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Administrative Staff:
  
Julie Ricks-Doneen

Julie Ricks-Doneen
Assistant Professor
Director, Lowry Center

(248) 370-4107
ricksdon@oakland.edu

 

Dr. Julie Ricks-Doneen is faculty director of the Lowry Center for Early Childhood Education. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Child Studies. She serves on several local and state committees to promote quality early childhood research, program development and teaching that is reflective of community characteristics and needs. Her primary research areas are the inclusion of children with disabilities in early education settings, and leadership development of early childhood education professionals. Linking community service with teaching and research is a primary goal of her work. She lives with her husband, two boys, and two dogs in Hadley, MI.

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Anita Marshall
Assistant to the Director

(248) 370-2647 or
(248) 370-4100
ajmarsha@oakland.edu

Margaret Mudge has been teaching at Lowry since 1999. She has taught in the Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten programs. Margaret has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Oakland University. She lives in Oxford with her family.

Kelly Meador

Kelly Meador
Receptionist

(248) 370-4100
kameador@oakland.edu 

 


Teaching Staff: Teachers can be reached at 248-370-4100 or by email.
Deborah Brenner



Deborah Brenner
Teacher 10 month
brenner@oakland.edu

Debbie came to Lowry in April 2007, after moving to Michigan from Northeast Ohio. She worked for one year in West Bloomfield School district as a Latchkey Teacher and substitute preschool teacher. In Ohio she worked as an assistant teacher for seven years in Trumbull County, Ohio Head Start. Prior to that, she was an educational aide for three years in the Trumbull County developmentally-delayed classrooms. Before her classroom work, Debbie was a volunteer leader and mom for Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, lunchroom monitor, soccer coach and international exchange students. Debbie has her Bachelor of Arts degree from Marquette University. Debbie is pursuing an associate's degree in Child Development from Oakland Community College.
Colleen George

Colleen George
Teacher 10 month
cmforte@oakland.edu

Colleen George started at Lowry as student staff in 2007 while she worked to obtain her bachelors' degree in Elementary Education at OU. Colleen completed her student teaching in Lake Orion Community Schools. Following graduation in 2009, she worked as a guest teacher in the Lake Orion and Rochester districts. In March 2010, Colleen came back to Lowry as a long-term substitute in Half-day Preschool. Colleen lives in Shelby Twp. with her husband Chris, dog Harley, and new daughter, Emma. She is working toward her master's in Early Childhood Education.  
Jennifer Harp

Jennifer Harp
Teacher 12 month
harp@oakland.edu

Jenny Harp has been with Lowry since 2001. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Early Childhood Education from Concordia River Forest in Illinois. Jenny taught Preschool/Pre-K at St. Paul's in Munster, Indiana for six years prior to working at Lowry. While at Lowry, Jenny has taught both the Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten classrooms. She lives in Rochester, MI.
Meagan LynchMeagan Lynch
Teacher 10 month
lynch2@oakland.edu 
Meagan Lynch started at Lowry in August 2007 with the Preschool Half Day Program. Prior to Lowry, Meagan worked in a childcare setting where she worked with preschoolers. She received her bachelor's degree in Child Development with a Concentration on Early Childhood from Central Michigan University. Meagan conducted her student teaching at Central Michigan's Human Growth and Development Lab and Creative Beginnings in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Meagan graduated with her master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Oakland University in 2011 and is adjunct faculty at Oakland Community College in their Early Childhood Development program.
Theresa LeeTheresa Lee
Teacher 12 month
lee2@oakland.edu 
Theresa Lee started as a Teacher at Lowry in 1991. Theresa has taught in both the Toddler and Preschool classrooms at Lowry. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Ware College in Ware England. She also passed her WNEB (Nursery Nursing Examination Boards) while in England. Theresa’s daughter, Bryanna, is a Lowry alumna.
Amie ManelskiAmie Manelski
Teacher 10 month
manelski@oakland.edu 
Amie Manelski joined Lowry's teaching team in 2010. She has her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education fromRochesterCollege, and has her associate's degree from Macomb Community College in Early Childhood Studies. While atMacomb, she did her student teaching at Lowry in the Pre-K classroom. Amie currently lives in Shelby Township. 
Ann Ratterree

Ann Ratterree
Teacher 12 month
ratterre@oakland.edu 

Ann has been at Lowry since 1999. She has taught in the Toddler, Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten Classrooms. Before Lowry, Ann taught at the Groves High School Wee Care Center for Birmingham Schools. Ann holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Oakland University and a master’s degree in Preschool and Parent Education from Wayne State University. Ann is an adjunct faculty member at Macomb Community College in their Early Childhood Studies program.
Dawn RewaltDawn Rewalt
Teacher 12 month
rewalt@oakland.edu 
Dawn Rewalt has worked at the Lowry Center since 1999. She started as a graduate assistant and became a full time teacher in January 2001. Dawn has a bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University and a master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Oakland University. She also holds her elementary teacher’s certification. Dawn has taught in the Full Day and Half Day Preschool and Pre-K Programs. She lives in Richmond with her husband, Devin, and their children, Ava and Caden.
Lisa RossLisa Ross
Teacher 10 month
llansell@oakland.edu 
Lisa Ross has been with Lowry since 2002. She began as student staff and was hired as a Full Time Teacher after her graduation in Fall 2005. Lisa has taught in the Pre-Kindergarten and Toddler Classrooms. Lisa has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Oakland University. Lisa is a graduate student in OU's Early Childhood Education master's program. Lisa lives with her husband, Ken, and their three children in Bruce Township.
Sarah SchraffenbergerSarah Schraffenberger
Teacher 10 month
sjrozyck@oakland.edu 
Sarah Schraffenberger started at Lowry as a Full Time Toddler Teacher in Fall 2007. Prior to that, she worked as a student teacher’s aide for four years in the half day toddler room at the Lowry Center. Sarah graduated from Oakland University with a degree in Elementary Education. She did her student teaching at North Hill Elementary in a first grade classroom. Sarah has also completed course work in Infant/Toddler Development. Sarah is a graduate student in OU's Early Childhood Education master's program. She lives in Sylvan Lake with her husband, Derek, and their two children Anna and Ben.
Josh YaxJoshua Yax
Teacher 12 month
yax@oakland.edu
Josh Yax started at Lowry Center in Summer 2001. He has taught in both Toddler, Young Preschool, and Preschool programs and is adjunct faculty at Macomb Community College in their Early Childhood Studies program. Josh has a masters’ degree in Early Childhood Education from Oakland University and a bachelors’ degree in Communications, also from Oakland. He lives in Rochester with his wife, Megan, and their four sons, Rigel, Jacob, Noah, and Trevor.
Ashleigh Schenden

Ashleigh Schenden
Teacher 10 month
schenden@sbcglobal.net

Ashleigh Schenden returned to Lowry in 2011, after taking time away to raise her three daughters.  She graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, then received her Early Childhood Endorsement from Eastern Michigan University.  She lives in Rochester with her husband, Ken, and their daughters, Claire, Lucy, and Ellen.

Margaret MudgeMargaret Mudge
Teacher 10 month/Teacher Liason
mudge@oakland.edu 
Margaret Mudge has been teaching at Lowry since 1999. She has taught in the Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten programs. Margaret has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Oakland University. She lives in Oxford with her family.