Meet the First Foundation's Team!

Debbie Barnes


Deb has owned First Foundations Early Learning Center since 2002. She has spent many years working with kids, and she has 3 children of her own; James, Samantha, and Courtney. She since went on to open ABC Grow & Learn in Tecumseh in 2012 and in Adrian in 2014. Deb lives with her husband in Walled Lake. Deb spends her spare time with her friends, her 4 grandkids, and traveling. Deb served in the Air National Guard. 

Kimberly Andrew 


I have been with First Foundations since 2013, before that I was a preschool teacher for Miss Debbie at her Tecumseh center. To supplement my degree, my experience includes working at a Lenawee county school as a kindergarten paraprofessional; a teacher and and Education Specialist for the Michigan Migrant Head Start program, and years of ministry in the children's department at my local church. My life's passion is the field of Early Childhood Education and building a team of like-minded teachers and support staff to provide the best quality care, and support network for families.  My husband and I have been married for 18 years and live in Adrian have 4 sons. Dakota lives on his own, Noah is a Junior, Dillon is in 8th grade, and Tobias attends First Foundations. I enjoy watching football, camping, kayaking, and cheering for our boys and their musical endeavors.

Infant Team

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Dawn Mukensturm

Peek-a-boo Infants Lead Teacher
Dawn has been with First Foundations since May 2016. 
I am currently working on my CDA. I have 3 children, and 3 grandkids. I enjoy spending time outside and attending sporting events!

Kelsey Whitish

Peek-a-boo Infants Assistant Teacher
Kelsey has been with First Foundation's since April 2017.
I plan on pursuing a degree in social work or nursing. I have 2 younger siblings, and enjoy children. I love spending time with my family and friends. I especially love horror movies.

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Toddler Team

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Chelsea Hassenzahl

Hoppin' Tots Toddler Lead Teacher
Miss Chelsea as been with First Foundations since August 2019

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Hoppin' Tots Toddler  Assistant Teacher

Jungle Junior Preschool Team

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Alyssa Beaster

Jungle Jr Preschool Lead Teacher

Alyssa has been with First Foundations since June 2018. 

I am finishing my CDA. My next education goal is my associates degree in ECE. I enjoy hiking. I read and listen to music in my spare time. I am an avid coffee drinker.

Crystal White

Jungle Jr Preschool Assistant Teacher

Crystal has been with First Foundation's since December 2016. 
I plan on pursing my CDA, and eventually getting my Associates Degree in ECE. I enjoy watching movies with my daughter, Kayla. You will always see a smile on my face. 

Preschool Team

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Kristina Murray

Learn 'N Play Preschool Lead Teacher

Kristina has been with First Foundations since July 2004.

I have worked in child care for 20 years. I have a chihuahua named Little boy and a pit bull named Violet. I live in my Ypsilanti with my husband Keith and my step daughter, Angelina. I enjoy going to the movies and taking my dogs on walks and boat rides. I also enjoy cooking and listening to music. I played the violin for 4 years when I was in school and enjoy arts and crafts.


Faith Vogel

Learn 'N Play Preschool Assistant Teacher 

Faith has been with First Foundations since September 2016.

In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, and exploring photography. I also like to make different crafts. 

Amazing Support Team Members

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Sherry Casey

JP & PS Classroom Aide
Sherry has been with First Foundation's since June 2018. 
Hi!  I'm Sherry!  My love of children has really grown since I have been at First Foundations!  I have 3 children of my own and love spending any time I can with them.  My husband and I have been married for 20 years!  We love to travel, especially to visit our family in Kentucky.

Megan Wagenknecht

Center Aide
Megan has been with First Foundation's since April 2019. 

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Stephanie Jackson

Administrative Assistant

Stephanie has been with First Foundations since November 2015.

Hi! I am Stephanie. I have always loved children. I remember the first couple times I really started to babysit, seeing the looks on the kids faces when I taught them something new was priceless. I now have 3 boys of my own and my love for children has deepened.  I have a love for singing. I sing on the worship team at my church.