Work Based Learning

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.



Savana graduated from the University of Memphis, earning a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Psychology and minor in Health Care and Society. She began working at MLC in February 2021. Before MLC, Savana was a teaching assistant at the University of Memphis in a general psychology class. She has also taught 9th and 10th grade at Whitehaven High School (Peer Power), and Pre-AP English and Honors English II.

Savana is married to Clay. She enjoys playing tennis, going to Pickwick Lake, spending time with family, and shopping on Amazon. Some other favorites for Savana are coffee, mexican food, sushi, Huey's and pizza.

Savana says MLC is like her second family, everyone is thoughtful and loving. The students and trainees are so eager to learn and they always have a welcoming smile. "I love coming to work every day knowing that I am loved and appreciated."



Mary graduated from the University of Memphis with a major in  Social Work and and a minor  in American Sign Language. Before working at MLC, Mary was a volunteer at Madonna Learning Center for 4 years. Mary has a cat named Charlie. Mary loves being with her friends and family, playing pickle-ball and traveling. She enjoys Chick-fil-A and Babalu. She loves listening to the band, The Lumineers. 

Mary loves how accepting the staff and students are at MLC. "Everyone here truly wants the best for you. This place has grown to feel like home".






JD graduated from the University of Memphis with a degree in Teaching and Physical Education. JD began teaching at MLC in 2021. He is married to his wife, Sarah, and they have a son, Reed James, "RJ". JD loves all things sports! He enjoys eating at Booyas, watching movies, "Remember the Titans" is his favorite. He also enjoys all music and podcasts. 

JD loves the family feel at MLC. He loves seeing the students reach new heights, and considers it a huge blessing.



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