Meet Our Team!

We have a strong partnership of professionals working hard to move LACA forward, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring this vision to life for the Blooming Prairie community!

Ms. Nevaeh Garcia
Infant Lead Teacher

Nevaeh Garcia lives in Blooming Prairie and is a self-motivated individual who is an advocate for children and others. Nevaeh has provided care for children ages newborn through 12 years of age. Nevaeh has also worked as a personal care assistant taking care of elderly residents and paying special attention to their individualized care plans and supporting their needs.

Nevaeh’s encouraging and nurturing spirit is a gift to the Academy. Welcome to the Academy, Nevaeh!

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Ms. Stacy Petersen,
Infant Lead Teacher

Stacy Petersen lives in Austin and has previous experience as a Lead Infant Teacher, having worked at childcare centers in both Hayfield and Rochester. Stacy also has previous experience working with the Teaching Strategies Creative Curriculum program. Stacy has completed the coursework and assessments by the CDA National Credentialing Program and has a certificate as a Child Development Associate (CDA) in the Infant/Toddler program. Stacy’s calm and caring personality makes her perfect for our youngest children and learners. Welcome to Leo Augusta, Stacy!

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Ms. Jesseca Steinborn,
Infant Program Assistant

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Ms. Shelby Hagen,
Preschool Teacher

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Ms. Kaylee Chick,
Toddler Teacher

Kaylee brings to the academy 6 years of related work experience using her well-rounded capabilities to serve our toddler development needs. Kaylee’s unique way of creating age-appropriate lesson plans will serve as a strength to the academy and undoubtedly keep our toddlers learning without even knowing it.

Kaylee is currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Development Program at Rochester Community and Technical College.  She is expected to graduate in 2023.  Kaylee resides in Hayfield and enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her boyfriend, babysitting, binge-watching TV series, and spending time outdoors (campfires, and camping).  Kaylee loves interacting with kids and the connections that she builds with parents and families along the way.

Kaylee Chick Toddler Teacher
Jordann Battey Infant Assistant Teacher
Ms. Jordann Battey,
Toddler Assistant Teacher

Jordann joins the Academy with over 7 years of experience as a childcare provider. From having served as a Lead Teacher in a childcare program, to operating her in-home daycare, Jordann is excited to be the Assistant Infant Teacher at Leo Augusta. Her knowledge and understanding of how children learn and succeed and her passion for children and learning are gifts to the Academy.

Jordann holds an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts and an AAS degree in Veterinary Technology. Jordann has also been employed as a Personal Care Assistant. She has strong teaching and communication skills. Jordann enjoys giving back to her community. When she has free time, she volunteers at the Humane Society, has fostered animals, and has coached T-ball. As an adult, she enjoys playing softball and spending time with her daughter.

Ms. Casaundra Green,
Toddler Program Assistant

Casaundra Green is a Blooming Prairie resident and has lived here her entire life. Casaundra has been employed in the healthcare field for 5 years. She has developed a strong skillset in supporting individuals with mental health and disabilities. Cass has worked with both adults and children who have challenging behaviors. She is passionate about taking care of others and helping them to grow.

Cass is excited to be working at the Academy where she can continue to use her skills and help children to become wonderful individuals and leaders. We are excited to have you work with our children, Cass! Welcome to the Academy!

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Ms. Whittney McCamish,
Multi-Classroom Teacher

Whittney brings 2 years of previous childcare experience to the academy with a broad range of skills.  Whittney has led lessons in small and large motor activities, and STEAM activities including art projects, obstacle courses, writing, and music.  Working with children has been her dream job since she graduated from high school and that was solidified after gaining those two years of experience.  Whittney is particularly good at making new children feel welcome in an unfamiliar environment.  She needs to connect personally to each child.  She uses her organizational skills and patience in every classroom.

Whittney is looking forward to gaining more work experience in this field to follow her passion.  Whittney resides in Ellendale and has worked with her brother for the past 8 years.

Ms. Bianca Ibarra,
Program Assistant

Bianca lives in Blooming Prairie with her boyfriend and her son. Bianca currently is enrolled at Riverland Community College-Austin and is working on completing her Registered Nursing degree.

Bianca has spent much of her time working as a Certified Nursing Assistant but now has a very strong desire for childcare. She loves getting to experience the changes that take place in children as they grow and learn.

Bianca especially appreciates the opportunity to make connections with each child and family who attends the Academy.

Bianca Ibarra Program Assistant
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Mr. Jack Bruns,
Program Assistant

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Olive Blume,
Program Assistant

Olive Blume is a Program Assistant at Leo Augusta Children’s Academy. Olive is a Blooming Prairie resident and has two siblings. Olive enjoys watching movies and loves cats. Olive’s aim is to become a veterinary technician later in life.  Welcome to the Academy, Olive!

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Lily Graves Program Assistant
Ms. Lily Graves,
Program Assistant

Lily lives in Blooming Prairie and is currently a junior at Blooming Prairie High School. Lily has spent summers babysitting young children and loves working with kids. Her plans include attending college, and she has the desire to become an elementary school teacher.

Lily loves animals and has a small dog named Olive. She is the middle child of two brothers. Lily has a passion for dance and has been dancing since the age of three. She currently is a member of a dance team in Owatonna.

Welcome to the Academy, Lily!”

Ms. Wanda Edge,
Program Assistant/Part Time

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Ms. Sondra Hanenberger,
Program Assistant Float

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Ms. Margie Hanson,
Custodial Support

Margie Hanson is a lifelong resident of Blooming Prairie.  After being a legal assistant for 47 years, Margie chose to retire.  Working at Leo Augusta provides Margie the opportunity to stay active and busy while getting out of the house and receiving an additional income.

Margie’s hobbies include reading, crafts, and flower arranging.  We appreciate Margie’s attention to detail when it comes to the cleaning and care of our facility.  We appreciate you, Margie!

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Ms. Hannah Kinny,
Custodial Support/Program Assistant

Hannah Kinny loves her position at the Leo Augusta Children’s Academy, and the Academy staff are thankful for Hannah. She brings one year of childcare experience to Leo Augusta as a Custodial Support Person and Program Assistant. Hannah chose to work at LACA because of her passion for working with children. She loves building connections with children and their families. When not working at Leo Augusta, Hannah enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and listening to music.