Director: Lin Gronholz
I am the Director at Jesus Loves Me Learning Center since 1995. I am very thankful to my Lord for the wonderful teachers and staff here at Jesus Loves Me Learning Center and I look forward to a great summer. My husband, Jim, and I have ficve children and fifeteen grandchildren.
Infant Teacher: Melissa Neeb
I am married with Two children. My son, Griffin, will be a sophomore at MVL and my daughter, Kira, will be a 7th grader at Risen Savior. We have four pets; three cats and one dog. We love hiking, crafting, and spending time out at Mount Kato in the winter. I have worked in daycare centers for close to twenty years! I mostly worked with preschool until 1 ½ years ago when I started working with infants. I love it!
Toddler Teacher: Aleah Dovnik
I’ve been working at Jesus Loves Me Learning Center since I graduated from Martin Luther College with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education in 2015. I’ve always loved working with kids and have been doing so since I started babysitting at age 11. Since starting at Jesus Loves Me Learning Center I’ve taught in both the infant and toddler rooms but have experience with many different ages.
Preschool Teacher: Jane Petoskey
I am the Lead Teacher in the Blue Room. I have been married for twenty-five years and have two grown up children. I have earned my Early Childhood and Elementary Education degree. I am currently finishing classwork at Martin Luther College for Synod Certificiation classes. I have co-taught in preschool for thirteen and a half years, taught kindergarten for a year, and 5th grade for a year. I spent many years as a substitute teacher as well.
Preschool Teacher: Kim Youngerberg
I am teaching in the Purple Room. I have been teaching preschool for over fifteen years. I have a K-6 teaching degree from MSU and have earned my Synod Certification from Martin Luther College. I am married to my husband, Todd, for twenty-five years and have three children. Lucas, 22, is a landscaper and local actor. Brooklyn, 20, is training to be a nuclear electrician’s mate in the Navy. Emy, 18, is graduating high school this month. I am so blessed to be here and excited to work with all the children
Preschool Teacher: Suzi Zimmerman
I am teaching in the Red Room. I graduated from Martin Lutehr College in 2006 and spent a year gaining experience in education by working at several child care centers. I taught kindergarten for nine years in Wisconsin before moving to Minnesota where I taught at the Minnesota Autism Center for a year. My husband Kevin works at Bethany Lutheran College and our daughter has been in care here at Jesus Loves Me Learning Center for two years. I greatly enjoy working with our preschoolers!
Preschool teacher/School age teacher: Carolyn Bernard
I am teacning in the (Rainbow Room where I teach preschool morning sessions and summer school age care. I grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota. In my senior year of college I took an emergency call and taught in Ohio. Then taught at Wood Lake, MN. I helped to start a Lutheran Elementary School at East Grand Forks, North Dakota and taught there for eight years. We then moved to Mankato and I taught at Mt. Olive Lutheran School for twelve years and have been at Jesus Loves Me Learning Center since. My husband, Bob, is a massage therapist at Broadway Chiropractic in New Ulm. We have two daughters and 4 grandchildren. A lot of weekends are spent at Bob’s brother’s farm helping with the farm work and gardening.