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.

Laura

Position: Assistant Director

Start Date at FCDC: December 2014

Education: B.S. Degree in Art Education, MN teaching license in K-12 Visual Arts, some graduate level courses in Special Ed.

My favorite activities to do with children at FCDC are: Reading and snuggling! I also enjoy feeding and rocking the infants, being silly with the toddlers, and watching the preschoolers learn and grow.

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: Building positive and trusting relationships with them and helping them in any way I can to be successful students and parents!

My hobbies or special interests are: Camping!!! I LOVE to camp! I also enjoy scooter rides, hiking, reading, gardening, biking, creating artwork, playing beanbags, and spending time with my friends and family.

 

Brenda

Position: Finance Manager and Child Development Coordinator

Start Date at FCDC:  May 1996

Education: BS in Education- Elementary Education and Early Childhood

My favorite activities to do with children at FCDC are reading, singing and being happy!

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by having each child and family know they are a treasured part of our community and that I am one of their biggest cheerleaders!

My hobbies or special interests are golfing, nature and spending time with my family.

Bibi

Position: Bookkeeper and Office 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

Lois

Position: Cuddly Caterpillars Teacher

Start Date at FCDC: October 2002

Education: BS in Business Management, and BS in Early Childhood and Family Education.

My favorite activity to do with children at FCDC is reading!

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by helping educate parents in the care and development of their children.

My hobbies or special interests are reading, knitting and traveling.

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.

 

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

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.

Amy

Position: Darling Dragonflies Teacher

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.

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

 

Arly

Position: Ladybug AM Aide

Start Date at FCDC: December 2018

Education: Senior in High School

My favorite activities to do with children are: Arts and crafts, reading, being silly!

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: Making sure the child is in a safe, warm and fun environment! Also helping families understand and see positive aspects of learning through play

My hobbies or special interests are: Painting! Any arts and craft activity is fun but I love painting most of all. Also reading a nice book by the warm fire during winter.

Shatonna

Position: Little Ladybugs Teacher

Start Date at FCDC: August 2015

Education: CDA in Infants and Toddlers

My favorite activities to do with children at FCDC are: Arts and Crafts

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: Always being a positive and encouraging hand

My hobbies or special interests are: I love arts and crafts and running around

Pa Chia

Position:  Grasshopper Lead Teacher

Start Date at FCDC: October 2016

Education: B.A. in Family Science

My favorite activities to do with children at FCDC are: engaging in imaginative and creative play, and hands on activities!

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: being an enthusiastic teacher and providing a safe, caring, and positive learning environment.

My hobbies or special interests are: painting, reading, running, baking, and exploring nature!

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.

Anab

Position: AM HB Aide/Assistant Teacher

State Date at FCDC: November 2018

Education: Associate degree in Early Child Development

My favorite activities to do with children are: Playing games with them such as “Simon says”, reading to them, arts and crafts

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: making them feel they are welcome in the classroom. I would like to make the families feel that their children are in good hands when they are with me, making sure that the environment is safe and secure

My hobbies or special interests are: making Henna designs for family and friends on holidays or whenever I have time, taking long walks on the lake, and reading and learning new things

Kaelee

Position: Helpful Honeybees Teacher

Start Date at FCDC: April 2008

Education: AA in Child Development and currently working on my Bachelors degree

My favorite activities to do with children at FCDC are whatever sparks the children’s interests!  I love doing many activities with children, especially dancing and outside play.

I hope to impact the children and families work with by helping them be prepared for kindergarten and the rest of their lives. Also, I hope to be a resource for families on their child’s development.

My hobbies or special interests are watching movies, grilling, spending time outdoors, camping, biking, working on my garden and spending time with family and friends.

Yupha

Position: PM Honeybee Aide

Start Date at FCDC: September 2018

Education: College at MCTC

My favorite activities to do with children are: helping them with needs such as playing with them, making crafts and almost anything that I can do to entertain them.

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: my best ability such as by showing support and care

My hobbies or special interests are: drawing, painting/watercolor, hand lettering, singing

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

Heather

Position: Firefly PM Teacher

Start Date at FCDC: April 2018

Education: AA in Sociology with a focus on Early Childhood Development and Family Dynamics

My favorite activities to do with children are: Playing outside and getting our hands dirty, arts and crafts, talking about feelings and learning how to be a good friend.

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: providing a loving and stable environment where children and their families are encouraged to be themselves!

My hobbies or special interests are: acting, dancing, and stage combat. I work hard on my performance arts in my off hours

Lubertha

Position: PM Firefly Aide

Start Date at FCDC: November 2018

Education: High School

My favorite activities to do with children are: Dancing, playing games, making them laugh, going outside, playing in the park

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: Helping the children by learning new things, giving a lot of care to their needs and bring joy and happiness to their lives

My hobbies or special interests are: Reading, dancing, going to church

Amanda

Position: Float Teacher

Start Date at FCDC: August 2015

Education: BA degree in Child Psychology and currently enrolled in Master’s Program

My favorite activities to do with children at FCDC are: I love to sing songs and read books with children. I also love to do art projects with them. Spending time outside with children is my favorite.

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: I hope to positively impact the children and families I work with by communicating with families and creating positive relationships with them. I hope to impact children’s learning through fun activities.

My hobbies or special interests are: I love to color, run, spent time with friends, and watch Netflix

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.