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.



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.”




Preschool Teacher, Little Canada

Educational Background:
A.A.S. in Child Development Careers from St. Paul College, A.A.S. in Child Development- American Sign Language from St. Paul College, Certificate in American Sign Language

Employed with Children’s Discovery Academy since 2017

“I am beyond excited and blessed to be the Preschool Teacher at Children’s Discovery Academy, Little Canada.  What I like about CDA is that they are family oriented- they make everyone feel like family!  All the families and staff are so welcoming!”

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart” ~Winnie the Pooh

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out? ” ~ Dr. Seuss


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.”



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!