CMTC is a program of Bethany Global University.


Michelle Thompson: MA in Education, Instructional Leadership from Argosy University; Certificate, Montessori Theory State 1, Montessori Center International – London, England; BA in Elementary Education and Business from Bethel University. Michelle has 19 years of experience as the Executive Director and Dean of Hand In Hand Christian Montessori; current adjunct faculty for Bethany Global University and Sarasota University; served for 20 years as the Co-Owner and Teacher at KinderStudio of Musik.

Rebecca Dirks: Master of Counseling/Psychology from Trinity International University; Bachelor of Religious Education from Ambrose University College; Certificate of Montessori Theory from Bethany Global University. Rebecca currently serves as the director for Bethany Children’s House; served as the General Manager of Bouari Clinic of Minnesota; served two years as the program director for the Miracles of Mitch Foundation.

Christine Bredemus: BS in Elementary Education from Iowa State University and AMS Elementary II Credential. Currently teaching at Hand In Hand Christian Montessori since 2012; Served for five years as a teacher at Rochester Montessori School.

Erika Schmidt: BA in Psychology from Metropolitan State University; Graduate of the Montessori Training Center of Montessori. Served one year as the Assistant in the Junior High Environment at Oak Hill Montessori; Five years as the Guide in the Primary Environment at Oak Hill Montessori.

Lisabeth King: BA in English from the University of St. Thomas; Elementary I & II Montessori Credential from the College of St. Catherine. Served for six years as the Lead Elementary Teacher at Hand In Hand Montessori, and as a Lead Elementary Teacher for Ramalynn Montessori School.

Marlene Lee: MA in Education from the University of St. Thomas; Bachelor in Music degrees in Applied Piano and Music Education from MacPhail College of Music; Early Childhood certificate from the Montessori Centre International – London, England. Currently serves as the Director of Music for Hand In Hand Christian Montessori and as an adjunct faculty for Bethany Global University; has been an adjunct faculty of the University of Northwestern and Bethel University; served as Director of the KinderStudio of Musik in piano and Jubilate Choir.

Myra Arnold: MA in Early Childhood Education from the College of St. Catherine; Early Childhood AMA Montessori Teaching certificate from the College of St. Catherine; BA in Natural History and Communications from the University of Minnesota.

Patrick Kutzer: BA in German and European Area Studies from the University of Minnesota; Elementary Montessori Credential from St. Catherine University, MN State Teaching Licensure from the College of St. Scholastica. Lead Teacher at Hand In Hand Christian Montessori from 2013-2017.  Currently Lead Elementary Teacher at Prairie River, St. Paul MN.

Sieglinde Schnellbacher: Early Childhood Degree, Germany; National Montessori Training, German(National Diploma); International Montessori Training – St. Louis, Missouri (AMI Diploma). Trainer at the International Montessori Training Center for 10 years. Served 35 years as the Directress of Children of Promise Christian Montessori School.

Tina Stebbing: Degree in Elementary Education, University of Wisconsin River Falls; Montessori Certificate from the University of St. Catherine. Served six years as Lead Teacher of Children’s House at the Hand In Hand Christian Montessori.