Our Team at South Canton Scholars

Susan Walter ~Site Director/Multi Site Director 

Ms. Susan has been with M&M for the past six years. She is one of the programs’ Multi-Site Directors and also the Site Director for South Canton scholars.  Ms. Susan is a certified teacher and graduate of Michigan State University. She works as a Math Intervention Specialist at South Canton and enjoys developing relationships with her students. Some of her favorite pastimes are: spending time with her husband; reading; arts and crafts; and sports, especially track and field, tennis and Jiu Jitsu. Her passion is to empower students to maximize their potential and find the CHAMPION that lives on the inside of them.  

Sierra Umin ~ Y5's &Kinder Specialist 

This is Ms. Sierra’s fourth year with M&M.  Her love for the students is evident in the way she interacts with and treats them.  She is currently pursuing a career that involves working with children and is excited to use her creative and intuitive abilities to keep them involved, active, engaged and happy to be at M&M.  Sierra is an amazing teacher and writer!  She uses best practices in all of her well thought out lessons and teaches her students to be independent thinkers and problem solvers. 

Syndnee Hadkins ~ First Grade Enrichment Specialist

She recently started working at M&M, she is so excited to join our team because she wanted to start  working with children more. Being able to help them, guide them, and become a leader while having fun. She loves to be creative in all her activities and she feels that will be an advantage to be around kids since they are energetic and also creative. Ms. Sydnee's goal is to learn something new from working with this group of kids while hoping they learn something from her too.

Lindsey Bennett ~ Fifth Grade Specialist

This is her first year working with M&M. She is excited to know the amazing kids at South Canton Scholars. As a Colorado native. Ms. Lindsey loves being outside and enjoy hiking, geology and photography. She is currently studying Elementary Education at Eastern Michigan University. Her favorite part about teaching is how much she learns from the kids!

Karina Djakovic ~ Middle School Specialist

Ms. Karina is originally from Mexico and has been living in Michigan for over three years. She has degrees in Psychology and Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has worked in a child rehabilitation center as a family therapist and in a middle school as a teacher and academic tutor.    She enjoys helping all people (children and adults) and working with them.  She currently works with the middle school kids and enjoys to guide them in different areas of their life as she learn from them too at the same time. She has been a pleasure to work with and we are happy to have her on our team here at South Canton.

Hanna Pederson~ Sixth -Eight Grade Specialist

Ms. Hanna is new to the area, she moved from the upper peninsula to Ypsilanti during the summer. She is getting her Master's degree in Psychology at Eastern Michigan University. She loves to read and make art. Her favorite type of cloud is cumulonimbus.

Marshall Riddell - Middle School Specialist/Floater

Mr. Marshall is a college student who wants to become a Special Education Teacher, because he wants to help all the students who need a little extra support. He is excited to join M&M to gain valuable experience while helping other kids. During his free time he likes to work out and play video games, his favorite sport is football, and his favorite color is blue.

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. 

What kind of background checks are performed?

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.

What kind of training do the Enrichment Specialists and Site Leaders complete?

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: 

  • Child Development  
  • Teaching and Learning  
  • Health, Safety and Nutrition   
  •  Observation, Documentation and Assessment  
  • Family and Community Engagement  
  • Interactions and Guidance 
  • Management 
  • Professionalism 
What do we expect of our Enrichment Specialists?

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.

What do we expect from our Site Leaders?

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.