Brittany Anderson - Director
Education: BA in 5-12 Social Studies Teaching; Minor in Lutheran Confessionalism; Lutheran Classroom Teacher Certified; MN Teaching License in 5-12 Social Studies Teaching. Child Care Experience: I have worked at HNCCCC since August of 2003. I started as an Aide and worked my way up to Teacher, and became Director in January of 2009. I also worked as an Assistant Teacher at Hand in Hand Child Care while in college. Personal History: I was born in Berlin, WI, but grew up in New Hope, MN, along with my older sister and younger brother. I graduated from Cooper High School in 2004 and received my BA from Concordia University, St. Paul in 2008. In 2013, I married my husband, Mike, and in 2017 we welcomed our son, Cameron, to our family. We own a home in Savage and share it with our three cats, Crush, Phoebe, and Sasha. Hobbies: I love spending time with my husband and son. I love playing volleyball and working out (maybe don’t love that one so much…). I enjoy reading, and snuggling with my husband and kittens watching movies. Evenings and dinners out with my friends and weekends at the cabin are a must! Why I Like Working at HNCCCC: I love working at Holy Nativity because I am in the capacity to better the lives of our children and families by bringing them to Christ!
Paula Majkozak - Infant Teacher
Education: I have a Bachelor’s degree in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota. Child Care Experience: I have worked in child care since 1992, and the majority of that time has been spent with Infants. I started at HNCCCC in 2001 as an Infant Teacher. I worked as the Assistant Director for about three years, but I missed the children too much so I went back to being the Infant Teacher. Personal History: I grew up in North Minneapolis and graduated from Henry High School. I come from a large family – six brothers and two sisters, 19 nieces and nephews, and several great-nieces and nephews. I live in Maple Grove. Hobbies: My hobbies include reading, Sodoku, and crossword puzzles, watching Gopher hockey, and spending time with family and friends. Why I Like Working at HNCCCC: I like working at HNCCCC because I like helping nurture new individuals and watching their unique personalities develop.
Rachel Crane - Infant Teacher
Education: AAS in Child Development from Hennepin Technical, graduated 2013 Child Care Experience: nannied for a family while in college, worked 1 year in school age program and have been at HNCCCC since 2013 Personal History: Grew up in Hanover MN with 2 older sisters and 2 younger brothers. Currently living in Brooklyn Center with husband, Jeff, and dog, Lulu. Hobbies: I enjoy reading, working on puzzles, visiting new restaurants and enjoying lazy Sundays at home. Why I Like Working at HNCCCC: I love working at HNCCCC because it truly has brought me so much joy. I love coming to work and working with the children, and watching them grow and learn daily. My coworkers are the greatest; we push each other to be our best selves and better teachers. I continue to love and look forward to my journey here at Holy Nativity.
Jennifer Stewart - Assistant Infant Teacher
Education: I have an Associate's Degree in Biblical Studies from Association Free Lutheran Bible School. Child Care Experience: I have worked at Holy Nativity Christian Child Care Center since October of 2002. My unofficial experience includes years of babysitting for friends and family, nursery work in my church, and teaching Sunday School. Personal History: First and foremost, I love Jesus, my Savior and Redeemer. I'm a sinner saved by grace. I was born in Minnesota and have lived here most of my life. I am the daughter of a retired pastor and a retired home child care provider/elementary teacher. I have four brothers and am the proud auntie of 13 nieces and nephews. I graduated from AFLBS in 2004. I married my sweet husband, Drew, in December of 2017. We reside in New Hope. Hobbies: I love spending time with my husband, my family, and my friends. I enjoy reading, going for walks, listening to music (especially Point of Grace), shopping, reality TV, Christmas, penguins, and coffee. Why I Like Working at HNCCCC: I love working at Holy Nativity because we can teach the kids about Jesus, both in words and the way we live. We can celebrate the true meaning of Christmas - Jesus' birth! My teaching team is amazing and everyone has different strengths and we work really well together. Our Boss is awesome and leads with integrity. The babies bring me so much joy! I love to help them learn and watch them grow and learn new things each day. I can't imagine doing anything else, anywhere else! I love my Holy Nativity family.
