Our Staff

DIRECTOR

Eva-Marie Hatfield started working at Gretchen’s House in February, 2007 where she filled the role as center Director at Little Huskies, our center that is located on the campus of Michigan Tech University. Eva has a bachelor’s degree in Social Science/Sociology with an emphasis in education and 22 years experience in the early childhood field. Eva recently moved from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and in her free time enjoys camping on the shores of Lake Superior and spending time with her husband and their three daughters.

SUPPORT STAFF

Building Resource Teacher Alka Garg graduated from India with a science degree . She has worked in Indonesia as a primary teacher at Rama International school , Purwakarta. Later, she worked in Chicago Suburbs at Children’s Creative corner for five years. She has also worked at Gretchen’s house for two years at W.I.S.D location. After that she moved out of Ann Arbor because of her husband’s overseas project . Recently she has come back to Ann Arbor .She enjoys watching movies and spending free time with her family . She has two boys who are working .

INFANTS AND TODDLERS

Stacey Marshall is the Lead Teacher at Gretchen’s House WISD Infant/Toddler classroom. Stacey began teaching at GH in August, 2000. She says this center feels like a second home. Stacey earned an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Baker College.  In her spare time she enjoys bike rides around town and exploring the outdoors with her son, Rowein. New Picture (1)
I/T Teacher Kelly Lahnala graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She completed her student teaching experience in our Preschool room, and continued on as a substitute teacher and student support aid. In her spare time she likes to read, go shopping, run, yoga and stay busy.

PRESCHOOL, KINDERGARTEN & SCHOOL-AGE

PRESCHOOL
Lead Preschool Teacher Alex Mierzejewski has experience working with preschool child and spent some time as a nanny for 3 children.  She is currently working on her Child Development Associates (CDA) at Washtenaw Community College.  Alex feels lucky that that she is able to work with your children and loves getting to know them and watch them learn and grow!  When she is not in the classroom, she loves traveling, trying new restaurants, spending time with her family, cooking healthy meals with her husband, and going to pure barre classes.
Teacher Theresa Messacar is a certified elementary teacher with endorsements in early childhood education and English. She has been working in the field of education since 2001. During that time, she has had many different roles including fifth grade teacher, literacy coach, RTI specialist, and GSRP preschool teacher. Theresa is currently working on her Master’s Degree in early childhood education. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and playing the piano.”
Afternooon Teacher Jade Wilson