Our History

 

Friends Preschool and Kindergarten opened in 1997 with just 8 families, today we host over 70 families.  The program was developed by Barb Harris, Robin Fletcher and Barb Woolworth as a ministry of the Milford United Methodist Church. 

 

We began with a passion for children and an interest in passing on our faith.  Today, we are still passionate about our dream; giving children the opportunity to experience God’s love, as they play, learn and grow.

 

This ministry has been a true blessing to our founders, our staff and especially the children we are able to prepare for success in their educational and spiritual life.



Give us a call:

1-248-684-6086

25 Reasons to Enroll...
  • Multiple Class Options
  • Fabulous Teachers
  • Online Billing & Payment Options
  • Fire Department Visit
  • Spicer's Apple Orchard Field Trip
  • Low Student / Teacher Ratio
  • Halloween Trunk or Treat
  • Muffins with Mom
  • Exposure to New Experiences
  • Donuts with Dad
  • Thanksgiving Feast
  • Christmas Program
  • Christmas Book Exchange & Party
  • Kensington Metro Park Adventure
  • St. Jude Bike A Thon
  • Field Day
  • Dentist  Presentation
  • Multiple Summer Camps
  • Multiple Metro-Park Presentations
  • Parent - Tot Classes
  • STEAM Class
  • Vision & Hearing Screening for 4's & Above
  • Valentines Day Party
  • Friendly / Loving Staff
  • Highly recommended by many local Kindergarten Teachers
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Tammy Rittmueller

Director & Friendly Frog Kindergarten Teacher

 

Miss Tammy has a Bachelor in Elementary Education with an additional accreditation in Reading.  She is married with two children, a daughter and a son.  Her children attended school at Hartland - Hannah graduated from Wayne State and Matthew is pursuing his passion as a Personal Weight Trainer.

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Kristin Born

Office Manager

 

Kris has been with Friends preschool off and on for over 8 years.  Kris has a Bachelors in Communications from CMU.  She has three beautiful daughters and loves photography & golfing.  

Tracy Bruletti

Assistant Director & Buddy Bear - Lead Teacher

Tracy joined Friends in 2015.  She has a BA in Business Management and Aviation.  She has a Masters in International Marketing.  She obtained her CDA in 2108.  Tracy has three children who attended HVS and IA.  She speaks Spanish, French and Italian.

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Mandi Yardis

Buddy Bear - Lead Teacher

Mandi has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Oakland University.   She joined  Friends in Fall of 2020 and previously worked in  Walled Lake schools.  She enjoys time traveling, swimming, and spending time with her family - husband, son and daughter. 

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Katie Harris

Buddy Bear - Assistant Teacher

Katie has a Bachelor Degree from Ypsilanti in Business.   She has been with Friends since 2019.  She loves baking, nature walks and spending time with her husband.  

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Christina Zumstein

Buddy Bear - Assistant Teacher

 

Karen Smith

Busy Bee - Lead Teacher 

Karen has been with Friends since 2018 and was formerly the Christian Education Director for MUMC for over 20 years.  Karen has three adult children and two grandchildren.  Karen loves babies, crafting and baking.

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Lori Schwartz

Busy Bee - Lead Teacher

Lori has been working at Friends for over 10 years.  She was the Buddy Bear Art teacher for many years.    She has a degree in Educational Psychology.  She loves crafts, playing games, nature walks, and spending time with her family - Nora, Lincoln and husband, Paul.

Sue Gosnler

Busy Bee - Assistant Teacher 

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Barb Harris

Bible Story Teacher

Barb is a former Elementary teacher.  She is one of the founders of Friends.  She comes everyday to Friends to tell the children a bible lesson.  She enjoys her family and thirteen grandchildren.