Co-Directors

 
  Sarah Schauer     Co-Director/Teacher     I have been at Celebration Academy for 4 years. I have 10 years of experience working in childcare. I graduated from St. Mary’s University of Winona with a Master’s degree in education. In my free time, I enjoy running, watching football (Go Vikings!), shopping, and spending time with my family and friends. The thing I love most about the Academy is we are a smaller, faith-based center which allows the teachers to connect on a personal level with each family.

Sarah Schauer

Co-Director/Teacher

I have been at Celebration Academy for 4 years. I have 10 years of experience working in childcare. I graduated from St. Mary’s University of Winona with a Master’s degree in education. In my free time, I enjoy running, watching football (Go Vikings!), shopping, and spending time with my family and friends. The thing I love most about the Academy is we are a smaller, faith-based center which allows the teachers to connect on a personal level with each family.

 
  Rebecca Johnson     Co-Director/Teacher     I have been at Celebration Academy for over seven years. I have been in the field of education for 18 years. I have many years of experience in Early Childhood education, as well as Elementary level education. I have 14 years of experience directing Childcare programs and School-age programs. I enjoy it immensely. I earned my AA at Yuba College in Marysville, California. I also earned my BA in Social Science with an education base. I hold a Paraprofessional Certificate, as well as a Center Director Certificate. I enjoy summer, music, football (49ers!), family BBQ’s, hiking, and being with my family!

Rebecca Johnson

Co-Director/Teacher

I have been at Celebration Academy for over seven years. I have been in the field of education for 18 years. I have many years of experience in Early Childhood education, as well as Elementary level education. I have 14 years of experience directing Childcare programs and School-age programs. I enjoy it immensely. I earned my AA at Yuba College in Marysville, California. I also earned my BA in Social Science with an education base. I hold a Paraprofessional Certificate, as well as a Center Director Certificate. I enjoy summer, music, football (49ers!), family BBQ’s, hiking, and being with my family!

 

Teachers

  Stepanie Buckwheat     Teacher: Preschool Room     

Stepanie Buckwheat

Teacher: Preschool Room

 

   Nicole Thomas      Teacher: Toddler Room     Hi my name is Nicole and I am new to the Academy. I have worked with children for over two years and I enjoy the toddler age the most. I graduated from Anoka Ramsey college in Cambridge, MN. My hobbies and interests are spending time with my son. My son and I enjoy hiking, movies, bowling and swimming to name a few!

Nicole Thomas

Teacher: Toddler Room

Hi my name is Nicole and I am new to the Academy. I have worked with children for over two years and I enjoy the toddler age the most. I graduated from Anoka Ramsey college in Cambridge, MN. My hobbies and interests are spending time with my son. My son and I enjoy hiking, movies, bowling and swimming to name a few!

  Linda Molzahn     Teacher: Infant Room     I have been at Celebration Academy for eight years. I have thirty years of experience in childcare! I attended the University of Nebraska where I studied in Elementary Education, as well as attended Crown College where I majored in Christian Education. In addition, I hold my CDA certificate. My hobbies and interests are reading, cooking, natural health, bible prophecy, History, and teaching!

Linda Molzahn

Teacher: Infant Room

I have been at Celebration Academy for eight years. I have thirty years of experience in childcare! I attended the University of Nebraska where I studied in Elementary Education, as well as attended Crown College where I majored in Christian Education. In addition, I hold my CDA certificate. My hobbies and interests are reading, cooking, natural health, bible prophecy, History, and teaching!

 
  Elizabeth Otu     Teacher: Infant Room     Hi my name is Elizabeth “Liz” and I am the new Lead Infant room teacher. I have been at Celebration Academy since October 2016, and I am very happy to be here. I’m excited to be working in a faith-based environment again. I’m also pleased to have my daughter enrolled in the preschool class here, where she is learning and growing so much in this place. I studied psychology and sociology at MidAmerica Nazarene University. Right out of college I taught 4th-6th graders at a private-Christian school for 3 years. I spent 7 months working alongside missionaries in Ghana and West Africa before moving on to be a librarian at a K-12 international school. My most recent job was as a teacher, working primarily with infants at another, local daycare and preschool. I grew up in Minnesota and love it here (even though I complain about the winters). I’m a homebody but I also love an occasional camping trip or adventures with my friends. I love being a mom to my lively and adorable daughter who consumes majority of my time and energy. I consider Ghana my second country and will happily bend your ears with stories from my two years living there. Above all else, I am a Christ follower and I hope it shines through the work I do!

Elizabeth Otu

Teacher: Infant Room

Hi my name is Elizabeth “Liz” and I am the new Lead Infant room teacher. I have been at Celebration Academy since October 2016, and I am very happy to be here. I’m excited to be working in a faith-based environment again. I’m also pleased to have my daughter enrolled in the preschool class here, where she is learning and growing so much in this place. I studied psychology and sociology at MidAmerica Nazarene University. Right out of college I taught 4th-6th graders at a private-Christian school for 3 years. I spent 7 months working alongside missionaries in Ghana and West Africa before moving on to be a librarian at a K-12 international school. My most recent job was as a teacher, working primarily with infants at another, local daycare and preschool. I grew up in Minnesota and love it here (even though I complain about the winters). I’m a homebody but I also love an occasional camping trip or adventures with my friends. I love being a mom to my lively and adorable daughter who consumes majority of my time and energy. I consider Ghana my second country and will happily bend your ears with stories from my two years living there. Above all else, I am a Christ follower and I hope it shines through the work I do!

