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.

Molly

Position: Kitchen Manager

Start Date at FCDC: June 1991

 

 

Teachers

Catie

Position: Infant Teacher

Start Date at FCDC: March 2018

Education: B.A. in Theology

My favorite activities to do with children are: I love to sing, dance, and be goofy. I also love playing outside and going on walks

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: Creating a trusting relationship where FCDC becomes a part of their extended family

My hobbies or special interests are: singing, watching soccer and hockey. I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family (my husband and 2 small kids)

Haley

Position: Caterpillar AM and PM Teacher’s Aide

Start Date at FCDC: May 2018

Education: High School

My favorite activities to do with children are: Coloring, adventures outside, pool, jumping on the trampoline

I hope to impact the children I work with by: enhancing children’s behavior and learning skills to their full potential

My hobbies or special interests are: gymnastics, outdoor activities, baby sitting, pool trips, fishing

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.

Morgan

Position: Cuddly Caterpillar Teacher

Start Date at FCDC: September 2015

Education: Bachelors degree in Elementary Education

My favorite activities to do with children at FCDC are: I love reading to children as well as singing songs! I also enjoy playing outside with them.

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: Providing a nurturing and fun environment as well as meeting the individual needs of each child and working with their family during my time here.

My hobbies or special interests are: Staying active by running or going on walks. I also enjoy movie and Netflix marathons.

Emily P

Position: Infant 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

Jennifer

Position: Darling Dragonflies 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.

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: Little Ladybugs morning Teacher

Start Date at FCDC: March 2015

Education: A.A.S Degree in Child Development

My favorite activities to do with the children at FCDC are: outside time and art activities like painting and exploring with different textures.

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: building a trusting relationship with families and ensuring a safe but fun environment to be in!

My hobbies or special interests are: Running, motorcycle rides, spending time with my friends and family, traveling

Madalyne

Position: AM Ladybug Aide, PM Honeybee Aide

Start Date at FCDC: January 2018

Education: High School

My favorite activities to do with children are: to play and be a part of their imaginative play

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: I hope to impact children and families by making them smile more (if possible)

My hobbies or special interests are: I love to draw and to write and I’m also a basketball coach

Shatonna

Position: Little Ladybugs Assistant Teacher

Start Date at FCDC: August 2015

Education: Some College

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: Growing Grasshopper 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!

Mariah

Position: AM Grasshopper Aide

Start Date at FCDC: December 2017

Education: High School Senior

My favorite activities to do with children are: Sing nursery rhymes, read and write, and play games such as tag or nursery games.

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: Inspiring the children to want to learn and try new exciting activities. Then inspiring them to interact with other children, hopefully inspiring other classmates and family members to do positive things as well.

My hobbies or special interests are: crocheting and knitting, basketball, reading and writing in my journal (poems and short stories)

Kelley

Position: Mid Shift Grasshopper Teacher

Start Date at FCDC: April 2018

Education: BA in Newsprint Journalism

My favorite activities to do with children are: Imaginative play – puppet shows, dress up, dramatic play

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: being a great role model for the children and helping them with social/educational development

My hobbies or special interests are: reading, writing, and bowling

Jenny Thor

Position: Grasshopper PM Aide

Start Date at FCDC: May 2018

Education: enrolled in college

My favorite activities to do with children are: Playing “Duck Duck Goose” and doing arts and crafts

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: helping them with their needs and interacting with them as much as I can

My hobbies or special interests are: playing sports and doing outdoor activities

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.

Marlana

Position: Helpful Honeybees 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.

Emma

Position: AM Honeybee Aide

Start Date at FCDC: May 2018

Education: Some college

My favorite activities to do with children are: I like to play outside and explore new activities with children

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: Helping to provide and fun and safe environment for children to learn and play

My hobbies or special interests are: I love to cook, garden, read, and embroider

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.

Jale

Position: PM Honeybee Aide

Start Date at FCDC: June 2018

Education: Working on BS in Family and Child Development

My favorite activities to do with children are: Arts and crafts, playing outside, doing puzzles, pretty much anything! I love working with children!

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: Maintaining a positive attitude and friendly face as I build meaningful relationships with those around me

My hobbies or special interests are: working out, dancing, cross-stitching and photography

 

Melissa

Position: Fantastic Fireflies 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

Drea

Position: Firefly Teacher (9:30-5:30pm M-F)

Start Date at FCDC: June 2016

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and Elementary Education with endorsements in Kindergarten and Reading.

My favorite activities to do with children at FCDC are: I love doing art projects and hands-on learning explorations with children! Reading stories and listening to children tell stories to me area some of my favorite things as well!

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: Being an enthusiastic teacher that both children and their families trust and feel comfortable around. I hope to teach/help children begin their learning journey and learn social skills that will set them up with success for their future!

My hobbies or special interests are: In my spare time I love to be outdoors – hiking and camping are my favorite!

Sydney Roettger

Position: PM Firefly Aide

Start Date at FCDC: May 2018

Education: Senior in college for Psychology

My favorite activities to do with children are: art projects, reading, and spending time outside

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: creating an environment where each child can be successful

My hobbies or special interests are: I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I like reading, taking my dog on walks, and being at the lake

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

Heather

Position: Float Assistant 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

Emily I

Position: Float/Teacher’s Aide

Start Date at FCDC: May 2017 (during breaks from school)

Education: U of M (some college)

My favorite activities to do with kids are: I just like doing activities that the kids enjoy. Arts & crafts, playing outside, it doesn’t really matter to me

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: I hope to be someone they trust and can come talk to if they need something

My hobbies or special interests are: I love cheerleading, working out, and being with friends

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.