Our teachers

  • Little Hornet classrooms have qualified teaching teams to support low adult-to-child ratios. Our ratio of one teacher for every eight children ensures individualized attention and instruction. Lead teachers have earned a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood or Elementary Education. All lead and assistant teachers are required to complete 24 hours of training annually and are certified in CPR and First Aid.

Ms. Melinda Jarman

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Ms. Melinda Jarman

Mindi Jarman has been a Lead Teacher since 2017 and loves being a Little Hornet! She teaches 2 classes; the Monday, Wednesday, Friday half-day Kindergarten Readiness and the Tuesday, Thursday half-day Preschool Introduction. Ms. Jarman is passionate about having her students explore the world inside and outside the class. She incorporates nature, environment, and sustainability into her lessons. She works with students to help them succeed, love learning, and enjoy school as much as she does. Ms. Jarman attended Michigan State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities with concentrations in Spanish and History. Shortly after graduating, she moved to the Dominican Republic where she created curriculum and taught English. Upon returning to the United States, Ms. Jarman worked in a bakery for several years. During that time, she realized her passion was working with children. She began teaching 2 year olds and loved every second. Ms. Jarman earned her Master's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Michigan. She has taught Kindergarten in Ann Arbor and Madison Heights before returning to preschool.

Mrs. Tanya Burton

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Mrs. Tanya Burton

Mrs. Burton has been with the program since 2012 and is excited to be a Little Hornet. She has a passion for teaching and has over fifteen years experience as an elementary and preschool teacher. Mrs. Burton earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Centeral Michigan University. In addition, she has a Masters degree in Elementary Education and Curriculum and Teaching from Michigan State University. Outside of school, Mrs. Burton loves to spend time with her husband and three children, playing with her dog Maggie, and watching sports. 

Ms. Modestina Golnick

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Ms. Modestina Golnick

Mrs. Modestina Golnick teachers the kindergarten Readiness preschool classes. She combines her teaching skills, knowledge of early childhood development, and love of music to educate young learners at Little Hornets. Her postsecondary education began at Central Michigan Univeristy where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Theater. In December of 2019, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Rochester University. Mrs. Golnick has worked in Great Start Readiness Program preschool rooms for the past five years both in Lansing and Detroit. She has traveled all over the world teaching and performing.