Most of our teachers have a two or a four year degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, psychology, sociology, or in another related field. We have found that there is simply no substitute for educated, dedicated teachers. We work very hard to maintain low staff turnover, and as a result we have a very low turnover of children. Twenty years of experience in the child care field has taught us that our staff makes all the difference! Nicole Robbins, Owner and Founder I started Peace of Mind in 1993, after graduating from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in Business Entrepreneurship. I knew more than anything that I wanted to be with children, and that by partnering with parents, we could create a unique place for children to grow and thrive. Peace of Mind has evolved over the years into a home away from home for so many children. I feel incredibly blessed to have this job that is truly amazing! To be given the opportunity to be a part of so many families lives in such a unique and personal way – is incredibly joyful. Our team is always looking for ways we can do more for parents, so that they can have what we aim to provide – Peace of Mind, while their kids are in our care.
Hi my name is Annie Goodwin. I currently live in Hudson, WI. I have worked in childcare since 2001. Some interesting facts about me are, I am very crafty and love to make things for my family and friends!
I currently live in Osceola Wisconsin. I have worked in childcare since 2017. In my free time I enjoy being outdoors with friends and family. Infants are my favorite age to care for.
Hi, I am MiKayla Hamed. I live in Blaine with my husband and my daughter! I started working in childcare at 18. I worked with kids for 6 years then became a dental assistant and worked for a periodontist for a couple of years before coming back to work with children again! I enjoy spending time with friends and family.
Lead Teacher Toddlers
Hi my name is Emily Anderson. I currently live in Woodbury, Minnesota. I am also a CNA and I have a son and 2 dogs!
Lead Teacher Toddlers
Hi my name is Amber Peterson, I currently live in Baldwin WI with my husband. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education. I have a son named Ryker, and a dog named Sven!
Hi my name is Mady Robbins. I currently live in Hudson, Wisconsin with my family, 2 dogs, and cat. I am going to school for my business degree at Devry. I have worked in childcare since I was 16 and I love working with kids and plan to work with them my whole life! In my free time I enjoy boating and being outdoors!
Hi my name is Katy Robbins. I currently live in Hudson, WI. I have worked in childcare since 2017. Some facts about me are that I like to play soccer and my mom and dad own Peace of Mind!
Hi my name is Ayria Leib, I currently live in Woodbury, MN. Some interesting facts about myself are that I went to school to become a medical assistant but realized I loved working with kids so much more! I also love to travel!
Hi my name is Malvika I was born in India and moved to the USA in 2011. I have completed my diploma in Electronics and Communication from Ahmedabad in India. I finished my AMI primary training from Montessori Training of Minnesota in May 2017. I live in Lake Elmo with my husband and 7-year-old son. I have worked at different Montessori schools as Class Assistant and Co-teacher. In her free time, she likes to cook different Indian food, play chess, spend time with family and friends and do gardening.
Hi my name is Donna Russell and I’m so excited to join the POM family. I recently moved from California with my husband and 2 daughters. I have a passion for teaching and have enjoyed teaching little ones for over 18 years. I obtained my ECE teaching certificate in 2005 and consider myself to be a lifelong learner!
Hi my name is Adriana, I currently live in River Falls, WI. I have working in childcare since 2011. I was born in Columbia, South America. I speak Spanish, a little French, and of course, English! I have a bachelor’s degree in foreign languages. I love being a preschool teacher!
Pre K Teachers
Lead Teacher Pre K
My name is Leah Serna and I have been working with children for over 36 years. My husband and I have a beautiful blended family of 7 and an amazing grandson who calls me Memaw. Fun facts about me are I like to golf, quilt, see movies or Broadway plays, spend time with my family, and enjoy the changing seasons of the Midwest. I am an ordained minister and I am very involved in my church teaching confirmation and supporting our community outreach projects.
Hi my name is Katy Williams and I currently live in Woodbury, MN. I have worked in childcare since 2010. I was born and raised in England, and I have 2 daughters Lily and Jade.
Hi I’m Clare! I am a resident of Woodbury. I live with my Australian Shephard Murphy, my boyfriend Josh, and his 2 kids Kaylee (11) and Leo (8). I am a graduate of St. Thomas with a degree in psychology & a minor in family studies. I’ve dabbled in everything from teaching swimming lessons, to waiting tables. I’m excited to return to my first love of working with kids and families. In my spare time I volunteer for the St Patrick’s Association of St. Paul. I love cooking up a storm in the kitchen, exercising, and unwinding with a podcast.
