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Sunday Worship
with Holy Communion:
  8:15am and 10:30am

Wednesday Worship
with Holy Communion:
  6 pm

Trinity Lutheran Church, ELCA
1420 S 6th Street, Brainerd, MN  56401
218-829-5147

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Children's Center Staff

Meet our staff:

 

Becky Dryburgh 218-829-1385

20+ years with Trinity Childrens Center

Center Director

I have been working at TCC since October 1994. My husband, Steve and I have 2 sons, Dalton & Cody. Both attended the center we have many great preschool memories.  We love the outdoors, camping, fishing & boating. We love spending time with family and can’t believe we have a 21 year old and 18 year old!


I have held many different positions here at the center. I started out as an Assistant Teacher and worked my way around to Center Director in 2000. I am a Certified Lactation Counselor and enjoy the idea of helping out new moms.  I have loved being a part of so many children’s early years. Watching them grow, discover and create relationships is so fulfilling. I love the many different family dynamics & cultures. They have taught me so much. I’m so thankful to God for giving me the opportunity to do what I do best.  Looking forward to getting to know you and your child!


Kayla Melby

8 years with Trinity Children's Center

Lead Teacher of the Little Lambs

Hello, I’m Kayla. I have experience with children of all ages. I am currently the Little Lambs Teacher and have been with the infants since August of 2013. I completed my A.S. degree in Young Childhood Education from CLC. I became a Certified Lactation Counselor in March of 2015, I enjoy counseling new moms through their first nursing experiences.  I am married to my husband Charlie since October 2014 and we are excited to welcome our first son the end of March. We live on Red Sand Lake.

 

 

Colleen Kounkel

9 years with Trinity Children’s Center      

 Lead Teacher of Friedly Frogs


My name is Colleen Kounkel. I started at TCC as a Teacher’s Aid in July of 2007. While working as an Aid I completed my Child Development Associate Credential. I became the Lead Teacher in the Friendly Frog Room in 2009. I live in Brainerd with my husband Kurt, and daughter Hannah. We have 5 adorable grandchildren.  I love, love, love the Vikings and every year we have a purple party in honor of them! I will talk football with anyone who will listen!

Meghan Anderson

Started with the center June 2016

Teacher’s Aid Friendly Frog Room

My name is Meghan, I’ve been working at Trinity since the end of June 2016. I also attended TCC as a Busy Bear, Dazzling Dinosaur & Adventure Club when I was a kid! You could say I have firsthand experience! I did PSEO for my last two years of high school, I graduated with my High School Diploma from BHS and my AA degree from CLC. I love working with kids and will eventually go back to school for Child Development.

 
 

Amber Preisinger

11 years with Trinity Children’s Center

Lead Teacher of Busy Bears

My name is Amber Preisinger. I have a Bachelor Degree in Elective Studies with an emphasis in music and a minor in English. I enjoy sharing my love of music with children as well as my love for Jesus. It allows me to sing off key and not be judged!  I started at TCC in 2005, I spent many years as a Team Teacher in the Dinosaurs Room, and in the fall of 2015 I made the move to the Lead Teacher in the Busy Bear Room. I have spent the last 5 years as the Lead Teacher in the Adventure Club. I love spending time with the school age children and enjoy the adventures and challenges older children bring to my experience.  I am married to my husband Cal, we have 2 children, Isaac (5) & Alexa (2). I have been blessed to have had both of our children attend TCC since they were infants and have gotten to be a part of their daily lives. We are looking forward to the next chapter of our lives, as our son heads off to kindergarten in the fall. We enjoy spending time as a family camping.



Savannah Polzin

9 years with Trinity Children’s Center

Team Teacher of Dazzling Dinosaurs

I have been working at TCC for over 9 years. I have spent my first 6 years in the Little Lamb Room and have been a Team Teacher in the Dazzling Dinosaurs Rooms since. I have really enjoyed the planning and implementing of crafts & projects. Working independently with children and watching them become school ready is really rewarding.

I live in Fort Ripley with my husband Terry & 2 boys, Tegan & Tristan. I enjoy gardening and cooking in my spare time.

 
 

 Marissa Bowman

6 years with Trinity Children’s Center

Team Teacher with Dazzling Dinosaurs

I have been working at the center since 2010. I started part time as the Friendly Frog Aid, worked with the center for several years and left taking a full time PCA position, when the hours changed and I felt like I was “missing” the kiddos, I was happy to return to the center full time in October 2013. I complete my CDA (Child Development Associate Credential) in November 2015, I am currently a Team Teacher in the Dazzling Dinosaurs.

In April 2016 my boyfriend James and I welcomed baby boy, Eli to our family. Addyson, James' daughter, loves being a big sister and loves to entertain him. We enjoy all the fun of living in Minnesota like fishing and spend time in the beautiful outdoors.


Dawn Meier

Started with the center in September 2016

Assistant Teacher: Classroom prep & lunch and snack teacher

I have been working at TCC since fall 2016. My husband Russell and I have 3 school age children. I have had my own daycare for several years. I have been working with children for over 20 years. I love singing and playing musical instruments. I also enjoy outdoor activities and outdoor education.