Julie Henes Picano – “Ms. Julie, are you the ‘Principal’ of this school?”
That’s the most popular question that I hear from the kids at FKS. It’s important to them to know who is at the top of the hierarchy, but they are often taken by surprise by the answer. My answer to them…“No, I’m not the principal…I’m a teacher that has some other jobs to do too.” While I did create the policies, program descriptions, handbooks, and I did secure a space for us to work out of, I still see myself as one of the teachers.
FKS has a very talented staff that depend on each other’s strengths to make a well-rounded team. These professionals not only care for each child as an individual, but they can also explain our programs, share our philosophy of caring for the whole family, and welcome friends into ours safe and loving environment that we all work hard to make fun and educational.
Josie Hoisington, Pre-school Teacher – Josie has been the Pre-school Teacher at FKS since 2006. Josie teaches our three-year-old pre-school kids. She and her husband Joe live in Commerce and have four children of their own. Josie’s background includes 13 years of running an in-home childcare and working for L.E.S.A. (Livingston Educational Service Agency) assisting in Pinckney’s Head Start Program. Josie is passionate about everything she does! She has written a children’s song in Spanish, “Abre La Puerta Por Favor,” that has been published by The Mailbox, a popular teachers’ monthly magazine. A FKS parent recently said this about Josie: “Ms. Josie has some kind of spell over them, no matter the number of kids, they listen to her, they wait to see what she’ll do next…she’s amazing.” Although Josie is well respected by co-workers for her strength and leadership, she is probably most loved for her own personal rendition of the “ABC Rap” that she refuses to be filmed performing with the kids. Let’s just say that we are often entertained by Josie’s rapping abilities. Josie is committed to furthering her knowledge and skills when it comes to teaching the kids here at FKS.
Amanda Hall, Infant/Toddler Teacher – Amanda is a founding teacher at FKS, caring for our children since 2005. If you ask co-workers to describe Amanda, they would say that she is an unbelievably positive team player, and a master of redirection and patience with her 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 year-old pre-school group. Most don’t know that Amanda is musically talented in violin and piano and every Sunday morning, Amanda serves the families of the Community Congregational Church in Pinckney by caring for children in their nursery during church services. Amanda lives in Pinckney with her husband Daniel, four-year-old daughter, Isabel, and Sadie the dog. As a college student with a speech pathology major in mind, Amanda enjoys dinners at Big Boy, time with parents, siblings, nieces, nephews and friends, and quiet family time with Daniel in her new home. Amanda would like parents to remember her as someone who has a deep commitment to the happiness and well-being of their child.
Michelle Colvia – Michelle Colvia is a Registered Nurse on staff at FKS. Michelle & her husband Pat are local Pinckney residents who first found For Kid’s Sake for the care of their 2 daughters, Abby & Emily. As things turn out, Michelle is now an Infant/Toddler teacher at FKS. If you were to ask, Michelle would say that her favorite part of the day is when she is engaged in an activity with the kids. But just as important is the care that she gives to the infants each day. Michelle’s other specialty is keeping kids safe by monitoring all of the food ingredients to protect our allergy kids. Michelle is a special part of our FKS team!
Kiera Pearce, Assistant Teacher – Kiera is an assistant teacher with our 2.5-3.5-year-olds. Kiera has 15 years of experience in the child care industry. She has worked as an assistant in pre-school, toddler and school age programs for a variety of child care centers. She was born and raised in Mt Clemens and has been married to her high school sweetheart, Rob, for 10 years. They have 4 kids together. The two boys are named Bryce and Leeland. And the two girls are named Kelsea and Addasyn. They also have a cat named Pickles and a dog named Bean. Kiera’s favorite place to eat is the Olive Garden or anyplace Mexican. Kiera would like children to remember her as kind, loving and helpful to everyone.
Isabel Cashin, Infant/Toddler Teacher – Isabel was born in Jackson, Michigan. She was raised by her adoptive parents since the age of three. She also gained a brother and sister. Isabel, along with her husband Dave and her daughter Heather, are now Pinckney locals and can be found most often at FKS in the afternoons. Isabel had her first professional experience with children while working years for LESA (Livingston Educational Service Agency) in their Pinckney Head Start Program which just happened to be in the same building as FKS at one time. Kids could be heard through the halls yelling, “”Hi, Ms. Isabel.” Boy did we know that she was good then because the kids loved her so much. Since January of 2009, our FKS kids have grown to love and depend on her. Isabel would like for parents to remember her for her kindness to the kids, honesty to parents, and for giving parents a reassured feeling that their kids are safe, loved, and happy in her care.
