Staff

Roseville Faculty and Staff

Hand In Hand Board Members:

Current Board Members: Joshua Legband (President); Jeremy Sizer (Treasurer); Leah Maloley (Secretary); Stephen Whiting (Ex Officio); Rev. Dr. Morris G.C. Vaagenes (Chaplain); Michelle Lee Thompson (Head of School), Jeremy Gustafson (Member), Jessica Wohler, (Member).

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 and Brent thompson.

Michelle Lee Thompson “Mrs. Thompson”

m.thompson@hihcm.org

Staff and Faculty since 1999, Founder and Head of School; Family Programming Lead Teacher

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”

s.shields@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2009 and Staff since 2011, Roseville Campus Director, Kappa E2 Lead Teacher

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!”

Christine Berg, “Miss Chris”

c.berg@hihcm.org

Staff since 2017, Community Engagement, Facilities Coordinator

Credentials: Bible Certificate from Christ for the Nations; Attended Mountain View and Minnesota State University Moorhead

Julie DuBois  “Miss Julie”

j.dubois@hihcm.org

Staff since 2015, Finance Administrator

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.”

Jason Lee “Mr. Jason”

j.lee@hihcm.org

Staff since 2019, Director of International and Virtual Classrooms

Credentials:

Craig Overgaard “Mr. Craig”

c.overgaard@hihcm.org

Staff since 2020, Facilities Manager

Credentials:

Jeanne Savitt

j.savitt@hihcm.org

Staff since 2019, Tuition Systems Administrator

Credentials: Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Accounting from University of St Thomas; CPA, Inactive

“I am blessed to be a part of a team that passionately pursues Jesus!  I love that I can offer my support to the staff and families by using the gifts that God has given me.”

Dayna Taylor “Miss Dayna”

d.taylor@hihcm.org

Staff since 2019, Director of Development

Credentials: Master’s in Theological Studies from Bethel Seminary; Master’s in Business Administration from University of Northwestern; Bachelors of Arts in Theater Arts from Bethel University

“I love my work at Hand In Hand, serving with a team and leader who is all in about following and pursuing the Holy Spirit! Advancing the Kingdom of God through this work at HIH is a pleasure and honor!”

Stacy Thompson “Miss Stacy”

s.thompson@hihcm.org

Staff since 2013, Campus Administrator

Credentials: BA in Art from Bethel University

“I love my position at HIH because I have the opportunity of sharing my gift of Helpfullness that God gave me to students, parents and staff members, while always striving to be able to bring a smile to someones day.”

Amy Wass “Miss Amy”

a.wass@hihcm.org

Staff since 2018, Human Resourse Director

Credentials: Bachelors in Business Administration – Management (BSBA – Management); Masters in Education (M.Ed)

“I appreciate the opportunity to support amazing teachers and staff and empower them to use their gifts to enable our children and our school to flourish.”

Jenni West “Miss Jenni”

j.west@hihcm.org

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.”

Sara Boyer “Miss Sara”

s.boyer@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2020, Family Programming Lead Teacher

Credentials:

 

Marlene Krumrie “Mrs. K”

m.krumrie@hihcm.org

Faculty since 1999, CMFE Coordinator

Credentials:

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 Choir, 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”

m.thompson@hihcm.org

Staff and Faculty since 1999, Founder and Head of School, Family Programming Lead Teacher

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; Co-Founder of Nonna’s “Intergenerational Christian Montessori Daycare”.

“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”

m.arnold@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2001, Children’s House Lead Alpha Teacher

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.”

 

Barbara Edgar “Miss Barbara”

b.edgar@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2019, Zeta E1 Assistant Teacher, NIDO Assistant Teacher

Credentials:

Angelina Frohlich “Miss Annie”

a.frohlich@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2002, Children’s House Lead Casa Teacher

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!”

Christie Gray, “Miss Christie”

c.gray@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2017, Children’s House Assistant CASA Teacher

Credentials: I am currently training for my Montessori children’s house certificate

Mary Pat Hiller “Miss Mary Pat”

m.hiller@hihcm.org

Faculty Since 2000, Children’s House Lead Alpha Teacher

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.”

