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Livonia South Directors

Kelly Durfee


My name is Kelly and I am the Center Director at The Learning Tree- South.  I began my career at The Learning Tree in 2013 and it was the best decision I made!  I graduated from Plymouth High school and then went off to college at CMU. When I returned home I started at Madonna University and graduated from there with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education.

When I started at The Learning Tree I worked in the School Age program, and then moved to the Infant, Toddler, Transitional Preschool and Pre K programs before becoming assistant director. I am currently continuing my education at Madonna University for my masters. 

I recently got engaged to my boyfriend of three years, his name is Robert and he was in the United States Marine Corps. Together we have two dogs, a German Shepard Husky mix and an English bulldog. We are getting married October 20th 2017 and we are very excited for our future. 

I love being a part of The Learning Tree family! I love everything that it has to offer and the curriculum allows them to learn but still be a kid at the same time. I love working with children it has been my passion since I was a child. 

I am excited to be a part of your child's early learning experience and look forward to meeting you here at The Learning Tree - South!


Jon Winn

Assistant Director

Hi, my name is Jonathan Winn. I am the Assistant Director of South as well as being the Head of the School Age program. I have worked for the Learning Tree since 2009 and am currently attending Arizona State University Online working towards my Bachelors in Business Administration.

When I started working for the Learning Tree South, I started out in the Day Camp Program. After that first summer ended, I decided to stay with the Learning Tree and became one of the School Age teachers. Eventually I worked my way up and became the School Age/ Day Camp Program Specialist. I oversee all the planning for the wonderful field trips at all Learning Tree locations. Now I am the Assistant Director of The Learning Tree South while still doing the job as Head of School Age.

I recently got married and have the world’s best Yorkshire named Percy! When I am not at home watching movies with Percy, you can find me out and about running 5k obstacle races, enjoying great food or spending time with my friends and family.

I am excited to be a part of your child's early learning experience and look forward to meeting you here at The Learning Tree - South!


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.


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 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!