April 19, 2019

Andrea@ChildrensDiscoveryAcademy.com
Educational Director, Vadnais Heights

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

B.A. in Child Development from Concordia University

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

November 29, 2017

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

 

February 10, 2020

Lauren@ChildrensDiscoveryAcademy.com

Operations Specialist, Little Canada & Vadnais Heights

Educational Background:

B.A. Degree in Business Management from Luther College

M.Ed. Degree in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University

Employed with Children’s Discovery Academy since 2017*
*Employed part-time with Children’s Discovery Academy since 2011

“Making a difference in a young child’s life is something that is truly magical. I love meeting and watching families flourish through the years they stay with us. Children’s Discovery Academy has always been a cherished part of my life. I attended the entire program, from infancy through School-Age care. Now, I am thrilled to be continuing in my family’s business at Children’s Discovery!”

~Lauren

March 14, 2019

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

February 14, 2019

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

February 26, 2018

Colleen@ChildrensDiscoveryAcademy.com
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!”

~Colleen

April 14, 2018

LaurenB@ChildrensDiscoveryAcademy.com
Toddler B Teacher, Vadnais Heights

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

Employed with Children’s Discovery Academy since 2013

“I always knew I wanted to work with children and being a part of the Children’s Discovery family has been such a joy. It’s such a rewarding feeling watching the children grow and learn each day. I love being able to connect with the families. Building positive relationships throughout the years is nothing short of wonderful!”

~Lauren B.

January 19, 2019

Briana@ChildrensDiscoveryAcademy.com

Preschool Teacher, Vadnais Heights

Educational Background: A.A.S. Early Childhood Education

Employed with Children’s Discovery Academy since 2013

“Ever since I was a little girl I knew I always wanted to work with children and I’m so excited to be a part of the Children’s Discovery family. Building positive relationships with families and helping children learn and grow each day is the best part of my job. It’s so much fun to watch children grasp new things each and every day and I’m so grateful I get to be a part of that. Not many people can genuinely say they love their job and I’m so glad I can!”

~Briana

March 13, 2019

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

August 14, 2018

SchoolAge@ChildrensDiscoveryAcademy.com
School-Age Teacher, Vadnais Heights

Educational Background:
B.A. in Communication Studies from James Madison University

Completing M.A. in Communication at University of MN- graduating in May, 2020

Employed with Children’s Discovery Academy since 2018

“Teaching has always been a passion and calling of mine. Helping my students learn and watching them grow as individuals is truly a rewarding experience. I have worked with students across all ages of development, from toddlers to elementary, middle and high school, and college. I treasure every laugh, smile, and day of learning. I consider it a privilege to work with each child and their family to help guide the development of their strengths and skills in order to be the best they can be. Children’s Discovery Academy is a loving and supportive environment that I’m proud to be part of!”


~Sam

August 27, 2014

Roxy@ChildrensDiscoveryAcademy.com
Assistant Director, Little Canada

Educational Background:
B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota

Employed with Children’s Discovery Academy since 2012

“Working at Children’s Discovery has brought me so much joy over the years! I enjoy interacting with both the children and the parents that walk through our doors. Not only do I believe I’ve made an impression on so many children’s lives, but I believe Children’s Discovery has made an impression on mine!”

~Roxy

August 29, 2014

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

February 10, 2020

Chelsea@ChildrensDiscoveryAcademy.com

Toddler A Teacher, Little Canada

Educational Background: Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of MN, Morris.

Employed with Children’s Discovery Academy since 2019

“Working at CDA has been such a joy- from being respected as a teacher, to having such amazing co-workers! I’ve always wanted to work with children in some way and being able to teach them has been an amazing opportunity. Not only do I get to teach children daily, but I also get take home something that they have taught me daily!”

~Chelsea

August 26, 2014

Sam

Sam@ChildrensDiscoveryAcademy.com
Toddler B Teacher, Little Canada

Educational Background:
B.A. in Early Childhood Education- Urban Studies from Metropolitan University

Employed with Children’s Discovery Academy since 2014

“I absolutely love being a teacher at Children’s Discovery Academy! Teaching Toddlers is such a wonderful experience and I learn so much from my student each and every day. CDA is such a loving and welcoming environment and I’m so happy I’m a part of the family!”

~Sam

February 14, 2011

Amberley@ChildrensDiscoveryAcademy.com

Preschool Teacher, Little Canada

Educational Background:
B.A. in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education from University of Wisconsin, River Falls

Employed with Children’s Discovery Academy since 2012

“Being a part of the CDA family is such a joy. I love how as a teacher, I get to know the families of my students so well. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to work in such a warm and welcoming environment.”

~Amberley

February 14, 2011

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