AppleTree Rockford

AppleTree Rockford 6765 Courtland Dr. NE Rockford, MI 49341 616-874-5437 Hours
6AM - 6PM, Monday - Friday

Welcome to our Rockford School!

We are proud to offer quality child care and preschool to the Rockford area. We are conveniently located on Courtland Drive near the intersection of Belding Road and Wolverine Boulevard.

1999Year Opened

Providing care and education for over 15 years!

We have been members of the Rockford community, providing quality care and education to the families of the area, since we opened our doors in July 1999.

2017Golden Apple Award

Congratulations on Winning the 2017 Golden Apple Award

Ms. Rachel N.

Program Director

I am very excited to be here at the Rockford AppleTree as the Program Director!

I have been with AppleTree since 2009 and have been blessed to see a few different positions as Lead Teacher for the 4 year olds and Young 5's classroom, the Director at the Cascade Center, the Assistant Director here at Rockford and now the Program Director. After experiencing different roles at AppleTree I found that my passion and desires lie with the curriculum, children, and training our staff to become great teachers.

I graduated with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Taylor University and am so lucky to be able to use my knowledge and experience here at AppleTree. My husband and I have two little boys who both attend here at the Rockford AppleTree. We love to play outside, have fun in the backyard, read books, and enjoy our time together.

Thank you for the opportunity to teach and grow along with your child. I hope over the next weeks, months, and years your child's experience at AppleTree can help to strengthen them into fine young boys and girls before kindergarten.


Ms. Jana J.

Assistant Program Director

Hello, my name is Jana Johnson-Dust. I have been working in childcare for close to five years. I started as a nanny and have worked at the AppleTree Monroe location since 2014. While at Monroe I spent three years in our Faris classroom and earned my CDA credential in February 2017. I have taken several Child Development classes at GRCC and one of my goals is to finish my Associates within the next several years.


There is nothing else that I would rather be doing than working in this career field; watching children learn and being a part of their development is one of the most rewarding feelings to me. Some of my hobbies include working out, spending time outside, babysitting, and spending as much time as I can with loved ones. I have a 2 year old rabbit named Sir Birdius and a new kitten named Francis. I'm looking forward to learning from this new opportunity and getting to know all of you as well!

Ms. Sarah S.

Curriculum Coordinator

Hi my name is Sarah and I attended Calvin College where I studied Early Childhood Education. Last fall, I earned my CDA through Gilden University at corporate. 

I love working with children because they are so energetic and willing to try new things. I love watching them for their "aha" moments, when they finally understand the problem and how to solve it. Appletree allows for students to learn, grow, and play while getting an education.

I have been the Curriculum Coordinator here at the Rockford Appletree since July 2018. I first started at Appletree in June of 2016 as the Lead teacher for Summer Explorers. I then went to the Terance room as the assistant teacher and then the lead teacher for about a year. Now, I oversee that the curriculum is being implemented in the classrooms and help out with anything the teachers might need.

I got married in April 2018 to my best friend! We enjoy spending our time together outside, going for walks, hunting in the fall and winter, and riding the motorcycle when it is warm out.

I am very excited that I get to continue my career here at the Rockford AppleTree!

Come join our dynamic, professional teaching team and make a difference in a child's life today.

Benefits available to our full-time employees include:

  • A fun, caring, loving environment for children
  • Tuition discounts
  • Paid holidays
  • Weekends off
  • Vacation and personal days
  • Insurance benefits
  • Continuing education and training opportunities
  • Work at the same location where your child is enrolled


Classroom Assistant Teacher

This full-time position will begin immediately.  Start and end times may be flexible.  Apply to the Rockford school and contact the Director for more information.  Applicants must read the Classroom Assistant Teacher employee qualifications & expectations before completing an application.


Last Updated 1/11/19

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"The teachers go above and beyond to make my little girl feel special and loved! She can't wait to go every morning! :)"

– Krystyn Broersma

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Oaktree Academy has partnered with Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool! With this partnership we are also expanding with an addition to the school building. To celebrate these exciting changes, we are hosting an Open House on February 8th, 2019 from 5pm to 7pm. Come tour the new state-of-the-art building and meet our Program Director, Carrie Quillan and her teaching team members. Learn more about our curriculum and programming. Enjoy local business partner vendors, as well as refreshments and fun for the whole family!