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!
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.
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.
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.
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)!
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.
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.
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!
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. Sarah | Infant Two Teacher
We welcome Ms. Sarah to our Dawn of Discovery family! Ms. Sarah has been in childcare for over 25 years, running her own in home daycare as well as working as a lead teacher in childcare centers in infant and toddler rooms. In her free time Ms. Sarah loves spending time with her family, hunting, camping, and fishing all year round. She also loves playing card games and scrap-booking. Ms. Sarah is excited to work with you and your family!
Ms. Kelsie | Infant and Waddler Float Teacher
Ms. Kelsie has been a part of the Dawn of Discovery family for 3 years and has been working with kids even before that. She is currently attending college to get her degree so that she can work with children. She enjoys traveling with friends and family. Ms. Kelsie is great with our infant and waddler age, she can't wait to work with you and your family!
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.
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.
Ms. Rachel | Toddler One 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!
Ms. Hannah D. l Waddler and Toddler Float
Hannah is currently attending school at SCSU to pursue her degree in Elementary Education! She has always loved working with kids and knew she was going to make a career of it. She has previous experience in a center and is excited to start with the children of Dawn of Discovery! She also coaches dance with Just For Kix in Princeton with children ranging from the ages four to fourteen and in her free time, she enjoys working out, spending time with friends and family, and reading.
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.
Ms. Kayla | Toddler Two Teacher
Ms. Kayla joined our Dawn of Discovery team in May of 2019. She went to school for English Education and has an Associates in Art. In her free time, she likes to read, write, cook, and bake. She also loves going to country music concerts. She loves creating fun art projects for the toddlers!
Ms. Kelly l Preschool One Teacher
Ms. Kelly studied early childhood education at Rasmussen College. She ran a licensed daycare in her home for over 20 years while her kids were growing up. Ms. Kelly is married and has 3 children and 2 grandchildren. In her free time her favorite thing to do is spend time with her family. Together as a family they enjoy biking, hiking, camping, fishing, and going to the races. Ms. Kelly is excited to be a part of the Dawn of Discovery team.
Ms. Brandy | Preschool One 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.
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. 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!
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!
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
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.
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!
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've been with DOD for almost a year and our kids love it! The staff is awesome and welcoming every morning. Our kids have learned so much from their curriculum. It's amazing. Would for sure recommend them to other families in the area!