Infant Nursery Room and Playroom
Miss Andrea, Waconia Nursery Room Teacher
Bachelor of Science, 15 years in the early childhood field
I graduated from Minnesota State University-Mankato with Bachelors of Science degrees in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education.
I have worked in the early childhood field for the last 15 years and love working and teaching young children. I knew I wanted to be a teacher when I was in the 6th grade.
In my free time I love to watch movies, take pictures and scrapbook. I love spending my free time with my two nephews.
Miss Ellen, Waconia Playroom Teacher
Bachelors in Education, 3 years in the early childhood field
I am a graduate of the University of North Dakota with a degree in Elementary Education. I have been in the education field for 10 years. After college I spent 3 years teaching English in South Korea.
Since returning home I’ve been a substitute teacher and track coach. In my free time I enjoy running, reading books and traveling.
Miss Emily L, Waconia Infant Room Assistant Teacher
8 years in the early childhood field
At a young age I knew I wanted to work with kids. After high school I attended Mankato State but finished my degree at Crown College.
I am a mother of 2 children and they both attend Ladybug. I feel so privileged to have them near me as I work. In my free time I enjoy doing home projects, spending time outdoors and reading.
Miss Emily Z, Waconia Infant Room Assistant Teacher
2 years of college, graduating in the fall with a degree in ECED, 4 years in the early childhood field
I’m currently in college working towards my Associates degree in Early Childhood Development and will be graduating this fall. I have over 4 years of experience working with children. In my spare time I work another job and spend time with my friend and family.
Miss Natalie, Waconia Infant Room Assistant Teacher
Bachelors in Community Health Education, 4 years in the early childhood field
I graduated from Minnesota State University-Mankato with a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education and a minor in Psychology. I have been at Ladybug for less than a year but have experience in home daycare.
In my spare time I work at my other job, fix puzzles, watch TV and spend time with my friends and family.
Miss Amber P, Waconia Nursery Room Aide
1 year in the early childhood field
I recently graduated from high school in 2015 and have a 3yr old son who attends Ladybug.
He is my inspiration. He motivates me to do better, to keep going, to never give up and to keep pushing through the tough times. In my free time I love doing art projects with my son, spending time outside and scrapbooking.
Toddler Rooms – Toddler A, Toddler B, and Proddler
Miss Ali, Waconia Toddler A Teacher
Early Childhood Certificate, 4.5 years in the early childhood field
I started at Ladybug in 2012 as a Preschool Aide. After attending college in Bemidji for a year, I returned home and became an Assistant Teacher. Currently I am the Toddler A Teacher.
When I am not at Ladybug, I like to play outside with my daughter, ride horses and spend time with my family and friends.
Miss Courtney, Waconia Toddler B Teacher
A.A.S in Early Childhood Development, 4.5 years in the early childhood field
I have been working at Ladybug since high school and have been able to work a little in every classroom.
I enjoy spending time with my husband and dog Max at home. I love going out to dinner, seeing movies, shopping and concerts.
Miss Amber, Waconia Proddler Teacher
Certificate in Early Childhood Education, 4 years in the early childhood field
I have been working at Ladybug for four years. My first three years I was an aide and after getting my certificate I have been a teacher in the Toddler A and Prodder classrooms. My desire to work with children started when I volunteered at a daycare while in high school.
In my free time I like to watch and play with my nephew, spend time with my husband and spend time outdoors.
Miss Mackenzie, Waconia Toddler Assistant Teacher
Bachelors in Relational Communications, 9 months in the early childhood field
My family and I grew up in Southern Minnesota. While there I started PSEO and finished my last three years of college at Crown College. After I graduated I moved to Nebraska and started working at a daycare. That is when I realized my passion for working with children.
In my spare time I like reading, singing, playing piano and doing crafts.
Miss Meghan, Waconia Toddler A Aide
1.5 years in the early childhood field
I have been working at Ladybug for over a year and love it. Currently I am an aide in the Toddler A room.
I grew up in Winthrop on a dairy farm where I was involved in 4H. In my free time I love spending time with my son and relaxing.
Miss Katelyn, Waconia Toddler B Aide
2.5 years in the early childhood field
I started at Ladybug 2.5 years ago as an aide in the Toddler B room where I have been ever since. I have had various opportunities to work in every room at Ladybug and have loved them all.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my son and hanging out with my family. Being a mom and learning from my son is one of my greatest accomplishments in life and what I find most rewarding.
