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

Preschool and Little Lambs Room (2-3 Year Olds)

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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

4-5 Year Olds Noah’s Ark Room

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Mrs. Gill joined our staff in the winter of 2008.

Room: Noah’s Ark (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: Little Lambs (3 year olds) and Noah’s Ark (4 and 5 year olds)

Joined the CFK Family: 2013

Birthday: July 2nd

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Food: Chinese

HI my name is Sally Noble!  I work with the 3 and 4 year olds at Christ for Kids.  I am a mom and my son attends St. Michael Lutheran School. I have been volunteering my time in various areas throughout both the school and CFK for many years. I began working in CFK part time in September 2013. It is a joy to watch the children and see them learn new things every day. I graduated from KVCC in 2013 and am going to Western University right now.

My family enjoys playing ball, going to Cedar Point, watching Pro Hockey, and playing board games. Another important member of our family is our Boston terrier, Minnie, she loves to run around the yard and howl when my son practices his trumpet. So sorry!!!

 

 

Ms. Bridget Whately, Childcare and Preschool Teacher Aide

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Room: Toddler

Joined CFK Family: 2011

Birthday: October 6th

Favorite Color: Green

Favorite Candy: Altoids

HI, my name is Bridget Whately! I work as the lead teacher in the toddler 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. Matthew Robinson, Childcare Aide

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Room: Childcare Aide

Joined the CFK Family: 2013

Birthday: March 1st

Favorite Color: Purple

Favorite Candy: Twix

Hi! My name is Matt and I started working at CFK in 2013. My sister works in the Waddler room and my mom is the secretary at St. Michael Lutheran School. I am currently attending Kalamazoo Community College where I am majoring in Biology. I enjoy biking, camping and spending time on the lake with my 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 for 6 years as an assistant in the TK room. My mom works as a school secretary here at SMLS. I have three brothers, my younger brother Matt, works in the Childcare with the school age kids. I love playing volleyball and spending time with my family.

 

 

Ms. Jessica Farrer, Childcare Aide

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Room: Childcare Aide

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.

 

Ms. Lisa Szydlowski, Preschool Teacher

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Room: Preschool

Joined CFK Family: 2014

Birthday: September 5th

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Candy: Peanut Butter Cups

Hi, my name is Lisa Szydlowski. I am the 4’s preschool teacher. I graduated from Notre Dame College in Manchester, New Hampshire with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Early Childhood. I am married and have two children, a boy and a girl. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, swimming, riding bikes, traveling, and spending time with my family.

 

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 Western Michigan University with an Early Childhood endorsement along with my Michigan Teachers Certification. While attending Western Michigan University, I worked at Christ for Kids Childcare Center. 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 couple of years raising my two sons and working at a daycare part time. It has been a blessing returning to St. Michael and teaching Transitional Kindergarten. 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.

 

 

Mrs. Kimberly Blades, Preschool Teacher

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Room: Preschool

Joined the CFK Family: 2007

Birthday: May 5th

Favorite Color: Yellow

Favorite Food: Pasta

I graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I have two daughters and we enjoy spending time at the beach and golfing with my husband.  I feel very blessed to be part of the teaching team at Christ for Kids Childcare and St. Michael Lutheran Preschool and to have an opportunity to serve God’s Kingdom everyday with students.

 

Ms. Barbara Williams

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 (who is the IT Administrator for St. Michael) 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. Kaitlyn Willis

Room: Toddler

Joined CFK Family: 2016

Birthday: December 11th

Favorite Color: Lime Green

Favorite Candy: M&Ms

I graduated from Oakland University in December 2015 with my Elementary Education Degree. I love having the opportunity to watch children learn and grow. I am recently engaged to my wonderful fiancé, Nicholas, we are hoping to get married next fall. I have three cats; Cheddar, Bleu and Gary.

Ms. Chloe Heintz

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 this summer. 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

 

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

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.

 

Mrs. Jessica Lonc

Room: Infant

Joined the CFK Family: 2016

Birthday: March 22nd

Favorite Color: Teal

Favorite Candy: Butterfinger

My name is Jessica Lonc. I live in Portage with my husband and son. I graduated from Western Michigan University in 2008 with my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I taught 7th and 8th grade at St. Michaels for 5 years before my son was born. I love spending free time with my family and in ministry at my church.

 

 

Mrs. Nandrae Reidenbach

Room: Office Assistant

Joined CFK Family: 2016

Birthday: August 5th

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Candy: Sour Patch Kids

Hi I will be helping out with office work and filling in when needed in the classrooms. I have attended St. Michael Lutheran Church since 2010. I taught preschool for two years at Trinity Lutheran School in Jackson, MI and have worked in various childcares for a cumulative eight years. I love working with children and have two of my own. My family and I enjoy camping, hiking, and taking road trips to see things like the birthplace of John Wayne, which happens to be in Winterset, Iowa.

 

Mrs. Chelsea Ritchie

Room: Preschool

Joined CFK Family: 2016

Birthday: July 26th

Favorite Color: Purple

Favorite Candy: Reese’s

Hi, name is Chelsea Ritchie! I live in Galesburg, MI. I graduated from Gull Lake high school in 2007. I’ve been married since 2010. My husband and I have 3 children, 2 sons, Carter and Mason and 1 daughter, Ella. We also have a yellow lab, named Harley. My husband was in the Navy for 4 years and we were stationed in Virginia Beach! I loved it there! While in Virginia Beach I worked in childcare for all 4 years. In my free time I love to spend time at the beach, read books, and take trips to new places!

 

Ms. Sabrina Dando

Room: Waddler, Toddler, Little Lambs and Noah’s Ark

Joined CFK Family: 2016

Birthday: August 18th

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Candy: Skittles

Hi! I am Sabrina! I graduated from Mattawan High School in 2016 and started working at Christ for Kids Childcare over the summer. I split my time between the Waddler and Toddler room and the Little Lambs and Noah’s Ark rooms. In my spare time I enjoy listening to music and drawing. I plan on going back to school at KVCC and am currently undecided what my major will be.