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Our Staff

Our staff is comprised of three classroom teachers as well as a Center Director.  Our teachers meet state requirements for early childhood centers and the Center Director meets DHS licensing requirements for administering the program.


We have an excellent teacher-student ratio for each of our preschool programs, allowing for exceptional individual attention for each child.  Meet our staff below!

Karen Frick - Head Teacher

Karen is starting her fifth year at Nisse and has taught preschool for 18 years. She loves watching the children learn new skills every day and making everyone's first school experience fun and exciting. Karen, her husband, and their four children live outside of Waukon and enjoy playing sports and being outdoors.

Laurie Betts - Associate Teacher

Laurie studied at Luther College and received a bachelor's degree in elementary education. Laurie taught Kindergarten for 3 years and she has been a part of the Nisse team for over 10 years. She enjoys interacting with the students and forming individual relationship with each child. In her spare time, Laurie enjoys running, gardening, and reading.  

Jenessa Stoen - Associate Teacher

Jenessa has been with Nisse for 2 1/2 years. She loves helping young minds learn and grow. Jenessa, her husband, and two sons enjoy spending time together hiking, fishing, and kayaking.

Emily Secor - Director/Office Administrator
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