Staff Test

Meet our friendly, knowledgeable staff members!

Administrative Staff

Brenda BergBrenda Berg
Executive Director

Brenda joined the Kids X-Cel Center in June 2012. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and several years of experience in office management and non-profit management. Brenda and her husband Paul have two children, Emma and Sam. She is active at her church and also enjoys walking, fishing, camping, and attending her son’s activities, which include baseball and hockey. Her daughter recently went off to college at the U of M.


Infant Staff

Kelly WhiteKelly White
Lead Teacher

Kelly joined the center in August 2008. Kelly attended Ridgewater College and has over 20 years of experience working with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Kelly and her husband Greg live in Winthrop and have two daughters, Corina and Kayla. In her free time, you will find Kelly camping, fishing, motorcycling, watching hockey games, and spending time with friends and family.

Becca WartaBecca Warta
Teacher

Becca has worked at Kids X-Cel Center since December 2007 and says she has always loved kids! Since she started babysitting at age twelve, she has worked with kids in many different capacities such as at bible camps and with her church youth group. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities from Waldorf College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Youth Studies from the University of Minnesota. Becca enjoys reading, cooking and baking, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and just being silly!

Becca works with our youngest children in the Infant 1 classroom.

Diane OlsonDiane Olson
Teacher

Diane and her boyfriend David bought a house in New Ulm in August of 2014 and she started in our Infant Room that November. Diane has over ten years of experience working with children. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, puzzles, games, and spending time with friends and family. She has two grown daughters, Marissa and Emily, and two dogs, Copper and Lucy.


Toddler Staff

Amber GiesekeAmber Gieseke
Lead Teacher

Amber Lea Gieseke joined our team in October 2013. Amber received her Child Development Degree at South Central College and has worked with children for several years. Amber lives in New Ulm with her boyfriend Justin and has four children, Abby, Mason, Aiden, and Natalee. In her free time, Amber enjoys camping, watching her kids play sports, canning and spending time with family and friends.

Amber is the Lead Teacher in the Toddler classroom.

Kaitlin Apitz

Kaitlin Apitz
Assistant Teacher

Kaitlin has been with us since April 2014. She attended South Central College and has over four years of experience in child care. In her free time she likes to go dirt track racing and has coached figure skating for six years. She has a cat named Colorado who is her “baby.”


Preschool 1 Staff

Charlotte HoffmannCharlotte Hoffmann
Lead Teacher

Charlotte joined our team in March 2015 and initially subbed for the Preschool 1 teacher during a maternity leave.  Now she’s the Lead Teacher in that classroom and we’re very lucky to have her! Charlotte is a 2009 Minnesota State University-Mankato graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She minored in Communication Disorders and Creative Writing. She worked for 2½ years at another center, working with both toddlers and preschoolers. In her spare time, Charlotte enjoys spending time with her six year old son.


Pre-Kindergarten Staff

Joy Jacobsen

Joy Jacobsen
Teacher

Joy has been with Kids X-Cel since September 2012. She had teacher training at Palmerston North Teachers College in New Zealand. Later she completed a Bachelor’s Degree at Bethany College of Missions. Joy and her husband Ric lived and worked as missionaries in Brazil, where Joy taught missionary children. Their son and daughter were born in Brazil. They have six grandchildren that occupy a lot of Joy’s time and interests away from school.


Float Staff and Substitutes

Mary TauerMary Tauer
Teacher

Mary Tauer joined the Kids X-Cel Center in August 2008. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. Mary has taught school for 30 plus years of which 19 years were spent in the Kindergarten room. Mary and her husband Tom have two grown children, Jason and Jennifer. Mary enjoys walking, collecting children’s books, and spending time with family and friends.

Diana Marzinske

Diana Marzinske
Teacher

Michelle Bethke, Teacher
Michelle Bethke
Teacher


Preschool 2 Staff

Haley Braun, Assistant TeacherHaley Braun
Lead Teacher

Sheryl Peters
Lead Teacher


Kids Kamp Staff

Our camp is generally staffed with current college students who are planning to work in the education field.