Andrea

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

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

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

Kacy

Kacy@ChildrensDiscoveryAcademy.com
Toddler B Teacher, Vadnais Heights

Educational Background:
B.A. in Child Development from Concordia University

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

Colleen

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

Briana

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

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

Samantha

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

Educational Background:
Completing B.A. in Early Childhood Education, Graduating Fall 2019

Employed with Children’s Discovery Academy since 2014

“This summer will be filled with exploring, creating, and developing innovative ways to make things! I have a true passion for teaching and so happy I have the opportunity to teach and play with the School Agers!”

~Sam