Our teachers make Triangle a special place to begin your child’s education. Mariann and Christine care about the individual talents that each child brings to the class and look forward to working with parents to ensure that everyone has a fun and successful year.
Mariann Hirakawa is the teacher for the 3s class at Triangle Cooperative Nursery School. She has been teaching at Triangle since 1997. Mariann’s outstanding contributions to our school have been recognized with the following awards:
- District Award from Parent Cooperative Preschools International, 2007
- Lifetime Achievement Award from the Huron Valley Council of Cooperative Nurseries, 2007
- Outstanding Teacher Award from the Huron Valley Council of Cooperative Nurseries, 2001
Mariann is a certified elementary school teacher with a specialization in early childhood education. She received her B.S. in Human Development and Family Ecology/Child Development at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education was earned at Tufts University.
Previous experience includes teaching at Stone School Cooperative Nursery in Ann Arbor, MI, where she taught in a three-year-old classroom and mixed age group of three- and four-year-olds. Mariann was both director and teacher at Playtime Nursery School, a cooperative preschool in Urbana, IL. She has additionally served as a director, head teacher, and elementary teacher in San Diego, Boston, and Chicago.
Christine Law is the teacher for the 4s class at Triangle Cooperative Preschool. She began teaching at Triangle in 2012. Christine’s exceptional contributions to our school include the following:
- Waldorf Early Childhood Education philosophies
- Emphasis on the importance of play and time outdoors for learning and the healthy development of the young child.
- Play therapy strategies for the classroom
- Yoga and mindfulness to support childrenin being balanced, creative, and calm
Christine has taught children for over thirty-four years. She received her B.S. from Michigan State University in Parks and Recreation with a Therapeutic Recreation emphasis. Her training in Waldorf Early Childhood Education was earned at Sunbridge College. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher with a certification in Children’s Yoga. She continues her education by attending conferences and workshops in Play, Children’s Yoga and Child development.
Previous experience includes teaching for four years at Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor as the lead Prekindergarten Teacher in a program that she co-created and launched. She taught music and art at Chelsea Center for the Arts and taught parent/child classes at the Friend’s Center in Chelsea, the YMCA, and Chelsea Magic Years. In additional, Christine taught theater to children ages 3 to 14.
She currently teaches yoga to families and children.