonna understands the important role that M&M Plays in providing a quality school-age program. She believes that each child shall be treated as an individual and will have caring professionals provide a safe, nurturing environment. Additionally, independence, exploration, and a feeling of self-worth will be encouraged and opportunities for social-emotional growth, recreational activities and educational learning will be provided.
As a Licensed Childcare Program, all staff must complete comprehensive background checks, which include fingerprinting, FBI, CPS, DHS and State Police record searches. The State of Michigan administers and provides the systems for these checks.
Many of our Enrichment Specialists have completed or are pursuing degrees in Education or other Child Related fields. All Staff are required to participate in ongoing Continuing Education throughout the year. Although the minimum requirement of licensing is 16 clock hours per year, all M & M Team Members are required to complete at least 24 clock hours annually within the following Core Knowledge Areas:
It is imperative that our specialists play an active role in lesson planning to provide a diverse and enriching experience in before and after-school care. Time is provided for the Enrichment Specialists to prepare for their day with supplies and planning for at least 30 minutes prior to and 30 minutes after the students are present.
We expect our Specialists to develop relationships with their students and their families, to promote a safe and nurturing environment and to foster a supportive partnership with the parents or guardians in the role of caring for each student.
Our Site Leaders are there to provide support to our staff, the students in our program and to their parents. On a daily basis, they monitor Enrichment Specialist classrooms to ensure that our specialists are meeting or exceeding our quality expectations. The Site Leaders work closely with the enrichment specialists to establish that they have quality lesson plans which include a variety of educational and social activities. The Site Leader also maintains the flow of communication between M & M Extra Care and the school sites, speaking to teachers and other school staff about how we can work together to best support the students in our care.
Site Leaders also work with the students to help them remember the moral focus and help encourage positive behavior choices.
Additionally, Site Leaders are present to provide support and resources for our M & M Parents, working with them to guarantee that their student is given the opportunities and activities to keep them engaged and involved during the before and after-school care program.