Staff

Roseville Faculty and Staff

Hand In Hand Board Members:

Current Board Members: Steve Whiting (President); Jeremy Sizer (Treasurer); Leah Maloley (Secretary); Brent Thompson (President, Ex Officio); Rev. Dr. Morris G.C. Vaagenes (Chaplain); Michelle Lee Thompson (Executive Director).

Former, Distinguished Board Members: Gary Carlson, Jane Tramm, Heather Elting-Ballard, Tim Masek, Keith Jones, Angela Koehler, Jody Ternes, David Horsager, Judie McKay, Mark Bruce.

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!”

Sue Shields “Ms. Sue”

Faculty since 2009 and Staff since 2011, Elementary 2 “Kappa” Lead Teacher (ages 9-12 years); Assistant to the Dean

Credentials: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Multi-categorical Self-Contained Class with Integration from Northwestern College, Orange City, IA; Certificate of Montessori Elementary Education from Child Alive Institute

“It’s a joy to help lead and grow Hand In Hand.  I love guiding children into learning and sharing the love of Christ with them every day!”

Julie DuBois  “Miss Julie”

Staff since 2015, Director of Finance

Credentials: Bachelor of Arts from the University of St. Thomas with majors in Business Administration and Social Science

“It’s great to work where God is glorified and people are built up in Him.  I’m happy to administrate finances so our teachers can focus on skillfully and lovingly educating children.”

Susie Kulenkamp  “Miss Soozi”

Staff since 2007, Tuition Manager

Credentials: Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, University of Wisconsin – Stout

“HIH is the nicest place on this earth to work. It is a very special place for children and adults!”

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; Jubilate Ringers & Singers; Child Alive Institute; 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!”

Jean Schmidt  “Miss Jean”

Staff and Faculty since 2015, Director of Development

Credentials: Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from Bethel University; working towards Master’s Degree in Multicultural Leadership from Bethany Global University; Certified Fitness Instructor from NETA (National Exercise Trainers Association); Ordained Minister through Impact Ministries International

“Being the Director of Development is more than fundraising, it is sharing the vision of Hand In Hand Christian Montessori with others, so they can partner with us to advance the Kingdom of God through Christian Montessori.”

Sharon Steichen “Miss Sharon”

Staff since 2013, Director of Alumni, Research, and Public Relations

Credentials: Bachelor of Art in Speech Communications, Business/History from Bethel University

I appreciate the vision of Hand In Hand which is lived out each day by the teachers and staff. It is a place where Jesus Christ is honored and glorified. My work at Hand Is Hand is a ministry rather than a job and I am honored and blessed to serve the families and staff through my work.

Stacy Thompson “Miss Stacy”

Staff since 2012, Office Director

Credentials: BA in Art from Bethel University

“I love my position at HIH because I love to make people and kiddos happy so whatever I can do to accomplish that, consider it done.”

Jenni West “Miss Jenni”

Staff since 2012, Policy and Health Consultant

Credentials: B.A. from St. Olaf College, RN

“I love the Christian Montessori classroom! and am privileged to support the staff/families who create this environment for our children.”

The Leadership Team

(left to right)

Jean Schmidt, Julie DuBois, Jenni West, Michelle Thompson,  Stacy Thompson, Sue Shields, Sharon Steichen

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!”

Julie Erickson “Miss Julie”

Staff and Faculty since 2015, Family Preschool and Playcare Lead, Music Assistant/Specialist

Credentials: Bachelor of Science in Music from North Central University; Certificate of Montessori Theory from Bethany Global University; Musikgarten Teacher; Zumba Instructor

“I love that I get to work with every student from preschool-8th grade as a music specialist! We have so much fun learning here!”

Connie Krause “Miss Connie”

Faculty since January 2007, Family Preschool and former Montessori Assistant in Children’s House

Credentials: Montessori certificate in process from Child Alive Institute and Bethany Global University

Diane Sawyer   “Miss Diane”

Adjunct Staff since 2003, Nursery/Playcare Teacher ages 0-3

Credentials: Associates Degree in General Business from The Sawyer School, AKA Minnesota School of Business, Legal Courses (Certificates) Carlson School of Management, Certificate from, Montessori Training Center of Minnesota in ” Working With Children With Special Needs”, Certificate from Child Alive Institute in “Child Development Through The Arts and Academics”, Over one dozen additional training certificates from MN Resources For Child Caring and Think Small.

