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Kathy Hoszkiw established ABC Academy in 1984. She is very active in the early childhood profession. She is currently a member of the Great Start Collaborative Executive Committee, along with a member of the Child Care & Early Education subcommittee and the Great Start Event Committee Chairperson and a member of the Great Start Readiness Advisory Council. As the chair person of the Jackson Area Early Childhood Conference she oversees the organization of this annual event attended by over 300 early childhood providers each year at Baker College. Kathy was the past Vice President and President of the Jackson Area Early Childhood Association, currently holding the office of Treasurer. She is a member of the Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children and the National Association of the Education of Young Children and is a graduate of Michigan State University.

ABC Academy Administrative Director
Lori Jonas is the center Co-Director for ABC Academy located at 3210 Lansing Avenue. Lori has been with ABC Academy since 2002. Lori began her career at ABC Academy as a teacher assistant in our infant toddler program. She quickly demonstrated her strong teaching and leadership skills and was promoted to the lead teacher of our preschool classroom and center assistant director.

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Lori utilized every training opportunity that was available to her including the extensive HighScope Preschool Curriculum training. After becoming certified in this preschool curriculum program, Lori began training her co-workers in this hand's on approach to learning. ABC Academy was selected to participate in the Numbers Plus Math Program being developed by HighScope. Lori's classroom was selected to participate in working with the HighScope Foundation, validating the program prior to launching the math program internationally. After receiving her extensive training in the HighScope curriculum, Lori was asked to mentor students in the Early Childhood Programs from Baker College and Jackson Community College on the daily Plan-Do-Review process, active learning and the daily routine, receiving very positive feedback from the professors of the colleges.

Lori has been a committee member of the Jackson Area Early Childhood Conference since it's inception and is a current member of the Jackson Educators for Young Children, a local child care directors leadership group. Lori is currently working towards earning her Bachelors' degree in Early Childhood Development.

Kim St. Charles is a Co-Director at our Lansing Ave. center and has been working in the childcare field since 1993. She joined the ABC Academy team in 1997 as the Pre-Kindergarten Teacher and Assistant Director at our Lansing Ave. center before moving to Laurence St. in 2000 to become the Program Director. That location became Nationally Accredited under her direction. Kim returned to the Lansing Ave. center in 2010 to become Co-Director. In addition to her director responsibilities, Kim is the company trainer for ABC Academy, ensuring all staff are highly skilled in the HighScope teaching philosophy. Kim has a Bachelor’s Degree from Adrian College and post-graduate courses from Central Michigan University. Kim also completed the HighScope Preschool Curriculum Course and the Training the Trainers Course. Originally from Northern Michigan, Kim enjoys travel, boating and scrapbooking.

ABC Academy Director

Wendy Bell came to ABC Academy with thirteen years’ experience in Early Childhood Education and six years of management experience. Her desire to be closer to her family has brought her back to Michigan from North Carolina.

ABC Academy Director
Wendy began her experience in early childhood with an “in-home center” after school and during the summer. In her early college years she worked as a preschool teacher, then as a lead classroom teacher for two year olds. She quickly worked her way up into a management position as a director of a program for 200 children and families.

In 2006, she relocated to the research triangle of North Carolina. Her responsibilities as Regional Director included overseeing the opening of three, large, early childhood education centers. Becoming familiar with the licensing regulations and the quality rating system in North Carolina led Wendy to realize the overwhelming importance of high-quality early childhood education.

Wendy’s positions as classroom teacher, program director, and regional director have included staff recruitment and retention, office and classroom management, quality control, training, networking, and marketing.

Mariann Gladstone is the Director of ABC Academy on Jackson Community College Campus. Mariann graduated from Jackson Community College with an Associates Degree and Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She taught at Western School District for four years. In 1992, Mariann hired in at ABC Academy on Lansing Ave. as a Teacher, Toddler Coordinator and Assistant Director. In 1997 when the JCC site opened, Mariann became Program Director which has since became a Nationally Accredited program. Mariann is a certified HighScope Trainer.
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Throughout her career, Mariann has been a member of the SMAEYC and the JEYC. She has served on her children’s PTA, is a Pioneer Leader and has remained a member of Kappa Delta Pi, a leadership in education.

Mariann says that she is proud to be part of a group of hard working and caring individuals that provide an excellent program for the students of JCC and the community.