Adrienne Washington ~ Program Director
Ms. Adrienne was born and raised in Detroit. She taught Preschool for Hartford Head start for twenty years. She's been an Enrichment Specialist for seven years. She taught character development, health and nutrition, cooking with children, and arts and crafts. Formerly the assistance site director at Grand River Academy, she is thrilled to have joined the team at Quest Academy as its Program Director! She enjoys cooking, eating, group activities and spending time with her five grandchildren.
Michelle Galvan ~ Assistant Site Leader, Kinder & First Grade Specialist
Ms. Michelle is on her fourth year with M & M Extra Care. She is amazing with the kinder kiddos and she loves every minute of it! She is married and has a beautiful 12-year old daughter, Ceci. She loves kids, reading, dogs, and gardening!
Yulissa Casique ~ First/Second Grade Specialist
Ms. Yulissa is from Southgate, Michigan. This is her first year with M & M and she couldn’t be any more excited! She is currently at Henry Ford College studying for Pre-Elementary Education Degree. Ever since she was young, children has made her happy. She has experience with children since she has babysat from a young age & has been in Youth Clubs/Church Teen Leader. She is looking forward to be a part of the M & M Team to make new friends, new discoveries, new adventures & most of all, educate & have an amazing time with students! In her spare time she likes to be with her family and listen to music! :)
Zach Nolan - Middle School Specialist
Zach grew up in Lapeer, MI, a small farm community in the thumb, before attending the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. He also has his Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from Wayne State University. Right now he is currently getting my Master's Degree in Education from the University of Michigan-Flint so that he can teach high school social studies. His interests include sports, music, reading, carpentry, and camping/hiking. He has experience working with kids through Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Prison Creative Arts Project, Community Action Network, casual teaching, and coaching. He is pleased to be able to share his passion for education with M&M students and help empower them to create a better future.
Cheryl Ferrari - Morning Care Specialist
Renee Schlacht - Fourth/Fifth Grade Specialist
Ms. Schlacht has been a 5th grade teacher at Quest since 2017, and was previously teaching in North Carolina before that. She has taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th grade. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University. In her spare time, she likes to read and go to concerts. She has lived in South Carolina, North Carolina, and was born and raised here in Michigan. She enjoys working with the kids, and she looks forward to continuing her work with them!
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.