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 has two children, that she loves greatly, both children will attend SPS in the fall of 2018. 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!
Sarah Masinda ~ Assistant Site Leader and Third & Fourth Grade Specialist
My name is Ms. Sarah and I am so happy to be working with the 3rd and 4th grade M&M class. My favorite types of activities are art and science. I am currently attending Eastern Michigan University for nursing. I have plans of continuing my education to become a pediatric nurse practitioner. In my spare time I love to watch movies, play tennis, and just be outside. I look forward to having anothergreat year working with your children.
Natalie Burke ~ Kinder Specialist
This is Natalie's first year with M&M. She is always a college student at Eastern Michigan University and loves sharing new ideas with her students!
Alejandra Ovalle ~ First Grade Specialist
My name is Alejandra. I’m a student at EMU currently studying early childhood elementary with a minor in reading and English as a second language. Getting to work with kids is rewarding and I love getting to know the students personalities. I also love music and attending concerts. My all time favorite artist is Taylor Swift. Dogs are the best especially my chihuahua Daisy. Lastly, I love crafting and getting to make different fun and excitingcrafts with the students.This is Miss Alle's first year at M&M and she is loving it!
Jessica Cornwell ~Second and Third Grade Specialist
Hello, my name is Miss Jessica. I am in my last year at EMU, my major is Education & Theater. I have a 6 month old kitten name Willow. My favorite thing to do is spend time with my cat and find new shows on Netflix.
This is Jessica's first year working at M&M. She loves working with students and watching them grow!
Shaquell'e Beard ~ Fourth and Fifth Grade Specialist
Ms. Shaquell'e has been employed with M&M for 5 years now. I love working with kiddos of all ages. She is a special education major. I love cats. My favorite color is yellow. This July, I will marry my fiancé, Gill.
Rebecca Morisette (Lizzie ) ~ Middle Schoolers 6th-8th grades Specialist
Miss Lizzie is a Junior at EMU. I am studying secretary education, with focus in history and political science. I have two cats, who I love very much. My favorite thing to do when not at work is having fun in the sun.
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.