WHERE YOUR LEARNING ADVENTURE BEGINS

OUR PRESCHOOL TEACHERS

When it comes to our teachers and assistants, you will find that the standards at The Learning Express Preschool are very high. Our dedicated teachers all hold Bachelors or Masters Degrees in education. Even our assistant teachers have Bachelor's Degrees. The staff is experienced, highly trained, enthusiastic about teaching, and are eager to provide a highly interactive learning environment.

“Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” ~ Rita Pierson

MEET OUR TEACHERS

PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR & YOUNG FIVE'S TEACHER

SAMANTHA PROBEN

PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR & YOUNG FIVE'S TEACHER

I attended Western Michigan University and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Endorsement. I have taught Kindergarten through second grade special education classes in Michigan and in Florida, as well as managing and directing at Camp Mirage for over 10 years. If there is a job with kids, I have probably worked it! I have a dog named Jeter and I love to travel. I am currently trying to check all the national parks off my bucket list! I am full of energy, positivity, and ready to fill my classroom up with smiles!

PRESCHOOL TEACHER, FOUR'S CLASSROOM

JULIE HULL

TEACHER, FOUR'S CLASSROOM

I am looking forward to another great year at preschool! I joined The Learning Express in 2016 and found my true passion in helping young minds to explore and grow. I believe fostering a safe, friendly, fun environment provides children the best opportunity for learning. I received my degree from Eastern Michigan University. I am married and enjoy being a mom to two daughters. When I’m not in the classroom, I like bike riding, music, reading, and spending time with family and friends at our cottage on Burt Lake.

PRESCHOOL TEACHER, FOUR'S CLASSROOM

JANE MCKIMMY

TEACHER, FOUR'S CLASS

I've worked at The Learning Express since 2010, and have loved every minute of it! I have a BS from EMU with a major in Social Work and a professional CDA certification. I have three boys age 18, 16, and 14 and have been married for 21 years. My husband and I love to travel and have been to six continents! In my spare time, I love skiing, yoga, dancing, hiking and swimming.

TEACHER, FOUR'S CLASS

ALLEE SCHELLENBERGER

TEACHER, FOUR'S CLASS

I completed undergraduate work at University of Tampa and am currently finishing my degree in pediatric nursing at University of Michigan. I've worked at Camp Mirage for 4 years and I spent this past summer managing our Junior Program. I love travel and spending time with friends and family. I can't wait to meet all your kiddos!

EARLY PRESCHOOL TEACHER, THREE'S CLASSROOM

CINDY MILLER

TEACHER, THREE'S CLASS

This will be my 5th year as the 3’s lead teacher and I have loved every minute of it!  I have four children (all grown up) as well as dogs and cats, and occasionally a litter of foster kitties.  I am a huge sports fan and enjoy going to Lions games to support my team!  Three-year old’s are constantly questioning and learning how to navigate the world and I love helping them begin that journey.  I am very excited to meet and get to know you and your children and have a fabulous year of fun, friends, learning and play!

ASSISTANT, YOUNG FIVE'S CLASS

COLLIN CAID

ASSISTANT, YOUNG FIVE'S CLASS

I am currently a student at Schoolcraft College studying nursing with a focus on pediatrics. I have spent the last two years as a counselor at a summer camp where I learned that I want to have a future in child care. I’ve always been an athlete so I love to play and watch sports in my free time, especially football, hockey, and lacrosse. I can’t wait to bring my energy and enthusiasm into the classroom and have fun while educating!

ASSISTANT, FOUR'S CLASS

LISA TSAKOFF

ASSISTANT, FOUR'S CLASS

I am so excited to start my adventure at The Learning Express! My husband and I have lived in canton for 8-years. We have 3 children, 2 sons and a daughter. While my kids were younger, I had the opportunity to work in the school district. I really enjoyed working in the classroom and helping children learn. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, sports, walking and board games.

TEACHER, THREE’S CLASS

ZACH TAYLOR

ASSISTANT, THREE'S & FOUR'S CLASS

I can’t wait to put an exciting twist on every activity we do! I’m a freshman at Eastern Michigan University studying neuroscience. I have three sisters, three dogs, and a fish named “Parrot.” I love photography, soccer, and traveling! I’ve been to Costa Rica twice and I’d like to study there someday! I will almost always be laughing, mostly at my own jokes!

TEACHER YOUNG FIVE’S CLASS

TRACIE LOVSIN

ASSISTANT, THREE'S CLASS

My husband Richie and I will be celebrating our 25thanniversary this year. We have 3 wonderful daughters and a very playful black lab, Cooper. While my daughters were in school, I enjoyed being a classroom volunteer, treasurer of the Parent Teacher Group, and creator of an annual science fun night. I love reading, music, cartoons, drinking coffee and the Christmas season. Looking forward to the wonderful year ahead!