Mrs. Emily Ritchie, Childcare Center and Preschool Director

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Joined the CFK Family: 2012

Birthday: January 21st

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Food: Italian

Hi! My name is Emily Ritchie. My husband Joe and I have one son, Caleb, and a yellow lab named, Captain. I have been attending St. Michael since I was born; I was baptized, confirmed, and married here. I am very excited to be a part of this great church and school and be able to see it grow more every day. I graduated from Delton Kellogg Schools in 2006 and received a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Elementary Education from Western Michigan University in 2011. I love to be around the kids every day and watch them grow both academically and spiritually. In my free time I love to be on the lake, spend time with my family, and travel to different places!

 

 

Mrs. Cheryl Julian, Lead Childcare Teacher

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Room: Preschool and Little Lambs (3 year olds)

Joined the CFK Family: 2007

Birthday: October 30th

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Candy: Any Chocolate

Hi, my name is Cheryl Julian and I have been with Christ for Kids since 2007. I am married and have one daughter. I attended KVCC and Davenport studying Elementary Education and Business. In October 2014, I was awarded a Child Development Associate Degree. I love to play volleyball and soccer. I grew up here at St. Michael Lutheran Church and it’s great to see how much it has grown. I am blessed to have the opportunity to work with young children. I love to see them grow spiritually and academically.

 

 

Mrs. Ruth Gill, Lead Childcare Teacher

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Room: 4 and 5 year olds

Joined CFK Family: 2007

Birthday: August 18th

Favorite Color: Red and Black

Favorite: Curried Chicken and Rice

Hi, my name is Mrs. Gill. I have been working as an aide in childcare and preschool since 2007. I became the lead teacher in the Noah’s Ark room with the 4 and 5 year olds in 2013. I also completed my (CDA) preschool certificate. When I got married I moved to Portage with my husband David and I have three beautiful children (Joshua, Sarah, and Azariah). I believe God opened the door for me to be at Christ for Kids so that I may be blessed to work with children. I thank God every day for the opportunity He has given me. He continually blesses my time with the children. God bless you!

Mrs. Sally Noble, Childcare Teacher Aide

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Room: Office Assistant and 3,4, and 5’s Childcare

Joined the CFK Family: 2013

Birthday: July 2nd

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Food: Chinese

Hi my name is Sally Noble!  I work part time in CFK as an office assistant and part time with the 3, 4, and 5 year olds. I began working at CFK in 2013. My time in the office gives me a different perspective into the business side of childcare. It has been interesting watching the children grow and learn. I also am happy they are all so curious about God and the Bible.

I am a mom and my son attends Vicksburg High School now. He was at St. Michael Lutheran School from 4’s preschool to 8th grade and graduated from here in the spring of 2018. In July of 2019 I will be celebrating my 30th wedding anniversary. My husband works at Pfizer. We live in the country on 4 acres and we love it! Our Boston Terrier, Minnie love it too. In my spare time I love yard work, wood work and gardening! Life is good!

 

Bridget Whately, Childcare and Preschool Teacher Aide

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Room: 3, 4, and 5′s Childcare

Joined CFK Family: 2011

Birthday: October 6th

Favorite Color: Green

Favorite Candy: Altoids

HI, my name is Bridget Whately! I work in the 3, 4, and 5′s room. I grew up in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. I attended Wartburg College and received a degree in Biology. I have one brother and one sister. I work with my dad at his Martial Arts Studio in Kalamazoo. I am a Third Degree Black Belt and enjoy working with children of all ages. In my free time, I love spending time with my family and reading.

 

Mr. Zachary Robinson, Childcare Aide

 

Room: Childcare Aide

Joined the CFK Family: 2017

Birthday: May 11th

Favorite Color: Orange

Favorite Candy: All

Hi! My name is Zack.  I am interested in Hiking on the Portage Trails and bike trails. I am working toward my Associates at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. My favorite foods are macaroni and cheese, hamburgers, and scrambled eggs. I am happy to be a part of the CFK Family!

 

Ms. Maggie Robinson, Childcare Aide

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Room: Waddler

Joined the CFK Family:

Birthday: January 15th

Favorite Color: Purple

Favorite Candy: Reese’s Cup

I have worked at Christ for Kids Child Care since 2011 as a teacher’s aide and now I am in the Waddler room. My mom works here as the school secretary at SMLS. I have three brothers. I love playing volleyball and spending time with my family.

 

 

Ms. Jessica Farrer, Childcare Aide

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Room: Toddler

Joined the CFK Family: 2015

Birthday: January 8th

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Candy: Heath or Skittles

In January 2015, Jessica Farrer started working at Christ for Kids Childcare. She is currently attending Kalamazoo Valley Community College. When she’s not working, Ms. Farrer enjoys spending time with her dog and reading books.

