Our Team at South Pointe Scholars

Karina Djakovic - Site Leader

Mrs. Karina is originally from Mexico and has been living in Michigan for over four 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) to guide them in difficult times.  She has been working for M&M since 2017, with the middle school kids at South Canton Scholars, and now she recently joined South Pointe Scholars

Allison Wagner ~ Young 5's & Kindergarten Grade Specialist

Ms. Allie is a fun, smiley person with a lot of energy. She is super excited to be working with the young 5's and kindergarten class. Allie Attends Eastern Michigan University majoring in Early Childhood Education. When she is not at school, she can be found at Central City Dance where she teaches children how to dance. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, going to the movies and drinking coffee. Ms. Allie is thrilled to be working at M&M and can't wait to have a fantastic year with children at SPS.

Alyson Wendland - Y5 and Kindergarten Grade Specialist

Ms. Alyson currently lives in Ypsilanti but she is from Richfield, Minnesota. She is attending Eastern Michigan
University and working towards her Bachelors in Early Childhood Elementary Education. She is very outgoing and a kid at heart! She is our new member at SPS. We are so happy to have her and shes is very excited to work with the students at M&M and she cannot wait to make an impact!.

Colin Hall - 2nd-4th Grade Specialist

He is our newest member to M&M and he also works during the morning at South Pointe Scholars as a Paraprofessional with special needs kids. He is a recent Wayne State Social Work graduate, He loves sci-fi , writing, and playing the piano. Dogs are his spirit animal and his favorite movie is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. 

Ajaya Bell ~ 5-8  Grade Specialist

Ms. Ajaya ( Ms. J. )She is currently attending Washtenaw Community College for Early Childhood Education. In her spare time she enjoys playing games with her family and friends, shopping, reading and learning new things. We are so happy to have her, she is so happy of being part of M&M Extra care team.

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.