Faith Lutheran's Discovery Teaching Team

Amanda Severin, Co-Site Director / Lead Kinderstart Teacher

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MN Teaching License

Amanda graduated from Northwestern College with a BA in Early Childhood Education. She joined the Discovery Center in 2012 and has taught for Lake Area Discovery Center in both White Bear Lake and Forest Lake.

Amanda loves spending time with her husband and young son, as well as enjoying scrapbooking and reading in her spare time.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, but in all ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:3-4

Restorative     Developer     Harmony     Includer     Empathy


Erin Diedrich, Discovery Lead Teacher

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MN Teaching License

Erin has her BS Degree in Elementary Education with emphasis in Math and Bible Studies from Northwestern University in St. Paul. 

Erin has been teaching with the Discovery Center since 2016.

Input     Responsibility     Discipline     Developer     Harmony



Krystle Hubred, Lead Explorer Teacher, Young Toddlers

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Krystle joined the Discovery Center teaching team in Stillwater in 2017, moving up to the toddler program at Faith Lutheran in 2018. Krystle is currently studying for her BS in Psychology through Colorado Technical University. 

Krystle enjoys decorating her house, training her dogs and doing activities with family and friends.

“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”  – Proverbs 11:25


Julie Whiting, Assistant Teacher / Extended Care Teacher


Julie joined the Discovery Team in 2017. She has her BA Degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota.

Julie enjoys traveling, gardening and walking.

“If you can dream it, you can do it!”




Sara Locke, Assistant Teacher


Sara began teaching with the Discovery Center Fall of 2018. She is a Behavioral/Autism specialist, with training in both in-home and school-based specialties. 

Sara enjoys watching her two sons play sports, traveling, camping and hiking.

“All things family.”



Kashia McNeilly, Assistant Teacher


Kashia has been working with children since 2012, joining the Discovery Center in 2015. Her passion is to serve the Lord with the gift of working with children.

Kashia is currently in school, studying early-childhood education.


Competition     Focus     Learner    Command     Developer



Stevi Palmer, Assistant Teacher


Childcare Development Associates (CDA)

Stevi graduated from Rasmussen College with an AAS Criminal Justice and Early Childhood Certificate (CDA). She joined the Discovery Center teaching team in 2018. 

Stevi loves to travel, camp, hike and explore new places with her family. She is happy anywhere she has her camera with her!

“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  – Jeremiah 29:11

Lissa Clair,  Co-Site Director/ Lead Infant Teacher

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CDA- Childcare Development Associates

Lissa joined the Discovery Center team as the Lead Infant Teacher when the room opened in 2017. She has her Child Development Associates Certification, and has a Council for Professional Recognition from Washington DC

Lissa enjoys golfing, boating, going for walks and spending time with her family.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  – Isaiah 41:10

Woo     Consistency     Positivity     Responsibility     Includer

Britta Dumke, Lead Explorer Teacher, Older Toddlers

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Britta began teaching with the Discovery Center in the Fall of 2017. She has a double-degree, BA in Children, Youth and Family Studies and Biblical Studies from Trinity Lutheran College.

Britta enjoys painting, being on the lake, seeing the world through a child’s eyes and having dance parties with her daughter.

“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”  – Proverbs 16:9

Stephanie Everett, Assistant Teacher


Stephanie has a BS  in Business Administration from the National College business and Arts/Philippines, as well as a Certificate of Achievement-Promoting Quality of Early Years.

Stephanie loves to travel, hike and camp with her family. she enjoys cooking, reading and learning new things. She enjoys playing monopoly and word puzzles with her son Allen.

“For I know the plans for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11


Brenda Lindquist, Assistant Teacher


Brenda joined the Discovery Center in the Fall of 2017. She studied for two years at Illinois State University.

Brenda enjoys hanging out with her family, camping, crafting and reading mysteries.

“The best things in life aren’t things.”


Angela Nuckols, Assistant Teacher


Angie joined the Discovery Center teaching team in 2018. She graduated from Bethlehem College and Seminary with a BA in History of Ideas. 

Angie enjoys playing violin and piano, hiking, volleyball and reading classic literature.

“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation; He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”  -Isaiah61:10

Lindsy Speight, Assistant Teacher


Lindsay joined the Discovery Center at Faith Lutheran in December of 2017. She has her Associates of Arts and is currently working towards her Bachelors of Imaging Sciences.

Lindsy enjoys spending time with family, shopping and reading.

“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” – Proverbs 3:6