The annual report is published each fall to illustrate our school's metrics of success.
|2023 Annual Report
|2022 Annual Report
|2021 Annual Report
|2020 Annual Report
|2019 Annual Report
Michele Shane, Head of School
The Children's House experience (1998- present):
Michele has been with The Children’s House since 1998, teaching in a Primary classroom, and eventually was hired as Head of School. Michele holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Washington, AMI Primary diploma from Montessori Institute Northwest, and an MEd from Loyola College in Baltimore. Michele is mother to two young adults, both alums of TCH. She enjoys paddle boarding, mountain biking, reading, and being on the beach. One of her favorite parts of being a Head of School is getting to visit the classrooms to sing and play ukulele with the children.
Renee Hintz, Director of Advancement
The Children's House experience (2018-present):
After 12 years as Executive Director of Michigan Legacy Art Park, Renee is happy to continue her career in the nonprofit sector at The Children’s House. She and her husband Chris became part of the TCH community in 2008 when their son started in the Primary program. Renee enjoys running with friends, playing the cello, and exploring the great outdoors with her family.
Martin Miklos, Office Manager
The Children's House experience (2020-present):
Marty and his family live in Lake Ann, and his daughter has been a student at TCH for about a year. His background is in business, and he's worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations both domestically and abroad. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing hockey, fishing, and cozying up to Excel spreadsheets.
Sheri Novak, Director of Finance
Sheri has loved The Children’s House since her first son attended the Primary program in 2005. In addition to spending time with her two grown sons, she enjoys stand-up paddleboarding and spending time in nature. She has had a lifelong passion for natural health and healing and is a Certified Naturopath.
Kim Gallagher, Director of Operations and Human Resources, Summer Program Manager
The Children’s House experience (2014-present):
Kim began working at TCH in 2014 when her children, Adrienne and Charlie, started as students. Her children continue their education at TCH, both attending the elementary program. She deeply appreciates any time spent on the water. She also enjoys playing piano, singing, writing and naturopathy. Traveling and sharing the world with her children is her greatest joy.
Norie Warnke, Facilities Manager and Friends Club Coordinator
Arielle Sika, Media Coordinator & Historian
Arielle started at The Children's House as the Media Coordinator in the Fall of 2021. She is often found behind the camera, in classrooms and at events, capturing the photos seen in Waypoints. She also manages the school's website, social media channels, and advertising. Arielle is also a TCH parent--her son Asher is in Primary!
Trisha Short, MA, LPC, IMH-E (II), School Counselor
Trisha is a clinical mental health counselor and early childhood specialist. Her practice is built on the belief that a holistic approach must be taken to mental health and well-being with a focus on hope and healing. As a therapist, she focuses on individuals' strengths and helps them develop coping skills to deal with stress, anxiety, mood, and behavioral issues. At The Children’s House, Trisha provides reflective consultation to our guides seeking to enhance their own ability to work with their students.