Some of the best memories we have as children were created outside, running the hills, climbing the trees, or building forts in the woods. My wife and I bonded over a love for the outdoors and we vowed that we would share that love with our children. We believe that kids should have the opportunity to run, jump, play, climb, and explore. We created Wildflower Early Learning Center to offer the community an alternative to mainstream childcare. To encourage and inspire children to become stewards of the earth while providing a foundation that enables healthy development and academic success.
Whether it be tending the garden, exploring the life of a Woolly Bear caterpillar, or getting comfy in the classroom sharing stories and reading books, we look forward to creating memories with your family that will last a lifetime.
Joshua and Carrie Linde
Owners - Wildflower Early Learning Center
I am excited for you to join us in our learning adventure at Wildflower ELC. I was raised in Wausau, WI and have been a proud resident of the south metro for 15 years. I graduated from Concordia University, St. Paul with a degree in psychology. Upon graduation, I found myself working in a children's mental health facility. This opportunity fostered my desire to help children at the early stages of development. I then found myself working with birth through age 5 and found my life's work. Some of my favorite activities with young children are storytime, dramatic play, and sensory experiences. It's powerful to watch a child learn how the world works and how they play a role in society.
Education and my family keep me busy. My husband, Zach works in sales and I have two daughters, Zoey (1st grade) and Morgan (age 2). Some of our favorite activities are trips to the Zoo, Valley Fair and visiting the many parks in the area.
I welcome you to Wildflower ELC. I hope you find it a place of love, nurturance, education, and growth for you and your child.
- Operations Director
- Classroom Teacher
- BA in Psychology,
- 30 credits towards
Masters in Family Ed.
- Classroom teacher: 11yrs
- Administration exp. 3yrs
- Program Director
-AA in Psychology
-Classroom Teacher: 7 yrs
-90 Credits of Social Work
-First Aid/CPR/AED Certified
-Director Exp.: 3 yrs
I am both honored and thrilled to be apart of such a crucial part of your child’s learning and development in this stage of their lives. I believe that children work and learn best by being empowered to have organic opportunities and the ability to create and learn at their own pace. Preschool in a very important time for exploring, play, and curiosity, that help build the foundation of learning.
As a native Minnesotan, fishing, camping, swimming, and running barefoot, come as second nature. These fun activities have also been the fundamentals of skills I would later develop for long life problem solving, social, and emotional skills.
I believe that PLAY is a very important aspect of everyday life. Children have the opportunity to learn in a natural environment on a regular basis, indoors and outdoors! I am very grateful that I get to be apart of the time that your child spends here at Wildflower as we grow together.
I am so happy to be part of the Wildflower Early Learning Center family. Compassion, understanding, and patience are a few of my teaching strengths. Each day, I look forward to encouraging, nurturing and learning with the children at Wildflower ELC.
I believe that play and problem solving is vital to children’s development. I am a huge advocate for WFELC’s philosophy, and am grateful to work alongside such amazing teacher’s and explore with such amazing kiddos.
Working with groups of energetic kiddos feels like home to me, I am the oldest of 8 siblings and grew up in a small town in Southern Minnesota.
Callie Stone - Teacher
-Childcare Experience: 10 Years
-Associates Degree: Rasmussen College
My name is Samantha Seery, aka Ms. Seery. I am so excited to be a part of the Wildflower Family! I was born and raised in Prior lake and continue to reside in this community with my fiancé, Tyler, and our golden retriever, Belle. I grew up going camping with my family and spent most of my childhood playing in the woods with my brothers behind our house. Nature has always played a huge role in my life so it’s so fun to be teaching young kids the passions that I grew up learning and still have today! I have 7 years of experience in the childcare industry, working with toddlers through pre-k aged children. I enjoy being a teacher to little minds for so many reasons. I love to see when a child conquers a task, the joy they get from learning new things, and the hugs and smiles each day. This career path is fulfilled each day by the joy and pride that exudes from the children I teach and I look forward to being a partner in their early years of development.
Samantha Seery - Teacher
-BS in Early Childhood Education from the University of Minnesota
-Childcare Experience: 7 years
Maria Barnard - Assistant Teacher
-Childcare Experience: 2 Years
-Graduated with honors from Prior Lake High School
-Pursuing Early Education Degree from Normandale Community College.
My name is Miss Maria and I am excited to be a part of the Wildflower family! I grew up in Prior Lake and graduated from Prior Lake High School while also earning 50+ credits at Normandale Community College. I am currently pursuing my associates degree in Elementary Education and then will be working on my teaching license. Play-based learning, experimentation, and discovery are an important part of early education and I am grateful for the opportunity to share this program with Wildflower families.
My favorite activities are cooking, going out on the lake, and spending time with my family.
Skyler Linde - Teacher
-Childcare Experience: 13 Years
-Associates of Arts Degree - Inver Hills Community College
-Graduated from School of Environmental Studies.
I am so excited to be a part of your child's special path to self discovery. Over my years working with all ages of children, I've realized how important it is to step back and just watch them be thrilled over the little things in life.
I was lucky enough to grow up surrounded by nature. It was my best - and most favorite - teacher and I love that Wildflower ELC gives that to child that steps through their doors.
Through art, creativity, and exploration I want to help guide your children to become confident, independant thinkers. If I'm not at Wildflower I'm probably reading a good book, watching a movie, hanging out with friends, doing yoga, going on a walk, or hopefully sleeping.
My name is Julie Linde, but you can call me Miss Julie or even Grandma Julie. You’ll often find me with the kiddos watering the many wildflowers throughout the property or introducing the children to the beautiful world of farming in the Wildflower garden.
I have many years of experience in nursing and medical administration. I am also a talented seamstress having worked with a local designer on one-of-a-kind leather purses & vintage clothing.
Favorite activities of mine include: spending time with our granddaughters, Layla & Harper, walking my dog Chally, sewing, and (surprise) gardening. Hopefully, everyone will get to enjoy the vegetables of my labor from the Wildflower garden.