Heather White ~ Site Leader
This is Mrs. Heather's third year with M &M and her second year as the Site Director at Grand River. She started with M&M as an enrichment specialist in the 2nd grade class, in which she enjoyed every moment. She had the privilege of becoming the assistant director last fall and then was asked to become the Site Director. She absolutely loves her job and being able to work with all the different children. These kids are amazing in their own ways! She has worked with children for over 20 years and feels that she has brought new experiences to GRA. She is super excited for the new school year and can’t wait to see what this year should bring and what is to come! “What we learn becomes a part of who we are.”—Kathy R. Jeffords
Marjorie Baldwin (Mrs. B)
This is Mrs. B's second year working at Grand River Academy as a Special Education Para Professional, and she joined the M & M team this year. She is so excited about the upcoming adventures that she will experience with the students. She truly believes that it takes a village to enrich the life of a child. She feels honored to be a part of the village here at GRA. When she's away from the students, she enjoys sitting by the water and enjoying mother nature's beauty.
Cynthia Sandusky ~ Fifth/Sixth Grade Specialist
Ms. Cynthia was born and raised in California. This is her third year with GRA M&M. She has experience working with infants and also school age kids. She had the opportunity of working with military family and the USAF for five years. She also worked with after-school programs here in Michigan. She is a proud parent of two boys. On her weekends, she loves to spend time with her family and explore new places. She also likes to travel. Her favorite part of working in after school are the close bonds she forms with thestudents. Being able to reach and teach students in all aspects of their growth and development and academics.
Aliya Davis ~ Substitute Enrichment Specialist
Ms. Aliya was born in Montgomery, AL and raised in Detroit, MI. At the age of three she began dancing in Metro Detroit. She is the founder of a dance organization whose mission is to enrich, empower, and inspire the lives of youths and the community through dance. Her passion is to inspire students in the inner city by promoting diversity and creativity through the art of dance with a foundation of creativity, self-awareness, discipline, and accountability. Besides dance, her number one passion is mentoring youth. She is currently completing her degree in Social Work at Spring Arbor University. She enjoys interacting with the children, staff and parents and isalways very eager to become more involved in the guidance aspects of positive development.
Ms. Brenna grew up in the neighborhood just behind Grand River Academy. This is her first year with M&M and she have been enjoying every day she get to spend with her Kinder class. She's been working with kids since she can remember, and yet she's constantly learning from them after school. She's excited to see what the rest of this school year has in store!!
Miss Jacqulyne joined the M&M team this year and she is learning to channel my inner mom voice and also develop "the look". She's an artist and creates colorful and passionate pieces about social justice or personal likes. This creative side of her helps her to connect with the kids in infinite ways. Her favorite part about the kids is how they interpret a project. Their worlds are clever explosions and she love being a part of their creations. She's been working with kids and teens since high school in sports and mentor settings and she has loved every second. Working with them enables her to develop a different perspective and grow with them -she can't get enough!
Terry White "Mr. Heather"
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.