Tina Stebbing “Miss Tina”

t.stebbing@hihcm.org

Faculty since January 2012, Children’s House Lead Beta and Theta Teacher

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 Zarbinski

m.zarbinski@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2018, Children’s House Assistant Theta Teacher

Credentials: Finishing bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education and working towards  Montessori training.

LaVonne Bluhm “Miss LaVonne”

l.bluhm@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2004, Kappa E1 East Lead Teacher

Credentials: B.A. degree business communications and French, Spanish minor from Concordia College Moorhead, Mn. Teaching license from Bethel University, St. Paul, Mn. Received certificate of Montessori training through the Child Alive Institute in 2008.

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

Sydney Deas “Miss Sydney”

s.deas@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2019, Zeta E2 Co-Lead Teacher, CREO Jr. High Math Lead Teacher

Credentials: Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies with a major in Bible and Theology and a minor in Early Childhood Education from Bethany Global University, Bloomington, MN; Elementary Christian Montessori Full Credential from Christian Montessori Training Center, Bloomington, MN

“I love getting to play a role in the development of our students. It is so fulfilling to watch students learn, grow, and discover new things. It makes all the difference that we are able to bring Christ and His Word into everything that we do at HIH.”

Stephanie Determan “Miss Stephanie”

s.determan@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2020, Kappa E1 and Lambda E2 Assistant Teacher

Credentials:

Anna-Lena Forsman “Miss Anna-Lena”

a.forsman@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2019, Lambda E1 Assistant Teacher

Credentials: BA degree in Christian Education, Bible and Psychology from Northwesten University. Montessori Certificate throuh the Christian Montessori Training program at Bethany Global Univeristy.

“It’s great to be part of a Christian Community that all work together to educate our young people!”

Amie Beth Grubidge, “Miss Amie Beth”

a.grubidge@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2017, Zeta E1 Lead Teacher

Credentials:  Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Bethel University; Master of Arts in Special Education with teaching licenses in Specific Learning Disabilities, Emotional Behavior Disorders, and Academic Behavior Strategies from Bethel University; Montessori Training from the Christian Montessori Training Center.

“I am blessed to be teaching at Hand in Hand where I have the distinguished honor of advancing the kingdom of God through my work with your children.”

Susan Leigh Jakubiec “Miss Susan”

s.jakubiec@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2006, Kappa E1 East Lead Teacher

Credentials: Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics with a concentration in Biblical and Modern Hebrew from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; Master Teacher Certificate from Logic of English; Montessori training through the Christian Montessori Training Center.

“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!”

Anne Johnson, “Miss Anne”

a.johnson@hihcm.org

Faculty since January 2017, Zeta E2 Co-Lead Teacher

Credentials: Degree in Elementary Education from Wheaton College and holds an Illinois K-9 teaching license. Taught for three years at a Christian bilingual school in Bogotá, Colombia. Completed Montessori certification classes in summer 2017 through the Christian Montessori Training Center. Before Hand In Hand, Anne taught for three years at a Christian bilingual school in Bogotá, Colombia.

“I love teaching and working with children and I am very thankful for the opportunity to be part of the HIH community!

Sue Shields “Ms. Sue”

s.shields@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2009 and Staff since 2011, Elementary 2 “Kappa” Lead Teacher (ages 9-12 years); Roseville Campus Director

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!”

Brenna Wagg “Miss Brenna”

b.wagg@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2020, Kappa E2 Assistant Teacher, Lambda E2 Lead Teacher

Credentials: Masters of Education and Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; pursuing Certificate of Montessori Education from Christian Montessori Training Center

“I value the conversations we can have about the Lord as a class. Fostering children’s love for God and involving the parents every step of the way is at the center of everything we do.”

Sydney Deas “Miss Sydney”

s.deas@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2019, Zeta E2 Co-Lead Teacher, CREO Math Lead Teacher

Credentials: Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies with a major in Bible and Theology and a minor in Early Childhood Education from Bethany Global University, Bloomington, MN; Elementary Christian Montessori Full Credential from Christian Montessori Training Center, Bloomington, MN

“I love getting to play a role in the development of our students. It is so fulfilling to watch students learn, grow, and discover new things. It makes all the difference that we are able to bring Christ and His Word into everything that we do at HIH.”

