Ms. Jenn opened Jellybean in 1999. She started out in her home caring for 12 children. While she was in her home, she became nationally accredited and acquired her degree in early childhood education. In 2011, she opened the center which allows 54 children, their families, and 12 teachers the opportunity to share their lives. She lives at home with her husband, an all around handy man, who helped her make her dream of opening a center come true. She has 2 beautiful children, Kaitlyn (Kiki) and Jonathon (Bubby), and two sweet grandbabies, Nova and Sonny.
Julie has been working at Jellybean since it first opened in 1999. She loves working with the children and their families. In 2018, she received her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her husband Jamie, and her family and friends. She loves to organize, listen to music, craft on her Cricut, play pickleball, read, and make "to do" lists.
Kiki is Co-Director of Jellybean, sharing responsibilities with Juju. She has been a part of Jellybean since it opened and loves every second of it. During her downtime, she loves baking, hand lettering, hiking, yoga, and spending time with her husband and two kiddos.
Logan has her CDA and Associates Degree as a Child Care professional from WCC. She is transferring to EMU to finish her Bachelors in Children and Families. Her long-term goal is to have a center of her own. She loves working with children because she loves to watch them grow and learn. When not at work, she is spending time with her husband Jason and their dog, Duke. In her free time, she enjoys walking with Duke, reading, crafting, and spending time with her family.
Melissa has been at Jellybean for almost 8 years. She has her Associates Degree in Childcare Professionalism. When not at work, she loves spending time with her boyfriend and stepson, baking, and finding new outdoor adventures to go on.
Beth has 20+ years of experience working with children. She loves working with the children in all areas of the center and helping them grow. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends (including her cat, Chloe).
Mary loves spending time with her friends, drawing, and making crafts. Her favorite holiday is Halloween!
Cheyenne is going on 4 years of working at Jellybean! She is thankful for all the time she has spent with children learning and growing. Cheyenne has her Bachelors Degree in Business Management from Concordia University Ann Arbor, where she was a student athlete. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and family, working out, making quilts, and spending time at her house in northern Michigan
From a young age, Sam knew she wanted to be a teacher. After studying Early Childhood Education at MCC and education at GVSU, she was inspired by the Reggio-Emilia approach to learning and has made it her goal to teach each unique child and her learning style. She is dedicated to keeping play as the center of learning and guiding the children to become their own individual. In her free time, Sam enjoys going on hikes with her husband and hanging out with friends and family, including their two cats, Theo and Percy.
Savanna finds happiness in plants, kids, and being outside. She's planning on continuing school to pursue a career in Environmental Science. In the meantime, she enjoys working among kids and hanging out with the ones she loves most.
Alexus has wanted to be a teacher since she was young. She is currently working toward her degree in Elementary Education at Eastern Michigan University. She has a small shih-poo mix named Ceasar. She enjoys reading, watching TV shows, and hanging out with her family.
Jo is working towards her Bachelor’s Degree at Eastern Michigan University for Communication Sciences and Disorders. She hopes to one day work in a school as a Speech and Language Pathologist. She loves working with kids and encouraging their imagination and creativity as well as their growth as individuals. In her free time, she loves to spend quality time with her family, best friends, cat, and girlfriend. She also loves to read, draw, oil paint, and hike.
In her free time, Sarah likes to play golf, go shopping, and watch movies. She also loves spending time with her friends and family and snuggling with her dog, Sadie. She genuinely enjoys interacting with kids and learning about each of their individual personalities. She is happy to have found a position that allows her to do this every day.