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Meet Our Staff

Dawn of Discovery is staffed by highly trained and skilled teachers dedicated to helping your child reach his or her full potential. To ensure staff quality, we select experienced teachers that are passionate about children.

All of our staff are CPR and 1st Aid Certified as well as trained in Abusive Head Trauma and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

If you're interested in joining our Family-Owned Center, please download the application below.

Feel free to email or stop in and drop it off!

Download the Dawn of Discovery Application

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Ms. Jenna | Owner/Director

Jenna has a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from St. Cloud State University. Graduating with honors Magna Cum Laude. She has over 15 years of experience creating lesson plans, implementing curriculum, and caring for children in childcare centers. Jenna has a passion for caring for children and watching them learn and grow. In her spare time Jenna enjoys being outside, running, and spending time with her daughter and husband.

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Ms. Patty | Owner/Administrator

Patty has 15 years of experience in the medical field as a medical assistant. She has been married for 30 years and has three beautiful girls. In her free time she enjoys physical fitness and training, family time at the lake, family traditions, and traveling. She understands that having a caring, positive, and nurturing environment will build self confidence in our children and will help them discover new things.

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Ms. Andrea | Assistant Director

Welcome Andrea who joined our Dawn of Discovery Family in April of 2016! Andrea has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education with a Kindergarten and Special Education Endorsement from South Dakota State University. She has over 13 years of experience teaching infants through school age children. For the past 8 years she has been creating, implementing, and assessing developmentally age appropriate curriculum. In her free time she enjoys cooking, snowmobiling, fishing, spending time at the family cabin.

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Ms. Hailey | Administrator

We are excited to introduce you to Ms. Hailey. Hailey joined our Dawn of Discovery Family in March of 2015! Hailey has been part of the Dawn of Discovery team for 4 years and has loved working with kids for as long as she can remember. She likes to help kids grow in a safe, supportive and fun environment. Hailey received her Child Development Associate Certification in April of 2017. In her spare time she likes to snuggle with her niece, go to her cabin, roller-blade, swim, play with her dog Finn, and spend time with family and friends. She can't wait to get to know and work with you and your child(ren)!

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Ms. Bonnie | Cook

Bonnie is great at making healthy meals on-site for the children. Bonnie serves up something tasty for our children here at Dawn of Discovery every day. She enjoys creating meals for the children while also educating them on nutrition. We are lucky to have her! She has lived in Zimmerman for 11 years, is married to a wonderful man, and has four adult children. She enjoys boating, fishing, bowling, and being outside working in the yard.

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Ms. Sheila | Infant One Teacher

Sheila joined our Dawn of Discovery Family in September of 2015! Sheila has been in childcare for 25 years, she has always had a passion and love for children. She loves engaging with parents and sharing the growth and development of their little one. She has 4 children, 1 stepson, and 2 grandsons that are her entire world. Sheila most enjoys spending time with her family and watching her stepson play sports.

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Ms. Angie | Infant One Teacher

Angie joined our Dawn of Discovery Family in September of 2018! She has been teaching for two years and will be completing her degree in early childhood education in the near future. She's extremely caring and has a love for teaching infants. Children are her passion. She absolutely loves engaging in conversations with parents and involving them in their child's day. She believes that children are our future and we have to give them the best start we can. Angie is happily engaged and in addition, a very proud mom to a little boy named Kason! She is honored to be a part of Dawn of Discovery team!

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Ms. Stacey | Infant Two Teacher

Please join us in welcoming Ms. Stacey. Ms. Stacey has been a part of our Dawn of Discovery Family since April of 2018! Stacey graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development from North Dakota State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Valley City State University. She taught special education in Fargo before moving to the cities where she then taught 3rd grade in the public-school setting. She loves seeing her hard work pay off and being able to be part of teaching children while they are most impressionable. When she is not teaching, she is enjoying the outdoors; on a motorcycle, golfing, fishing or spending time with her husband and kids; Otto and Isla.

