South Lyon


Livonia South

Livonia North

Livonia West

  • Serving a 5 Star Fresh Organic Menu

    Serving a 5 Star Fresh Organic Menu

    Healthy snacks and meals are all included. We provide breakfast, lunch and 3 snacks throughout the day. Learning healthy eating habits is important for young children.
  • Kid Reports

    Kid Reports

    Communication is taken to the next level at The Learning Tree. Parents receive constant updates and pictures regarding their child's day. "Kids Reports is really wonderful. It's nice to be able to take a look during the day and see what my daughter has been up to. Whether she napped or ate all her bottles. etc. I also really love getting pictures while I'm at work!" -Brooke Mullender, Parent.
  • ZONO Sanitizer

    ZONO Sanitizer

    At The Learning Tree we are passionate about the healthiest and safest choices. We are proud to be the first childcare center in the State of Michigan to use ZONO Sanitizer as an additional step in our cleaning procedure in each classroom. We have watched illness drop year after year and have ZONO to thank.
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Livonia South Directors

Samantha Greenwell


My name is Samantha and I am the Center Director at The Learning Tree- South.  I grew up in a small town in Southern Indiana and graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education.  I have taught Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten, and have been a Director for the past 3 years.  


I am a mother of two children.  My daughter, Lily, is six years old.  She started Kindergarten this past fall.  My son, Nicolas, is two years old.  He loves cars and going fast!  My husband, Jason, and I were high school sweethearts and are HUGE Indiana University Basketball fans.  Go Hoosiers!


Brittany Ellis

Assistant Director

Hi, my name is Brittany Ellis! I’ve been working at the Learning Tree since January 2012. I have an Infant/Toddler CDA and I am attending Schoolcraft College for my Early Childhood Associates degree which I will have in December.  I was an infant lead at the Howell center until June of 2015. I took some classes during the summer and came back in November. I started as a substitute and found my new home in the infant one room here at South!

I am excited to now have reached a new career goal for myself which is becoming an Assistant Director! Working with children is my passion and now I have the opportunity to work with each family that is a part of our center. I love being able to help out each and every classroom grow and succeed.  

When I am not here at the center, I enjoy reading a good book, arts and crafts or catching up on good movies or walking my little bundle of joy dog, Copper!                                                                                           


Karen Ballard

Regional Director / 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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