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TCH Alumni

TCH Alumni Have Ventured Out:

  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Tufts University
  • Hillsdale College
  • Western Michigan University
  • Michigan State University – James Madison College
  • Kalamazoo College
  • University of Michigan
  • Alma College
  • University of  Utah
  • Hope College
  • Middlebury College
  • Northwestern Michigan College
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Michigan State University – Lyman Briggs College
  • Rollins College
  • Michigan Technological University
  • Chicago College of Performing Arts
  • The Cooper Union
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Elon University
  • Arizona State University – Barrett Honors College
  • University of Richmond

2017 Alumni


Chloe graduated Suma Cum Laude from Traverse City Central High School while taking a rigorous course load of AP, Honors and NMC courses. Outside of class you could usually find her on stage. She performed in the school’s musical each year, danced in Dance Arts Academy’s Fusion Company, was an elected officer in the choir and was president of TCCHS’s Michigan Model United Nations club. During the summers, Chloe loved studying and performing Shakespeare at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp as well as traveling to Europe to perform with Blue Lake International’s choir ensemble.

Chloe is currently attending Kalamazoo College. She is undecided in her major but appreciates the variety of courses she is taking and hopes that the flexibility of a liberal arts education will launch her into a field of study in which she will be passionate and successful.

When asked how The Children’s House impacted her educational experience, Chloe said; The Children’s House laid a solid foundation for my middle and high school education while also being an important part of my decision to attend K College. The open curriculum is one of The Children’s House’s biggest distinctions from the traditional education system and one of the most influential factors of the Montessori education on myself as a learner as well as a person. Because I was able to learn about what interested me, such as math, music, and the arts, I developed a passion for learning that extended beyond my time at The Children’s House.


My high school career was extremely busy, as I committed myself to school and club sports, Marching band, jazz band, full orchestra, NHS, Sci-Ma-Tech, the Youth Advisory Council, piano lesson, and my academics. My time was not fully my own, yet I treasured the opportunities offered to me and took advantage of the personal growth that could occur from high school experiences. I worked very hard to maintain a high grade point and aspired to give my all in everything I participated in.

I currently attend the University of Michigan, pursuing a degree in Chemical or Material Science  ngineering. On campus I participate in the M-STEM scholars program, as well the Society of Women Engineers. Although my time here has just begun, I am determined to fill the next four years with opportunities to grow as a person and as a member of the larger community.

In these recent years of schooling I have discovered the value of my Children’s House Montessori School education. I believe that The Children’s House gave me an ability to be curious about life in a way that inspires a desire to learn. With this drive for knowledge I am able to enjoy the learning processes and take pride in my academic successes. The powerful tool of intellectual curiosity has lead me to challenge myself in every aspect of my life and continues to push me to strive for personal excellence. Additionally, the strong foundation I gained at The Children’s House instilled the importance of community. Being conscious of the environment you are in, building strong relationships, and behaving in ways that positively impact others was taught and demonstrated by The Children’s House, and is something I will take with me wherever I go.


Ever since her time at The Children’s House, Camellia has enjoyed playing music, staying active, and constantly learning. She attended West Senior High School and played first chair flute in the Wind Ensemble and as part of the pit for musicals and theater productions. Over the years, she has become proficient in Spanish and has traveled to Mexico and Spain. She also spent a summer at Italian language immersion camp. 

Camellia played rugby as a member of the Traverse Bay Blues Rugby Club and competed as a doubles player on the TC West Girls Varsity Tennis Team. She took challenging AP classes, graduating with Honors, and is proud to be the recipient of the 2017 Children’s House Alumni Scholarship. Another honor was being selected as a “Rotary Student of the Month.” This past summer, she interned for Senator Gary Peters at his Traverse City office.

Camellia is currently studying Civil Engineering and Architecture at The George Washington University in Washington D.C. where she received a $100,000 Presidential Scholarship. She continues to play her flute in the Wind Ensemble and Flute Choir, and plans to join club tennis. She credits her time at the Children’s House for her respectful behavior, intense curiosity, social responsibility, and love of learning.

2016 Alumni


Gabbie AmmondGabbie Ammond graduated from TC Central High School in June, 2016. While there, she was enrolled in Honors and AP courses while maintaining a 3.9 GPA and graduating Summa Cum Laude. Gabbie participated in the volunteering organizations Key Club and National Honor Society, was a member of the Freshman Ambassadors program and Varsity Dance Team where she finished off her senior year in the role of Team Captain. For the last three years of high school, Gabbie also worked two part-time jobs.

Gabbie now attends the University of Michigan where she plans to earn either a Business degree through the Ross School of Business or an Economics degree through the school of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

Gabbie and her parents feel that her time at The Children’s House taught her the skills to become a problem solver and a life-long learner. She owes her academic success and drive to the strong foundation she was able to build there. They believe that the leadership skills she developed at The Children’s House allowed her to become a leader through dance team, work, and other areas of life.


