Staff

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Priscilla Esquivel, Director

Priscilla serves as the Director of Vineyard Children’s Center. Priscilla has over 15 years of experience teaching in and managing early learning and child care programs. Priscilla has earned a degree in Early Childhood Education, a degree in Child and Family Community Services and a JD. She is also certified in Ohio and Michigan to provide training courses to early education and child development educators. Priscilla is mother to Viviana (aspiring chef), Angelica (U of M student), Julia (Huron High Student) and Alexandra (heading to kindergarten in the fall). Priscilla enjoys working with staff and parents to provide quality early education programs for families. Priscilla lives in Ann Arbor and her hobbies include perusing books and drinking espresso at Literati, enjoying the Ann Arbor parks with the kids and helping her daughter Julia write plays and musicals, and trying to score Hamilton tickets.

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donnellwycheDonnell Wyche, Managing Director

Donnell serves as Managing Director for the Vineyard Children’s Center, and as Executive Pastor for the Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor. Donnell is also the lead developer of a new church management software tool, Community Center for Churches. Donnell grew up in Washington, DC and received his B.A. in computer science from The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. Before joining the Vineyard staff full-time, Donnell worked for IBM in Southfield, Michigan as an eBusiness Solutions Manager. Donnell is married to Maria, father to Mikaela and Sebastian and lives in Ann Arbor.

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Ashley Shock, Assistant Director

Ashley Shock serves as the Assistant Director of Vineyard Children’s Center. She has earned an associates degree in Early Childhood Education and has a strong passion for working with children and families to meet their early education and child care needs.  Ashley has two fur babies Lexi and Chloe that she loves to pieces.  In her free time Ashley enjoys nature and outdoor adventures, puzzles and crafts.  Ashley lives in Britton.

 

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00169Myrna Jones, Assistant Teacher-Infants

 

 

 

 

00166Michelle Jones, Lead Teacher-Mobile Infants

Michelle has a Bachelors of Science degree with a major in Biology and minor in Chemistry. After years of working in that field Michelle decided to follow her dream of teaching. She is currently working on obtaining an associates degree from Baker College in Early Childhood Education and will graduate June 2017. Michelle enjoys working with the mobiles infants as they develop into toddlers.

 

 

 

00180Joanne Lynn, Assistant Teacher-Mobile Infants

 

 

 

 

00168 2Aisha Hamad, Lead Teacher-Two’s

Aisha Hamad has been working at Vineyard Children’s Center for almost 4 years. She is currently studying in the field of Early Childhood Education, and will be graduating with an associate’s degree this spring. Aisha believes that the mind’s of young children are incredible, and it brings her so much joy to be able to work with them daily.  It is her hope to make your child’s experience at VCC worthwhile and exciting!

 

 

 

00170Mary Ann Leidlein, Assistant Teacher-Two’s

 

 

 

 

00183 2Naga Narayana-Pillai, Assistant Teacher-Two’s and Pre-K

 

 

 

 

00172Kaia Houston, Lead Teacher-Preschool

 

 

 

 

00174Rose Koutsavidis, Assistant Teacher-Preschool

 

 

 

 

00179Marsha Tam, Lead Teacher-PreK

Marsha earned her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University majoring in English with concentrations in Education and Communications. Marsha is currently working on her Child Development Associate credential for PreK. Marsha takes special care in preparing her students for a successful kindergarten experience.  She looks forward to her time spent with her PreK family, discovering how they can learn, grow and develop together. Marsha is originally from Metro-Detroit and has lived in Ann Arbor since 2011.

 

 

Rachael Smith, Assistant Teacher-PreK

Rachael is currently a sophomore at Eastern Michigan University working toward a bachelor’s degree in Children and Family Studies. Rachael has been around kids her whole life and enjoys being able to watch them grow and learn new things everyday. Rachael has a passion for aiding in the learning process and being a role model. Rachael recently became engaged and has a fur baby puppy named Theo and a fluffy white cat named Luna. In her free time she likes to take her puppy for walks, crafting, and hanging out with her sorority sisters. Her mom and dad are the biggest inspiration in her life because they have pushed her to be the person she is today!

 

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Taylor Smithson, Classroom Support Staff

 

 

 

 

00182Crystal Khisa, Classroom Support Staff

 

 

 

 

Alaisha McClain, Classroom Support Staff

 

 

 

 

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Mallary Haworth, Classroom Support Staff

 

 

 

logoKatrina Dresaj, Classroom Support Staff