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Liz Ammond

Liz Ammond, Media Coordinator
B.B.A. Western Michigan University, Finance

The Children’s House experience (2003-present):
Media Coordinator

Liz began working at TCH in 2003 when her two daughters were students in the primary and elementary programs.  Since that time, her girls graduated from The Children’s House and became successful students at TCAPS.  She and her husband John enjoy exploring northern Michigan on foot or by bike as well as being avid baseball fans. Additionally, you can find her competing in several local tennis leagues or unwinding with some yoga. Liz’s love for photography is shown in the photos you see weekly in the Compass and in school publications.

Colleen Christensen

Colleen Christensen, Director of Operations
B.S. Michigan State University, Family Studies and Community Services
M.A Michigan State University, Child Development and Elem. Education
AMI Montessori Primary Certification, Ohio Montessori Training Institute, Cleveland

The Children's House experience (1984- present):
Toddler and Primary Guide, Head of School, Director of Operations


Colleen has worked at TCH since its beginning in 1984. Her children Dusty and Ashley attended the school in the early 80’s and her grandson Ollie, is currently an elementary student at TCH. Colleen has enjoyed many different roles at TCH and has enthusiastically managed various school construction projects over the years. She enjoys spending time with friends on the weekend, water skiing, boating, and discussing politics. Her favorite get-away is the back side of the dunes on Lake Michigan.

Lori Mucherino Lori Mucherino, Office Manager
Suttons Bay High School

The Children’s House experience, (1995-present):
Primary Classroom Support
Administrative Support
Business Assistant
Office Manager


TCH has been Lori’s second home for over 20 years. She has worked in the classroom as well as the administration. Her happy place is to spend time with her family. She also likes to putter outside gardening around the house, reading, and going to the beach.

Sheri Novak, Business Manager
B.A. Michigan State University, Financial Management
M.A. University of Michigan, Health Services Administration

The Children's House experience (2017- present):
Business Manager

Missy Russell Missy Russell, Director of Advancement
B.A. Michigan State University, Economics and Political Science

The Children's House experience (2000-present):

Annual Fundraising Chair
Advancement Director


Missy has been with TCH for over twelve years. During that time, she has enjoyed getting to know all of the new families that she has the opportunity to meet and enjoys being on the front line of welcoming students and their parents to the unique community at TCH.  In her free time, she enjoys interior design, reading and spending time with her children at their family cabin in Canada.

Michele Shane

Michele Shane, Head of School
B.A. University of Washington, Psychology
MEd Loyola College Baltimore, Maryland
AMI Montessori Primary Certification, Montessori Institute Northwest, Portland, OR

The Children's House experience (1998- present):
Primary Guide, Head of School


Michele is the chair of the Board of Trustees of the Montessori Administrators Association. She enjoys the outdoors, reading and the Seattle Seahawks. She is married with two children ages 12 and 14. Michele started at TCH as a classroom assistant in Primary, soon after to become guide in a Primary classroom until 2007 when she became Head of School. 

John Hart

John Hart, Custodial

Julie Schaar, Custodial

This page last updated on 12/6/2017.

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