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Tara Hochstetler

Tara Hochstetler, Resource Support

B.A.  Oklahoma State University, German
B.S.  Oklahoma State University, Education
Orton-Gillingham training

The Children’s House experience (2012-present)
Parent volunteer

Alison Hoffman

Alison Hoffman, Art

B.A. Northern Michigan University, Art Education

The Children's House experience (2007- present):
Classroom Support and Substitute
Summer Art Program
Art Speicalist

Rose Hollander

Rose Hollander, Great Books

B.S. Ithaca College, Social Work

The Children's House experience (1993- present):
Office assistant
Board member and chair
Cooking classroom guide
Great Books Director

Rose has been involved with the Children's House since 1992 when she began the Great Books program with another parent at the Suttons Bay location.  She has worked in the office at TCH and has been on the Board of Directors, while continuing to serve as the Great Books guide to the extended day students.  She has two children who are Montessori grads, adults now who live on either coast.  Her interests are reading (She participates in a book club that has met for over 20 years!), cooking - took a sabbatical and earned a chef's certification - getting outdoors on her bike, hiking or skiing, and travel.  She lives with her husband, Eric, in Traverse City and Suttons Bay.

Amanda Irga

Amanda Igra, Music

B.S. Environmental Science

The Children’s House experience (2014-present)
Music Specialist

Amanda moved to Traverse City from Ann Arbor three years ago, where she taught private music lessons and worked in the environmental industry. In addition to teaching, Amanda is a certified sommelier and enjoys learning about wine and culture. She also enjoys reading presidential biographies and being outdoors.

Kathy Malone

Kathy Malone, Spanish

B.A. Colorado College, Bilingual/Bi-cultural Education
M.A. Cardinal Stitch University, Milwaukee

The Children’s House experience (2010-present)
Spanish Instructor

Kathy is originally from Wisconsin.  She received her teaching degree at Colorado College and her Masters from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee.  She enjoys travel, snowboarding, reading, knitting and dogs.  She has been with TCH for seven years as a TCAPS Spanish provider and feels fortunate to be assigned to TCH and have the opportunity to learn and grow in a Montessori environment.

Steve Maas

Steve Maas, Physical Education, Della Terra

B.A. Spring Arbor University, Family Life Education
AMS Primary Certification

The Children's House experience (1992- present):
Primary Assistant
Primary Guide
Physical Education Specialist

Steve began his employment at The Children's House in the fall of 1992 in Suttons Bay as an assistant in Nadine's primary classroom. The following school year he transferred to the Traverse City location, then being housed in the First Congregational Church at the base of Old Mission peninsula. He worked with three to six year old students for several years until TCH began offering daily physical education in 2003. He was married in 1993 and is nervously looking forward to his youngest of three children heading off to college in the fall.  

Kristina Weidenfeller

Kristina Weidenfeller, Lunch Program and Kitchen Classroom

B.A. Michigan State University, Special Education K-12
M.A. Michigan State University, Curriculum and Teaching

The Children's House experience (summer 2009- present):
Elementary summer yoga and nutrition class
Lunch Program, Kitchen Classroom, Earth to Table
Junior High Guide

Kristina has been a parent at TCH since 2006, and an employee since 2009.  She has had many roles during her tenure; room parent, summer yoga instructor, coach, Kitchen Classroom, Earth to Table, and Junior High Guide.   She enjoys time with her family, outdoor sports of all seasons, reading, and new adventures.  Kristina appreciates that TCH community provides so many opportunities for not only students to explore and share their interests, but that adults are encouraged to as well.

Brenda Lijewski

Brenda Lijewski, Kitchen Support

This page last updated on 3/1/2017.

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