Maria Vargas ~ Site Leader
Ms. Maria has been with M&M for 5 years and this is her third year as the Director at South Pointe. Maria also works at SPS as a special education Paraprofessional. Maria has been married for 9 years to her husband Arturo, and her children Artie (8) and Maria (5) attend SPS. Maria is dedicated to providing a quality program for the parents and students at South Pointe Scholars. She can be found helping out in all of the classrooms and loves to get engaged with the activities the students are participating in. Ms. Maria has been with M&M for six years! She is a dynamic leader with lots of great advice, on hand, whenever her team or students needs it or just needs a bit of encouragement to brighten their day! She loves watching documentaries and having all her family over for Sunday dinners.
Natalie Burke ~ Kinder Specialist
Miss Natalie is 21 years old. She is the Kindergarten enrichment specialist. She is a student in the Henry Ford medical program and her goal is to work in pediatrics! Her hobbies include reading, volleyball, and crafting! Her favorite activity to do with the kids is STEM, because it encourages children to engage in hands-on learning and ask questions!
Alejandra Ovalle ~ Second and ThirdGrade Specialist
Ms. Ale is so excited to be working with the 2nd&3rd grade class. Her favorite activity is art along with science! Therefore, she likes to plan fun and engaging activities for the children! She is currently attending Eastern Michigan University for Early Childhood Education with a minor in reading. In her spare time she loves to go to concerts, hang out with friends, go shopping, go to the movies, and read books. She looks forward to having an awesome year working with your children.
Shaquell'e Weems ~ Fourth and Fifth Grade Specialist
Ms. Shaquell'e has been employed with M&M for 5 years now. She loves working with kiddos of all ages. She is a special education major. She loves cats. She recently married her amazing partner Gil! Sunflowers and the color yellow are her favorite. She loves M&M at South Pointe because of the welcoming atmosphere. Also, being a part of an amazing group of ladies who are passionate about education and child development means everything to her!
Rebecca Morisette (Lizzie ) ~ Middle Schoolers 6th-8th grades Specialist
Miss Lizzie is in her 3rd year at Eastern Michigan University and she is studying Social Work. In her future career she plans to work with children, specifically those experiencing mental health disorders. At EMU, she is a member of a sorority on campus: Sigma Sigma Sigma, and she serves as an officer on her organization’s executive board as Treasurer. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and her two adorable cats, Iris and Chubz!
Juana Ovalle ~ Young 5/Kinder Specialist
This is Juana's second year working with M&M. She is married and has two kids named Fabian and Yaretzi. She is so happy to be working with kindergarteners this year and she is happy to be working with Maria’s 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.
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.