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

Kelley

Position: Cuddly Caterpillars Teacher

Start Date at FCDC: September 2015

Education: BA in Psychology

My favorite activities to do with children at FCDC are: Reading, nature walks, giggling

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: Creating a positive, loving environment for kids to learn, grow, feel encouraged and supported

My hobbies or special interests are: Yoga, hiking, hand drumming, golfing, nutrition and almost any outdoor activity to get into nature!

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.

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

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

Belzeta

Position: Growing Grasshopper Assistant Teacher

Start Date at FCDC: November 2014

Education: A.S. Degree in Education

My favorite activities to do with children at FCDC are: art projects, whether it is with letters, numbers, colors, the seasons, etc.

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: by team work and being an addition to the childrens’ learning environment

My hobbies or special interests are: excercise, the outdoors, and decorating

Pa Chia

Position: Growing Grasshopper Mid shift 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!

Kendra

Position: Grasshopper Assistant Teacher (Mid shift)

Start Date at FCDC: August 2011

Education: Some college

My favorite activities to do with children at FCDC are: helping them expand their imaginations and learning!

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: making them feel comfortable with me. ie, that children feel comfortable enough to come to me for help/comfort and that parents feel comfortable leaving their children with me.

My hobbies or special interests are: taking naps, going on hikes, video games

Sarah

Position: Growing Grasshopper Teacher

Start Date at FCDC: September 2014

Education: Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development

My favorite activities to do with children at FCDC are: Reading and doing art projects

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: Making a safe and caring environment for children.

My hobbies or special interests are: Photography and watching Netflix!

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.

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.

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.

Mytsua

Position: Fantastic Fireflies AM & PM Aide (Assistant Teacher Qualified)

Start Date at FCDC: August 2013

Education: Currently working on an AS in Child Development and then continuing for a BS at a four year college.  Afterwards, I would like to obtain a Masters in Child Development with a concentration in Child Life with the aim to become a Child Life Specialist.

My favorite activities to do with children at FCDC are art projects, dramatic play (tea parties and dress-up!) and asking open-ended questions during play.

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by establishing trust in a way that will empower parents to become the best advocates for their children as well as enhancing each child’s learning experiences, not just within FCDC but outside of work too!

My hobbies or special interests are teaching and enhancing performance skills of teenagers and youth who want to play football or are currently playing.  I also like to take pictures, write and spend time with my nephews and younger cousins.

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!

Amanda S.

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

Pauline

Position: Float 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.

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.