Work Based Learning includes job preparation, daily living skills, functional academics, and non-paid internships. MLC partners with local companies to provide opportunities. Madonna trainees spend time at each business to learn job skills in a variety of settings. Trainees rotate every semester, to learn more employable skills, but also to build rapport with employers and coworkers and establish letters of reference. The goal of WBL is to ease the transition between work and school while reinforcing life and job skills.
Leigh Ann Summerville - Supervisor
Leigh Ann graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelors in Physical Education. She is currently enrolled in Freed Hardeman University earning her Masters in Arts and Teaching. Leigh Ann began working at Madonna Learning Center in 2020. Before Madonna Learning Center, Leigh Ann was employed at Desoto County Schools. She is married to Reggie, and has 2 daughters, Hannah and Halie. She enjoys reading, watching her daughters play competitive softball, traveling, and football season.
Leigh Ann is excited to be a part of the MLC team! Working with individuals with special needs has been a dream of hers. "The love, the learning, the relationships, there's nothing better."
Madison Thomas - Supervisor Assistant
Madison attended the University of Memphis and received a Bachelors Degree in Health Sciences. Madison did an internship at Madonna Learning Center January-May 2019. She began a full time employee, August 2019. Madison played on the University of Memphis Golf Team, and enjoys playing in her free time. She enjoys being with her friends, and family. Her favorite foods are, anything Mexican, sour gummy worms, and COFFEE!! Madison loves the acceptance from both the staff and students. She is very thankful for a community like Madonna Learning Center, to love and grow together, towards all goals that staff and students have made.
Become A Business Partner
Is your company interested in becoming a training site for our Work Based Learning trainees? Are you interested in hiring one of our trainees to work in your business? Please contact our WBL supervisors today! Call (901) 752-5767 or email cmorrow [at] madonna-learning [dot] org.