Our Staff

All of our staff members are CPR/AED/First Aid Certified. Staff members are also required to complete training hours each year to be employed with Giggle N Grins. Rachel Jonason has reciever her instructors certificate and certifies all of our staff in CPR/AED/First Aid. 

Rachel Jonason

Owner/Excecutive Director

Rachel Jonason has a degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Development with many years teaching in Preschool, Kindergarten, and Head Start classrooms as well as homeschooling. She also has had many years of experience in the childcare business. She operated her own daycare for 17 years out of her home and coordinated the Barnesville Kids Club school age program for 3 years. She recently purchased Giggles-N-Grins Drop-In Daycare in October 2016 and has quickly expanded from there. In January 2017, she purchased Kids Learning Zone and moved Giggles-N-Grins to a new, larger facility to become licenced as a Center.  

Amanda Gagne

Director

Amanda has worked at Giggles N Grins in Wahpeton since January 2016. She graduated from NDSCS in May of 2010 with an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Business Administration. She obtained her Aim4Excellence Director's Credential from the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership in the Fall of 2018. Amanda has worked with children on and off since 2006 when she began working for an after school program. She has two daughter, Journie (7) and Embyr (2). She was born and raised in Minnesota but has lived in Wahpeton since 2005 when she moved here to attend college. 

Amanda Jaixen

Lead Infant Teacher

Amanda was raised in Wahpeton, North Dakota. Amanda and her fiance, Brady Jilek, have one daughter, Clara (1).  She started babysitting children for different local families when she was 13 years old. She worked for some time in an after-school program with school aged children. During one summer, she worked in a home daycare caring for children aged 6 months to 8 years old. In her free time she enjoys crafting, watching Netflix, and being a mommy. She enjoys being in child care because she likes watching each individual child learn, develop, and discover new skills with each passing day. One goal she has is to ensure the classroom is a safe, functional, healthy, and fun environment all age groups in her care.

Chelsie Bakken

Assistant Infant Teacher

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Rachel Wood

Lead Toodler 1 Teacher

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Brandi Myhre

Lead Toddler 2 Teacher

Brandi was raised in McDonough, Georgia. She moved to Wahpeton in October of 2016. She was married  to Zach in March of 2018 and has two kids, Paxton(4) and Mary(3) as well as two step-daughters, Parker(5) and Gracelynn(4). She also had 3 fur babies - Chester, Trigger and Rubble. Brandi started working with children when she was 15 years old teaching dance and gymnastics. She started working in child care in Georgia at 20 years old and has been working with 1-3 year old's ever since. She has completed some college courses in Early Childhood Education while living in Georgia. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, baking and crafting. She choose to work in child care because she loves children and loves to watch them learn and grow. She is currently working towards getting her CDA to be the best provider she can be.

Marie Prochnow

Assitant Toddler Teacher

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Amanda Maddock

Assistant Toddler 2 Teacher

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Jennifer Schiltz

Lead Preschool Teacher

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