Staff reading to two children

 

Each classroom is headed-up by a lead teacher who holds a Bachelor of Science degree, and a Minnesota Pre-Kindergarten teaching license. These lead teachers are assisted by University practicum students and/or participants in the college work-study program.

Debra Carlson

Director

Debra has been the director of Lindgren Child Care Center since 1980. Her goal has always been to continually improve the center, or “keep polishing the gem that we have”, as she says. Current improvements focus around answering the following general question: when children and families in our program grow up and think back on their time at Lindgren, will it be with fondness, warmth, and connection? We especially try to emphasize elements of beauty and nature in those improvements. Ms Carlson holds a Minnesota Pre-K teaching license, and has a Master's Degree in Management of Public and Non-Profit Organizations from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

 

Dennis Mergen

Associate Director

Dennis is in his seventeenth year here at LCCC; the first ten+ years as the lead preschool teacher. He has moved to the associate director postion in 2009. He has worked in the Early Childhood field for the last twenty years. Previously, Dennis has taught in the St. Michael/Albertville school district. Dennis holds a a B.S. from SCSU in Applied Psychology, and a Masters Degree in Higher Education Administration. He also received minors in Human Relations and Child and Family Studies with a Minnesota Early Childhood Teaching Licensure. Dennis lives in the Albany area with his wife Ginny, son Marcus who is now sixteen and their first grader Jackson, and two year old Owen.

 

Martina Juvera-Paul

Infant Teacher

Martina has worked in the early childhood field for the past nine years following her graduation from St. Cloud State in 2004. She majored in Child and Family Studies and has her Minnesota Birth-Grade 3 Early Childhood Teaching License. Her experiences include teaching preschool-aged children at Head Start, being an Early Childhood Teacher for ECFE in the local community, serving as a literacy tutor for MN Reading Corps, providing remediation programming for elementary students as well as years of service in other childcare centers. Martina provides learning experiences that foster growth in a secure, loving and accepting environment. She lives in the area with her husband Joel and toddler son Landon. In her free time, Martina enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, photography, reading and the outdoors.

 

Kayla Allar

Toddler Teacher

Kayla graduated from Bemidji State University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and holds a Minnesota Birth – Grade 3 teaching license. She has been working with children in the St. Paul area ever since. She spent three years as a nanny for two wonderful children before taking a teaching position in Woodbury, where she taught both toddler and preschool aged children for two years. She recently moved back to the St. Cloud area with her husband and son. Kayla fills her classroom with love and excitement and provides a positive atmosphere to instill a love for learning at a young age. She is excited to be working here at Lindgren Child Care Center and looks forward to getting to know each child and their families.

 

Kim Hemiller

Preschool Teacher

Kim is a 2002 graduate from SCSU with a degree in Early Childhood Education and has a Minnesota Birth – Grade 3 teaching license. Prior to teaching at Lindgren, Kim has spent the last 12 years as a preschool teacher for Reach Up, Inc. Head Start. Kim also served as a literacy tutor for MN Reading Corps for 2 years. Her goal as the preschool teacher is to form positive relationships with both the children and their families, while fostering a lifelong love of learning. Kim lives in the St. Cloud area with her husband and two children and dog.

 

Ellie Dietzen

Graduate Assistant

Ellie, who hails from Blackcreek Wisconsin, is a 2014 graduate from SCSU in Early Childhood Education with a Coaching minor. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special education to obtain her license to work in a special education classroom in the future.

 

Staff

These lead teachers are assisted by University practicum students and/or participants in the university work-study program.

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