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Alison Hoffman

Alison Hoffman, Art Specialist

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

Meryl Brydges

Meryl Brydges, Kitchen Support

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. 

Rose Hollander

Rose Hollander, Great Books

B.S. Ithaca College, Social Work

The Children's House experience (1993- present): Office assistant, Board member and chair, Cooking classroom guide, Great Books program guide

Rose has been involved with the Children's House since 1992 when she began the Great Books program with another parent at the Suttons Bay location. She has worked in the office at TCH and has been on the Board of Directors, while continuing to serve as the Great Books guide to the kindergarten students. She has two children who are Montessori grads, adults now who live on either coast. Her interests are reading (She participates in a book club that has met for over 20 years!), cooking - took a sabbatical and earned a chef's certification, getting outdoors on her bike, hiking or skiing, and travel. She lives with her husband, Eric, in Traverse City and Suttons Bay. Currently, Rose is the Great Books program guide with kindergarten students. 

Amanda Igra

Amanda Igra, Music Specialist

B.S. Environmental Science

The Children’s House experience (2014-present) Music Specialist

Amanda moved to Traverse City from Ann Arbor in 2013, where she taught private music lessons and worked in the environmental industry. In addition to teaching, Amanda is a certified sommelier and enjoys learning about wine and culture. She also enjoys reading presidential biographies and being outdoors.

Virginie Kanner

Virginie Kanner, Kitchen Support

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

Kathy is originally from Wisconsin.  She received her teaching degree at Colorado College and her Masters from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee.  She enjoys travel, snowboarding, reading, knitting and dogs.  She is the TCAPS Spanish provider and feels fortunate to be assigned to TCH and have the opportunity to learn and grow in a Montessori environment.

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.

Brenda Lijewski Brenda Lijewski, Kitchen Director
DiAnn Service

DiAnn ServiceLearning 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.