Meet Our Staff

Tiffany Jaime

Head of School/Owner
Early Childhood Music Teacher

I attended Michigan State University and graduated with my Bachelor’s in Music Education in 2003.  I continued my Education and love of leadership by attending Saginaw Valley State University in pursuit of my Master’s of Education in Elementary Administration while also earning my Montessori Credential through Adrian Dominican Montessori Teacher Education Institute.  I love working with children and watching them grow and discover in such a rich environment such as a Montessori School provides.  My goal in owning and heading our school is to continue to provide a loving home away from home in which children are provided freedom to discover.

Lacey Rogers

Assistant Teacher

My name is Lacey Rogers and I am excited to be a part of the Montessori Children’s House team. I was born in Florida but have called a small town in Northern Michigan home for most of my life. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Saginaw Valley State University. After graduation I decided that my passion for working with children was greater than pursuing the law degree I had planned on achieving.

Andrea Steudle

Assistant Teacher

I was introduced to and fell in love with the Montessori method while majoring in Early Childhood Development at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City. I then continued my coursework at Grand Valley State University and Central Michigan University studying Human Psychology. Along with my background in various childcare settings, I have also volunteered and taught abroad. I currently live in the Thumb of Michigan with my fiancé, where we farm organically full-time. I am so excited to be pursuing my lifelong passion for working with children, especially in a setting as enriching as a Montessori classroom. I’m looking forward to observing, guiding, and helping to cultivate each individual’s natural growth and development!

Ashley Balzer

Assistant Teacher

I am a space studies graduate student with a passion for STEM education. I grew up caring for little ones, as the second of twelve children in my family. During college. I worked as an elementary school para-educator and had the opportunity to intern with the education department at the NASA Johnson Space Center. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help children become excited about math and science within a loving, nurturing environment.

Claudia D'Archangel

Spanish/ Substitute Teacher

I was born and raised in Piura- Perú and moved to the United States in 2001. My husband and I live in Bay City with our two young children; ages 5 and 8. I have an associate degree in Electronic Media/Graphic Design through Delta College. I enjoy sharing my culture and native language (Spanish) with my own two children at home, and also love teaching Spanish to other young children at the Montessori. In an era of globalization, I believe that exposing our children to another language is one of the best things we can do to prepare them for their future. I am very excited and thankful to be a part of the Montessori Children’s House team.

Carol Spadafore-Symons

Substitute Teacher

It is my pleasure to take this opportunity to work at Montessori Children’s House. I will be working as a substitute staff member. My experience of 26 years as an Art, Spanish, History and Special Education teacher has prepared me for this role. I also served as a Family Services Worker and bi-lingual center aide for Telamon Corporation for eight summers for the “migrant-worker” program. I look forward to working with the marvelous students and staff here.

Kathy Washabaugh

Substitute Teacher

Hello there! My name is Kathy Washabaugh. I am a Bay City native. My husband Jim and I have two daughters. Allie is a pre-med student, and Olivia is attending Alma College. I am a multi-media artist and have worked at our family sign shop for 25 years. I have been choreographing musicals at Valley Lutheran High school in Saginaw since 2009. I sub for fitness class instructors at the Delta College RC, and I teach dancing to 2&3 year olds all the way up to adult; ballet, jazz and tap. I enjoy gardening, farming, hunting and fishing, watching and exploring wildlife, and learning from my 6 chickens. I am a recent breast cancer survivor, and I’m taking it as a blessing in disguise. It has made me stronger, and helped me to realize the importance of friendship and family, and that everyone that crosses my path is important. I see life as a whole new challenge. I believe our children are on lend from above, and we need to show them as much love and affection and nurturing that we can as babies and children. Our Children are our Future!