Hello, my name is Monica Cookman and I am the owner and teacher of Learning Safari Preschool. I am a Minnesota licensed childcare provider as well as a licensed K-6 elementary teacher. I am a former kindergarten teacher for the Rochester Public Schools with 9 years of public school teaching and 3 years of preschool age teaching experience. Until 2013, I taught kindergarten at Lincoln K-8 Choice School. I decided to go back to teaching preschool aged students so that I could focus on using theme and play based learning and because I love teaching young children. I have a bachelor's degree in elementary education with a minor in early childhood education from Winona State University +30 graduate level credits in special education.