Our experienced teachers truly enjoy working with preschoolers and offer a safe, supportive and educational classroom for your child. Our teachers are patient, encouraging and will treat your child as an individual.
Our low student to teacher ratio of 10:1 provides consistency for your preschooler. Your child will relate with a limited number of teachers that helps promote trust and security.
Meet Our Teachers
Julie has been devoted to early childhood education her entire adult life. First as a preschool teacher and currently as the director of North Heights Preschool and Child Care.
"I am highly committed to my vocation, because I see the need for children to have a healthy environment and positive, Christ-centered guidance," says Julie.
Julie is married to her husband Brian and has three adult children and two grandchildren.
In her spare time she loves reading, walking, hiking and spending time with family and friends.
I am highly committed to my vocation, because I see the need for children to have a healthy environment and positive, Christ-centered guidance.
Diane Morse has been teaching the three-year-old class at North Heights Christian Preschool for several years. She enjoys their joyfulness and eagerness to learn.
"I enjoy working with three and four-year olds," says Diane. "Because they are full of joy and are so eager to learn which is why I pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education."
"I love planting seeds of faith in the little ones and watching them grow and blossom throughout the year," Diane says.
Diane Morse lives in Vadnais Heights along with her husband and golden retriever named Willow. She loves to travel and spend time with her two grown children.
I enjoy teaching Preschool and being a part of this wonderful school community!
Catie has worked with children for many years and has been at North Heights Christian Preschool & Child Care for four years.
"I love working with children," says Catie. "Their excitement and smiles about learning new things, always inspires me and brings joy to my heart."
Catie has been married for 18 years to her husband Jason. They have two girls, Sarah and Alexa. Sarah just graduated from NHCA this year and will be starting at Concordia Academy in the fall. Alexa, will be continuing at NHCA and entering 7th grade this fall.
Catie loves the outdoors: gardening, drinking coffee outdoors, reading outdoors, and driving dates with her hubby. She also enjoys cooking, spending time with family, working out, and small crafts and projects around the house.
I love working with children!
Sally teaches the Super Sunshines Pre-K class and has over 15 years teaching experience with three, four and five-year olds.
"I’m excited to be a part of this wonderful preschool and incredible teaching team!" says Sally.
She has a passion for teaching young children and showing them that learning is fun! Sally also enjoys building relationships with the childrens' families throughout the school year.
Sally and her husband have three beautiful daughters and a pet bird. She enjoys biking, running, gardening and watching the MN Wild.
I’m excited to be a part of this wonderful preschool and incredible teaching team!
Maija Kelly has taught at our Preschool as a summer aid and is now in her first full year as a full-time teacher with our three-year-old children. Maija attended North Heights Christian Academy from Kindergarten through Eighth grade. "It is fun for me to see some of the teachers I had when I was a student at North Heights Christian Academy, as well as the same Principal!" says Maija.
Maija is a fun and energetic teacher who has great passion for kids. She got married in the Fall of 2018 and now has a four-month-old son named Cohen.
In her free time, Maija enjoys being with her family, going on walks with her son and dog, shopping, and DIY projects.
It is fun for me to see some of the teachers I had when I was a student at North Heights Christian Academy, as well as the same Principal!
Maggie Rocke came to North Heights Christian Preschool first as a parent, and now a teacher. She has previously taught kindergarten and early childhood special education. She believes first and foremost that children are seen, heard, and valued for who they are when they walk in to their classroom. She is passionate about meeting each child where they are, helping them grow to reach their full potential, and seeing them love school.
“I loved North Heights as a parent, and could tell that the teachers here genuinely love their students" Maggie says. "Now that I’m teaching here, I see even more how true that is!”
Maggie lives in Roseville with her husband, four-year-old son, and two-year-old daughter. In her free time she enjoys running, gardening, and cooking. She is hopeful that a dog will join the family soon.
I loved North Heights as a parent, and could tell that the teachers here genuinely love their students. Now that I’m teaching here, I see even more how true that is!
Sara Gustafson is the teacher of the Little Llamas, ages 4-5. She enjoys watching her students learn new things and seeing the wonder of when they conquer a new skill.
Sara says, "I feel blessed to work with a wonderful team of fellow teachers who love the Lord."
Sara has been married to Jon for 26 years and together they have raised three children who are now all young adults. In her free time, Sara loves to read, hike and craft!
I feel blessed to work with a wonderful team of fellow teachers who love the Lord.
Our Preschool Music Teacher, Anna Kohler has a passion for engaging children using movement, singing, and dance.
Anna has been teaching at North Heights Christian Preschool & Child Care for two years and has also taught for many years at North Heights Christian Academy.
Anna is a homeschool mom and has four daughters and a great husband. When she isn't teaching, Anna loves to sing on the worship team at her church and watch Disney movies with her girls.
I have a passion for engaging children using movement, singing, and dance.
Abby has worked at North Heights Church for several years and recently graduated with her M.Ed. from the University of Minnesota. This is her first year teaching at North Heights Christian Preschool & Child Care and is so excited to be a part of the family!
"I am passionate about creating a classroom environment in which students know that they are loved, safe, and important," says Abby. "Children bring such a curiosity and joy to learning–it’s contagious!"
In her free time, Abby enjoys crafting, reading, drinking coffee and spending time with her family!
I am passionate about creating a classroom environment in which students know that they are loved, safe, and important.
This is Chloe’s first year at North Heights Christian Preschool as an assistant teacher. She has 3+ years of experience in childcare, with the majority of that time being at the YMCA working with kids ages 6 months through 11 years. Chloe has gone on three inner city missions trips in the U.S. and is passionate about missions work. Chloe is currently taking some time off of school to gain some more work experience and to see where God wants to lead her next. She loves seeing the wonder and curiosity in children when they learn new things, set and accomplish goals, and get to experience all of God’s amazing creations.
Chloe comes from a huge family who are always going on new adventures and who love to travel together. In her free time Chloe enjoys reading, embroidery, playing sports, and spending time outdoors.
I love seeing the wonder and curiosity in children when they learn new things.
This is Pam Gall's first year teaching in the preschool classroom at North Heights Christian Preschool and Child Care. She comes from working in the Moundsview School district for the past 11 years. Pam has been involved with Child Evangelism Fellowship for the past 39 years. "I love to share the love of Jesus with children", says Pam. She enjoys getting to know all the children and staff at North Heights Christian Preschool and Child Care.
Pam is married to Ken and together they have raised five children, and now are enjoying their seven grandchildren. Pam loves to read, go on walks, and study God's Word.
I love to share the love of Jesus with children.
Barbara Simon has been a substitute teacher in public and private Christian schools (including NHCA) for over 30 years. Since February 2019 she has been a substitute or permanent part-time teacher at North Heights Christian Preschool. Working with preschoolers has been a new and exciting adventure for her. "I love that Preschoolers have a sense of wonder and excitement as they explore their world," says Barbara.
Barbara's hobbies include gardening, travel, worship music, Bible study, and reading Western novels with her husband. She enjoys being with family and friends for patio time, long walks and home improvement projects.
I love that Preschoolers have a sense of wonder and excitement as they explore their world.
Rachel Petersen has worked at North Heights Preschool for two years as a child care aide and has worked with toddlers and preschoolers for many years. "I enjoy helping the preschoolers learn about God and the Bible." says Rachel. "Doing crafts with them is also a lot of fun."
When she isn’t at North Heights Christian Preschool and Childcare, she loves spending time with fur babies, two dogs, Wolf and Bear, and her cat, Sundae, as well as time with her new nephew.
I enjoy helping the preschoolers learn about God and the Bible.