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Meet Our Teachers


We pride ourselves in hiring the most passionate, hard working and responsible staff to reduce employee turnover and increase consistency for the children enrolled in our center. Our staff is an extension of our family!

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Annetta Albrecht

Owner/Director

Lead Teacher, Children's House

Annetta is the Owner, Director, and Lead Teacher in the Children’s House program. Annetta and her husband purchased Bridge to Knowledge (formerly known as Salem Montessori) in July of 2009, and has previous to that had an in-home daycare of her own from 1997-2009. BtoK has become her home away from home. The families and students become an extension of her own family. She enjoys being a part of each student’s growth, development and making a positive difference in their lives. 

In her spare time Annetta enjoys working out, camping, traveling and being a parent to Stephanie, Ryan, Koby, their dog Cali and most recently becoming a grandparent!

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Patti Woods

Lead Teacher, Nido Room

Patti has been a part of the BtoK family since 2012 and has over 18 years in the childcare industry. She has experience in all 3 rooms at BtoK but her passion is the Children's house. She is a devoted mom to 2 amazing boys, Jackson and Bryson. 

In her spare time she enjoys coaching track at Coon Rapids High School, playing with her boys and participating in anything that has to do with sports, shopping and spending time with her family.

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Darcie Austin

Lead Teacher, Toddler Program

Darcie has been in the childcare industry for over 20 years. Darcie was at BtoK when it first started in 2009, but had to leave because of financial reasons. Thankfully she boomeranged back! She's known lovingly by parents and staff as the "Potty Whisperer" - for good reason! She loves to do crafts with the kids and isn't afraid of a little glitter.

In her spare time Darcie is mommy to 2 dogs Benji and Abby.

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