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Educational Director, Vadnais Heights

Educational Background:
Degree in Childhood Development from St. Paul College

Employed with Children's Discovery Academy since 2000

"One of the hard parts about being a working parent can be missing out on some of the things your child learns and experiences during the day. While sometimes hard for parents, this is the best part of our job here at Children's Discovery. We have the opportunity to be a part of each child's life in a big way. We get to celebrate all those successes big and small and provide an environment for both children and families that we are proud of.  We nurture, educate, and provide lasting memories.  And we do it all because we love it. As a mother myself, I can't think of anything more important than what we do here.  We get to make a difference and have a positive impact on the lives of children."



Assistant Director, Vadnais Heights

Educational Background:
A.A.S. in Child Development from Saint Paul College

Employed with Children's Discovery Academy since 2015

"I am so excited and grateful to be a part of the team at Children's Discovery Academy!. It is such a positive and wonderful place to work!  I truly value all of the wonderful people I get to work with and families I meet."

"Over the past 11 years, I have had the opportunity to work with many different ages of children.  I have found working with children and families to be a truly rewarding experience."

"A child has a special way of adding joy to every day." ~Author Unknown



School-Age Teacher, Vadnais Heights

Educational Background:
A.A.S. Dietetic Technology

Employed with Children's Discovery Academy since 2016*

"I am so happy to be the School-Age Teacher at Children's Discovery Academy!  The staff and families here are all so wonderful, I truly enjoy coming to work every day!  I love working with children and have worked with children of all different ages since 2006.  It is a lot of fun working with school-agers, I really enjoy being able to create a positive learning environment for them to be a part of.  I take pride in making our classroom a place where children can truly enjoy coming to!  It is very rewarding to feel like I have made a positive impact on a child's life, I value all of the great relationships I am able to foster with children and their families!"



Pre-Kindergarten Teacher, Vadnais Heights

Educational Background:
B.A. in Elementary Education with Pre-Primary from Bethel University

Employed with Children's Discovery Academy since 2003

“I have been lucky enough to enjoy my career here at Children’s Discovery Academy since 2003. I can honestly say that I LOVE my job!

As a teacher that has been here all these years, I think my favorite part are the families that have come through my class. I enjoy the personal relationships that have been formed and it’s especially rewarding to hear from them for years after they’ve already gone.

As a parent of a child that has gone through the program, I was always impressed with the amount of knowledge my son came home with daily. I sometimes thought,“What else could my child possibly learn when his own mother is a teacher?” But with the fabulous curriculum, there was always something new to learn. He was always safe, well taken care of, and he always enjoyed school.”


Kristin S.
Preschool Teacher, Vadnais Heights

Educational Background:
Child Care Specialist Certificate from Rasmussen College.

Employed with Children's Discovery Academy since 2013*
*Six years of previous employment with Children's Discovery Academy 2001-2006

"It's a privilege to be back at Children's Discovery Academy and I'm so excited to be a part of the Preschool team.  Children's Discovery Academy has helped me become the teacher I am today!  All of the Teachers and parents are so welcoming and it's wonderful to see the kids' smiling faces everyday!  I've been working with children since 2001 and I absolutely love what I do!  Meeting the needs of the children on a daily basis, keeping them happy, and making them laugh is what makes me love coming to work each day."

~Kristin S.

Toddler A Teacher, Vadnais Heights

Educational Background: A.A.S in Early Childhood Education from Rasmussen College

Employed with Children's Discovery Academy since 2007

"Working with children is something I’ve wanted to do from the time I was young. When I found my home at Children’s Discovery Academy in 2007, I knew this was the place where I could make a difference! It is so rewarding working with toddlers and to see how they learn and grow every day!

Being able to form great relationships with the families and my co-educators is one of the best parts of my job. I love that I get to be a part of helping these kids be the best they can be!"


Toddler B Teacher, Vadnais Heights

Educational Background:
Child Development Associate Degree (CDA)

Employed with Children's Discovery Academy since 2012

"I love Children's Discovery Academy for many reasons but being able to build positive relationships with so many great families and educators is the greatest!  It is so heart-warming to watch the children grow and to be a part of the many milestones that they achieve daily.  There is nothing better than the natural reward of the hugs and appreciation that the children show us everyday."


Dawn P.

Infant Teacher, Vadnais Heights

Educational Background:
Graduated 916 Vo-Tech/Lakewood Community College in Child Development Course

Employed with Children's Discovery Academy since 2001

"All I've ever wanted to be is a mom and raise kids.  In my job, I have been able to help raise so many babies throughout the years.  It's not very often that people can say they love their career.  I can honestly say that I absolutely do LOVE my career!  It gives me such great joy to watch each and every baby grow and learn everyday.  I love to encourage them, teach them and help them accomplish tasks such as sitting, crawling, walking and saying their first words!

I am calm, loving, and I have a positive attitude.  I think these attributes reflect onto the babies as well as other staff in our classroom." 



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