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Brittany Ellis


Some of you may recognize my smiling face! My name is Brittany Ellis and I am proud to say I am The Learning Tree Howell- Director! The Learning Tree Howell was and always will be my home and this center holds a very special place in heart. I have been employed at the Learning Tree since January of 2012. I started as a lead infant teacher in the Infant 1 room here at Howell. All while being a classroom teacher I was also attending school at Schoolcraft College. My school schedule lead me into the next part of my Learning Tree journey. I began to help out at all five centers as a substitute teacher in 2015. After subbing for a semester a Lead Infant Teacher position opened up and called my name at our South location. I was the lead in this class for a couple of months and then the assistant director position opened up at South in February of 2016. I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity for the job. Being in the office for the past year has showed to me that I am exactly where I belong.

Working in childcare isn't a just a job for me. It is a part of who I  am and I love waking each and every day and going to work. You know the saying "Do what you love, and you’ll never work another day in your life."  Well it is true! Working in the office alongside with families, children and teachers has been a dream come true. I love being able to help each and every person in the center. I am beyond excited to be returning to the Howell center as I continue my journey. I can't wait to meet all of the new families and to reconnect with the previous families. As of December 2015, I graduated Schoolcraft College with my Early Childhood Degree. You can find me outside of work getting crafty, enjoying family time and making memories! I love traveling to new places and seeing new places. If I'm not exploring somewhere new, I love reading a good book or catching up on a TV series!


Brittany Hemmi

Assistant Director


Hello! My name is Brittany and I am the Assistant Director at The Learning Tree Howell! I have worked with children ranging in ages from 2 to 11 years old througbeing a teacher’s aide for many years to field work for school. I began working in the Toddler program here at The Learning Tree in January 2014 before moving up to the assistant director position! 

A little bit more about me; I was born in Sault Ste. Marie and lived in the Brimley area until I was five.  Ever since then I have lived in the Hartland/Linden area, graduating from Hartland Schools.  I got my Associates in Early Childhood Education from Baker College of Flint. 

When I am not at the Learning Tree I am both spending time at home with my dog Annabelle and cat Kitty as well as helping out at Horses Haven a local horse rescue where I volunteer every week.  During the warmer months you can find me out in the woods camping with my whole family or outside in the garden working on my vegetable and flower beds. I can also be found in the Learning Tree gardens helping teach the kids about caring for and growing their own food, a true passion of mine.

I love getting to make connections with all of the kids who cross my path.  I am excited to work here with your children and provide them a nurturing home away from home! 


Karen Ballard

Regional Director

Learning Tree Child CareMy name is Karen Ballard and I began my career with The Learning Tree in August of 1998 as a Head Teacher in a toddler classroom. My passion for early childhood education was fueled in that class and my love for children and their families grew. In June of 2002 I switched gears a bit and transferred to The South Lyon Learning Tree as the center Director. It was as a Director that I became enthusiastic about watching children and teachers grow and learn. In December of 2003, I was given the opportunity to be Regional Director, overseeing the operations of all three Learning Trees.

As Regional Director, I have the pleasure of traveling from center to center throughout the week, talking with parents, training the administration at each center and I still find the time to do what I love most - play  with the children! This past September, I opened The Learning Tree’s newest center as the Director of The Learning Tree—West!

I graduated from William Tyndale College in December of 1998 with a degree in Early Childhood Education and am continuing my education at Madonna University. 

I have a five-year-old daughter, Olivia and when I am not at work we enjoy playing princess, having tea parties and practicing our ballerina skills! We recently took a trip to Disney where we met many Disney princesses! I also love being outside in the sunshine and crafting it up!

I look forward to being a part of each child’s early learning experience and know that The Learning Tree is the perfect fit for you and your family.

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Andrea Brown

Regional Director

I love being part of such an amazing company that cares about each family and staff that are part of each school. I’ve had the opportunity to hold several positions at The Learning Tree; Teacher, Assistant Director, Director and since 2012, Regional Director.  My Regional Director duties involve supporting our classroom quality and curriculum with Curriculum Directors and Teachers, also, I manage all of the marketing at The Learning Tree. I graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Special Education.  I currently enjoy furthering my education and training by being an active member of several national business and marketing groups, as well as attending curriculum conferences throughout the year.

 My co-workers know that my favorite part of being a Regional Director (besides being paperless) is my passion for supporting teachers and making The Learning Tree more fun with their ideas and feedback.  I also have a huge passion for Highscope Curriculum and enjoy training staff on all parts of Highscope.  I love that I get to be part of a team that is excited about true quality for child development.  Together, we continue to improve the quality of our program and it’s important to me that we are continuously striving to be better. I don’t have an office so I am always out and about at a different location every day, hands on, with our team. I love to read the news and write about anything!  Traveling out of state just to go on a hike is one of my favorite things to do.  I love the state of California, but I love exploring Michigan even more.

  Meet Andrea Brown 

Alexis McNett

Curriculum Director

Hello, my name is Alexis McNett! I​ started working with children in 2006 but​ began my career with The Learning Tree at our South Lyon location as the Assistant in the Toddler classroom in February of 2013. Shortly after starting I found my true passion was in the Infant Program and transferred to the Infant classroom as the Lead where I began my role as the Infant Program Specialist for all 5 centers! I was proud to receive a 5 star rating through Great Start while in this classroom. In May of 2014, I was happy to accept the position at the Howell location as the Assistant Director! I have always know that my true passion is Quality Curriculum in the classroom and found my true fit within the company as the Curriculum Director in September of 2016.

In my free time I enjoy being outside, DIY activities and spending time with my husband, Ian who I married in May of 2016. The Learning Tree has been a facilitator in my growth as a person and educated me on many important things in my life, such as eating healthy organic meals,
physical wellness and being green! I love being part of the Teachers orientation process and helping the every classroom provide high quality curriculum for the families in their program!


Claire Glass

Curriculum Director

Hello! I started working for the Learning Tree in January of 2012 at the South Lyon location. My career started as a Pre-K assistant, then I transitioned to being the Lead Teacher of the Pre-K classroom in September of 2012. I was the Lead Teacher for over three years in South Lyon.

I am thrilled to be working at all five locations within the transitional preschool through PreK programs as the Curriculum Director, helping teachers with training, curriculum, program quality, and more! I love working with this age and have so much fun seeing the children grow and develop! In my free time, I enjoy triathlons, rock climbing, photography, serving at my church, and spending time with family and friends!                                                                           

Erica Bishop

Regional Office Manager

I began working for The Learning Tree in 2005 as an Assistant Toddler Teacher. Soon after I became the Lead Teacher and had the joy of teaching toddlers for 5 years. I am blessed to work for a company that sees the strengths in each individual and supports their development. More opportunities were created to support my passion for helping teachers and children including center floater, resource coordinator, toddler program specialist, Assistant Director and my current role as Regional Office Manager.

As Regional Office Manager, I have the privilege of traveling to all 5 locations to help keep the offices and directors organized 
so that they can support their teachers and keep their centers running as smooth as possible. A fun part of my job is introducing essential oils to the staff through make and takes on their lunch breaks and training each center's Essential Oil Resident Expert. My latest special project is helping lead and kick off a new wellness program at all centers.