Big learning for small students coming to Rochester

Trista Stamnesshas big ideas for Rochester's smallest students.

Stamness, a longtime teacher and staffing development trainer, is planning to open Epic Endeavors Preschool Academyto help preschool children up to 5 years old to learn with purpose, focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) areas.

"This approach fosters young scholars to more active in reading," she said "Research shows kids really open to math and logic at this age. They are willing to try anything."

She still is going through the state licensing process, but she hopes to be able to enroll up to 40 students and start classes by Sept. 6. Epic already is enrolling children.

Stamness expects to have a staff of four to five, depending on enrollment numbers.


Remodeling is underway at 20 Ninth St. SE, tucked in by the Webb & Juddpharmacy, Once completed, there will be 2,100 square feet of indoor space plus 1,500 square feet of outdoor play area. Rochester Realtor Bucky Beemanof Realty Growth Inc.lined up the building for her to lease, and Realtor Scott Hossof Paramark Real Estate Servicesrepresented the building owner.

The goal is have the facility ready for an open house in mid-June.

In addition to offering state-of-the-art preschool care, Stamness hopes to also provide services for school-age children, before and after school. Those services generally will be targeted for siblings of children in the preschool classes.

Epic Endeavors also plans to offer some minicamp programs this summer.

For more information about Epic and its programs, contact Stamness at 319-5709 or

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