Our teachers make Triangle a special place to begin your child’s education. They 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.
Christine Law is the teacher for the Triangle 4s class. She began teaching at Triangle in 2012. Her 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 children in 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.
Renée Pesheck is the teacher for the Triangle 3s class. She received her Masters and Elementary Teaching Certification at the University of Michigan in 2011 and brings extensive experience to the classroom:
- Preschool teacher at The University of Michigan Hospital Child Care Center and Stony Creek Preschool
- Kindergarten teacher in Milan, Michigan
- ELL teacher to grades Kindergarten-Fifth in the Ann Arbor Public Schools
Renée strongly believes that children learn through play and exploration. She is passionate about being developmentally focused and following the interests of children in her teaching. Watching a child enthralled while discovering the movements and texture of an earthworm, or seeing a student’s eyes light up when they join in with a well-known story and chant “Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum!” are moments that fuel her passion for teaching young children.
Renée is in the unique position of having been a parent, and now a teacher, at Triangle. From 2001-2003 Renée sent her boy/girl twins to Triangle. She continues to cherish the community she found and the friendships she made way back then.
When not teaching, Renée enjoys volunteering at the Humane Society of Huron Valley, meeting with her book club, making pottery, walking her dogs, visiting her kids in Kansas City, and exploring fun places and events with her husband, Eric.
This will be Renée’s last school year at Triangle. We thank her for her wonderful contribution to Triangle over the years.
Triangle is excited to welcome Susan Carpenter to the team. Susan was sprung from early retirement when she learned about this delightful opportunity to learn and play with three year olds! She received her Elementary Teaching Degree at Central Michigan University and earned her Early Children Certification through Eastern Michigan University. Throughout her 27+ year teaching career, Susan has been both a teacher and a mentor. Having worked in early education (Infant – 3rd Grade) for nearly three decades, she found that trends and childhood philosophies come and go; What is really important is to always allow children to be children in a joyful setting, and to bring families into the classroom to build and nurture relationships.
In her career she has been:
- Infant Room – Kindergarten Room Teacher in Dexter, Michigan (implemented first ever K program at newer preschool)
- Program Director and Master Teacher in Ann Arbor, Michigan at Gretchen’s House
- Kindergarten – 3rd Grade in Ann Arbor, MI at Summers-Knoll Elementary School
Baking and nature exploration/crafting are two things Susan loves to share with students. She is a great nature enthusiast, and rejoices with each huge snowfall and rain storm. She also practices yoga and mindfulness with young children and families. Classrooms should be vibrant, beautiful spaces filled with joyful exclamations of discovery and laughter – but beneath it all, there should be a hum of tranquility and peace.
Susan is passionate about the sacredness of childhood. That is not to say that she thinks children should be given every new and exciting experience or that we need always to put their needs above our own. But sacredness can be nourished by building relationships, community, and encouraging freedom of play, which is why she is so excited about joining the community at Triangle Co-op.