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 lives in Pinckney with her family, Her 4 children are Bryce, Leeland, Kelsea and Addasyn. They also have a cat named Pickles and a dog named Bean.  

Kiera’s favorite place to eat is Olive Garden or anyplace Mexican. Kiera would like children to remember her as kind, loving and helpful to everyone.
 

Isabel CashinInfant/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.

Taylor Feeman – Office Administrator & Pre-school Teacher (2.5 year-olds)

Born in: Ann Arbor, MI
About my family: I have 5 siblings that live at home with me (2 sisters & 3 brothers) and 3 step-siblings that do not (2 brothers and a sister). I have lots of pets!
What I like to do for fun: I love photography, spending time with animals and scuba diving.
My favorite place to eat: Asian Fusion & Culvers
Education & Experience: While my educational focus is not in early childhood I regularly participate in Early Childhood training through FKS and on a college level I have taken Child Psychology, Children & Self esteem & Positive discipline. . I have worked at FKS for 6 years.
How do you want children to remember me: I want the kids to remember me as safe, fun and predictable.
How do I want parents to remember me: I want parents to remember me as someone who was always happy to see their kids and vice versa.  I would also like for parents to see me as approachable and always willing to help.

Zach Feeman – School age Teacher

Born in: Ann Arbor, MI
About my family: I have 6 younger siblings and 2 older siblings. Although things can get hectic and confusing, there is never a dull moment.
What I like to do for fun: I love playing most sports and I watch them pretty religiously (especially U of M). I also enjoy being outdoors and spending time with family.
Favorite place to eat: Panera bread or Mongolian BBQ
Education & Experience: I have worked at FKS since march of 2010 (primarily with the school age group/summer camp program). I have an associates degree in science from WCC and I am a senior in EMU’s exercise science program.
How do I want the children to remember me: I want the children to remember me as a fun, energetic, and positive person.
How do you want the parents to remember me: I want parents to remember me as someone who was never in a bad mood and who they can trust to carry that consistency and positivity onto their children in order to create a trustworthy and safe environment.

Ms. Jamie –

Sarah Dymkowski –  Infant/Toddler Teacher 

Sarah was born in Warren, Michigan. She is Married and has her first baby, a girl, on the way in June 2017. She also has a brother and both of her wonderful parents. For fun, Sarah enjoys traveling, movies, Sagebrush when she goes out to dinner and spending time with her friends and family.
Sarah has an Infant/Toddler Child Development Associates Degree and would like children to see her as someone that makes them feel safe and excited to teach them new things. She would like parents to feel comfort knowing that she is dedicated to being responsible, loyal, respectful and honest, while caring for their children.

 

Alexis Wilson  

Lexi has been a familiar face around FKS and ZANT Zone Summer Camp since 2013. She attends Washtenaw Community College and has received a Photographic Technology Certificate, Associates Degree in Science and is in the process of completing a Child Development Associates Degree. Beyond that she has plans to study Occupational Therapy for children. Lexi lives in Howell, has 3 younger brothers, is frequently found surrounded by children since she enjoys being around family and friends. Her favorite place to eat is the Olive Garden. Her favorite hobbies are scrapbooking, taking photos and travel. Lexi would like kids to remember that she is a safe person to rely on and is always available with a smile and a hug. For parents, she would like parents to recognize that she works hard to care for their children the way that she feels they would if they were not at work.

 

Nikki Wiseburn  

Nikki Wiseburn is a two-year-old pre-school teacher at FKS. She lives in Brighton, but was born in Sarasota, FL.  She has a two-year-old little guy of her own named, Artie. Her more extended family includes, a twin sister, an older sister and a younger brother. In her spare time Nikki enjoys being organized and spending time with her family. Her favorite place to eat is Chili’s.
Nikki has spent time as a volunteer assisting with Family Readiness for military families. Outside of her experience as a mom, Nikki doesn’t have any formal early childhood training, but has known her whole life that young children and being a mom were her passion. She is looking forward to attending training at FKS and at Child Connect for Family Success.
Nikki would like for children to remember her as someone who is happy to see them and that they can count on. She would like parents to also see her positive demeanor and feel confident in her genuine care for their children.