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), Jeremy Gustafson (Member), Jessica Wohler, (Member), Jason Lee (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.

Michelle Lee Thompson “Mrs. Thompson”

m.thompson@hihcm.org

Staff and Faculty since 1999, Head of School and Executive Director; Family Preschool

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!”

Christine Berg, “Miss Chris”

c.berg@hihcm.org

Staff since 2017, Director of Development

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, 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.”

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; Jubilate Chior; 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

j.schmidt@hihcm.org

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!”

Sharon Steichen “Miss Sharon”

s.steichen@hihcm.org

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”

s.thompson@hihcm.org

Staff since 2013, 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”

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.”

The Leadership Team

(left to right)

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

Julie Erickson “Miss Julie”

j.erickson@hihcm.org

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!”

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!”

Diane Sawyer   “Miss Diane”

Dianesawyer800@comcast.net

Adjunct Staff since 2003, Nursery/Playcare Teacher ages 0-3, Assistant in Music Garten and Music Assistant to Miss Julie

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”, Musik Garten Certificate  in Cycle of Seasons and God’s Children Sing. 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”

t.stebbing@hihcm.org

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”

m.thompson@hihcm.org

Staff and Faculty since 1999, Head of School and Executive Director; Family Preschool

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 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.”

Kelsey Anderson  “Miss Kelsey”

k.anderson@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2016, Children’s House Teacher

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.”

Theresa Anderson  “Miss Theresa”

t.anderson@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2016, Children’s House Teacher

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.”

Angelina Frohlich “Miss Annie”

a.frohlich@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2002, Children’s House 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 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 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.”

Erika Schmidt “Miss Erika”

e.schmidt@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2016, Children’s House Teacher

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.:

Michelle Zarbinski

m.zarbinski@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2018, Assistant teacher for Alpha and Omega

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

Tina Stebbing “Miss Tina”

t.stebbing@hihcm.org

Faculty since January 2012, Children’s House 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.”

LaVonne Bluhm “Miss LaVonne”

l.bluhm@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2004; E1 Lead Teacher in Delta; CREO 1 French 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.”

Stephanie Determan “Miss Stephanie”

s.kennedy@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2015, E1 Teacher

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.”

Amie Beth Grubidge, “Miss Amie Beth”

a.grubidge@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2017, Lead Elementary 1 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, E1 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, Co-Lead  Zeta 2 with Miss Christine.

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!

Renae Long “Miss Renae”

r.long@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2016, Lead Elementary 1 teacher

Credentials: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Minnesota State University Moorhead; Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Bethel University; Montessori Training from Christian Montessori Training Center

“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”

s.myers@hihcm.org

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”

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!”

Sharne Winter-Simat, “Miss Winter”

s.wintersimat@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2018, E1 Assistant Delta and Gamma

Credentials: Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Dance and Drama. Bachelor of Education (Secondary).

“As a family we are grateful to have found a sense of belonging so quickly at Hand in Hand. We are looking forward to a wonderful year together with you all.”

Amy States, “Mrs. Amy”

a.states@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2017,  Assistant Elementary 2 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

Mrs. Roni Lovette “Mrs. Roni”

r.lovette@hihcm.org

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”

b.aguirre@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2016, CREO Art Teacher

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

“I love teaching CREO art. We explore being creators with our hands and our words. It’s full of exploration and surprise which is a great reflection of our Creator.”

LaVonne Bluhm “Miss LaVonne”

l.bluhm@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2004, E1 lead teacher in the Delta class of 1st-3rd graders. Also CREO 1 French 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.”

Emily Carlson

e.carlson@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2018, Physical Education Instructor

Alan Ciesielczyk “Mr. C”

alan.c@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2018, HIgHer’s College Preparatory Math Teacher

Credentials: B.S. Mathematics, Michigan Technological University; B.S. Mathematics Education,   University of Minnesota; B.S. and M.A. Degrees in Special Education,  University of Minnesota
 “I really like the students in the High and seeing all the little children in the hallway! I taught for seventeen years at Irondale High School in the Moundsview School District and have substituted extensively in some of the surrounding school districts.  I am excited being here at Hand In Hand and think that it is a great place to teach and learn!”

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!”

Megan Mathis “Miss Megan”

m.mathis@hihcm.org

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!”

Nikolas Winter-Simat

n.wintersimat@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2018, CREO Science Specialist

Jennifer Schneider “Ms. Jen”

j.schneider@hihcm.org

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.”

Bethany Aguirre

b.aguirre@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2016, CREO Art Teacher

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

“I love teaching CREO art. We explore being creators with our hands and our words. It’s full of exploration and surprise which is a great reflection of our Creator.”

Carol Cho “Ms. Carol”

c.cho@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2010, Child Alive International

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.”

Barbara Eckert “Mrs. Barb”

b.eckert@hihcm.org

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”

j.erickson@hihcm.org

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”

r.johnson@hihcm.org

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

Credentials: Bachelor of Science (BS) in Music Education, University of Minnesota; Certified in Musikgarten and Godly Play

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

Rachel Knight, “Miss Rachel”

r.knight@hihcm.org

Faculty since 2017, 20th Year Anniversary Storyteller and Artist

Credentials: Bachelor of Arts in Communications with an emphasis Theater and a minor in English Literature from the University of Northwestern. Montessori training from the Christian Montessori Training Center.

“I love how the Montessori method uses story to spark the imagination of children and inspires them to learn. I am excited to help children grow in their own stories, and see how they fit into God’s great story.”

Jason Lee

j.lee@hihcm.org

Staff since 2018, Director of International Programs and Director of Planning of the Christian Montessori Training Center (CMTC)

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!”

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.”

Jennifer Schneider “Ms. Jen”

j.schneider@hihcm.org

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.”

Beth Wood, “Mrs. Wood”

b.wood@hihcm.org

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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