All staff members are experienced early childhood educators. Each session is staffed by a licensed teacher and qualified assistant teachers. Waconia Wildcat Preschool also offers a speech pathologist and an Early Childhood Special Education instructor. All educators participate in a continuous program of inservice education and studies for professional advancement in early childhood education.

 

Mary Weber

I have been teaching at Waconia Wildcat Preschool 20+ years. Preschool is a fun place to play, read stories, learn about ourselves and others, be a great friend, dance and sing, and learn to love school. I live in St. Bonifacius with my family. I have two daughters, one son, and my husband is a teacher as well. We like to play games together, go camping, play outdoors, read books, and travel across the United States on our summer vacation.

Trisha Molinari

I live in Waconia with my family. I have 3 sons and have spent a lot of time in hockey arenas and baseball fields. I have been Ms. Mary’s teaching assistant since 2003. I am grateful to have met many wonderful families in our community through Waconia Wildcat Preschool. The best part of my job is watching my preschool friends grow and make new friends.

 

Laura Jaede

I have been working with preschoolers since my first job in 2014 and as a teacher since finishing grad school in 2019. I live in Golden Valley with my boyfriend and our adorable dog, Mable. When I’m not working I am usually outside, playing with my nieces and nephew, or relaxing at home with my family.

Melissa Rabe

I started with the Waconia School district in August of 2020 as a Teacher’s Assistant for Wildcat Preschool. I live in Mayer with my husband, our two sons, and one daughter. I enjoy watching our kids play soccer, football, basketball, baseball, dance, and everything else they are interested in! I enjoy watching the kids learn and grow in preschool every day! I love to read, and love spending time with my family and friends. 

 

Lindsay Hackman

I have been teaching in the schools since 2017. My husband, Nick and I, live in Waconia with our two little girls, Norah (3) and Harper (6 months), and our new Cavapoo puppy named Coach.

Andrea Mathwig

I am blessed to be living here in this wonderful community my whole life. I have enjoyed working with this amazing program since 2002.  It is fun to be a part of the children’s growth and development from year to year.  I am married and we have two sons. When I am not at school I am usually outside exploring nature. 

 

Jenny Jensen

I have been teaching since 2016. I have taught Pre-K- 4th grade. My classroom is my happy place. I love watching kids grow and discover new skills. My husband and I will be moving to Waconia with our 4 children. We have three boys, and one girl, a dog named Koda, and a bearded dragon named Meeko! We recently moved from South Dakota and are happy down roots and grow in the Waconia community. When I am not teaching I love pizza and movie nights, and being outdoors with my family. I enjoy walking trails, listening to the birds, fishing, gardening, and baking. I can't wait to spend this year with you! 

Megumi Thomson

I have been working in Waconia early childhood since 2014. I am from Saitama, Japan which is near Tokyo. I have lived in Waconia for 14 years with my husband (from Idaho), two daughters (9th and 7th grade) and a cat. I teach at a Japanese school on Saturdays. I am always surrounded by children and I love it!