Administrative Staff

Cheryl

Position: Interim Director

Start Date at FCDC: January 2020

 

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.

Emily

Position: Administrative Coordinator

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

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 S.

Position: Kitchen Manager

Start Date at FCDC: June 1991

 

 

Marlana

Position: Enrollment Coordinator, Remote

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.

Teachers

Lauren

Position: Lead Caterpillar (Infant) Teacher

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.

Ashlee

Position and Shift: Caterpillar Assistant Teacher, Closing Shift

 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: Crocheting, Harry Potter, and going to dog parks with my dog.

 

Dani

Position:  Aide

Start Date at FCDC: December 2020

Education:  Bachelors of Arts in Sociology, working in my Masters in Counseling and Psychological Services

My favorite activities to do with children at FCDC are  arts and craft activities

I hope to impact the children and families work with by  spreading positivity and supporting each family any way I can.

My hobbies or special interests are  cooking, playing with my kitty and getting lost in a good book.

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.

 

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

Deja

Position: Assistant Teacher

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

Denise

Position and Shift: Lead Grasshopper Teacher

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!

 

 

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.

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

Desiree

Position: Honeybee Teacher

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.

 

Brittany

Name: Brittany 

Position and Shift: Honeybee 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

 

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.

Wisna

Position: Firefly Teacher PM

Start Date at FCDC: September 2019

Education: Some college

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

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by providing rich, cultural experiences and creating a diverse environment that is inclusive to all families and children at the center

My hobbies or special interests are dance and performing. I enjoy dancing traditional African dance, Afro-beats, bachata and kizomba. I love to bike and be politically engaged.

Molly C.

Position:  Firefly PM Aide

Start Date at FCDC: January 2021

Education:  Majoring in Communications and Marketing at Augsburg University

My favorite activities to do with children at FCDC are  playing sports with them and listening and dancing to music!

I hope to impact the children and families work with by creating a safe space for children to express themselves.

My hobbies or special interests are  playing soccer, listening to music and being outdoors.

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

Sami

Position:  Aide

Start Date at FCDC: December 2020

Education:  Current student at the University of Minnesota getting my Elementary Education degree

My favorite activities to do with children at FCDC are  reading with them and seeing how they progress over time!

I hope to impact the children and families work with  I hope to have a positive impact on children by helping them learn and play safely and effectively.

My hobbies or special interests are  watching movies and spending time with my friends and family.

Mytsua

Position and Shift: Float Teacher

Education: Finishing A.S Degree in Child Development

Start Date: August 2020, but originally August 2013

My favorite activities to do with children are: reading books, building legos, arts and crafts

I hope to impact the children and families I work with by: creating a safe and positive environment where the children can learn and flourish and the families feel supported

My hobbies and special interests are: photography, football, building legos and watching scary movies

Athena

Position and Shift: Float

 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)

 

Molly P.

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