Staff

Bloomington Faculty and Staff

Christine Bredemus “Miss Christine”

c.bredemus@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2011, Bloomington Campus Director and 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.”

Adriana Arkley, “Miss Adri”

a.arkley@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2017, Elementary Teacher

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

“I am thrilled and honored to partner with our Elementary parents in cultivating their children’s growth spiritually, academically, and socially.”

Rebecca Dirks

r.dirks@hihcm.org

Bloomington Facilities 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.”

Siri Drontle, “Mrs. Siri”

s.drontle@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2013, 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!”

Anne Engler, “Miss Anne”

a.engler@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2017, Art Specialist

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.”

Ashley Goodmundson

a.goodmundson@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2018, Music Specialist

Kaylee Harker

k.harker@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2018, Student Intern

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Mandy Johnson

m.johnson@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2018, Student Intern

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Irene Kpami

i.kpami@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2018, Sewing and Art Specialist

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Jason Lee

Faculty since 2018, Director of International Programs and Director of Planning of the Christian Montessori Training Center

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Marlene Testa Lee  “Mrs. Lee”

m.lee@hihcm.org

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!”

Danika Marken

d.marken@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2018, Lead Children’s House Teacher

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Amy Sanchez “Miss Amy”

a.sanchez@hihcm.org

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.”

Michelle Lee Thompson “Mrs. Thompson”

m.thompson@hihcm.org

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!”

Hand In Hand, Christian Montessori Training Center and Bethany Global University Board of Directors

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

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