Notre Dame Academy Discovery Teaching Team

Marlissa Johnson,, Site-Director 

email Marlissa Marlissa is currently Site Director and Lead Teacher at Avail Academy Discovery Center in Edina. She is on-site at NDA two afternoons each week. Marlissa has her Pre-Primary/Kindergarten Certification Degree from Northwestern College in St. Paul and her MN Teaching License. She brings great experience and contagious positive energy to the classroom and teaching team.

Maximizer     Empathy     Developer    Arranger     Strategic




Brittany Roraff, Kinderstart Lead Teacher

Email Brittany Brittany joined the Discovery Center as the Lead Kinderstart Teacher in 2017, teaching at Avail Academy Discovery Center in Edina. She moved over to the Notre Dame location Fall of 2018.  Brittany has her BA in Elementary Education with Pre-Primary Endorsement from Concordia University in St. Paul and her MN Teaching License. Brittany enjoys spending time with her friends and family, reading the Bible and Christian Fiction/Fantasy novels. She loves to sing and play the guitar and piano, and also to run, take walks and stay active. “Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.”  – 1 John 4:7

Empathy   Restorative   Belief   Adaptability   Connectedness


Cassandra Dwyer, Assistant Teacher

  Cassandra grew up in Duluth and received an AA degree from Lake Superior College before transferring to NDSU to complete a BS degree in Veterinary Technology. She has plans to further her education in Speech Language Pathology.  Cassandra enjoys hiking at parks with her dog and being outdoors. “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie beside still waters. He restores my soul…”  – Psalm 23


Morgan Davis, Site-Manager / Lead Discovery Teacher

email Morgan Morgan student taught for the Discovery Center in Stillwater before joining the Teaching Team in Forest Lake in 2016. She joined the Notre Dame Academy Discovery when the location opened Fall of 2017.  MShe is a graduate of Northwester University-St. Paul with a Pre-Primary/Elementary Education degree. Morgan has always loved working with children, growing up in a small town of 100 people in Blomkest, MN.  She loves spending time with her family. Her favorite holiday is Christmas! “A friend loves at all times…”  -Proverbs 17:17

Empathy     Communication     Activator     Woo     Developer


Allison Pankertz, Lead Explorer Teacher (Toddlers)

Email Allie Allie is a graduate from the University of Minnesota/Twin Cities with a degree in Animal Science/Equine Ag Business. She joined the Notre Dame Discovery Center in 2017 as the Extended Care Teacher, moving into the Lead Toddler Teacher in 2018. Allie enjoys reading, writing, horseback riding, hiking, fishing and spending time with her husband, friends and family swimming and enjoying the beach. “Never ever ever give up.”  -Winston Churchill

Adaptability  Relator  Communication  Arranger  Achiever


Jody Bylund, Assistant Teacher

  Jody has worked in early childhood for over 16 years. She joined the Discovery Center teaching team in 2017. Jody has a BS in Family Social Science from the University of MN.   Jody’s daughter was recently married and her son has started college. She is an “empty nester” living with two cats and a dog. Jody enjoys scrapbooking, volunteering at the library and dancing.