Meet Our Teachers

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 Welcome from Director Judy Ohm

Hello! As the Director of the Child Development Center, I have the pleasure of working with our staff who are so excited about education and the most unique and fun methods to support the learning of all our students. I have the pleasure of working toward our mission to “prevent” any achievement gap through our teachers, community partners and standardized curricula. 

You can see and hear learning happening at the Center from children singing on their way to a home cooked meal in the cafeteria  to the wheels on the bus traveling to a field trip for intergenerational programing. Children in our high quality educational environment have opportunities for “hands on” experiences that stretch their brains. Our primary focus is on our children’s social emotional growth, as it is the number one indicator of college success, above the ACT. This happens in everyday learning through our award winning Incredible Years curriculum. Come on in and see all the ways educational opportunities touch the lives of our children and families!

 

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Ms. Angie
Assistant Director

Experience with children: I have over 18 years of experience with young children.
Education: M. A. in Early Childhood from Concordia University, B.A. in Early Childhood from Metropolitan State University
Favorite children’s books: Pete the Cat books by James Dean…..He’s one COOL cat!
 
 
 

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Ms. Naoko
Assistant Director

Experience with children: Early Childhood Education has been my passion since 2004. I have taught in a variety of settings in multiple age-groups, and served in both teaching & management positions.

Education: B.A. in Child Development. Currently pursuing M.S. Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.

Favorite children's books: Llama Llama misses Mama, Little Blue Truck

 


 

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Ms. Katie
Lead Teacher

Dolphins (4-5 years)

Experience: 8 years working with children
Education: A.S degree in Child Development from Minneapolis Community and Technical College; B.S. in Early Childhood from the University of Minnesota
Favorite children’s book: “Pete the Cat” or any book by James Dean that teach about flexibility.
 
 

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Ms. Sherry
Assistant Teacher

Dolphins (4-5 years)
Experience: I have been a professional in Early childhood for over 20 years. I provided child care to my younger siblings at the age of 10 years old and in my teens assisted my mother with her home day care.
Education: Graduated in 1999 in Early Childhood with high honors 4.0 GPA. Also a past MN Reading Corps. member.
Favorite children’s book: "Abiyoyo," by Pete Seeger. “Abiyoyo’s coming…Run for your lives!”
 
 

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Ms. Kanshee
Assistant Teacher

Dolphins (4-5 years)

Experience: Being the oldest of 11 siblings, I have always been surrounded by children and have had the privilege to build a bond with children of all ages and walks of live early in my high school years.

Education: B.S. in Child Development and Family Studies from Mankato State University

Favorite children’s book: "Harold and the Purple Crayon" by Crocket Johnson

 

 

Ms. Shay
Lead Teacher

Butterflies (3-4 years)
Experience: 10 years of experience with children from pre-k-k with Summer Camps at the Science Museum of MN, volunteering with K and 1st graders at Crossroads, Maxfield and Groveland Elementary. Taught two summers at Freedom school for ages 4-5 year olds.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Studies from Metropolitan State University
Favorite children’s books: “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom,” “The Little Mouse and the Red Ripe Strawberry,” “Stone Soup” and “Chocolate Me”
 
 
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Ms. Chelsey
Assistant Teacher

Butterflies (3-4 years)
Experience: I have worked with young children for close to 14 years.
Education: A.A degree in Early Childhood from Rasmussen College. Pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood.
Favorite children’s books: "Where the Wild Things Are," and "The Giving Tree."
   
 

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Ms. Tamara
Assistant Teacher

Butterflies (3-4 years)
Years of experience with children: 5+ years of working with children
Education: A.A in Early Childhood Education
Favorite children’s book: "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl
 
 
 
  

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Ms. Rose
Lead Teacher

Penguins (2 1/2 years to 3 1/2 years)
Years of experience with children: I’ve been working in Preschool settings for over 5 years, before that I have experience babysitting.
Education: B.A. in Early Childhood from University of Minnesota
Favorite children’s book: Anything in the Little Critter Series
 
 
 

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Ms. Lynda
Assistant Teacher

Penguins (2 1/2 years to 3 1/2 years)
Years of experience with children: I have worked with children for 5 years.
Education: B.A. in Elementary Education K-6 & Preprimary Education Birth-3rd
Favorite children’s book: Stellaluna
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Ms. Kailee
Assistant Teacher

Penguins (2 1/2 years to 3 1/2 years)
Years of experience with children: I have worked with children for 2 years.
Education: A.A.S. in Early Childhood & youth Development from Dakota County Technical College
Favorite children’s book: Love Is by Diane Adams & Claire Keane
 
 

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Ms. Evelyn
Lead Toddler Teacher

Toddle Cubs (16mos.-24 mos.) and (Toddle Bears 24 mos.-33 mos.)
Experience: I have 10 years of experience with young children.
Education: B.A in Early Childhood from Concordia University
Favorite children’s book: "Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon" by Patty Lovell

 

 

 

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Ms. Chao
Assistant Teacher

Toddle Cubs (16 mos.-24 mos.)
Experience: I have 3 years of experience with young children
Education: Associates degree in Early Childhood from Rasmussen College (Infants and Toddlers)
Favorite children’s book: "Leo the Late Bloomer"
 

 

 

 
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Ms. Tammy
Assistant Teacher

Toddle Cubs (16 mos.-24 mos.)
Experience: Over 20 years of experience working with elementary/preschool/toddler children
Education/Degree: A.A.S. degree in Early Childhood. Currently pursuing my Bachelor’s in Urban Childhood Education at Metropolitan State University.
Favorite children’s books: "Green Eggs and Ham," "Love You Forever," "Where the Wild Things Are"
 
 

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Ms. CeCe
Assistant Teacher

Toddle Bears (24 mos.-33 mos.)
Professional experience: Working with children for about 7 years. I also have a 6 year old daughter.
Education: A.A.S. degree in Early Childhood from Saint Paul College
Favorite children’s book: All of the David books by David Shannon
 
 

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Ms. Xochilt
Assistant Teacher

Toddle Bears (24 mos.-33 mos.)
Experience: I have worked with children for 5 years
Education: Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)
Favorite children’s book: "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"
 

 

 

 

Ms. Colleen
Ms. Colleen
Tuition Specialist

Experience: I have been with the Center for ten years and have enjoyed serving our families and watching the children grow.
Education: I have an Associate Degree in Business Management and years of experience in the office setting.
Favorite children's book: My favorite children’s book is Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day. However my days at the Wilder Child Development Center are always incredible!
 
 
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Ms. Michelle
Administrative Services Manager

Education: B.A. in Screenwriting
Favorite children’s book: Clifford the Big Red Dog

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ms. Pang
Administrative Specialist

Experience: I have been with the Wilder Foundation for 3 years
Education/Degree: Diploma in Medical Administrative Assistant
Favorite children’s books: "Green Eggs and Ham," "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom," "A Bad Case of Stripes"
 

 

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Ms. Nancy
Center Cook

Experience: I have 14 years of experience with children and families.
Education: Self-taught cook
Favorite children’s book: "Green Eggs and Ham"

 

 

 

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 Join Us!

 
​Enrollment is open throughout the year. To enroll your child in Wilder’s Child Development Center or to set up a tour, call 651-280-2600.
 

 Convenient

 
​We are located at 911 W. Lafond Ave., St. Paul, and open 6:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Monday–Friday.
 

 Affordable Tuition

 
  • ​$241.20/week for preschool
  • $270/week for toddlers
Includes breakfast, lunch and snacks. County child care assistance accepted for eligible families.
 

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