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His current position is High School Director at The Post Oak School in Houston, Texas. He also serves on the Board of the Montessori Administrators Association and as a member of the AMI Global Research Group.
Gretchen has been building brighter futures for over 40 years. Education, human development and academic consulting have consistently been at the center of her professional life.
After instructing middle and high school students through her English, speech and drama classes, Gretchen worked in admissions at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy. As the Founding Head of School at The Montessori Children's House in Traverse City, Michigan, Gretchen's work led to the development of a campus designed to support the Montessori vision of education. The belief that, when supported, every child's unique capabilities will lead to a fulfilling life and a better world, inspired her to start Pinpoint in 2010 and continues to fuel her work with college-bound students today.
She is committed to helping each of her students through a personalized, focused and well-organized plan. Her optimism is contagious and with successful college placements from Columbia University in New York, to the University of New Brunswick in Canada, to the University of Santa Clara in California, Gretchen's dedication and passion is proven in her results.
Michael Sullivan LMSW is a pioneer in Northern Michigan in the field of family psychotherapy. He has been in practice since 1974, with an emphasis on adolescents. Mr. Sullivan has consulted with numerous court systems, schools and social service agencies throughout the Midwest. He is a board member of the Michigan Mental Health Association and serves on the Grand Traverse County Juvenile Sobriety Court. He has presented papers and conducted workshops throughout the United States and Europe on the transmission of anxiety in family and social networks. Some topics include: Building Responsible Community, Competitive Over-Parenting, Relationship Intensity, Peer Group Intensity and Social Intervention. He is the founder of the Family Institute of Northern Michigan.
Susan Holmes joined The Children’s House this year after teaching at Mountain Laurel Montessori in Virginia, the Hershey Montessori Farm School in Ohio, and the Chesapeake Bay Earth School in Maryland. Raised as a Montessori child in Michigan (Primary through Upper Elementary), Susan returned to Montessori from a career in Environmental and Outdoor Education. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Policy and Behavior from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science Degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Vermont. She earned a Master of Education and AMI Elementary Diploma from Loyola College and the Washington Montessori Institute. Susan has spoken at national conferences about Montessori adolescent education, and has served as an advisor for the NAMTA/AMI Orientation to Adolescence.
Having taught many different age groups, Susan feels at home with adolescents. She loves the experiential nature of Montessori and especially loves to witness young adolescents growing in self-confidence through practical work in the community. Every day working with young adolescents is a new adventure and Susan finds joy in discovering what each day will hold.