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!"

Alexandria Kvenvold
Asst. Director/Lead Teacher

Alexandria is our Asst. Director at EPIC preschool and fabulous at creating a welcoming environment for kids. She most definitely leads our staff and kids at EPIC with kindness and focus on teamwork. Alexandria holds a MN teaching license and brings much experience to EPIC preschool. She has incredible STEM ideas along weaves in music, art, and literature to her lessons. Her knowledge to foster high success learning is incredible! Her positive approach to fostering learning in our youngest student is simply the best! 

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

Louisa Papke-Norton Asst. Teacher

Rebeca Pastika, Asst. Teacher
Siennah Stamness Teacher, sub/summer camp

Hannah Larson Teacher, sub/summer camp

Taylor Stamness, Aide