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 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!"

Louisa Papke-Norton 
Asst. Director | Lead Teacher

Louisa Papke-Norton is our Lead teacher with a Bachelor of Science from University of Minnesota Crookston. She studied health systems management. She brings so much STEM thinking into her classroom with extra knowledge of using microscopic technique. Her vast past experience working in anatomy and pathology research labs pours over into her lessons. Her passions about biology and the health science field simply overflow into her classroom. Louisa loves sharing love for songs, reading, and all things science with her students. She is very keen on observing each child unique interests and their best way to learn. She loves to reach their individual personality with unique projects they will love. 

Lauren Hendrickson, Lead Teacher

Lauren Hendrickson is our Lead teacher who graduated from University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO and currently getting her master's in education. Lauren is fluent in French formerly working for a French immersion school as well as traveled abroad and was a nanny in France over a summer. She loves kids and was a former camp counselor taking kids into the mountains teaching through a camping experience, including setting up a campsite and outdoor cooking as well as how to hike and backpack to explore natureShe brings a genuine smile and friendliness every day which we love at EPIC! She gets excited to reach all learners and observant to reach each child's personality in a unique way. She is passionate about to share STEM project based learning

Taylor Stamness, Teacher

Yalan Hao, Asst. Teacher

Kara March Teacher, Aide
Sabrina Mayol Teacher, sub/summer camp
Siennah Stamness Teacher, sub/summer camp
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