Career Crossings: 8/22/14

career crossingThis edition of Career Crossings includes career opportunities from Eagan Montessori, Bright Horizons, Woodpark Montessori, and Kindercare.

Eagan MontessoriEagan Montessori is looking to hire two teacher aids for the mornings. The morning hours for the aids are flexible but 7:15 AM-1:15 PM is preferred. They are also looking to hire two teacher aids for the afternoon. The afternoon hours would be 2:30 PM – 6:00 PM. There are also openings for two assistant teachers for those same morning hours and two assistant teachers for the afternoon hours. Pay is based on experience and education. Please email your resume along with a cover letter to MNEDU123@gmail.com OR fax to 651-287-3757.

Bright Horizonsbright horizons logo has  3 FT openings in Eagan. They are looking for both teacher and assistant teacher qualified folks – infants/toddlers/center assistant teacher (float). Click to view all Aug/Sept Career Opportunities at BH. Bright Horizons also has Internship Opportunities available for eligible candidates.

woodpark MontessoriWoodpark Montessori is looking for 1 full time aide for each of their two infant rooms. The hours are Monday-Friday
8am-5pm. Interested parties can call Misty at (952) 953-3933 or apply in person at 1080 E 146th St, Burnsville, MN 55337.

Kindercarekindercare_logo is looking for part-time afternoon teachers/assistant teachers for their Rosemount center. If interested, please contact Michelle Jones, Director, or Michelle Genske, Asst. Director. (651) 322-1998.

Disclaimer- Although we post the listings on our blog, we do not vouch for the integrity or quality of programs. It is suggested that applicants research the facility, their philosophy, etc. before accepting a position.

Africa Trip- Update

I’m back from my trip to Malawi, Africa. People ask me how it was and I answer the same every time, “Amazing!” Although it’s nice to be home with my family and comfortable surroundings, not a day has past that I haven’t thought of the people of Malawi.

I felt tremendous joy being in Malawi and working with the people there. The intense joy within the people there radiated and was infectious! I was humbled by the respect given to me and the experiences that I was able to engage in. I worked directly with child caregivers for three days. They seemed so eager to learn and took notes for later application in their classrooms.

Two powerful moments for me were when the school children serenaded us as we arrived at their schoolyard (see video below) and watching the child caregivers teach 150+ children the very games I had taught them the day before. To see both the adults and children playing and laughing with glee was incredible for me.

Two memories that I’ll never forget are the mice on a stick (see pic below). I took a rain-check on that experience! And also the man in the grocery store (larger city) at the deli trying to sell us a wild baboon.

Although the trip challenged me in many ways (electricity & water outages, etc.), I always felt safe and in good hands. That allowed me to be my personal best and focus on the work I was there to do. I feel blessed and honored to have taken part in such meaningful work! I’ve included a few pics from my journey below.


Adventures in Eating Recipe #16 (Chicken and Fruit Wrap)

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Adventures in Eating: Healthy Eating and Reading (Protein Foods)

This is the last month of the Healthy Reading and Eating theme in Adventures of Healthy Eating. I hope the theme of the last few months has introduced you to some good books and activities to make healthy foods part of a child’s day. This final installment is on protein foods.

According to MyPlate, all foods made from meat, poultry, seafood, beans and peas, eggs, processed soy products, nuts, and seeds are considered part of the Protein Foods Group. Most 2-3 year olds should eat 2 ounces of protein foods per day and 4-8 year olds should eat 4 ounces per day. Visit Choose MyPlate for more information on the protein group.

Unlike fruits and vegetables, there are very few books on protein foods. Some of the best books on protein foods are books specifically on the protein group. You may find some of these books are based on MyPyramid instead of MyPlate. Even though MyPyramid is not the most current visual, the content and pictures will still provide young children with an understanding of foods in the protein group.

ProteinThe Protein Group by Tammy Kennington is a colorful book that explores different protein foods from meats to beans and legumes.

PeanutsFrom Peanuts to Peanut Butter by Kristin Thoennes Keller is a wonderful book for young children who love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. This book follows peanuts from the peanut field to the peanut butter jar.

Green EggsGreen Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. This fiction book does not specifically talk about eggs and ham. However, it is a well-loved book of children and adults and could still be used as a story to introduce children to the protein food group.

What are meat and protein? Where do meat and protein come from? Why is it important to eat meat and protein? Find out the answers to these questions by exploring the book Meat and Protein by Lola M. Schaefer.

As you can see, there are not a lot of protein food books. If you have ever had the desire to write a children’s book, you may want to consider a book on protein foods as there certainly are not a lot of books on the subject currently on the market!