“I started taking care of newborns, infants, and toddlers at the age of nine.  After working in the Apartment Management and Legal Field for 25 years, I decided to go back and to do what I really love  and enjoy doing, “Working With The Very Young”.   I truly love my job!”

Tina Stebbing “Miss Tina”

Faculty since January 2012, Family Preschool and Montessori teacher in Omega Children’s House

Credentials: Montessori certificate from St Catherine’s college

“I enjoy every day I come to Hand in Hand and the interaction with other staff, parents and the students. I also feel blessed to teach excellence of children’s education and importance growth of character and Faith.”

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!”

Myra Arnold “Miss Myra”

Faculty since 2001, Children’s House ages 3-6

Credentials: BA in Natural History from the University of MN, Certificate of Montessori Early Childhood  from the University of St Catherine, St Paul, MN. MA in Montessori Early Childhood Education from University of St Catherine, St Paul, MN

“I love teaching at Hand in Hand because I love to help children learn and grow into the beautiful people that God intends them to become. Hand in Hand is a very special learning environment in which I can live out my calling as a teacher who serves the Good Shepherd.”

 

Theresa Anderson  “Miss Theresa”

Staff since 2016.  I was an intern in Alpha Children’s House at Hand in Hand during school year 2015-16. Currently I am an Assistant Teacher in Beta Children’s House (3 1/2 to 6 year-olds)

Credentials: BA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) from Bethel University, Arden Hills, MN 2015; AA from North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, MN 1996; Currently working toward a Montessori Teachers Certificate through the Edison Lakes Montessori Teachers Academy in Mishewaka, Indiana. (2015-2017)

“Hand in Hand is a unique and supportive environment of caring families, teachers, staff and students.  I love being a part of the nurturing and growth of the school’s youngest students.”

Kelsey Anderson  “Miss Kelsey”

Staff since 2016.  I was an intern in Omega Children’s House at Hand in Hand during school year 2015-16. Currently I am an assistant in Omega Children’s House (3 1/2 to 6 year-olds)

Credentials:  Montessori Teachers Certificate through the Edison Lakes Montessori Teachers Academy in Mishewaka, Indiana. (2015-2016)

“I love to work at Hand In Hand because it’s Christian and Montessori, and you rarely see those two together.  Also, the staff is so supportive.”

Carol Cho “Ms. Carol”

Faculty since 2010, Working for Delta class(1st through 3rd grade ) on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and for Theta class(Children’ House, 3-5 ages) on Thursday and Friday

Credentials: Master Degree of Education from Loyola University; AMI Primary Diploma of Montessori from MTCM; Bachelor of Art in English language and Literature from Korean National Open University

“I don’t think I am ‘working’ at HIH, rather I am helping and guiding children to see how to work. Seeing it always work makes me thrilled. Yes! You can do it.”

Angelina Frohlich “Miss Annie”

Faculty since 2002, Beta Children’s House Lead  (ages 3-6)

Credentials: Bachelor of Arts in Children’s Ministries from University of Northwestern St Paul
Certificate of Montessori Children’s House from Child Alive Institute
Certificate in Musik Garten: Babies/ Toddler’s/ Cycle of Seasons/ God’s Children Sing/ Music Makers At Home and In the World

“What I love about a Christian and Montessori environment is that it allows me to guide the youngest among us to what is most important: to know Jesus, and love learning!”

Mary Pat Hiller “Miss Mary Pat”

Faculty Since 2000, Children’s House Lead (Ages 3-6)

Credentials: Certificate of Montessori Children’s House, Child Alive Institute; Catechesis of the Good Shepherd CJS;  Certificate of Musik Garten (Cycle of Seasons / God’s Children Sing); Certificate of Godly Play

“I love being able to guide each child independently within their abilities and strengths, with practical, academic, and spiritual hands on work.”

Janelle Nedrud “Miss Jan”

Staff since 2009, Children’s House – Beta (ages 3 – 6)

Credentials: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (preschool through grade eight) from Concordia College, St. Paul

“I love my job! I love working with such a great staff. I love the children that I am so blessed to guide with the use of beautiful Montessori materials.”

Erika Schmidt “Miss Erika”

Faculty since 2016, Teacher in Children’s House Theta room – ages 3-6

Credentials: AMI Degree in Montessori Primary Education from the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota. A BA in Child Psychology from Metropolitan State University.

