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


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 sixteenth 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 fifteen years old and their preschool son Jackson, and infant 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.

Amy Krystosek

Toddler Teacher

Amy obtained a Bachelor of Science degree here at St. Cloud State University along with a minor in Early Childhood Education. She holds a Minnesota PreK-6 th grade teaching license. While in college she was a work-study student here at the center. After graduating, she worked one year out in the early childhood field, and then returned back to Lindgren Child Care Center in 1990 as the Toddler Teacher. Amy provides a classroom environment that is safe, positive and homelike. She has two sons, Elijah and Simon. In her spare time, Amy enjoys gardening, traveling up north with her boys,cooking and watching her boys baseball games.

Megan Hermanson

Preschool Teacher

She obtained her early childhood teaching license here at St. Cloud State. Before working at Lindgren Meghan worked for five years as the Early Childhood Teacher for the Big Lake school district. She lives in Milaca with her husband and two dogs. Her passion is early childhood and could not be happier to have the opportunity to share these magical years with you and your family. Her goal as the preschool teacher is to get to know all of you and open a line of communication which is imperative for our success. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, traveling, reading, and spending time with her family.


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

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