Our teacher, Mieke Dahlem

Ms. Mieke smiling at the camera at the end of a sunny day fieldtrip to a dairy farm with her class.

Mieke has been teaching at the Ypsilanti Cooperative Preschool since 2005 and has been teaching since 2000. In addition to her degrees in early education, she completed her Montessori training in 2012. Ms. Mieke blends her life-long love of learning with her humor, creativity, and compassion to build a unique learning community for students as well as parents.

Ms. Mieke’s Teaching Philosophy


We love YCP! The cooperative model fosters a sense of community and we enjoyed being a part of the school. Ms. Mieke is warm and caring; she demonstrates great pa2ence and takes the time to know each child individually. Our daughter always looked forward to going to class and her unique needs were consistently met. The Montessori curriculum allows each child to work at their own level and pace. The school atmosphere is bright and cheerful. We recommend YCP to any family looking for a school they can really be involved in!

The Burpee Family

The Montessori format of the class really drew us to the school. It gives kids a chance to be themselves and explore, while introducing them to structure and the classroom environment. The cooperative element was also really important to us. I loved being involved in the classroom, watching them learn, grow and play, seeing them make their first friends. Having the opportunity to take the first few steps of your child’s educational journey with them is a beautiful thing. We have made and are still making many cherished memories at YCP.

Dannielle Murphy