Mrs. Becky Mohler, Preschool Teacher

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Room: Preschool

Joined the CFK Family:

Birthday: September 29th

Favorite Color: Purple

Favorite Candy: Chocolate

Hi! My name is Mrs. Mohler. My husband, Scott and I have two boys Desmond and Reuben. I have my bachelors in Elementary Education from WMU with an Early Childhood endorsement along with my Michigan Teachers Certification. While attending WMU, I worked at CFK. Upon completion of my degree, I was hired at St. Michaels to teach third grade and did so for two years. Then I moved to teaching the kindergarten class here at St. Michaels and taught for three years until my husband got a job in Grand Rapids and we had our son, Desmond. We relocated to Grand Rapids and I spent those of years raising my sons and working at a daycare. It has been a blessing returning to St. Michael and teaching. My family enjoys going to WMU hockey games, playing outside, and watching movies together. In my class we work together to prepare your child for Kindergarten. I look forward to helping your child grow socially, academically, and most importantly their faith in Christ.

 

Ms. Barbara Williams

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Room: Infant

Joined CFK family: 2008

Birthday: October 25th

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Food: Italian

Hi, my name is Barbara Williams. I am very excites to be the Lead Teacher in our new infant room at Christ for Kids. I started working as a Teacher’s Aide at St. Michael Lutheran School in 2008 and have worked with students of all ages. I also served as the Billing Administrator for SMLS and CFK for several years. I have two wonderful sons, Christopher and Ryan and four beautiful grandchildren. During my free time I enjoy outdoor activities, reading and crafting. I feel very blessed to be a part of our CFK family and be given the opportunity to nurture and teach your precious children.

 

Ms. Chloe Heintz

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Room: Infant

Joined CFK Family: 2016

Birthday: Sept 15th

Favorite Color: Dark Red

Favorite Candy: Kit Kat

I go to church at St. Michael Lutheran and have been since I was zero! I went to school at SMLS all the way through 8th grade and just started working at CFK in the summer of 2016. I attend Western Michigan University and I am studying music therapy. I love kids and I love spending my time off campus here with these little ones. In my spare time I love to read, spend time with family and friends, and play guitar or ukulele.

 

 

Mrs. Kathy Roedel

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Room: Infant

Joined CFK Family: 2016

Birthday: July 21st

Favorite Color: Green

Favorite Candy: Any Chocolate

I am a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Paw Paw and serve on various boards and committees there. I have two dogs, three children, and six grandchildren! My hobbies include watching MSU football and basketball and enjoying my grandkids while following them in their various sporting activities. I have cared for children for many years. I love nurturing and caring for children and especially love being able to work in a wonderful Christian environment.

 

Mrs. Kelly Docsa

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Room: Preschool

Joined CFK Family: 2010

Birthday: July 8th

Favorite Color: Seafoam

Favorite Candy: Reese’s

Hi, my name is Kelly Docsa and I will be assisting Mrs. Julian this year in your child’s preschool class. I am so excited to be in the classroom and look forward to getting to know you and your children.

I am married to my best friend and high school sweetheart. We have four beautiful children who have all attended or attend St. Michael Lutheran School and Christ for Kids preschool programs. I have been blessed to be a part of the St. Michael Lutheran School and Christ for Kids staff since 2010. I have a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and have enjoyed substitute teaching and teaching in both the elementary and preschool class settings. I enjoy being a mom and watching my children grow up. I love being outdoors, scrapbooking and traveling.

 

 

Ms. Emily Peet

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Room: Waddler

Joined the CFK Family: 2017

Birthday: July 13

Favorite Color: Pink

Favorite Food: Grilled Cheese

Hi, my name is Emily Peet. I graduated from Portage Central High School in 2017. I started attending college at Kalamazoo Valley Community College in August of 2017. After completing my general education requirements, I plan to attend Western Michigan University and study elementary education. I’ve always loved working with kids and helping them in their development. I first started helping kids with swim lessons in 2012, working across a wide variety of ages. I’m excited to work with kids in this new way and to continue to help kids and to cultivate them in the best way that I can. I’m also extremely excited for this job due to the fact that it will give me great experience for my future career.

Mrs. Laura Tuinstra

Room: Toddler

Joined the CFK Family: August 2017

Birthday: October 13

Favorite Color: Pink

Favorite Food: Ice Cream

My name is Laura Tuinstra. I have been working in childcare since 2012. I love working with kids because they have so much energy and are so curious.  I live in Kalamazoo with my husband and dog Rufus. In my free time I like to spend time with my family, go to the beach, read, and I love doing Zumba! We go to Calvary Bible Church.

Mrs. Amanda Coney

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Room: Toddler

Joined the CFK Family: September 2017

Birthday: September 29

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Favorite Food:

My name is Amanda Coney. I have been married for 12 years and we have two beautiful girls, Ava and Tanley. I am originally from Schoolcraft, but moved to Fort Wayne, In. for about 5 years with my husband till we had our first daughter. We currently reside in Vicksburg.