Bethany Finnern “Miss Bethany”

b.finnern@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2019, CREO Art Secialist

Credentials: Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul, Certificate of Child Development Through the Arts and Academics from Child Alive Institute, Certificate of Completion from AMI Adolescent Development Training

“I love working in an environment where children are honored as imagers of God, where staff are full of love and encouragement, and where the pursuit of learning is done with wholeheartedness and joy. Guiding our adolescents in the CREO program through the wonderful world of art is such an honor and delight!”

Caren Harringshaw “Miss Caren”

c.lee@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2019, CREO Science and P.E. Lead teacher

Credentials: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with an Integrated Science Endorsement from Hope College, Holland, MI

“Hand In Hand is a vibrant, peaceful, and joyful place to love and lead children. There is a culture of depending on the Lord’s love in every situation. It is joyfully expected to cherish all children as God’s beloved ones!”

Anna Lattner “Miss Anna”

a.lattner@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2019, CREO Math and Logic Lead Teacher

Credentials: Bachelors of Science in Mathematics Education and Minor in Bible from University of Northwestern, St. Paul.

I love working in a place that truly seeks to give each student what they uniquely need to grow and learn. Working with a team of teachers who love Jesus and whose passion is for students to love Jesus has been transformative.”

Damion Leverett  “Mr. Damion”

d.leverett@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2020, CREO Theater Specialist, K-E2 P.E. Specialist

Credentials: BFA in Acting from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater Actor Training Program. Certified Personal Trainer from The American Council on Exercise

“The culture of Hand in Hand is truly unique in the landscape of education. The combination of Montessori values and the Christian worldview is so beautiful and enriching for children and wonderful as an educator. Everything is geared towards glorifying God by guiding children towards true growth as believers and followers of Christ.”

Megan Mathis “Miss Megan”

m.mathis@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2012, Dean of Academics, Apologetics and Occupations Lead Teacher

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!”

Kristin Tabb “Miss Kristin”

k.tabb@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2019, CREO Language Arts Lead Teacher

Credentials: Bachelor of Arts in English with an Education emphasis from Cedarville College; Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Wheaton College.

“I am thankful to work in an environment that values faith in Christ and that values students as whole people. It’s a joy to be able to approach literature from a Christian worldview in the classroom.”

Nikolas Winter-Simat

n.wintersimat@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2018, CREO Dean of Students, Seminar, PSEA and Occupations Lead Teacher

Credentials: Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from the University of Minnesota; Master of Philosophy from Queensland University of Technology; Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

“One of the things I love about working at Hand In Hand is being able to integrate spiritual development in our larger approach to education. I am greatly encouraged as I witness students creatively live out their faith in authentic ways.”

Ben Witt

b.witt@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2020, CREO History Specialist

Credentials: Bachelor of Science in History and a Bachelor of Science in Bible from the University of Northwestern – St. Paul.

“I am extremely blessed to work at a school where Jesus’ name is spoken every single day and everyone is seeking excellence in everything they do for the glory of his name.  I am so grateful for my students, my fellow CREO teachers and everyone else who make Hand in Hand such a special place to be.”

Barbara Eckert “Mrs. Barb”

b.eckert@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2007, MSTEM (Montessori Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) with ages 5 – 15; Math specialist in Kappa E1 and Lambda E1 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!”

Christine Edwards “Miss Christine”

c.edwards@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2019, Art Specialist K-6th grade

Credentials: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts from the University of Minnesota, Certificate of Montessori Elementary Education from Child Alive Institute

“I like working at Hand in Hand because it is a beautiful community & my children absolutely love coming to school here.  What’s not to love?!”

Julie Erickson “Miss Julie”

j.erickson@hihcm.org

Staff since 2018 and Faculty since 2015, NIDO Director, Music Specialist, Compliance and Licensing

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!”