Mary SchroederMary Schroeder works for the University of Minnesota Extension which helps
to connect community needs with University of Minnesota resources.  Specifically
the Health and Nutrition programs and resources focus on disease & obesity
prevention, healthy school environments, and continuing education for community
professionals.  You can link to the Extension Health and Nutrition website at:

Mary Schroeder, MPH, RD, LD
Extension Educator
Health and Nutrition
University of Minnesota Extension
Email:  hedin007@umn.edu
Website:  www.extension.umn.edu
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/UMNExtSimplyGoodEating

WINNER! Beeasel Giveaway!

WinnerOne winner was selected at random for the Beeasel GIVEAWAYThe lucky WINNER is Lorelei R.!  CONGRATULATIONS!

Thank you to all who entered and to Nadi for the wonderful donation!

Welcome to Fall Semester 2014!

back to schoolWelcome back current students and welcome new students! Most classes begin on Monday, August 25th. I’ve put together some of the information that you might need below -

  • New to this blog? Learn more HERE.
  • Have questions about parking on DCTC campus? Visit HERE.
  • Need to buy Textbooks? Visit the Bookstore HERE.
  • Not familiar with Desire2Learn (D2L)? Learn more HERE.
  • Need to contact us? Click HERE.
  • Have general questions about support services provided by the college? Click HERE.
  • Need to speak with someone about Financial Aid? Visit HERE.
  • Want to Log-in (D2L, Email, Grades) but not sure where to do so? Click HERE.
  • Not sure how to log in on campus? Learn more HERE.
  • Looking to contact a particular faculty member (aka Teacher)? Find him/her HERE.
  • Curious about what opportunities there are for you at DCTC? Learn more HERE.
  • Are you hope to transfer in credits from another college? Click HERE.
  • Brand new to college? View a First Day of Class checklist HERE.

See you soon!!

Red Is Really Your Color – Parking At DCTC

Hey students at DCTC! Remember that you need to have a RED parking sticker to park at DCTC for the 2014-2015 school year.

Red stickers will be available to students after July 1st in the student services office. Be sure to bring the make, model, year, color and license plate number. Enter that information into the system via on-campus computer. Then the go to the counter to pick up a sticker.

Process to Obtain a Parking Permit for DCTC Students

Step 1 – Pay your tuition/parking fees at the tuition window.
Step 2 – Enter your vehicle information online at http://parking.dctc.mnscu.edu (This must be entered on a computer on campus.) You will need your student ID number, license plate number, and the make and model of your car.
Step 3 – Go to the Student Services Office on campus and a sticker will be issued to you. One permit will be allowed per vehicle.
Step 4 – Place the sticker on the lower left driver’s side of windshield. The numbers must be visible.


NO staff, faculty or student parking is allowed in the Visitor’s Lot—NO EXCEPTIONS. The Visitor’s Lot will be monitored and any vehicles belonging to staff, faculty, or registered students will be ticketed and towed.

Thanks for your cooperation!

Mondays With Me: HEALTHY BODY IMAGE (8/11/14)

MomEnough_logo_notagteam-marti“Marti appeared on KARE 11 News at 11 to talk with host Diana Pierce about how parents can promote a healthy body image for girls and boys. Experts say 80% of females are dissatisfied with their appearance, and about one million males have an eating disorder. Parents have a strong influence on children’s body images and that influence begins very early in a child’s life.” -Mom Enough

Here are Marti’s five tips for parents:

1) Watch what you say

2) Engage your child in critical thinking about media images

3) Focus attention on healthy role models

4) Make healthy eating and exercise a lifestyle for your whole family

5) Nurture your child’s self-worth through competence and character development.

New ECYD Faculty Member

As many of you are aware, last December (2013) my colleague of ten years, Jill Behnke, retired from teaching. Although I held my own during spring semester as the only full-time ECYD faculty, I was eagerly awaiting the hire of a full-time faculty member.

sharon bergen

This summer the hiring committee identified Sharon Bergen as the best candidate for our program. Sharon has been an adjunct in our program for four years. I am honored to have her officially join our team full-time this fall and look forward to planning the future of our program with her!


Beeasel Giveaway!

The Aug. guest speaker is sponsoring this month’s giveaway. One lucky blog reader will win a Beeasel to use with the children in his/her life!beeasel 3

Enter below for a chance to win. Each task you do is another entry for yourself in the drawing! Tweeting on Twitter and sharing on Facebook can be done DAILY. Other entries are once per giveaway. *NOTE* This giveaway runs from 8/6/14 until 8/13/14 (Ending @ 12:00am EST).

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