Our team at south canton Scholars

Site Leader/Multiple Site Leader- Ms. Susan

Ms. Susan has been with M&M for the past five years.  She is one of the program’s Multi-Site Directors and also, the Site Director for South Canton Scholars. She is a certified teacher and graduate of Michigan State University.  She works as a Math Intervention Specialist at South Canton and enjoys working with and getting to know the students.  She is a sport fanatic who loves track and field and tennis! Her passion is to empower children to maximize their potential and build strong lasting relationships with them and their families.

Ms. Kela has been with M&M for four years and is currently the assistant site director. She is very competitive and enjoys being #1 with her students.  Ms. Kela loves her students and takes great pleasure in learning about each one and their unique personality they bring to M&M.  She enjoys role playing their daily interactions with her.  Other than spending time with her handsome 4 year old son, working with the students at M&M is what she loves and enjoys.  She is excited to help all her students achieve their goals and have fun while doing it.

Ms. Sierra:

This is Ms. Sierra’s third 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.  The students and parents love her!

Ms. Shar-Dae:

Ms. Shar-Dae has been with M&M for four years and has done a wonderful job with the students. She works very hard to keep the young ones active and engaged with her creativity and craftiness. She enjoys working with the students and they enjoy being with her as well.  In her spare time, Ms. SharDae loves spending time with her daughter, Keyerra, and enjoys event planning.

 

Mr. Ricky:

Mr. Ricky has been with M&M for four years, both as a volunteer and as an assistant in the classroom.  He has been a wonderful example for the students and competes with them all the time.  He works very hard and enjoys interacting with and helping the students.  Mr. Ricky is a team player who is flexible and helpful and enjoys playing basketball.  He is an asset to the team here at South Canton. 

 

Karina Djakovic

Karina is originally from Mexico and has been living in Michigan for three years. She has degrees in Psychology and 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 1st and 2nd graders and enjoys learning and growing with them.  She has been a pleasure to work with and we are happy to have her on our team here at South Canton.

 

Dorris Bennett:

Ms. B. as the students call her, is the newest addition to our team here at South Canton.  She lives in the Van Buren Township area and is currently attending Wayne Community College to complete her degree.  She likes to work with children and has worked in Romulus Community Schools for 17 years.  Prior to that, she worked for the city of Romulus before retiring from both.   Ms. B. currently works with the 2nd & 3rd graders here at M&M and is happy to have the opportunity to work with children again.

 

Ms. Angelique White

Angelique White is a high-spirited young lady who genuinely enjoys spending time with her children. She enjoys teaching them values and providing them with different tools that they will need to be successful in the real world. She currently attends Schoolcraft College with plans to transfer to MSU where she will obtain her Master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

 

Shaena Dixon:

Ms. Shaena lives in Westland with her mom, sister, two nieces and nephew. She loves art! Her inspiration and love for art came from her parents who are both artists.  As a young child, she wanted to become an artist and looks forward to inspiring students to love learning all that they can about art.  Ms. Shaena works with the 4th and 5th graders and has been a wonderful addition to our team here are South Canton.

 

Ms. Kenyatta:

Have you ever worked with 6-8 graders, who know EVERYTHING? Well, meet Ms. Kenyatta, who has worked with this group and M&M for the past four years.  Although she loves the younger students, Ms. Kenyatta chose to be with this group to help guide them, even when they think they don’t need guidance.  She enjoys working with them and knows that they are our future.  She is committed to doing what it takes to be a positive example and role model for them to follow.  Ms. Kenyatta is currently in school working on her Early Elementary degree.  She is passionate about educating and empowering our youth to succeed and is the proud mother of four children.

 

Ms. Kim:

Ms. Kim has been with M&M for six years and has enjoyed working with all the students in her care. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Ashworth College and currently works as a lead teacher at Tutor Time and does before care at M&M.    She has a passion for student development and is excited to use her skills and experience to make a difference in their lives.

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.