Preschool at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church

Staff

Michelle Staarmann

Michelle Staarmann

As the Preschool Director and PreK-3’s teacher, I am thrilled to play an integral role in providing an enriching learning experience for your children. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Miami University in Ohio and taught for several years in the Cincinnati area before my family moved to Rochester in 1997. My son attended Abiding Presence Preschool and thoroughly enjoyed his preschool days. As a parent and educator, I understand the importance of providing a safe learning environment, developing Kindergarten readiness skills, and fostering the social-emotional growth for children of all abilities. In 2001, I joined the Abiding Presence Preschool staff. Each year, I look forward to welcoming your children into our nurturing program where they can learn, play, and thrive!

Kathryn Clements

Kathryn Clements

I’m Miss Kathryn, and I teach PreK 4 classes at Abiding Presence Preschool. I graduated with an Elementary & Special Education degree from Eastern Michigan University. After working in grades K-5 for a few years, my family welcomed twin daughters. When they were young, they had a fantastic preschool experience, and I saw how wonderful preschool could be. My daughters moved on, but I fell in love with the youngest students and have never left! My family moved to the Rochester area in 2011, and we’ve been exploring the area ever since. I feel very thankful to be part of such a wonderful preschool team!

Wendy Rittner

Wendy Rittner

I’m Miss Wendy, the Begindergarten teacher at Abiding Presence Preschool. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Western Michigan University and a Master’s degree in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College. My teaching career began in the Waterford Public School District where I taught 5th grade for four years. Then I enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom. When my own children attended Abiding Presence Preschool, my passion for teaching returned. In 2006, I began teaching at our preschool. I have fallen in love with the fun-loving energy of four and five year olds and feel blessed to be part of the Abiding Presence Preschool staff and community.

Maria Thomas

Maria Thomas

I’m Miss Maria, and I’m thrilled to be teaching at Abiding Presence! Prior to working at Abiding Presence Preschool, I taught in the public schools for 16 years. I graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Elementary Education and an Early Childhood Endorsement. I decided to continue my education and received my Masters in reading through Oakland University. My family, a busy household with 4 children and a dog, loves spending time making memories and having fun experiences. Thank you for sharing your children with me for a year of fabulous learning!

Barb Benitez.

Barb Benitez

I’m Miss Barb, and I’m so excited to be teaching at Abiding Presence. I grew up just down the road in Troy, and graduated from Michigan State University 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 a joy to be on the other side of the classroom door, returning to what I love to do!

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