Administrative Staff

Amanda

Position: Executive Director

Start Date at FCDC: February 2005

Education: BA in Studio Art from the U of M, Morris and MN teaching License in K-12 Visual Arts from Bemidji State University.

My favorite activities to do with children at FCDC are exploring creative projects of all kinds (art, science, dramatic play).  I especially enjoy watching children develop handwriting skills and grow as early readers by practicing phonics and pre-reading skills.

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by making a difference in their lives and providing a positive and creative early childhood experience.

My hobbies or special interests are kayaking and camping.  I also enjoy being creative and spend lots of time crocheting and screen printing.

Amy

Position: Assistant Director

Start Date at FCDC: July 2013

Education: Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and a minor/specialty in Early Childhood Education.

My favorite activities to do with children at FCDC are singing and reading stories.

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by creating meaningful bonds and creating a safe and fun environment for children to learn and play.

My hobbies or special interests are spending time with my family, reading and crocheting.

Bibi

Position: Finance Manager

State Date at FCDC: September 2018

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Biology

My favorite activities to do with children are: reading and arts and crafts

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: giving 100% each day I am here and by helping to provide a great environment where everyone feels welcomed and appreciated and valued

My hobbies or special interests are: photography, cooking, gardening

Molly

Position: Kitchen Manager

Start Date at FCDC: June 1991

 

 

Teachers

Emily P

Position: Infant Lead Teacher

Start Date at FCDC: June 2018, but has come and gone many times since 2010

Education: Bachelors Degree in Communication and French

My favorite activities to do with children are: Reading and story time, singing and going for walks

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: Maintaining the safe, caring, fun, and loving environment of FCDC

My hobbies or special interests are: I love traveling, trying to learn languages, camping, and spending time with family and friends

Alyssa

Position and Shift: morning Caterpillar aide

 Education: Senior at St. Thomas for Music Education BA

Start Date: August 2019

My favorite activities to do with children are: to sing and dance! I’m also very fond of blowing bubbles!

I hope to impact the children and families I work for with by: bringing compassion, kindness and empathy to their day through conversation and play!

My hobbies or special interests are: dancing, singing, and theatre!

 

Ashlee

Position and Shift: Caterpillar Assistant Teacher,  8-5

 Education: Urban Education and working on Early Education

Start Date:  June 2019

My favorite activities to do with children are:  Read, paint, assist with walking and hitting milestones

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: creating a nurturing environment and a relationship with the parents, where they can feel their baby is safely being taken care of while they are away at work.

My hobbies or special interests are: crochet, Harry Potter, going to dog parks with my two dogs, spending time with my boyfriend, playing video games.

 

Debra

Position: PM Caterpillar Teacher

Start Date at FCDC: March 2019

Education: Waldorf Early Childhood Degree

My favorite activities to do with children are: Play! Sing! Dance! Read! For their work is their play and their play is their work!

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: Fostering the love of learning, living in the job of each new moment, and dancing in the delight of community

My hobbies or special interests are: Puppetry, pottery, traveling adventures, my incredible family, and LIFE!

Katie

Position: PM Caterpillar Aide

Start Date at FCDC: October 2018

Education: 2 year degree

My favorite activities to do with children are: playing games, arts and crafts and puzzles

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: making sure they have a safe and fun environment while they are here

My hobbies or special interests are: board games, cooking and baking, playing with my puppy

Jennifer

Position: Dragonfly Lead Teacher

Start Date at FCDC: April 1993

Education: Early Childhood Degree from North Hennepin Technical College

My favorite activities to do with children at FCDC are helping children work through social interactions and with other developmental milestones such as talking and walking.

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by helping parents feel happy and content while leaving their child at childcare and for children to have a happy, safe and fun learning environment.

My hobbies or special interests are spending time with my family, especially my daughter Raylee.  We have a lot of fun playing games and she is now starting to help me in the kitchen with prepping meals.  I’m working on trying to have a green thumb and to have success with plants this summer for our new patio.

 

Lauren

Position: Darling Dragonflies Teacher (mid shift)

Start Date at FCDC: November 2015

Education: Some college

My favorite activities to do with the children at FCDC are: Arts and crafts, singing, reading stories, and cuddling

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: being loving and nurturing and providing outstanding parent communication.

