PRESCHOOL STAFF

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Mrs. Emily Ritchie

Childcare Center and Preschool Director

Joined the CFK Family: 2012
Birthday: January 21
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!

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Mrs. Cheryl Julian

Lead Childcare Teacher

Room: Preschool and Little Lambs (3-year-olds)
Joined the CFK Family: 2007
Birthday: October 30
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.

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Mrs. Sally Noble

Childcare Teacher Aide

Room: Office Assistant and 3-4-5’s Childcare
Joined the CFK Family: 2013
Birthday: July 2
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 loves it too. In my spare time, I love yard work, woodwork, and gardening! Life is good!

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Ms. Mindy Burdick

Room: Infants
Joined CFK Family: 2021
Birthday: April 20
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Food: Chili and Cornbread
Favorite Candy: Chocolate

Hello! My name is Mindy Burdick. I am the lead infant teacher. Before that, I worked with the 3’s and 4’s pre-schoolers. I’ve been St. Michael’s School Since 2017 volunteering in numerous roles and still do so today. My favorite role here so far has been being able to care for, pray for, and love all the children every day! I am a mother of two boys, Tyler and Benjamin, and a cat named Luna. My children have attended St. Michael’s since preschool. We live in Portage. When I am not working at CFK, I enjoy spending time with my family, being outdoors, and exploring new places.

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Mrs. Becky Mohler

Preschool Teacher

Room: Preschool
Joined the CFK Family:
Birthday: September 29
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 bachelor's 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 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.

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Mrs. Kathy Roedel

Room: Toddler
Joined CFK Family: 2016
Birthday: July 21
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.

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Mrs. Laura Tuinstra

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

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Mr. Zachary Robinson

Childcare Teacher Aide

Room: Childcare Aide
Joined the CFK Family: 2017
Birthday: May 11
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!

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Ms. Emily Peet

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.

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Mrs. Tonja Jowett

Room: Preschool and 3, 4, 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 husband 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!

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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!

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Laura Martin

Room: 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!

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Mrs. Jessica Lonc

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).

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Ms. Jessica Farrer

Room: 3, 4, and 5 year old childcare
Joined CFK Family: 2021
Birthday: January 8
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Candy: Rocky Road

Hello! I graduated from Hackett Catholic Central in 2013. After high school, I enrolled in college classes and started working towards my degree. In 2015 I came to Christ for Kids and worked here for 4 ½ years. I was working in the preschool rooms and eventually the toddler room. When I left Christ for Kids, I went to work at Rocket Fizz for a change of scenery. I am still working at Rocket Fizz and enjoy seeing the smiling faces as they look at all the goodies we have! In my spare time I like to draw, read, cook and spend time outdoors. I am excited to be back at Christ for Kids as I missed the kids and hearing all their stories.

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Ms. Sophia Robinson

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.

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Mrs. Alicia Keinath

Room: Waddler
Joined the CFK Family: 2020
Birthday: November 8th
Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite Food: 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.

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Ms. Kaitlin Hines

Room: Waddler
Joined the CFK Family: 2021
Birthday: June 11
Favorite Color: Pink and Purple
Favorite Food: Mac and Cheese

Hi! My name is Kaitlin Hines. I have lived in Portage my whole life. I graduated from Portage Central in 2015. I currently go to KVCC. When I am not at work or school, I like to hang out with my friends and family, scrapbook, read, watch movies/TV, and go for walks. I am excited to work here because I love being around kids.