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Meet the CDLL Team

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Alex Betker

Lead Teacher
Email: betke1am@cmich.edu  
Phone: (989)774-7522

Fall 2018 begins my first year teaching at the CMU Child Development and Learning Lab. I have been teaching or coaching preschool teachers in early childhood settings since receiving my Bachelor of Science in Child Development with an emphasis in Early Childhood in 2011. I have been fortunate enough to visit and observe at the schools near Reggio, Italy and I am a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. I have a passion for educating both children and adults, adventure and exploration, traveling, and the outdoors. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and dogs. I also enjoy trying new things, experiencing new cultures and languages, and finding new ways to connect with nature.

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Anastasia Bristley
Lead Teacher
Email:  brist1a@cmich.edu
Phone: (989) 774-1775

I am a proud to be a CMU alumni where I received my degree in Early Childhood Education.  I started working at CMU in 2001. Since then I have had the pleasure of working with an amazing variety of CMU students, families, children and co-workers.  While I enjoy every aspect of working with children, I do have a special interest in the arts.  I have been privileged to have had the opportunity to visit Reggio and Reggio inspired schools in Italy, focusing on the arts.  I have also attended Two National Art Educators Association conferences in the U.S.   I am honored to be working at a school that supports and highly values the importance of art in early childhood.  When not at work I enjoy spending time with my family. My husband Mark, three adult daughters and pre-teen granddaughter Alexandra, a CDLL alumni who still enjoys being able to occasionally come to school with me.


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Margaret Desormes
Lab Director
Email: desor1me@cmich.edu
Phone: (989) 774-1987

Margaret Desormes M.A. Serves as the Lab Director for the Child Development and Learning Lab at CMU. In this position she oversees the daily functions of the Lab such as staffing, Accreditation and Licensing. Margaret is a fixed term faculty member teaching early childhood and development classes. She has worked in Early Childhood for 30 years and has been at CMU for 16 of those years.


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Charlotte Galgoci
Program Assistant
Email: galgo1c@cmich.edu
Phone (989)774-3760

I am the Program Assistant for the Central Michigan University Child Development and Learning Laboratory. I have worked in the field of Early Childhood and Family Support for over 25 years. My  Bachelor’s degree is in Child Development with a focus on Early Childhood and my Master's degree is in Teacher Education with a focus on Training and Development. Working with children and supporting their families is my passion and I feel very fortunate to be able to do so everyday at the CDLL. During my personal time, I like to hang out with family, friends and outdoors as much as possible!

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Ranay Gursky
Lead Teacher/Fixed Term Faculty
Email: gursk1r@cmich.edu
Phone: (989) 774-7522

I am a proud CMU alumnus and have worked here since 2001.  I have a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood emphasis (2007) as well as a Masters degree in Guidance and Development (2010).   I am a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, (NAEYC) as well as the Mt. Pleasant chapter.  I live in Mt. Pleasant and love everything it offers.  My husband Scott and our children, Justin and Elliana, enjoy spending time together camping, watching movies, and working on house projects.

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Nathan Jonaitis
Lead Teacher
Email: jonai1nj@cmich.edu
Phone: (989) 774-1733

Hello, My name is Nathan Jonaitis (most people call me Nate) and I am a two time alumnus of Central Michigan University.  I have a Bachelors in Early Childhood Development as well as a Masters Degree in Educational Technology. I am a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). I am very passionate about the age group that I work with and truly believe in the importance of what I am doing.  I am kind of on both ends of the spectrum as I love being outside and in nature with the children but I also like to work with technology with the children. Another thing I enjoy is building with the children. I love the excitement and wonder that children bring everyday and am passionate about learning along with them. I live just outside of town and enjoy being in the country but still close to town...the best of both worlds.  I live with my wonderful family that includes my wife, who is also a preschool teacher, my nine year old son and my one year old daughter. We enjoy attending CMU sporting events, outdoor activities, attending community events and just about anything as a family. An interesting fact is that I do the polar plunge every year (for the last 12 years) to raise money for Special Olympics Michigan.


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Joellen Lewsader
Faculty Director
Email: Lewsa1j@cmich.edu
Phone: (989) 774-7609

I have worked in the field of Early Childhood Development for over 20 years in various roles including: Montessori teacher, family home child care provider, parent educator, respite worker and child care director.  My educational background includes a Bachelor of Social Work, Masters in Early Childhood Development and PhD in Human Development and Family Studies. I have been an Assistant Professor at CMU since 2013.
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Teresea Looman
Lead Teacher
Email:kaupp1tl@cmich.edu
Phone: (989) 774-7522

I am a proud CMU alumnus and have worked at the CDLL since 2009.  I have a Bachelors degree in Child Development with an early childhood emphasis.  I am a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, (NAEYC) as well as the Mt. Pleasant chapter.  I enjoy traveling, being in the outdoors, reading and the Red Wings!

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Maggie McGuire
Assistant Lead Teacher
Email: galgo1mr@cmich.edu
Phone (989)774-3760
I have worked at the CDLL in various positions since 2014 where I am currently an Assistant Teacher. I have recently earned an AAS degree in Early Childhood Education. I have discovered that I am passionate about nature as well as the education of young children. Building the bridge between children and the natural world around us is one of my favorite things to do! Every year I look forward to watching the children grow and getting to know the families.

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Paige Prudhomme
Lead Teacher
Email: prudh1p@cmich.edu
Phone: (989) 774-7522

I am a proud CMU alumni. I graduated December 2017 with a B.A.A. in Early Childhood Development and Learning with a minor in Family Studies. Last year I started working here at the CDLL and have found my passion exploring the arts in early childhood. I’m so excited for the many years in store here for me. I am currently working towards getting my masters degree in Education: Training and Development. During my free time I love to spend time with my dog, Louie!

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William Sheahan-Stahl
Lead Teacher
Email: sheah1wc@cmich.edu
Phone: (989) 774-1733
I am proud to be a CMU alumni. I graduated in 2017 with a bachelors degree in Early Child Development and Learning. I have been working with children and in Headstart since I graduated. I grew up in Mt. Pleasant and have been in the area my whole life. I am excited to join the team in 2019 and be able to give back to the children and families in my community. I enjoy being outdoors, watching movies, playing and learning new games, and enjoying time with my family. This is going to be an amazing adventure with a great crew.

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Susan Wassman
Lead Teacher
Email: theue1sa2cmich.edu
Phone: (989) 774-1775

I am a graduate of CMU with a B.A.A degree in Child Development and Psychology.  I went on to receive an Elementary Education Certification in 2006.   I worked as an Early Head Start Home Visitor for three years before having my first child.  I chose to leave my job and stay home with my daughter.  I had another child in 2012.  I very much enjoyed spending time as a stay at home mom.  I was offered the opportunity to work at the CDLL in October of 2014.  I decided it would be an amazing opportunity, so I joined the workforce once again as an Assistant Teacher.  When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family at home or traveling.  

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Jackie Weller
Lead Teacher

Email: welle1jk@cmich.edu
Phone:(989) 774-1733

I graduated from Central Michigan University in 2001 with a degree in Child Development with an Early Childhood Concentration.  I am currently working on a Master of Arts Degree in Higher Education Administration.  My expected date to graduate is May 2017.   I have been working in the field of early childhood education as a preschool teacher for the past 12 years.  I have been teaching in the CDLL at Central Michigan University for 9 years. I am currently a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, North American Reggio Emilia Alliance, and participate in the local MPAEYC chapter.  I enjoy going camping, attending music festivals, reading, sewing, and most of all spending time with my family and friends.




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