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Meet the Staff

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. 

Lakeisha Weems

Executive Director of the Child Development Centers

Christine Berry

Preschool Teacher, Communication Corps Specialist

Cyndi Domin

Infant Teacher
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.

Colin Howell

Preschool Teacher

Started at Bethel: 2018

Favorite children’s book: Caps for Sale, Green Eggs and Ham, The Book with No Pictures. (I’m a preschool teacher so ask me again tomorrow and I’ll have a new list!)

Hobbies: Both in and out of the classroom you’ll find me cheering on my Vikings and Twins, and passionately talking all things Star Wars and The Office. In the spring I love going on walks with my dog, in the summer time I’m either at my cabin or Target Field, in the fall I’m either watching football or wishing I was watching football, and in the winter I’m caught wondering how my Vikings season came to an end earlier than I planned.

Drive: I was fortunate in that I was surrounded with rockstar teachers growing up. One in particular has always stood out to me. My high school science teacher Mr. Doth. In short, he was a friend first and a teacher second. I could ramble for days on end about how he has shaped me and continues to shape me as an educator. Friend first. Teacher second. At my core I truly don’t think that formula is any different even with our youngest learners. In a world where up to 30 other children look to me as a source of authority, care, comfort, and direction, the importance of earning a child’s trust and companionship cannot be understated or undervalued. My faith plays an unshakeable role in this. Relationship first, educational and developmental growth will follow in tow. I’m not sure how I could survive the ups and downs, rigors and challenges, and successions and elations of this job without my ever-growing relationship with Jesus. It is my everything, plain and simple.

Glynnis Maki

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.

Suzanne Montgomery

Infant Teacher

Started at Bethel: 2018

Susan Wilberts

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.