Creating a Positive Environment for Our Children.

Annex Toddler Center

Program Director

Kate Haynes

I have been a member of the Assumption family since 2008. I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2013 with a degree in Early Childhood – Children & Families. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Michael, our son, Jack, and our array of pets – we have 2 dogs, Riley and Rolly, a cat, Cheese, a rabbit, Oliver, a hamster, Godzilla, and an aquarium of fish!

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Rachel Palmer

I’m completing my 1st year at Assumption. I have Bachelor Degree in Human Services with extended course work in Early Childhood. I have 10 years experience in care giver services working for cognitively impaired individuals faster care. I have a wonderful husband of 7 years and a 5 year old daughter.

Claire Berg

I am a Central Michigan University graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Child Development & Learning. I am from Grosse Pointe Park, and have preschool teaching experience in Northern Michigan. I am very excited to have joined the Assumption family! In my free time I really like to paint, read, and travel!

Jean Engels

Bre Prete

Elizabeth Cleland

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Olivia Economopoulos

I have been working at Assumption since 2010. I am pursuing a degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Early Childhood at Wayne State. My husband and I had a beautiful babyh boy this past December (2018) and I was thrilled for the opportunity to come back to work at the Annex. I love to read in my spare time when I am not spending time with my husband Andreas, Baby Michael and our Beagle Jax.

Hannah Engels

I am working toward my degree in Elementary Education and I’m very excited to be part of the Assumption team! Previously, I worked with young adults with autism, helping them learn independent living skills. Some of my hobbies include reading, swimming, and playing with my nieces and nephew.

Lisa Rusher

I have been a member of Assumption since January 2019. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my four children and husband.

Joanna Sturza

I have been at the Assumption Toddler Annex since January of 2019. My prior experience includes being a substitute teacher and small business owner. I have a degree in English from Oakland University. I have 3 children, a boy and two girls. I also have a cat, a Siberian Husky (we rescued them) and a bunny. My hobbies are gardening, cooking and traveling.

Lindsay Gallagher

 I am currently studying social work and psychology at Wayne State University. I have enjoyed working with children since I was in middle school, and hope to continue to do so in my field after I graduate. I enjoy traveling, reading, and spending time with my family and friends. 

Jill McLarty