Pre-Kindergarten Lead

I've been with ISW for over 10 amazing years! I've had the provilege of working with many exceptional children and have became close with many families. The thing I love the most about working with children is when I get to witness a child develop true understanding. I'm a mom of one and my hobbies include kayaking, football, building things and exploring nature with my daughter. I am a proud native American from the Ojibwa tribe. 


Little Adventurer - Preschool Lead

I am a mom of three, Maleigha, Noah, and Izzy. I am a huge Tigers fan, I go to as many games as I can! I am a very color person with over 70 tattoos! :) A good time for me would be road tripping, reading, geocaching, bowling, going to concerts, or the beach.

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Sarah Vanness

Little Adventurer Co-Lead

My name is Sarah. I am married with two amazing children. I first started teaching preschool in 2010. Although I loved it, after some time I decided to take a break to further my education in the medical field and become a mother. Now that by youngest almost three I am thrilled to be teaching again. I am excited to be part of Its a Small World family and to help your children learn and grow.


Tireless Toddlers Lead

I am Hannah, I just switched from working in the baby room to being the lead in the toddler room.  Both classes have a very special place in my heart.  I am excited to be in the teaching field, and have started my education this summer!  I love being with my Husband and family.  I have a big family with 6 brothers and 3 sisters!  I love to perform in musicals and have been performing for about 10 years.

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Maria Rountree

Small Wonders Lead

Ms. RiRi comes from a far away land called “MinneSnowta”, where it likes to snow in mid October and go below freezing by end of October. Ms. RiRi started her Early Education career at the ripe age of 12 volunteering at a local hospitals‘ daycare. After completing the early education magnet program in high school she went on to River Falls, WI and studied Spanish and French education And has been creating jewelry for 28 years now.

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Starting Blocks Lead

Hello my Name is Ayanna and I’m co-leading in the starting blocks classroom. My passion and love for children started at a very young age for me. My grandma helped me run a small babysitting business at the age of 13 and I worked at my very first daycare job at 18 and I’ve been working in early childhood development ever since. My hobbies include nature activists, singing and dancing. I also own a small business called On Pointe Dance Company which allows children ages 2 and up to experience the beautiful world of dance. Thank you for allowing me to be apart of watching your little ones learn and grow it’s going to be a beautiful experience.

Hours: Monday-Friday 6:45a.m.-5:30p.m.

Phone: (734) 714-3040 | Fax: (734) 221-5683

8318 Carpenter Rd, Ypsilanti MI 48197

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