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


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 10 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 family and friends.


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

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, and working around the house and yard.


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. Susie | Infant One Teacher

Susie has been teaching infants for over 13 years. She loves spending time helping the infants reach all of the developmental milestones. Her passion is children and being the sole provider while parents are at work. She loves being able to give them the love and attention they deserve each day! She has her Certificate in Child Care from Rasmussen College in St. Cloud. Susie has 2 boys of her own and 4 little grandchildren with one on the way. In her free time she enjoys being outside and crocheting.


Ms. Sheila | Infant One Teacher

Sheila previously owned and operated an in-home daycare for the last 21 years before moving to Big Lake. She has always had a passion and love for children. She has 4 children of her own and 1 stepson. Sheila enjoys watching her kids play sports, going to their cabin up north, and spending time with family and friends.


Ms. Amber | Infant Two Teacher

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 9 years. She loves being a part of the children's day. She has a passion for lesson planning the curriculum and connecting with parents each night about their child's day. She is a loving mother to Delaney who takes up a lot of her free time as she loves going to the park and reading books with her.

Ms. Stacey | Infant Two Teacher

Please join us in welcoming Stacey to our Dawn of Discovery Family! Stacey graduated with an Bachelor's Degree in Child Development from North Dakota State University. She taught special education in Fargo before moving to Elk River where she then taught 3rd grade in the public school district. She loves seeing her hard work pay off and being able to be apart of teaching children while they the most impressionable. When she is not teaching she is enjoying the outdoors, on a motorcycle, golfing, fishing or spending time with family.


Ms. Kelsie | Infant Float Teacher

Kelsie has been a wonderful team member here at Dawn of Discovery since November of 2016. She currently attends Elk River High School and would like to pursue teaching or nursing after she graduates. In her free time she enjoys going camping and spending time with family and friends. She really loves interacting and spending time with children!


Ms. Lindsay | Toddler One Teacher

Lindsay has a Bachelor's Degree in English and Psychology from the University of Michigan - Dearborn. She is married to her husband James and is the mother to two wonderful boys, Henrik and Thomas. She is an avid sports fan and loves spending time with her family. She loves camping, hiking, and spending time outdoors. She has a passion for learning and for the education and development of all children!!


Ms. Hannah | Toddler One Teacher

Hannah joined our Dawn of Discovery Family in May of 2017. Hannah started her schooling in Elementary Education to go along with her passion for working with children. In her spare time she enjoys going up north and spending time with her daughter Marlee.

Ms. Kelsey | Toddler One Teacher

Please welcome Kelsey to our Dawn of Discovery Family! Kelsey recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead in Elementary Inclusive Education with a minor in Special Education. She loves working with kids of all ages as there is something fun and exciting with every age group. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outside, boating and reading.


Ms. Hailey | Toddler Two Teacher

Hailey has loved working with kids for as long as she can remember. She likes to help kids grow positively in a supportive and fun environment. Hailey received her Child Development Associate Certification in April of 2017. In her spare time she likes to go to her cabin, roller-blade, swim, play with animals, and spend time with family and friends. She can't wait to work with you and your child(ren)!


Ms. Lexi | Toddler Two Teacher

Lexi loves working with children of all ages. She has been a teacher’s assistant in different school programs, as well as a mentor/spokesperson for the D.A.R.E. program for young children. Lexi has four nieces and nephews that she has been able to watch learn and grow. She believes there is nothing more gratifying than witnessing all the new milestones that young children reach. In her free time, Lexi enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and dogs, and being creative with activities revolving around art.


Ms. Lindsay | Toddler Float Teacher

Lindsay is excited to be apart of the Dawn of Discovery Family! Lindsay recently moved back to Elk River from North Dakota. She spent the past couple years working at a daycare in North Dakota in the older toddler classroom. In her free time she enjoys dancing and spending time with her dance team.


Ms. Jess | Preschool One Teacher

Jess lives in Big Lake and is the proud mother of four children. She has pursued her passion of working with children through her 13 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.


Ms. Valerie | Preschool One Teacher

We are happy to introduce you to Ms. Val! She has her certification in Early Childhood Development from Rasmussen College and has been teaching preschool for a little over 11 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, going up the cabin with family, and watching Netflix movies.


Ms. Shayla | Preschool Two Teacher

Shayla has lived in Elk River for 12 years. She is currently earning her Early Childhood Education at Anoka-Ramsey Community College. She enjoys working with kids of all ages and watching them learn and develop. Shayla is especially passionate about helping kids learn through art and creativity. She loves to go shopping, visit humane societies, cook, and spend time with her friends and family. She has two cats, Mikita and Diesel.


Ms. Tricia | Preschool Two Teacher


Ms. Ellie | Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Ellie has 5 years 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 2 furry children: Zeus a yellow lab and Mischief the cat. In her free time, Ellie enjoys reading, gardening, and taking Zeus for walks.


Ms. Sam | Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Sam has always wanted to work with kids but started her career in cosmetology. She is currently enrolled in school for Early Childhood Education. She loves to spend her weekends hanging with family. She has been with the love of her life for 10 years but married for almost 4 years. She has one puppy named Louie who she enjoys taking to the dog park and taking him on walks.


Ms. Taylor | Preschool Float Teacher

Welcome back Ms. Taylor! Taylor started working at Dawn of Discovery in October of 2015 and left for college but is now back floating around the preschool classrooms.

Ms. Katie | Center Float Teacher

We are excited to introduce Ms. Katie! Katie lives in Zimmerman and is currently going to school at Anoka Ramsey Community College. She majoring in Early Childhood Education in hopes to teach 1st or Kindergarten. In her free time, she loves to take care of babies and hang out with her friends and family.


Ms. Cassidy | Center Float Teacher

Cassidy is excited to be apart of the Dawn of Discovery of Family! She has grown up being around children her whole life helping her mother do in-home daycare. She is in high school at Big Lake and enjoys playing basketball and hanging out with friends. On the weekends she enjoys spending time with her family at the cabin.

I love Dawn of Discovery and the staff! They go above and beyond each day. Definitely recommended to anyone looking for childcare!