Our Staff

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Administrative Staff

Karin Cooney - Executive Director

I have been at Angel Care for almost nine years. I have over twenty-one years of child care experience including my own licensed home child care and executive director of a foundation focused on subsidizing child care fees. I like Angel Care because of its top-notch staff. Although it is center-based care, the staff creates lasting bonds as they nurture the children—bonds as strong as those achieved in home care settings. The dedication and commitment of the staff to Angel Care families motivates me to create more opportunities for these wonderful caregivers to provide the care and education they know is important for developing each child’s full potential. I like working in Early childhood because it matters. How we treat our children will impact our future. These amazing children are the leaders of tomorrow. It is our responsibility to enrich their lives in ways that develop their full potential. When you look into the face of a young child, you see endless opportunities! When you listen to the voice of a small child, you realize that there are no limits to what he/she can accomplish. My hobbies include activities I can do with my own three children (and others that may join us) like biking, camping, soccer, running, Nordic skiing, downhill skiing, Scouts and swimming. I also like scrapbooking and reading.

Certifications: M.B.A.; B.A.; A.A. Early Childhood Ed, Leadership Grand Traverse; CPR/First Aid; various early childhood trainings.

Katherine Cooney - Administrative Assistant

I have worked at Angel Care in many capacities over the past 5 years. I have done food deliveries, meal prep, worked as an assistant teacher, and worked as an Administrative Assistant both in the center and remotely. I like working at Angel Care because I am able to work with families to ensure quality childcare in our area and be a part of the solution to childcare scarcity in Grand Traverse. I like coming to work knowing that the work I do is meaningful. I like working in Early Childhood because it gives me the opportunity to make a difference in a child's life and because I get to share in the successes of the children as they develop new skills and expand their horizons. Outside of work, I like to run, spend time outdoors, read, and spend time with my family.

Certifications: B.A.

Joan Jolitz - Office Assistant

I have been at Angel Care for ten years. I started babysitting at age 11. I taught Sunday school and VBS. Children are in my blood. I have also worked at the Presbyterian Church for Mother’s Morning Out for two years. The people I work with are great! We work together as a team. I like Early Childhood because the children make my heart smile. Watching the excitement of them learning new things: putting on their coats, taking off their coats, and zipping them, too! The smile on each one’s face along with the “I did it!” My hobbies include outdoors all summer long. I love the summer outdoors. Winter not so much!

Janet Bryant - Office Assistant

I have been at Angel Care for eight years working as a substitute teacher and manning the reception desk. I have many years of child care experience as I have four children, eight grandchildren and one great granddaughter. I really enjoy the children and my coworkers, here. I love working with children and watching them grow up. My hobbies include golfing, swimming and collecting antiques.

Kitchen Staff

Maggie Cooney - Head Chef

I have been at Angel Care for 1 and a half months. I like working at Angel Care because nutrition has become very important in my life and I enjoy bringing those same skills to the table here at Angel Care. I like working in early childhood because I love seeing the potential and pure joy in every child. At home I like to spend time with friends and family, play soccer, and go to the beach.

Infant Room

Cindy Bartz - Lead

I am the Infant Lead Teacher at Angel Care. I have been working in childcare for 15 years prior to my work here. I like working at Angel Care because of the relaxed atmosphere and the family-based care. It is also a very open environment. I like working in Early Childhood because the children are so interesting and fun. Outside of work, I like to draw, go to movies, practice photo-genealogy, spend time with family, and go to garage sales.

Certifications: 135+ hours of Child Development training

Alyssa - Assistant Teacher

I like working at Angel Care because the co-workers are so welcoming and Angel Care has such a positive, warm, and friendly atmosphere. I really like working in Early Childhood because I like to watch the children learn and grow and to help them along the way. Outside of work, I like to walk my dog and practice photography.

Certifications: Early Childhood Education Associate Candidate

Toddler Room

Danielle Garlinghouse - Lead

I am the Toddler Lead Teacher at Angel Care. I have been working here for 3 months and I have done both in-home and center-based care for 20+ years. I like working at Angel Care because I like the staff, the families, and of course, the children! I like working in Early Childhood because I believe that everyone has their niche that they are good at and for myself, it’s my passion for children. I love knowing that I can make a child’s day brighter being around them, as well as make them feel safe. Teaching them, seeing that moment they catch on is great. I like to do anything outdoors when I’m not at work. I like kayaking, fishing, spending time in the water, and walking my dog. I also like to draw, paint, and spend time with my family.

Certifications: Child Daycare Management

Emalee Hurst - Assistant Teacher

I have been at Angel Care for 1 year. My mother owned a home childcare center while I was growing up. In addition, I worked as a nanny for 3.5 years, so I have spent a lot of time around children. I like working at Angel Care because I like the staff and how everyone works as a team. Everyone helps each other; it’s like a big family. I also really like the environment here at Angel Care; it is very safe and welcoming. I like working in Early Childhood because I like to see all the children grow and learn. I like watching and helping them develop. I love learning new things and when working in childcare I am always learning. Outside of work I like to spend time with my family and friends. I also like to kayak in the summer.

Certifications: CPR, First Aid, TBA Early Childhood, NMC Early Childhood Education Associate Candidate

Preschool Room

Tammy Haywood - Lead

I have worked at Angel care for 11 years. Prior to working here, I worked 21 years in childcare. I like working at Angel Care because I like that it is center-based and still feels like one big family. I like working in Early Childhood because there is nothing better than the smile and love of a child. I also like making a difference. Outside of work I go to church, participate in 4-H, garden, and spend time with my family.

Certifications: CDA, Licensed Home Care Provider, Various Trainings and Conferences

Shelby Miller - Assistant Teacher

I have working in childcare prior to Angel Care for about 4 years. I like watching the children grow and learn. There is no better feeling than being a part of their growth and development. I like working in Early Childhood because I love the innocence in the children and how they look up to you for everything. When I’m not at work, I like to run and go for bike rides. I also like drawing, painting, and doing other crafts.

Certifications: TBA ISD Career Tech Early Childhood, CPR, First Aid

Alexis DeWitt - Assistant Teacher

Angel Care has provided me with my first opportunity to work in child care. I have been here almost two years. I enjoy how all of my coworkers and I love children. I love that we are all determined to shape these children into well-functioning humans through love and compassion. I love children, and I love being able to watch them grow. I love to play and connect with them. My hobbies include going for car adventures and going to or hosting bonfires for family. I also like to help my sister achieve her dreams of becoming a singer.

Certifications: NMC student, A.A. in Education in progress; CDA; CPR/First Aid; and many various early childhood trainings.

Katie Zeeryp - Assistant Teacher

 

Floating Staff

Shelby DeHeer - Assistant Teacher

I have been working at Angel Care for about 4 months. Prior to starting my work here, I did a lot of work with my home church’s childcare. I like that the staff at Angel Care is funny and friendly and I like the opportunity to interact with the children. I enjoy working in Early Childhood because I like knowing that I can be a positive influence in a child’s life, even while they are away from home. Outside of work I am the Lead Drummer on the Peace and Worship team at my church and I enjoy drinking coffee and walking my dogs.

Old Mission Peninsula School

Our Old Mission Peninsula School staff is yet to be announced. Please check back as we get closer to our opening day!