Ms. Omanah | Infant One Teacher

Please join us in welcoming our new infant two teacher, Ms. Omanah. Omanah has an Associate's Degree in Art. She likes supporting families starting childcare so that they can get back to providing for their loved ones. She enjoys cooking and doing crafts with my husband and three kids. She is also a blogger and published author on Amazon. Her favorite quote is "If you can dream it, you can do it." -Walt Disney. She is excited to work with you and your families!

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Ms. Kelsie | Infant and Waddler Float Teacher

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Ms. Chelsi | Infant Float Teacher

We love having Chelsi be apart of our Dawn of Discovery Family! We welcomed Chelsi into the Dawn of Discovery Family in August of 2018! Chelsi has worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse at the St. Cloud Hospital birthing center for 3 years. She is currently continuing her studies in nursing to receive her BSN. She has 14 years of experience working with babies and children of all ages. She loves snuggling with the infants and watching them learn and grow. She is married and has a golden retriever named “Chief”. Her hobbies include working out, traveling, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.

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Ms. Amber | Waddler Teacher

Amber has been apart of our Dawn of Discovery Family since October of 2016! Amber has her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Saint Cloud State University and has a minor in Family and Child Studies from Saint Cloud State University. She has been in childcare for over 11 years. She loves being a part of the children's day. She has a passion for lesson planning the curriculum, art, and play . She is a loving mother to Delaney and step-mom to Avery who takes up a lot of her free time as they love pretend play, coloring, and reading books.

Ms. Alyssa | Waddler Teacher

Alyssa joined out Dawn of Discovery Family in September of 2019! Alyssa recently moved to Big Lake with her husband and three boys. She has working in child care for many years with experience of running her own licensed home daycare. She spends her weekend with her family enjoying the outside weather in the summer and outdoor play activities in the winter. Her favorite hobby is baking and indulging in her favorite treat of brownies.

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Ms. Rachel | Toddler Float Teacher

Rachel joined Dawn of Discovery in December 2018! She is a licensed minister specializing in family and kids. She's been teaching kids in churches and schools for 6 years. She enjoys coloring and reading in her free time. Kiddos are her passion and she is so excited to be a part of the DOD team!

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Ms. Hannah | Toddler Two Teacher

Hannah joined our Dawn of Discovery Family in May of 2017! She has two beautiful daughters; Marlee and Kennedy. Hannah is great working with the toddlers because she isn't afraid to get messy and is very patient and caring. She is currently working towards completion of her CDA.

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Ms. Kayla | Toddler Two Teacher

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Ms. Kaylee | Toddler Float Teacher

Kaylee is excited to join our team! Kaylee began her journey with us in October of 2018. She is currently a junior at Elk River High School. Kaylee loves working with children and hopes to go into a career that allows her to continue to work with children. Once Kaylee graduates she hopes to go to school to be a pediatric nurse practitioner. In her free time she enjoys photography and spending time outdoors with her family and friends.

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Ms. Jess | Preschool One Teacher

Jess joined our Dawn of Discovery Family in January of 2016! Jess lives in Big Lake and is the proud mother of four children. She has pursued her passion of working with children through her 15 plus years of experience working in the childcare field. She received her Child Development Associate Certificate in September of 2013 through the Eager to Learn Program. In her free time she enjoys reading, music, and spending time with family and friends.

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Ms. Tricia | Preschool One Teacher

Ms. Tricia joined our Dawn of Discovery family in November of 2017 as the infant float, then became the preschool float. She found her home in preschool 2 which she loves. She is married with 2 kids; Parker and Peyton. Tricia enjoys spending time with her family, going to and watching movies, going to the cabin, and spending time outdoors.

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Ms. Nicole | Preschool Two Teacher

Please welcome Ms. Nicole! Nicole joined out Dawn of Discovery Family in April of 2019. Nicole graduated from Alexandria Technical Community College with an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education. She is from Elk River, MN, and live with her boyfriend of 4 years! She enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors enjoying our Minnesota great lakes! She enjoys working with children and has the most experience working with the preschool age group. She is excited for my new journey at Dawn of Discovery Childcare!

