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That’s the most popular question that I hear from the kids at FKS. It’s important to them to know who is at the top of the hierarchy, but they are often taken by surprise by the answer. My answer to them…“No, I’m not the principal…I’m a teacher that has some other jobs to do too.” While I did create the policies, program descriptions, handbooks, and I did secure a space for us to work out of, I still see myself as one of the teachers.
FKS has a very talented staff that depend on each other’s strengths to make a well-rounded team. These professionals not only care for each child as an individual, but they can also explain our programs, share our philosophy of caring for the whole family, and welcome friends into ours safe and loving environment that we all work hard to make fun and educational.
Born in: Ann Arbor, Michigan, and raised in Dexter, Michigan
About my family: My husband Daniel and I live in Howell with our three children Isabel, Liam and Lennon and our two dogs, Oberon and Sophia.
What I like to do for fun: I enjoy gardening, cheering on my daughter’s softball team and taking long naps!
My favorite place to eat:
For a night on the town- One Under in Livonia For a family affair- RedBrick in Dexter For delicious snacking- The Cheese Lady in Farmington (YUM)
Education & Experience: I have been at For Kid’s Sake since 2005, working with every age group throughout the years, and discovered that my heart belongs to the infants and toddlers. My education has been primarily in Early Education.
How do you want children to remember me: I want children to remember me as someone who genuinely enjoyed our time together, who they trusted with all of their big or small emotions, and was always willing to make a mess for the sake of learning!
How do I want parents to remember me: I would like parents to remember me as someone who is approachable and gentle, someone who sees and appreciates all of the qualities that are unique and special about their little one, and is invested in offering their child a rich and fulfilling experience..
Isabel was born in Jackson, Michigan. She was raised by her adoptive parents since the age of three. She also gained a brother and sister. Isabel, along with her husband Dave and her daughter Heather, are Pinckney locals. Isabel has been able to be found in the Infant/Toddler room at FKS since Jan of 2009. Isabel had her first professional experience with children while working years for LESA (Livingston Educational Service Agency) in their Pinckney Head Start Program which just happened to be in the same building as FKS at one time. Kids could be heard through the halls yelling, “”Hi Ms. Isabel.”. Boy did we know that she was good then because the kids loved her so much. Since January of 2009, our FKS kids have grown to love and depend on her. Isabel would like for parents to remember her for her kindness to the kids, honesty to parents, and for giving parents a reassured feeling that their kids are safe, loved, and happy in her care.
Lisa Ashba lives in Pinckney. She is married to her husband, Mark, and they have 4 children (Jessica 32, Brianna 29, Ashlee 12, & Nathaniel 10). Lisa is a long time veteran of childcare working with Infants and Toddlers and their families for 24 years and at FKS since March 2011. You might find it interesting that 3 years of her experience was spent with the teen moms program in the Oxford School System. In that program, she not only cared for children, but she also guided young and inexperienced mothers trying to finish school. If Lisa had to pick her favorite time of the day at FKS it would be cuddling with our youngest friends and visiting with their parents.
Nichole is another welcomed addition the our FKS Family since August of 2014. Nichole is our 3 yr old pre-school teacher. She was born in Sandusky, Michigan (no theme park!). She recently moved to Pinckney from Belleville with her husband Dale, 12 year-old son and 6 year-old daughter. In her free time, Nichole enjoys bike riding and camping. Her favorite place to eat is at Outback. Nichole’s education began when she served 4 years in the United Stated Navy as a Gas Turbine Mechanic. Next, she graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. Nichole would like for the kids to remember her as a kind and gentle teacher who helped them through the early years.
Born in: Ann Arbor, Michigan
About my family: I live in Linden, Michigan with my soon to be husband Garrett and our collection of critters. 1 PERECT dog, 8 chickens, 1 snake (ball python), and a 125 gallon fish tank with about 20 residents including a fresh water eel and a frog! I come from a big family with lots of brothers and sisters that I am thankful to have great relationships with. My family is blended but as a result i have had the opportunity to gain even more people in my circle and my family is twice as big and matches that with laughter, chaos, fun, love, and support. I am lucky enough to be inheriting a sister-in-law and another set of parents that treat me like one of their own. I look forward to seeing how my “family” will continue to evolve.
