• Sea Otters - Room E36  Phone: 734-439-5116

    Lead Teacher: Jeanette Bahn, bahnj@milanareaschools.org


    Welcome to our Sea Otter community!  In our preschool classroom, children are active participants in the process of learning new concepts through individual and group experiences and activities. Our Sea Otters have many opportunities incorporated into their day to support the development of self-help and social skills, which are an important component of 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

    Children have opportunities for hands-on experiments 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 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!

Sea Otter Teachers



Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Jeanette Bahn

Hello! My name is Jeanette Bahn and I will be one of your child’s teachers this upcoming school year. I believe that every child is unique, and has their own
interests, and ways of learning. In our classroom, we will learn through play, as children learn best by doing.

A little about me. I live in Belleville with my husband Jeff, and our two boys, Gage (16) and Zane (10). Gage will be going into the 11th grade this year and Zane in the 5th. I enjoy bonfires, camping, and spending time with family.

I have my associate degree in early childhood and am working on my Bachelors degree in Early Childhood. I have worked with children for over 24 years.

I look forward to getting to know you and your child this school year.



Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Anne Girbach

Welcome PECC Families

My name is Anne Girbach (gear-bah). I am excited to begin my 17th year at Paddock’s Early Childhood Center.

I have lived in this community for over 30 years. I have been married to my husband, Bryan, for 28 years. We have two sons, Bryce and Reece. Bryce is 25 and is working in the Civil Engineering field. Reece is 22 and is in WCC’s welding program. He also works at a manufacturing plant where he does a variety of jobs, including welding. As a family, we enjoy kayaking, taking walks, playing cards, and going on trips up north or down to southern Ohio.

I have a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University as well as a CDA (Child Development Associate) credential. I have always worked with young children in some capacity over the last 32 years. I really enjoy working with preschoolers. I love watching young children as they begin to learn and it is exciting to see them discover their own capabilities. Their imaginations and knowledge amaze me and their enthusiasm is contagious!

I feel fortunate to be a part of Paddock’s Early Childhood Center. Thank you for letting me take part in your child’s education. I look forward to a great year in the Sea Turtle classroom!



Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Heather Gorden