 
 

Assistant Teacher's

 Hi, my name is Megan and I have been at Celebration for 3 years. I have worked with infants through school-age children. I am a high school graduate and I earned my AAS degree from Argosy University in 2005. My hobbies and interests are spending time with my family, canoeing, and walking. I also enjoy volunteering with "This Old House" Ranch in Hastings, Minnesota.

Hi, my name is Megan and I have been at Celebration for 3 years. I have worked with infants through school-age children. I am a high school graduate and I earned my AAS degree from Argosy University in 2005. My hobbies and interests are spending time with my family, canoeing, and walking. I also enjoy volunteering with "This Old House" Ranch in Hastings, Minnesota.

 
 
  Tricia Anderson     Assistant Teacher:      Preschool     Hi, my name is Tricia Anderson! I was born in Georgia but have lived in Fairbault, Minnesota most of my life. I currently attend school at Normandale Community College for Dental Hygiene and plan on getting my MA in Advanced Dental Therapy after I receive my BA. My long-term goal is to be a Dentist. I am one of nine siblings, and have been around kids my whole life. I have been babysitting for various families when I was twelve, and have nannied for a few summers as well. I have been in the formal childcare setting for about a year now. I enjoy cooking, reading, doing things outside, and spending time with my little sister, nieces, and nephew.

Tricia Anderson

Assistant Teacher:

Preschool

Hi, my name is Tricia Anderson! I was born in Georgia but have lived in Fairbault, Minnesota most of my life. I currently attend school at Normandale Community College for Dental Hygiene and plan on getting my MA in Advanced Dental Therapy after I receive my BA. My long-term goal is to be a Dentist. I am one of nine siblings, and have been around kids my whole life. I have been babysitting for various families when I was twelve, and have nannied for a few summers as well. I have been in the formal childcare setting for about a year now. I enjoy cooking, reading, doing things outside, and spending time with my little sister, nieces, and nephew.


Aides

  Jessie Anderson     Aide: Pre-K & Float     Hi, my name is Jessie and I attended school at South Dakota State University. I also attended school at Rasmussen College. I have experience working with children of different ages.I worked with Kids Company and I have experience as a nanny. My hobbies and interests are volunteering with the local Humane Societies, bowling, watching sports, and being outside.    

Jessie Anderson

Aide: Pre-K & Float

Hi, my name is Jessie and I attended school at South Dakota State University. I also attended school at Rasmussen College. I have experience working with children of different ages.I worked with Kids Company and I have experience as a nanny. My hobbies and interests are volunteering with the local Humane Societies, bowling, watching sports, and being outside.

 

 
  Yvonne Deck     Aide: Infant/Toddler Room     Hi, my name is Yvonne and I have been at Celebration Academy for two years. The Academy family is very much a part of my life which I enjoy so much. I have worked with children for 18 years in the public school system. I have three children and two grandchildren. I enjoy spending time with family and doing things with the grandchildren. I enjoy planning parties for children, doing crafts, baking, entertaining, and I have traveled some.

Yvonne Deck

Aide: Infant/Toddler Room

Hi, my name is Yvonne and I have been at Celebration Academy for two years. The Academy family is very much a part of my life which I enjoy so much. I have worked with children for 18 years in the public school system. I have three children and two grandchildren. I enjoy spending time with family and doing things with the grandchildren. I enjoy planning parties for children, doing crafts, baking, entertaining, and I have traveled some.

 Hi my name is Raina Rennerfeldt and I'm new to the Academy! I'm a helper in the Toddler room.

Hi my name is Raina Rennerfeldt and I'm new to the Academy! I'm a helper in the Toddler room.

 

Kitchen Manager

 
  Jack Gilmour     Kitchen Manager / Chef     I have been at Celebration Academy for four years. I started working for the Academy in April 2012. In April 2016 I was given the position of food services director for both the Academy and Church. I began my cooking career after graduating from the U.S. Navy “A school for cooking” in 1975. I served eight years in the Navy. I have been cooking for 43 years, including 16 years as a Chef for the San Jose Regional Medical Center. I’m a high school graduate with college credits. I earned my degree at the U.S. Navy Cooking School. I also attended the U.S. Navy Accounting School in Charleston, South Carolina, where I finished first in my class with a 4.0 G.P.A. I enjoy music, reading, and song writing!

Jack Gilmour

Kitchen Manager / Chef

I have been at Celebration Academy for four years. I started working for the Academy in April 2012. In April 2016 I was given the position of food services director for both the Academy and Church. I began my cooking career after graduating from the U.S. Navy “A school for cooking” in 1975. I served eight years in the Navy. I have been cooking for 43 years, including 16 years as a Chef for the San Jose Regional Medical Center. I’m a high school graduate with college credits. I earned my degree at the U.S. Navy Cooking School. I also attended the U.S. Navy Accounting School in Charleston, South Carolina, where I finished first in my class with a 4.0 G.P.A. I enjoy music, reading, and song writing!