Staff

Children’s Place is very proud of our highly qualified staff.  Our lead teachers are Montessori certified, holding certificates from respected training programs.  They also hold BA degrees, one in Psychology and the other with a degree in English and a MAT, Masters in Teaching.   In addition, our classroom assistants are also Montessori trained teachers (2) or Montessori trained assistants (4) with half also having university degrees.  Our special teachers are also certified or highly skilled in their field.  Our director, also Montessori trained, earned an Early Childhood Endorsement with her Michigan State Teaching Certificate.

 

Karen Lumsden

Karen Lumsden

Position

Ms. Karen received her BS in Music from Grand Valley University and attended Orff Schulewerk training in Austria in 1971.  She continued her education with graduate work in Early Childhood Education at Wayne State University and attended Montessori Training in 1977.  Karen and her husband, also Montessori trained, started their first school in 1978.  During the 13 years Open Meadow Montessori  was in operation, she also taught music in public school part time while her husband taught that their school full time.   In 1991, Karen and her mother opened Children’s Place Montessori.  She continued to work part time in Montessori and music until 2000 when she began working full time at Children’s Place.  Karen is married with two children and five grandchildren

Emily Mallin

Emily Mallin

Ms. Emily received her BS in English from Oakland University and her M.Ed from Wayne State University.  After graduation, she attended the Montessori Elementary training at Michigan Montessori Teacher Training Center, affiliated with American Montessori Society, and worked at Children’s Place in our Elementary Program for three years. When we closed our Elementary program, she attended the Preschool/Kindergarten training also at MMTEC and moved into our preschool program. Emily is married with three sons, aged two, four and six. Emily has been with Children’s Place Montessori since 2000.

Aruna Canchi

Aruna Canchi

Jennifer Sellon

Jennifer Sellon

Ms. Jennifer received her B.S. in Public Relation from Univ. of Michigan.  She continued her education at Madonna University, studying both Accounting and Elementary Education.   She attended Montessori Assistant Training at MMTEC in 2014 and received her Certificate.  She has worked at Children’s Place for six years, but has been affiliated with us for much longer as her two adult children attended our school and was an active parent volunteer.  She currently opens the school and welcomes the children at 7:00, moving into Ms. Emily’s room when class begins.  Jennifer is married and has three children, all graduates of Children’s Place Montessori.   

Tahira Hussain

Tahira Hussain

Ms. Tahira received her Montessori training in 2007 at Royal Montessori Training, affiliated with Association Montessori Internationale.  She worked in a Montessori school for four years in Pakistan before coming to the United States.  After settling in Farmington Hills, she began working at Children’s Place.  She continued her education after joining our staff and she now holds a BA in Psychology.  Tahira is married and has one son who is three years old.  Tahira has been with Children’s Place Montessori for eight years.

Colleen Goyette

Uma Muthumani

Uma Muthumani

Ms. Uma received B.S. in Computer Application and M.A. also in Computer Application.  She completed her work on her Early Childhood Montessori Teacher Credential at MMTEC in 2016.  She has worked at Children’s Place Montessori for three years.  She is currently team teaching in one of our classrooms.  Uma is married with one child who will soon be a graduate of Children’s Place Montessori.

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