Bethany Finnern “Miss Bethany”

b.finnern@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2019, CREO Art Secialist

Credentials: Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul, Certificate of Child Development Through the Arts and Academics from Child Alive Institute, Certificate of Completion from AMI Adolescent Development Training

“I love working in an environment where children are honored as imagers of God, where staff are full of love and encouragement, and where the pursuit of learning is done with wholeheartedness and joy. Guiding our adolescents in the CREO program through the wonderful world of art is such an honor and delight!”

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 Choir, 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!”

Damion Leverett  “Mr. Damion”

d.leverett@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2020, CREO Theater Specialist, K-E2 P.E. Specialist

Credentials: BFA in Acting from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater Actor Training Program. Certified Personal Trainer from The American Council on Exercise

“The culture of Hand in Hand is truly unique in the landscape of education. The combination of Montessori values and the Christian worldview is so beautiful and enriching for children and wonderful as an educator. Everything is geared towards glorifying God by guiding children towards true growth as believers and followers of Christ.”

Bonnie Newberg “Miss Bonnie”

Adjunct Staff since 2008, Kitchen Assistant

“I love working at Hand in Hand because it feels like a Christian community and I love the work. Bev is a great ‘boss’ and a great friend, so it is a win, win for me. The school is beautiful and the teachers and staff are wonderful. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to work here.”

Beverly Penn “Miss Bev”

b.penn@hihcm.org

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.”

Paul Robotnik “Mr. Paul”

Adjunct Staff since 2003, Kitchen Assistant

Jennifer Schneider “Miss Jen”

j.schneider@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2015, School Counsler

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.”

Sari Shorey, “Miss Sari”

s.shorey@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2020,  School Nurse

Credentials: Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Minnesota, School of Nursing; Registered Nurse; Public Health Certified; Licensed School Nurse 

“It is beautiful to work in an educational setting where the children are seen as whole persons (mind, body and soul). I love that HIH supports wellness with age-appropriate ergonomics, nourishing food, physical activity, fresh air and spiritual care.”

Amy States, “Mrs. Amy”

a.states@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2017,  History Specialist, Virtual Classroom Lead Teacher

Credentials: Degree in Pastoral Studies and Cross Cultural Communications from Philips School of Ministry and Missions in conjunction with North Central Bible College; Introduction to Montessori Education Child Alive Institute; Audited training for E2 Mathematics, Geometry and Language from CMTC

“Working at hand in hand is a delight because of the wonderful staff. Each one has such love and care for the children, for their co-workers, and for the Lord.  This translates to an incredible workplace and a wonderful education environment for the children.”

Sharne Winter-Simat “Miss Winter”

s.wintersimat@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2017, Handle With Care and Resource Room Specialist

Credentials: Bachelor of Education (Secondary education); Bachelor of Arts (dance/ theater); currently working on Masters of Education (Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health)

“Hand in Hand provides the balance I was seeking between homeschooling and Christian education. I enjoy working alongside staff who value the whole child – mind, body and soul.”

Beth Wood, “Mrs. Wood”

b.wood@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2011, Preschool Art Specialist

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!”

Amy Woodruff “Miss Amy”

Adjunct Staff since 2020, Kitchen Assistant

“I love working at Hand in Hand because of the people!  The spirit of God is present along with His like minded people. Awesome!”

Julie Erickson “Miss Julie”

j.erickson@hihcm.org

HIH staff and Faculty since 2015, NIDO Director, Music Specialist 20+ years of experience working in early childhood.

Credentials: Bachelor of Science in Music from North Central University; Certificate of Montessori Theory from Bethany Global University; Musikgarten Teacher; Licensed Family Child Care Provider 8 years;Anoka County Child Care Provider of the Year award 2014; Zumba Kids Instructor; Music Lead; Family Preschool Lead (2015-2020); Playcare Director (2015-2020); Compliance Director at Nonna’s of Wayzata (2018-2020).

“I love that I get to work with every student from Infant-6th grade as a music specialist! We have so much fun learning here!

