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Our Team

 
 

Amy Heller, M.S.

Amy Heller has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education. She was a preschool teacher for 12 years and spent three years as education specialist for a Head Start in New York, where she helped implement the HighScope curriculum. She also has been a Child Development Associate (CDA) instructor and advisor. Amy has coached teachers on all aspects of early childhood, including planning developmentally appropriate activities, inclusion, transitions, behavior issues, and room arrangement. She is a certified Pre-K, K-3, and Upper Elementary CLASS Observer and a reliable observer for HighScope Preschool PQA and ELLCO.

Angie Luecke,

Angie Luecke has her Master's Degree in Elementary Education and brings to our team 13 years of teaching experience, ranging from to Pre K to 8th grade. She is trained in Responsive Classroom and implemented its principals and practices in her classroom for the four years prior to becoming our Elementary Curriculum Specialist. Angie's focus is coaching, assessing and supporting South Bend primary teachers who are implementing Responsive Classroom. 

Beth O'Connor, M.A., Co-Director

Beth O’Connor, Senior Curriculum Specialist of The Family Connection, has a B.A. in Behavioral Science and a Master’s Degree in Education (School Psychology). She has worked in elementary schools and preschools since 1982, including experience as director of an early childhood program. For many years, she taught development of psychology at Saint Mary’s College. Beth is a Certified HighScope Trainer and a reliable PQA and ELLCO assessor. She is also reliable in Infant, Toddler, Pre-K, K-3, and Upper Elementary CLASS. Since joining The Family Connection in 2005, she has coached in all areas of early childhood education, including curriculum, best practice, literacy, adult-child interactions, behavior challenges, and the impact of early stress and trauma, and is our primary trainer for the HighScope infant-toddler curriculum. In addition to her work with The Family Connection, Beth is also a developmental consultant to Sassy Baby Products.
 

Stephanie Wojtkowski, B.A.

Stephanie Wojtkowski has a B. A. in Education and directed a registered ministry for several years. She's also had experience working as a lead teacher for two and three-year-olds and an assistant director for a hospital-connected childcare center. (In the wonderful world of great coincidences, the director she worked with back then was Beth O'Connor!). Stephanie conducts classroom and agency PQAs and is a reliable K-3, Infant, and Toddler CLASS assessor. At The Family Connection office, she inputs CLASS assessment data and currently is working her magic on our filing system. 
 

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Ann Rosen, M.A.T.

Ann Rosen, former Co-Director of The Family Connection, has a Masters of Art in Teaching and has been working in this field for over forty-five years. She is a Certified Trainer for HighScope, McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership, and the Early Language and Literacy Classroom Observation (ELLCO). She is reliable in Pre-K and K-3 CLASS and the Program Quality Assessment (PQA) and has experience as both a preschool teacher and director. Together with Sue Christensen, she has conducted early childhood needs assessments, written successful Federal grants for schools and family-school partnerships, and co-authored Partners in Learning, a statewide newsletter on family engagement in education. Ann has been coaching and training teachers for over 15 years on a wide range of topics, including science, math, early literacy, concept development, and partnering in play.

 

Chris Paul, B.A.

Chris Paul has her bachelor’s degree and is a Certified HighScope Trainer. She has seven years experience as a preschool teacher in a HighScope classroom. Among other duties, Chris conducts PQA and ELLCO assessments and coaches teachers. She is also a reliable K-3 CLASS assessor.  In the office Chris is in charge of PQA and ELLCO assessment scheduling as well as assessment data input.  She is also the scholarship coordinator for the Education Initiative of the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County.

 

Stephanie Hooks, M.S.

Stephanie Hooks, Co-Director of The Family Connection, has a Master’s Degree in Education with a focus on Early Childhood. She is a Certified HighScope Trainer and reliable Pre-K, K-3, and Upper Elementary CLASS, ELLCO and PQA assessor with 12 years experience as a PreK teacher. Stephanie has been working with The Early Years Count since 2007 and currently oversees program operations. Stephanie has coached teachers on all aspects of the HighScope curriculum and led training on a wide range of topics, including classroom environment, greeting time, outdoor time, social studies, creative arts, and diversity in the classroom.

Sue Christensen, M.S. Ed.

Sue Christensen, former Co-Director of The Family Connection, has a Master’s Degree in Education (Counseling and Human Services). She is a Certified Trainer for McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership and for the Early Language and Literacy Classroom Observation (ELLCO). Together with Ann Rosen, she has conducted early childhood needs assessments, written successful Federal grants for schools and family-school partnerships, and co-authored Partners in Learning, a statewide newsletter on family engagement in education. She has experience teaching at the elementary level and worked with mothers of infants and toddlers for many years. Sue serves on the St. Joseph County Ready To Grow Early Childhood Coalition Advisory Committee and is part of the Family Connection leadership team.

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