Carlene Exline is the owner, administrator and head teacher at MC Studio. She has been teaching children since 1996 through art, gymnastics & homeschooling. She began her teaching career at Fairmounts Center for the Arts. Then, in 1999, she opened A Garden's Way Gallery in Burton and taught art classes. In 2009, she began offering preschool classes, under the new name MC Studio. She licensed in 2014 as an arts based child care center and added before & after school care, as well as all day care.
Carlene is a Chagrin native and graduated from Chagrin Falls High School. She has an Associates of Arts degree, majoring in art and child development psychology. She also studied education at Ursuline College, and to take things a step further, she completed her CDA training in 2015. She is a 2006 graduate of Leadership Geauga, a USAG safety certified gymnastics coach, a member of NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children), and most recently she was appointed president of the Geauga Council for Arts & Culture.
She is an artist at heart! Knowing she wanted to be an artist since she was little, Carlene spent much of her early life studying and practicing art, and continues to this day through teaching. She has shown her work in numerous art shows and galleries.
On top of art, she also took an interest in gymnastics, helping her daughter, Cailyn, pursue her dreams of becoming a gymnast. She began coaching in 2006, and uses that experience as part of her curriculum here at the studio.
She currently resides in Auburn with her children, Cailyn, Christopher & Carson.
Favorites : God, sunflowers, dark chocolate, Paris, dragonflies & teaching!
Miss Tiffany is our new Early smARTs teacher for the 2018-2019 school year. Originally from the Upper Peninsula in Michigan, she has been in Ohio for the last 6 years. She graduated from Mid Peninsula High School, and has her B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Lake Superior State University. Prior to joining us in August 2018, she worked as a nanny for the last 5 1/2 years, and also for Small Hands Big Dreams in their 2-3 year old room.
She currently lives in Burton with her dog, a black lab named Molly. She enjoys almost anything outdoors, including kayaking, camping, going for a walk, and skiing - she loves the snow! She can crochet and loves puzzles and books. She is first and foremost a Lions fan, but will cheer for the Browns.
Favorites : color orange, fall weather, giraffes, Halloween (she loves to dress up and be silly)
Dislikes: surprisingly enough - cake!
Miss Sara started with us in September 2018 as our new preschool music teacher. She will be here every day, assisting the Preschool & Early smARTs classes, and working with them in groups teaching them songs.
She is Berkshire graduate, and has her Bachelor of Music Education and Elementary Education endorsement from Morehead State University. Before joining our studio, she was a preschool/music teacher for a daycare in Bainbridge/Chagrin Falls. She is also a music director for the Geauga Lyric Theater Guild.
She grew up in Claridon, and currently lives with her son, Daniel, and 2 cats, Chloe & Maya. She likes to sing, play Words with Friends, and get together with family & friends. You may have seen her posts & pictures on Facebook from her walks around Burton, that she calls 'Burton Walks'.
Favorites : color purple, lasagna, dogs, 50's 60's & 70's music, and her favorite movie is Gone With the Wind
Alli Dingman has grown up at the studio. She started here when she was 18 months old, coming to camps, volunteering and working as soon as she could!
Alli graduated from Berkshire High School in 2018. She played volleyball and track & field for most of high school. She will be attending Slippery Rock University this fall to become a certified teacher.
As she has grown up with the studio, Alli is very excited to see the new changes bound to happen. She currently is away at school, but will be back on on her breaks and summer vacation.
She has been highly involved in 4-H. She is a 9 year member of her sewing group, Sew Sweet, a second year camp counselor for 4-H camp, and a member of the Jr. Fair Board for Geauga County.
In her spare time, Alli loves to paint & draw.