Meet the Staff

Meet Our Staff

Directors

  • Jennie Schlauch
    Director

    Jennie has worked at Maple Tree since September 1992. She has a BA degree in Human Services (with focus work in Child Development) from Metropolitan State University.

    She worked at Children’s Country Day School and A Children’s Place (sister schools) from 1972-1992. She has taught in toddler and preschool classrooms, while also directing programs since 1981.

    In her leisure time, Jennie enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, going to restaurants, and spending time with family and friends.
  • Veronica Windsor
    Assistant Director and Classroom Teacher

    Veronica has worked at Maple Tree since September 2011. She has a Child Development Associate Credential.

    She has worked with children since 1994 and has taught in residential settings, church nurseries, and in homeschool programs.

    In her leisure time, Veronica enjoys reading, scrapbooking, church activities, and family outings such as camping and hiking.

Our Lead Teachers

  • Kathy Sticha
    Lead Infant Teacher

    Kathy has been a teacher at Maple Tree since August 1998. She has a Child Care Specialist Degree from Rasmussen College.

    She has worked with young children since 1989. She has served as a nanny and also taught at New Horizons.

    In her leisure time, Kathy enjoys reading, bringing her dog to the dog park, swimming, fishing, and spending time with her husband and family.
  • Debra O’Neill
    Lead Toddler Teacher

    Debra has been a teacher at Maple Tree since May 2007. She has a A.A.S. in Early Childhood Development from Rasmussen College.

    She has been involved in childcare since 2007, both in a center setting and with friends and family.

    In her leisure time, Debra enjoys reading, relaxing at home, and spending time with her family.
  • Cherra Anderson
    Lead Preschool Teacher

    Cherra has worked at Maple Tree since September 2003. She studied nursing at Maranatha Baptist Bible College and she took general education courses at Century College.

    She has taught young children in Sunday School classes since 1993.

    In her leisure time, Cherra enjoys reading, playing volleyball at the YMCA, having fun with her niece and nephew, thrift store shopping with friends, and going fishing.

Our Infant Teachers

  • Kathy Sticha
    Lead Infant Teacher

    Kathy has been a teacher at Maple Tree since August 1998. She has a Child Care Specialist Degree from Rasmussen College.

    She has worked with young children since 1989. She has served as a nanny and also taught at New Horizons.

    In her leisure time, Kathy enjoys reading, bringing her dog to the dog park, swimming, fishing, and spending time with her husband and family.
  • Abby Anderson
    Infant Teacher

    Abby has been a teacher at Maple Tree since May 2012. She has an AS degree in Child Development from St. Paul College.

    She has been involved in childcare since 2008, working in private homes as well as in classroom settings.

    In her leisure time, Abby enjoys reading, outdoor activities, and spending time with family and friends.
  • Lisa Dock
    Infant Teacher

    Lisa has been a teacher at Maple Tree since August 2002. She has a degree in Child Development from St. Paul College.

    She has worked with young children since 1999. She has taught at St. Andrews Childcare, Apple Academy, and Children’s Choice Childcare Center.

    In her leisure time, Lisa enjoys spending time with family, playing games, and walking her dog.
  • Kris LeMay
    Infant Teacher

    Kris has been a teacher at Maple Tree since May 1999. She has a Child Care Specialist Degree from Rasmussen College. She is also an Aveda licensed therapeutic massage therapist.

    She has worked with young children since 1990. She was a nanny for various families and also worked at Tutor Time and New Horizons.

    In her leisure time, Kris enjoys going on walks, traveling up north, fishing, and spending time with friends and family.
  • Nellie Strom
    Infant Teacher

    Nellie has been a teacher at Maple Tree since October 2005. She studied Child Development at St. Paul College.

    She worked as a nanny prior to coming to teach at Maple Tree.

    In her leisure time, Nellie enjoys being on a hockey team and also playing the guitar.
  • Tara Dox
    Infant Teacher

    Tara has worked at Maple Tree since May 1995. She studied Child Development at Century College.

    She worked as a babysitter in her teen years and taught school-age children at a Stepping Stones program.

