Celebrating 30 years of quality, Christian Child Care
                                                                                Celebrating 30 years                                    of quality, Christian Child Care

We're There for You and Your Child

Our staff consists of a Center Director who is responsible to the Child Care Board.  His job is to carry out all the policies set by that Board as well as oversee all caregivers and support staff.  His 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

Office:

Josh Holladay-Director-(employed since June 2022)

 

Josh Holladay is a native of the Flathead Valley. He was a part of the first class that started at Trinity Lutheran Childcare in 1993. He then attended Trinity Lutheran School until 8th grade and then went on to attend high school at Stillwater Christian School. After high school, he attended the University of Great Falls and graduated with a Forensic Science degree with a minor in Criminal Justice and Biology in 2011. After the sequester, finding a government job was difficult, so he returned to college at the University of Great Falls where he earned his teaching license in Secondary Education in General Science. He taught at Whitefish Christian Academy from 2014-2018 in both middle school and high school science. He then came to Trinity Lutheran School and taught middle school science from 2018-2022. Having served on the board of directors for a year, and knowing the need for a childcare director, he applied and became the director of Trinity Lutheran Childcare in June of 2022. In his free time, Josh likes to spend time with his family, read, play video games, and take continuing education classes to keep current on his teaching license and childcare provider license.

 

Tammy Arlint – Office Assistant, Lead Teacher-Praying Mantis Class-(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 few 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)-Interim Director -(October 2021-October 2022)

            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.  Miss Ream had the blessing of adopting her daughter on 2/2/22.

Shannon Lewis-Cook-(employed since May 2022)

Katie Schnee-Lead Teacher-Substitute (employed since October 2013)

          Miss Katie is married to Mark Schnee and they have two adult 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.

 

Roly Poly Class:

Suzanne Rasmussen-Lead Teacher-Roly Poly Class-(employed since September 2021)

            Miss Suzanne was born and raised in Lapier, Michigan.  She did her first 2 years of college in Ann Arbor, Michigan at Concordia and finished at Concordia Seward Nebraska.  She recieved her call to teach at Trinity Kalispell in 1975.  In 1977 she married Lamar Rasmussen.  Together they have 3 sons.  Lamar died in a hunting accident in the fall of 1993.  She raised her boys and continued to teach at Trinity for a total of 40 years.  Suzanne enjoys her family which has grown by 3 daughters-in-law and 6 beautiful grandchildren.  Her hobbies are knitting, crocheting and sewing.  She works at Trinity Childcare Center for "all the little reasons."

 

Connie Robinson-Lead Teacher-Substitute-Roly Poly Class-(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.

 

Melanie Reiner-Lead Teacher-Substitute-Roly Poly Class-(employed since December 2022)

 

Michelle Medhus-Lead Teacher-Roly Poly Class-(employed since July 2014-June 2022, June 2022-Present)

 

            Miss Michelle was born in Tacoma, WA but raised her in the Flathead Valley.  She has worked around children for 30 plus years.  Michelle has one son named Christopher (Mr. Chris also worked at Trinity for 7 years).  "He's AMAZING!" Michelle also has 2 brothers and 1 sister as well as 3 nephews and 2 neices.  She enjoys going to the gym, playing board games, cribbage, kayaking and several other things.  She's also a foodie! Miss Michelle says, "I've always loved being and working with chldren.  They give me so much joy to be able to teach and watch them grow!"

 

Wiggleworm Class:

Diana Vasquez-Assistant Teacher-Wiggleflies Class-(employed since February 2022)

 

Hailey Harding-Assistant Teacher-Wiggleflies Class-(employed since September 2023)

 

Amy Ream – Lead Teacher-Wiggleflies Class-(employed from August 2000 – August 2002 and August 2004 – Present)- Program Supervisor (August 2014-Present)-Interim Director -(October 2021-October 2022)

            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.  Miss Ream had the blessing of adopting her daughter on 2/2/22.

Butterfly Class:

Currently closed 

 

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 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 December 2009)

            Miss Jessica was born in Montana and is the youngest of six children.  She has two sons and one daughter-in-law. Before coming to Trinity, she worked at a secular child care facility in Utah for 5 years. But Jessica's passion is teaching children about Jesus! She says it is such a blessing to watch the children not only learn but grow more mature in Christ. She is delighted to be able to see the children she taught be productive older children at Trinity school and in the Praying Mantis class as well. When not working Jessica enjoys spending time with her siblings, movies and COFFEE.

Chase Wiley-Assistant Teacher-Beehive Class-(employed since December 2021)

           Mr. Chase lives here in Kalispell, except when he vacations in Puerto Rico.  He is 22 years old and enjoys working with the children here at Trinity.  Chase attended Trinity Lutheran School for all of elementary and middle school.  Chase enjoys basketball, music and anything Disney or Pixar.  Chase is able to connect with the children over his knowledge of Disney and Pixar, in fact he has written a book chronicling his knowledge.

 

 

Praying Mantis Class:

Jeannette Hartmann-Lead Teacher-Praying Mantis Class (employed since September 2016)

             Miss Jeannette was born in Missoula and has lived in Kalispell forever. She worked at her friend's child care before being employed with School District 5. There she worked as a Special Ed Aide in the Developmental Preschool. In September of 2016 she made the best decision to work at Trinity Child Care. Jeannette is married with 2 adult children and 5 grandchildren. She loves to read, go outdoors when it's warm, get together with family and go to church, not in that order!!

Tammy Arlint – Office Assistant, Lead Teacher-Praying Mantis Class-(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 few years.  She loves to camp, kayak, and enjoy the beautiful outdoors in Montana during the summer.  Her favorite bible verse:  Jeremiah 29:11

Hollis Arrowsmith-Assistant Teacher-Praying Mantis and Wiggleflies Classes-(employed since January 2023)

 

Laynee Vessar-Assistant Teacher-Praying Mantis and Wiggleflies Classes-(employed since September 2023)

Summer Enrollment Forms

Current families due back April 5th

Open enrollment starts April 15th

The School-age program is full at this time.  The other classes have availability on certain days.

Summer Enrollment 2024.docx
Microsoft Word document [139.2 KB]

UPDATED SICK POLICY

We have returned to our Pre-COVID sick policy.  It can be found in the parent handbook.

We're Here for You

Address

Trinity Lutheran Child Care

486 3rd Avenue West N

Kalispell, MT 59901

Phone

406 756-8754

Fax

406 407-7049

E-Mail

tlccc@trinitykalispell.org

Or use our 

contact form.

News

Classroom Phone Numbers

Roly Poly 407-2273

Wiggleflies 407-3332

Beehive  270-4463

Youth Center  260-2004

Useful Information

Each month we send out a notification for access to our online newletter.  If you have gmail and are not receiving the notification, please check your "Promotions" folder.  If you did not receive the newsletter notification, please make sure the office has your e-mail address. 

Monthly Newsletters and Menu

5 Week Rotating Menu October--April
Winter Menu.xlsx
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4 Week Rotating Menu May-September
Summer Menu.xls
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