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
Michelle Medhus-Qualified Primary Teacher/Substitute-Floats between all classrooms (employed since July 2014)
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.
Kathy Elliott--Qualified Primary Teacher/Substitute (employed since June 2017)
Mrs. Kathy as born in Texas, has lived in numerous states (including Hawaii), and is thrilled to now call Montana her home. She has been married to husband, Steve, for 42 years, and they have two grown children and one granddaughter. Kathy has been involved in education in one form or another since 1985, including home schooling, teaching PreK, and working with special needs students in elementary and middle school settings. She loves subbing in all the classes and seeing how the children grow and change. When not subbing, Mrs. Kathy loves Pintrest, baking, and gardening.
Connie Robinson-Qualified Primary 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-Qualified Primary Teacher-Floater/Substitute (employed off and on since 2007)
Roly Poly Class:
Brandi Simpson – Qualified Primary Teacher Roly Poly Class (employed since January 2019)
Miss Brandi and her husband Robert have two children, William (5) and Lily (3). They live in Woods Bay just south of Bigfork with their two dogs, Dot and Oakley. Brandi enjoys anything outdoors, crafts, dancing, and singing (not professionally), and animals. She finds it important to mention that giraffes are her favorite! She earned her Associate’s degree in Early Childhood from FVCC in the spring of 2018. Her current goal is working toward earning her
Bachelor’s thru UM-Western online. Brandi loves working with the children and their families that attend the Roly Poly Room.
Dustie Kirk—Qualified Primary Teacher—Roly Poly (employed since 2016)
Dustie is from Washington, Seattle/Everett area, but she has lived all over the United States throughout her life. She has worked in Childcare for over 26 years, when Dustie was not working in a childcare facility, she was being a stay at home mommy to her 5 children, 4 girls and 1 boy, who are now almost all grown and moved out of the house. In February 2018 her oldest daughter is making her a happy granny. Dustie also spent some time in college working on a psychology degree, which she has since decided to not pursue, (new dreams, new goals). She loves animals, bugs and pretty much all things living (except mosquito's, she has less love for those guys). Dustie loves to read, write, take pictures, and can be a little artsy fartsy at times. She is still trying to figure out why she moved to Montana, she hates the cold and snow, so bear with her in the winter, she is cold! :) She also keeps expecting to be kicked out for not liking country music or hunting, but the views here are breathtaking. Montana is one of the most beautiful states she has lived in. Dustie is grateful to be here loving and caring for your babies. Thank you for letting her stay :)
Andrea Habeger—Qualified Primary 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.
Amy Ream – Qualified Primary Teacher – Wiggleworm Class (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.
Ashley Meyer – Qualified Primary 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 is currently engaged to be married (summer 2019). Ashley has one son, Fisher; 1 dog, 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.
Christina Henry-- Qualified Primary Teacher – Butterfly 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 (9 ½) and Caralina (6 ½). Mrs. Henry’s children go to Trinity School and Childcare. Her hobbies are tatting, knitting and crocheting.
Teresa White - Qualified Primary 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 amazin 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.
Melissa DeShaw – Qualified Primary 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 Mitchell-Qualified Primary 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.
Brooke Bjork-Classroom Assistant-Butterfly Class (employed from September 2016 to March 2017 & re-hired in August 2018)
Miss Brooke grew up in Kalispell and attended Trinity Lutheran School and church from Kindergarten to 8th grade. She graduated from Glacier High School in 2013 and from cosmetology school in 2015. Brooke feels so blessed to be able to work at Trinity and teach and play with the children in the Butterfly class. Brooke has been married to her husband, Colton, for 3 years. In her free time she enjoys reading, watching movies, spending time with family, baking, BBQ's, and summer time in Montana. Brooke's favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13 and she has been to Disneyland 10 times.
Kari Inabnit-Classroom Assistant-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.
Busy Bee Class:
Shelly Christensen – Qualified Primary Teacher – Busy Bee Class (employed since March 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 – Qualified Primary Teacher – Busy Bee Class – (employed since 2009 )
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.
Katie Schnee- Qualified Primary Teacher-Busy Bee Class (employed since 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.
Praying Mantis Class:
Jeannette Hartmann-Qualified Primary Teacher-Praying Mantis Class (employed since 2016)
Nathan Brown-Qualified Primary Teacher- Praying Mantis Classroom (employed since 2013)
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