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Angela Aleo 

Angela Aleo, Music Specialist

Bachelor of Music, Middle Tennessee State University 2006
Master of Music, The Boston Conservatory 2008
Doctorate of Musical Arts, University of Iowa 2016

The Children's House Experience
2016-2019 substitute in music and classrooms across all the age groups
Fall 2020 starting as the Music Specialist

Angela has been a substitute at The Children's House since 2016 in nearly every classroom, including music. She has been teaching music in the Traverse City area since moving here in 2015 and an active music educator since 2006. Her primary instruments are piano and oboe. When Angela is not making music she enjoys working in the garden and spending time with her daughter, husband, and dog outdoors.

Meryl Brydges

Meryl Brydges, Kitchen Co-Director

Meryl started working for TCH right out of High School in 2001 as a substitute and then a classroom Assistant during the summers through college. She received her BFA in Photography from Northern Michigan University and then graduated from Le Cordon Blue Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon, where she studied Hospitality and Restaurant Management. She has worked in the food industry since 2006 and enjoys gardening and being outdoors. 

Alison Hoffman

Alison Hoffman, Art Specialist

B.A. Northern Michigan University, Art Education 2002
The Children's House experience (2007- present): Art Specialist, Classroom Support and Substitute Summer Art Program Specialist

Alison grew up in Traverse City but spent time in Marquette, Boulder and Massachusetts, before moving back.  Alison has been the art teacher here at TCH for ten years and feels blessed everyday for being able to teach these students and be a part of this community.  She enjoys ALL things artistic and loves spending time trying out and practicing new techniques and mediums.  Other hobbies include gardening, spending time with her dog Rocco and being on the water.

Brenda Lijewski

Brenda Lijewski, Kitchen Co-Director

Kathy Malone

Kathy Malone, Spanish Language Specialist

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

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

Outside of the classroom, Kathy enjoys traveling, snowboarding, reading, knitting and dogs. Her commitment to "living globally" includes being a founder of a grassroots movement to offer elementary education to the under-served children in rural Uganda. She is the TCAPS Spanish provider and feels fortunate to be assigned to TCH and have the opportunity to be part of a community committed to supporting and encouraging one another.

Steve Maas

Steve Maas, Physical Education Specialist

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.

DiAnn Service

DiAnn Service, Learning Lab Guide and Della Terra

BA Grand Valley, English and Elementary Education
AMI Elementary Certification Montessori Center of Minnesota
M.Ed. Loyola University Maryland

DiAnn has been a part of The Children's House community since 1995. From summer programs and primary assistant, to Master Gardener training and elementary guide, she has participated in many different aspects of school life. Currently DiAnn is providing academic support for the elementary community and executing the Della Terra program. Della Terra is part of our Earth to Table initiative which includes Physical Education and Kitchen Classroom. When she isn't out in the garden DiAnn spends her time with her husband and two children, reading books, and trying to spend as much time as possible outdoors.

Melissa Waterstripe 

Melissa Waterstripe, Spanish Language Specialist