Bringing You the Best in Early Childhood Education

Love To Grow On Faculty

We are blessed to have a mix of veteran staff who share their experience and wisdom and new teachers who bring a fresh perspective to Love To Grow On. All of our teachers meet or surpass licensing requirements. Love To Grow On is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Love To Grow On Child Development Center has the highest possible Four Star Parent Aware Rating. Centers are rated from one to four stars. At each level, quality indicators are measured in four key areas: Physical Health and Well-Being, Teaching and Relationships, Assessment of Child Progress, and Teacher Training and Education.

The first three years of life are a time of tremendous development and learning. Our infant, waddler, and toddler teachers develop responsive nurturing relationships with our youngest children. Our teachers are responsive, they share the pleasure of children’s accomplishments and discoveries, and they create an enviroment in which children can participaqte actively in daily routines and experiences. They show children that they are important, interesting, and competent. Our teachers quide each child in ways that let him or her experience pleasure, excitement, and a sense of competence that accompanies exploration and making discoveries both inside and outdoors. Even in the early years our teachers are providing opportunities and experiences to motivate children’s learning.

Our preschool teachers value each child as strongcapable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge. We believe every child brings with them a deep curiosity and potential and this innate curiosity drives their interest to understand their world and their place within it. A recent study found that when preschoolers are provided with opportunities to engage in child-initiated, free-choice activities, supported by a variety of equipment and materials to explore, children preformed better on cognitive and language tasks at age seven than did their peers who did not have such opportunities. As Love To Grow On planned the design for our center in Lino Lakes we wanted to create an environment in which children would thrive. Our preschool teachers build reciprocal relationships to support their children’s enthusiasm for and engagement in learning.

Our school-age teachers appreciate the uniqueness of each student and strive to develop a supportive relationship with each one. Our teachers support their students social and emotional growth and their ability to have possitive interactions and respectful relationships. Children are provided with rich opportunities to test theories and to learn through trial and error.  Our school-age environment is designed to create a life long love of learning. 


Love To Grow On Board of Directors

Since it’s conception in 1998, Love To Grow On has been overseen by an active volunteer Board of Directors. We are blessed to have a strong Board with a passion for serving families by providing high quality early child care and education. The Board ensures prudent use of all assets and provides oversight over all areas of our organization, advancing Love To Grow On’s effectiveness and sustainability. Our Board has adopted sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies. Our Board provides strategic planning and works closely with our Executive Director. 

Our current Board Members include:

  • Carol Koskinen, Board Chair
  • Mara O’Neill, Board Secretary
  • Sue Carlson
  • Susie Prunty
  • Cindy Saarela
  • Kathy Lerfald
  • Nancy Kopesky
  • Mary Lynn Carlson

If you would like to contact our Board, please send an email to Our Board is always interested in new Board candidates. If you would like more information about serving on our Board, please send an email with your contact information.

Administrative Team

  • Executive Director: Kris Saburn
  • Center Manager: Nicole Brank
  • Co-founder: Linda Bartos King





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