Meet Our Team

Caregivers & Educators Committed to Your Child’s Development

Abby Lundborg, Director of Operations

Abby Lundborg is Children of Tomorrow’s Director of Operations who specializes in project management, training and development. She coaches the COT team through day-to-day challenges along with weekly, monthly and yearly goal planning. She brings her experience in quality care and education to help teachers and staff set and achieve their goals.

Before joining the Children of Tomorrow team, Abby worked for both a large corporation and a non-profit organization where she was a Center Director and Quality Team Lead of Education and Development. She also has experience in grant writing and is a member of the Minnesota Child Care Association, along with being a qualified trainer through the state of Minnesota.

She has a degree in Human Relations and Early Childhood Education and has also studied Special Education. She believes that Early Childhood Education sets the groundwork for a child’s future. We are responsible for creating a love and dedication to learning.

Abby lives just outside of Carver where you’ll find her spending time with her husband and three children. They enjoy spending time together playing outside or having pizza and movie nights.

Mara Habisch, Director of Core Values

Mara Habisch, Director of Core Values, is an experienced staff engagement specialist and social media manager who creates opportunities for all Children of Tomorrow employees to celebrate their accomplishments, goals, and boosts morale at all COT locations. Driven by Children of Tomorrow’s Core Values, she takes pride in having the best employee, family, and community experiences and events. Her goal as Director of Core Values is a continued partnership with our surrounding communities, families, and COT employees. 

Mara holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Rasmussen College and has worked in the childcare industry since 2007 in various classroom management roles. Mara resides in western, MN with her husband and three children.

Chelsea Lapham, Director of Partnerships and Development

Chelsea is a graduate of St. Cloud Technical College with a degree in Information Technology and emphasis on Medical Technology. Chelsea decided to then follow her true passion, Early Childhood Education. Chelsea started her teaching journey by earning her Child Development Associates in 2012. Chelsea has worked her way up into management positions and came to COT with a passion to educate, empower, develop and inspire teachers.

You can find Chelsea at all 4 COT locations in a variety of roles. Chelsea is in charge of ensuring teachers are set up for success from hiring and onboarding, benefits program administration, teacher training and utilization of our Mentor Teacher Program. Chelsea is passionate about the curriculum we offer and its goal to fulfill every child’s full potential that she focuses on leading our Curriculum Coordinator Team in bringing knowledge and leadership roles back into each school.

Chelsea enjoys attending sporting events, especially the Vikings games, singing loudly at concerts, and chasing around her fur child, Dallas.

Chanhassen Administration

Fiona De Mario

Co-Director

Taryn Smith

Co-Director

Waconia Administration

Kayla Bradt

Director

Jessica Black

Assistant Director

Norwood Young America Administration

Erica Wagner

DIRECTOR

Kirsten Leimer

Assistant Director

Carver Administration

Chelsey Crosby

Director

Megan Kalal

Assistant Director

Our Locations

Chanhassen

1490 Lake Drive West
Chanhassen, MN 55317
952.448.7829

Waconia

410 East Tenth Street
Waconia, MN 55387
952.443.9900

Carver

4745 Dahlgren Rd
Carver, MN 55315
952.466.2603

Norwood Young America

316 W Hwy 212
Norwood Young America, MN 55368
952.467.2610

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Meet Aleta Mechtel, Children of Tomorrow Founder & Owner

Aleta Mechtel, owner and president of Children of Tomorrow, has a life-long passion for education. Aleta knew she wanted to work with children from her first babysitting job.

Since Children of Tomorrow opened in Chanhassen in 2000, Aleta has guided parents in finding the right care for their children. Children of Tomorrow offers a wide range of programs for children that create a strong foundation, and a safe and educational experience before entering elementary school. Aleta believes in having a superior staff, focusing on exceptional academics, one-on-one interaction, and meeting each individual need of every child. Children of Tomorrow has been awarded “Best Childcare in Carver County, MN” multiple times.

After 13 years of experiencing the challenges of staffing a childcare center daily, Aleta opened Teachers for Tomorrow in 2012 to help staff classrooms when teachers are absent. In addition to Teachers for Tomorrow, Aleta is currently coaching and consulting many childcare directors and the owners of childcare centers on ways to establish exceptional childcare centers.

A big believer in Cancer Research, Aleta and Children of Tomorrow support numerous organizations and activities in this area including the Susan G Komen 3-Day for the Cure, Race for the Cure, personal donations, and Children’s Hospital Cancer Research.

Aleta is a mother of two beautiful children and is married to the most supportive husband. Aleta is a qualified educator graduating from Mankato State University with Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education with a Concentration in Kindergarten. Without the support of her family and her whole team, Children of Tomorrow and Teachers for Tomorrow would not exist.

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