Our Teachers

Kelli Young

Director and 3's & 4's Co-op Lead Preschool Teacher

269/649-2343 ext. 106


Hello! My name is Kelli Young and I am the director at Heart & Hands as well as the lead teacher of the 3's and 4's Co-op classes. I graduated from Western Michigan University in 2013 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I hold a teaching certificate with an Early Childhood endorsement. I love being part of a co-op program where I can work alongside parents and families to ensure their child is successful while they learn and discover so many new things about our world and themselves. I am passionate about developing relationships with my students so they feel loved and confident in our classroom! Preschool quickly became my favorite age group to teach because we have the privilege of being their first taste of formal education. It is so much fun and a true pleasure to be their teacher! I live in portage with my husband Tyler and two daughters, Penelope and Eloise. I enjoy spending time with my family, going to the beach, reading, and being outside.

Colleen Flinton

5-day Lead Preschool Teacher

Hello! My name is Colleen Flinton and I have the privilege of being the lead teacher in the 5-day class. In the 5-day class we work closely with both KCR 4s and GSRP which provides many opportunities within our classroom to ensure every child excels to their full potential. I have a true passion that every child that leaves my classroom does so with confidence, feeling valued in our school family, and has a true joy for learning. I returned to the classroom in 2017 after having the honor of staying home with my own children for 13 years. I attended Ferris State University near my hometown (Reed City) to earn my degree in Pre-Teaching Elementary in 2002 and Early Childhood Education in 2003. My husband Jody and I live in Schoolcraft with our three amazing children, Aidan, Connor, and Ella. When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy all adventures that include family and friends.

Lindsey DeGraaf

3's & 4's Co-op Assistant Preschool Teacher

Hi there! I am Lindsey DeGraaf and I am the assistant teacher of the 3's and 4's Co-op classes. I attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College for 2 years in the Graphic Design program. While I love art and design, I have always had a desire to work with children. I have several years of childcare experience in centers and as a nanny. I am currently working on my CDA credential. I love working in this amazing preschool program and watching the children learn and grow! I feel very fortunate to be a part of the process. I live in Vicksburg with my husband Micheal and our son Reed and daughter Sydney. I love time with my family, decorating, reading, and running.

Amy Powers

5-day Assistant Preschool Teacher

Hi, my name is Amy Powers and I am the assistant teacher in the 5 day 4's classroom. I absolutely love spending my days with preschoolers. It is a joy to watch them grow and learn and discover new things all year long. I have experience as a parapro, home daycare owner, nanny and church preschool director. Children have been my passion and career focus. I recently earned my Associates degree in Early Childhood Education from Kellogg Community College. When I'm not with preschoolers I enjoy reading, doing puzzles and going out to dinner with my husband. We have been married for 30 years and have three adult children and one son in law.