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Kindergarten Team

Our Amazing Kindergarten Team
Joleen Zerwas

My name is Joleen Zerwas. I loved growing up in the Brainerd area, I also love teaching and living in this community. I enjoy teaching Kindergarten, helping children learning and grow. I love being apart of your child's first "real" experience with school.
Garfield is an amazing school. It is a great home away from home. The staff are so welcoming and accepting. They always do what is best for children. Looking forward to a great school year!
Carlie Kramer

My name is Carlie Jelacie. I am a Kindergarten Teacher at Garfield Elementary School. This is my second year in kindergarten and I absolutely love it! I grew up in Brainerd and I am so glad be teaching in such an awesome community. Garfield Elementary School is a wonderful place with wonderful people!


When I am in not in the classroom, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, rollerblading, and shopping. I can’t wait to enjoy another year growing and learning in kindergarten!
Erica Ruen/Julie Hunter

Miss Ruen
My name is Erica Ruen. I absolutely adore teaching Kindergarten in every way! I grew up in Brainerd, and love the area. Being a mom, running, walking, decorating, coffee, teaching Kindergarten, and helping others are a few things that bring me the greatest joy. 

Garfield Elementary is an amazing school with dedicated, hard working teachers. We will have a great year together. I can't wait for your child to soar far above your hopes and dreams for them this year.