Meet our amazing team!
My name is Kelli. I graduated form Hayfield Community Schools. I attended the UMD for 2 years before transferring to RCTC where I got my degree in Child Development. After working at a center and doing childcare in my home for over 15 years I decided to expand and start this new adventure of owning & running my own child care center.
My husband, Jeff and I live in Hayfield with our three daughters and our mini labradoodle puppy. Jeff owns his own Construction & Cabinet business as well as a lawn service & snow removal business. Our girls keep us busy with dance competitions, volleyball and basketball games. In my spare time I enjoy reading, baking, & spending time at the lake in the summer.
"We are all human, its okay to have a meltdown...just don't unpack and stay there. Cry it out and then refocus and move ahead"
My husband & I moved to Hayfield in 1970 for his first teaching job. We were going to stay for a couple years and move on!. Well, we are still here. We have 4 daughters (+son-in-laws), 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
After moving to Hayfield, I worked at Peterson's Grocery Store, owned and operated a greenhouse in Dodge Center and a flower shop in Kasson. But my greatest job was having an In-home daycare for 22 years. I was retired for about 15 years until my daughter asked me to be the cook at her daycare center. I was hesitant but I am so happy I took the job as I love being with the children and I am known as "the Center Gramma"! Love It!
In my spare time I enjoy putting puzzles together, reading, playing bingo on Thursday Nights and during the summer doing yard work and spending time at Leech Lake.
Lead Infant Teacher
Hello! My name is Krista. I grew up and graduated from high school in Austin, MN. After high school, I attended Riverland Community College where I took my generals and played basketball. Family is a huge part of my life. I am the middle child out of 5 and I have 3 nieces & 1 nephew. Being so involved with my nieces and nephew is what led me into childcare. I have worked in a child care center for a total of almost 7 years, 5 of those years being a Lead Infant Teacher. Some of my hobbies include anything outdoors (hiking, camping, biking), basketball, binge watching Netflix & napping.
"Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Taken." - Oscar Wilde
My name is Seema. I was adopted from Odisha, India when I was 12 years old. I learned: to enjoy working , "For I with kids while living at the orphanage. I enjoy working at Jumping Jax Kids because of the families, my boss, and my co-workers.
In my free time I enjoy cooking looking up new recipes and reading books. I love Jesus and my favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Lead Toddler Teacher
Hi everyone! My name is Mallory. I grew up and graduated from Kasson- Mantorville in 2006. At the end of high school, I worked at the daycare center formerly known as Amazing Kids in Byron. For many years after and until present day, I worked with several adults with developmental disabilities and the elderly, specifically patients with Alzheimers and Dementia. Direct care with people of all ages has always been my passion. I first moved to Hayfield in the summer of 2009. Shortly after finding my home in Hayfield I had my first child in the winter of 2010. I now have three amazing boys: Haven (10), Harper (7), and Harrison (3). We keep pretty busy between school activities, summer sports/swimming, and all the little things each kid has going on. We love the close-knit community of Hayfield and are glad we made the choice to call it "home".
Lead Prep-K Teacher
Hi, I'm Liz. I graduated form Stewartville High School and currently going to Liberty University - online to get my degree in counseling. For as long as I remember I have wanted to work with kids because I think they bring the kid out in me.
My husband Burton and I moved to Hayfield in 2019 with our son Caleb. We were also very lucky in welcoming our second son Leo this past November. We also have a big white, fluffy Great Pyrenees dog and 2 cats. Burton is going to school for diesel mechanics and works at Ellingson Drainage in West Concord.
During my free time I love all things outdoors (hiking, camping, sports, etc.) love going on road trips, taking pictures, spending time with family and BASKETBALL!
"We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are."
I love this because I am constantly trying to better myself.
My name is Katelyn. I grew up here in Hayfield and just bought my first home in Brownsdale. I went to MSU Mankato for my bachelors in psychology. I'm hoping to continue on my education track soon but COVID has put a halt to that. Overall, I know that I want to work with people, which is what drew me to this job. I absolutely lover interacting with kids, but also love the connections I build between parents and families along the way.
My hobbies include watching movies, going out with friends, watching sports and about anything outdoors.
"Everything happens for a reason"
is my favorite quote because it is something my mom has always reminded me of since I was a kid.
I am Bailey. I come from a big family, 2 sisters and 1 brother. I am a twin to my sister Chloe. I am a proud graduate of Hayfield High School. I like being outdoors and spending time with family. I like working with kids because of their personalities, innocence, their laughter and smiles.
"A person is a person no matter how small!"
Hi! My name is Darian. I have to sisters, Camryn & Adrien, a brother, Austin and Mom and Dad, Becky and Jacob. I am currently attending RCTC for my dental assistant degree. I love working with kids because it's so fun to watch their personalities develop and help them grow and learn. My hobbies include spending time with my friends and family, listening to music, binging the latest TV series, shopping, laughing, and having fun!
"Be Kind, Work Hard....The rest takes care of itself!"
My name is Isabella but people call me Bella. I have two parents, my mom named Dawn & dad named Brian. I also have two sisters, Bailey & Madi. I am a senior at Hayfield High School. My hobbies include playing volleyball and hanging out with my friends. I enjoy working with kids because they make me happy and there is always something to look forward to.
"Never let your fear decide your fate."
High School Float AIde
My name is Autumn. I am currently a Junior at Hayfield High School. My hobbies include traveling, photography, volleyball, and spending time with my family and friends. I am the youngest of three kids. My sister Katelyn also works here at the daycare. I like working with kids because they are always able to make a bad day a little better.
"Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people."
My name is Brianna. I grew up in Elma, IA. After high school, I did try college but wasn't for me. I'm a CNA but taking a break from that right now. I moved to MN in 2016. I married my husband, Travis in October 2015. Now we have a 2 year old son, Silas. He goes to the daycare here too.
I love working with kids. I've been working with kids for a long time with 4-H, after school, church. I'm happy I can working with them again.
I love fishing, camping, being outside with family, ice fishing, playing with my son.
"You're amazing just the way you are!"
Ms. Lexi K.
High School Aide
High School Aide
Float Assistant Teacher