South Lyon


Livonia South

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Livonia West

Livonia West Directors



Jen Hamady


Hi, my name is Jen Hamady.  I rejoined The Learning Tree at the beginning of 2015, as a Pre-K teacher, at our North Location.  I started with the company in 2009, as a Preschool teacher and left in the fall of 2010 to return to school.  Since then, I have graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.  I received honorable distinction for academic achievement and am licensed by the State of Michigan as an elementary teacher.  I also hold endorsements in both Mathematics and Integrated Science from the state. 

Two weeks after opening my Pre-K room at the North Center, I was offered an opportunity to further my career at The Learning Tree – West Location, as the Assistant Director!  I am overjoyed to be back at The Learning Tree to serve our wonderful families and feel more prepared than ever! 

My daughter, Madison, who is now 10 years-old, loves The Learning Tree and is super excited to be back as well.  She started in Pre-K (2009) and is now a fifth grader attending the before & after school program.  Wow, time flies and they grow way too fast.  In addition to my daughter, my family includes my amazing husband, Brian, and a cute rescue doggie named Lucy. 

When I have free time, I like to read professional, peer-reviewed, education and medical journals (believe it or not) to keep current and informed.  I’ll share bits and pieces of my favorites with you.  My moto is, every great teacher is a life-long learner and even though I’m transitioning into an administrative role, I will always be a teacher at heart.  I’m eager to get to know everyone here at West and will be spending my first days and weeks introducing myself and chatting with as many staff members and families as I can.  I can’t wait to meet you!

Angie White 

Assistant Director

Hi, my name is Angela White. I went to school at Eastern Michigan and received my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and have worked with children for the past 2years. 

have enjoyed working with children for as long as I can remember. Helping them grow and experience things for the first time has become my passion.  The expression on their faces when they have accomplished something or retained something that I have shown them is priceless. It is truly what pushes me and keeps me going. I always believed you are never too young to learn something and I always encourage my kids and parents to reach for those goals as early as possible!

 I started with The Learning Tree - West in January 2015, as the Lead TPS teacher. I loved working with my little kiddos and seeing them grow.  In the summer of 2016 I decided to take a short summer break to spend time with my children. Once I returned I was offered a great opportunity to further my career and was offered the Assistant Director position in December 2016.  I was so excited to not only be able to work in every room but to also have opportunity to work with the wonderful parents at the Learning Tree.

When I do have some free time I love the outdoors, seeing and trying new things and being with my two wonderful busy children.  My daughter, Asia is 12 and my son Ricky is 10, they keep me pretty busy! From my daughter playing volleyball and multiple mall trips to my son playing basketball, baseball and hanging with his friends! When I do get a chance to just chill, I take it as often as I can!    


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 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.