Dhu Varren

1580 Dhu Varren
Ann Arbor MI 48105
734.821.2800

Open: 7:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Programs:

  • Full-day preschool
  • Full-day preschool (GSRP)
  • Full-day infant & toddler
  • After school care for school-age children from Thurston and Logan Elementary Schools
  • Summer Camp for school-age children

History

Gretchen’s House-Dhu Varren opened October 1, 2003. This site provided Gretchen and her team of designers an opportunity to vary the themes used in the Oak Valley center. While keeping the home-like, cozy feeling with several “pods” of classrooms (each centered around their own living space and kitchen), use of different building materials and interior design, along with a central gathering place, give this center its own identity. New “wet room” play spaces in most classrooms will allow for indoor, messy play year-round. This center is located adjacent to several newer neighborhoods and across the street from City of Ann Arbor parkland.

Tour this Location

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Meet the Staff

Shannon Peitz, Director

Pronouns: she/her

Educational background: M.A in Early Childhood Studies, B.S in Elementary Education

Administrative Team


Molly Davis

Assistant Director


Julie Kotzen

Office Manager


Megan Haight

Assistant Director


Karen Clark Cantu

Assistant Director

Infant/Toddler Team


Ana Kennedy

Lead Infant/Toddler Teacher


Tenaye Braggs

Infant/Toddler Teacher


Sean Schenk

Infant/Toddler Teacher


Ryan Hainsworth

Infant/Toddler Teacher


Alex Schenk

Lead Infant/Toddler Teacher


Sam Nota

Infant/Toddler Teacher


Danielle Estrada

Infant/Toddler Teacher


Adrianna Blount

Infant/Toddler Teacher


Alex Speakman

Infant/Toddler Teacher


Demetra Barnett

Infant/Toddler Teacher


Amelia Armstrong-Grant

Infant/Toddler Teacher


Sam Milican

Lead Infant/Toddler Teacher


Viktoriia Giumiushliu

Afternoon Infant/Toddler Teacher


Sparrow Laughton

Afternoon Infant/Toddler Teacher


Nicole Purkiss

Infant/Toddler Teacher


Mikayla Byrnes

Infant/Toddler Teacher


Grace Wojcik

Infant/Toddler Teacher


Allie Phillips-Beem

Afternoon Infant/Toddler Teacher

Preschool Team


Jerod Wesney

Lead Preschool Teacher


Katie Hainsworth

Preschool Teacher


Yajing Lin

Afternoon Preschool Teacher


Katy Czarnecki

Lead Preschool Teacher


Jam Alshaiba

Preschool Teacher


Morgan Peterson

Lead Preschool Teacher


Paige Sienko

Afternoon Preschool Teacher & Building Resource Teacher


Abby Foster

Preschool Teacher


Casey Koelzer

Preschool Teacher


Alaina Yancy

Preschool Teacher


Mickey Johnson

Afternoon Preschool Teacher


Cory Laman

Preschool Teacher

School-Age Team


Betsy Walsh

Lead School Age Teacher


Quinton “Q” Makgale

Lead School Age Teacher


Leo Petrowski

Lead School Age Teacher & Building Resource Teacher


Shawn Byrum

School Age Teacher & Building Resource Teacher

Classroom Support Team


Julie Kotzen

Office Manager


Mike Roller

Kitchen Manager


Paige Sienko

Afternoon Preschool Teacher & Building Resource Teacher


Leo Petrowski

Lead School Age Teacher & Building Resource Teacher


Shawn Byrum

School Age Teacher & Building Resource Teacher


Ying Gao

Building Resource Teacher


Erica Schrodt

Building Resource Teacher


Nitorie Maxwell

Building Resource Teacher


Jamari Greathouse

Building Resource Teacher


Dhana Palanikutti

Afternoon Building Resource Teacher

Center Inquiry

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