Holly first got involved with FCP in 2005 when her son attended the 2’s program, then the 3’s the following year. Our own Mrs. Kelley was his teacher. She fell in love with the school and hoped she’d be able to be involved in the future. Her opportunity came in 2012 when she was offered a teaching assistant role in the 2’s class. She eagerly accepted and since that time has worked in every age group of the school.
Prior to her work at FCP, Holly worked as a Corporate Event Planner at Ford Motor Company from. She also spent many years working in various hotels in Sales and Catering.
Holly is known as the “pied piper” of reading. It’s her favorite way to engage with the kids, whether it’s one on one or in a group. It’s not unusual to see a child curled up in her lap enjoying a good book.
Nell was a stay-at-home mom raising two boys until 2005 when she began working at Bingham Farms Elementary School as a KinderPlus teacher’s aide. She remained there until 2012 when she joined FCP.
Nell loves interacting with young children, helping them find their voice. She believes that decision-making skills start at an early age and takes every opportunity to help little ones make good decisions.
Although new to FCP in 2019, Jill is not new to the community. As a long-time Franklin Village resident, Jill comes with a wealth of knowledge about our community. She has two grown children who attended FCP from 2001-2004, when the school was still a co-operative preschool. Jill served as the parent board president for 2 years.
Once her children started elementary school, Jill followed them there, becoming a preschool assistant at West Maple in 2006 and then continuing on to Pierce Elementary where she worked until 2015 when her schedule with her own children became more demanding. Jill graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelors of Arts in Juvenile Justice and a minor in French.
1s Lead Teacher
Stephanie has been involved with FCP since 2009 when her children attended the preschool programs. She served on the parent board from 2009-2014, 2 years as president, before taking on the role of administrative director in 2015. Additionally, she has been the lead teacher of our Ones class since 2012.
Prior to her work at FCP, Stephanie partnered with her sister to build and run a successful home daycare from 2005-2011. For ten years prior to that, she was a marketing administrator, as she worked towards a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a focus on Child Development.
In teaching the littlest of learners, Stephanie prides herself on developing relationships that promote trust, a basic building block for a healthy learning environment. “When the child is comfortable, then the child can find confidence and with confidence, real learning can begin."
Tracy, a native of Grosse Pointe Park, joined the Franklin Community Preschool in 2014 after raising her two boys. Tracy is a graduate of Wayne State University where she earned her Bachelors in Broadcast Journalism. Prior to joining the FCP family, Tracy spent her time volunteering through the Birmingham Public School system via Harland Elementary, Derby Middle School and Seaholm High School.
Tracy likes working within a play-based curriculum, where children are able to develop their self-confidence and ability to interact with others. She supports each child in their quest to reach their fullest potential.
4s Assistant Teacher
Kim has been working with FCP since 2015. She holds a BA in Finance from MSU and in 2008 she obtained her teacher’s certificate in Waldorf Elementary School Education where she taught grades 1/2 for two years at Oakland Steiner in Rochester Hills. In addition to assisting Chris in the 4’s classroom, she works with the children two afternoons providing an enrichment program that enhances skills previously taught. Kim believes that children flourish when they are given an environment that is consistent, engaging and safe.
3s Lead Teacher
"Ms. Kelley" has been teaching children at Franklin Community Preschool since 2005. Prior to teaching her own class, Kelley volunteered in public and private preschool classrooms in the area.
Kelley graduated with majors in International Business and French from the College of Wooster (Wooster, Ohio). She managed corporate training programs and international special events. While working in the business world she attended Wayne State University’s Master of Arts in Teaching program.
Kelley’s teaching goal is for children to love coming to school and to keep them safe and happy. She feels it is very important that children enjoy school and look forward to coming each day. In her class, children will be exposed to many different educational experiences, with a focus on listening skills, social interaction, following directions and self-confidence.
4s Lead Teacher
Christina Nader has been a preschool teacher in both private and public institutions since 2006 and at FCP since 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University and continued her education at Oakland University working towards a Masters in Elementary Education majoring in mathematics. Chris is certified in Conscious Discipline for preschool educators.
Chris’s teaching philosophy focuses on keeping her teaching style flexible to reach and engage all of the children in her care. She provides a nurturing and safe classroom environment, which allows the children to grow both socially and academically, and help them develop a love for learning.
“In my classroom, the children will learn by play, self-directed projects and teacher guided instruction. I strongly believe in working together with parents and caregivers so that every child can have a wonderful preschool year and be best prepared for the their next step in their educational journey.”
2s Lead Teacher
Katie Rourke has been a preschool teacher at FCP since 2015 when she became the 2’s lead teacher and the director of academics. Prior to teaching preschool, Katie taught third grade in West Bloomfield for seven years. She holds a Bachelor of Education in Special Education from Michigan State University. She continued her education at Oakland University earning a Masters in Early Childhood Development.
Katie provides children with a positive introduction to learning in a classroom setting. Age-appropriate activities and materials help young children develop large and small muscle coordination, language skills, cooperation and invite them to engage in creative play situations. A daily routine that is predictable and consistent is followed. Each class time balances teacher and child initiated experiences through the careful selection of developmentally appropriate activities to make learning meaningful and joyful.
1s, 2s and 3s Assistant
Diane joined the FCP staff in 2010. After working for a couple of years she took time off to stay home with her children. In 2016, she was happy to return to the FCP family.
Diane believes in an encouraging learning environment where each child feels valued and recognized. Her approach to childcare is a balanced mix of enthusiasm and patience.
Prior to FCP, Diane volunteered at her church as a youth group leader and also volunteered at Wing Lake Developmental Center. She is a graduate from the Center for Creative Studies where she majored in art direction.