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Monday through Friday
6:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday
6:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday
5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Heartfelt Impressions Learning Centers are educational programs for young children. In addition to our tuition based education programs, we also partner with Michigan Department of Education to provide prekindergarten education through the Great Start Readiness Program.
The story of Heartfelt Impressions Learning Center began long before the center’s opening in August 2011. Owners Rhonda Meyers and Amy Maxwell have been in the field of Early Childhood a combined 40 years! Both have Masters Degrees in Education and have been working as a team for more than 17 years. As their own families grew, so did their school family and now all are under one warm roof at Heartfelt Impressions Learning Centers. With a commitment to providing high quality early education, Amy and Rhonda have raised their own children right along with the families they serve. As one pleased parent remarked, “When you’re at Heartfelt, you’re at home.”
Owner Rhonda J Meyers is recognized locally and statewide as a passionate and committed leader in the field of Early Childhood. She is a proud Alum of Hope College, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology. She attended graduate school at Oakland University where she obtained a Master of Education with an Early Childhood specialty. She has served on the faculty of Baker College, Henry Ford Community College and Schoolcraft College. She serves on the governing board of Michigan Association for the Education of Young ChildrenEYC, is past president of Metro Detroit AEYC, and is active in the Great Start Collaborative – Oakland’s Strategic Leadership group and various committees of the collaborative. She has been a friend to the Oakland County Child Care Council for many years and served as a trainer and mentor to countless providers.
Owner Amy Maxwell graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Elementary Education, focusing on Math, Science, and Integrated Creative Arts and an Early Childhood Endorsement. She holds a Master’s Degree in Reading and Language Arts from Oakland University.
Ms. Maxwell has worked in a preschool setting since 1995, including teaching four-year old preschool in Chippewa Valley for two years. Additionally, she was a substitute teacher for three years in several different grade levels including two long-term sub jobs in first grade classrooms for the Anchor Bay School District. Ms. Maxwell taught Young Fives for two years and was the Program Director for seven years in a nationally accredited program.
Ms. Maxwell has been married since 2007 to Marc. They have two boys, Cameron born in 2009 and Evan born in 2011. Amy has been a Lake Orion resident since 2006 and is committed to providing a quality early educational experience for your family.
Oakland Township Leadership Team
Brittany Kunzelman is the Director at the Heartfelt Impressions, Oakland Township Location. She started her journey in the Early Childhood field in 2007 as an Infant/Toddler Teacher and nearly five years later she took some time to begin her own family. Brittany and her husband, Ryan, have two boys, Xavier who was born in 2011 and Oliver who was born in 2014. Prior to joining the team at Heartfelt Impressions, Brittany spent a two years as a Director for a preschool program. She currently holds her Associate’s Degree in Child Care from Washtenaw Community College and is in the process of completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Studies from Rochester College. Brittany has a tremendous amount of passion for the Early Childhood field and fostering children during their growth, exploration, and education.
Tiffany Lawson is the Lead Toddler Teacher in the Rainbow Fish room and the Goodison center’s Program Specialist. She started at Heartfelt Impressions in Oakland Township in August 2016. Tiffany has over 12 years professional experience working in the childcare field and has her Infant/Toddler CDA credential. Previously she worked as the Toddler Lead and Summer Camp coordinator at Little Oaks. Tiffany also has experience working with emotionally and hearing impaired children. Tiffany loves working with children because they are very curious about the world around them and it’s amazing to watch them grow and develop. She especially loves being able to watch their vocabulary flourish. When not at work, Tiffany is a mother to a silly but lovable boy named Damien. He is silly and keeps her on her toes whether it is through sword fights or catching villains on one of their crusades.
Wendy Malkiewicz is the Education sSpecialist at Heartfelt Impressions and the Assistant Director at Oakland Township. She's been in the field of early childhood since 1999. Her experience and roles range from teaching infant through school age children, staff mentor, administrative assistant, to curriculum coordinator. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education and will complete a Master's of Science in Early Childhood in late 2017. Additionally, she is pursuing her certification in High Scope curriculum training. In all roles, she enjoys fostering a sense of belonging for staff, families, and children in the program. Personally, she and her husband keep busy with their two grown children and two granddaughters.
Clarkston Leadership Team
Kara Tersigni, Assistant Director
Kara Tersigni is the Assistant Director at Heartfelt Impressions Learning Center in Clarkston. she has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Baker College and hopes to obtain her Master’s in Early Childhood in the future. This is Kara's first year acting as Assistant Director and she has loved every minute of it! Kara enjoys spending time in all of the classrooms and working closely with families. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband and their families, reading, and journaling. Kara looks forward to spending many more years with the Heartfelt family!
Amanda Reaume is the Program Specialist at Heartfelt Impressions in Clarkston, as well as a Lead GSRP Teacher. She started her journey in Early Childhood in 2010 as an assistant preschool teacher for two years, and later transitioned into a lead teacher in an infant/toddler classroom before joining the Heartfelt family in August of 2014. Since joining Heartfelt,Amanda has led a GSRP classroom, directed the summer camp program and now serves on the Leadership team to provide our families with the highest quality program possible. Amanda currently has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and takes every opportunity to broaden her knowledge in the field through a variety of professional development courses. Every child deserves to have a high quality education, and Amanda believes that the first five years are incredibly crucial to setting them up for success! There is no better job then spending your days teaching and loving such curious, unique and enthusiastic children. The staff and families at Heartfelt Impressions have truly become her family and she cannot imagine being anywhere else!
Lake Orion Leadership Team
Cirea Strode graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Early Child Development. Mrs. Strode has an extensive background in early education as she has worked with multiple age groups. Mrs. Strode has collaborated with other professionals to support children goals, worked with great start readiness programs, implemented and adhered to anti- bias curriculum, supervised adults and volunteers in a classroom. She has served as a teaching assistant for the Human Development & Family Studies program at Michigan State University in leading professional development workshops and facilitating learning of course materials for college students. As a time proficient worker she has worked in a variety of different settings to assist in many areas of the school system, communities and government agencies.
Mrs. Strode is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She has had the opportunity in presenting at the statewide MiAEYC conference on the topic of “Creating Toddler Environments”. She possesses a vibrant and nurturing personality by placing her heart at the center of her work with young children and families. Her philosophy is that she believes in impacting children by creating an environment that motivates a desire for knowledge in their communities, families, and future.
Alissa Walter, Assistant Director
Alissa Walter is the Assistant Director at the Heartfelt Impressions Lake Orion location. She has been a part of the Heartfelt team since 2012, starting as an Intern while working towards the completion of her schooling. She has her Associates Degree in Early Child Development from Oakland Community College. Alissa has worked in every room at the Lake Orion center from Infants all the way up to School Age. While in high school, she had the opportunity to participate in a class that allowed her to work with a teacher in an elementary school classroom. That experience is what lead her to where she is today. Prior to joining the workforce, Alissa was a stay at home mom. She is the mother of two very active girls, Madyson and Teagan. When she is not at the center, she is busy running them around to swimming, running, gymnastics or Girl Scouts.