Here at First Lutheran we have been providing quality education in a Christ-centered environment for the Havre community for over 50 years! It is our mission to give your child a setting where they can learn, grow, and develop physically, spiritually, emotionally, and socially. Through our programs, we seek to help your child to develop a healthy personality, form good values, and assist them in exploring the feelings and attitudes they will need to create a firm foundation for positive self-image and quality relationships within the family and community. All of this is done in a Christian environment where your child will be introduced to and encouraged in their faith, as we seek to expand their perception of God and develop an understanding of our place in God's creation.
First Lutheran Preschool offers classes for 3, 4, and 5 year olds. Our program utilizes the Handwriting Without Tear curriculum, which focuses on active teaching of handwriting skills. Research has shown that writing by hand improves creative writing skills, as well as assists in development of fine motor skills. Our preschool program will help your student transition well into kindergarten, and develops skills for better, faster writing.
Meet our Staff and Ministry
I have worked at First Lutheran Preschool for 15 years. I started out volunteering and subbing in the preschool, and then I was an aide for two years. I became a teacher in 2005, so this year marks my 11th year as a preschool teacher. I have taught 3, 4, and 5 year olds while I've been here.
I have a CDA (Child Development Associate Credential). Of course, there are always new innovations happening in child education, so I participate in continuing education courses, trainings and conferences throughout the year.
I have been married for 26 years. We have four children, all of them went to First Lutheran Preschool. We spend our free time in the great outdoors of Montana. We love hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, and camping, and spend a lot of time in Fort Peck.
When I began teaching preschool, I found my dream job. I love what I do, and I enjoy working with children every day and for that I am thankful.
I grew up in Havre, graduated from Havre High School, and earned a degree in elementary education from MSU-Northern. I enjoy reading and spending summers on the river, but I truly find myself the happiest when spending time with my children, Colton 22, Kambri 19, Connor 17, Kyler 13, and Kaden 10.
Growing up I attended First Lutheran with my parents, Paul and Carol Tonjum, and am so excited to have the opportunity to work in a place that holds such a special place in my heart.
First Lutheran Preschool is a ministry of First Lutheran Church and is overseen by a group of people who represent the congregation and the families in our preschool. We are grateful to the tireless work of the Preschool Ministry. If you ever have any questions about the ministry, please feel free to contact us!