See What the Excitement is All About! Orono Activities Center Now Open!
The Orono Early Learning team is excited to announce the addition of new staff to our team!
Grace Jardio – Early Learning Program Assistant
I went to Bethel University for a degree in Psychology and am now living in Golden Valley with my husband. We have two dogs, a Husky named Rikku and a Border Collie – Blue Heeler mix named Stella. In my free time my husband and I like to explore new places, and I try to spend as much time outside and with family and friends as possible.
Brandi Krueger – Assistant Classroom Teacher
My name is Brandi Krueger. I live in Delano with my husband, John. We have three wonderful children, Izabell, Michael, and Brynn. We also have one very spoiled dog named Sadie. I enjoy reading, gardening, hiking, being at the lake, movie nights with my family, and attending my kids’ various activities.
Laura Wendland – Practice Preschool Teacher
My name is Laura Wendland and I am a Practice Preschool Teacher at Orono Early Learning. I have earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education and have 9 years experience in the field of Early Childhood Education. My husband and I reside in Delano and are about to welcome our fourth child! In my free time I enjoy scrapbooking, camping, and trips to the cabin.
Liz Antonenko – Assistant Classroom Teacher
I have been married for 24 years, and moved to Minnesota 3 times, because it is the best place to live in the world! My husband and I have 5 children. My oldest daughter is a teacher in Texas, two children are in college and two in high school. I love to read, bike, ride horses, travel, volunteer and always continue to learn. I am have travelled to 45 of the 50 United States and a handful of other countries as well. My favorite color is red. I like to figure out how things work, exploring many possibilities! One of my favorite children’s books is the Rainbow Fish, and anything by Jan Brett, with her amazing illustrations.