Our staff is a group of Christ-followers with specialized training in early education. They want to partner with you to facilitate your child's growth in every way.
Executive Director of the Child Development Centers
Started at Bethel in: 2015
Melissa holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and French, and a master's certificate in Learning Technologies. She has spent time as an elementary school teacher full-time and in a substitute role, along with teaching at Bethel's former King CDC location. She's familiar with the joys and struggles of parenting, with two kids of her own.
One of the things Melissa most enjoys about spending time with kids is their honesty--they always say exactly what's on their mind!
Favorite children's book: anything by Dr. Seuss
When she's not at work, Melissa enjoys reading, watching Netflix, and spending time with her family.
Preschool Teacher, Communication Corps Specialist
Started at Bethel: 2016
Started at Bethel: 1994
Cyndi graduated from St. Leo University in St. Leo, Florida with a degree in elementary education, and minors in early childhood and special education. She has taught 1st and 2nd grade, been a long-term substitute for grades K-8, an early childhood teacher for 30 years, including at the YMCA and St. Andrews CDC. She has taught Sunday school and VBS through her church and has also been a pediatric dental assistant. She's also a grandmother of 2.
Cyndi loves watching a child grow and develop and seeing the wonder as he/she discovers the world.
Favorite children's book: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault
When she's not at work, Cyndi enjoys time with her family (especially her 2 adorable grandchildren!) and friends, long walks, swimming, sailing, golfing, and enjoying the sunshine! She enjoys people, learning about their stories, and sharing their experiences.
Started at Bethel: 2015
Erin earned her bachelor's degree from Bethel University in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. She worked for Mounds View for 2 years teaching 3rd grade and Kindergarten. Prior to that, she worked in childcare at Shoreview Community Center, nannied, and taught Special Education swimming lessons for 4 years.
She loves facilitating and watching children explore the world and begin to understand it in their own words and on their own terms.
Favorite children's book: The Dandelion Seed by Joseph P. Anthony
Erin loves to read, exercise, garden, and camp as much as possible.
Preschool Pre-1 Teacher
Started at Bethel: 2006
Beth has a B.S. degree in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education, and an M.A. in Special Education. She has worked with children and families in public school district's ECFE and Home Visiting Community Education programs, supported families in transition through county-sponsored supervised visitation services, and taught classes for special needs parents of young children.
Her favorite part of working with children is their spontaneous joy and wonder about their world.
Favorite children's book: How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
When she's not at work, Beth likes to kayak, hang out with her family, snowshoe, and hike with her dogs.
Head Teacher, Toddler Teacher, Student Employee Supervisor
Started at Bethel in: 1995
Glynnis earned her B.A. in Early Childhood and Family Education from Bethel University. She has been active in her church children's ministries, teaching Sunday School classes with her husband, and leading 2nd graders duing Vacation Bible School. She has also volunteered in both of her children's classrooms.
When it comes to working with kids, she enjoys seeing children learn new skills and move through developmental milestones. She also enjoys toddler conversations.
Favorite children's book: Time for Bed by Mem Fox
She likes to spend time outside hiking, biking, walking, and being out on a lake. She and her husband, Mike, try to keep up with their kids, Gunnar and Kenzie. They spend time watching and participating in sports, going to the movies, and going fishing and hunting when they are able to get away.
Toddler Classroom Teacher, Student Teacher Seminar Facilitator
Started at Bethel: 1993
Susan has an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Minnesota.
What she enjoys most about working with children is their curiosity and interest in learning.
Favorite children's book: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
When she's not at work, Susan spends time with her husband and college-aged daughter. She tends a garden of flowers and vegetables. She dabbles in photography, sometimes making cards from her photos. Susan enjoys collecting and trying out new recipes. She also enjoys doing things in the Twin Cities: going to movies, plays, concerts, as well as enjoying greater-Minnesota sites. Susan grew up on a dairy farm and has lived in Minnesota all her life.