Emily Erickson – Little Lambs (Infants)

Emily comes to us from Lodi Wisconsin. Emily attended the University of Minnesota and in 2013 earned a degree in Early Childhood Education. Emily has been employed as a part-time employee/substitute teacher at MetroKids since June 2013. Emily enjoys reading, coffee shops, spending time her new husband Cody and most importantly LOVES the infant children!

612-332-5437, ext. 3093

Leap Frogs (Toddlers)

MetroKids is currently interviewing and hiring for this position.

612-332-5437, ext. 3091

Chelsea Vaglica –  Busy Bears (Preschool)

Chelsea began work at MetroKids in April 2017. Chelsea earned a BS in Youth and Family studies from Northwestern College. When not at MetroKids, you will find Chelsea outside running, hiking or just enjoying the great outdoors.

612-332-5437, ext. 3090

Terry Brown – Rockin’ Robins (Preschool)

Terry Brown earned his Teacher Licensure from the University of Minnesota and has two year’s experience as a preschool teacher. Terry shared that the most important attributes that he would bring to MetroKids are, “A passion and joy for with working with young children. Preschool sets a child’s tone for their school career and life”.

612-332-5437, ext. 3092


Our staff is here to help! Our goal is to be an invaluable partner in your child’s education and nurturing.

(Executive Director)


Susie Jones (Office and Food Service Manager)

Susie started with MetroKids in September 2010. She has thirty-five years experience in the field of early childhood education. Susie has spent twenty-two years as a preschool teacher, one year as a program coordinator, one year writing curriculum, and eleven years in administrating early childhood programs (including over six years as a director).

Susie enjoys scrapbooking, reading, organic gardening, and writing. She is currently in the editing stage of a book she has been writing for the last three years. Her pride and joy, however, lies in her daughter, Shawna, who also is an accomplished teacher.

Gretchen Gubbins (Meal Coordinator)

Gretchen Gubbins has the important role of Meal Coordinator. Gretchen prepares breakfast and snack and heats and serves our catered lunches. With a smile, Gretchen makes sure we have everything we need including the correct portion sizes!

Other Staff


Jazmine Randle (Little Lambs Assistant Teacher)

Jazmine joined MetroKids in January 2012 and is the assistant teacher in Little Lambs.


Gidget Thomas (Experienced Aide)

Gidget has many years in the early childhood field starting her work with MetroKids in January 2001.

MetroKids Board

Todd Bratulich

Todd Bratulich is the Pastor for Community and Mission Engagement at First Covenant Church where MetroKids is located. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife Jenni, and their children Solveigh, Edwin, and Ayla. As a former Metrokids parent, Todd knows the value of affordable, high-quality, faith-based early childhood education, and believes in Metrokids mission. When he’s not hanging out with his family or doing church stuff, you will likely find him on his bike or at a coffee shop, preferably one that has good donuts.

Todd has been serving in ministry and non-profits for over 20 years. He received both his B.A. and M.A. from Bethel University, and is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church. In addition roll his role at church, he serves on the equity & justice committee for the Friends School of MN, and as the chair of the steering committee for the Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness (DCEH). Todd has a passion to serve those who are most vulnerable among us, and works to see the church become a more just, generous, and humble presence in our city and the world.

Jessica Kasper

Jessica has worked in the public sector for nine years, with a focus on finance and administration.  She currently works for the Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office as an Administrative Analyst.  She has worked at both the federal and municipal levels of government and for International Justice Mission, a human rights nonprofit in the Washington DC Area.  Jessica received her bachelor’s degree in Accounting, and her Master’s in Public Administration.  Jessica has been married to Isaac for eight years, and has one daughter, Daphne.  In her spare time, she enjoys running, being outdoors, traveling and spending time with her family.

Bob Weidman

I have owned my own business, Digital Illusion, since 1996. I retouch pictures on computer out of my home studio. I wear many hats as a small business owner including accountant, tax preparer and customer service person. I was the general contractor, electrician, painter, and insulation installer when we built our house in Maple Grove in 1989. I am a pragmatic person who will research a problem and do whatever is needed to solve it. Question asking is one of my strong points I could bring to the board. My wife Deb and I have been members of 1st Covenant since 2012. We have two girls, ages 25 and 26.