When I’m not cuddling and playing with sweet kidos, my passions and hobbies are to decorate my house, which my inspiration comes from the show “Fixer Upper”. I do craft shows with my sister to display and sell our salvaged antique chic decor and art work.

I love my life and am so blessed to have the Lord with me every step of the way! God is Good!

Miss Kaylee Watters

Room: Infant

Joined the CFK Family: 2018

Birthday: July 7th

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Candy: Pretzel M&M’s

I’m originally from the east side of the state, but I came here to attend Western Michigan University where I am majoring in Communications and minoring in non-profit leadership and religion. I attend church at the Bridge in Portage and just started at CFK in January of 2018.  I enjoy spending my days with the little ones and loving them like Jesus does. In my free time I like to read and spend time with my wonderful friends and family!

Miss Chelsea Linders

Room: Toddler

Joined the CFK Family: August 2018

Birthday: April 1

Favorite Color: Green

Favorite Food: Ham and Pineapple Pizza

I live in Portage Michigan. I have two younger siblings and a dog. I graduated from Portage Central High School in 2016. I enjoy being around kids and am so excited to be working with kids and watching them grow and learn!

 

Mrs. Carrie Long, Preschool teacher

Room: Preschool

Joined the CFK Family: August 2018

Birthday: December 6

Favorite Color: Red

Favorite Food: Pizza

My name is Carrie Long and I’m so excited to be at Christ for Kids!  I have a variety of teaching experiences including K-8 Physical Education, 5th grade, GSRP preschool and most recently kindergarten.  I am married and have three boys that keep me very busy with all of their sports and activities. I enjoy running. Any free time I have is spent enjoying my family.

Miss Cheyenne Earl

Room: Floater

Joined the CFK Family: August 2018

Birthday: October 7

Favorite Color: Periwinkle

Favorite Food: Pancakes

I am a student at Western Michigan University studying Early Childhood Elementary Education. I have one cat named Coco and I love to be outside! I love to craft and make DIY projects.

Miss Libby Carpenter

Room: Waddler and Toddlers

Joined the CFK Family: August 2018

Birthday: September 27

Favorite Color: Yellow

Favorite Food: Chocolate Cake

I’m studying at KVCC to become a paraprofessional to work with special needs kids. I love running, baking, playing piano, and most of all, GOD!

Miss Bri Laarman

Room: Infants and Waddlers

Joined the CFK Family: August 2018

Birthday: September 28

Favorite Color: Orange

Favorite Food: Chicken Lasagna

Hello, my name is Brianna Laarman, but most people call me Bri. I graduated from Hamilton High School in 2017 and now I am a student at Western Michigan University studying to be a nurse. I will graduate in a few years with a Bachelor’s of Science and Nursing (BSN). I enjoy watching football, hockey, and NASCAR. I also enjoy reading and crocheting. I started crocheting 6 years ago. I am from Holland, MI born and raised. I have a younger brother Noah, and a younger sister Abby.

Mrs. Tonja Jowett

Room: Preschool and 3, 4, and 5’s Childcare

Joined the CFK Family: August 2018

Birthday: April 9

Favorite Color: Teal, Lime Green, and Orange

Favorite Food: Indian Food

I live in Kalamazoo (Texas Township) with my hisband Alan. We have two children, a son Keagan who goes to 12th Street Elementary, and a daughter Brittany. She is married to her husband Jesse, and they have a son Corbyn with another baby on the way. I like to spend time with my grandson, watching my son Keagan play soccer and I also enjoy doing crafts and crochet.

I have cared for children with all kinds of needs. I have had a home daycare in my home since 2010 and recently decided to come to work for Christ for Kids to get a new view in child development. I love to help children explore and grow!

Miss Jane Benson

Room: Toddlers

Joined the CFK Family: August 2018

Birthday: October 8

Favorite Color: Purple

Favorite Food: Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia

Hi I’m Jane! I am a senior at Western Michigan University studying Elementary Education. I love Jesus, playing euchre, going to concerts, exercising, and watching FRIENDS!

Mrs. Beth Burnett

Room: Infants

Joined the CFK Family: August 2018

Birthday: March 7

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Food: Cookies

I am a nurse at Bronson and have 5 kids and 2 wonderful grandchildren. I love to read, knit, and crochet.

Miss Meghan Baker

Room: 3,4, &5’s, and School-Agers

Joined the CFK Family: October 2018

Birthday: January 23

Favorite Color: Turquoise

Favorite Food: Buffalo Wings

My name is Meghan and I am studying accounting at Western Michigan University. I have a little brother back at home who consumes most of my time. I love spending time on the lake during the summer and watching Christmas movies in the winter time. I also enjoy watching football in my free time.