Melissa Hanson


Melissa has been the director of the Center since July 2009. Before she arrived in New Hope, Melissa was a lead preschool teacher and co-director at Roots to Wings Learning Center in St. Johns, Lake City from 2006-2009. She also has several years of experience working as an aide at an early childhood center in Muskego, WI and as a preschool Sunday school instructor. Melissa graduated from Martin Luther College with her Bachelor’s in Education. She enjoys spending time with her two children, Carter and Morgan. Melissa loves the trust and comfort levels the children build with the staff. She also loves watching them grow from little infants to big preschoolers! It’s neat to see them transition throughout the entire Center!


KArlie Habermann

Assistant Director


Kirsten George

Full-Time Preschool Teacher


Cindy Klatt

Part-Time Preschool Teacher


Sara Dobberstein

Toddler Teacher

Karlie recently graduated from Martin Luther College with her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She comes from Manitowoc, Wisconsin and enjoys playing volleyball and basketball. She got married in June 2017 to Paul who teaches 7th-8th grade at Holy Trinity. Karlie enjoys teaching because she loves watching how fast the children grow and develop!


Michele Shogren

Infant Teacher

Michele has been working at Holy Trinity since 2012. She started in our infant room as an assistant teacher and has worked her way up to lead! She has worked in child care settings since 1998 and has worked through college and gained the education and experience to be qualified as a lead teacher. She has attended North Hennepin Community College as well as obtained her Child Development Certificate from Ashworth College. Michele loves working at Holy Trinity because she loves seeing the babies learn and grow. She loves helping them reach important milestones and encouraging them every day!


Christiana Nyagaka

Floater Aide

Christiana joined us in fall of 2018. She loves children and is excited to work along side younger ones, as she hopes to go to school to earn her pediatric nurse’s degree.


Pam Allen

Floater Aide

Pam has been with Holy Trinity since April 2017. She loves snuggling and caring for the basic needs of all the children at the Center. She loves the connections she has with them and the families. Pam is a wonderful heart and a great addition to our staff.


Alison Mundfrom

Assistant Teacher

Alison is an avid nanny and babysitter and has been working with children of all ages for the past 4 years. She has worked in our infant and pre-K rooms since May 2018. In her free time she enjoys reading, rollerblading, writing and teaching people new things. A fun fact is that Alison is a pastor’s kid and now a daughter of a faculty member at a local college!