Pitter Patters Early Learning Center, LLC - Designed with your little one in mind!

The Pitter Patters Care Team!


All program staff members are selected for their knowledge of child development, their experience with young minds, and their genuine warmth and love for children. We look for personalities and a history that shows passion and pride for early childhood education. 

If you or someone you know is interested in joining our team, go to our Employment Opportunities page for more information. 



Mary Hrdlicka
-Owner | Chief Operating Officer
Mary Hrdlicka
-Owner | Chief Operating Officer
Mary resides in Madison Lake, MN with her husband, Brad, her four children, Victoria (15), Lydia (14), Evan (9), Evelyn (1), Alexander (born April 2017) and their dog, Ava, and cat, Buddy. As a business professional, Mary has served various roles focusing on financial business processes, new technology implementations, and stood as a visible leader in change management support. Mary has completed 2+ years of college courses with a finance emphasis at Minnesota State University, as well as Phoenix University. Her educational goal is to complete a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance, and an Associates in Early Childhood Education. As a proud mother of three, and active member in the community, Mary has volunteered for the local ISD 77 events and groups, including leading a Math Masters, Gifted and Talent after school group, and lending a helping hand at PTO sponsored events. Mary has also served as a Parent Advisory Board Member for a local Mankato daycare center. Mary's vision for Pitter Patters starts with her passion for going above and beyond the expected standards. Her goals are to bring accountability and visibility into daycare centers, and increase awareness about the importance of early education. Mary believes her goals can be accomplished by offering a daycare center that has a committed and focused educational staff group that is supported by their environment, support staff, and leaders. She believes teachers supported by these aspects are more enabled to stay engaged with educational programs, approaches and support that young minds need. With first hand knowledge and experiences about what matters most to families, Mary hopes her center will set an example and raise the bar for all childcare centers.
Melissa "Mel" Schumacher
-Owner | Chief Financial Officer
Melissa resides in Maple Plain, MN with her husband, Dan. As a business professional, Melissa as served as a key individual, and supporting staff and customers as a Supervisor in the Accounts Payable department. Melissa is also an Independent Consultant for Daisy Blue Naturals and Promotor for Innov8tive Nutrition. Melissa is working towards her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management at the University of Phoenix. Melissa's vision for Pitter Patters starts with her down to earth personality, and exceptional organizational and management skills. She hopes to bring in and create a natural environment comprised of quality equipment for staff and children, and incorporate natural products into her center that will eliminate a lot of the harsh chemicals, while still maintaining a clean and sterile environment. With first hand knowledge and experiences about natural products, and organizational management, Melissa hopes she can put a new spin on the way centers can track the high demand of ongoing licensing requirements, and provide exceptional support to the Pitter Patters' staff and customers.
Melissa "Mel" Schumacher
-Owner | Chief Financial Officer
Melissa Loeffler
-Preschool Lead Teacher | Program Director
Melissa Loeffler
-Preschool Lead Teacher | Program Director
Working with children is something I knew I was always going to do. I have taught preschool for 7 years and did in-home daycare for 8 years. I have 3 beautiful children; Kelsey (11), Claire (7), and Carson (2). They keep me very busy and I absolutely love it. Not may people can say they love going to work every day but I truly love what I do.
Libby Polster
-Toddler Lead Teacher
Bio coming soon.....
Libby Polster
-Toddler Lead Teacher
Samantha Laman
-Infant Lead Teacher
Samantha Laman
-Infant Lead Teacher
Kids & animals are my passion, but I also enjoy hiking, scuba diving and traveling when I can find the time. I'm a full time student at South Central pursuing a degree in elementary education. My furry children include a St. Bernard, a Collie-Husky mix and 2 cats. I also help rehabilitate injured and abandoned wildlife.
Christina Kepner
-Preschool Assistant Teacher
Hello, I'm Christina, assistant teacher in the preschool room. I'm from St. Peter, reside in Waterville, and grew up in Mankato. I have 2 children and come from a family of 6. Children are a passion of mine.
Christina Kepner
-Preschool Assistant Teacher
Madison "Madi" Taber
-Toddler Classroom Aide | Substitute Lead Teacher
Madison "Madi" Taber
-Toddler Classroom Aide | Substitute Lead Teacher
My name is Madison (I go by Madi). I have lived in this area my entire life. I graduated from high school when I was 16 and I went to college for nursing right after. I have worked with kids since I was 12. I started out babysitting and fell in love with childcare! I am currently working on getting my lead teacher certification.
Morgan Feela
-Toddler Assistant Teacher
I am from Blaine, MN. I have multiple years working with children throughout high school; working with mentor programs and coaching youth cheerleading. Throughout college; coaching a varsity cheer team and coaching dance ages 3-18 for Just for Kix in Belle Plaine and LeCenter. I also work with handicapped adults so you might catch me hanging out around Mankato with them.
Morgan Feela
-Toddler Assistant Teacher
Hunter Ahlness
-Center Aide
Hunter Ahlness
-Center Aide
Bio coming soon.....
Alecia Bohnsack
-Center Aide
Bio coming soon.....
Alecia Bohnsack
-Center Aide
Emily Gregersen
-Center Aide
Emily Gregersen
-Center Aide
I am originally from Faribault, MN. I'm a full-time student at Minnesota State University Mankato majoring in Human Resource Management. I am married and have a pet cat named Daenerys. I love working with kids and helping out all the great staff at Pitter Patters!
Jacquie Meyerhoff
-Center Aide
I am a born and raised Minnesotan. I am a mother of 7 children and have been blessed with 3 grandkids. I have many years of experience working with all different aged children. I have done in-home daycare and volunteered numerous hours over the years at all of my children's schools. I really like doing things outside; fishing, camping, just running around. I love helping and teaching kids different things about being outside.
Jacquie Meyerhoff
-Center Aide
Victoria Slama
-Center Aide
Victoria Slama
-Center Aide
Bio coming soon.....
Olivia Miller
-Center Aide
Olivia currently attends Mankato East. She moved from South Dakota last year and has experience working with children of all ages form volunteering her time in a licensed home daycare. Olivia brings a positive and kind personality to the team.
Olivia Miller
-Center Aide
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