Our staff consists of a Center Director who is responsible to the Child Care Board. Her job is to carry out all the policies set by that Board as well as oversee all caregivers and support staff. Her job also includes ensuring that continually appropriate Christian curriculum and interaction with the children is maintained at a high level.
The staff is a unit of caregivers that desire to love and care for the children according to our Lord’s plan for Christian nurturing. They plan educational activities, facilitate learning, promote social interaction, enforce manners and self-confidence, and provide love in a Christ-centered atmosphere.
The lead teacher in each room will be your child’s primary caregiver. She/He will communicate with you in a variety of ways. She/He will have conversations at drop off and pick up times, through the monthly newsletter, through parent teacher conferences, through phone calls, and through notes going home. Each room is also assigned teacher assistants who will support the lead teachers. We try to attract & maintain a consistently qualified, well-trained staff and reduce the staff turnover as much as possible.
Meet Our Staff
JeAnne Faris – Director (employed since September 2000)
Ms. Faris grew up in Kalispell and graduated from High School in 1992. She attended college at Western Montana University in Dillon and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and Art. She has now completed several Early Childhood courses to include an emphasis in Early Ed. She also completed a Director Credential through the McCormick Center. Ms. Faris has one son who is serving in the Air Force. When she is not working, Ms. Faris enjoys stamping/crafting, playing cards, seeking bargains at yard sales, playing outdoors in a variety of winter and summer activities and traveling with family and friends.
Tammy Arlint – Office Assistant, Substitute Teacher (employed since 1998)
Mrs. Arlint was born and raised in Whitefish and graduated in 19?? She is married to John Arlint and they have three children: Bryan who recently graduated from U of M, Adam who graduated from MSU, and Sarah who just graduated from MSU and has been a caregiver here at Trinity in the summer. Mrs. Arlint has been here at Trinity off and on since 1998 working with all age groups, covering during maternity leaves, vacations, etc. She has been working with the After School Care children for the past two years. She loves to camp, kayak, and enjoy the beautiful outdoors in Montana during the summer. Her favorite bible verse: Jeremiah 29:11
Amy Ream – Lead Teacher (employed from August 2000 – August 2002 and August 2004 – Present)- Program Supervisor (August 2014-Present)
Miss Ream was born and raised in Columbia Falls and has always called the Flathead Valley home. In 1997, she graduated from Faith Baptist Bible College with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She taught preschool in Columbia Falls for one year before going to Brazil. She taught a combined first and second grade class of missionary children there for two years. Upon returning from Brazil she began her work here at Trinity. She currently resides in Kalispell where she occasionally takes children into her home as a foster parent.
Katie Schnee-Cook/Lead Teacher-Substitute (employed since October 2013)
Miss Katie is married to Mark Schnee and they have two teenage children: Adrian and James. She previously taught K-12 Art in Valier. Miss Katie is currently a Sunday School teacher and a BSF Children's Leader. She likes to read and go for walks.
Michelle Medhus-Lead Teacher/Substitute-Floats between all classrooms (employed since July 2014)
Miss Michelle is currently on medical leave
Miss Michelle was born in Tacoma, WA on Feb. 27, 1970, but has lived in Kalispell all of her life. She was blessed with a son, Chris, who is 26 years old. Miss Michelle has worked and cared for children for 20+ years and enjoys every day being around them. In her free time she likes fishing, playing cribbage and traveling.
Connie Robinson-Lead Teacher-Substitute (employed since July 2012)
Miss Connie is married and has two adult sons and two grandsons. She has taught children for many years and in various capacities: childcare, elementary school and preschool. She particularly loves working with 2 year olds in a Christian environment. When she is not teaching Miss Connie takes care of 4 dogs, a rabbit, a large bearded dragon and her 2 grandsons. She’d have more animals if she had the time and space.
Barbara Hacheney-Lead Teacher-Floater/Substitute (employed off and on since 2007)
Roly Poly Class:
Andrea Habeger—Lead Teacher—Roly Poly Class—(employed since April 2015)
Miss Andi is from Uruapan, Mexico, it's a town the size of Missoula in the state of Michoacán. Most of her family still lives in Mexico, except for her father who lives in California. Miss Andi is the oldest of 3 children, she has a younger brother and sister. She came to the United States in September 2013. Miss Andi is married, but they don't have any children yet. She’s studying ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages), at FVCC. Miss Andi likes hiking, biking and reading. She loves the snow, the cold weather and the fall season because in Mexico most of the year it's hot. Miss Andi is a happy, cheerful person who likes children.
