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Julie

Julie@ChildrensDiscoveryAcademy.com
Director, Little Canada

Educational Background:
Graduated from St. Paul College with a degree in Early Childhood Development.

Employed with Children's Discovery Academy since 1998

“The reason I work at Children’s Discovery is because it’s one, big family! All of the teachers work together to do their very best for each child.”

~Julie


 
Sarah

Sarah@ChildrensDiscoveryAcademy.com
Assistant Director, Little Canada

Educational Background:
A.A.S. Degree in Travel & Hospitality

Employed with Children's Discovery Academy since 2011

“Working at Children’s Discovery Academy is so rewarding! I love getting to know all of the families and children. Everyone I encounter, from the staff to the families, are so friendly. I am so glad I found a place I truly enjoy coming to every single day!”

~Sarah

 

 
Roxy

Roxy@ChildrensDiscoveryAcademy.com
Kindergarten Teacher, Little Canada

Educational Background:
Elementary Education Foundations, University of Minnesota

Employed with Children's Discovery Academy since 2010

"I love working for Children's Discovery Academy because it is like one big family.  I also truly love to be able to make a difference in each child's life and watch them learn and grow!

~Roxy

 
Casi G.

CasiG@ChildrensDiscoveryAcademy.com
Pre-Kindergarten Teacher, Little Canada

Educational Background:
A.A.S. Degree in Early Childhood Education at Rasmussen College - Eagan

Employed with Children's Discovery Academy since 2008

"It never ceases to amaze me the things I learn from my students each and every day. Having the opportunity to get to know not only the kids, but their families as well is such a rewarding feeling! My goal as an educator has always been to make an impact, but who knew I would be the one with that experience. Children's Discovery Academy is such a wonderful place where I not only feel safe, but loved and cared for by everyone I encounter. I started out here when I was young, and I have so many people to thank for helping me to become not only the educator, but person I am today."

~Casi

 
Kristi P.

KristiP@ChildrensDiscoveryAcademy.com
Preschool Teacher, Little Canada

Educational Background: Bachelors degree in Child and Family Studies (birth-third grade) from St. Cloud State University.

Employed with Children's Discovery Academy since 2014*

*Eight years previous employment history with Children's Discovery Academy.

"It's very rewarding to be back at Children's Discovery Academy and I'm so excited to be part of the toddler classroom. Children's Discovery Academy has always been a positive place to work. The best part of my job is forming great relationships with the kids, families, and co-workers. When I started in 2002, I watched kids grow from toddlers to school-age students and can't wait to watch the same happen again. Children's Discovery Academy is truly a family atmosphere and I'm proud to be part of it!"

~Kristi P.

 

 
Lauri

Lauri@ChildrensDiscoveryAcademy.com
Toddler Teacher, Little Canada

Educational Background:
A.A. from Lakewood Community College; Northeast Metro Technical College Child Development Classes; Early Childhood Director’s Credential from St. Paul College

Employed with Children's Discovery Academy since 1990

"I love Children's Discovery Academy for the small family feeling it has.  I started working here in 1990 because of my love for children and desire to help them become successful.  As time went on,  I experienced new and exciting rolls within the school, starting in the infant classroom and eventually moving into the Preschool classroom.   I really enjoy working with the preschool age group.  Since having my own children, I can't think of a better place for them to have grown.   As they say "it takes a village to raise a child."  Children's Discovery Academy has been the constant source of support and family that I know I can count on.  Family is important.  I consider the families and my coworkers at Children's Discovery Academy an extension of my own."

~Lauri

 
Jen

Jen@ChildrensDiscoveryAcademy.com
Young Toddler Teacher, Little Canada

Educational Background:
B.S. in Elementary Education

Employed with Children's Discovery Academy since 2016

“Being around children daily is the greatest job I could ask for.  Watching the children's eyes light up when they 'get it' is the best reward ever!  I love being at CDA, it feels like home.”

~Jen

 
Kristi

Kristi@ChildrensDiscoveryAcademy.com
Infant Teacher, Little Canada

Educational Background:
A.A.S. in Early Childhood Development from St. Paul College.  A.A.S. Degree in Medical Assisting from Rasmussen College.  (CNA) Certified Nursing Assistant License from the American Red Cross.

Employed with Children's Discovery Academy since 1998

“I enjoy working at Children's Discovery Academy because the teachers here are truly a family. We all work together ensuring that every child is given every opportunity to grow and learn throughout all stages of their development.

Teaching infants is so rewarding for me. Everyday I have the opportunity of watching the proud smile on each baby’s face when he or she learns and accomplishes something new. Receiving and giving hugs and smiles is truly a priceless reward for what I do.”

~Kristi

 
Andrea

Andrea@ChildrensDiscoveryAcademy.com
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."

~Andrea

 
Ashley

Ashley@ChildrensDiscoveryAcademy.com

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

~Ashley

 
Rachel

SchoolAge@ChildrensDiscoveryAcademy.com

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!"

~Rachel

 
Darci

DarciF@ChildrensDiscoveryAcademy.com

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.”

~Darci

 
Kristin S.

KristinS@ChildrensDiscoveryAcademy.com
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.

 
Colleen

Colleen@ChildrensDiscoveryAcademy.com
Toddler 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!"

~Colleen

 
Kacy

Kacy@ChildrensDiscoveryAcademy.com
Young Toddler 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."

~Kacy

 
Dawn P.

DawnP@ChildrensDiscoveryAcademy.com

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." 

~Dawn

 


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