Miss Kristin began teaching at Kinderhaus in its “early years,” and has since returned to us, bringing her songs and smile with her! Miss Kristin graduated from Luther College with a BA in Anthropology. An educator at heart, she has homeschooled all three of her children (including Ms. Lydia! :)) . In addition to teaching at Kinderhaus, Miss Kristin leads “Circle Song,” a parent-child weekly gathering for music and movement, with Otter Dreaming. Many of our songs at Kinderhaus are Miss Kristin originals!
Many years ago, Steve was a student in the University of Michigan’s pre-school education program. After leaving the U of M he worked as a teacher’s aide in the Head Start program in Ann Arbor and also worked in the Ann Arbor public schools as an aide in an elementary classroom for children with behavioral challenges. He is now entering his eleventh year at Kinderhaus and is variously known as “The Cookie Monster” or “Mr. Steve.” Steve has spent his adult life trying to build a safer, nurturing environment for children everywhere. Along the way he directed the Ecology Center of Ann Arbor, was elected Winneshiek County Supervisor, co-managed Oneota Food Coop for 25 years, was president of a public employee’s union and started Home Town Taxi in Decorah (with friends). He is excited to welcome his grandson, Jack, to the program this year.
Sarah is a parent of Alvina, a Kinderhaus alumni, and Iona, a current student at Kinderhaus. Sarah has joined our team temporarily this year but it feels like she’s been here all along! She brings her vast knowledge and her many skills of organization, food prep, and classroom management to Kinderhaus and has improved our program in the few short months she has been here. We hope to include her further as the years go on!