Meet Our Educators
Janna Meline Sanderson
Janna has worked at Sunny Hill sine 1993. Janna's mother, Mary Bethe Lefield owned Sunny Hill for thirty-six years until Janna and Mary took over in 2006. Janna has a deep love of all children and loves to help kids feel safe and loved in her classroom. Janna has an AA degree in Early Childhood and a Directors Credential Degree. Janna is married and has four children. Janna's oldest, Tori Meline, is her teaching partner. In Janna's spare time, she runs Rejuvenated Homes and Gardens with her husband, Derrick. Janna loves bonfires, fishing, boating and spending time with her four kids.
Mary joined Sunny Hill Preschool in 1998 as a part-time teacher. She soon began teaching more and helping with office duties when Mary Beth Leffield retired. In 2005 Mary and Janna took over as directors and continued to teach. Mary has a degree from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, and her Director's Credentials from St.Paul College. Her classroom is a warm, friendly environment where children have fun and learn about kindergarten readiness. Mary has lived in the Stillwater area for over thirty years. She is married with two adult children. She enjoys sewing, crocheting, crafts, and spending time up North in her free time.
Nikki has been at Sunny Hill since 2014. She has a degree in architecture drafting but started helping after her daughter attended preschool at Sunny Hill. Nikki is from Stillwater and has four children with her high school sweetheart and husband. She took child development all through high school and volunteered every summer, helping at Safety Camp. When her kids were younger, she ran an income daycare for family and friends. Nikki enjoys spending time with family, walking the bridge loop, and taking pictures of old buildings.
Tori is a third-generation teacher after her Grandmother (Mary Beth Leifeld) and mother, Janna Meline Sanderson. She first started her teaching career at Sunny Hill in 2016. Tori is eager to learn more about Early childhood by working on her teaching certificate. Tori's cuddles and smiles keep the kids comfortable and secure in their classroom. Additionally, Tori has a skill for arts and crafts, and the children love learning from her at the craft table. Tori loves spending time with her family, her boyfriend, and two dogs, Milo and Lily.
Cassie joined Sunny Hill's teaching team in 2022 after Janna "scoped her out," knowing she would be a great asset to Sunny Hill. Her warm and loving way with kids is what attracted her to them. Cassie has lived in Stillwater for five years and has her Associate's Degree in Health Information Technology. Cassie has been a nanny for five years. She enjoys camping, hiking, skiing, fishing, being outdoors, and spending time with her two daughters, dog, and husband, Jason.