My hobbies or special interests are: I love to vacation up north in the Summer! I also enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends.

Deja

Position: Dragonfly AM and PM Aide

Start Date at FCDC: August, 2018

Education: Some college

My favorite activities to do with children are: Play and spend time outside, read books, cook and learn new foods

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: building strong relationships and being a positive influence on the children

My hobbies or special interests are: writing poetry, eating, napping, and exercising

Shamya

Name: Shamya 

Position and Shift: PM Dragonfly aide

 Education: High School Graduate

Start Date: September 2019

My favorite activities to do with children are: Playing games, helping them learn and making them smile.

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: Helping their child as much as I can and make sure they are comfortable with me.

My hobbies or special interests are: Eating, going shopping and hanging out with friends and family. I also love going to amusement parks, swimming and to the movies. If I could do all of those things in one day, it would be the best day ever!

 

 

Sara

Position: Ladybug Lead Teacher

Start Date at FCDC: October 2018

Education: Bachelor Degree in Psychology

My favorite activities to do with children are: Painting, building, and playing outside (Summertime!)

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: Being available to kids and parents

My hobbies or special interests are: Yoga, running, gardening

 

Athena

Position and Shift: Ladybug AM aide and Firefly PM aide

 Education: Generals

Start Date: May 2019

My favorite activities to do with children are: Reading, Coloring/Painting, Playing Outside

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: Keeping an open mind, communicating and having fun

My hobbies or special interests are: Helping, Spending time with my son (going fishing)

 

Ena

Position: PM Ladybug Teacher

Start Date at FCDC: February 2019

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Studies

My favorite activities to do with children are: Any form of art which includes singing, dancing, music, visual art

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: Collaborating with parents to help the child’s learning experience more enjoyable and effective. Getting to know the families and each individual child and using that to plan out activities

My hobbies or special interests are: Photography, acting, cooking, dancing

Denise

Position and Shift: Grasshopper teacher 6:45-2:45

Education: Elementary Education

Start Date: August 2019

My favorite activites to do with children are: dance, movement, read stories, create with manipulatives (blocks, etc)

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: being a positive, fun, and caring teacher who encourages creativity and friendships

My hobbies or special interests are: I practice yoga, and like to “power walk”! I read every free moment I have! I love to garden and listen to music!

 

 

Sheila

Position: AM Grasshopper Aide

Start Date at FCDC: September 2018

Education: GED

My favorite activities to do with children are: read, paint, sing

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: helping children learn how to be respectful through learning and play

My hobbies or special interests are: cooking, reading, camping

Pauline

Position: Grasshopper Teacher

Start Date at FCDC: September 2013

Education: AS in Child Development from St. Paul College and an AA from Anoka Ramsey.  I am currently working towards my Bachelors degree at Metro State.

My favorite activities to do with children at FCDC are science, math, sensory and large motor.

I hope to impact the children and families in a positive way….like when you reach for a hand and touch a heart.

My hobbies or special interests are being a life long student, crafts, sewing, fishing, reading, camping, hiking, photography and dancing.

Patricia (Patty)

Position: PM Grasshopper Aide

Start Date at FCDC: September 2018

Education: Associates Degree

My favorite activities to do with children are: reading and story telling, singing, imaginative play

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: interacting in a positive way, building trust

My hobbies or special interests are: reading, cooking, gardening

Marlana

Position: Honeybee Lead Teacher

Start Date at FCDC: January 2003

Education: Early Childhood Education Certificate from Rasmussen

My favorite activities to do with children at FCDC are art, dramatic play and science experiments.

I hope to impact the children and families work with by guiding children to become happy, polite little people and supporting families as their children’s needs grow and change.

My hobbies or special interests are I love to read!  During the summer, I also spend my weekends at the race track working on the race car my husband and I own.

Desiree

 

Name: Desiree 

Position and Shift: Honeybee Teacher   10:00-6:00

Education: Elementary Education

Start Date: October 2019

 

My Favorite activities to do with children are: Playing actively outside. I also love indoor reading and art times!

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: Being positive in their development and valuing their interests. I love to share stories and successes with families at the end of the day and to partner with parents on their child’s development.

My hobbies or special interests are: Walking, hiking up north, or running. I am an avid coffee drinker and love checking out new coffee shops. I just got married, and my husband and I have season tickets to the Twins and Timberwolves.

