new berlin infant, toddler, and twos teachers

marisa v, infant teacher

Education: Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education, with Minor in Spanish from UW-Green Bay; 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: Been in the ECE field for 10 years, with ages 0 – 5; most recently with Infants.  Joined the staff at Apple Ridge in September of 2019.   

 

“I’ve loved caring for children since I was very young. Their curiosity and sense of wonder elicit a type of joy we tend to lose as we get older. Working with children encourages me to live a life filled with joy, wonder and curiosity, and to love others well.

My husband and I have been married since August 2013. We have 2 Boston terriers named Olive and Clementine. In my free time I love to cook and experiment with recipes and techniques.”

kristi f, infant teacher

Education: Bachelors Degree in Education from University of Nebraska – Lincoln, with a focus on Inclusive Early Childhood Education; 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 in campus childcare center for 4 years during college, with infants and preschool age children; Joined the staff at ARA in May 2019.

I have always had a passion for helping others. I choose to work with children because I love seeing how they grown and change over time. Knowing I helped with that growth brings me joy!

I grew up in a small town in Nebraska but am excited to now be a resident of Wisconsin, and be able to spend more time with my boyfriend. I also have two young nieces that I enjoy spending time with.    

kimmi s, infant teacher

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

Experience: Has worked in Early Childhood Education since 2007 with all ages of children. Joined the teaching staff of Apple Ridge Academy in August 2017.

 

“I come from a big family, and ever since I can remember, I’ve wanted to work with children! I love the fact that I can watch children grow and help them learn on a day-to-day basis.

 

I live in Tichigan with my husband of 5 years, our 2 daughters, Cabella (4) and Chloe (3), my mom, brother, and our dog Bullet. I love my family and can’t wait to expand it in the future!”

jacklyn k, support staff

Education: Early Childhood I & II; Infant and Toddler Certification and Lead Teacher Certificate. Working toward Associates Degree in Human Services; 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: Jacklyn began here at Apple Ridge Academy, after graduating high school, and has been with us since June of 2017!  

 

“I’ve loved children since I was little! I love watching them grown and learn new things. I also enjoy helping them learn new things and see them get excited.

I enjoy camping but not in a tent. I love animals – especially cats, as I have 2. Trying new things is what I love to do as well. I also can’t wait to travel!”

makayla s, support staff

Education: Pursuing Early Childhood Education degree from UW-Green Bay; Infant/Toddler Certificate; Assistant Teaching Certificate; 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: Makayla is beginning her career in childcare here at Apple Ridge Academy! She joined the staff in October, 2020.

lisa b, toddler teacher

Education: Bachelors Degree in Creative Writing from Mount Mary College; EC1&2 from WCTC; Infant/Toddler Credential; 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: Lisa has been in the EC field since 1999, and has worked with children of all ages, from infant to school age. Joined the staff at ARA in May, 2014. 

"My husband Mike and I have been married since 2000. We have 3 children: Alex(2004), Catherine(2013), and William(2019). I enjoy reading, scrapbooking, going to concerts and travel - especially to Disney! We live in Muskego."

maddie o, toddler teacher

Education: Early Childhood I & II; Infant and 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: 2 years of experience in childcare settings, with ages 6 weeks through 13 years.  2 years as Infant/Toddler assistant. Joined Apple Ridge in November, 2016.

 

“I love working with children because it is such a positive environment. What I like most is being a part of, and being present for a child achieving a new goal, or learning something new. I love being outdoors, doing art/creative projects, and being active, as well as spending time with my family.”

lyndsey j, toddler teacher

Education: Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from WCTC; 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: 5 years of experience in the early childhood field; Joined the staff at Apple Ridge Academy in November 2019.   

 

“I chose to work with children because it’s something that I’m naturally good at and very much enjoy. The best thing about working with children is their unpredictability. Each day is different from the last!

My husband and I have been married for seven years, and we have three children. Knox, almost 6; Yorke, almost 3; and Harlow, almost 1. Our house is always busy, especially with our dog Henry and our cat, Ralphy. When I have time to myself, I read anything I can get my hands on!”

jackie w, toddler teacher

Education: Attended Milwaukee Area Technical College and US- Milwaukee, where I earned an associates degree in Teacher Education; Fundamentals of Infants & Toddlers. 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: 5 Years working in a Childcare setting, with all ages, but main focus on 3 year olds and younger. Joined the teaching staff at Apple Ridge Academy in March 2015.