Rose Barta “Miss Rose”

r.barta@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2020, NIDO Toddler Teacher

Credentials:15+ years of experience working in early childhood.Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Minnesota State University Mankato (2003 -2007); Assistant teacher at Kids Place in Saint Louis Park (2004-2006); Cross cultural missionary to University students with Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ Int’l) (2007 – 2019). Playcare Assistant and Personal Care Assistant to an elementary student at Hand in Hand (2018-2020);Pursuing Montessori 0-3 Certification through Child Alive.

“For the past several years I’ve been increasing my involvement at our kids’ school(HIH). The opening of the NIDO program gave me an opportunity for greater investment at Hand in Hand with an age group that I especially connect well with.

Barbara Edgar “Miss Barbara”

b.edgar@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2019, Zeta E1 Assistant Teacher, NIDO Assistant Teacher

Credentials:

Agnes King “Miss Agnes”

a.king@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2020, NIDO Toddler Teacher

Credentials: 5+ years working in early childhood. Bachelor of Arts from Christendom College. Masters of Arts in Catholic Studies from the University of Saint Thomas. Certified from AMI as a 3-6 Assistant Guide, and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level 1 training;Pursuing Child Alive Montessori training for 0-3.

“I joined Hand in Hand from Nonna’s Christian Montessori in Wayzata, and previously worked at Saint Agnes School’s Montessori Preschool and at Sunny Hollow Montessori. I am so excited to join Hand in Hand’s Community, and to work with the beautiful children here.”

Diane Sawyer   “Miss Diane”

d.sawyer@hihcm.org

HIH staff since 2003, NIDO Infant Teacher 25+ years of experience working in early childhood.Associates

Credentials: 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 withChildren with Special Needs”; Pursuing a Montessori0-3Certification through Child Alive;Musikgarten Certificate;Playcare Lead (2003-2020); CDA (Child Development Associate) certified in 2021 and has over 120 additional training certificates from approved training organizations.

“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 andenjoy doing, ‘working withthe very young’. I truly love my job!”

Sheila Myers “Miss Sheila”

s.myers@hihcm.org

HIH staff and Faculty since 2009, NIDO Toddler Teacher, former Lambda 2 lead teacher-Kappa 2 Assistant-Family Preschool Nursery staff

Credentials: 12+ years of experience working in early childhood education; 10 years Montessori E2 experience; 9 years elementary teacher Bachelor of Arts in Education from St. Catherine University; Master of Science from the University of Mankato; CMTC Montessori Training; Child Alive Certificate; Infant Teacher and Curriculum Editor and Contributor at Unlimited Potential in Education; Godly Play Certificate; Preschool VBS volunteer teacher; Children’s Ministry teacher; many various certificates in education working with children:gifted and talented,special needs, autism, ESL, best practices, reading and language and more.

“I began teaching at Hand in Hand in the Family Preschool Nursery program and then moved to an upper elementary position. It has been a joy to observe my former students grow from toddlers to Junior High students. I am privileged to be part of their lives and families, and am excited to guide and learn with the NIDO children!”

Karleen Witt “Miss Karleen”

k.witt@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2020, NIDO Infant Teacher

Credentials:40+years providing child carein homes, centers, and churches Education in Early Childhood and Child Psychology at Bethel and Northwestern Colleges; Childcare center Assistant and Assistant Teacher; In-home Childcare provider (1993-2016);Assistant Childcare Coordinator, Bethlehem Baptist Church; Currently pursuing Montessori 0-3 Certification through Child Alive.

“This is my first experience in a Montessori environment. It is thrilling to not only care for each child’s needs, but to partner with parents in the adventures of early childhood. To daily witness once-in-a-lifetime milestones. It is truly an honor that I do not take lightly!”

Jason Lee “Mr. Jason”

j.lee@hihcm.org

Staff since 2019, Director of International and Virtual Classrooms

Credentials:

Amy States, “Mrs. Amy”

a.states@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2017,  History Specialist, Virtual Montessori Classroom Lead Teacher

Credentials: Degree in Pastoral Studies and Cross Cultural Communications from Philips School of Ministry and Missions in conjunction with North Central Bible College; Introduction to Montessori Education Child Alive Institute; Audited training for E2 Mathematics, Geometry and Language from CMTC

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