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
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 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 nature. She 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
Taylor Stamness has been with EPIC from the start in 2016! She started as an aide and fell in love with teaching young kids! She graduated from Mayo High School in 2020 and is currently completing her teaching degree at Winona State. She has a knack for art and design and loves to share her talents with students. Taylor always has a calm and compassionate heart. Students love her caring personality. She is exemplary at observing positive attributes of each student's personality to foster learning. Your child is sure to enjoy her kindness.
Corina Evans Asst. Teacher
Corina Evans is our Asst. Teacher with multiple early childhood years of experience. She is super with read aloud stories for children and engages students quickly with her ability adjust for character voices. She has patience with all ages and fosters a child's independence in a gentle manner. She love crafts and shares so many fun ideas with EPIC scholars your child is sure to be amazed.
Sophia Hendrickson Teacher
Sophia Hendrickson is our Lead teacher who graduated from Rochester Technical and Community College with an Associates Degree. She is fluent in French and plays guitar and piano. She has a hospitality background and it shows daily as she greets families and their child with warm welcome and such a smile of happiness. Sophia brings a unique experience to EPIC having been a Nanny oversees in France. She is talented in sports and shares that with us. Her smile connects with kids as she builds great relationships with children.
Hailey Evans Asst. Teacher
Hailey Evans is our Asst. Teacher who is currently completing a business management degree. She brings to us a hospitality background we love and students do, too. She is very creative, energetic and share her love for learning new things. She gets scholars excited about many learning topics and fosters many projects with them. Hailey loves making connections with each student as they are learning new things. Hailey carries a personality of joy with her everywhere and students as well as parents love it!