• Tree Frogs - Room E42 - Phone: 734-439-554

    MTW Lead Teacher: Carina White, whiteca@milanareaschools.org

    Th/F Lead Teacher: Amber Scott, scotta@milanareaschools.org

    Welcome to our Tree Frog community!  In our preschool classroom, children are active participants in the process of learning new concepts through individual and group experiences and activities. 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!

Tree Frog Teachers

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Mrs. Carina White

My name is Carina White and I’ve been married to my husband, Matt for 20 years. We have two beautiful daughters, Vanessa
who is 19 years old and Alexis who is 16 years old. We have lived in Milan for 16 years and have enjoyed the friendly community.

I have earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University, a State of Michigan Provisional Teaching Certificate and my CDA credential to enhance my education. I have substitute taught at both of Milan’s elementary schools, Paddock and Symons, and have been part of Paddock’s Early Childhood Center for 10 years. PECC has provided me with lots of friendships and memorable experiences.

This year I hope to help your children build a strong foundation for success in education by encouraging self-confidence, pride and the joy of learning. I look forward to working with your family!

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Mrs. Amber Scott

My name is Amber Scott and I have worked at Paddock’s Early Childhood Center since 2015.  In 1999, I received my CDA and have been working with children ever since! 

I live in Milan with my husband of 29 years and our two sons, Max and Levi.  I look forward to becoming a part of your child's preschool experience and having lots of fun!

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Mrs. Sarah Orr

Hi, my name is Sara Orr. I have two children of my own: Savannah, who is 14 and Travis (TJ), who is 11. I had the pleasure of being a paraprofessional for 10 years at Summit Academy North, and here at Milan Area Schools. I took about a year and a half off to help my husband navigate taking over the family business. Although I enjoyed working alongside my husband, I just kept feeling like something was missing. I was missing all of the love that filled my heart from all the children, their smiles and their hugs! I am excited about taking this journey with all of you as we watch/support your kids grow and develop. When I am not working, I love doing arts and crafts. I enjoy bowling. My family and I love to travel. We are huge Michigan Wolverines fans. Go blue!

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Ms. Stephanie Riggs

My name is Stephanie and I'm a proud mother of 4. I have 2 teenage boys, Cayden and Jacob, and 2 beautiful girls, Layla and Everly. I've always had a passion for children since I was a child myself. We are a football family and you will see us at all of the Milan games! My husband and I love camping in our spare time. We enjoy it every weekend we can with our family! I look forward to a great year with all of the new kids and their parents. I cannot wait to watch them grow and learn!