Faithful Shepherd Discovery Teaching Team

Kristen Shadis, Site-Director 

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MN Teaching License

Kristen graduated from Northwestern College with a degree in Elementary Education / Early Childhood emphasis. 

Kristen enjoys spending time with her husband and four children, cheering at sporting events and making memories.

“The Lord your God is with you. He is mighty to save. He takes great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” – Zephaniah 3:17


Geena Will, Discovery Lead Teacher

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Geena graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. She spent a year tutoring Kindergartners at Bruce F. Vento Elementary after graduation.  Geena is currently in school working toward her Education degree. 

Geena joined the Discovery Center teaching team in the Fall of 2015, working as an assistant teacher before becoming a Lead Toddler teacher for two years.

Adaptability     Developer     Positivity     Arranger     Empathy


Nicole Schram, Assistant Teacher


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Rose Garcia, Assistant Teacher


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Deb Behringer, Assistant Teacher


Deb has been teaching with the Discovery Center at Faithful Shepherd since Fall of 2018. She graduated from Concordia University, St. Paul with a BA in Child Development.

Deb’s main interest is spending as much time as possible with her family, as well as enjoying baking, swimming, reading, sewing, soccer and theater.

“There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.”  – Fred Rogers

Kaitlin Bornhoft, Site-Manager / Lead Kinderstart Teacher

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MN Teaching License

Kaitlin joined the Discovery Center team in 2016, teaching and directing at St. Helena’s Discovery Center in Minneapolis. She has her degree in Education from Northwestern University in St. Paul.

Kaitlin taught Kindergarten for several years before joining the Discovery Center. She enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends.

Communication   Belief    Woo    Positivity    Empathy


Elizabeth Graser-Thurlow, Lead Kinderstart Teacher

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MN Teaching License: K-6

Elizabeth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in French and BS in Elementary Education.  She joined the Discovery Teaching team in 2017 as an assistant teacher.

Elizabeth is an avid sports fan, attending college/professional games in addition to her kids sports games. She also enjoys cooking/baking and trying new recipes, biking and going for walks.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13


Sandy Enger, Assistant Teacher


Sandra has worked with children for over 28 years and has completed 40+hours of Early Childhood Education Training and Nutritional Classes annually. She joined the Discovery Center teaching team in 2018. 

Sandy’s hobbies include long walks with friends, art projects with grandchildren, reading and family time.”

“The Lord is greater than the giants you face.” – 1 John 4:4


Christine Hernandez, Assistant Teacher


Christine joined the Discovery Center teaching team in 2018. She studied Law Enforcement at Inver Grove Community College and has worked as a Registered Nurse Assistant and ILS Worker.

Christine enjoys reading, creative writing, poetry and song lyrics.

“It is finished.”  – John 19:30



Bao Xiong, Assistant Teacher


Bao joined the Discovery Center team August of 2018. She has a BA in Anthropology from the University of California Merced. 

Bao enjoys painting, drawing, reading, crafting and playing badminton.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”  – Galatians 6:9