Staff

staffMost 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.

Infant Staff


Annie

Annie

Teacher

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!

Laura

Laura

Teacher

My name is Laura Webb and I am originally from California, but I now live in South
Saint Paul with my husband. I began working in childcare in 2010 and have spent my time caring for infants and young toddlers. I have a passion for early childhood because I know how crucial the first few years of life are for development! In 2016 I had the opportunity to travel and volunteer overseas. Within 11 months I travelled to about 20 countries on 3 continents. I still love to travel but I also enjoy exploring all the wonderful things Minnesota has to offer! I look forward to getting know you and your children!

Katrina

Katrina

Teacher

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.

Rachel

Rachel

Teacher

Hi my name is Rachel Cashman, I currently live in Newport, MN. I have worked in childcare since 2013. Some interesting facts about myself are, I have a black and white car named Maybelle. I am from Denver, Iowa.

Caitlin

Caitlin

Teacher

Hi my name is Caitlin, I currently live in Plum City, Wisconsin. I have working in childcare since 2010. Some interesting facts about myself are I love horror movies, spicy food, and dancing!

Toddler Staff


Mikayla

Mikayla

Teacher

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.

Emily

Emily

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!

Amber

Amber

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!

Mady

Mady

Teacher/Assistant Director

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!

Mia

Mia

Teacher

My name is Mia Cole. I was born and raised in St. Paul, MN. I live in St. Paul with my husband Anthony and our kitty Casper. I have been a childcare provider since 2016 and have my CDA. My hobbies include reading, camping, and spending time with my friends and family. I have been at POM since October 2019 and am happy to be a part of the POM family!

Katy

Katy

Aide

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!

Preschool Teachers


Avria

Avria

Teacher

Hi my name is Ayria Lieb, 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!

Malvika

Malvika

Teacher

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.

Donna

Donna

Teacher

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!

Adrianna

Adrianna

Teacher

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


Leah

Leah

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.

Lainey

Lainey

Lead Teacher Pre K

Hello! My name is Lainey Bonnema! I am currently a student at Herzing University for Occupational Therapy! I absolutely love working with children and I have almost 6 years of childcare experience! My ultimate goal is to one day work with children with special needs. A fun fact is that I live in St. Paul with my big rescue mutt named Cooper!

Katy

Katy

Teacher

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.

Clare

Clare

Teacher

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.

Jody

Jody

Teacher

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!

Management Team


Nikki

Nikki

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!

Gary

Gary

CFO

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.

Melissa

Melissa

Assistant Director

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.

Meghan

Meghan

Teacher/Safety Coordinator

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!

Floaters


Michele

Michele

Teacher

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!

Blakely

Blakely

Teacher

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!

Kayanna

Kayanna

Teacher

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!

Kailea

Kailea

Teacher

Hi, my name is Kailea, I live in Stillwater with my 3 young kiddos. I have over 15 years of experience working in childcare. I’m so excited to be a part of the POM team. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with friends and family and anything to stay busy and active!

Pat

Pat

Maintenance Custodian

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.

Samantha

Samantha

Chef

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!

Specialty Teachers


Michelle

Michelle

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!

Kathy

Kathy

Dance Teacher

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.

Resource Links


SIDS/SUIDS Training Videos (3 – click links below)

 

AHT Video (3 – click links below)

 

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

For students who are interested: information inquiry please email teachmail@childcareawaremn.org or call our hotline number at 888-291-9811.

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