Mariann Hirakawa is the teacher for the 3 year old classes at Triangle Cooperative Nursery School. She has been teaching at Triangle since 1997. Mariann’s outstanding contributions to our school and the cooperative school community at large have been recognized with the following awards:
Mariann is a certified elementary school teacher with a specialization in early childhood education. She received her B.S. in Human Development and Family Ecology/Child Development at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education was earned at Tufts University.
Previous experience includes teaching at Stone School Cooperative Nursery in Ann Arbor, MI, where she taught 3 year olds in the morning as well as a mixed age group of 3 and 4 year olds in the afternoon. Mariann was both director and teacher at Playtime Nursery School, a cooperative preschool in Urbana, IL. She has additionally served as a director, head teacher, and elementary teacher in San Diego, Boston, and Chicago.
Mariann has two sons, Joshua and Matthew. They both attended preschool at Triangle and currently attend school in the Ann Arbor School District. Mariann’s husband, Daniel Goldman, is a professor/scientist at the University of Michigan.
Mariann believes in providing the children with a caring, stimulating environment that facilitates growth in all areas of development (physical, social-emotional, and intellectual). Her favorite years in a child’s development are ages 2.5-5 when the teacher, parents, and children can share together their love of discovery, learning, and enjoying each other.
Please feel free to contact Mariann if you have any questions, concerns, or topics that you would like to discuss.
Christine Law is the teacher for the 4s class at Triangle. She began teaching at Triangle in the Fall of 2012.
Christine received her B.S. from Michigan State University in Parks and Recreation with a Therapeutic Recreation emphasis. Her education focused on the Young Child and play during development. Christine also received training at Sunbridge College in Waldorf Early Childhood Education and attended many training classes and conferences in Waldorf Education. To round out her education, she has regularly attended Early Childhood classes and conferences and taken a class at Washtenaw Community College in Play Therapy.
Christine has taught children for 28 years. Previous experience includes teaching for 4 years at Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor as the lead PreKindergarten Teacher in a program which she co-created and began. She taught music and art at Chelsea Center for the Arts. She taught parent/child classes at Friend's Center in Chelsea, YMCA, Chelsea Magic Years and taught theater to children ages 3 to 14.
Christine has 3 children. Zac has his Master's degree from Univ. of Calf. at Irvine, her daughter Mikaelyn has her B.S.N from Michigan State and both currently live in Colorado. Her youngest, Sierra, is a 6th grader in Chelsea schools.