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DIRECTOR
Emily Frisk graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2009, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education with a major in Language Arts and a minor in Early Childhood Education. Since then she has been working with young children both as a teacher in infant and toddler classrooms as well as a Center Director. Emily has been working with Gretchen’s house since 2014. She previously worked at the Mt. Pleasant location as the Head Infant Toddler Teacher before becoming the Center Director at Mt. Vernon and now at the Traver location. In her spare time Emily enjoys traveling, baking and spending time outdoors with her husband, three children and her Chihuahua Maggie.
SUPPORT STAFF
Assistant Director/Office Manager Danielle Wiener joined Gretchen’s House in 2007. She has as Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood from Niagara County Community College and earned her B.A. in Education with a minor in Psychology from Dominican College. Before taking on the role of Program Director/Office Manager, Danielle worked in both the I/T and Preschool programs as a teacher and then the Young 5’s program as a Head Teacher at our Dhu Varren location. Danielle has worked with children for the past ten years in both public schools and child care facilities. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. In addition, Danielle enjoys traveling, reading and being with family and friends. Danielle Wiener (2)
 

BRT/Afternoon Teacher Pam Chapin earned a degree from Western Michigan University in 1982.  She has been teaching Preschool for 14 years and before that was a stay-at-home mom.  Pam has four grown children and one grandson and enjoys reading, camping, watching documentaries and sewing.

 
 

BRT Maddie Orlop says, “Hello! My name is Madelyn Orlop or Maddie for short. I recently graduated from Pennsylvania State University, where I earned a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Asian Studies with a minor in Japanese. During my time there I was an America Reads Literacy Mentor at the local children’s museum. In my free time I enjoy reading, playing my ukulele and piano, and doing origami. I am very excited  to meet all of you!”

 
 

BRT Samantha Kearney earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Exercise Biology with a Spanish minor from the University of California, Davis. She has spent the last 6 years coaching track and field and cross country, 3 of which were spent at Hillsdale College. She is currently getting her master’s degree in Physical Education and Health at Wayne State University. She enjoys reading, running, and exploring the great state of Michigan in her free time.

Cook Ian Arnold  has seven years of professional culinary experience. He holds a bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Missouri. Ian has worked with children as a nursery attendant and as a student volunteer. He is very enthusiastic about serving the needs of children and their families. In his spare time he enjoys hiking and fishing with his family.

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INFANTS AND TODDLERS 

 

Lead I/T Teacher Tracey Buchanan comes to Gretchen’s House from Ferris State University.  She will be graduating with a degree in early childhood education with a concentration in management. Tracey has worked in preschools for six years and was a nanny for two years. Tracey one day plans to own her preschool in Tennessee. She enjoys cooking, being outdoors and spending time with her family and black lab.

 Buchanan
 

I/T Teacher Courtney Rouse has worked with children for over 3 years.  She is currently in school for Early Childhood Education and is studying for her Associate degree.  Courtney plans to study at the University of Dearborn after graduating.  Courtney says that she has big dreams to open her own center.

I/T Teacher Alissa Graczyk is a 2012 graduate of Sienna Heights University where she received a bachelor’s degree in Child Development.  She has been working in a variety of child care settings over the past 5 years and joined Gretchen’s House in July of 2018 as a Substitute.  In Alissa’s spare time she enjoys baking, photography, and spending time with her husband Ryan.
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Lead I/T Teacher Allison Rogers has eight years of experience teaching Infants and Toddlers. She has been in the Infant/Toddler Room at GH Traver for 5 years. Allison earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, taking road trips, visiting lighthouses, and photography.

 

I/T Teacher Diana Desinger has an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Schoolcraft Community college and is currently completing her an Associates in Applied Science Early Education at Oakland Community College. She has experience working with young children in preschool programs, homes and public school. She enjoys quilting, scrapbooking, reading, playing games and traveling Up North.

 

I/T Teacher Erica Cross comes to Gretchen’s house from Monroe County Community College. She graduated with her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education in December 2017. She has experience with toddlers and enjoys working with infants as well. In her spare time Erica loves spending time with her family, friends, and puppy. Along with working at a local ice cream shop on the weekends near her home. In the future, Erica plans on furthering her education and changing lives of children and families.

 
 

Afternoon Teacher Katrina Hamann is a 2017 graduate from the University of Michigan with a degree in Women’s Studies and Social Theory & Practice. She has experience working with children in nonprofit settings and years of providing childcare to families in the Ann Arbor area. She is excited to be a part of the Gretchen’s House team!

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PRESCHOOL

 

Lead Preschool Teacher Chelsea Miller just graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelors degree in Early Childhood and Development and Learning. She has been working with children for the past 4 years.  Chelsea loves to be outside and around family & friends.

Chelsea
 

Teacher Emily Tufnell is a graduate from Central Michigan University, receiving her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Western Michigan University, and has been teaching young children for the past 6 years. In her spare time she enjoys wood working, crafting, and spending time outdoors. Emily is very excited to explore her new environment in the Ann Arbor area with her fiancé Zach and their dog, Willy.

 
 

Teacher Ashley Pike has been working with children of all ages in different settings for the past 10 years. She graduated from the University of the District of Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Sustainability and a concentration in Early Childhood Education. Currently, she am pursuing a Master’s degree in Urban Sustainability, heavily focusing her research on the need for healthy food choices in school settings. Ashley is very excited to be joining the Gretchen’s House team!

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COTTAGE PRESCHOOL

 

Co- Lead Teacher Chelsea Hendrickson started working at our Traver location in July 2013 in the Infant/Toddler Room.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Design from the University of Michigan, with interests in Art Education and Art Therapy. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing, sewing, painting, playing board games, and having Netflix marathons with her husband, Josh, and dog, Maggie.

 

Co-Lead Teacher Jessica Cook has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Science from The Ohio State University and is currently pursuing her CDA. Jessica has worked in preschools for over five years. In her spare time, she enjoys running, swimming, rooting for the Buckeyes, playing video games, eating, and spending time with her boyfriend, Matt, and pet bird, Niles.



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