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Meet the CDLL Team


Anastasia Bristley
Lead Teacher
Phone: (989) 774-1775

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Margaret Desormes
Lab Director
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.

Charlotte Galgoci
Program Assistant
Phone (989)774-3760

I am a CMU Alumni with a degree in Child Development and a background in early childhood and family support. Outside of the lab I spend my time with my four children and my husband. I have been on the CDLL Team since July 2009 and love coming to work every day with the CDLL Families and CMU HDF Students.


Maggie Galgoci
Student Assistant
Front Desk

This is my second year working at the front desk at the CDLL. What I enjoy most is getting to know the families and watching the children grow throughout the year. I am also currently working on a degree in Early Childhood Education. I was lucky enough to travel with the CDLL team to visit a preschool in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Outside of school I enjoy riding my horse, spending time with my cats & dogs, watching movies, and cooking.


Mya Gilmore
Student Assistant
Front Desk/Dining Room

I hope you enjoy this poem and learn a little bit about me,
My name is Mya and I'm a junior at Central Michigan University.
I work in the CDLL either at the front desk or in the kitchen,
My goal here is to help out and be a positive role model to the children.
Gaining new experiences, learning, and exploring the world is what I favor,
Which is why I love to travel and I'm a Cultural and Global Studies major.
My minor is Sociology with a concentration in Youth Studies,
I'm from Mt. Pleasant and passionate about helping Michigan's communities.
I'm a member of many programs through the Volunteer Center here at CMU;
Lunch Buddies, Conversation Partners, and Alternative Breaks to name a few.
I'm compassionate towards the environment, animals, and humans,
So I'm friendly, I recycle, and I'm a proud vegetarian.
At 5 years old you'd find me drawing, dancing, or playing with a Barbie,
Enjoying nature by being outdoors is what I do for fun now that I'm 20.
Here teachers, students, families, and children all learning together is what you'll find,
And I'm honored to be part of this preschool, it is truly one-of-a-kind.
If I see you everyday at the CDLL, or it's your first time walking through,
I'm the really short girl with curly hair and I'd love to get to know you!

Lydia Goodman
Lead Teacher/Fixed Term Faculty
Phone: (989) 774-1733

I am a CMU alumnus, graduating with my Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Development and Learning in 2013 and my Master's degree in Human Development and Family Studies in May of 2015. I was the graduate assistant at the CDLL for two years. I love spending quality time and having fun with my family and friends. I also enjoy Turbo Kick, Zumba, STEP, yoga, going on walks, traveling, watching movies, and organizing. I am a member of North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA), Michigan Inspirations, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), participating in our local MPAEYC chapter.  

Ranay Gursky
Lead Teacher/Fixed Term Faculty
Phone: (989) 774-7522

I am proud to say that I have been working at CMU for fifteen years, twelve of them at the Child Development and Learning Lab.  I first started out as an Office Professional and then became a Lead Teacher after I graduated from CMU in 2007 with an Elementary Education degree.  Due to my interest and passion in education, I graduated in 2010 with a Masters in Guidance and Development.  I am currently a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, North American Reggio Emilia Alliance, Michigan Inspirations and participate in the local MPAEYC.  I live in Mt. Pleasant and love everything it offers.  My husband Scott and our children, Justin and Elliana, enjoy spending time together and going to different events CMU has to offers.

Nathan Jonaitis
Lead Teacher
Phone: (989) 774-1733

I am an alumnus of Central Michigan University and have a Bachelors in Early Childhood Development.  I am currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Educational Technology.  I am a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) as well as our local chapter, MPAEYC.  I am also a member of the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance.  I live a few miles outside of town and really enjoy the area. I have a remarkable six year old boy who I completely adore and the most amazing fiancee who I will marry at the end of this year.  I enjoy any activity with my family and we like to be outside a lot.  I enjoy being involved with my community and enjoy attending all different kinds of events that our community offers.  I also enjoyed Polar Plunging into Rose Pond every February to raise money for Special Olympics Michigan, but since they moved it to a pool I know jump in a frozen pond in Traverse City.


Teresea Kauppi
Lead Teacher/Food Facilitator
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!


Joellen Lewsader
Faculty Director
Phone: (989) 774-7609


Suria Nelson
Assistant Teacher
Phone:(989) 774-1733

I am a CMU graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Health Fitness.  I also hold a Child Development Associate and am a certified Montessori Instructor through the North American Montessori Center.  At home I enjoy gardening, playing the violin and relaxing with my husband and 3 kids.  We recently moved back to Mount Pleasant after living in Florida for 13 years so we are looking forward to enjoying some seasons!  I am thrilled to be a part of the CDLL team and look forward to a fantastic year!

Jennifer Nims
Lead Teacher
Phone:(989) 774-1775

Mt. Pleasant has been my home for the past 41 years.  My husband and I enjoyed raising our three sons in the atmosphere of a small town, different from our home town of Jackson.   Graduating from Central Michigan University, I received degrees in secondary education and early childhood.  I have worked in the early childhood field for twenty-four years.  Professionally I participate at the national, state, and local levels of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and participate at other conferences throughout the United States.  Several trips to early childhood conferences in Reggio Emelia, Italy, have been a highlight of my professional development.   My favorite pastime is being outdoors, walking, biking, and playing ball with my grandson, Evan.

Mari Potter
Lead Teacher
Phone:(989) 774-1775

Mari graduated from CMU in 1996 with a degree in Child Development.  She worked with the Head Start program for 22 years before becoming a member of the CDLL teaching team in 2010.  Implementing the Reggio Emilia approach with young children has been truly inspiring for her.  She had the opportunity, recently, to work with the Study Abroad Program at CMU, working at two orphanages in Oaxaca Mexico.  She also fulfilled a lifelong dream of volunteering in Nepal.  She worked with the children at the Early Childhood Development Center/Butterfly Home in Kathmandu, for 2 summers in a row, and she plans to volunteer there again in the near future.

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Susan Wassman
Assisitant Teacher
Phone: (989) 774-1775

Jackie Weller
Lead Teacher

Phone:(989) 774-1733

I graduated from Central Michigan University in 2001 with a degree in Child Development with an Early Childhood Concentration.  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 lab at Central Michigan University for 6 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 am also the advisor of the student Association for the Education of Young Children’s group on campus.  I am currently living in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.  I enjoy being outside, attending music festivals, reading, sewing, and most of all spending quality time with my family and friends.

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