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Rice KinderCare

Ashley Berquist,
Center Director

181 W. County Rd. B2 Roseville MN 55113
Ph: (651) 490-1403
Ages:
6 Weeks to 5 YEARS
Open:
6:30 AM to 6:00 PM, M-F

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS: On westside of Rice St. and County Rd B2.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Roseville Neighborhood

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BUSED TO: None at this time

Teachers & Staff

Rice KinderCare Learning Center welcomes you to meet our very educated and welcoming staff! We are very tenured, love teaching, and enjoy coming to work each day.

Ashley Berquist, Center Director

"It is our vision that each child who comes through our door joins a community of children, families, and teachers engaged in the joy, work, and wonder of childhood."

Ashley Berquist began her career in Early childhood education as an aide at Oakdale KinderCare in June of 2002. She quickly discovered that she had a passion for Early Childhood Education, and working with young children. She obtained her Child Developmet Associate's Credential in June of 2003 and became a lead teacher for several years. She spent four and a half years as a Toddler teacher and then moved into a Preschool Classroom. Ashley has experience with all age groups. Ashley was promoted in 2012 to an Assistant Director position, where she was able to gain experience in the office and still be able to spend some time in the classrooms mentoring her staff. She has experience working at Oakdale KinderCare, Downtown Saint Paul, and our East Saint Paul School.

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining the Roseville Rice Street Team, Ashley was an Assistant Director at East Saint Paul and Downtown Saint Paul KinderCare where she learned the many roles of a manager. Prior to that she was a teacher in our Oakdale location and has experience teaching in every age group. She was primarily a Preschool teacher.

Favorite Children's Book:

Ashley loves reading and getting lost in a children's book! She really enjoys anything by Dr. Seuss. Green Eggs and Ham, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish, or even Oh The Places you will go, just to name a few!

Year Started:
6/6/2002
Tenure:
12 Years
Years in ECE industry:
13 Years
Education:
Child Development Associate's Credential

Kandis Tadsen, Assistant Director

"I am passionate about ensuring that each family has the educational experience they desire."

Kandis is eager to make a difference in each family's life that she works with. One of Kandis' favorite parts of her job is to help coach and educate our team of teachers.

Previous Experience:

Kandis has enjoyed working in many aspects of the education industry. Prior to joining the KinderCare family she spent time as a teacher, Assistant Director and Center Director in a different city.

Favorite Children's Book:

I love The Lorax, I own two copies!

Year Started:
2/18/2008
Tenure:
6 Years
Years in ECE industry:
11 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design

Ms. Heidi N., Learning Adventures Classroom

"I am passionate about helping children become prepared for what lies later in life!"

Ms. Heidi has been working with KinderCare since June of 2008. She has made an impact as a teacher in multiple classrooms at our center over the last four years. Since the winter of 2010, Ms. Heidi has taken on the role of Learning Adventures teacher. She provides private tutoring classes for children in the areas of math, phonics, Spanish, cooking, music, and sports! Ms. Heidi is also the Health and Safety Coordinator for our center and oversees the implementation of health and safety procedures in the classrooms. Ms. Heidi always takes a proactive approach with her teaching methods. She strives to find the best way to engage each child she teaches.

Year Started:
6/9/2008
Tenure:
6 Years
Years in ECE industry:
10 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Education

Ms. Heather G., Older Infant Classroom, Lead Teacher

"I believe that every child is an artist at heart."

Heather feels that there is much to be learned through art.  She is able to teach confidence, creativity, self expression, and prewriting skills through sensory exploration which you will see as you enter her classroom.  Heather thrives on knowing that what she is teaching the children in her classroom will carry through with them in their education journey.

Year Started:
11/12/2012
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
16 years
Education:
Bachelors Degree of Art Education

Ms. Shereen, Discovery Preschool Classroom, Lead Teacher

""I love to teach children through art, it gives them an abundance of self confidence.""

Ms. Shereen has been with KinderCare since September of 2001. For all of her years at KinderCare, Ms. Shereen has worked within the Toddler and Discovery Preschool Program. Ms. Shereen holds a Child Development Associate's Degree. When she sees a child grasp onto a new concept, she feels so rewarded and special that she was able to be part of it. Ms. Shereen feels that art is a very intricate teaching tool; she integrates both math skills and pre-writing skills into the projects for the toddlers.

Year Started:
9/20/2001
Tenure:
13 Years
Years in ECE industry:
15 years
Education:
Associates of Child Development

Ms. Mai, Preschool Classroom, Lead Teacher

" I am passionate about each child learning and having fun every day!"

Mai brings a spark of sunshine and positivity to our Dicovery Preschool classroom.  Ms. Mai is currently in school pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. She takes a creative approach when teaching each theme within the Discovery Preschool classroom. She makes sure to bring each theme alive in her classroom by creating masterpieces with the children and creating new and fun learning games for the children to play!

Year Started:
9/18/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
5 years
Education:
Pursuing a Bachelors Degree of Elementary Education

Ms. Stephanie, Pre-K Classsroom, Lead Teacher

"I love teaching the Pre-K students beacuse I get to teach them so many new things and prepare them for Kindergarten!"

Stephanie knew at an early age that she wanted to make a difference in children's lives.  She pursued working with children at an early age through volunteering at schools and teaching Sunday school.  After she graduated from Saint Cloud State University she knew wanted to educate little minds.  Stephanie has said that her favorite part of her day with the Toddlers is when she can see the light bulb go on as the Toddlers learn something new.  Stephanie feels that reading is an essential part of education in every age.  You will often see her Toddlers acting out different stories and creating many of their own.

Year Started:
8/15/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
10 years
Education:
Bachelors Degree of Elementary Education

Ms. Tessa, Multi-Age Specialist, Lead Teacher

"I am passionate about preparing children for Kindergarten and beyond."

Ms. Tessa started her KinderCare journey in 2011. Before coming to our school she worked with children in different capacities for about five years. Ms. Tessa has her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education! She brings a very energetic vibe to her classroom and makes sure that all of our students are able to learn, stay active and have fun at the same time!

Year Started:
12/2/2011
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
8 years

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