"Our teachers are really the heart of our center. They lead with enthusiasm, values and compassion."
“I have always loved working with children; they inspire me to be the best person I can be. Children help you see things from a whole new perspective. There is never a dull moment around children, and I love that!”
Hailey Pratt began her childcare experience in 2010 in the early childhood program at the Technology Center. She then moved into a teacher’s aide position at Vassar high school head start and latch key. Hailey started working for EduPlay in October of 2014. She has completed her Child Development Associates in 2016 at Delta College and is currently working towards her associate’s degree in early childhood education. Hailey enjoys coaching volleyball, camping, and spending time with her family.
Our teachers are really the heart of our center. They lead with enthusiasm, values and compassion. We build cohesive teams by valuing each teacher’s strengths and contributions within the programs and recognizing the relationships with the children in their care. Our teachers understand that children learn best when they are provided a foundation of warm, responsive care and a genuine loving relationship is built with their teacher.We are very fortunate to have an amazing team of talented teachers at EduPlay who are passionate in what they do and care deeply about the children.
Lead Teacher - Waddler Room
“The one thing I love most about working with children is being able to watch them work hard and succeed at things every single day!”
Rachel Smith began working in a childcare setting in 2014. In March of 2015, she began working at EduPlay Childcare in Frankenmuth. Growing up Rachel loved to babysit and she always knew she wanted to work with children one day. Rachel completed her Child Development Associate in 2016 at Delta College and is currently working towards getting her associates degree in Early Childhood Education. When she is not working at EduPlay, you can find her at Dance Performance Academy in Frankenmuth, where she teaches tap, jazz, ballet and kick line to children of all ages.
Lead Teacher - Infant Room
"I love watching children learn and grow and see how proud they are when they accomplish something new."
Jill Weber started her childcare journey in 2005 . She received her Childhood Development Associates from Delta College in 2011. She began employment at EduPlay in 2017. Jill is married to her husband John and has three daughters and two young grandchildren. She loves going up north, having bonfires, and heading to one of the Great Lakes to spend time with family.
Kimberly Zehnder, Owner
Some of the best times in our lives are spent as a child exploring, learning and imagining. These years are also the most valuable when comes to learning and absorbing all the information and experiences we are given. These are the brain's critical developmental years. The first few years in a child's life are an extraordinary period of cognitive and emotional growth, brain development and language acquisition. The older we get the more we forget just how precious and fleeting these moments were for us, not to mention how important they were to our brain's development.
Imagine an early childhood program and after-school program that not only meets the child care needs of parents during these periods of critical development, but that also provides opportunities for in depth exploration and discovery in the areas of science and creative arts in an activity based learning environment.
EduPlay aims to offer quality early childhood services with flexible hours that support local parents as well as those employed in the tourist industry within the community. We will provide close personal attention and an activity based learning environment that encourages exploration and discovery. These qualities are essential to providing a quality and creative learning experience that promotes the development of the whole child.
Lead Teacher - Toddler Room
"What I love most about working with children is their fearlessness. They have a whole world to discover filled with new and exciting, sometimes terrifying things. I love seeing their genuine reaction when they are learning. There is nothing more rewarding than experiencing that with them"
Makenzie Buetow began her childcare experience in 2016. She started her employment at EduPlay in January of 2019 as an assistant teacher, and is now a lead teacher in the toddler room. Before working in childcare, Makenzie taught swim lessons to young children and children and adults with special needs. She also coached middle school volleyball for several years. She is currently working towards a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education Administration. Her goal is to become a childcare director. Makenzie loves spending time with her friends and family, especially her two young nephews. She enjoys concerts, baking, crafting, and swimming.
Lead Teacher - Early Preschool
"What I love most about working with children is they always keep me on my toes! They love learning new things and I even learn new things from them every day as well. I love being apart of that experience!"
Libbey Chelekis began working in childcare in 2014 at the Rainbow Preschool at the Tuscola Technology Center in Caro, where she earned her Childhood Development Associates. She began employment at EduPlay in 2018 and is currently a lead teacher in the Early Preschool room. Libbey is newly married to her husband Martin. Her goals are to be a great mom and a role model to her students. Her hobbies include painting, reading, bike riding, swimming, camping, and hiking.
Jaclyn Bell Hershey
“Having children was the greatest achievement in my life, and such a blessing. I love to see the excitement on a child’s face after learning something new, and when they have conquered a new skill.”
Lead Teacher - Preschool Room
Jaclyn Bell Hershey began her childcare experience as a teacher’s aid in 2005 and became a Lead Teacher 2007. She began working at EduPlay in 2016. She received her Child Development Associate from Delta College in 2017 and is currently a Lead Teacher for the Preschool class. Jaclyn has been married to her husband Curtis for 6 years and they have two beautiful daughters. She enjoys
scrapbooking, camping, biking, and spending time outdoors with her family.
Lead Teacher - Pre-Kindergarden Room
“I have a passion for working with young children because I have the privilege to watch children grow and make discoveries daily. I grew up in a family of 9 and I loved helping my parents care for my sisters and brothers when I was growing up. It was a part of my childhood that I truly enjoyed.”
Karen Pratt received her Child Development Associate from Delta College in 2017. She began working at EduPlay in March 2016 as an assistant Lead teacher. She has been married to her husband, Dave, for 35 years and has raised four boys of her own. Karen has two daughter-in-laws and two grandchildren, who she loves to spend time with whenever possible. She enjoys sewing, hiking, traveling, gardening, and helping others. Her passions in life are being a mother, grandmother, taking care of family and teaching children.