Meet Our Team!

We are blessed with amazing teachers & staff at Lakeside Early Learning! Have a look!

Nichole Reed, Director & Pre-K Teacher

Nichole received her BA in Early Childhood Education from UMD in 2004. She has her birth-3rd grade teaching license as well as a Director’s Credential from the Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children. Nichole began teaching preschool at St. Michael’s in 2013 when they opened their first all-day preschool class. Prior to coming to St. Michael’s, Ms. Reed taught School Readiness & ECFE classes with local school districts, served as the Early Childhood Specialist for Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College’s Young Student Parent Program, worked as a nanny for several families, and taught preschool at St. Mary’s Child Care Center at Essentia.

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Jennifer Hurst, Office Manager

Jen earned a BS in Psychology from UMD in 2005.  She started as the Administrative Assistant in January 2019.  Previously, Jen worked several years in upper management for a company that supported individuals with disabilities.  She is from the Duluth area and enjoys spending time in nature with her five children and husband.

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Kayley Spencer, Pre-K Teacher

Ms. Kayley is completing her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She began working at St. Michael’s Lakeside Early Learning in 2016 with the preschoolers. Kayley’s favorite thing about teaching Pre-K is how curious children are at this age.

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Karly Peterson, Pre-K Teacher

Ms. Karly graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Unified Early Childhood Studies from UMD in 2021. She is licensed to teach children aged birth to third grade as a general education teacher and children aged birth to 6 as a special education teacher. Karly started at Lakeside Early Learning in the fall of 2019, working her way up from an aide, and it was here that she confirmed within herself she wanted to be a teacher. She is so excited to start her journey as a licensed teacher at LEL and cannot wait to learn and grow with all of the children in her class!

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Adriana Hansen, Preschool Teacher

Adriana Hansen graduated with a BA Degree in Early Childhood Education from St. Cloud State University and holds a Birth to 3rd grade teaching license. Adriana has been teaching preschool for 3 years in our early learning program. She enjoys creating unique experiences for her students and guiding their growth in becoming wonderful members of the community!

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Erin Matts, Toddler Teacher

Erin graduated from San Diego State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Sciences in Liberal Studies- Elementary Education. Although she ventured far from Duluth for college, she was raised in Lakeside and graduated from Duluth East High School- and is happy to be back raising her family (husband, 2 sons and 3 dogs!) in Lakeside! Erin has two boys that attend LEL, and loves the program so much that she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work here! 

Erin has had several years of experience working at previous centers, both in San Diego and Duluth- ranging from infants to Pre-K, but is thrilled with her placement in the toddler room. She is so excited to nurture your toddlers growth and development during their transition to the classroom! 

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Michelle Shearer, Toddler Teacher

Michelle Shearer grew up in Duluth, and moved to Cloquet with her husband in 2012. They have two children, Hailey and Leo. Working with children has always been a passion of Michelle’s, and she has been in and out of the early childhood field since 2008. In addition to early childhood, Michelle worked at the JCPenney salon as a cosmetologist, and was employed as a Health Unit Coordinator for Saint Mary’s Birthplace. Although she loved doing hair and working with pregnant women and newborns, her heart has continuously brought her back to working with children! Currently, Michelle is taking a few online classes through UWS to complete her Elementary Teaching degree. Michelle’s hobbies include camping, swimming, cross country skiing, painting, and spending as much time as possible with her family. Michelle is so excited to be a Toddler Teacher at Lakeside Early Learning, and we are so thankful to have such a caring, creative, and fun teacher for our youngest students!

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Erma Love, Toddler Teacher

Ms. Erma has been in the early childhood field for nearly 20 years, working with children ranging in age from infants to children heading to kindergarten! Her calm, kind manner and can-do attitude is an asset to children and families alike!

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Linda Zimski

Opener/Assistant Teacher

Ms. Linda is the first smiling face you will see at Lakeside Early Learning, bright and early every morning! Linda attended Lake Superior College and is certified as an educational assistant. She has experience working as an assistant with the Duluth Public Schools, ran an in-home child care for 10 years, and has been working with our preschoolers the since January 2015.