Amy Laite - Toddler Teacher
Education: I have completed coursework and earned numerous certifications in Early Childhood Education from El Camino College, UCLA Extension, and Rasmussen College. Child Care Experience: I have worked with children for over 25 years. I have been a Toddler Teacher at Holy Nativity since 2006. Personal History: I was born and grew up in Torrance, CA. I currently live in Crystal, MN with my husband, my two biological children, and my two step-children. Hobbies: Camping, going to movies and dinner, word puzzles, and taking trips back home to CA. Why I Like Working at HNCCCC: I love knowing that I made a difference in a child’s life, when children that have left the Center come back to say hi to me in the toddler room. I love that we are a family-oriented Center.
Morgan Franz - Toddler Teacher
Education: Associate’s Degree in Biblical Studies and an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Child Care Experience: My first jobs included frequent baby sitting for numerous families of various ages, church nursery provider, and a summer nanny job for two girls. After high school I nannied for two children near the Twin Cities and then worked as an aide in the infant room at Hopeful Beginnings childcare in Grand Forks, ND. In 2016 I started at HNCCCC as a floating aide and moved to Toddler Teacher in 2017. Personal History: I grew up in a small town in North Dakota. In high school I enjoyed being yearbook editor/photographer, captain of the golf team and playing basketball. After graduating I attended the Association Free Lutheran Bible School where I played basketball and met my husband, Adam — all while learning to be the hands and feet of Christ. After earning my degree, I attended one year at the University of North Dakota before moving back to the Cities and getting married in 2016. I joined the Holy Nativity family in 2016 and graduated from Rasmussen College in 2018. Adam and I live in Maple Grove and are expecting our first child, a boy, in February of 2019! Hobbies: I enjoy scrolling through Pinterest, golfing, going on walks and watching movies. Although I’m sure these will change once Baby Boy Franz joins us! Why I Like Working at HNCCCC: I love watching the kids grow and learn! It is amazing to see the lightbulb go on when they understand something new! I love walking into the classroom and hear, “Ms. Morgan is here!” I enjoy teaching the kids biblical stories and songs in a Christian environment! The kids’ hugs are great and I can’t say enough about our staff family! Brittany runs a great center and the other staff members know their stuff! Some are literally my family, my sister-in-law, Jenny, works in the baby room, and my husband, Adam, floats around to all of the classrooms.
Sydney Lien - Preschool Teacher
Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies and Human Development; Minor in Special Education and Rehabilitation Child Care Experience: Preschool Teacher at HNCCCC since January 2018. I was a Lead Teacher at a Head Start in St. Paul for a year and a half prior. I also work in the social work field as a parenting education teacher and supervised visitation specialist. Personal History: I grew up in a small town in Minnesota called Independence. I went to high school at West Lutheran high school in Plymouth Minnesota, where I was a cheer leader, and a gymnast for 8 years. After high school I graduated from the University of Arizona. While in Arizona I worked with Arizona Baptist children and family ministries, working with foster care and the pregnancy center. I graduated in 2016 and moved back to Minnesota. After graduation I started working at a Headstart school in St. Paul and teaching parenting education classes with CPS and family law. Now working at HNCCCC! Hobbies: I love spending time with my family and friends, reading, and listening to music! I love being active: going on runs, walks and I love my Lifetime! Why I Like Working at HNCCCC: I love working at Holy Nativity because I truly get to make my classroom creative, fun, and educational for my students! I love the Christian atmosphere and being able to share my faith with my students.
