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, Bentley. 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!

 

Alicia Keinath

Room: Waddlers and Toddlers

Joined CFK Family: August 2020

Birthday: November 8th

Favorite Color: Pink

Favorite Candy: Tacos

Hi! My name is Alicia Keinath and I’ve been a member of the St. Michael family for many years. My husband, Joey and I were married here at St. Michael Lutheran Church in 2011 and have two children Jack (born in 2013) and Madeline (born in 2015) who both attend school here at St. Michael. We are members at Trinity Lutheran Church in Paw Paw. My family enjoys spending time outdoors, attending sporting events, and watching movies!

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from WMU with an Early Childhood Endorsement. While completing my degree I had the opportunity to work in many different classroom settings. I look forward to spending time with the kids every day and watching them grow academically, socially, and spiritually. 

 

Mr. Zachary Robinson, Childcare Aide

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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.

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.

 

Mrs. Kathy Roedel 

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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.

  

Ms. Emily Peet

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Room: Floater

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

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Room: 3, 4, 5′s

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.

Miss Chelsea Linders

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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!

Sarah Harmelink

Room: 3’s Preschool and 345′s Childcare

Joined CFK Family: August 2020

Birthday: May 2nd

Favorite Color: Green

Favorite Candy: Kit Kats

 My name is Sarah Harmelink and I am Mrs. Julian’s preschool assistant. I moved back to Michigan in March 2020 after living in Utah for 2 years where I attended the University of Utah. I’m still a full time student at the University of Utah, but am able to do all my classes online.  I am currently majoring in International Studies while also earning the TESOL Certificate. I was baptized at St. Michael’s and attended the preschool program when I was a kid. When I’m not working or attending classes, I enjoy hiking, reading, and buying houseplants. I look forward to meeting you!

 

Miss Bri Laarman

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Room: Infant

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

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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 Meghan Baker

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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.

  

Ms. Anna Wrogg

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Room: Infant

Joined the CFK Family: August 2019

Birthday: June 8

Favorite Color: Yellow

Favorite Candy: Kit Kat

Hello! I am so excited to be a part of CFK! I graduated from Schoolcraft High School and later moved to Grand Rapids. This is where I discovered that teaching and working in childcare was going to be a huge passion of mine. I worked at First Place Learning Center in Three Rivers for five years before coming to CFK. I was in the infant and Pre-K room and I loved every minute of it. When I’m not teaching or playing with the kiddos, I’m usually hanging out with family and friends. I also enjoy traveling, running, painting and watching classic 80s films such as Break Club, Ghostbusters, and my favorite Star Wars.

 

Mrs. Jessica Lonc

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Room: Preschool

Joined the CFK Family: October 2016

Birthday: March 22

Favorite Color: Teal and Pink

Favorite Food: French Fries

My name is Jessica Lonc and I’ve been a part of the St. Michael family for many years. I started my teaching career in 2009 teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade here at St. Michael. I taught middle school for five years until my first child was born. I have also worked in the infant room for Christ for Kids and for the last several years I have been teaching preschool age children for Bible Study Fellowship.  I received my teaching degree in Elementary Education from WMU. My husband and I met in college and have been living in the Kalamazoo/Portage area since 2003. We were married in 2009 and have three children; Levi (born in 2014), Avalon (born in 2017), and Everly (born in 2019).

Sophia Robinson

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Room: Waddler

Joined the CFK Family: August 2019

Birthday: June 2

Favorite Color: Pink

Favorite Food: Pasta

I am so excited to be working at Christ for Kids. Before I came to work here, I was working at a summer camp in their kitchen. I am ready to be around kids and watch them learn! Some things I enjoy doing in my free time are sewing theatre and baking. I have lived in Portage my whole life with my family, my mom, dad, 3 brothers, and 1 sister.

 

Laura Martin

Laura MartinRoom: Preschool

Joined the CFK Family: August 2019

Birthday: July 7

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Candy: Toffee

My name is Laura Martin and I live in Kalamazoo with my husband Jeremiah and our daughter, Louisa. I am so excited and proud to be here at CFK. I enjoy working with children and I believe that they can teach us as much as we teach them!