 

“I’ve always had a passion for working with children. I love watching them grow and learn new things. The happiness they get out of learning something new that I taught them melts my heart. And I love singing! I love my job! I love spending time with my family and my one year old puppy Marley.”

miranda b, toddler teacher

Education: Fundamentals of Infants and Toddlers course; 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: Besides being a nanny, Miranda has worked in the Early Childhood field for 10+ years, most experience being with infants and toddlers. Joined the staff at ARA in June, 2020. 

"Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter - who attends Apple Ridge Academy! We like to take walks and be outdoors, working in our veggie garden in summer, or sledding in the winter. I'm a big reader - on rainy days I love to curl up with a book. My daughter seems to also enjoy stories."

sam l, toddler teacher

Education: Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education (UW-Whitewater); Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education (Waukesha County Technical College); Early Childhood Education 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: Taught in Early Childhood classrooms with many varieties of ages. Joined the teaching staff at Apple Ridge Academy in September 2012!

"Some of my favorite things when working with children are helping them to learn through play. I enjoy getting to know all the different personalities and creating bonds with all the children! During my spare time I love taking family trips camping and fishing and sharing quality time with my entire family and all of our friends!"

mara a, twos teacher

Education: Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Providence College, RI; Infant/Toddler Credential; Administrator Credential; 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: Employed for over 14 years in the childcare field; One of our ‘founding’ staff members, Mara joined Apple Ridge Academy in January, 2010!  

 

“I first discovered my passion for working with young children after my experience working as a youth coach/mentor in high school. I found the children to be curious and eager to learn as well as genuine and joyful. I strive to provide each child with the unconditional love that they offer and to see the world through the eyes of the children!

In my free time, I enjoy being in the outdoors walking my dog, Bella, riding my bike, hiking and camping with friends and family, and working in my yard. I also enjoy reading true stories of survival and watching true crime shows!”

meghan a, twos teacher

Education: Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, with minors in Early Childhood and Music. 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: Meghan has been a teacher for 15 years! Joined the staff at Apple Ridge Academy in November 2019.  

 

“I’ve always known I wanted to be a teacher. I’ve always loved working with children, especially when I see them learning and growing in my care. Watching them develop into kind, caring individuals is the best ever!

I love Broadway shows. My favorite Broadway stars are Idinia Menzel, Jessi Mueller, and Ben Platt. I’m obsessed with Disney and can’t wait to take my son someday! I also love home décor/renovations.”

kate w, twos teacher

Education: Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of Florida; 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: Kate has numerous volunteer hours in children’s ministry as a teenager; and 1 year of experience as an assistant teacher in a 2 year old classroom. She joined the staff at Apple Ridge Academy in September 2020.  

“I’ve always found it to be a very life-giving priority in life to work with children. I believe we have a responsibility to help children develop. I love teaching kids and also learning from them.

I love all kinds of arts and crafts. I’ve recently gotten into painting canvases. All things athletic are very fun for me as well!”

missy k, support staff

Education: Early Childhood I & II; Infant Development; 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: 10 years of experience, working with children. Operated an in-home daycare for several years, for children ages infant through school age. Has worked with infants, toddlers, and 3 year olds in group child care setting.  Joined the teaching staff at Apple Ridge Academy in August 2015.

 

“I love doing something that makes a difference. It’s constantly changing and different every day. The best part of working with children is seeing them experience new things and smiling. I am married and have two wonderful daughters, Megan (22 years old) and Jaclyn (17 years old). I also have 2 cats, Snickers and Smudge. I love to go camping, see movies and go shopping!”

samantha m, support staff

Education: EC1; 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: Samantha has 5 years experience in an early childhood setting, working with all ages; She joined the staff at Apple Ridge Academy in August 2020.  

 

"Ever since I was young and became a sister, I’ve loved children. I love seeing them learn new things, and become their own person. One of my favorite parts is the connections you make with them.

I love spending time with my family. I have a 2 year old daughter and 3 cats. I enjoy planting, reading, and traveling.”

brooke c, jr preschool teacher

Education: Associates Degree in Early Childhood from Rasmussen 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: Has worked in the Early Childhood field for over 5 years, in group childcare settings. Has worked with a variety of age groups; but prefers 2’s! Joined the teaching staff at Apple Ridge Academy in December of 2017.

 

“I have always been passionate about working with children. I love to teach them new things, do art projects, and circle time with them. I love watching them grown and develop each in their own ways, to become well-rounded individuals!

