We would love to have you come in and get to know us, but for now, here's a peek...

Infant Room

  • Stacey: Infant Program Coordinator, Teacher Qualified: "Whassup? This is Stacey. I come from a big family and I love to work with children. I have been at Loving Arms for 12 years. I've worked in all of the rooms and love them all!"
  • Lydia Bengtson, Infant Teacher, Teacher Qualified: Lydia is our newest addition to the Infant Room. Please stop in to meet her.
  •  Maggie: Experience Aide Qualified. You'll find Maggie in the Infant room every day, singing songs and playing with the babies. Maggie grew up in Scotland and brings a bit of her homeland culture into our midsts. She is also Mom to Jalayna (who is in the Pre-K room).

Toddler Room

  • Jennie: Toddler Program Coordinator, Teacher Qualified:Jennie has been with Loving Arms for over 6 years. Jennie, her husband, Matt, and two girls, love spending time together and it doesn't seem to be critical what they're doing, as long as they're together, but proceed with caution, it would appear that she's a Green Bay Packer fan!
  • JoDee G: Assistant Teacher Qualified
  • Martha: Experience Aide. If you hang out at the center long enough you're bound to hear Martha singing in the halls... in the classroom ... in the nature classroom ... on the playground ... everywhere and anywhere. There's lots of fun to be had everyday with all of these teachers.

Preschool Room 

  • Erica: Aide
  • Janet Yackel, Teacher Qualified: 
  • Rachel E: Seasonal Aide

Pre-Kindergarten Room

  • Robin, Assistant PreK Program Coordinator, Assistant Teacher Qualified: "HI! I have worked at Loving Arms since 2012. I enjoy working here, seeing all the new faces entering and graduating from PreK. I am currently studying at Ridgewater College, majoring in Early Childhood Education. I have a St. Bernard name Gem and she is my baby! I am also pretty obsessed with Ninja Turtles (Mikey is my favorite). I always look forward to meeting my new friends and watching them grow."
  • Janet Yackel, Teacher Qualified: "Hi! I come from Lake Crystal, MN. I relocated to Willmar at the beginning of February 2015. I have been in the childcare field for over 14 years. You can call it my calling! I can't see myself doing anything different. I worked at Golden Heart Child Care Center for over 10 years in both preschool and prek. I always look forward to meeting parents and working with the children. I have 2 grown sons, Spencer and Bryson, who both currently attend St. Cloud State. I also have 2 dogs that keep me very active."

Other Staff in Various Positions/Rooms

  • Mary (Sub) Experienced Aide: Most of you already know Mary as she provided care in her home before joining our team at Loving Arms and she also spent a number of years as a full-time staff in our Infant Room. The winters are short for her as she spends some of the coldest days in the south, but returns to help as needed when the weather is not so harsh.
  • Cynthia (Sub), Experience Aide Qualified:
  • Keshia (Sub), Teacher Qualified:
  • Mindy (Support Staff), Aide:
  • Leon (Support Staff/Custodial)
  • Pamela Appel - Director: "A North Dakota transplant! I have 2 beautiful daughters and 1 handsome son-in-law. I have a passion for children and their families. I love to ride bike, read books. enjoy being outside, love watching baseball and love to being with my famly. I love to listen to the Twins on the radio!"
  • Beckie Brynjulfson - Assistant Director: "Hi! I am the assistant director at Loving Arms Childcare. I have been here for 18 years. I am married and have 4 children all whom have gone through Loving Arms from the infant room through Pre-K. They are now 15, 14, 10, and almost 9. We live in Raymond and keep busy with our variety of pets, dance, tennis and baseball!"


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