Meet the Team

Dedicated & Certified

Michelle Espelien

Director

Michelle and her husband live downtown MPLS. She loves attending plays and movies, reading, watching movies, & hosting friends for dinner. She loves her job and all things Disney. 

Annabelle

Teacher

Annabelle graduated from UNW with a Children & Family Ministry degree.  Her favorite color is yellow, she enjoys spending time outdoors and having popcorn & movie nights. Her two dogs are named after coffee.

Marjie

Lead Teacher

Marjie has worked in childcare since 1978. She loves singing, knitting, spending time outdoors,  & riding a motorcycle with her husband. She loves her three sons, and her precious granddaughter. 

JaNae

Lead Teacher

JaNae graduated with a psychology degree from UNW. She loves spending time with her husband, family and friends. She is also involved in international college student ministry  and enjoys meeting people from around the globe.

Karen

Office Assistant

Karen loves working with children. She has two daughters whom she is very proud of and enjoys gardening. 

Kelsey

Lead Teacher

Kelsey's favorite activities are being outdoors, hiking, painting, listening to music, yoga, reading, and being with family. She is currently in school earning her degree in art therapy.

Lauren

Lead Teacher

Lauren graduated from Bemidji State where she studied El. Ed. and Ojibwe language. She enjoys teaching science, spending time at her family cabin, and doing missions work in Kenya. She loves being mom to her little girl.

Lisa

Lead Teacher

Lisa has been teaching at Elim since 2008. She enjoys coaching volleyball, baseball, softball, and basketball, singing, gardening, fishing, and playing games with her husband and kids.

Liz

Lead Teacher

Liz is from the North Shore, & received her teaching degree from UNW. She enjoys time spent with family, being outdoors, photography, traveling, reading, and playing volleyball.

Mandi

Assistant Teacher

Mandi enjoys cooking, baking & gardening. She enjoys spending time with her two teenage daughters going camping & hiking and playing with their pet bunnies.  She also enjoys watching her daughters dance & play basketball.