Cheryl Barsten

About Me:

My name is Cheryl. I started my career in early childhood education as an aide in a family childcare. Since then I’ve worked as a substitute, an assistant teacher, and a lead teacher. Most recently I owned and operated a family childcare. 

With more than eight years of experience in the field of early childhood education I’ve worked in and learned from several child development facilities in the twin cities area. In 2014 I received my Degree in Early Childhood Education and Child Psychology. I completed my Director’s Credential in Early Childhood Education in 2015. 

Working with children and families is my life long passion, not just a career. During my experience as a teacher, child care business owner and childcare provider I’ve discovered how important it is for everyone involved in a child’s life to be a part of a supportive community that includes families, teachers and the surrounding neighborhood. That is why I'm dedicated to creating a supportive community environment and experiences for children and families.

​Interesting facts about Me:

  • I love gardening.
  • I love warm weather, outdoor activities.
  • I love to read mysteries and international trillers.
  • My favorite Holiday is Holloween.

Joyce Turner

About Me:

My name is Joyce. I've been working with children since I was a teenager when my mom owned a neighborhood center. I have over 3 years experience in a professional setting as aid, assistant and lead teacher. I recieved my child development certificate at St paul College in 2014. I'm currently an entrepreneurship student.  My hopes is to own a summer camp, date night center and kids shuttle service sometime in the future.  

Interested facts about Me:

  • I love roller coasters and amusement parks, walks/jogs around the lake, writting short stories and motivational quotes, and shopping.


Marissa Johnson

About Me:

My name is Marissa and I’m 24 years old. I grew up in the Fargo Moorhead area and studied at Concordia College. I have around 6 years of childcare experience working at various daycares, and nurseries and found I had a particular soft spot for infants and toddlers.  I love to watch them grow and develop their personalities.

Interesting facts about me:

  • In my free time I enjoy taking dance classes, rock climbing, and reading. 

​Vajanique Crowe

About Me:

Hey my name is Vajanique and I’ve been working with children since the age of 14, I have been a nanny for 2 years and also worked in after school programs for 2 years. This is my first time in a actual daycare center. I’m hoping to one day teach for preschool aged children and or possibly open up my own daycare.

Interesting facts about me:

  • I love the outdoors and going for walks around the lake
  • I love Hello Kitty
  • My favorite color is blue and purple
  • My favorite food is macaroni and cheese


Jennifer Zezel

About Me:

My name is Jennifer, or Jen, and I am a junior at the University of Minnesota. I am majoring in Geography and Urban Studies. I love our beautiful planet and am dedicated to improving the social and environmental well-being of it. I have worked in childcare for multiple years, and I am passionate about providing a compassionate and inclusive community for all children.

Interesting facts about me:

  • I have a large dog named Jaz, who is also my favorite hiking partner.
  • I was born and raised in Minnesota.
  • My drink of choice is always coffee.

Elsie Vue

About Me:

​My name is Elsie Vue.  I've had 10+ years of babysitting and nannying experience with children of different backgrounds - and just shy of 4 years experience in a professional childcare setting after receiving my Child Development Associates in 2015. 

Meet Our Teachers

Our Teaching Team

Children need consistent, nurturing and responsive teachers to assist them in developing secure and trusting relationships. Each of our teachers are carefully selected based on their ability to demonstrate their passion for making a positive impact in the lives of young children. Our teachers understand that they have a critical role to play in the healthy development of your child and that their influence must reflect strong family, professional and personal values. Meet the amazing people who make our center a great learning community! 

As a learning environment our goal is to teach as well as learn from our team members, our children, our families and our community.​

Hmwe T. Kyaw Htun 

About Me:

My name is Hmwe T. Kyaw Htun aka Molly.  I have a Bachelor’s degree in the Burmese Language from Rangoon University, Burma. I have many years of experience in caring for tiny tots, I like volunteer and community work and I love to work with very young children.  Just taking care of them is a satisfactory learning experience for me.  

Interesting Facts abour me:

  • I am interested in the American Sign Language
  • I have attended the nursing assistance training.
  • Love working with children and Families

Christine Enubuzor-Substitute Teacher

About Me:

My name is Christine. I am a junior at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. I am a Child Psychology major and are taking prerequisites for a Physician Assistant Program. In the future, I want to be a Pediatric PA and some day own a daycare.
I have been interested in child development and child care since I can remember. In middle and high school, I spent majority of my time was spent babysitting and volunteering with children through school organizations. As soon as I was able to work, I became a Teacher’s Aid. I have been working with children professionally for about 3 years. It brings me so much joy to have even the smallest influence in a child’s learning and growth in this sensitive period of development.

Interesting Facts about me:

  • I’m a transfer student from University of Missouri - Columbia. 
  • I was born in New York then moved to the small town of Rugby, North Dakota (Population: 3,000) for 7 years. 
  • I am half Nigerian and Trinidadian. 
  • I would never move somewhere that doesn’t have winter.

Kaitlynn Fischer- Substitute Teacher

About Me:
My name is Kaitlynn I'm currently a sophomore at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. I'm majoring in Social Science with a Child Psychology minor. My long-term career goal is to become a Labor and Delivery nurse/ Midwife. When I'm not in school or working, I'm volunteering at YouthCARE Minnesota.

Interesting facts about me:

  • I'm a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority.
  • I have a two year old sister name Mallory.
  • My favorite shows on Netflix are Greys Anatomy, House and Stranger Things.
  • My favorite colors are blue pink and of course Maroon and Gold.
  • My favorite animals is a tiger.
  • My favorite holiday is Halloween.

Eunice Adjei

About Me:

My name is Eunice. I am a senior at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. I am a psychology major. After graduation I plan to attend grad school to become a Physicians Assistant. In the future, I would love to work in a children’s hospital. I have been working with kids since I was 15 years old. Interacting with children brings me joy.

Interesting facts about me:

  • I was born in Africa
  •  I am fluent in 4 languages
  •  I have a one year old dog named Lola


Taylor Romani

About Me:

Hi all! My name is Taylor. I'm a student at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities! I am majoring in Psychology with a minor in Criminology and the plan is to go Pre-Law! I have five siblings - 2 older, 3 younger and being the middle child, I grew up helping around the house with my two youngest that are 11 and 10 years younger than me. Outside of my family I also have years of experience working with children, babysitting and nannying children of all ages and I truly enjoy spending time with them! I am so excited to get to know each and every one of you're children! 

 Interesting facts about me:

I love being active: hiking, soccer, fishing, anything that is fun and gets me moving!

​Julie Walsh

About Me:

My name is Julie Walsh. I have a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. I taught 3rd grade for Minneapolis Public Schools for 15 years until I decided to stay home to raise my two children who are now 23 & 20 years old.

Interesting facts about me:

In addition to teaching children, I enjoy traveling, reading, yoga & walking my 11 year old dog Dibs.