We have a wonderful team of people teaching your children & keeping them safe!
All of our employees are certified in CPR, First Aid, Communicable Disease & Child Abuse Prevention
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!
Kellie Andre started working for MC Studio in August 2015 as our office assistant. She has been with the studio since 2013, when her oldest child started preschool, and has been a big part of our Smudged fundraiser from the beginning. She is just the next in line of family members working at a school, following her mother & grandmother who were both library aides in the Berkshire School District.
She is a 2001 graduate of Berkshire High School, and received her Associates degree in Accounting. She currently lives in East Claridon with her husband, Adam, and 3 children, Aidan, Jakob & Harper. They have 2 dogs - a black lab named Bailey, and a new chocolate lab name Ozzy.
Favorites : crafts & sewing, coffee, the color purple and anything chocolate!
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!
Stephanie Kaplan, a Burton native, was brought back to her hometown roots in the fall of 2016, securing her position at MC Studio as our afternoon preschool teacher. After graduating from Berkshire High School, she obtained her Associates of Arts degree from Lakeland Community College. While working as a mid-day aide & transportation aide for autistic children with the Berkshire Local School district, she changed her major, and earned her Bachelor's degree in psychology from Cleveland State University. She is currently re-enrolling in school to obtain her Master's degree in psychology, with the intent to obtain her PhD.
Besides working for Berkshire schools, she held the typical teenage job of baby-sitting for many local families, helping at the preschool at Burton Congregational Church (which her mom, Miss Jayne, ran for many years), working at Bellefaire JCB as an after school group therapist, director of an infant daycare center in Aurora, and most recently, an educational aide to a special needs student in the Garfield Heights City school district.
She currently resides in Middlefield with her husband, Kyle, daughters, Cecelia & Evelyn, and dog Daisy Mae.
Miss Patrice is a mommy-turned-teacher :) She had her daughter in our preschool program for 2 years, and joined us summer 2018 as one of our preschool teachers. She is a graduate of Berkshire High School, where she also attended Auburn Career Center for Early Childhood Education. After graduation, she completed schooling at the English Nanny and Governess school in Chagrin.
Prior to working for us, she also worked for Tiger Tech Daycare in Mantua for 7 years, before they closed. She loves working with children and enjoys seeing each and every one of them learn new and amazing things. We're so lucky to have someone as dedicated as she is to be part of our family!
She currently lives in Parkman with her husband, Matthew, and her 2 children, Penelope & Maximus. She loves to read, create (anything artsy), watch movies, and spend as much time with her family as she can.
Favorites : color is dark blue, sea food, cats & dolphins, dragons, fairies & mermaids, Halloween is her #1 favorite holiday
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.
Miss Olivia is one of our new afternoon teachers. She will split her time between the preschoolers & schoolagers while she is here, and hopes to be able to teach some dance lessons as well - she is an experienced dance/ballet student!
Born in Michigan, she also lived in Virginia before coming to Ohio. She graduated from Berkshire High School in 2018 and is currently taking classes at Kent State's Geauga campus for an art degree.
In her spare time, she enjoys drawing, dancing and spending time outside with her sisters & her dog. She loves the night sky and looking for stars, constellations, etc.
Favorites : the color turquoise, pizza, peacocks & Disney
You'll see Kevin Smith around as one of our after school smARTs teachers. A Cardinal High School graduate, he also attended Kent State University. While he hasn't finished his degree, he would like to return to to study either communications or education.
Just before joining MC Studio, he worked for Clear Skies Ahead. His daughter is a preschooler here, and just like the rest of us "parents turned employees", he got sucked right in :)
He currently lives in Chardon with his wife, Angel and daughter, Ruby. While he's a Cleveland sports fan, he's also a big fan of the Packers.
Favorites : color green, spicy food, outdoors (hiking, kayaking), cats, and fall