Hi my name is Jody Ballantine, I currently live in Oakdale, MN. I have worked in childcare since 1994. Some interesting facts about me are, I have 4 grandchildren. Two of my grandchildren were born on the same day! (not twins!) I am the owner of a lake. I am a born and raised Packer fan!
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Hello, my name is Mary Lenore Smith and I am looking forward to teaching your child this year at Peace of Mind. I have fifteen years of experience teaching both preschool and early elementary students.
I live in Hudson, Wisconsin with my husband Quentin. We have one daughter (Abbi) who is in her first year of medical school. We also have a son (Jerritt) who is a junior in college majoring in Product Design. In addition, we have a very big, yellow labrador retriever named Kato Duke.
During my free time, I enjoy reading, camping, gardening, doing arts and crafts, sewing, and taking longs walks with my dog. However, my favorite activity is playing with and teaching children.
I am looking forward to working with you and your child over the course of the year. This year, your child will obtain the necessary skills needed for future academic success. We will be cutting, pasting, drawing, reading, graphing, observing, singing, dancing, printing, predicting, and so much more.
Owner and Founder
Hi my name is Nikki Robbins, I currently live in Hudson, WI. Some interesting facts about me are, I met my husband Gary at Dominos Pizza where we worked together this year, we celebrate 30 years of marriage! We have 3 children, Jordan, Mady, and Katy. We have 2 dogs, Montana and Bailey, and a cat Simba!
Hi my name is Gary Robbins, I currently live in Hudson, WI. I have worked in childcare since 1993. I love to snowmobile, ATV, boat, camp, and coach soccer. I have 3 kids, Jordan, Mady, and Katy.
Hi my name is Melissa Mcneal. I currently live in Cottage Grove. I have two wonderful children, Zayden who attends Peace of Mind, and my daughter Ayria who works here as well. I also have a dog named Cato. I have worked in childcare since 1997. I was born in Germany and moved to Minnesota when I was two years old.
Hi my name is Meghan, I currently live in Woodbury, MN. I have worked in childcare since 1999. I am a mom to three kids and have two dogs a St. Bernard 7 Boston Terrier. I love to travel and try to see as much live music as possible! a!
Hi my name is Michele Hietpas, I currently live in Woodbury, MN. I have worked in childcare since 1991. I have 5 children. I love dogs and outdoor activities!
Hi my name is Blakely, I currently live in Eagan. I’ve worked with “talking” bonobos (apes). I studied in London, UK and Cork, Ireland. I LOVE anything Disney!
Hi my name is Kayanna Stricklen. I currently live in Maplewood, MN. I am a childcare aide. I love working with kids and spending time with them! In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends!
Hi, my name is Pat Mooney, I currently live in Oakdale. I have worked in childcare since 2016. I used to live in California, I attended the University of Minnesota. In my free time I enjoy hiking, camping, and swimming and I love music.
My name is Samantha Jean. I have 3 years of cook experience, cooking healthy food is a passion of mine because I believe in the importance of healthy eating and enjoy making people happy and healthy with my cooking skills! I have 3 kids, one girl and two boys! They are the loves of my life! We reside in Inver Grove Heights, Go Spartans!
Chinese and Music Teacher
Hi, my name is Michelle Veracka. I currently live in Woodbury, Minnesota. I work as the Chinese and Music teacher here at Peace of Mind. I have worked in childcare since 2009. Some interesting facts about me are, I love to travel, play music, and I like to smile! I was born in Taiwan and speak 3 different languages!
Hi my name is Kathy Mueller, I live in Oakdale. I have worked in childcare since 1985. I have taught dance here since Peace of Mind opened in 1993. I have three grown children and three grandchildren.
T.E.A.C.H. – Opportunity for those seeking degrees.
T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® MINNESOTA, a project of Child Care Aware of Minnesota, is a scholarship program intended to help early childhood and school-age care professionals increase their levels of education, compensation and commitment to the field. T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education And Compensation Helps) has a history of helping Minnesota child care professionals earn college credits, degrees and credentials. Benefits vary depending on scholarship type, but for most scholarship recipients, T.E.A.C.H. covers the majority of tuition and textbook purchases while also providing a travel stipend and paid release time. After increasing their education, T.E.A.C.H. recipients often see their wages, opportunities and professional recognition grow. Here is our link for more information: http://childcareawaremn.org/professionals-caregivers/grants-scholarships/teach-scholarships