Edina/W 70th Street

Create. Laugh. Learn.

Susan and Michelle EFC Edina W 70th Directors

Michelle Botz and Susan Wilson
School Directors
EFC Edina/W 70th Street

EFC is a Best of 2024 Finalist!


Welcome to Especially for Children’s Edina/W. 70th Street Edina Center. We serve infant through preschool age children in a caring and educational environment. Our highly trained, nurturing and dedicated teaching staff has a combined total of over 203 years of EFC experience. Learn more about our Curriculum and Program Goals here.


We are conveniently located on the southwest corner of Highway 100 and West 70th Street and are easily accessible from Highway 62 and Int. 494. Our school is a unique physical space both inside and out. In our warm and bright classrooms, the children love storytime, music, art and sensory activities, building blocks and dramatic play. We have an indoor large muscle room, and the children take advantage of our great outdoor space. A large, shaded outdoor playground provides opportunities for exercise, physical challenges and outdoor adventures. On any given day you can find infants taking a buggy ride, toddlers building sandcastles, and the preschoolers playing freeze tag or enjoying bike day.


At Especially for Children, we strive to create a family-feel and have many events throughout the year where parents and families can connect with one another. These include our annual picnic, Halloween party and Family Fun Night. We invite you to visit the Edina/W 70th Street EFC school and see for yourself what a positive place it can be for your child and family.


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5015 W. 70 St
Edina, MN 55439



7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., M-F

Meet Our Teaching Staff



Hello. My name is Susan, and I am the director here at Especially for Children in Edina. I began working here in 1989 as a preschool teacher. I graduated that year with a B.A. in Elementary Education from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA. After growing up in a smaller community, I wanted to move to the city. I loved it here and have never left. Working at EFC has been such a positive experience. Each day brings something new. I feel fortunate to work with truly amazing teachers and wonderful families. Watching the children grow and develop is so much fun. When I am not here, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, trying new restaurants, watching football, reading and shopping. I look forward to working with your family.



I began teaching at Especially for Children in 2003. I taught in the younger Toddler classroom at our Eden Prairie location for nine years before moving into a director role (Assistant Director and then Co-Director) here at the Edina location in 2012. Young children have always been a huge part of my life. I truly enjoy forming meaningful bonds with the children, families, and teaching staff at EFC. It is important for me to help provide an inclusive environment where children can feel comfortable and thrive in their play. It has been a joy to watch my own children grow up in the EFC community and build their own lasting relationships. I enjoy spending time with my family, taking road trips, and exploring the beauty in nature.


Infant Teaching Staff

Wai Yee

Hello my name is Wai Yee! I began working at EFC in 2008 and work with the infants. I have worked with children for many years. I live in Edina with my husband and two boys, Danny and Jack. I look forward to working with both you and your children.



My name is Mariah. I went to the University of North Dakota and am currently finishing my elementary school degree online. While living in Grand Forks, North Dakota, I got to work at a center for four years, where before I left I was co-lead infant teacher. After Covid, I decided to move back home – I’m from Plymouth, MN, I actually went to Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion and graduated from Armstrong. I am so excited to be back in Minnesota and be able to work with new children!



It has been my pleasure working with children, staff and parents at Especially for Children since 2013. I worked with children at other centers before joining EFC. I have found it very rewarding watching the children developing so fast, curious and eager to learn. I received my BS degree in Communications from Brown College. I enjoy lots of things – visiting family in Georgia, meeting up with friends, going to movies, hiking, long walks, riding my bike, going to water parks, shopping, gaming on my computer, painting, going to parties and dancing. I stay busy.



Hi! My name is Erin and I work with infants. I have been working with children in various settings including centers, a home daycare, Sunday school, and babysitting since 2012. I graduated from Wartburg College in 2018 with majors in Business Administration and German Studies. I’ve always had a passion for watching children learn and grow and love being a part of their journey alongside their family, so I’m excited to be here at EFC! When I’m not working, I love traveling, volunteering, and long walks around the lakes.



My name is Hillary and I am from a small town in Wisconsin. I have been working with children since 2017. I went to college at Winona State University in Winona, MN. I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood. My favorite things to do outside of work consist of traveling, reading, and going on adventures with my dog!


Toddler Teaching Staff


Hi, my name is Cassie. I graduated from the University of MN-Duluth in the Spring of 2022 with a double major in English, as we as teaching Communication Arts & Literature. I have known since I was a little girl that I wanted to be a teacher. Outside of work, I am constantly learning and exploring my new home here in Minneapolis. I love to read, write, and lay outside with my cat, Tiger.



