Faith Lutheran Discovery Teaching Team

Amanda Severin, Co Site-Director / Lead Kinderstart 

email Amanda  Amanda graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education from Northwestern University in St. Paul. and has her MN Teaching License. She began her career as a student teacher with LADC, and has taught at several Discovery Center locations through the years in teaching and leadership roles. Amanda lives with her husband and young son in the Forest Lake area.

“He has shown you, Oh mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” – Micah 6:8


Strengthsfinder Top Five:      Restorative Developer Harmony Includer Empathy


Britta Dumke, Lead Explorer Teacher, Young Toddlers

Email Britta Britta has her BA in Children, Youth and Family Studies / Biblical Studies from Trinity Lutheran College. 

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”  – William Butler Yeats


Strengthfinders Top Five: Learner   Developer   Input   Adaptability   Individualization




Stephanie Everett, Assistant Teacher

Stephanie has a BS in Business Administration and a Certificate of Achievement- Promoting Quality of Early Years. She began teaching for LADC in Fall of 2018. 


Strengthfinders Top Five: Learner   Positivity   Strategic   Achiever   Self-Assuredness




Madalyn Rawson, Assistant Teacher- Infant Room

Madalyn joined the Faith Discovery Center Teaching in the Fall of 2019.  She has her Associates of Arts degree from Anoka Ramsey and is currently attending Concordia University in St. Paul, MN. Madalyn enjoys spending time with family and friends.

“She is strong; She is resilient; She is fearless, and She is enough!” – taken from Isaiah 40:31, Proverbs 31:25 and Psalm 46:5


Julia Hultquist, Assistant Teacher

Julia started with LADC in May of 2019. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of MN. Julie enjoys reading, gardening, cross-stitching, quilting and gaming.

“In the fleeting time we have on this Earth, what matters is not wealth or status or power or fame, but rather how well we have loved and what small part we have played in making the lives of other people better.” – Barack Obama




Stevi Palmer, Site Manager / Assistant Teacher

email Stevi Stevi ihas a Certificate of Early Childhood Education from Rasmusson. She is currently working toward her Child Development Associates Degree. Stevi brings several years of management experience to the Faith Discovery Leadership Team!

“The Lord will fight for you- you need only to be still.”  – Exodus 14:14


Strengthfinders Top Five: Restorative   Futuristic   Adaptability   Arranger   Connectedness



Julie Hyrkas, Lead Explorer Teacher / Older Toddlers

Julie has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of MN-Duluth. She enjoys hunting, fishing, crafting, crocheting and is also on a Search and Rescue Team with her live-find dog, McCoy. Julie joined the teaching team August of 2020.

“Jesus said to him, If you can believe? All things are possible for one who believes.”   – Mark 9:23


Claire Girtz, Assistant Teacher

Info coming soon!





Brenda Lindstrom, Lead Infant Teacher

Brenda joined the Discovery Center teaching team in 2018. She studied at Illinois State University. 

“For nothing is impossible with God.”  -Luke 1:37


Strengthfinders Top Five: Achiever   Discipline   Responsibility   Consistency   Empathy




Kari Olson, Assistant Teacher- Infant Room

Information Coming Soon!