Sally Pawlik - Preschool Aide
Marhea Harris - Floating Teacher
Education: BS in Early Childhood Education Child Care Experience: I have worked in the education field, either school age or early childhood, since 1997. I have been at HNCCCC since September 2015. Personal History: I grew up in North Minneapolis with my mom doing daycare and Foster care and then education when I started school so I've discovered my love of children through her. I've been moved to listen to the children and what they have to say. I have been married going on 3 years to my husband Jimmy and we have a son named Micah who just turned 2. Hobbies: I like to read, ride bikes, spend time with family and friends Why You Like Working at HNCCCC: I love working at HNCCCC because we have the opportunity to tell these precious little ones about Jesus and to show them who Jesus is through our actions. I also love working with the other staff they truly have become like a second family. I have appreciated Brittany's flexibly with my work hours and family emergencies. Thank you!
Melinda Neuenfeldt - Floating Teacher
Education: BA in K – 12 Physical Education and 5 – 12 Health; Minor in Lutheran Confessionalism; Lutheran Classroom Teacher Certified; MN Teaching License in K – 12 Physical Education and 5 – 12 Health; Certified in Human Research. Child Care Experience: I have been employed at HNCCCC since 2009 in various capacities (Spanish teacher, full time teacher, part time teacher, and substitute). My full time job is as a Preschool Teacher at Mt. Olive Lutheran Preschool in Anoka. Personal History: I love the Lord with all my heart! In 2008 I graduated from Concordia University St. Paul where I met my husband Scott. We were married at our home church, Mount Olive in Anoka in 2010. We take residency in the neighborhood of Coon Rapids. We are expecting our first child February 1, 2019! I have a passion for teaching and working with kids is my joy! Hobbies: I love to go fishing and be “up North” with friends and family. I am a MN Vikings fan and enjoy watching the games. Why I like working at HNCCCC: If I can make a child feel safe so that they can learn and grow in their development I feel like I made a difference in that child’s life. I love being a positive addition to each child’s life whether it may be small or big. If I can help a child fall asleep and get the rest they need to continue their day I feel as though I have helped that child. If I clean a child’s nose preventing further germs or just making that child more comfortable, I feel as though I have helped that child and others. If I can help a child to use their words in a healthy and positive way instead of the child using physical expression, I feel as though I have helped that child. If I can further a child’s understanding of a concept and help them learn and grow with knowledge in a fun and creative way, I feel as though I have helped that child. If I can teach them that their Lord and Savior loves and forgives them unconditionally, I feel as though I have spread God’s kingdom to His dearly loved children. I can feel great joy with the work I do at HNCCCC because I help God’s children to feel safe, loved, cared for, and enrich their learning.
Lexy Spilde - Floating Aide
Education: I am a first year student at the Association Free Lutheran Bible School (AFLBS). Child Care Experience: I have babysat since I was a 7th grader and still get asked. Personal History: I grew up in Arlington, SD on a goat farm. I am a part of a family of four, with a younger brother. I also grew up in a Christian home! Hobbies: Lake activities, snowmobiling, playing piano, camping, and basketball! Why I Like Working at HNCCCC: I LOVE this job! Being with kids has always been on the top of my career list, and I’m so happy to work with amazing kids and staff who also love Jesus!
Adam Franz - Floating Aide
Education: Degree in Biblical Studies from Association Free Lutheran Bible School. Child Care Experience: I was a student teaching aide while in high school at the Copper Country Christian School during the 2007-2008 school year. I was a part-time aide at HNCCCC from spring 2010-fall 2013, as well as summer 2018-present. Personal History: I was born in Cloquet, Minnesota, but grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I moved back to Minnesota after high school and began working at HNCCCC a few months after that. My parents, and all four of my siblings and their families, live in the Twin Cities metro and surrounding area. I met my wife, Morgan Franz, while attending the Association Free Lutheran Bible School in the fall of 2013. We were married in August 2016 and currently live in Maple Grove. Both my wife, and my only sister (Jennifer Stewart), work at HNCCCC as well. Hobbies: I enjoy playing golf and softball, watching movies, and following most other sports. Why I Like Working at HNCCCC: The kids! The opportunity to spend time with an awesome group of children every day is what I love most about HNCCCC.