alicia v, toddler teacher

Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, with a minor in Early Childhood; Adult/Pediatric CPR/AED & First Aid; SIDS Prevention; Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention; Child Abuse & Neglect Recognition & Prevention; numerous hours of additional professional development and training in Early Childhood Education.

 

Experience: 2 years in the field working with children of all ages; Joined the staff at Apple Ridge in September of 2019.   

 

“I have always loved little kiddos. They are so funny. It makes my heart feel full to see kids learning.

I have a 15-year-old Jack Russel mix named Coconut. She keeps my life interesting.”

cassie p, support staff

Education: Working toward Early Education degree; Adult/Pediatric CPR/AED & First Aid; SIDS Prevention; Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention; Child Abuse & Neglect Recognition & Prevention; numerous hours of additional professional development and training in Early Childhood Education.

 

Experience: Nanny for several years;   Joined the staff at Apple Ridge in October of 2019.   

 

“I have always enjoyed working with children and helping them learn. They bring smiles to your face and are learning new things every day, which is so enjoyable to watch and be a part of.

I am a mom of an almost 2-year-old little girl, and my husband is about to graduate from the Milwaukee Police Academy, which is a very exciting time for our family.”

alyson a, infant teacher

Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from UW Whitewater; Masters in School Counseling from Mount Mary University; Early Childhood I & II; Adult/Pediatric CPR/AED & First Aid; SIDS Prevention; Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention; Child Abuse & Neglect Recognition & Prevention; numerous hours of additional professional development and training in Early Childhood Education.

 

Experience: Has worked with ages 3months to 8 years of age; Previously taught at a private school in Waukesha. Joined the staff at ARA in October 2018.


"I have always had a place in my heart for children. They are our future and we need the right people to help guide and shape them. Each day comes with new struggles and achievements. Watching young ones meet their goals brings a smile to my face!

I come from a family of 6 kids. I was recently married in October 2019. I have a dog named Cooper. I enjoy being outside, listening to music, and bowling as well."

patty k, infant teacher

Education: CDA Credential, Early Childhood Education I & II, Infant & Toddler Certification, SIDS Prevention, Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention, Adult/Pediatric CPR/AED, First Aid, Child Abuse & Neglect Recognition & Prevention, numerous hours of additional professional development and training in Early Childhood Education.

 

Experience: Has worked in childcare since 1991 with children of various ages and continued with the Brookfield location as it became Apple Ridge Academy in January 2014!

 

"I chose to work with children because I enjoy watching children learn new things, seeing their struggles and accomplishments and seeing the smiles on their faces! I am married and have 3 children. I like the outdoors and the beach and I enjoy all types of music and cooking for my family and friends!"

rebecca h, infant teacher

 

Education: Bachelors degree in Education from UW Whitewater; Early Childhood I & II; Adult/Pediatric CPR/AED & First Aid; SIDS Prevention; Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention; Child Abuse & Neglect Recognition & Prevention; numerous hours of additional professional development and training in Early Childhood Education.

 

Experience: Trained and interned at several schools and centers throughout Wisconsin during college, with children of all ages, disabilities, and ethnicities. Joined the staff at Apple Ridge Academy in October, 2018.  
 

"At age 4, I would line up all my dolls and stuffed animals and play 'teacher'; At age 6, it continued but I graduated to using my siblings and younger family members as my 'students' instead! I wanted to be everything, but being a teacher always stayed close to my heart. What I like most about being with children are the little surprises every day brings. There's never a dull moment when being with children, and it's those moments that make me smile and feel warm and enjoy what I do. 

When I am not working with children aI can be found at home with a book. I also love to watch new shows on Netflix and go to the movies with my friends. I love to travel and have been to countless places, such as New York and Florida, as well as Mexico and Nicaragua. I love photography, art, and music."

cori t, toddler teacher

Education: Early Childhood I & II; Fundamentals of Infant & Toddler Care; Adult/Pediatric CPR/AED & First Aid; SIDS Prevention; Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention; Child Abuse & Neglect Recognition & Prevention; numerous hours of additional professional development and training in Early Childhood Education.

