Meet Our Faculty
Marisa Downs, B.S., Preschool Teacher
Marisa Downs is a graduate of the teaching program at Eastern Michigan University. She has a Bachelor of Science degree, and minored in math, science, and social studies. She has experience teaching through eighth grade, but has a natural affinity for preschoolers. Her patient and loving personality, combined with her enthusiasm, make your child’s first school experience wonderful and exciting for the whole family. She respects the thoughts, feelings, and ideas of children, and is able to nurture and support them on their learning adventures both academically and socially.
Katelyn Ewing, A.A., Kindergarten Teacher
Katelyn received her Associates of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Henry Ford College. Prior and during her coursework she worked at New Morning School. Katelyn has completed her New Morning School training over the last four years. She taught our parent-toddler class called Me and My Shadow as well as our preschool program for a year. Katelyn recently completed training in the Reggio Emilia approach and has in-serviced the staff with her specialized training. Katelyn also directs the New Morning School summer program. Katelyn is an exceptional and energetic teacher, making kindergarten stimulating and exciting.
Paul Hanna, B.A.A, Science and STEM Teacher
Paul received his B.A.A. degree in environmental studies and sports administration from Central Michigan University. Upon moving to Texas, he received his Certificate for Science from the Texas Education Association. He started his career as an environmental specialist for Atwell-Hicks Development Consultants. Then he began his teaching experience in Austin, Texas, teaching middle school science for six years before moving back to Michigan. Paul teaches the general science curriculum in a hands-on manner and does likewise with his STEM classes, offered to students grades 1-8. Paul is passionate about sharing science concepts with the students in a hands-on, inquiry-based program.
Christine Jansen, M.A., Elementary Teacher
Christine earned her bachelor’s in elementary education and her master’s degree in learning disabilities at Madonna University. She taught at the Reading and Language Arts Center – a remedial reading tutoring service. She is trained in Orton-Gillingham, an approach that assists struggling readers. Christine’s sense of humor and ability to set firm, kind limits have allowed many students to experience success.
Fred Moss, Ph.D., Music Instructor
Dr. Frederick Moss is a member of the music faculty at Schoolcraft College where he teaches a variety of courses including music for Elementary School Teachers, Music Appreciation, Popular Music in America, and Instrumental Music Performance. As part of his work with intending elementary teachers, Dr. Moss and his students provide music instruction to students in the elementary grades at New Morning School. Dr. Fred, as many New Morning students call him, holds a bachelor of music in music education from Furman University; a master’s of music in music education from Georgia State University; and a Ph.D. in music education from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He is also an accomplished clarinetist and pianist; Dr. Moss has performed on numerous solo and chamber music recitals. He has taught in a variety of settings including public and private schools; public recreation departments; and rehabilitation centers.
Cynthia Weber, B.A., Elementary Teacher
Cynthia graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s in elementary education, with a major in math and science, and a double minor of language arts and social studies. Cynthia has also been trained in Orton-Gillingham, a structured reading method. She has had the privilege of working at New Morning School since 1999. She is enrolled at Madonna University and is working on a master’s in learning disabilities in an effort to find ways to make learning accessible and fun for all levels of ability. Cynthia is our in-house expert on project-based learning, having led many elaborate learning projects with the students. She also provides parent educational tips to assist their children at home on her website Parent Child Education.