I love to dance. I am in an adult dance class at Dance Defined Studio. In my free time, I like to shop, go see movies, and spend time with friends, family, and my fiancé. I have a cat named Bella.”

linda g, jr preschool teacher

Education: Bachelor of Arts in English; Administrators Credential; Fundamentals of Infant & Toddler Care; WI Model Early Learning Standards, skills & strategies; 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 group childcare settings for over 20 years with ages birth to 5 years; Joined the staff at ARA in November 2018.

I have a genuine love, respect and awe of children and their development!

I’m married for 27+ years, and have 3 children, a son-in-law, a dog, and a grand-dog! I love to sing, go to theater and movies, go boating, snowmobiling; I also enjoy church activities and family time.  

sam g, preschool teacher

Education: Bachelors Degree in Social Work from UW-Stevens Point; 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: Been in the ECE field for 4 years.  Samantha joined the staff at Apple Ridge in October 2020.   

“I have worked with children, older adults, children with disabilities, and adults with disabilities. I chose to come back to child care because I love helping children grow and learn. The innocence and excited nature of children make working with kids fun.

I have 2 children with my wonderful husband. They are 3 and 5, and make every day an exciting adventure. I love crafting, playing volleyball, hiking, and doing just about anything with my family.”

jackie j - preschool teacher

Education: Associates degree in Early Childhood from Waukesha Technical College; Currently pursuing Elementary Education degree at Lakeland University; 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 group childcare settings for over 7 years; Joined the staff at ARA in May 2018.

 

 For me, choosing a career path in early childhood education has been the most rewarding and meaningful choice. As an early childhood educator, I can shape a child’s future by helping them grow and develop through the years. I enjoy working with children and making a difference in their early education.

In my free time I enjoy scrapbooking, eating out, and hanging out with family and friends.

jaymee b, preschool teacher

Education: Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Illinois State University; with emphasis in Psychology and Children’s Studies; Currently pursuing teacher license for Early Childhood Education; 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: Been in the ECE field for more than 3 years, with K-5th Grade; Previously a teacher assistant in Milwaukee Public Schools. Jaymee joined the staff at Apple Ridge in January of 2017.   

alley p, preschool teacher

Education: Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education; Wisconsin Childcare Administrators Credential; 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: Alley has over 13 years experience in the Early Childhood field. She joined the staff at Apple Ridge Academy in January 2020.  

“I’ve always loved caring for children. One of my biggest goals in life was to become a mom. I feel that it’s true when they say that ‘children teach you what life is all about’. I love the confidence that children gain from trying or learning something new! As a teacher, I want to give children the confidence to believe they can do anything they set their mind to.

I have been married to my husband Brian for 3 years and we have a son and a daughter. We love the outdoors and experiencing new things as a family. The Northwoods is one of our favorite places to visit.”

kerry l, 4K 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 age birth to 12 years for over 20 years! Joined the staff at ARA in July 2019.

Working with children is both a positive and rewarding experience. To me, watching a child achieve a goal or experience something new is so rewarding! I also love how children give back to us without even knowing. Children make the world go ‘round in my eyes!

In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors with my family. I also enjoy watching my children playing sports.   

marcus s, school age 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: 3+ years experience in the Early Childhood field, with ages Toddler and older. Marcus joined the staff at Apple Ridge Academy in January 2020.  

“Children bring so much happiness, most of the time! Plus, the early years in their lives are very important, and I love that I can be a part of it.

I am a competitive bodybuilder; I have 2 dogs (Arya & Khaleesi); and I recently moved to the Milwaukee area.”

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andi w, 4k teacher

Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Development with minors in German and 2D art; 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: 3 years in professional preschool/4K setting; Over 10 years babysitting and as nanny. Joined the teaching staff Apple Ridge Academy in January 2013!

 

“I like making bonds with children by creating environments that are safe and inviting. I love to watch them grown and develop friendships, all while discovering their own unique interests. I am the middle child in a family of 3 kids. I’m very interested in Art History. My favorite place to be is near water – boating or relaxing at the beach. I speak German semi-fluently. Early childhood is my passion.” 

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amanda d, support staff

Education: Child Development Associate Certificate from Ellis University; Early Childhood I & II; Infant and 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: 7 years in childcare centers. 6 years as nanny for 3 young children. Joined the teaching staff at Apple Ridge Academy in October of 2012.

 

“I always wanted to become a teacher, since I was little. After working in the childcare field, I found that I really enjoy the early childhood age group and decided to stick with doing what I love! I love relaxing at home and going to local events with my family. I have an 11 year old son and a 3 month old daughter.”

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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.”