Notre Dame Academy Lead Teaching Team

Heather Discher, Site Director / Lead Kinderstart Teacher

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Heather joined the Discovery Center Teaching Team as an Assistant in 2019, before moving into the Lead Kinderstart/Site-Director position.  She has her degree from MN State University/Mankato. Heather’s favorite part of teaching is to watch each child learn at their own pace, watching them learn to write a letter or number and seeing the look on their face! 

“Be the reason someone smiles today.”

Top 5 Strengths * Achiever * Learner * Arranger * Communication * Responsibility 


Taylor Russell, Lead Explorer Teacher

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Taylor has a great wealth of experience teaching toddlers, and has been leading the NDA Explorer classroom since 2021. She has her B.A. Degree in Child Development/Family Studies with a minor in Psychology from MN State University/Mankato. She loves watching the children grow in all sorts of ways. Taylor loves making connections with the students and families, teaching age-appropriate skills and how to have lots of fun learning!

“Worry less; Smile more.”


Madison Williams, Lead Kinderstart Teacher

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Madison has been teaching with LADC as a Lead Kinderstart teacher since 2018 at the Discovery Center in Wayzata. She joined the NDA Team in 2020. Madison has her Degree in Early Childhood Education/Special Education from the University of Northwestern/St. Paul. Madison loves teaching children new social skills to use to build friendships and problem solve issues. “Watching children grow and learn more about themselves is a blessing!”

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”  – Proverbs 3:5

Madison Fuglseth, Lead Discovery Teacher

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