Erica Kragerud-Smith

Erica Kragerud-Smith

Executive Director

Tanya Havens

Lead Teacher, Infant Room

Hi my name is Tanya, the infant room teacher, here at Kidspark. What I love most about working at Kidspark is working with so many families and watching the children grow. It is very rewarding to provide the children with opportunities to build their skills.

I am from the great up north, which some would call the Iron Range. I was born and raised in Grand Rapids and have been working with families for over nine years. I moved to the Twin Cities in 2008 and started working in the teaching field as a lead teacher in an infant room. Through my life I have done many hours of volunteer work in different classrooms of all aged children.

I have an Associate of Arts and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Human Services. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State University in Human Services and Family Studies in 2010. I am certified in CPR and first aid, and have taken several other classes specific to infants. As a staff at Kidspark we have received training on the Reggio Emilia approach through coursework, reading and staff discussions.

I am thrilled to be part of the KidsPark team and look forward to working with you and your children.

Angela Maloney

Co-Lead Teacher, Mixed Age Room

I really enjoy the relationships I am able to create with the kids and their families at Kidspark. Kidspark families offer a sense of community that helps me feel supported and welcomed. I have been learning a lot about the Reggio Emilia style of teaching and believe it allows me to connect with the children as individuals and how they learn. I truly enjoy playing with the kids and watching them learn and grow in new ways every day.

My experiences working with children include working as a nanny and for Teaching Temps as a Teacher‘s assistant. I have over ten years experience working as a nursing assistant, seven of those years were at Children’s Hospital in St. Paul. I have an Associate’s Degree in child development with American Sign Language. I am also a mother of two daughters.

I enjoy spending time with my family. We spend weekends at our cabin in Barnum, MN in the summer. When I have a rare moment to myself, I enjoy reading and going to the gym.

Megan Nethercut

Co-Lead Teacher, Mixed Age Room

Hello, my name is Megan. My favorite thing about Kidspark is being around kids each day. I love that we use the Reggio Emilia approach which allows children to learn through their own play and exploration.

I began as a substitute in the mixed age room in January of 2013, and just never left!

I have a degree in sociology from Hamline University. I have done volunteer work and clinical work at Hamline-Hancock Elementary, Crossroads Montessori, and Longfellow Elementary. I am certified in CPR and first aid. As a staff at Kidspark we have received training on the Reggio Emilia approach through coursework, reading and staff discussions.

When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my daughter. In the summer I enjoy heading up to my family cabin. I love to fish, hike, visit old cemeteries, and find unique coffee houses.

Amy Stinson

Teachers Aide, Mixed Age Room