“I am blessed to be able to help the children down the path of knowledge and their path toward God.:

Alyssa Smith “Miss Alyssa”

Staff since September 26, 2016, Children’s House –Theta (ages 3-6 years)

Associate of Arts in Intercultural Ministry from Bethany Global University; Certificate of Montessori Theory from the Christian Montessori Training Center.

“This is my first year here, and I’m excited to learn about children and complete my Montessori certification while working with the wonderful, welcoming people I’ve met.”

Tina Stebbing “Miss Tina”

Faculty since January 2012, Family Preschool and Montessori teacher in Omega Children’s House

Credentials: Montessori certificate from St Catherine’s college

“I enjoy every day I come to Hand in Hand and the interaction with other staff, parents and the students. I also feel blessed to teach excellence of children’s education and importance growth of character and Faith.”

Lillian Taylor “Miss Lillian”

Faculty since spring 2013, Lead Teacher in Alpha and Omega Children’s Houses – Ages 3-6

Credentials: Bachelors of Music, Music Therapy, Florida State University; Christian Montessori Certificate, Bethany College of Missions

“The relationships I have with my co-workers, the children in my classes, the parents who I meet are all very special to me.  I feel nourished by the Holy Spirit in this school. It is a place where we all learn from one another, ever growing in our mission to know and love and be loved by the Lord.”

Christine Bredemus “Miss Christine”

Faculty since 2011, Lead Elementary 2 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.”

LaVonne Bluhm “Miss LaVonne”

Faculty since 2004, E1 lead teacher in the Delta class of 1st-3rd graders. Also French teacher to the HIgHers, 7 & 8th grade students

Credentials: B.A. degree business communications and French, Spanish minor from Concordia college Morehead, Mn. Teaching license from Bethel University, St. Paul, Mn

“I love my job and being able to combine the love for teaching with sharing the love of Jesus with my students.”

Christie Anne Cheng “Ms. Christie Anne”

Faculty since 2014, Lead Teacher: Gamma Elementary 1 Lambda Elementary 1 and 2

Credentials: Bachelor of Art in Elementary Education, Bible, and Coaching; Master’s Degree in Education with a Montessori Concentration from Sarasota University; Certificate of Montessori Elementary Education from Child Alive Institute; Minnesota and Iowa teaching License.

“I love helping to mold children for Christ; helping them to grow academically and spiritually!”

Carol Cho “Ms. Carol”

Faculty since 2010, Working for Delta class(1st through 3rd grade ) on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and for Theta class(Children’ House, 3-5 ages) on Thursday and Friday

Credentials: Master Degree of Education from Loyola University; AMI Primary Diploma of Montessori from MTCM; Bachelor of Art in English language and Literature from Korean National Open University

“I don’t think I am ‘working’ at HIH, rather I am helping and guiding children to see how to work. Seeing it always work makes me thrilled. Yes! You can do it.”

Susan Leigh Jakubiec “Miss Susan”

Staff and Faculty since 2006, Assistant Teacher in E1 (ages 6-9); Assistant Teacher in Children’s House (ages 3-6)

Credentials: Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin; Master Teacher Certificate from Logic of English

“The Christ-centered community of Hand In Hand is my joy and blessing. What a privilege it is to share the nurturing love of God with our precious children!”

Patrick Kutzer “Mr. Patrick”

Faculty member since 2012, Lead Teacher Lower Elementary Zeta I Classroom (ages 6-9)

Credentials: Certificates/Degrees including Institutions: Lower Level Elementary Montessori Certification & Upper-Level Elementary Montessori Certification from St. Catherine University.  Minnesota State K-6 Teaching License from the College of St. Scholastica.  Bachelor of Arts in German Language from the University of Minnesota

“I am dedicated to the education of children and passionate about promoting independence and the love of learning in my students.”

Kristina Lattner  “Miss Tina”

Faculty since 2016, Assistant Teacher in E1,  Zeta 1, children ages 6 to 9 years

Credentials: Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education including Kindergarten; Minor in Christian Education for Early Childhood to Grade 6 from The College for Christian Ministries, Berlin, Germany

“I love the opportunity to teach in a Christian faith-based environment. It is my joy to partner with families as they raise their children for the glory of God.”

Renae Long “Miss Renae”

Faculty since 2016, Assistant Teacher for Lambda (ages 6-12)

Credentials: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Minnesota State University Moorhead; Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Bethel University (in process)

“As both a teacher and a parent at Hand in Hand Christian Montessori, I enjoy watching God’s handiwork unfold in the lives of children in a holistic way.”