Danielle Buzzard-Lead Teacher—Roly Poly Class—(employed since September 2020)
Carra Weber-Lead Teacher—Roly Poly Class—(employed since September 2020)
Grace Landis-Assistant Teacher—Roly Poly Class—(employed since September 2020)
Ashley Meyer –Lead Teacher–Wiggleworm Class (employed from March 2011)
Miss Ashley was born in Whitefish and moved to Idaho for eight years. She graduated from high school in 2006 and then took some college courses. She decided to move back to Montana to be closer to her family. She feels like she couldn’t ask for a more wonderful job. Ashley is attending FVCC to work on getting a degree in Elementary Education. She married RJ in August 2019. Ashley has one son, Fisher, with another on the way, Briggs; 2 dogs, 1 cat, multiple fish, a turtle, and numerous ducks and chickens. In her spare time she likes spending time with her family, swimming, four-wheeling, camping and hunting.
Teresa White-Lead Teacher--Wiggleworm Class (employed from August 2014 to August 2017 & re-hired in April 2018)
Miss Teresa has lived in Kalispell for most of her life. She and her husband moved back after she received her BA in sociology/criminology. She has two amazing kids, Jaxson and Lily. She also has a cat, Nala, and a dog, Spike. Teresa loves working with kids. She enjoys reading, camping and hanging out with friends and family.
Christina Henry-Lead Teacher–Wiggleworm Class (employed since August 2015)
Mrs. Henry likes being with children, working with them and sharing about Jesus and His love for us. She has worked with children for 15 years as a teacher in Preschool, Kindergarten and at the Elementary level in Lutheran Schools. She moved to Kalispell from Southern California with her wonderful husband, Paul Henry, and their precious God-given children, Micah (11) and Caralina (8). Mrs. Henry’s children go to Trinity School and Childcare. Her hobbies are tatting, knitting and crocheting.
Alaina Jorgenson-Lead Teacher–Wiggleworm Class (employed since June 2020)
Melissa DeShaw –Lead Teacher –Butterfly Class (employed from November 2000 – January 2009 and from June 2011 – present)
Mrs. DeShaw enjoys working with children; teaching, playing and watching them grow. Children are a gift from God and she feels blessed to be working in a Christ-centered environment where she can tell the children about Jesus Christ, our creator, savior and friend. She has been married for 12 years to Derek, a wonderful man, father and friend. She and Derek have five children; Dylan (21 yrs.), Nathan (19 yrs.), Kayla (19 yrs.), Kaitlyn (16 yrs.), and Brodyn (6 yrs.) who keep them very busy with sports, school, dance classes, and playing with choo-choo trains. Their family loves hiking, camping, basketball, baseball, and going on bike rides. Mrs. DeShaw’s favorite thing, however, is to curl up and read a good book.
Hannah Hovey-Lead Teacher – Butterfly Class (employed from September 2016 to August 2017 & re-hired in June 2018)
Miss Hannah has been working as a childcare provider for 4 years. She still lives at home with her 2 wonderful parents and 5 younger siblings. Hannah and her boyfriend of 6 years, Matthew, plan to get married in the summer of 2020. She loves camping, fishing and being outdoors. Miss Hannah enjoys working with all ages of children and loves being able to have an impact on their lives. Her favorite thing is watching and helping them grow.
Kari Inabnit-Lead Teacher-Butterfly Classroom (employed since August 2018)
Miss Kari is living at home with her parents and younger brothers, as she attends FVCC and then MSU to become an elementary teacher. She loves working with kids and hopes to teach 3rd grade and below with a focus in math. Kari was born and raised in Kalispell and enjoys the activities that correlate, like camping and fishing. She also enjoys baking and spending time with friends and family.
Jena Queen-Lead Teacher-Butterfly Classroom (employed since June 2019)
Busy Bee Class:
Shelly Christensen –Lead Teacher – Busy Bee Class (employed since February 2007)
Mrs. Christensen is married and has two children, Alexis and Damian. They are members here at Trinity Lutheran Church and Alexis and Damian previously attended Trinity School. Mrs. Christensen enjoys working with all the children of Trinity. She works with the older children in the summer and has been blessed to see them learning and growing both physically and spiritually. Hearing the children witness to each other and learning to pray out loud has been priceless. When not at work, she likes many different outdoor activities including swimming, hiking, bike riding, and camping.
Jessica Lenz –Lead Teacher – Busy Bee Class – (employed since April 2010)
Miss Jessica was born in Plains, Montana, the youngest of six children. She has two boys, Nik age 22, and Erik age 17. While living in Utah, she worked for five years at a child care facility. When not working, she enjoys fishing, camping, movies, scrapbooking and coffee J. She spends a lot of time with her parents, siblings, and sons.
Sonja Baker–Lead Teacher – Busy Bee Class – (employed since June 2019)
Sherry Stockham-Lead Teacher – Busy Bee Class – (employed since June 2020)
Praying Mantis Class:
Jeannette Hartmann-Lead Teacher-Praying Mantis Class (employed since September 2016)
Nathan Brown-Lead Teacher- Praying Mantis Class (employed since August 2012)
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Kalispell, MT 59901
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