Normandale Preschool Staff

Normandale Preschool is licensed through the Department of Human Services and a member of The Evangelical Lutheran Education Association (ELEA). We are licensed to serve 75 students per session with a total enrollment of 150 students. The student/teacher ratio is no more than 1 to 10 for children ages three to five years.

Our teachers are well-educated early childhood professionals who model their Christian faith daily within the classroom. All participate in programs of continuing education for professional advancement in Early Childhood Education.


Director, Normandale Preschool

JoAnne, has a Masters Degree in Education from Hamline University as well as a B.A. in Elementary Education with Certification in Parent and Family Education. Before coming to Normandale Preschool, in 2006, JoAnne was an Early Childhood Family Education Administrator in the public school. Throughout her career, she has taught preschool through college age students. JoAnne and her husband have three young adult children. They enjoy travelling to visit their children throughout the U.S and the world.


Administrative Assistant

Jean, has a B.A. in History from St. Olaf College and an M.A. in Education from the University of Michigan. Before coming to Normandale Preschool in 2010, Jean was the Senior Secretary in the Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch at the University of MN. Jean is a member of Normandale Lutheran Church where she attends with her husband and children, who are alumni of Normandale Preschool.

Lead Teachers


Emily graduated with a BA from the University of Colorado, Boulder.  After moving to California, she soon found herself creating daily lesson plans and managing a classroom of preschool age students.  She feels that a play based program is important as students work on their social and emotional skills while learning language and pre-reading  skills through intentional play. 


Alicia, has a BA in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Her history includes that of Lead Preschool Teacher in Omaha, Nebraska, as well as substitute teacher in Cheney, Nebraska. Alicia took an active role in the lives of her children as a Sunday School Teacher, Girl Scout Leader and Classroom Volunteer.  She loves reading historical fiction as well as travel books and of course traveling whenever possible.


Sheri has a BA in Elementary Education with certification in both Preschool and Kindergarten from the College of St. Benedict. Her work experience includes teaching at many levels including Kindergarten, Montessori and Headstart. Along with her love for children, Sheri brings her gift of music and art to the classroom. Sheri teaches our 4 day 4 year old class as well as our STEM class.


Mrs. Kamin recieved her BA from the University of Wisconsin. Before coming to Normandale she taught at Little Eagles Preschool in Eden Prairie. Mela has a passion for children and learning and loves to use a variety of teaching methods to bring lessons to life that will help children grow. Mela's faith is very important to her and informs her choices, attitudes and how she interacts with children. Mela is the teacher for our Virtual class, as well as teaching in-person.


Keri holds an MA in Speech Language Pathology from the School of Allied Health in Kansas, and a BA in Speech, Language & Hearing from the University of Kansas. She started her carreer as a Speech Language Pathologist at Bethany Medical and Health Midwest in Kansas. After moving to Edina, she became involved in the life of her children, volunteering on the CPC Leadership Committee and at Concord Elementary. Keri attends Christ Presbyterian Church with her family where they are active in a variety of ongoing activities.


Kristen graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in Child Psychology and a license in Early Childhood Education. Her experience includes teaching at Good Samaritan Nursery School as a Lead Teacher and at Especially For Children. Both of her children are alumni of the preschool. Kristen began her long history of teaching at Normandale Preschool in 1999.

Assistant Teachers


Mrs. Cammas is from France, where she graduated with a Master of Science in Management. She has traveled the world and speaks fluent French as well as conversational Spanish and Dutch. Johanna assists in our 3 year old classes.


Dawn is the Teacher Assistant in the 3 day 4 year old classroom. Dawn's children are alumni of Normandale Preschool! Dawn graduated, Magna Cum Laude, from St. Cloud University and has since worked as a paraprofessional in the Bloomington Public Schools. She has worked in Kindergarten, EBD, DC and ASD classrooms. Dawn has been with Normandale Preschool since 2014.



Ellen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota and graduate hours in Counselor Education and Educational Psychology from St. Cloud State University College of Education Psychology. She brings with her experience in crisis conflict resolution and has been a Guardian ad Litem in Hennepin county.