Annie Bilski

Annie Bilski is our Preschool Director at Messiah Lutheran Church & Preschool. She has been serving at Messiah since July 2014. She and her husband Grant have a son, Collin. As a family they love to play in the snow, have nerf fights, get dirty and spend time together! They are all huge Minnesota sports fans (Go, WILD! Vikings! Gophers! TWINS!) and Collin’s first words were “TOUCHDOWN”. Outside of sports, the Bilski family enjoys traveling, spending time at the family cabin, and especially LOVE spending time with their family and friends! They love vacationing in Florida at Disney World.

Annie received her bachelor’s degree from Concordia Saint Paul in Elementary Education and Lutheran Classroom Teaching. She continued her education at St. Cloud State University studying Special Education with an emphasis in Emotional, Behavior Disorders and Autism. Her experience ranges from working with infants through 6th grade students and special education students. Annie has multiple years of experience and training in working with students on the Autism spectrum. Annie works with the staff team each year to continue to develop their skills in working with students with special needs. If your child has a special need and you’re interested in Preschool, Annie would love to have a conversation with you!

She has a passion for seeing each student grow and develop to their greatest potential. Each year it amazes her to watch kids enter the classrooms on their first day of school and watch them grow throughout the year. Annie’s favorite day of the school year is the Spring Concert & PreKinders graduation – the amount of work that each child has put in throughout their time at Messiah Preschool is displayed for all to see. She is so incredibly proud of each of the students!  Annie is thrilled to be a part of the ministry team at Messiah Lutheran Church & Preschool. If you have any questions related to the preschool, Annie is the person you need to talk to! Messiah Lutheran Church & Preschool has been an incredible blessing to her and her family. They love it here and are excited to see how Messiah grows and develops in the coming years.

Mrs. Sabrina Beelow

Mrs. Sabrina Beelow is our Lead Teacher in our Little Lambs Classroom. Mrs. Beelow started working with Messiah Preschool in 2017. Previously Mrs. Beelow ran an in-home daycare for 8 years. She has cared for children from newborns to 12 years old. She lives in Mounds View with her husband Adam and three children Hayden, Ashton and Lucy! Mrs. Beelow loves hanging out with her family, biking and just being outside playing in their backyard and working in the garden. Mrs. Beelow is such a blessing to Messiah Preschool!

Mrs. Debra Bergmann

Deb Bergmann has been working at Messiah Preschool as an Assistant Teacher since 2012. She is in our Little Lambs class and also leads our Extended Care Program on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. Deb especially enjoys seeing how each of the kids in our classrooms grow and thrive throughout the years. She has the awesome position of seeing kids start at a Preschool for the first time and then grow and graduate from our program and head off to Kindergarten. Deb is very crafty! She brings her experiences and abilities to the classroom and uses them frequently. She loves to do science projects and experiments with the kids – just to see their reactions! Deb is married and has three adult children. As a family they enjoy spending time together through Minnesota and the surrounding states, finding parks to adventure through together. We are so incredibly blessed to have Deb be a part of our Preschool team! This month as you pray for Messiah Preschool we ask that you pray for Deb, her family and the ministry God has called her to here at Messiah.

Mrs. Christy Birkeland

Deanna Bredeken

Mrs. Deanna Bredeken

Mrs. Amy Herrald

Mrs. Amy Herrald is an Assistant Teacher in our Preschool Classroom on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays! This is her 3rd year at Messiah Preschool as a staff member. She has had all 3 of her children attend  Messiah Preschool. Mrs. Herrald graduated from Concordia University in St. Paul, MN with a degree in Elementary Education. Prior to having children of her own, Mrs. Herrald worked as a 2 year old & Infant Classroom Teacher in a childcare center. Mrs. Herrald has been a Member of Messiah for the past 10+ years! In that time she has been a part of many ministries here including directing and running our Church Nursery Ministry!

Teri Nelson

Ms. Teri Nelson

Ms. Teri Nelson has served Messiah Preschool as an Assistant Teacher since 2007! She is our Assistant Teacher on Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays in our PreKinder’s Classroom. She also is the lead teacher for our morning care program on Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays! Ms. Nelson loves to read books with kids – it’s her favorite activity in the classroom! She also loves to pray with students both in leading students and encouraging students to pray. Ms. Nelson has been a part of the Messiah MOPS group and volunteered as a bible study co-coordinator in her time at Messiah. Ms. Nelson is so excited to teach students reading skills this year! Ms. Nelson lives in Mounds View with her son, Cory, who is a freshman in High School this year. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris with a degree in Elementary Education. She has always had a heart and passion for little learners! When Ms. Nelson isn’t in the classroom she enjoys crocheting and cross-stitching. Ms. Nelson is very active in church activities at her home congregation. She facilitates a prayer group that meets weekly! Ms. Nelson has enjoyed working at Messiah, since she started she has worked in both the younger and older classrooms. She is really excited to see how each of the students gear up and prepare for Kindergarten next year!

Jamie Nguyen

Mrs. Jamie Nguyen

Mrs. Shelley Oslund

Mrs. Shelley Oslund is our 4 & 5 year old classroom teacher. She has been a part of the Messiah Preschool team for 6 years and has been in a lead teacher role for 3 years! Mrs. Oslund went to Messiah Preschool as a child and now all of her children have gone through Messiah Preschool. Mrs. Oslund graduated from Moorhead State University with a degree in Art – photography & sculpture! She has been teaching the students in her class all about specific artists & then allowing their creativity to be explored with the mediums & processes of those artists! She feels it has been a true blessing to not have only gone to, but also to be able to work for, Messiah Preschool. She is married to Mr. Oslund and they have 3 children.  Mrs. Oslund enjoys spending time with her family & friends. The Oslund family loves sports (especially hockey!). They enjoy heading out of town to the family cabin in Wisconsin.

Terri Samit

Mrs. Terri Samit

 Terri Samit is our teacher in the Soaring Eagles Class.  She grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has a B.S. in Psychobiology from Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania and a M.Ed. from Holy Family University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Mrs. Samit has experience teaching 4th grade, kindergarten, English as a Second Language (ESL) and private tutoring. She also taught Sunday School and has helped with VBS.  Prior to joining our staff Mrs. Samit was a lead teacher for 10 years at King of Glory Preschool in Blaine, Minnesota.   Mrs. Samit is married with 4 children: Matt, Jake, Anna and Tommy.  In her spare time, she enjoys running, exercising, reading and travelling.

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