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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 spend time with her niece and nephew, go to her cabin, read, roller-blade, swim, play with her cats, 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. Brittany | Infant One Teacher

Brittney lives in Elk River and is married with a 13 year old stepdaughter. Her past career includes new postpartum moms and newborn babies. She loves spending time with her family and friends in addition to enjoying flowers, decorating and crafts in her free time.

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Ms. Brittany | Infant One Teacher

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Ms. Angie | Infant Two Teacher

Angie is married and has two wonderful children. Leighton is 2 and has fun every day with her friends at DOD. Kason is 6 and in kindergarten. Their family lives on a small farm with cows! She loves to be outdoors, loves spending every day with her DOD family and says "There is no better place for me" and we agree!

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Ms. Ashley | Infant Two Teacher

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ms. Alyssa | Toddler Two Teacher

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Ms. Olivia | Toddler Two Teacher

Olivia is 17 years old with 4 younger siblings and 1 older sibling. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with my younger cousins. Being a dancer for 10 years and volunteering with the toddler/preschool dance classes was a favorite pastime of Olivia. During summer she enjoys lake days, camping and spending quality time with friends and family.

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Ms. Eilysha | Preschool One Teacher

Ms. Eilysha is very excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the Dawn of Discovery team.

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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. Courtney | Preschool Two Teacher

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.

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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'.

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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.

I continue to be blown away by the care and curriculum that my girls get each day. Everyone there from the teachers, to the office, and the kitchen staff truly care about each kid. My girls have both learned more than I could have every expected.

We love bounce houses and water days in the summer, as well as things like yoga, costume Kim, cooking and science all year round!