    In her leisure time, Tara enjoys shopping, watching reality TV, spending time with friends, and watching Minnesota sports teams.

Our Toddler Teachers

  • Debra O’Neill
    Lead Toddler Teacher

    Debra has been a teacher at Maple Tree since May 2007. She has a A.A.S. in Early Childhood Development from Rasmussen College.

    She has been involved in childcare since 2007, both in a center setting and with friends and family.

    In her leisure time, Debra enjoys reading, relaxing at home, and spending time with her family.
  • Bailee St. Marie
    Toddler Teacher

    Bailee has been a teacher at Maple Tree since November 2016. She attended Century College, where she completed general education courses.

    She worked at New Horizons prior to coming to Maple Tree.

    In her leisure time, Bailee enjoys playing hockey, Lacrosse, and golf.
  • Debby Wermager
    Toddler Teacher

    Debby has been a teacher at Maple Tree since September 1993. She has a Child Care Specialist Degree from Rasmussen College.

    She has worked with young children since 1983, including 10 years at New Horizons.

    In her leisure time, Debby enjoys photography, craft shows, Renaissance festivals, collecting pottery, fishing, and spending time in Lindstrom with family and friends.
  • Veronica Windsor
    Assistant Director and Classroom Teacher

    Veronica has worked at Maple Tree since September 2011. She has a Child Development Associate Credential.

    She has worked with children since 1994 and has taught in residential settings, church nurseries, and in homeschool programs.

    In her leisure time, Veronica enjoys reading, scrapbooking, church activities, and family outings such as camping and hiking.

Our Preschool Teachers

  • Cherra Anderson
    Lead Preschool Teacher

    Cherra has worked at Maple Tree since September 2003. She studied nursing at Maranatha Baptist Bible College and she took general education courses at Century College.

    She has taught young children in Sunday School classes since 1993.

    In her leisure time, Cherra enjoys reading, playing volleyball at the YMCA, having fun with her niece and nephew, thrift store shopping with friends, and going fishing.
  • Michele Best
    Preschool Teacher

    Michele has been a teacher at Maple Tree since October 1992. She has an AA degree from Lakewood (Century) College.

    She has worked in early childhood programs since 1986, including 3 years at New Horizons.

    In her leisure time, Michele enjoys scrapbooking, playing games, and watching TV.
  • Sara Ambrose
    Preschool Teacher

    Sara has worked at Maple Tree since March 2003. She has a BA degree in Psychology from Hamline University.

    She worked with young children since 1991, serving as the assistant director of TLC and teaching school-age children.

    In her leisure time, Sara enjoys watching Minnesota sports teams and spending time outdoors with her husband and son.
  • Kailey King
    Preschool Teacher

    Kailey has worked at Maple Tree since November 2009. She has a BA in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin- LaCrosse.

    She has been providing childcare since 2006, in home and center settings.

    In her leisure time, Kailey enjoys playing volleyball and softball, reading, biking, and baking.
  • Nick Strom
    Preschool Teacher

    Nick has been a teacher at Maple Tree since April 2005. He has a Child Development Associate Credential.

    He has worked with young children since 2005, caring for the children of relatives and serving here at the center.

    In his leisure time, Nick enjoys arts & crafts, going to the theater, and searching Pinterest for new ideas.

Additional Teachers

  • Elizabeth Pavlak
    Additional Teacher

    Elizabeth has been a teacher at Maple Tree since August 2014. She earned a Child Development Associate Credential.

    She has worked with young children since 1988. She taught in her local school district and in centers. For the 17 years prior to coming to Maple Tree, she was the owner and operator of a family childcare business.

    In her leisure time, Elizabeth enjoys being in nature, walking, jogging, biking, snowshoeing, and working in her garden.
  • Cindy Sullivan
    Additional Teacher

    Cindy has been a teacher at Maple Tree since February 1996. She has an AAS degree in Child Development from Century College.

    She has worked in classroom settings since 1993 including work with infants through school age children at district programs as well as TLC and Time for Me.

    In her leisure time, Cindy enjoys church ministries, singing, hiking, photography, and playing volleyball.

What Our Staff Have to Say

Maple Tree is my home away from home and my second family.