Bloomington Faculty and Staff

CMTC Board of Directors

Dr. Randy Dirks, Mr. David Haas, Mrs. Rebecca Dirks and Mrs. Michelle Lee Thompson

Rebecca Dirks

Bloomington Campus Director

Credentials: Bachelor of Religious Education BRE Ambrose University, Advanced Certificate of Spanish Fluency – Instituto de Idiomas, MA/CP  Trinity Global University – Chicago, Certificate – Montessori Live, Teaching Certificate – Musikgarten (Montessori Music Education), Teaching Certificate – Godly Play

“It gives me great joy to see children eagerly involved in their personal learning.  I’m deeply grateful to be a part of providing a gentle, calm, vibrant and rich learning Christian environment which benefits both children and families.”

Sharon Tapaoan Reichardt, “Miss Sharon”

Preschool Teacher since 2016

Credentials: Bachelor of Arts in Ministry from School of Church Planting, Philippines; Certificate in Intercultural Studies from Great Commission Missionary School, Philippines; Certificate in Montessori Instruction from Bethany College of Mission, USA; Bachelor of Science in Child Development with a specialization in Administration and Management (current student) Walden University, USA; Walden Acceleration Into Master’s Program in Early Childhood Studies (current student) Walden University, USA

“I am passionate about young learners.  I love being  involved in a community such as HIH, one that is dedicated to nurturing the holistic well-being of children.”

Marlene Testa Lee  “Mrs. Lee”

Music Director and Parent Educator/Faith Formation, Since the Founding of HIHCM in 1999. Music Director and Parent Educator/Faith Formation; FAA Music Director; Piano Instructor; Grades 1-Adult; Jubilate Ringers & Singers, Gr.3-8; Child Alive Institute – Adult Education; Do, Re For Me!! Summer Music Camp

Credentials: Bachelor of Music Degree/Piano MacPhail College of Music/Mpls.MN; Bachelor of Music Education/Kg-12th  MacPhail College of Music/Mpls.MN; Master of Arts/Curriculum & Instruction, University of St.Thomas/St.Paul, MN; Life Teaching Licensure/Music Kg-12th, State of Minnesota;  Early Childhood Certificate/Montessori Centre International, London England UK; Early Childhood Certificate & Licensure/ Musikgarten, Inc. Greensboro, NC; Godly Play Certificate, Jerome Berryman, Centre for the Spiritually of Young Children, Texas;  Child Alive Institute Certificate/ HIHCM

“I am so grateful to the Lord for HIS abundant Blessings, for the privilege of receiving the finest training from the finest trainers in my career and the opportunity to work along side of my one and only daughter, Michelle Lee Thompson!”

Michelle Lee Thompson “Mrs. Thompson”

Staff and Faculty since 1999, Dean and Executive Director; Family Preschool and Family Musik (ages 0-3 years)

Credentials: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Bethel University; Master’s Degree in Instructional Leadership with a Montessori Concentration from Argosy University; Certificate of Montessori Theory from Montessori Centre International, London; Certificate of Montessori Elementary Education from Child Alive Institute

“Leading Hand In Hand Christian Montessori is more than my job, it is my joy! I love inspiring staff and faculty, parents and children to be all God intended!”

Amy Sanchez “Miss Amy”

Faculty since 2017, Office and Finance Manager HIHCM Bethany Campus

Credentials: BS in Business Management from Western Governor’s University; CompTIA Project+ Certified

“I am blessed to have the opportunity to help the Hand in Hand Bethany Montessori bloom and grow through my administration skillsets. It is a joy to work in a faith-filled environment with peers who are passionate about Jesus and about children’s education.”

Siri Drontle, “Mrs. Siri”

Faculty since 2017 at Bethany Children’s House Lead Teacher; Faculty since 2013, Children’s House teacher in Theta (ages 3-6 years) 2013-2016; Hallelujah Dance Project Director

Credentials:  Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from the Lutheran Bible Institute of Seattle; Masters of Education in Elementary Education K-8, Communication Arts and Literature Emphasis from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Child Alive Institute Montessori Certificate. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Training with Myra Arnold and Carol Ditberner; Summer Dance Institute for Teachers completion with Anne Green Gilbert at the Creative Dance Center, Seattle.

“I love working with young children and seeing their sense of wonder at God’s amazing world. I love moving to music and enjoying God’s creation!”

Ashley Goodmanson, “Miss Ashley”

Faculty since 2017, Music Specialist at Bloomington location

Credentials: Certified Musik garten instructor; BA from St. Olaf college in Art and Religion; Many years of piano and vocal instruction as well as theater

“Music and the performing arts hold such a special place in my heart and I feel so blessed and excited to share the beauty of music with children!”

Caleb Burks, “Mr. Caleb”

Faculty since 2017, E1 Teacher/Teaching Intern (Student Teacher)

Credentials: Associate of the Arts in Theology and Intercultural Ministries, Currently pursuing Elementary AMS Cert. from AMTC

“God has blessed me with a joy for teaching all His little ones and with the perfect place to do so!”

Sarah Richey, “Miss Sarah”

Faculty since 2017, Assistant Teacher in Children’s House

Credentials: Bachelor’s of Arts in Intercross-cultural studies/Bible and Missions; Minor in Early Childhood Education from Bethany Global University.

“I love Hand In Hand and I am so blessed I get to be a part of this team!”

Charlotte Jents, “Miss Charlotte”

Faculty since 2017, Teacher’s Assistant.

Credentials: Associate degree in applied science.

“I enjoy teaching children and helping them become all that God intended them to be!”

Adriana Arkley, “Miss Adri”

Faculty since 2017, Family Liaison / Parent Ambassador

Credentials: Hand in Hand parent since 2016, home educator of 15 years, Freelance Writer.

“I am thrilled to represent the parents of our Bloomington Hand in Hand campus. My goal is to keep parents informed and connected, and to cultivate an environment of hospitality and support.”

Ann Engler, “Miss Ann”

Faculty since 2017, Art Teacher

Credentials: Masters of Arts from University of St. ThomasBachelor’s of Art in Mass Communications/Business; 15 years of experience in marketing; Art Seminars and training from MACHE; Art Instructor to homeschool art groups; Training in Art in Japan

“I am thrilled to teach art while helping students explore their creative ability, problem solve and think outside the box.  I believe that a strong arts program helps students in many other core subjects and disciplines.  My favorite thing about teaching at Hand in Hand is pointing children to Christ and to look at all subjects from a Christian Worldview.”

Christine Bredemus “Miss Christine”

Faculty since 2011, Lead Elementary Teacher

Credentials: Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Mathematics Education from Iowa State University, Elementary AMS Certification from Center for Montessori Education, New York.

“I love teaching at Hand In Hand because it allows me to lead children to be independent and inquisitive learners in an environment surrounded by God’s love.”