Teacher Bios

Julie Heiden, Co-Teacher – Tree Frog and Bumble Bee Classes

Julie Heiden graduated with her BA in Early Childhood Education at South Dakota State University and has 8 years of Early Childhood experience.  Those experiences include a Kindergarten Readiness teacher, ECFE educator, Director-in-training and Director of Preschool Summer programs at a local private school.  Julie’s favorite part of teaching is the relationships that she builds with the children and their families and being a part of the growth within each child during the school year.
During her free time you can find her walking, biking and exploring with her two daughters and her husband.  She also enjoys spending time volunteering at her daughters school in their art program and going to the U of M Volleyball matches.


Kathy Austin, Co-Teacher – Tree Frog and Bumble Bee Classes

Kathy Austin has worked with preschool-aged children since 1997. This experience included teaching ECFE, coaching preschool gymnastics, and doing preschool screening. She has been teaching at North Oaks Preschool since 2006. Kathy has a degree in Elementary Education from St. Cloud State University. Her favorite part of teaching is working with children on a one-on-one basis and discovering each child’s individual learning style. Kathy lives in Oakdale with her husband and two children. She enjoys volunteering and spending time with her family. She also spends her free time cheering for the Twins, Wild, Timberwolves, and Vikings.