Michelle brings her love of children, and learning to bring life to The Tree House. From teaching English to Chinese children, to her previously holding the Executive Director position at a literacy program, Michelle’s passion for guiding children to a love of learning just continues to grow. Michelle continues to take professional development courses in classroom management techniques, play based learning methods and studies the conscious discipline method. Michelle is also a proud member of the New York Association of Education for Young Children.

       Although Michelle loves our community, she has always felt that there was a void for young children. With a dream and passion The Tree House was born. The Tree house was created with the belief that childhood is sacred, messes are mandatory and learning is fun. She receives on the job training from her own two children who are thirteen and three. Her family is an active part of the success of The Tree House. Her daughter is the certified toy tester, her son is always helping with odd jobs and making the kiddos smile and her husband is the official builder of all the things.

You can usually find Michelle at The Tree House, she's the goofy one doing anything to ensure your child's experience is filled with fun, love and learning. .

Program Director, Early Childhood Education Advocate and owner of The Tree House Mrs. Michelle Waters.

Assistant program director, classroom guide and certified zumbini instructor
Mrs. Cassandra Harden

Cassie brings her years of experience working closely and effectively with those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, She excels at understanding sensory frustrations and communication barriers. She looks forward to creating a positive and welcoming environment for all children to participate. Mom to a three year old, Cassie has seen first hand discovery, invention, creativity and teamwork blossom between groups of small children during their time at The Tree House. She is most excited to provide an environment where children feel safe and comfortable to play and learn.

Sami brings her experience interning in an area kindergarten classroom, and is most looking forward to the moment of excitement on your little one's face when they master a new skill. she loves coming up with new and creative ways to connect with children and is one of fourteen sibilings! in her spare time she enjoys spending time with her daughters and baking up scrumptious treats!

Classtoom aide and event specialist
Samantha hollenbeck

Our Play-School program is overseen by Educational Director Samantha Flansburg. Samantha works closely behind the scenes with Program Director Michelle Waters to ensure the best possible learning environment for children at Play-School. Samantha is a first grade teacher in the Albion Central School District. She is excited about The Tree House offering new and unique learning opportunities for our community! Outside of teaching, Sam recently married Chris Flansburg during the midst of the 2020 pandemic. You can usually find Sam in the kitchen trying out new recipes, camping with friends or hanging with her beloved Boston Terrier Olive. 

educational Director
Samantha Flansburg