Hi, my name is Kayleigh. I have been working at EFC since 2007. I currently work with the wee toddlers, which is very exciting. I have always loved working with children. I taught swimming lessons for about four years before I came to EFC. I also have four children of my own who keep me very busy! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I have really enjoyed learning all about the children and families here at EFC.



Hello! My name is Susanne. I have been working with the toddlers since September of 2014. EFC is very familiar to me as I previously worked here from 1998 – 2003. After raising 3 children, I am excited to be back. I have a BA in English from the University in Stockholm – Sweden. I also took education courses during my college experience. Outside of work, I enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends. I am originally from Sweden but have lived in Minnesota since 1998. I am looking forward to getting to know you and your family.



My name is Leanne and I have been a teacher since 2016. I graduated college with a degree in Early Childhood Education and have worked with children for many years. In my free time I like to spend time with friends and family, read, and bake.



I’m a new member to the professional field of working with children but have over 10 years of volunteer experience through groups such as The Children’s Leukemia Society. After 2020, and assisting with homeschooling my two Godchildren, I discovered my passion in helping kids in their journey of creative learning and found my way to Especially for Children where I hope to hone my skills and embark in this wonderful field.


Preschool/Pre-K Teaching Staff


Hi, my name is Sylvia. I have experience working with children since 2000. I really enjoy being a part of children’s early education. I took courses at a community college – my major was fashion design.  My favorite thing to do outside of work is knitting and sewing.



I started working at EFC in 2005. I worked in the Panda Room with the older toddlers until recently teaching the young preschoolers in the Monkey Room. I love working with children and have two daughters who also attend EFC. I grew up in a small town called Clara City, MN. I graduated from Minnesota West Technical College in Granite Falls with a degree in Childcare and Education. My hobbies are making no-sew blankets and pillows, and hanging out with my family and friends.



Hi, I’m Adam! I’ve been working with children for several years, and have a couple years of additional experience working with seniors and adults with disabilities. I’m originally from Duluth, MN, and studied philosophy, sociology, and economics at The College of Saint Scholastica. I currently reside in Uptown Minneapolis with my cat, Barnacles. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with friends, taking walks outside, reading and working on various sewing projects.



Hi, my name is Jill. I have worked in childcare since 1984. My passion is the Preschool age, and I have also had some great experiences with Infants. I enjoy the curiosity of a preschooler – the questions they ask and the stories they tell. I have a husband and two grown daughters, and we also have a dog named Oliver. My husband and I have been married since 1988. We both grew up in Edina and graduated from Edina High School. I am happy to be a part of Especially for Children.



Hi, my name is Derek and I started working at EFC in 2018. I’ve been working with kids since the summer of 2016 and have worked with kids aged 3-13. I studied at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls to earn a degree in political science, and I hope to work in the field of school administration. Outside of work I love to play, watch, and follow every sport. My goal is to continue building relationships with kids and families and continue doing so in my professional career, no matter where it takes me.



Hello, my name is Carson. I previously worked in childcare for Edina Public Schools during the 2020 school year and absolutely loved my time working with kindergarteners. I now study psychology and political science at the University of Minnesota, aiming towards child/adolescent psychology and school administration. My hobbies include reading, biking, camping, and baking. Coming to EFC, I’m excited to support and help children grow and obtain valuable developmental skills.


Sarah A.

Hi my name is Sarah and I have worked at EFC since 2016. I currently attend University of Wisconsin-River Falls, pursuing Elementary Education.  I work in the summer and on my school breaks with all age groups, primarily in the preschool and toddler rooms.



Hello my name is Maria Alejandra and I started working at EFC in the fall of 2021. I am currently pursuing my certificate in Early Childhood. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy dancing with the different ethnic dance companies that I am a part of. I look forward to meeting and getting to know the children and their families.


Float Teaching Staff


Hi, my name is Kate. I’m from Duluth, MN. I’m going into my 4th year of college at St. Catherine University studying nursing. I am interested in pediatric nursing. I love to read, travel, or spend time with family & friends.



Hello, My name is Amelia! I have worked with children since early 2022. I am enrolled in college pursuing a B.S. in Sociology. I enjoy hiking, reading and spending time with my cat! I am excited to get to know your children and your families!


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