Talented Leaders in Education

Creative Thinkers - Fun Loving - Encouraging - Top Notch  

Cultivator of Gifts & Talents  

Naturally Artistic National Mentors - Promoters of Organic & Simply Authentic Learning

Believers of "No Glass Ceilings"

Facilitators of Daily Learning

Meet Our Staff

Trista Stamness
Director | Teacher | Teacher Trainer

Trista Stamness is a sought after teacher, leader, and staff developer both locally and nationally. She brings 20+ year of experience and expertise getting high academic results with ALL learners. She has taught preschool-adults and continues to partner with schools as an executive coach to assist building organic reading cultures within Pre K-12th grade and purposeful instructional platforms to get high personalized learning outcomes within any level of school system. She is most proud to have coached 3 MN schools to earn Reward School Status from the Minnesota Department of Education.

 

Trista brings a "results oriented" curriculum and instructional expertise both as a teacher and teacher trainer beyond the ordinary. Her understanding of learning and growing student knowledge and thinking skills will wow you!

 

She welcomes your interest in giving your child the best preschool education in Rochester. If you want to create a young reader, writer, and creative problem solver within your child,  SIGN YOUR CHILD UP today! You will be guaranteed focused yet playful organic learning for your child everyday. AND EXPECT your child's early reading, writing, and problem solving growth to simply amaze you!

 

"No glass ceiling on learning and knowledge at any age!"

Ann Pastika
Asst. Director/Lead Teacher

Ann Pastika is our Asst. Director at EPIC preschool and definitely loved by all our families. Families always comment how much they LOVE Ann! She most definitely leads our staff and kids at EPIC with heart and kindness. Ann brings so much to EPIC preschool. Her vast work experience with so many ages and her unique way to bring is incredible STEM ideas along with weaving in music, art, and literature is tops. Having raised grown children and vast years working with kids as a Lead Teacher, Asst. Teacher and also as para-professional for Rochester Public School District PreK-5 classrooms speaks volumes for her wide experience and ability to stretch and reach all kids. Her knowledge to foster high success learning is incredible! Her positive, kind, gentle approach to fostering learning in our youngest student is simply the best! 

Jennifer Davidson Teacher

Jennifer Davidson is our Lead Teacher who loves writing and teaching our literature enrichment. She has a BA from North Dakota State University and has worked as a technical writer  for MDTS, Motorola Computer Group, Lakeshore, IBM and has taught writing classes. Not only has she taught writing classes, she has published 3 of her own books! Her passion for writing is sure to overflow into helping your young scholar into becoming a young reader and writer!  She will definitely transform how your child interacts with a book and has great fun in literature planned.

Katrina Bjorkstrand Teacher

Katrina Bjorkstrand is our Lead Teacher who graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN with a Bachelor's in Education and Certificate of STEM in elementary. Katrina is a lead figure skating coach and loves to incorporate creativity into both skating shows and the classroom. She brings calm and a genuine smile and friendliness we love at EPIC! She has worked as a Nanny, math and literacy tutor and brings a great knowledge of guiding preschool to high school children to become independent learners and skaters. She gets excited to reach all learners and observant to reach each child's personality in a unique way. She is passionate about reaching all learners and excited to share STEM project based learning

Adrianna Gernes Teacher

Louisa Papke-Norton Asst. Teacher

Rebeca Pastika, Aide

Taylor Stamness, Aide

Grace Stelley, Aide

Elisabeth Stelley Teacher, sub/summer camp

Siennah Stamness Teacher, sub/summer camp

Hannah Larson Teacher, sub/summer camp