St. Joseph's Catholic School Team

Aimee Sieve, Site Director / Lead Teacher

email Aimee  Aimee has taught with the Discovery Center since 2013. She has a B.A. and M.A. in Elementary Education from St. Mary’s University and has her MN Teaching License. All four of Aimee’s children attend/ed St. Joe’s School! Aimee loves spending time with her family, watching her kids’ sport activities, as well as playing herself.

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

Strengthfinders Top Five: Empathy  Includer  Adaptability  Harmony  Consistency



Kristi Bueltel, Co-Teacher

Email Kristi Kristi began teaching with the Discovery Center in 2013. She attended Iowa Central Community College and earned her Childcare Development Associates Degree and MN CCC Credentials in 2015. Kristi loves spending time with her family, watching her boys’ sports activities, scrap booking and reading.

“It’s ALL good!” 

Strengthfinders Top Five: Developer  Empathy  Positivity  Includer  Woo



Jackie Carlson Hayes, Assistant Teacher

Jackie has been with the St. Joe’s teaching team since 2011, first as a sub and then as an assistant teacher. She has her BS degree in Economics from the University of Utah, and her MED Elementary Ed with Mathematics endorsement from the University of St. Thomas. She is also a licensed EMT. Jackie enjoys CrossFit, golf, biking and snowskiing.

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”  -Mother Theresa


Strengthfinders Top Five: Achiever   Activator   Learner   Individualization   Empathy

Anita Sonnek, Co-Teacher

Anita joined the Discovery Team in 2013. She has a B.A. in Social Work from the College of Saint Benedict. Anita enjoys running, reading, traveling and spending time with family.

“Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”

Strengthfinders Top Five: Includer  Empathy  Harmony  Developer  Positivity



Tricia Battis, Lead Explorer Teacher

Email Tricia Tricia has been teaching the extended care program at the Discovery Center since 2017. She has her BA in Psychology from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Tricia enjoys music, travel, water skiing and raising three teenage girls!

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”  – Mother Theresa