Sheila Myers “Ms. Sheila”

Faculty since 2010, Kappa Teacher Assistant (Grades 4-6)

Credentials: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the College of St. Catherine; Master’s Degree in Education with a Writing Concentration from Mankato State University

“Teaching children to be life long learners and challenging them to take the next step in their own learning is what inspires me. I work with amazing students, teachers and families!”

Sue Shields “Ms. Sue”

Faculty since 2009 and Staff since 2011, Elementary 2 “Kappa” Lead Teacher (ages 9-12 years); Assistant to the Dean

Credentials: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Multi-categorical Self-Contained Class with Integration from Northwestern College, Orange City, IA; Certificate of Montessori Elementary Education from Child Alive Institute

“It’s a joy to help lead and grow Hand In Hand.  I love guiding children into learning and sharing the love of Christ with them every day!”

Rebekah Marie Stebbing “Miss Rebekah”

Faculty since 2015, Zeta 1 (4th – 6th grade)

Credentials: Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and General Science from Concordia University Wisconsin, Certificate of Montessori Methods, Materials, and Management from St. Catherine University, Certificate of Montessori Elementary Education from Child Alive Institute.

“I love the caring, wonderful environment at Hand In Hand. Helping each student to thrive gives me so much joy and I love seeing how they grow each year.”

Mrs. Roni Lovette “Mrs. Roni”

Staff and Faculty since 2004, Designer and Lead Teacher of the HIgH Adolescent Programs (12-15 years)

Credentials: Associate of Arts degree, cum laude, from Waldorf College; Bachelor of Arts Degree, cum laude, from University of West Florida–named Outstanding Psychology Student of the Year, Master’s Coursework, Bethel University, State of Minnesota Teaching License, Completed NAMTA’s Orientation to Adolescent Studies at St. Catherine’s University

“Life is great when you can work within God’s call on your life; mine is here! I love adolescents. They are “beautiful messes”-exactly as they should be!”

Bethany Aguirre “Ms. Bethany”

Adjunct Faculty since 2016, The HIgH Art Class.

Credentials: Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Bethel University, Minnesota; K-12 Art Teaching License through Bethel University’s  Graduate Program

“I love teaching art in an environment where we can engage in our faith with the subject we are studying.”

Amy Alexander “Miss Amy”

Faculty since 2005, Lead Science Teacher in the HIgH, 12-15-year-olds

Credentials: Masters of Horticulture from U of MN, Teaching Licensure Science 5-12 from Bethel University, Environmental Science Teaching Certificate from Hamline University, Certificate of Montessori Elementary Education from Child Alive Institute

“I love teaching Science through Montessori. It gives this age group the ability to have hands-on ownership of their learning while reflecting God’s Glory back to him because He is the Organizer of our Universe.”

LaVonne Bluhm “Miss LaVonne”

Faculty since 2004, E1 lead teacher in the Delta class of 1st-3rd graders. Also French teacher to the HIgHers, 7 & 8th grade students

Credentials: B.A. degree business communications and French, Spanish minor from Concordia college Morehead, Mn. Teaching license from Bethel University, St. Paul, MN

“I love my job and being able to combine the love for teaching with sharing the love of Jesus with my students.”

John Olszanski “Mr. John”

Faculty since 2017, Math Specialist for the HIgH

Credentials: Masters in Education (M.Ed) with Math Education emphasis from Bemidji State University with Doctoral coursework completed from Graduate Studies International University;  Computer Enhanced Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Cardinal Stritch College; Mathematics/German Bachelor of Science Teaching (BS Math), from Bemidji State University; additional BA from St. Cloud State University, Defense Language Institute and Military Intelligence School.

“Teaching is part art and part science, and the variety of uniqueness is not always clear cut. If it were just passing on of mere knowledge, then teachers would already be antiquated and replaced by computers!…I desire to expand student critical and creative thinking skills to assist in motivating individuals…”

Jennifer Schneider “Ms. Jen”

Serving all ages and stages thru the HIgH since 2015-2016

Credentials: Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a Masters of Science degree in Guidance and Counseling: School Counseling PK-12. Northeast United Educators Most Influential Staff – Awarded the title three times in 2006, 2008, and 2010. Working as a School Counselor in Wisconsin Public Schools since 2003 and as a School Counselor and Handle With Care Coordinator at Hand in Hand since 2014.

