Ms. Emily V.Program Director
Hello, my name is Emily Vander Galien and I am the Program Director here in Rockford. I am originally from Holt but I moved to Grand Rapids in 2010 when I started college at Grand Valley State University. I have a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Grand Valley and my K-5 Teaching Certificate. In April of 2016 I married my best friend, Ryan. In our free time we like to go bike riding, eat yummy food and hang out with friends and family!
I love being a teacher and the Program Director here at AppleTree for so many reasons. Each child has a different story but they all share a curiosity for the world around them, a love for learning, laughter and innocence. I chose to work at AppleTree because AppleTree provides quality care for families and those families in turn see AppleTree as an extension of their families. I love taking the time to learn about each of the families here at Rockford. Every family has their own story and I am so blessed to be able to see those stories unfold here at AppleTree!