Staff and Board

Kathy Lansing

Kathy has been contributing to NNS for more than 25 years. She first became involved as a parent and later as a board member, teacher, and director. Kathy’s teaching philosophy and leadership style coincide well with the mission statement and curriculum goals and objectives of NNS. Kathy received her B.S. from Charter Oak State College in Individualized Studies, Early Childhood Development and Early Childhood Education. She has an A.A.S. from MnSCU in Child Development. In addition to her role as NNS Director, Kathy teaches part-time.

Penny Tschann

Penny’s involvement with NNS began with the enrollment of her first child in 1985. Prior to that she worked at several daycare centers and was a family daycare provider for 8 years. Penny joined the teaching staff at NNS in 1990. She received her diploma from Rochester Vocational-Technical Institute as a Child Development Assistant in 1979. Penny has also taken college credits in Early Childhood from Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Shari Wadleigh
Assistant Teacher

Shari has been with NNS since her daughter started attending in 1997. She has filled the roles of substitute teacher, teacher, and teacher’s aid throughout her years with the nursery school. She received her B.A. at Hamline University and did graduate work in early childhood/special education at the University of Minnesota. Shari’s previous early education experiences include director/teacher at a childhood center and teacher at an early education center which had daycare, nursery school, and special education programs. Shari has also volunteered in a variety of early education programs in the community.


Board of Directors

President Jessica Bastyr

Vice President Kathie Vrieze

Treasurers Emma Otterblad and Jason Soltis (Anna) (Britt)

Secretary Tonya Sauer

Registrar Jennifer Paulson

Volunteer Coordinator Kaycee Plante

Fundraiser Arielle Loy

Community Relations Chelsea Morales