Lisa Ashba – Lisa lives in Pinckney. She is married to her husband, Mark, and they have 4 children (Jessica 29, Brianna 26, Ashlee 9, & Nathaniel 7). Lisa is a long time veteran of childcare working with Infants and Toddlers and their families for 21 years. You might find it interesting that 3 years of her experience was spent with the teen moms program in the Oxford School System. In that program, she not only cared for children, but she also guided young and inexperienced mothers trying to finish school. If Lisa had to pick her favorite time of the day at FKS it would be cuddling with our youngest friends and visiting with their parents.
Nichole Warren – Nichole is another welcomed addition the our FKS Family. Nichole began spending her afternoons with our 2.5-3.5 year old pre-school friends in the end of August. Nichole was born in Sandusky, Michigan (no theme park!). She recently moved to Pinckney from Belleville with her husband Dale, 8 year-old son and 2 year-old daughter. In her free time, Nichole enjoys bike riding and camping. Her favorite place to eat is at Outback. Nichole’s education began when she served 4 years in the United Stated Navy as a Gas Turbine Mechanic. Next, she graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. Nichole would like for the kids to remember her as a kind and gentle teacher who helped them through the early years.
Heather Cashin – Heather has been a friend in the circles of FKS all of our 11 years. During that time she graduated from high school and has visited enough to be one of the children’s favorite visitor. During the end of the summer, Heather began, “visiting” on a regular schedule and is excited now to officially be joining our FKS team as a fill-in teacher.This is a tricky position which requires a teacher to acknowledge lots of different personalities, schedules and stages of development. With a soft spoken tone and a smile on her face, she floats through the ages and days with ease and confidence. Heather was born in Howell and is a Pinckney resident. She is an only child but enjoys pets, friends, family and eating out at Red Robin. Children will see Heather as a caring and fun person that they can count on and parents will notice that she is always happy and she genuinely loves their kids. We are looking forward to the days to come when Heather will begin formal training toward her Child Development Associates Degree and hopes to own her own child care center someday.
Laura Harrison – Laura is a new smiling face at FKS. She was born in Royal Oak, Michigan, and now lives in Pinckney with her husband David and 19 month-old son, George. In her spare time, Laura enjoys outdoor activities like hunting, boating and camping. She has a soft heart for animals and looks forward to gatherings with friends and family. Her favorite restaurants are Knights & Black Rock. Laura has worked in childcare settings for the past 8 years and is excited to get specific training at FKS and at Child Connect for Family Success in the days to come. She feels like kids will remember her as the one with the big smile, the one that will happily read them a book, and the one that will gladly be there to brighten their day! Laura would like parents to recognize that she is is dependable, loving and will dedicate her time and attention at FKS to their children. You can look for Laura mostly in the afternoons, sharing time with many different age groups.
Ms. Kristi – Please take a moment to say hello to Ms. Kristi in the Infant/Toddler Program. Kristi was born in Jackson, Michigan. She is married and has a 10 year-old-step daughter. As a family they enjoy Chinese food, camping, swimming and watching movies together. Her most recent experience was in an Infant/Toddler program and is happy to be planning activities, singing, hugging and playing with our FKS I/T friends. Kristi would like children to see her as loving, caring and fun, while she hopes that parents will appreciate her for those traits and recognize her passion for caring for young children.Please take a moment to say hello to Ms. Kristi in the Infant/Toddler Program. Kristi was born in Jackson, Michigan. She is married and has a 10 year-old-step daughter. As a family they enjoy Chinese food, camping, swimming and watching movies together. Her most recent experience was in an Infant/Toddler program and is happy to be planning activities, singing, hugging and playing with our FKS I/T friends. Kristi would like children to see her as loving, caring and fun, while she hopes that parents will appreciate her for those traits and recognize her passion for caring for young children.
Megan Martin – Megan is a new teacher who will be working with two-year-olds at FKS. Megan was born in Ann Arbor and has 3 siblings. Megan likes to read, shop, go out to dinner at Olive Garden and play with her cousins. While Megan has experience in the child care field, most of her formal training and certifications are in the health care field. Megan continues to be drawn to children and will soon complete her Child Development Associates Degree in the upcoming winter semester. She would like for children to remember her as being smart and fun, while she would like parents to value that she is trustworthy and enthusiastic as well.
Ms. Lexi –
Taylor Feeman – Office Administrator & Pre-school Teacher (2.5 year-olds)
Zach Feeman – School age Teacher
Ms. Jamie –
Sarah Dymkowski – Infant/Toddler Teacher