• Seahorses - Room C15


    Phone: 734-439-5110

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

    Each week our lesson plan will link together specific curriculum objectives integrating activities that reflect the children’s interests.  Through play, these activities support development in the Creative Curriculum’s Eleven Experiences of Development and Learning (Blocks, Dramatic Play, Toys and Games, Discovery, Sand/Water, Art, Literacy, Technology, Cooking, Music and Movement, and Outdoors).   The Mathematics area includes the preschool edition of the Everyday Math Curriculum used at Paddock. 

    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, gym, and library.

    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.

Contact Lead Teacher

Seahorse Teachers

Ms. Patrice Stover

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Ms. Patrice Stover

I am very excited to be a part of your child’s learning experience.  I approach teaching with a play-based philosophy as children learn by doing.  I believe that all children are unique, having their own interests, needs, and learning styles.  In our classroom, I will provide an environment that will stimulate, enrich, and create a foundation for future academics.  I will also provide the children with age appropriate activities that encourage curiosity, discovery, and encourage problem solving; which will allow for individual growth and development of a positive self-image.  My philosophy reflects the position of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Just a little about me.  I live in Milan and have two children.  I enjoy cooking, gardening, watching sports, and traveling with my family.   I have been working with preschoolers over eighteen years, fourteen of those years here at Paddock.  I have a bachelor’s degree from Madonna University, where I majored in Child Development.

I’m looking forward to working with your child this school year, helping them to build a love for learning!

Mrs. Danielle Huff

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Mrs. Danielle Huff

My name is Danielle Huff. This is my fourth year working at Paddock’s Early Childhood Center. Early childhood education is my passion. I’m currently in my last semester of classes at Eastern Michigan and set to student teach next fall.

I am born and raised in Ann Arbor. I am married to my husband of five years, and we have a wonderful, four-year-old son, Cameron. I enjoy spending time with them, as well as our 2 dogs, Izzy and River.

Thank you so much for allowing me to be apart of your child’s preschool journey! I can’t wait to watch them learn, grow, and explore 

Mrs. Marie Ritenour

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Mrs. Marie Ritenour

Hello, my name is Marie Ritenour.  I have worked for Paddock's Early Childhood Center for nine years.  Over those years, I have worked with the infants and toddlers, Breakfast club, Primetime, preschool and school-age children.  I have also been a sub from many years.  I am currently continuing my education in the field of early childhood.

I moved to Milan in 2001 from Ohio.  I have two children that attend Milan Area Schools. My favorite thing to do is travel with my family.

I am excited to be part of the Seahorse classroom this school year!