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Andrea Deibler, Kitchen Director and Della Terra 

BA University of Missouri-Kansas City, English Language and Literature
AAS Johnson County Community College, Chef Apprenticeship

The Children's House experience (2021- present):
Kitchen Director


Andrea joined the Children’s House community as Kitchen Director in October 2021. Previously she has worked as a chef, restauranteur and whole animal butcher, focusing on sustainably sourced and local food. She lives in Traverse City with her young son Henry, husband Ben and cat, Mr. Waffles. Other than cooking she enjoys knitting, biking and gardening. 

Alison Hoffman

Alison Hoffman, Art Specialist

B.A. Northern Michigan University, Art Education 2002

The Children's House experience (2007- present):
Classroom Support and Substitute
Summer Art Program Specialist
Art 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.

Angela Aleo 

Angela Lickiss-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- present):
Substitute in music and classrooms across all the age groups
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.


Britny Tollstam, Adult Learning Specialist

B.A. Spring Arbor University, Family Relations
AMS Primary Certification, Michigan Montessori Teacher Education Center, Rochester Hills, Michigan
AMS Infant & Toddler Certification, Seton Montessori Institute, Clarendon Hills, Illinois
Certified Postpartum Doula, Lifespan Doulas, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Endorsed in Infant Mental Health, Michigan Association of Infant Mental Health

The Children's House Experience (2003- present):
Primary Guide, Classroom Assistant, Toddler Guide, Nido Guide, Parent-Infant Guide, Adult Learning Specialist


Britny joined The Children’s House in 2003 when her family moved back to the Traverse City area. Her two children, now adults, were fortunate to attend the school as well - in what they fondly describe as their second home. Britny is a self-described life-long learner. She enjoys taking classes in a variety of subjects, anywhere from woodworking to breastfeeding. Who knows what might be next? She also enjoys music festivals, hiking, kayaking, and traveling.

Britny is now working with the adults in the TCH community. She will be focused on onboarding and training staff, helping to coordinate parent education opportunities, and establishing a new parent/child classroom. 


DiAnn Service, Learning Lab Guide

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 in a variety of ways. 

Jordi Llore, Spanish Specialist

Jordi Lloré, Spanish Specialist

Señor Lloré is from Barcelona, Spain and moved to Michigan 16 years ago.  He has been teaching spanish and PE for fifteen years. His classes are both educational and fun. Together we will be learning a new world language through games, songs and multiple awesome activities so students will be engaged and excited at all times. 

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact me at llorejo@tcaps.net.

I am pleased to have the privilege of being your child's teacher and look forward to a wonderful year!


Steve Maas, Physical Education Specialist

B.A. Spring Arbor University, Family Life Education
AMS Primary Certification

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.