Meet Our Staff

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Sarah Peterson

Sarah is the Director at Valley Preschool. She comes to Valley with a diverse background including teacher, published researcher, educational developer, business owner, consultant, and Mom. She holds two degrees: a B.M.E. & an M.S.E. from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls and is a professional member of several national organizations including the academic honor society Phi Kappa Phi. Sarah is active in the community and serves on several educational Boards. She resides in West Lakeland where, in her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors year-round with her husband Matt and their two young daughters, Alaina and Abby.

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Emma Croone

A recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls, Emma joins the Valley Preschool staff eager to continue her learning from and love of young children. 

Emma speaks multiple languages and enjoys living on a hobby farm, complete with goats and a corgi puppy.

Miss Emma brings a warm, friendly and organized demeanor to her classes.

When not at school, Miss Emma can be found curled up with a good book, quilting, hiking, and spending quality time with friends and family.

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Susan McElvain

Ms. Susan comes to Valley after having spent the past 20 years working as a Pre-K through Grade 5 teacher. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, minoring in English.

Susan lives in Stillwater with her husband and is mom to three grown "kids." In her free time she enjoys gardening, boating, family game nights, children's books, bacon, hockey, and traveling.


Desiree Slagle

Ms. Desiree came to Valley with a varied teaching background which includes working in early childhood, teaching kindergarten and most recently working with students with special needs in the autism program in the Stillwater school district.

Desiree enjoys working with young children and brings high energy and a hearty laugh to the classes she shares alongside our VPS teachers.

She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and is a huge sports fan (the MN Vikings are her favorite!). Ms. Desiree lives in Stillwater with her husband and children, Allison and Ben.

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Jenny Sluss

Ms. Jenny joins the Valley Preschool staff after having worked with school-aged children for 12 years. She holds a degree in Health Information Management and enjoys working with and spending time with children.

While living in Lake Elmo with her husband, Ms. Jenny enjoys spending time with her family and friends, walking her dog, reading and enjoying time outdoors.

Some of her favorite things include: flowers, dogs, books, nature, coffee, and music!