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. 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. Jan | Infant Float Teacher
Please join us in welcoming our Infant Two teacher, Ms. Jan. Jan lives in Monticello with her two sons. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, spending time with family, crafting, and watching sports. Jan has always wanted to work with children and ran her own in home child care for over 7 years. She loves to work with infants, watching them grow and learn new things each day.
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. Stacey | Toddler One 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. Jenna | Toddler Two Teacher
We welcome Ms. Jenna to our Dawn of Discovery team! Ms. Jenna has her AAS in Child Development at Hennepin Technical College and has experience in child care centers. In her free time she likes to spend time outside ice fishing and camping with her husband and son, Thomas. She also loves running and new adventures! Ms. Jenna loves teaching early childhood education and is very excited to work with you and your family.
Ms. Hailee | Toddler Two Teacher
Welcome Hailee to our Dawn of Discovery Team!
Ms. Lindsay | Preschool One 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. Eilysha | Preschool One Teacher
Ms. Eilysha is very excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the Dawn of Discovery team.
Ms. Nicole | Preschool Two Teacher
Ms. Nicole joined our 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. Courtney | Preschool Two
Ms. Courtney is very excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the Dawn of Discovery team. She recently moved back to her hometown of Big Lake/Monticello area after working at a daycare for 2 years in southern MN. Caring for and educating children has been a passion of Courtney's for years and although she has the most experience with toddlers, she is pumped to get to work with preschool and pre-k. In her free time, Courtney likes to hang out with family and friends, play with her cats, and take her puppy on walks.She also enjoys reading and cooking.
Ms. Jess | Pre-K Teacher
We are very excited to welcome Ms. Jess back! Ms. Jess has been in the field of childcare for over 17 years and has her CDA. Ms. Jess is the mother to 4 amazing children and the proud wife of a Big Lake Firefighter. In her down time, Jess teaches confirmation at her local church, spends time with her family and friends camping, and enjoys reading a good book. Teaching and working with children of all ages has always been a passion of Ms. Jess'.
Ms. Talysa | Pre-K Teacher
Join us in welcoming Ms. Talysa! Ms. Talysa started working in childcare when she was in high school which lead her to graduate from Rasmussen College with her associate's degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Talysa lives in Oak Grove with her husband and dog, Bear. She enjoys fishing, four wheeling, and snowmobiling in her free time. Ms. Talysa truly loves teaching and is excited to be a part of the DOD family.
Ms. Hannah D. l Center 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. Sissy | Center Float
Join us in welcoming Ms. Sissy! Sissy is 20 years old and has a passion for working with young children. she loves being able to help, educate and show care for all ages. Before she graduated high school she knew she wanted to have a career working with children. She received her child development and teaching educating certificate. In her free time she spends time with family, playing with her dog and taking care of her dads horse Rocky.
Ms. Neveah | Center Float
Ms. Michaela | Center Float
My daughter just started a week ago, she loves every minute of it. I love to see and hear what they do in class, I also love they do home cooked meals.