Mrs. Jarvis received has a degree in Elementary Education from Northern Michigan University and is a certified K-8 teacher. She has over 20 years of teaching experience in lower Michigan as well as in Houghton/Hancock area in preschool through middle school grades. She was a long-term substitute teacher in a kindergarten classroom at Hancock Elementary School before joining preschool in 2013. She has volunteered extensively working with children in Girl Scouts, gymnastics coaching and more.
"I love working with the children at Michigan Tech Preschool.
Children at this age are so curious and eager to learn and explore.
Everyday with them is an adventure! I believe in teaching children
responsibility and encouraging cooperation by giving children choices and helping them find words to express their feelings. Children in my class will experience a loving, caring environment in which they will feel comfortable to learn and play freely.”
Mrs. Odegard has a degree in Elementary Education from St. Olaf College. She has over 14 years of experience teaching in early childhood education. She taught in preschool through fifth grade while living in Colorado and has lived in Houghton since 2004. She joined Michigan Tech Preschool in 2009 as a teacher, and had regularly volunteered at the preschool as a parent prior to teaching while her oldest son attended the preschool.
"Teaching preschool children is an amazing experience. Children of this age are quick to laugh, full of ideas, eager to learn, willing to help, and able to see the good in everything. Being around them is such a joy because they live fully in every moment.
"Children soak up knowledge at this age, and the skills they learn at preschool will serve them for a lifetime. One of my biggest pleasures is watching preschool children interact because they learn so much from each other. They will spontaneously problem solve, use creative thinking, and are eager to use skills they have just mastered in new situations. Their emotional growth at this age is equally fascinating as they learn to look outward into the world, and into the feelings and situations of others. It is important to their development to allow them the freedom to become confident, free thinkers.
"I am excited to be a part of my students' lives, and am dedicated to teaching them during these important developmental years."
Assistant Teacher (M-T-Th-F)
Mrs. Baker came to Houghton in 1992 the same year she married Jim Baker. Before living in Houghton, she resided in Petoskey and Marquette, Michigan. She finished her associates’ degree directed toward Elementary Education in 1992. Jim and Victoria have two children that are now in High School, but both started their education at Michigan Tech Preschool. During that time Mrs. Baker held a position on the Michigan Tech Preschool board for a year as Secretary and three as Treasurer.
She also most recently has been working as a Substitute Teacher in the Houghton School System and has extensive experience working with children. During these past years, Mrs. Baker has been volunteering with Girl Scouts, Houghton Elementary School and Holy Trinity Church in Chassell.