Meet Our Staff
School Year Program Staff
My name is Kathy Lee and I am the Program Director for the early childhood programs at Mill Creek Elementary. I also have the honor of being the lead teacher for our preschool program.
I have held many positions through my years of employment at Elk Rapids Schools. Elk Rapids Schools started its preschool programs in the fall of 2005. I was blessed to begin teaching in the preschool program at Lakeland Elementary School from the very beginning. While at Lakeland, I held the positions of lead teacher in the preschool as well as a paraprofessional in the afternoon for our preschool. I also worked afternoon Kids’ Club. I was the Program Director for our Summer Kids' Club program, which runs June through August. I have an Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education and have been teaching preschool since my graduation in 1984.
My husband, Steve, and I have three wonderful sons. Our oldest son, Andrew and his wife Amanda, live in Manhattan, Kansas. Andrew and Amanda blessed us with our first grandchild, Lydia Renee, on April 20, 2016. There is nothing better than being her Nana!! Matthew and his wife Kim, live in Willowbrook, Illinois. Our youngest son, Nathan, graduated from Michigan State in 2018. We have been blessed to have all three of our sons start in Kindergarten at Lakeland and then graduate from ERHS. My husband is a pilot for the Delta Airlines. He commutes from home to Detroit for work.
In my free time, I enjoy running, snowshoeing, biking, hiking, gardening,
scrapbooking, cooking, and baking. We have a wonderful Labrador Retriever, named Piper, with whom I love spending time. I love being outside, taking walks, and working in my yard. I love spending time with my family. Now that two of our sons are married to two wonderful ladies and have moved away, these times are becoming even more special. I love being a Nana, so any free time I have, I go to Kansas!!
I am very blessed to be a teacher in our preschool program here at Mill Creek. Being at the forefront of learning in a child’s school experience is so very rewarding.
I am a para-professional in the Preschool program at Mill Creek Elementary. I have worked for Elk Rapids Schools since I moved here from Toledo 20 years ago. Together my husband Steve and I have 4 boys, 3 grandsons and 1 granddaughter.
Some of my favorite things are reading, spending time with Steve, traveling to visit family and enjoying Northern Michigan.
I am a paraprofessional for AM/PM Kid’s Club, Summer Kids' Club as well as a Substitute teacher. I joined the Elk Rapids family in the summer of 2017 working as afternoon/closing staff member for Summer Kid’s Club Program and loved my job so much I decided to stay.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in science from Michigan State. I like to bring in science projects for the kids. I also enjoy arts and crafts. Which is why there is always some project Kid’s Club is working on.
I really enjoy working with both the staff and the children here at Mill Creek. My hope is to stay here for a long time!