Michelle Staarmann is the Director as well as PREK -3’s teacher. Miss Michelle earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Miami University in Ohio. She taught for several years in the Cincinnati area before she and her family moved to Rochester in 1997. Miss Michelle’s son attended the Preschool and she joined the Abiding Presence Preschool staff in 2001. She is thrilled to be part of a great program!
Kathryn Clements teaches two of the PreK 4 classes at Abiding Presence Preschool. She graduated with an Elementary & Special Education degree from Eastern Michigan University. After working in K-5 grades for a few years, her family welcomed twin daughters. When they were young, they had a fantastic preschool experience and she saw how wonderful preschool could be. Her daughters moved on, but she fell in love with the youngest students and have never left! Her family moved to Rochester area 4 years ago and have been exploring the area ever since. She is very thankful to be part of such a wonderful preschool team!
Wendy Rittner teaches the Begindergarten program. Miss Wendy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Western Michigan University and a Master’s degree in Art of Teaching from Marygrove College. She began her teaching career in the Waterford Public School District where she taught 5th grade for four years. Miss Wendy enjoyed being a stay at home mom and her children attended Abiding Presence Preschool where her passion for teaching returned and she was hired in 2006. She has fallen in love with the fun-loving energy of four and five year olds and feels blessed to be part of the Abiding Presence Preschool staff and community.
I’m Maria Thomas and I’m thrilled to be teaching at Abiding Presence! I have been teaching in the public schools for 16 years. I graduated from Michigan State with a degree in Elementary Education and an Early Childhood Endorsement. I continued and received my Masters in reading through Oakland University. My family is a busy household. I have 4 children and a dog. We love spending time making memories and having fun experiences. Thank you for sharing your children with me. It’s going to be a fabulous year!!
I’m Barb Benitez, and I’m so excited to be teaching at Abiding Presence. I grew up in Troy, MI and graduated from Michigan State with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I am married with four daughters who all attended Abiding Presence Preschool. I enjoyed the preschool years with my girls so much that I knew I needed to get back to teaching. After sending my youngest off to kindergarten, I joined the Abiding Presence Preschool staff. It’s been a joy to be on the other side of the classroom door, and getting back to what I love to do!
March 8, 2019