Miss Wendy, Waconia Proodler Aide
30 years in the early childhood field
I moved to Minnesota in 2004 from Canada and started working at Ladybug in 2014. Currently I am a Proodler Aide at Waconia.
Miss Jen, Waconia Preschool Teacher
Bachelors in Communication Disorders, 3.5 years in the early childhood field
I attended Mankato State University and graduated with a degree in Communication Disorders. Before I came to Ladybug, I spent two years as a literacy tutor for the Minnesota Reading Corp. I have been at Ladybug for 3.5 years. I love all the excitement my preschoolers come in with everyday.
When I am not teaching, I love spending time with my husband, son and dog. I also love going to the cabin in the summer and spending time with my family.
Miss Sara, Waconia Preschool Assistant Teacher
A.A.S. Degree in Child Development, 1 year in the early childhood field
I decided to go back to school last year to become a teacher. It has always been my dream since I was a little girl and I finally decided to go for it. This dream came from my mom and aunt who were both teachers and inspired me to become a teacher. They showed me what a great reward working with children is.
I love reading books, swimming, going for walks and listening to music. My daughters and I love waterparks and are always looking for new ones to try.
Miss Lindsey, Waconia Preschool Experienced Aide
Attending Rasmussen, 3.5 years in the early childhood field
I started at Ladybug in 2012 as an aide in the Nursery. After moving into different teaching positions I decided I wanted to go to school for Early Childhood Education. Currently I am an Assistant Teacher.
In my spare time I like spending my time outdoors and being with my family and friends. We really enjoy going to hockey and baseball games.
Miss Kayla, Waconia AdventureCentre Teacher
Bachelors in Elementary Education, Minor in Special Education, 12 years in the early childhood field
I started working with children at 15 years old when I started watching my 2 year old niece. Following high school, I attended St. Cloud State and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education.
I started working at Ladybug while in college as an Assistant Teacher in Preschool and was offered the AdventureCentre classroom following graduation.
Outside of work I really enjoy spending time with my husband and dog. We enjoy going to Gopher football games and bowling on the weekends.
Miss Betty, Waconia Float Assistant Teacher
I love working with children of all ages. Creative arts and activities are areas I love. I am a mother of two and enjoy living and working in the wonderful Waconia/Victoria community.
In my spare time, my son and I enjoy soccer, basketball and biking.
Miss Alina, Waconia Float Aide
7 months in the early childhood field
I graduated high school in 2011 and I am currently a float aide at Ladybug. I have been working here for 7 months.
In my free time I enjoy reading books and watching movies. Family is important to me, so spending as much time as I can with them is a big priority for me.
Miss Stacey, Waconia Programs and Facilities Manager
Early Childhood Education Degree, 18 years in the early childhood field
I have worked at Ladybug for 18 years. I started as an aide in the Toddler B classroom. It wasn’t long before I decided to take my passion for teaching one step further and pursue my early childhood specialist degree at Rasmussen.
When I graduated, I worked as the Toddler A teacher at Chaska for 8 years. When Ladybug Waconia opened, I transferred there and taught preschool for 8 years. Currently I am the Waconia Programs and Facility Manager.
I was born in Wisconsin so in my spare time I enjoy exercising my “cheesehead” rights by watching the Packers, Badgers and Brewers. I also enjoy traveling with my family making great memories along the way, even though we may get lost on occasion.
Miss Katie, Client Services Manager
Bachelors in Elementary Education, Middle School Communication, Arts and Literature, 13 years in the early childhood field
My love for children began at a young age and is still going strong. I began working in the childcare field upon graduating from MSU-Mankato.
Spending time with my daughter made me want the benefits of working with my child. Needless to say I fell in love with my job as an early childhood educator and never went back to the school district.
I am married with two children and love going to Ladybug everyday!
Miss Becky, Waconia Kitchen Tech
6 months in the early childhood field
I served 4 years in the US Navy where I was deployed to the Arabian Gulf twice and spent most of my time in foreign waters. After leaving the Navy, I moved back to Minnesota to be with my family.
In my spare time I like to do arts and crafts with my daughter and help my friends with their horses.