Room 9

Lisa Harvey

Hi! I’m Ms. Lisa and this year is starting my 12th year at Assumption, all of them in Room 9! I moved to Michigan from Pennsylvania in 2011. I worked in an elementary school in central PA. I have 2 sons, Ian, who is recently married and living in Utah, and Zane, who lives in the area. Erik and I are also proud parents of 2 rescue dogs, Ila and Yasheau. I am a big fan of hockey and my favorite team is the Pittsburgh Penguins. I look forward to a fun filled year in Room 9!

Valentina Izzi

Hi! I’m Ms. Val and I will be going on my 7th year at Assumption. I have my Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Studies and am currently finishing up my Bachelor’s Degree. I am one of the lead teachers in Room 9, and also the Toddler Center Coordinator and Supervisor. I absolutely love working in the toddler center and seeing the children learn, grow, and develop. When I am not in Room 9, my boyfriend Sean and I spend time with family, friends, bowling, and spoiling our little Frenchie, Stella! 

Michelle Pavlovich

I will be starting my 17th year here at Assumption. I enjoy spending my day with the wonderful and loving staff, watching the young friendships develop, and seeing the growth that occurs over the course of the school year. I have an Associate’s Degree in Liberal arts from Oakland Community College. I have one son, Brandon, who I just adore. When I am not chasing around toddlers in Room 9, I enjoy taking walks, working in the yard, and most importantly, spending time with my family.

Claudia Kiriazis

I have been at Assumption for 5 1/2 years now and I love it.  Seeing all the children’s happy faces, you can tell it is a place they feel safe and secure.  As a teenager I worked with preschoolers with my mother who owned and operated two Gymboree learning programs in the area.  Since 2005, I have worked as an assistant teacher at two other day care centers in the Royal Oak area.  I am looking forward to spending many years here at Assumption.  I enjoy babysitting, painting, watching movies, doing puzzles and spending time with my family and friends. As of June 19 2022, I am an aunt for the first time to a beautiful baby nephew, Michael Alexander. I am so excited!

Emily Rubio

This is my second year as an assistant teacher in the Toddler Room at Assumption.  I am a mom to six amazing kids, who all started their schooling here. Three kids attend Parcells Middle School and three are at Ferry Elementary. We spend a lot of time at the ball field, and when we aren’t busy with baseball we are spending time with family and visiting cousins up at college. I am so blessed to have this opportunity to watch these amazing toddlers grow into amazing kids.

Stacey Switter

Hello! I’ve been caring for young children for 24 years and counting, both in child care centers and as a private nanny. I’ve been at Assumption since 2018 and I love it! It’s a joy to know that I’m a part of helping children learn and grow and thrive. I also have 3 children of my own, and am happily married to my husband, Darin. I’m a total bookworm and I always have a book in my purse! I also enjoy writing, cooking/baking, and bike rides on sunny days!

Katelyn Gloster

I started at Assumption this summer and loved it. I am a junior at Wayne State University majoring in Elementary Educations. I am looking forward to working here this school year!

Katie Lingerfelt

I’ve worked at Assumption since July 2022. I’ve always loved working with kids, and have been a babysitter prior to this. Working with the kids has been so much fun, and I truly enjoy my job!