Staff

Infant Staff

Jodi Beaulieu has been with Hand in Hand since October of 2003. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Minnesota in Therapeutic Recreation. Before working at Hand in Hand, she has worked with adults with disabilities. She attended Concordia University to receive her Pre-Kindergarten to sixth grade license. Jodi has three children and lives in Woodbury.

Sonia Jenny has been with Hand in Hand since November of 2003. Born and raised in El Salvador, Sonia moved to the United States in 1991. She has been working in the Early Childhood arena for over 10 years and has her Child Development Associates Degree. Sonia taught in New York before moving to Minnesota. She is married with two children and lives in Woodbury.

Toddler Staff

Sarah Barron has been with Hand in Hand since June of 2005. Her first position was that of floating substitute and since August of 2006 she has been the Co-Toddler teacher. Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Concordia University in Elementary Education with a minor in Lutheran Confessionalism. Sarah is married with two children and lives in New Richmond, Wisconsin.

Brianna Just has been with Hand in Hand since September 2011. Her first position was that of floating substitute and since May of 2012 she has been the Co-Toddler teacher. Brianna has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from North Dakota State University in Child Development and Family Science and she also has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Valley City State University in Elementary Education. She lives in St. Paul with her boyfriend Jon.

Preschool Staff

Lacey Wellens has had many jobs at Hand in Hand. Her first job in 1986 was Toddler Teacher then Director and finally Co-Preschool Teacher. Lacey received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood minor from Concordia University. She also received her Masters of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from Concordia. She is married with two children and lives in Richfield.

After receiving her bachelors of Art Degree in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University, St. Paul in 2012, Evelyn Mouacheupao immediately began her career at Hand in Hand Childcare Center. With much love, she resides in St. Paul with her dog, Wednesday.

Floating Substitute

Amanda Snyder has been with Hand in Hand since October of 2012. Before that, she worked for the center as a student worker from 2006-2010. Amanda has a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences Degree from Concordia University in Theater/History. She also serves as a primary responder through lifeguarding and training other responders at the YMCA. Before coming back to Hand-in-Hand, Amanda worked as a toddler teacher for KinderCare and the YMCA. She lives in Saint Paul with her cat.

Director

Kris Spiess has been with Hand in Hand since June of 1985. She spent the first thirteen years as the Infant Teacher before assuming the Directorship. Kris received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education and Coaching from Concordia University. She also received her Masters of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from Concordia. Kris is married with one son and lives in Saint Paul.