As a passionate Early Childhood Professional, Racheal Flanagan, has been in the field for over 20 years. Racheal has a bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education! Her career began years before pursing an Early Childhood degree. Racheal has always been drawn to the ECE field! She worked for a few start-up childcares and then shortly following, Racheal ventured out on her own. First within her own home where she provided support for not only her own children and families, but developed a network for home providers who were able to support one another. As her home daycare grew, an opportunity arose and Racheal couldn't refuse! After months of preparation The Joyful Jungle Christian Learning Center was born, within central Church! Racheal opened the doors of The Joyful Jungle CLC in 2012 with 6 children and now has served hundreds of families. Nothing has brought her more joy than watching children grow and learn within The Joyful Jungle CLC and beyond!
Brittany Muth has been a passionate educator with The Joyful Jungle CLC for many years! Brittany has pursued Early Childhood Education throughout her time with us, not only through her college experience but through multiple levels of professional development about teaching and leadership. Brittany has worked in multiple facets within the company beginning as part-time support teacher, moving to an assistant, and then lead teacher. She now has the unique ability to support families not only from a teaching perspective but also as a parent of The Joyful Jungle CLC herself. As the Director at our St. Clair Shores School, Brittany has developed her team and began giving families the peace of mind they need to know that their children will be taken care of. She loves having the opportunity to develop relationships with the children and their families through special events and day-to-day interactions. She is an expert at developing a family atmosphere at The Joyful Jungle CLC.
St. Clair Shores Locational Director
Anna O’Rourke has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for six years. Anna comes from a family of educators, so teaching has always been a huge part of her life. She loves watching her students learn and grow every day; but also encourages and guides her teachers to further their education as well. As the CDA Specialist for the Joyful Jungle, Anna informs and helps the staff at The Joyful Jungle CLC pursue their Child Development Associates, and helps lead them to the path of college as well. Anna found her home within The Joyful Jungle CLC not long ago, but believes in everything that we stand for. She strives to provide joy to the lives of everyone around her. She works everyday to give her families and staff the support they need in any way that she can.
Madison Heights Locational Director
Tammy Bailey is the the director at our Clawson school. Her career has expanded over the past 43 years working with young children. She has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Development and a Journeyman's card awarded by the UAW-GM (International Union, United Automobile Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America) as a certified Early Childhood Specialist.
For the past fifteen years Tammy has been in an administrative role as a director. Though she has only been with The Joyful Jungle CLC for a short period of time, her commitment to the children, families and staff is fierce. She wants children to receive the best possible experiences and forever memories of a place that they were valued and loved.
Clawson Locational Director
Nicole has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for twelve years. She has experienced and enjoyed working with all ages but her all time favorite age is infants and older Preschool! Nicole's passion is to see children learn and grow, and to be inspiring for young people in this ever-changing world we live in. In her free time she enjoys going to country concerts and spending time with her family in the sun. She also likes to get involved with crafting and making things with her Cricut!
Clinton Township Locational Director
We are home away from home, this gives us the unique ability to give families the support needed throughout their time with us and beyond.
From impromptu dance parties in the classroom to over-the-top events; finding ways to make fun and engaging moments for kids and the teaching teams too is why we are Joyful.
Family is at the center of everything we do. When a family chooses to bring their child to us, we know it is a big step. We are humbled and honored to be part of your parenting journey.