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Associated Preschool teachers are certified and licensed by the state of Minnesota. Associated Preschool is a non-sectarian and non-profit program serving Steele County for over 40 years. It is licensed annually by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, and is governed by a volunteer board involving parents, teachers, teaching assistants, children, and the director in continued growth and quality education. Associated Preschool is an equal opportunity preschool and does not discriminate in admission or hiring policies.


Mrs. Dotson – Teacher

My name is Joan Dotson. I live in Owatonna with my husband Nathan and my 2 sons Thor (8) and Axel (5) and our dog Brutus. I enjoy running and other forms of physical fitness. I have been working with children for many, many years. I took a few years off after I had my boys, but continued to work with children then too either helping friends out or coordinating the childcare for the Owatonna MOPS program. I am truly blessed to be working with the Associated Preschool. I love watching children grow and expand their minds.

Make today a great one!! God Bless, Joan 🙂

Ms. Nicole – Aide

Hi! My name is Nicole Matejcek. I live in Owatonna with my husband, Eric, and our kids, Declan (5) and Alaina (2). This is my very first year working at Associated Preschool as an Aide. Prior to that, I did youth ministry for 8 years. I also currently work for my parents at their business when I’m not at school or working on my own college courses. In my spare time, I enjoy crafting, working on our family tree and volunteering with my kids’ activities.

I absolutely love working at Associated Preschool, which is where I went to preschool as a child and my children also go. It is so fun to work with our amazing kiddos and helping them learn new things every day.

Blessings! Nicole

Ms. Jessica – Teacher/Director

My name is Jessica and this is my fourth year in the preschool field. I’ve also had experience coaching PreK-12th grade in tennis through Park & Recreation and at the High School level. I received my Bachelor of Arts at Concordia University in St. Paul in 2010. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

Mrs. Weltzin – Teacher

My name is Dawn Weltzin. I live in Owatonna with my husband Mike. We have two daughters, Emily (24) and Laura (21). I have been teaching at Associated Preschool for 14 years. Prior to that, I spent time substitute teaching and working as a classroom volunteer at Wilson Elementary. I completed my Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Wisconsin – Stout.

I really enjoy spending time with our Pre-K students at Associated. They are smart, fun and eager to learn new things. When not teaching at Associated, I enjoy reading, knitting, yoga and golf.

If you have a preschool age child, feel free to stop by – we would love to meet you.