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.”




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!”




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 P.

Young Toddler 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.



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



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.”


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.” 




Preschool Teacher, Little Canada

Educational Background:
B.A. in Elementary Education from North Central University

Employed with Children’s Discovery Academy since 2017

I am excited for the opportunity to work with your preschool child!  With 5 years of experience working with infants through pre-k aged children, preschool is one of my favorite ages to teach.  In addition to my B.A., I have a minor in English, have completed a supporting program in deaf cultural studies, and also a certification that allows me to teach English as a second language.  I love teaching reading skills and instilling a love of literature at a young age.  From my world travels, I have learned there is much to learn from every culture.  I look forward to getting to know your child!



Casi G.

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.”