Meet our Chaska Ladybug Staff!

  • Infant Nursery Room and Playroom

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      Miss Lera, Chaska Nursery Room Teacher

      Bachelors in Education, 2 years in the early childhood field

      Personal Story:

      I have always wanted to be a teacher. I taught 7th graders in a specialized English speaking middle school in Russia before moving to the United States in 2008.

      I have worked as an Assistant Teacher at a Montessori school where I realized just how much I loved working with children. My goal in life is to help children of all ages develop and grow into bright and successful adults.

      My teaching position at Ladybug is a great opportunity for me to fulfill my calling and I could not be happier. I am constantly gaining knowledge and growing as a professional owing thanks to the wonderful Ladybug staff and students.

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      Miss Jody, Chaska Playroom Teacher

      Associate of Arts Degree, 16 years in the early childhood field

      Personal Story:

      I have a wonderful husband and daughter. I grew up in Chaska and went to school there as well. I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher from early on.

      In my free time, I love spending time with my family and friends. My biggest inspiration is creative people.

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      Miss Barbra, Chaska Assistant Nursery Room Teacher

      High school degree with 1 year of early childhood experience

      Personal Story:

      I was born in Mississippi and have two sisters and one brother. I lived in Chicago most of my life but recently moved to Minnesota last year. I have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

  • Toddler Rooms – Toddler A, Toddler B, and Proddler

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      Miss Anne, Chaska Toddler A Teacher

      Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, 13 years of childcare experience

      Personal Story:

      In August of 2008, Ladybug offered me a job and with that came a home and a second family. My son was 4 months old at the time and it was truly a great feeling to know that not only was he here with me but that I knew he was receiving the best care possible.

      I personally have learned so many new things and have had the opportunity to work alongside an amazing group of people.

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      Miss Lisa, Chaska Toddler Assistant Teacher

      1 year of early childhood experience

      Personal Story:

      In my spare time I like to spend time with my family and friends, and most importantly my son! We both love being outdoors, playing games and eating.

      My inspiration is my love for my son. He inspires me to be better at everything. My personal heroes are my parents; without them I wouldn’t be the fun-loving, outgoing person I am today. Family means the world to me.

      I love to laugh and will laugh at just about anything, even horrible jokes. “Live, Laugh, Love” is pretty much what I live my life by.

    • Miss Alyssa, Chaska Proddler Teacher

      Photo and bio coming soon!

  • Preschool Room

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      Miss Jen, Chaska Preschool Teacher and Facilities/Programs Manager

      Bachelors in Communication Disorders, 3.5 years in the early childhood field

      Personal Story:

      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.

  • AdventureCentre

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      Miss Sade, Chaska School Age Teacher and Staffing Manager

      Early Childhood Education degree, 2 years in the early childhood field

      Personal Story:

      I am a mother of 2 beautiful girls whom both currently attend Ladybug. I have been in the childcare industry since 2014. Working with kids has been a dream of mine since I was 16.

      My biggest inspiration is my children. They make me want to be the best that I can be. My greatest hero is my mother. She has always taught me to be who I am no matter where I am.

      As a teacher, I take pride in the opportunities that I am given everyday to provide fun and engaging activities to my class.

  • Administrative

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      Miss Michelle, Vice President

      Elementary education and early childhood degree, 23 years in the early childhood field

      Personal Story:

      Both my parents ran family businesses; I grew up knowing I would work for on of my parents. One morning before school my dad asked me if I wanted to work for him or mom. I asked why and he told me that someone offered to buy his company. I said, “I’ll work for mom”.

      Sometimes going to work in the family business means doing something you don’t love. I am very lucky. I love what I do. I love working with children and the teaching staff. I have also been able to have my own children with me while having a career I enjoy.

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      Miss Julie, Accounting Associate

      Child Care Specialist Degree, 20 years of early childhood experience

      Personal Story:

      My part time after school job turned into a career I really enjoyed. I started at Ladybug shortly after I graduated college and have loved it ever since. I have held many positions at Ladybug over the years from teaching to management and finally an Accounting Associate.

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      Miss Katie, Client Services Manager

      Bachelors in Elementary Education, Middle School Communication, Arts and Literature, 13 years in the early childhood field

      Personal Story:

      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!