What I like to do for fun: For me, having fun comes from being with my people, friends and family alike. Anything from just hanging to spending a weekend exploring outside. I also enjoy photography and taking care of my critters.
My favorite place to eat: I love anything that involves eating food, but Panda Express is always a win. Or anywhere that has ice cream.
Education & Experience: I have been part of the FKS family since the very beginning, but I officially started working there in 2011. Since then I have continued training in child development. I have an Associates Degree (including some early childhood classes) from Lansing Community College and then started at EMU to pursue Biology (more specifically, Zoology). I decided to put that on hold for a summer to try my hand at dog grooming. I finished grooming school in 2017 and since then, whenever I am not at FKS I am working at a grooming shop in Hamburg.
How do you want children to remember me: I want the kids to remember me as someone was always excited to see them and happy to bring in my unusual pets for, “show and share”. I want them to remember me as a safe place for any feeling they were having.
How do I want parents to remember me: I want the parents to remember me as someone who was always willing to lend a hand and give that little bit extra when their little person needed it. I want to be remembered as someone they trusted and were happy to leave their baby with when they couldn’t be with them.
Jill is another welcomed addition the our FKS Family since March of 2019. Jill was born in Lincoln Park, MI, has been married for 31 years has a son and daughter that have both graduated from Pinckney. For fun, Jill enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with friends and family. Her favorite place to eat is Outback Steakhouse.
Educationally, Jill majored in Early Childhood Education and has worked locally for the last 30+ years with pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. Jill would like for children to remember her as loving, fun & comforting. And she would like parents to think of her as welcoming, knowledgeable, approachable & caring. Please feel free to say hello and welcome her to our FKS family.
Born: Ann Arbor, Michigan
About my family: I live with my husband Chris and our fur baby Luna
What I like to do for fun: For fun, I like reading, traveling, exploring hiking trails wherever I go, cooking, crafting, and spending time with my family.
My favorite place to eat: My favorite places to eat are Gus’s and the Pinckney Diner
Education & Experience: Bachelor of Social Work with a Youth Services minor from Saginaw Valley State University, Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. I’ve worked at FKS since 2016. I also work locally as a children’s therapist. In this position I also facilitate a Caregiver Education Workshop for parents of traumatized youth. In 2014 I went to the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project Primary School in Uganda to tutor and provide life skills education to their students.
How do you want children to remember me: I want children to remember me as someone they are comfortable with, a good listener, and someone that makes them laugh.
How do I want parents to remember me: I want parents to remember me as someone that they can trust and someone that understands the unique abilities and personalities of each child.
Micki has been a Infant/Toddler teacher at FKS on & off since June of 2014. She was born in Southfield, MI and is a local Pinckney resident with her husband Rodney and 2 sons. She enjoys reading, scrap booking and going out to eat at Buffalo Wild Wings. Educationally, Micki has a Bachelors Degree in Education from Central Michigan University. When asked how Micki would like for children to remember her, Micki says that she would like to be remembered as funny, kind, playful & caring. When it comes to our FKS parents, she would like to be remembered as responsible, approachable, friendly & loving.
Heather’s familiar smiling face has been a friend of FKS since she was in elementary school. Now, as a mom of Camille & Bentley and a wife to Justin, Heather is considered specially connected and has worked with all of the age groups at FKS since 2016. Heather likes to spend time with her husband and kids. In their spare time, they travel to do as many family fun activities as possible. Her favorite place to eat is El Patron in Howell. While Heather is mostly trained with young children by being so closely connected to FKS, her mom is also an early childhood veteran & she is a combat trained mom of 2 young children of her own. Formally, Heather is also attending training so that in the near future she will receive a Child Development Associates Degree. When Heather thinks of how she would like for children to remember her, she says, “I want children to remember me as fun & trustworthy.” Where parents are concerned, she says, “I would like parents to recognize that I’m welcoming and will be sure to show their children love.”