The development of your child's potential is our passion.

Somerset Early Childhood Center Staff


Getting to know your child’s teachers....

Somerset Early Childhood Center's staff is unlike that of any other early childhood program you will find. All of our teaching staff has at least 4 year post secondary degrees, specific coursework and training in Early Childhood Education or a related field such as Child/Human Development, and many years of teaching experience in preschool, pre-k and kindergarten classrooms. Some of our teachers also have their Master's degrees in Early Childhood Education. Our executive director, Miss Sheela, has very specialized teaching experience in a clinical preschool program and also many years teaching in our own pre-k program. Our founder, Dr. Anne Porter began teaching at the university level as an Childhood Education professor and is presently a retired, tenured professor in the Reading and Language Arts Department at Oakland University. Our director, Miss Janine, came to us after directing a preschool program for 9 years and then operating her own preschool for 10 years. Most of our staff has been with us for many, many years, three of them, more than 20 years and all but 2, at least 5 years. We have the professional experience and knowledge to support you as you meet the continuous challenges of providing your children with the best possible start in life, and we all love what we do!

All our teachers have:

            Training in -     CPR & First Aid

            Membership -  Michigan & National Association for the

                                     Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

            Provided -        Criminal Background Reports


Preschool Staff

Preschool Blue Classroom

Miss Nancy D., Preschool Teacher

• BS in Human Resource Development with specialization in Early Childhood Education 

• has taught at Somerset ECC for 28 years

• 36 years total teaching experience

Miss Nayana (Nana) Oak, Preschool Teacher

• BS degree, college classes and workshops in Early Childhood Education

• 14 years Early Childhood Education teaching experience

• first year at Somerset ECC

Preschool Yellow Classroom

Miss Debbie W., Preschool Teacher

• BS in Early Childhood Education, Child Development Associate Degree

• 12th year at Somerset

• 25 years total teaching experience

Miss Melissa K., Preschool Teacher

• BA in Elementary Education, with classes in Early Childhood Education

• has taught at Somerset ECC for 11 years

• 27 years total teaching experience

Pre-K / Kindergarten Staff

Pre-K Blue Classroom 

Miss Mary S., Prekindergarten Teacher

• BS in Elementary Education with Endorsements in Early Childhood

  Education and Preschool Special Education

• has taught at Somerset ECC for 23 years

• 30+ years total teaching experience

Miss Staci M., Prekindergarten Teacher

• BS in Early Childhood Education, Teaching Certificate with Special Education

  Endorsement, also English as a Second Language Certification

• 17 years total Early Childhood Education teaching experience

• 6th year at Somerset

Pre-K Yellow Classroom 

Miss Beverly H., Prekindergarten/Kindergarten Teacher

• BA in Elementary Education, Michigan Certified teacher with Early Childhood

  Endorsement, M.Ed in Early Childhood Education

• 7th year at Somerset ECC

• 31 years total teaching experience

• Supervisory position in employee-based child care


Miss Kelley L., Prekindergarten Teacher

• BA Education and Human Development

• 16 years total Early Childhood Education teaching experience

• 4th year at Somerset ECC



Miss DeAnna J., Administrative Assistant

•  Office experience 15 years

•  5th year at Somerset

Ms. Jeanine Opyr., Director

• Bachelor of Science: Early Childhood Development &

  Elementary Teaching, ZA Endorsement

• 8 years teaching experience – Preschool Coordinator/Teacher,

   William Beaumont Hospital - Children's Speech Pathology Dept.

    – Royal Oak, Michigan (01/97 - 10/2004)

• 10 years Early Childhood Education Administrative experience

  (Owned and operated Children’s Academy for Learning   

  Rochester Hills, 01/07 – 7/2017)

• 1st year at Somerset


Sheela Swarup, Executive Director, Partner

• MS in Administrative Education

• 40+years teaching experience

• Pre-K teacher at Somerset ECC for 11 years

• Executive Director at Somerset since 1989

• Partner in Somerset ECC since 2005

• 30 years with Somerset ECC in total

• Has presented workshops at MiAEYC Conferences and also an early childhood conference  at Oxford University in England


Anne E. Porter Ph. D., Somerset Founder/Consultant, Partner

• BA in Developmental Psychology 

• BS in Economics and BusinessAdministration

• Undergraduate concentration in Computer Science

• MAT in Early Childhood Education

• Ph.D. in Evaluation and Research in Education (Research Design & Statistics)

• Peace Corps Volunteer, Recife, PE, Brasil 1970-72

• Director, Lowry Toddler Program, 1974-79, Oakland University

• Early Childhood Education professor 1979-81

• Instructional Systems Technology professor, 1981-2014, Dept of Reading and Language


• Digital Literacies and Learning professor, 2014-2016 (program name change)

• As one of Somerset's founders, this is Anne's 35th year with Somerset E.C.C.

• 40+ years teaching experience at preschool and university levels


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Somerset Early Childhood Center, Inc.
1385 S. Adams Rd.
Rochester Hills, Michigan 48309
contact us
Preschool:+1 (248) 375-2140
Pre-Kindergarten:+1 (248) 375-9255
Director:+1 (248) 375-9071