Interim Executive Director
What I enjoy most about Brookview: The wonderful Montessori philosophy of Education with its guidelines of engaging the natural learning desire and curiosity of the student to produce life-long learners and whole people. Excellence in education and mastery here are achieved with a spirit of inquiry, exploration and independence. Plus it is fun to learn at Brookview School.
Interests: Reading, Music, Learning, Hiking, Kayaking, Art, Travel, and Family
Education: B.A. degree in Education from Kalamazoo College. Hands-on Science History & Culture at Curious Kids' Museum. Outdoor Nature Education at Michigan Audubon Society and Kalamazoo Nature Center. NonProfit Directorship, Collaboration, Community Developmenet Education as Executive Director of Kalamazoo River Partners Program and Forum for Kalamazoo County. Consultant: Lee Stryker Center for Education and Business Services; and Vicksburg Schools Water Partners Program curriculum.
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Larry Schanker, Asst. Executive Director/Music Specialist
What I enjoy most about Brookview:
I have been teaching music at Brookview since August, 1997. I am an accomplished pianist, and have been writing music for theaters in Chicago and throughout the country for the past 25 years.
As a music teacher, I am very fortunate to be able to visit each classroom twice a week, and to get to know all the students at Brookview. Each child is different from the next, which is what makes each day interesting. In addition, as a Montessori educator, it is my responsibility to kindle the individual passions and illuminate the hidden talents in our colorful student body, and to help each child gain an appreciation of music from all over the world. This is a joy and a privilege.
Education: NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies Certificate
Ph.D. Music Composition, The University of Chicago
M.M. Music Composition, Northwestern University
B.M. Popular Music, Northwestern University
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What I enjoy most about Brookview: Of course, I love the children and their excitement about learning. I also love that Brookview feels like home. The Brookview community is supportive, nurturing and home to a wonderfully diverse population of some of the most incredible people on earth.
I love to cook and try out new recipes. I love to make people laugh so joking around and being silly are things I do every day.
- Early Childhood Education, Lake Michigan College
- Elementary Education, Western Michigan University
- Primary (3-6 year old) certification, Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center, Evanston, IL.
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What I enjoy most about Brookview: Who wouldn't want to work with numbers and children? LOL...
Traveling, Reading and Music
Bachelor of Science Degree: Business Administration from Western Michigan University
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Charlotte Lear, Office Manager
I am excited to be part of the Brookview Community. I have over 20 years experience as an Office Manager. My husband of 30 years, Dennis, and I have two children and two grandchildren.
I like to spend my spare time with family and friends.
ISO External/Internal Auditing and Manufacturing classes, Lake Michigan College
Real Estate and Vacation Rental related certificates, Real Estate Career Academy
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