PATRICK ELMGRENPatrick graduated from West Senior High with the Arts always having been an integral part in his life. He enjoyed being in the band at West and has gone on to play in bands with other local musicians and creating electronic music. Beginning Patrick’s junior year, he attended the Career Tech Center in the Graphic Arts program. While at CTC, Patrick discovered a love of clothing design and spent some independent study time working on his own clothing line. A trip to France with the French club his sophomore year cemented his love of travel and adventure.

Currently, Patrick is taking a gap year, living at home and working at Martha’s Leelanau Table in Suttons Bay. He is learning many real life lessons while he ponders exactly what his next educational steps will be.

When asked about the value of his education from The Children’s House, Patrick and his parents had the following to say: The foundation that The Children’s House built for Patrick has given him the certainty to know what is important to him. His time at The Children’s House honored and celebrated the unique individual that he is and gave him the confidence to follow his own path. Perhaps the most important thing he learned at The Children’s House was kindness and respect for the individual, and that as a result he has befriended kids from all walks of life, and has been a friend that others have felt comfortable sharing their angst. The culture of the school has taught him that we are all citizens of the world and we all need to care for one another.


Cara FergusonCara graduated Summa Cum Laude from TC Central last year with 3.99 GPA. While in high school, she enjoyed Trojan sports as the two-year captain of both varsity soccer and volleyball. Additionally, she held the roles of section leader for the Trojan Drumline, treasurer for National Honor Society and homecoming queen.

Cara is currently attending the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan where she plans to major in Biomedical Engineering. At U of M, Cara is an M-STEM Scholar, a member of the M-HEAL project team and the women’s club volleyball team.

Cara and her parents attribute her self-motivation to learn and ability to engage with diverse peer groups to her Montessori experience. Both of these skills have served as strong foundations enabling Cara to successfully pursue academically rigorous course loads while participating in extracurricular activities.


Hanna HagertyHanna graduated from TC Central High School with honors. While there, she served as president of the Key Club, a service organization connected to Kiwanis. During her high school career, Hanna explored her Chinese roots by spending a month in Vermont at a Chinese language total immersion program followed
by trips to China; once with a TCAPS exchange program and then followed later by a month backpacking in China with a group of strangers in a program called “There Will be Dragons”.

Hanna was accepted early decision to Middlebury College, a top ranked liberal arts college in Vermont. She is studying undecided in her major but enjoying the benefits of a liberal arts college and taking Chinese, anthropology, freshman seminar, and history.

When asked what about The Children’s House, her mom, Tammy, had this to say: “I am incredibly grateful that Hanna was able to spend her all-important early years as a part of The Children’s House Community where she learned perseverance, patience, problem solving, preparedness and people skills. She has grown into an incredibly caring, responsible and genuine person. Every student in her class has fared amazingly well, and that’s a true testament to the value of a Children’s House education.”


Jake LongJake Long graduated from TC West Senior High in June of 2016. He played varsity hockey and ran varsity track and field in addition to being a vocal participant of the bleacher creatures and drum brigade. Throughout middle and high school, Jake won numerous Coaches Awards, Most Improved player awards, and other spirit awards because he learned how to be a positive contributor and team player at TCH. He was named to the prom court and served as a mentor in the ASD classroom. He also took several Advanced Placement courses in addition to other rigorous classes.

Jake is currently a freshman at Central Michigan University where he is exploring potential careers in special education, psychology, and autism spectrum disorders. He learned to follow his curiosity at The Children’s House.

His easy-going friendly nature, and his helpful and compassionate heart were also nurtured at The Children’s House. Jake claims that all of his Children’s House report cards mentioned that he was helpful and a good friend, but he didn’t realize that he could parlay those traits into a career until he became a mentor for a student on the autism spectrum. He genuinely loves people, has a great sense of humor, and loves to be helpful. The teachers at TCH recognized those traits in Jake and helped him find
value in them, too.


David MeyerDavid graduated in June of 2016 from Central High School after receiving the Trojan Hall of Fame Scholar’s Award. While at Central, David enjoyed helping his classmates with calculus and playing strategy games.

He is now at the University of Michigan Honors college studying a variety of subjects including organic chemistry and proofs based linear algebra. He continues to work with Citizens’ Climate Lobby to create the political will for climate solutions and will again travel to DC to meet with members of Congress.

David attributes not only his academic success, but also his confidence and social skills to the integrity, compassion, and love of learning instilled in him during his time at The Children’s House.


Sara SkarshaugSara Skarshaug graduated from Traverse City West Senior High School. She was an honor roll student with a cumulative GPA of 3.85 while being involved in Key Club, National Honor Society, and the Freshmen Mentoring Program.

Sara now attends the University of Indianapolis Honors College where she studies Psychology with a concentration in Pre-Occupational Therapy.

When asked about the Children’s House, Sara had this to say, “The Children’s House gave me tools to be an independent learner with study habits that are allowing me to be successful in college. In addition, the dedicated faculty and staff gave me the confidence to challenge myself in my schoolwork.

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