St. Helena's Lead Teaching Team

Jenn Leflar, Site-Director / Lead Kinderstart Teacher

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Jenn has taught in Early-Childhood for many years before joining the Lead Teacher Team at the Discovery Center in the Fall of 2019. She graduated from the University of MN, Twin Cities with a MA in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education. Jenn enjoys reading, hiking and spending time outdoors. 

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

Top 5 Strengths * Learner * Intellection * Arranger * Individuation * Relator

Jackie Wangen, Assistant / After-School Lead Teacher

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Jackie has been with the Discovery Center program since 2017. She has an Associate of Arts degree from Inver Hills Community College and 15 years of childcare experience at the YMCA and Lifetime Fitness. Her favorite part of teaching is watching how each preschooler progresses from the beginning of the school year to the end of the school year. 

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”    Dr. Seuss