 

Experience: Has worked in several group childcare centers, with children ages 4 months to 2 years. Joined the staff at ARA in March 2018.
 

"I love to make a difference and it all starts with children. What I like most about working with children is watching them grown as little independents. Learning new things and being a part of those achievements is the most amazing feeling!"

crystal w, toddler teacher

Education: Early Childhood Education I & II; SIDS Prevention; Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention; Adult/Pediatric CPR/AED & First Aid; Child Abuse & Neglect Recognition & Prevention; numerous hours of additional professional development and training in Early Childhood Education.

 

Experience: Joined the teaching staff at Apple Ridge Academy in October 2016!

"I have always loved the idea of working with children and being able to help them learn and grow. Now that I am a mother, it has motivated me to pursue Early Childhood Education not only to be the teacher of our next generation but also I love learning more and more about child development to help understand my own child more! I love reading and doing artwork. I also love swimming, I find it very calming!”

emily m, toddler teacher

Education: Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education (Rasmussen College); Early Childhood Education I & II; Infant & Toddler Certification; SIDS Prevention; Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention; Adult/Pediatric CPR/AED & First Aid; Child Abuse & Neglect Recognition & Prevention; numerous hours of additional professional development and training in Early Childhood Education.

 

Experience: Has worked with children of various ages for over 5 years in a group childcare setting. Joined the teaching staff at Apple Ridge Academy in May 2015!

 

"I have always known that I wanted to be a teacher! During my senior year of high school, I volunteered working with children and that is when I realized that I loved working with young children. I think that children are so much fun and I love that all things are good in their worlds. I love dance and all types of music. I have a mini Australian Shepherd named blue, a super awesome husband named Brian, and a totally cool son named Brantley. I also love to camp and hang out with my dad. I recently started scrapbooking and I am obsessed with all things Disney!"

tori d, toddler teacher

Education: Early Childhood I & II; Adult/Pediatric CPR/AED & First Aid; SIDS Prevention; Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention; Child Abuse & Neglect Recognition & Prevention; numerous hours of additional professional development and training in Early Childhood Education.

 

Experience: Has worked with children ages 12 to 24 months. Joined the staff at Apple Ridge Academy in December, 2018.


“I work with children because every child deserves a chance to succeed in the world. The most important thing I love about my job is making the children laugh.

Outside of work, I paint and draw. My fiancé and I are very adventurous so we like to travel and go on hikes with our two dogs. Along with my dogs I have a bearded dragon!”

candi s, twos teacher

Education: Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education; Currently pursuing her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education; Early Childhood I & II; Infant/Toddler Certification; Adult/Pediatric CPR/AED & First Aid; SIDS Prevention; Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention; Child Abuse & Neglect Recognition & Prevention; numerous hours of additional professional development and training in Early Childhood Education.

 

Experience: Joined the Apple Ridge Academy teaching staff in New Berlin in September 2012, joined the Brookfield team in September 2016!

 

“I choose to work with children because I want to be a better parent to my own children. I feel like teaching gives me the opportunity to understand what children need, to be successful learners and to be happy. Not only do I get the opportunity to teach them but they teach ME something new every day. I love watching the children learn and interact with one another, because each child has their own interests and unique personalities. I love figuring out how to bring them all together is what excites me the most.  I spend my free time hanging out with my kids, playing, watching movies, going to the race track, or swimming when it’s warm outside. I have a dog names Buster and 2 frogs.”

christina h, preschool teacher

Education: Associates Degree in Early Childhood from MATC; Adult/Pediatric CPR/AED & First Aid; SIDS Prevention; Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention; Child Abuse & Neglect Recognition & Prevention; numerous hours of additional professional development and training in Early Childhood Education.

 

Experience: Worked as an assistant director and lead teacher in a daycare center for 5 years with all ages – mostly with 2 year-olds. Nannied for 5 years for 2 families with mixed ages of children. Joined the staff at ARA in November 2018.

"I chose to work with children because it is the only job I ever truly loved. I get to be a part of many “firsts” and I get to witness every step of their growth.

