CCC Staff - Winter 2016/2017

Laurie Atwood

Laurie Atwood is the owner and director of the Children's Creative Center. She received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Michigan with a double-major in Theatre and Music, as well as a teaching certificate in Secondary Education. She then completed her Master's in Elementary Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Development, and completed all of her coursework in the PhD program at U of M in Curriculum, Teaching, and Psychological Studies.


Laurie is an avid sports fan, a marathon runner, and an actress who has performed in numerous productions in Southeast Michigan. She truly believes in the power of community, the importance of giving back, and the values of respect, kindness, and dignity.

Smitty Atwood

Smitty graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Kinesiology. He studied exercise science, as well as obtaining a Specilization in Coaching and Business Administration.


Smitty is also the Head Coach of the Pioneer High School Men's Varsity Lacrosse team. He also works at the office as conditioning coach for the Hockey University during the summer.


Smitty has officially worked at CCC for 10 years, and has unofficially orked at CCC his entire life. In his free time, Smitty enjoys golfing, playing basketball, and travelling.

Katie Montiy

Katie Montiy is happy to join the CCC staff. Katie has been working in childcare for the past 20 years with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. She is currently pursuing a degree in Occupational Studies, with a concentration in Medical. Katie is the proud mother of two boys, 4 and 6.

Gayle Martin

Gayle Martin has been working at CCC for 12 years. She has a BFA from the University of Michigan, and has been teaching in the Performance Department of Washtenaw Community College for 36 years. She is a registered substitute teacher from K-High School in the State of Michigan. She has been working on her Masters in Special Education. Gayle has a daughter who was raised at CCC, and now attends Pioneer High School.

Tera Yates

Tera has been at CCC for 2 years, working primarily with the youngest at CCC. She is a proud mother of 2 wonderful children. She has spent many years working with Special Needs students, and is extremely excited to be at CCC for another school year. Tera loves working with children, and has a bubbly personality that makes everybody smile.

India Bell-Felder

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Ms. India has been an Ann Arbor resident for 9 years. She graduated from Renaissance High School, and is currently completeing her Child Development Associate certification, as well as attending numerous workshops, seminars, and conferences on Early Childhood Development. Her love for young children began when she was eleven years old, and has only grown over time.

In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, visits to the Arb, being with family and friends, and the occasional Netflix binge. India has been a part of the Children's Creative Center for just under a year and a half now, and looks forward to the years to come.

Kiara Phelps

Kiara joined the CCC community in early 2016, and is very excited to be involved. Kiara was born and raised in Ann Arbor, and studied education at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Before working at CCC, Kiara worked as a jumpstart instructor, teaching literacy in low-income schools. She is extremely passionate about the rebuilding of urban communities in order to create a safe and more welcoming place to learn. Kiara's goal is to become a high school English teacher, but in the meantime she loves teaching the ABC's, how to share, kissing "boo-boos," and blowing bubbles.

Elizabeth Bauer

Abigail Matte

LeTeria Yates

Teacher/Child Ratios

Infants
8 weeks to 18 months 1:4

Toddlers
18 months to 2 1/2 years 1:4

Preschoolers
2 1/2 to 4 years 1:8-10

Pre-K and Kindergartners
5 to 6 years 1:8-10

School-age Children
6 years to 13 years 1:8-12

Full time adult and part time teachers generally have a 2 year or 4 year degree in Early Childhood Education (or a related field) plus experience.

Other part-time staff may include college and senior high school students who are pursuing a degree in education or a related field and have practical experience working with young children. Many of our young adults on staff are children who grew up at CCC and continue to want to be a part of our community. They are extremely valuable for their energy, dedication, and commitment to the values of quality early childhood education.

All staff receives on-going training and attends regularly scheduled staff meetings and planning meetings. All full time staff must be certified in Basic Fist aid and C.P.R.