St. Bartholomew's Lead Teaching Team

Hannah Valdez, Site Director/Lead Discovery Teacher 

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Hannah first started teaching for the Discovery Center in 2007 after graduating from Northwestern University with her BA in Pre-Primary and Elementary Education and MN Teaching License. After several years, she left to teach internationally with a mission in Bangledesh before returning to the Discovery Center as a Site Director/Lead Teacher in 2014. Hannah loves to spend time with family and friends. She enjoys camping and boating.

Top 5 Strengths * Communication * Adaptability * Developer * Empathy * Woo

Kim Berardino, Lead Kinderstart Teacher

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Kim has been teaching with the Discovery Center since August of 2018 and has worked in the education field for many years. She has her degree in History from the University of California/LA and her MN Teaching Certificate.  Kim enjoys reading, crafting, jigsaw puzzles and her cats. 

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”

Top 5 Strengths * Context * Deliberative * Intellection * Maximizer * Empathy