Meet the Teaching team.

Tamara Melott

Director & Lead Teacher of 4/5 Day
Tamara Melott is the Director and lead teacher of the 4 and 5-day program. She developed the 4 and 5-day program for Ascension. The goal of this program is to prepare the children for a smooth transition from preschool to kindergarten.
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Amy Rau

Assistant Teacher
Amy Rau received her Bachelors degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Mankato State University. She has spent 14 years working with children of all ages in a hospital setting.

Amy and her husband have two daughters and are members of Ascension. She has been an assistant teacher since 2011.

Jennifer Tripp

Teacher of Tues/Thurs Preschool & Mon/Wed/Fri Pre K
Jennifer Tripp has a bachelor’s degree from Winona State and a K-12 reading license from Hamline University.  She has over 25 years of diverse teaching experiences.  Jennifer served in the preschool teacher role for over half of these years.  She is trained in the Orton-Gillingham, multi-sensory approach to teaching reading.  
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Emily Buskirk

Assistant Teacher


Emily has been an assistant teacher since 2014. She got an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts in 2019. She enjoys working with preschoolers/ kids and seeing them grow. Emily currently lives in Maple Grove.