• Salamanders - Room E38 - Phone: 734-439-5108
    Lead Teacher: Jaime Jagodzinski, jagodzinskij@milanareaschools.org

    Welcome to the Salamander Classroom. 

    In our preschool classroom, children are active participants in the process of learning new concepts through individual and group experiences and activities. Our goal is to provide a classroom where imagination and knowledge can be explored and nurtured, and where play and learning are intertwined. Our preschoolers have many opportunities incorporated into their day to support the development of self-help and social skills which are an important component for their transition to kindergarten. 

    Young children like to seek out activities and play experiences where they can make discoveries and achieve an understanding of their world. Each week our lesson plan will link together specific curriculum items integrating activities that reflect the children’s interests. Through play, these activities support development in the HighScope Curriculum which supports these experiences that children need to help them grow and prosper. The HighScope Curriculum’s content areas and key developmental indicators (KDIs) are guideposts defining both our beliefs about how children develop and the actions we must take to support that development. HighScope’s eight curriculum content areas are: 

    1. Approaches to Learning 
    2. Social and Emotional Development 
    3. Physical Development and Health 
    4. Language, Literacy, and Communication
    5. Mathematics 
    6. Creative Arts 
    7. Science and Technology
    8. Social Studies

    The children have opportunities for hands-on experimenting and interactions with classmates, which encourages them to make predictions and experience outcomes in all areas of learning.  There are also special activities, which include visits to the nature center, music, and gym. Through teacher-directed and child-initiated activities, teachers can observe and assess as children develop and strengthen their skills.  These outcomes are shared with parents during conferences.

    Our goal for the children is a relationship-based environment with peers, teachers, and families working together to enhance learning, create friendships, and promote positive outcomes.

    If you have any questions about our classroom’s curriculum, please do not hesitate to ask a teacher. We are so happy to be working with you this year!

Salamander Reminders, Information and Documents

  • Hello families!  We are excited to see you! 

    • Extra complete set of clothes in ziplock (shoes too if possible).
    • Nap things (need a small blanket...small stuffed buddy and sheet is optional).
    • Family photo (just one to display on our wall...you will get back at the end of the year).
    • Pull-ups or wipes if needed (we will have labeled buckets for their things).
    Please send your child with these:
    • Tennis shoes
    • Light jacket 
    • Healthy choices for lunches 

Salamander Teachers



Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Jaime Jagodzinski

Welcome to the Salamander Classroom! My name is Mrs. Jaime Jagodzinski, students and parents may call me Mrs. J, it's a lot easier. I have worked for Paddock Early Childhood Center since 2004 and took a year and half off in 2013 to be with family. I have my Associates Degree in Early Childhood. My first class of students that I taught back in 2004 are entering their Junior year of high school and my hope is to be here to see your child graduate from Milan.

Mr. J and I have no children of our own but are the best aunt and uncle to 3 nieces and 4 nephews. Family is very important to us both. We are also HUGE MICHIGAN FANS!!! GO BLUE! My husband coaches Varsity and JV football, Middle School Track as well as being a Special Education Teacher Consultant for Saline.

I am excited about getting to know your child and all of you. I see a bright and fun school year with a ton of learning, playing and, best of all, LOVE involved in each day we are together.

Here's a little information about me.

Favorite Color - Brown (It's not the brightest color or the prettiest, but I feel it deserves to be liked...haha.)

How long have you worked for PECC? - I started as an Infant/Toddler Teacher in 2004, took a leave of absence from Fall 2013 - Fall 2014, and have been here ever since.

Hobbies/Interests - I love to clean my house, car and make things organized. I can't keep a plant alive. (Sad, I know..haha.) I enjoy watching my husband coach football and track for Saline and attending my niece and nephew's theatre and sporting events.

Favorite Food/Beverage - Caramel Popcorn/Tropical Smoothie Cafe (Bahama Mama)/French Vanilla Iced Coffee

Family - Family means a lot to me. I am the oldest of three (sister, Jennifer, and brother, Jason). I had the BEST MOM in the WORLD. My amazing dad lives in West Virginia. I have three nieces and four nephews for whom I would do anything for them. My wonderful husband, Chris, and I have been married for 18 years this November and together for 21. He is a Special Education Teacher Consultant for Saline, as well as a football and track coach.

Cassidy Casper



Degrees and Certifications:

Miss Cassidy Casper

Here's a little information about me:

FAVORITE COLOR:  My favorite color is blue! 

HOW LONG  HAVE YOU WORKED FOR PECC: This is my fifth year with PECC. This is my third year in the Salamander room. 

HOBBIES/INTERESTSI have always had a love for baking and art  since I was little. My favorite thing to bake is banana bread. My favorite way to create art is painting. 

FAVORITE FOOD/BEVERAGE: My favorite food is chicken and my favorite beverage is diet coke. 

FAMILY: I am the youngest of two girls. My parents have been married for 34 years. My sister is married with two children. 



Degrees and Certifications:

Miss Kaylee Marlow

Here’s a little information about me:

Favorite Color: My favorite color is pink!

How Long Have You Worked For PECC: This is my second year here at PECC! I had my student teaching in the GSRP hallway in fall 2021 and I loved it so much I had to come back! I am SO excited to be here with your children and in the Salamander classroom!

Hobbies/Interests: Some of my favorite things to do are spending quality time with my friends and family, working on paint by numbers, shopping and going to Red Wings games with my sister at LCA! 

Favorite Food/Beverage: My favorite food is chicken fajitas and my favorite beverage is coffee or coke!

Family: I have a sister who is 5 years older than me (her name is Shaylin) and I have a brother who is 11 months younger than me (his name is Dylan)! My siblings and I are all very close!