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Ms. Lindsay | Preschool Two Teacher

Lindsay graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Psychology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She spent 3 years teaching in Michigan before moving to Minnesota with her husband in 2009. Lindsay is the proud mother of two boys, Henrik and Thomas. She loves camping, cooking, sports, and spending time with family. Lindsay loves working with children of all ages and enjoys seeing them learn and grow!

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Ms. Ellie | Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

We are happy to introduce Ms. Ellie! Ellie has been apart of our Dawn of Discovery Family since August of 2016! Ellie has 8 years of experience in the childcare field. She has worked with all age groups from infants up to preschool, but really enjoys helping the preschoolers prepare for kindergarten. She is married with 1 human daughter; Alex, and 2 fur children: Zeus a yellow lab and Mischief the cat. In her free time, Ellie enjoys reading, gardening, and playing with Alex

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Ms. Valerie | Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

We are happy to introduce you to Ms. Val! Val joined our Dawn of Discovery Family in June of 2017! She has her certification in Early Childhood Development from Rasmussen College and has been teaching preschool for a little over 13 years now. Val enjoys being a preschool teacher because she loves how rewarding it feels to see children light up when they accomplish new and exciting things. In her free time she enjoys coaching cheerleading, spending time with her soon to be family of four, and watching Netflix movies.

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Ms. Katie | Preschool Float Teacher

Ms. Katie joined our Dawn of Discovery team in May of 2018! Katie lives in Zimmerman and is currently going to school at Anoka Ramsey Community College. She is majoring in Early Childhood Education in hopes to teach 1st grade or Kindergarten. In her free time, she likes to hang out with her friends and family.

Ms. Brandy | Center Float Teacher

Brandy is excited to join our team! Brandy graduated from Minnesota School of Business with her Bachelors Degree and CDA. She has been working with children in an educational setting for 5 years. In her free time she enjoys spending time with my family. In the warmer season's she likes to be outside; camping, fishing, going to car shows and traveling. In the cooler season's she tends to stick closer to home. Brandy and her family play games, put puzzles together, watch movies and play outside.

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Ms. Crystal | Center Float Teacher

Ms. Crystal has been with us since August of 2018! She is a proud Minnesotan, born and raised. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in early childhood education from Trinity Lutheran College in Everett, Washington in May of 2014. She graduated Suma Cum Laude! Crystal married her best friend in July of 2014, on a beautifully sunny day. She enjoys hands on learning and promoting a positive environment. She has been teaching preschool for over 4 years now and loves to laugh with the children!

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Ms. Audrey | Center Float Teacher

Please give a warm welcome to Ms. Audrey! Audrey is a senior at Elk River High School and takes part in cross country. She loves reading, playing volleyball, outdoor activities, and being with friends. She grew up all around America in a military family and have been babysitting as long as she can remember. Audrey aspires to be a high risk pregnancy genetic counselor and she wants to study at South Dakota State University.

We joined the Dawn of Discovery family almost 2 years ago. Our son started in the Preschool 1 room and our daughter started in Toddler 1. We recently moved out of the area and needed to find something closer to home but both our kids LOVED all their teachers at Dawn of Discovery.
I give them 5 stars because my son was diagnosed with ASD; Aspergers and Sensory Processing Disorder - while Dawn of Discovery ended up not being the ideal environment for him because of his special needs all of the teachers and directors were VERY courteous and professional on working on a plan with us to help our monkey and kept in good communications with us on when he was having hard days.
Dawn of Discovery always has fun things going on in the classrooms for kids. Our daughter's favorite thing in the world is all things oceans after Miss Shanna did a unit in her classroom and she was so proud of the octopus she made!
Miss Jess, Miss Mandy, Miss Shayla, Miss Hailey, Miss Lexi, Miss Taylor and more will all be missed by our family!!
Miss Jenna, Miss Patty, and Miss Andrea were all wonderful to work with as far as communicating with us on things going on with the kids. We loved the app we got to use in checking in on the kids throughout the day.
Had we not moved we would have stayed with Dawn of Discovery until Kindergarten time. We are so grateful we found Dawn of DIscovery and that our kids were lucky enough to have the great teachers that they did.
THANK YOU DAWN OF DISCOVERY!!!