Our Staff


Nancy Jones, M.S.
Nancy Jones is the founder of The Children's Farm School. She and her husband, Dave, live on the farm, where they raised their four children. She has a Master of Science in Child and Family Studies. In addition to her duties as Board Director, Nancy teaches parent and child together classes, adult seminars and teacher workshops.

Jeanne Leppicello, B.S.
Jeanne is the Director for both the preschool and the summer programs. She studied Therapeutic Recreation at Southern Connecticut State University. She lives nearby and is a parent of three former Children's Farmers. Jeanne contributes special help for classes, the office and the farm. She also helps with the daily classes as needed.

The Teachers:

Jenny Jacobson, B.S.
Jenny Jacobson returns for her 17th year of teaching at The Children's Farm. A former student at the Children's Farm (80-81), she studied Child Development at the University of Nebraska. Jenny lives in Mahtomedi with her husband and three children. She enjoys gardening and the beach.

Jenny Hanlon, M.Ed.
Jenny Hanlon teaches parent-child classes at the farm. She studied Child Psychology and has a Master of Education in Family Education from the University of Minnesota. She is a teacher, consultant and author through Jenny Hanlon Consulting, LLC. Jenny lives in Stillwater with her husband and two children.

Kris Scheel, B.S.
Kris returns for her 3rd year at the farm after having taught preschool for 12 years elsewhere in the St. Croix Valley area. She studied Early Childhood Education at the University of Wisconsin, Stout. Kris lives in Bayport with her husband and three kids (former Children's Farm Summer Campers), and she enjoys reading, photography and spending time with her family.

Michele (Mickey) Eckert
Mickey joins our staff this year and comes to us highly recommended with 12 years of experience as an Early Childhood teacher. She studied at Mankato State University. She looks forward to returning to the rewarding career of working with children. Mickey lives in Roseville and enjoys hiking and camping with her family.

Summer Staff:

In the summer we have six teachers on staff. They may be Children's Farm teachers or come from other schools and programs. Many of our summer teachers are college students preparing to be teachers or to work in fields with young people. They team teach in an internship program here to learn the unique perspectives of outdoor teaching using nature and animals as the learning environment.