Bloomington Faculty and Staff

Christine Bredemus “Miss Christine”


Staff and 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”


Faculty since 2017, Elementary Teacher

Credentials: Lead Elementary 1 Teacher with Hand in Hand since 2018. CMTC certificate 2018; 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.”

Anne Engler, “Miss Anne”


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 “Miss Ashley”


Faculty since 2018, Music Specialist

Credentials: Bachelors of Arts from St. Olaf College; Over ten years experience in voice and piano lessons, including at the collegiate level; Certified in Montessori Musik Garten; Teaching private piano lesson

“One of my favorite aspects of teaching preschool and elementary music at Hand in Hand is that I have the opportunity to introduce young children to music in a beautiful environment that encourages self expression.  My hope is always to bring children to a love of experiencing and making music”

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, Founder 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!”

Rachel Wyatt “Miss Rachel”


Staff since 2019, Office Manager

Credentials: Bachelor of Individualized Studies with Concentrations in Art, Communications, and Central Asian Studies; CMTC Child Alive Certificate; 8 prior years of experience in administrative work.

“I enjoy getting to know the parents and students here at Hand in Hand. I believe that, as parents, one of our greatest ministries is to our children. I love how Hand in Hand partners with parents in discipling and educating their children. I am honored to be a part of the work that God is doing in the lives of so many families here!”

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

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