Karen Wind, Director and Lead Teacher (Living Waters)
Karen Wind is the current director of ABC Preschool, where she has worked since 1999. Along with being the director of ABC, Karen also teaches all classes at the Living Waters preschool location. She has been teaching or directing preschool for over 30 years and continues to love working with young children and their families!
Karen has a bachelor of arts degree in education from Arizona State University and has done her master’s degree work at the University of St. Thomas. Karen continues to take classes in the field of early childhood education.
Karen and her family live on Coon Lake in East Bethel, MN. Her hobbies include gardening, scrapbooking, reading, and traveling.
Kelli Krause, Lead Teacher (St. Joe's)
Kelli began working at the preschool in 1997 after her boy/girl twins started first grade. She received her Child Development Associate Certification (CDA) through the National Council For Professional Recognition in 2001. It is her belief that her job is to provide an environment of security, an atmosphere of loving acceptance, and an opportunity for each student to grow and learn that is unique to them. Kelli enjoys the challenge of making school fun while helping each child realize self-confidence and independence. She loves her job at ABC Preschool!
Hilary Handahl, Assistant Director and Assistant Teacher (Living Waters), T/TH AM
My name is Mrs. Handahl. This is my second year teaching preschool and I am very excited! I have been a stay at home mom for 8 years to my 3 boys who also came to ABC Preschool. I live in Centerville, with my 3 boys, my husband, Mr. Handahl, and our cat Keynan. I love spending time outside, swimming, going for bike rides, watching the Vikings, playing any sports my boys choose, and eating corn on the cob! I can't wait to get to know all of the kiddos in our class!
Karen DeBlieck, Assistant Teacher, (St. Joe's)
Karen started teaching at ABC Preschool in 2013. She absolutely loves working alongside Kelli in all of the St. Joe's classes and truly loves her job. She has plenty of previous experience working with children as a former Sunday School Director, Youth Group leader, Girl Scout leader, sports team parent, and school volunteer just to name a few. Karen has been married to her husband Joe for 24 years and they have 4 children, Joe Jr., Brogan, Tatum, and Trevor (3 of them are former ABC students). In her spare time she enjoys volunteering at her kids' school, coffee with a friend, a great book, bible studies, knitting, musicals, vacations, and most of all spending quality time with her hubby and kids. She is currently working towards earning her CDA.