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

February 10, 2020

Lauren@ChildrensDiscoveryAcademy.com

Chief Operating Officer, 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

April 28, 2020

Ashley@ChildrensDiscoveryAcademy.com
Assistant Director, Vadnais Heights

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

Jennifer@ChildrensDiscoveryAcademy.com

Preschool Teacher – Vadnais Heights

Educational Background: Lead Teacher Qualified, Minnesota D.H.S.

Employed with Children’s Discovery Academy since 2019

“My favorite thing about working with children is seeing how a child can develop so many skills in a short period of time. I’m always fascinated by their sense of wonder, their ability to soak in knowledge, and the way that each personality plays an important part in the dynamic of the group. It’s especially rewarding to have a job where I receive smiles, laughter, and hugs. Working at CDA, I am reminded of what I enjoy the most: the loving feeling that exists here and the way parents and teachers work together, allowing us to witness the growth within each child. I have a strong passion for teaching and making sure every child’s needs are met, respected, and validated. I look forward to supporting each child’s growth as well as learning from them myself every day!”

~Jennifer

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 Psychology from The University of Minnesota, Mankato

M.A. in Special Education from Bethel University (in progress)

Employed with Children’s Discovery Academy since 2019 (previous employment with CDA from 2012-2013)


“Over recent years, I have worked as a Special Education Teacher, which helped me determine where my path was headed.

My favorite things about being an educator are watching children light up when they make connections and their never-ending imaginations. Children encounter challenges and watching them overcome those obstacles and grow is one of the most rewarding parts of my job.

I love building relationships and helping each student’s individual needs no matter what they are.  Making learning fun and memorable for all kids is my objective day-to-day. I love working with kids and I love being an educator for an organization that puts the care and education of the children first.”

~Chelsea