I am newly married; I have a nine year old stepdaughter, a brand new baby boy, two dogs, and a hamster.”  

lilly l, preschool teacher

Education: Early Childhood Education Teaching License (Alverno College); Bachelors of Science degree from Alverno College; Early Childhood Education I & II; SIDS Prevention; Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention; Adult/Pediatric CPR/AED & First Aid; Child Abuse & Neglect Recognition & Prevention; numerous hours of additional professional development and training in Early Childhood Education.

 

Experience: Has worked with children of various ages within several school districts, group childcare settings, and in church classes. Joined the teaching staff at Apple Ridge Academy in April 2015!

 

"For as long as I can remember, I have always loved working with children. My 2nd grade teacher inspired me to one day become a teacher! I love working with children because of their eagerness to learn. I find enjoyment in teaching them new things and helping them reach their goals! Family is very important to me! I spend most of my free time with my family. I also love dogs. I have a pit-bull named Belle!"

sharon o, preschool teacher

Education: Bachelors Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from University of Wisconsin, Madison; Early Childhood I & II; Fundamentals of Infant & Toddler Care; Adult/Pediatric CPR/AED & First Aid; SIDS Prevention; Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention; Child Abuse & Neglect Recognition & Prevention; numerous hours of additional professional development and training in Early Childhood Education.

 

Experience: Has worked with young children of varying ages and in various settings, including teaching assistant for 3-year-olds, nanny for children ages 3 to 7; Joined the staff at ARA in September 2018.

“I have had a heart for children for as long as I can remember. I love the way children find overwhelming bliss in the big things as much as the little things, and that they aren’t afraid of failure. Being able to foster growth, be a positive influence, and share in children’s pursuit of interests brings me so much joy!

I enjoy running, reading, being outdoors, and drinking coffee.”

hannah h, toddler teacher

Education: Degree in English Literature from University of Minnesota Twin Cities; Early Childhood I & II; Adult/Pediatric CPR/AED & First Aid; SIDS Prevention; Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention; Child Abuse & Neglect Recognition & Prevention; numerous hours of additional professional development and training in Early Childhood Education.

 

Experience: Joined the staff at ARA in May 2019.

“I chose to work with children because I deeply value education and more importantly, I want to make a difference. I love the enthusiasm and creativity that they bring every day, a constant reminder that not everything needs to be so heavy.

I spend a lot of time reading and researching areas of interest, such as gardening and cooking. Physical and mental wellness is very important to me; I practice yoga daily, live a vegan lifestyle, and spend as much time outside as I can (unplugged, of course!).”

mailee l, support staff

Education: Pursuing a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education at Alverno College; Early Childhood I & II; Adult/Pediatric CPR/AED & First Aid; SIDS Prevention; Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention; Child Abuse & Neglect Recognition & Prevention; numerous hours of additional professional development and training in Early Childhood Education.

 

Experience: Volunteered at Milwaukee Academy of Science, working with K4 students on literacy skills; Spent time working with elementary students at Milwaukee German Immersion School. Joined the staff at Apple Ridge Academy in March, 2018.

“As a kid, teachers were my second parents. They have helped me so much and this inspires me to become a teacher. I want to be able to help children and be a part of their success. I love to see children grow to be a good person and to do only good things for the community.

I like to be active which means I’m very into dancing and singing. When I’m with the children, I usually have them exercise with me, or dance!”  

vicky l, preschool support staff

emily b, preschool teacher

Education: Masters in English from Marquette University in Milwaukee; Bachelors Degree in English from St. Mary’s in San Antonio; Early Childhood I & II; Fundamentals of Infant & Toddler Care; Adult/Pediatric CPR/AED & First Aid; SIDS Prevention; Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention; Child Abuse & Neglect Recognition & Prevention; numerous hours of additional professional development and training in Early Childhood Education.

 

Experience: Has worked in various capacities with children ages 3 to 12 years, including Betty Brinn, and Waukesha County Museum. Joined the staff at ARA in October 2017.

“Education and learning are my passions. Children are by far the most excited age group when it comes to learning – they want to know everything! I love “lightbulb” moments and watching little ones connect the dots, figuratively and literally.

