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.
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!
Teacher: Preschool Room
I have worked at Celebration Academy for over three years. I have worked with all age groups at the Academy. I have also worked with children through scouts and summer Bible camps. I’m a graduate of Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical University. I love spending time with my beautiful daughter. In my free time, I enjoy being with my family, golfing, fishing, and being outdoors!
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!
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!
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!
I have been a teacher at Celebration Academy for two years. I have over eight years of experience working with children. I graduated from NAU with my AAS Degree in Business Management. I love spending time with my family and friends. My hobbies and interests are crafting, baking, shopping, watching movies and volunteering.
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 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.
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.
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 Ashley and I've been at the Academy since October 2017. I work in the Preschool room. I have previous experience working with children of different ages. I attended Lake Superior College located in Duluth, Minnesota. My interests and hobbies are spending time outdoors with my two sons Jacob and Tucker and playing with our two labs Remy and Trex. I enjoy working on projects such as, rebuilding furniture, painting, writing, and teaching my sons what's most important in life; love, generosity and kindness. I'm very proud to be a part of the Academy and getting to know each peanut here.
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!