 

Miri

Position and Shift: AM Honeybee Aide

  Education: GED

Start Date: August 2019

My favorite activities to do with children are:  be outside, hide and seek, listen to them, encourage their imagination, snuggles, praise their creativity

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: captivating and providing a nurturing, safe, and loving presence in their lives. Encouraging curiosity and free thinking. Instilling children with the confidence and worthiness to be their authentic selves, for them to know that their voice matters, and to honor and be respectful of all beings, whether it be an insect or a fellow human being.

My hobbies or special interests are: writing poetry, being outside in the sun, journaling, bringing joy and softness everywhere I am, preparing simple, savory plant-based meals from scratch, hiking, listening to life stories of anyone I encounter, listening and dancing to music, singing, showing anyone I encounter that they deserve to be heard and respected.

 

Melissa

Position: Firefly Lead Teacher

Start Date at FCDC: January 1998

Education: AAS from North Hennepin Community College

My favorite activities to do with children at FCDC are reading books to them and planning, implementing and observing them complete a project.  I also enjoy watching them succeed as they master a new concept.

I hope to impact the children and families work with by being a support system, resource and educator for the parents and a positive role model for the children.

My hobbies or special interests are spending time with my husband, two kids and our two dogs.  We enjoy fishing, hockey and softball.

Rochelle

Position: AM Firely Teacher/Teacher Aide

Start Date at FCDC: January 2018

Education: Attended the College of St Catherine with a major in Social Work and Minneapolis Technical College with a major in Child Development

My favorite activities to do with children are: working with the Preschoolers on their kindergarten readiness skills and having fun with them

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: creating a fun, positive, and encouraging learning environment for their child to go to each day, so their child will look forward to going to school. I hope to teach the children the love of learning!

My hobbies or special interests are: I enjoy swimming and boating in the Summer

Molly

Position: Substitute

Start Date at FCDC: May 2018

Education: BA in Speech Communications

My favorite activities to do with children are: Reading, playing, listening to what the children have to say, playing outside, helping them learn new things

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: being a positive and helpful person. I hope to give the children and their families a sense of comfort when they drop off their kids

My hobbies or special interests are: exercise, reading, watching spots (especially hockey), but my favorite thing to do is spend time with my husband, children and extended family

Linda

Position: Substitute

Start Date at FCDC: April 2010

Education: I have spent 35 years as an early education teacher and completed college courses at the U of M and UCLA.

My favorite activities to do with children at FCDC are reading!  Young children associate reading with love and safety.  When I learned how to read, the whole world opened up for me and I love to share that experience and excitement with them.

I hope to impact the children and families and hope they go forward with joy and excitement into new adventures in education.  I hope that I can make going to school a positive experience

My hobbies or special interests are gardening with my grandchildren.  I also love to swim, read and sit on my deck and watch the birds.

Hannah

Position and Shift:  PM aide float

Education: currently in high school

Start Date: July 2019

My favorite activities to do with children are: artistic activities like coloring and drawing

I hope to impact children and families I work with by: helping everyone grow and understand each other

My hobbies and special interests are:  plying the bass and guitar, painting, tennis, learning new languages

 

Brittany

Name: Brittany 

Position and Shift: Float teacher

 Education: Studied Early Childhood Education

Start Date: October 2019

My favorite activities to do with children are: Reading stories, singing songs and teaching children yoga

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: Providing a positive, fun, and nurturing environment

My hobbies and special interests are: Yoga, baking, anything purple, hiking, and nature

 

Kyle

Name: Kyle 

Position and Shift: Float Teacher

Education: Studying Early Childhood Education at the University of Minnesota

Start Date: October 2019

My favorite activity to do with children are: Playing absolutely anything creative that pops into their head.

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: Encouraging play, staying optimistic, and keeping open and honest communication between the children, the families, and myself.

My hobbies or special interests are: Theater, playing guitar, dancing, singing, and Dungeons & Dragons

 

Aniya

 

Name: Aniya

Position and Shift: float teacher

Education: Student at the University of Minnesota

Start Date: September 2019

My favorite activities to do with children are: Playing with them to watch their imagination grow!

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: Making them comfortable with me while in my care and making sure they have fun. Watching them learn and grow to be successful.

My hobbies or special interests are: Competitive cheerleading and reading