I am a huge animal-lover; My fiancé and I have 5 pets. I love to travel – Paris & Edinburgh are my favorite places; and I adore 19th-century literature.”

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andrea b, preschool teacher

Education: Early Childhood Education I & II; Infant & Toddler Certification; SIDS Prevention; Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention; Adult/Pediatric CPR/AED & First Aid; Child Abuse & Neglect Recognition & Prevention; numerous hours of additional professional development and training in Early Childhood Education.

 

Experience: Has worked with children of various ages in various child care settings for over 5 years. Joined the teaching staff at Apple Ridge Academy in February 2016!

"My favorite part about teaching is that 'learning moment.' The moment when it really clicks for a child and all of the hard work we put in really shows! To see a child so proud of something they did means the world to me. I love the honesty, kindness, and innocence of children. They are so wonderful! I have a two year old daughter, Teagan, and was just recently married this year!"

mary liz b, 4k teacher

Education: Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education (Cardinal Stritch University); Early Childhood Education I & II; Infant & Toddler Certification; SIDS Prevention; Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention; Adult/Pediatric CPR/AED & First Aid; Child Abuse & Neglect Recognition & Prevention; numerous hours of additional professional development and training in Early Childhood Education.

 

Experience: Has worked with children of various ages within the school district as well as group childcare settings. Joined the teaching staff at Apple Ridge Academy in March 2014!

 

"I chose to work with children because I love watching children grow from the beginning of the year to the end. Watching them come to school with certain skills and then leaving full of knowledge is amazing! I love teaching young children because they have such a passion to learn. I love teaching children their fine motor skills along with teaching them their life skills . I have a huge family! I have two loving parents and six brothers and two sisters. Our family is still growing, I also have two brother-in-laws and three sister-in-laws along with three nephews and a niece. I recently married my husband in August 2014 and am enjoying every minute of married life!"

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tiffany g, preschool teacher

Education: Bachelors Degree (University of Wisconsin- Whitewater) in Social Work and Psychology; Early Childhood Education I; SIDS Prevention; Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention; Adult/ Pediatric CPR/AED & First Aid; Child Abuse & Neglect Recognition & Prevention; numerous hours of additional professional development and training in Early Childhood Education.

 

Experience: Has volunteered in group childcare centers, Birth to 3 Programs, and a youth diversion program. Has worked with children of a variety of ages through these experiences. Joined the teaching staff at Apple Ridge Academy in February 2017!

 

"I love working with children because I love to make a difference in children's lives. I like that they question things as they learn and I really enjoy watching them grow as they discover new things! I love going to the movies, but I do not like chocolate or coffee!"

dawn h, cook + Infant Room Support

Education: State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services Division of Public Health Food Manager License; Successful completion of The Food Safety Manager Certification Examination; Building Relationships with Families Registered Training; National Nutrition Initiatives to Promote Wellness Among Children and Adults Training; WDPI Making Nutrition Come Alive; It’s Up to You Registered Training; WDPI Meal Production Registered Training; WDPI Food Allergies and Other Special Diets Registered Training; Adult/Pediatric CPR & AED & First Aid; SIDS Prevention; Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention; Child Abuse and Neglect Recognition & Prevention; Food Service Training. 

 

Experience: Has worked for over 7 years as a cook in an Early Childhood Center. Joined the staff at Apple Ridge Academy in April, 2014.   

 

“I love working with children because I love seeing all of their smiling faces and hearing them laugh and play! 

I have 2 children and 2 granddaughters, and one fur baby - our dog, Shelby; My husband Glen and I were married on Sept. 13, 2014.  We love camping, going for motorcycle rides, and I also enjoy reading and doing crafts.”

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Brookfield/Pewaukee

Carolyn Bell- center director

 

262.783.5437

new berlin

ashley Imme- center director

 

262.797.9883

Tammy Imme, Owner  tammy@appleridgeacademy.com

"My passion is Early Childhood Education, and Apple Ridge Academy is the realization of my dreams! I am always grateful for the opportunity to share in the growth and education of the children who became a part of our "family.”