Our Preschool Staff

Sandy Jewell – Director

Sandy Jewell has a B.A. with an Elementary Teaching Certificate with an Early Childhood Endorsement from Wayne State University and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Saginaw Valley State University.  She comes to us with 15 years of Early Childhood teaching experience before becoming an Early Childhood Specialist and supervisor in 2014.  Even though Sandy enjoys her time in the classroom with our youngest learners, she is passionate about supporting, mentoring, and growing a positive high-quality preschool community.  She is thrilled to be on our Kirk in the Hills Preschool team!

Katie Belliotti

Katie is excited to teach  the 2 1/2-year-old class starting in the fall of 2020, after teaching our Parent/Tot program for the past several years.  She comes to us with a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education from Rochester College and over twelve years experience working in childcare settings as a toddler and preschool teacher.  Her former supervisors and colleagues describe her as warm, caring, open and “a natural” with young children.  She enjoys building relationships with both parents and children and feels her skills and experience make her well suited to her position at the Kirk Preschool.  She is the proud mother of 2 young children which makes her especially in tune with this age group!

Cathy Boggio

Cathy Boggio has an AA degree in early childhood education from Oakland Community College.  Before coming to Kirk in the Hills Preschool in 2009 she was the lead teacher and assistant director at the Community House Early Childhood Center in Birmingham. Cathy is a mother of 4 who grew up in the area and now lives in Bloomfield.  She is currently a teacher of 4-year-olds. She feels that it’s a privilege to be able to teach at Kirk in the Hills Preschool, and believes in providing a warm, loving atmosphere for all children so that they may have an exceptional learning experience.

Robin Brinks

Robin Brinks has a B.A. in psychology and business administration from Hope College and a M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University. Her work experience includes 10 years as a director of child care centers including the Community House Early Childhood Center in Birmingham. She has served Kirk in the Hills Preschool in many capacities, including Chair and Treasurer of the Preschool Board of Directors when her children attended the school, assistant director, and interim director.  She has been a teacher of 3- and 4-year olds at the Kirk Preschool since 2007. Robin loves being one of the first influences on the children outside of their families. She hopes to instill a wonder for learning, and the feeling of being loved unconditionally by their teachers and by God.

Kristin Donoghue

Kristin Donoghue holds a B.S. in psychology and employee relations from Michigan State University and a Masters in early childhood education from Oakland University. Before coming to Kirk in the Hills Preschool in 2010, she taught preschool at several area preschools, including Country Day and St. Hugo of the Hills. Kristin loves to bring new and creative ideas to the classroom, and enjoys finding ways to make every moment a “teachable moment.”

Terri Hanpeter

Terri Hanpeter has a BS in Elementary Education and Special Education and a Master’s in Early Childhood Education, both from the University of Michigan.   She taught many years in a pre-primary special ed environment and continued to volunteer at all levels of education once her son arrived in 1998.  She spent many years teaching Sunday School at Kirk in the Hills before becoming a substitute teacher for the Kirk’s preschool program.  She is now a teacher in both the 2 1/2-year-old class and the 3 day 3-year-old class.  She is thrilled to be a part of the Kirk Preschool staff and loves working with the staff, kids and parents alike.  Terri feels that teaching in such a loving, supportive, Christian-based learning environment is truly a blessing!

Mary Ann Holmes

Mary Ann Holmes received in B.S. in elementary education from Central Michigan University. Her work experience includes being the lead teacher at First Congregational Church Co-op Preschool in Royal Oak for 7 years before coming to Kirk in the Hills Preschool in 2001. Mary Ann taught our 3- and 4-year-old classes for several years and has been preschool’s Jr. Kindergarten teacher since 2009. The favorite part of Mary Ann’s teaching day is watching the smiles on the children’s faces and the spark in their eyes, as all of our ideas take shape in their busy, curious minds!

Dina Kenkel

Dina is thrilled to be assisting in the Junior Kindergarten class this year. While living in Scottsdale, AZ she spent four years as an assistant teacher at the elementary level from Kindergarten to 5th grade. Dina is a mother of three children who all attended the Kirk Preschool. Our preschool has always held a special place in her heart with tremendous gratitude for providing the nurturing and solid foundation for her family. She feels it is an honor to now be a part of our wonderful team and community. Dina feels passionate about working with children and watching their inquisitive minds and confidence grow. What she loves most is this true gift of being a part of their precious days and memories here at Kirk in the Hills Preschool!

Meghan Lorang

Meghan Lorang received her B.S. in Family Community Services (Child Development) from Michigan State University. She also received a degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University. Meghan has many years of teaching experience in preschool and early elementary classrooms. In addition to her degrees, Meghan also has earned her Montessori certification in Pre-primary education (3-6 year olds).  Meghan taught in the 2 1/2-year-old class starting in the fall of 2016 before becoming a 3 day 3-year-old teacher starting the fall of 2020. Meghan has known from a young age that she wanted to work with children. She loves the children’s energy and watching them grow, and also enjoys reading and singing with them.

Graceanne Meeder

Graceanne is a recent graduate with her B.S. in psychology from Grand Valley State University. She has previous experience working in learning processes, teaching reading and comprehension skills one on one to children with learning disabilities and autism. In the future, she hopes to pursue further education in children’s mental health and development. As an alumni of the preschool, Graceanne is excited to be back on campus helping out where needed as the building substitute. She is eager to spread the fun, magic, and kindness she experienced here as a child!

 

Pat Modich

Pat Modich has completed a wide array of courses in early childhood development and education. Pat has many years of teaching experience, and has taught preschool at Kirk in the Hills since 1995. While at the preschool, she has served as 3-year-old teacher, 4-year-old teacher, Parent/Tot teacher and Administrative Assistant to the director. After teaching the 3 day 3-year-old class for several years, she is excited to teach the 4 & 5 day 4-year-old class starting in the fall of 2020.  Pat loves to celebrate and embrace each child’s individuality, and to see their confidence soar as a result.

Rev. Angela Ryo

Rev. Angela Ryo is Assistant Pastor for Christian Formation at Kirk in the Hills.  She has her Masters in Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary and a Masters in Teaching from National Louis University.  Her experience includes being a Lilly Resident Minister, an adjunct faculty member at McCormick Theological Seminary and teaching high school English. Angela and her husband, David, live in Bloomfield Hills with their two children.   One of the highlights of Angela’s month is sharing Bible stories and prayers with the Kirk Preschool’s classes.

Nancy Corbeille

Nancy Corbeille, the preschool’s music teacher, has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and is a licensed Kindermusik educator who has over twenty years of experience teaching music to children. She has been our music teacher here at the Kirk Preschool since 2004, and is instrumental in overseeing the Christmas program and end of the year program.

A preschool student's night sky painting.
Painting from preschool class.
A preschool student's artwork from class.