Redeemer's Discovery Center Teaching Team

Laura Carlson, Site-Director / Lead Discovery Teacher  

email Laura Laura has a BA in Early Childhood Education from South Dakota State University with her MN Teaching License and has been teaching preschool for over 25 years; the past 19 years with Redeemer’s Discovery Center! Her warm and caring way with children is truly a blessing to all students and families. Laura lives in White Bear Lake with her husband. They have a grown son. Laura and her husband are avid runners and enjoy outdoor activities and fishing.

“With God all things are possible.”  -Mark10:27

Strengthfinders Top Five: Achiever   Belief   Connectedness   Developer   Empathy


Jody Doree, Assistant Teacher

Jody graduated from 916/Century College in 1991 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has 24+ years of teaching experience, spending 5 of those as a Program Director, before joining the Discovery Center teaching team in 2014.  Jody is a huge Wild hockey fan, loves taking hikes and rock hunting. Agates are her favorite! She is learning how to wrap agates and make jewelry from them.

“Believe you an and you’re halfway there.”  – Theodore Roosevelt

Strengthfinders Top Five: Context   Responsibility   Deliberative   Relator   Empathy


Lorrie Jeske, Assistant Teacher

Lorrie joined the Redeemer Teaching Team in 2016. She has many years experience in the field of early childhood education and personal health care.  Lorrie is a strong, caring partner in Redeemer’s Explorers classroom.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled nor let it be afraid.”  -John 14:27

Strengthfinders Top Five: Developer   Connectedness   Belief   Restorative   Empathy


Patty Dahl, Assistant Teacher

Patty joined the Redeemer Teaching Team in the Fall of 2019. She is a Certified Medical Assistant through Rasmussen College. Her hobbies are photography, walking with her dog and watching her grandchildren play hockey.

“A person’s a person no matter how smal.”  – Dr. Seuss

Strengthfinders Top Five: Harmony   Arranger   Positivity   Developer   Discipline

Tonya Sisterman,  Lead Kinderstart Teacher

email Tonya Tonya received her BA in Elementary Education from Concordia University, St. Paul and has her MN Teaching License. She joined the Discovery Center in 2012, teaching at Community of Grace’s Discovery Center before moving over to Redeemer in 2016.  Tonya enjoys scrapbooking, puzzles and spending time with her family.

“Work smarter, not harder.”  

Strengthfinders Top Five: Futuristic   Arranger   Includer   Developer   Adaptability



Briana H., Lead Explorer Teacher

Email Briana Briana has a BA degree in Elementary Education with a Theater minor.  Briana enjoys reading, writing and acting. She has been teaching with the Discovery Center since 2018

“May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with Hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  – Romans 15:13




Angela Sellwood, Assistant Teacher

Angela joined the Discovery Center teaching team at Redeemer many years after her own children attended as preschoolers! She has her Communications and Business Degrees from St. Thomas University and her MN Lead Substitute License. Angela enjoys yoga/pilates, hiking, reading, music and theater. Her favorite interest is her three children!

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”  – Gandhi

Strengthfinders Top Five: Empathy   Relator   Arranger   Adaptability   Positivity


Cindy Kehoe, Assistant Teacher / Extended Care

Cindy has her Paraeducator degree from Century College. She joined the Redeemer Discovery Center Teaching Team in August of 2019. Cindy enjoys reading, crafting, spending time with her family, volunteering, traveling, walking and anything to do with history.

Cindy loves to volunteer at “Feed My Starving Children and believes in their mission to feed children in need and share the Christian faith. 

Strengthfinders Top Five: Input   Restorative   Developer   Responsibility   Context