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King of Glory Preschool Staff

Christy Birkeland (Preschool Director)

Christy has been our Preschool Director since 2009.  She earned her BA from Concordia University, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Family Studies.  Christy's prior work experience includes management and program development/implementation for teens and adults.  She found her passion for fostering independent living skills and faith building with preschooler's when her son was a preschooler.  Christy is very active at her church with VBS, confirmation instruction, Bible study, and other projects.  In her free time, she likes to travel, and take lots of tours and day trips with her family.

Terri Samit (Preschool Teacher)

Terri has been teaching at King of Glory Preschool since 2009. She grew up in Philadelphia, PA, earning her B.S. in Psychobiology from Albright College, and her  M.Ed. from Holy Family University, both in PA.  Her teaching experience includes: 4th grade, kindergarten, English as a Second Language (ESL) and private tutoring.  She has also taught Sunday School and has helped with VBS at her church.  She is married with 4 children and, in her spare time, enjoys running, exercising, reading and travelling.


Heidi Hansen (Preschool Teacher)

Heidi has been teaching at King of Glory since 2013.  She earned her BA from the College of St. Benedict, majoring in Communication, and her A.A.S. from Rasmussen College in Early Childhood Education.  Heidi has been active at her church teaching Sunday School, Faith Formation, and VBS, since 2008.  She also enjoys volunteering at her kids' schools and sports organizations, and spending time with her 3 kids!

Jamie Nguyen (Classroom Aide)

Jamie has been a preschool aide at King of Glory Preschool since 2016.  Prior to this, she was a stay at home mom with her 2 children for 9 years, and very active in MOPS.  Jamie earned her BA in fashion design from Baylor Univ in TX, and is currently a part time costume designer for Front Porch Musical Theatre.  She taught Sunday School for several years, and is active in a parenting group through her church.  Jamie likes cookies and cream ice cream, and has lived in both Alaska and Hawaii!

Deanna Bredeken (Classroom Aide)

Deanna has been a Preschool Aide at King of Glory Preschool since 2014.  Prior to this, she was a stay at home mom with her son for 10 years, active in Mom's club and Sunday School.  She has also been a licensed in-home day care substitute since 2006.  Deanna earned her AA in fashion merchandising from Anoka Ramsey Community College.  She loves to sew, quilt, volunteer at her son's school, and take her son on adventures!  Deanna also loves frogs!

Kelly Christenson (Classroom Volunteer)

"Grandma Kelly" earned her AA from the University of MN with a focus on Child Psychology.  She provided licensed in-home child care for 30 years until retiring in 2017.  As a classroom volunteer, Kelly loves being able to interact with the kids without having to manage all of the licensing paperwork!  In her free time, she enjoys gardening, baking, crafts, Bible study, and spending time with family and friends.

Debbie Johnson (Classroom Volunteer)

"Grandma Debbie" has been a long time member of King of Glory, and retired from her job as Church Secretary in 2017.  Debbie loves being a preschool grandma, doing small group activities with our 3 year olds, and showing them God's love!  In her free time, she enjoys reading and crocheting, and volunteering for a variety of projects at church. 


Lynn Gunther (Classroom Volunteer)

"Grandma Lynn" has been a member at King of Glory church since 2008, and has been volunteering weekly at the preschool since 2014.  She loves being a part of the day to day activities at preschool, helping the kids with art projects and reading stories to them.  She taught Sunday School for many years, and especially loves watching the kids learn about Jesus.  In her free time, Lynn likes to knit.