“Working at Hand-in-Hand is such a blessing. Connecting with the families and the students, seeing them flourish emotionally, academically, and spiritually, growing in the gifts God has given them.”

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!”

Megan Mathis “Miss Megan”

Staff since 2012, Communication and Occupations for the Junior High (grades 7-8)

Credentials: Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences from The University of Minnesota; Master’s Degree in Family Education from The University of Minnesota; Teaching License in Family and Consumer Sciences from University of Minnesota; Teaching LIcense in Work Based Learning from Bethel University

“I love preparing junior high students for their futures at Hand in Hand where we start with their hearts and work towards daily life skills!”

Julie Erickson “Miss Julie”

Staff and Faculty since 2015, Family Preschool and Playcare Lead, Music Assistant/Specialist

Credentials: Bachelor of Science in Music from North Central University; Certificate of Montessori Theory from Bethany Global University; Musikgarten Teacher; Zumba Instructor

“I love that I get to work with every student from preschool-8th grade as a music specialist! We have so much fun learning here!”

Ellie Larson Berner “Miss Ellie”

Faculty since 2017, Physical Education Specialist and Athletic Coordinator, Preschool-8th, and Assistant in Zeta 1 Elementary

Credentials: Bachelors of Science Degree in Kinesiology; Minor in Psychology from the University Northwestern-St. Paul

Barbara Eckert “Mrs. Barb”

Staff since 2007, MSTEM (Montessori Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) with ages 5 – 15; Math specialist in Gamma and Lambda classes, ages 6 – 12.

Credentials: Bachlor’s degree from Bethel University, majoring in Math and minoring in Chemistry and Language. In house Montessori training from Stephanie Wehman and Child Alive at Hand In Hand Christian Montessori. STEM Certificate graduate program from St. Catherine University.

“MSTEM naturally engages children, including me, which makes it fun to teach. I get the privilege of  meeting almost every student!”

Julie Erickson “Miss Julie”

Staff and Faculty since 2015, Family Preschool and Playcare Lead, Music Assistant/Specialist

Credentials: Bachelor of Science in Music from North Central University; Certificate of Montessori Theory from Bethany Global University; Musikgarten Teacher; Zumba Instructor

“I love that I get to work with every student from preschool-8th grade as a music specialist! We have so much fun learning here!”

Ruth Ann Johnson “Miss Ruthie”

Faculty and Staff since 1999; 2015, Music Specialist/Assistant – K – grade 8

Credentials: Bachelor of Science (BS) in Music Education – University of Minnesota

“Giving children the opportunity to experience the joy of music is my passion for teaching them.”

 

Stephanie Kennedy “Miss Stephanie”

Faculty since 2015, Handled with Care

Credentials: K-6 Elementary Education teaching License Special Education

“Hand In Hand is centered around God and giving children what they need to learn and be successful. You can sense the positivity in this place when you walk in the doors.”

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!”

Beverly Penn “Miss Bev”

Staff since 2011, Kitchen Manager / Cook

Credentials: Food Manager License; Certificate from the Minnesota Department of Health

“God has blessed me with the joy of cooking and being in the kitchen. I find it is an honor and a blessing to serve God’s children at Hand In Hand.”

Jennifer Schneider “Ms. Jen”

Serving  E1 thru the HIgH

Credentials: Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a Masters of Science degree in Guidance and Counseling: School Counseling PK-12. Northeast United Educators Most Influential Staff – Awarded the title three times in 2006, 2008, and 2010. Working as a School Counselor in Wisconsin Public Schools since 2003 and as a School Counselor and Handle With Care Coordinator at Hand in Hand since 2014.

“Working at Hand-in-Hand is such a blessing. Connecting with the families and the students, seeing them flourish emotionally, academically, and spiritually, growing in the gifts God has given them.”

Michelle Semonick “Coach Michelle”

Faculty since 2013, Physical Education Specialist and Athletic Director

Credentials: BA Degree in Elementary Education from Augsburg College

‘I love the kids here at Hand In Hand and love to get them moving and engaged in being active: Active in Body and Active in Faith.’

Beth Wood, “Mrs. Wood”

Faculty since 2011, Teaching art to children at HIH ages 3 through 15

Credentials: B.A. in Art Education from Bethel College, Masters in Christian Education from Bethel Seminary, post graduate credits in both degrees also

“There is no greater joy than giving art supplies to children, who were created by God to be creative artists!  I am privileged to do just that!”

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