new berlin infant, toddler, and twos teachers

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.”

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.    

gabriella h, infant teacher

Education: Bachelors Degree in Business and Merchandising from UW Stout; 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 March 2019.

I love children. It’s rewarding to watch and help them grow and learn. I love that it’s a positive and challenging environment and that every day is different. I love to work as a team and develop relationships with the children and my co-workers.

I love to learn and be challenged. I have many interests, I love the outdoors, projects of any kind, and anything new and exciting!   

jaclyn k, infant teacher

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!”

miranda b, toddler teacher

Education: Currently pursuing an Associates degree in Early Childhood from Moraine Park Technical College; 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 as a nanny, and in group childcare as a lead toddler teacher; Joined the staff at ARA in June of 2019.

I always knew from a young age I was going to work with children. I enjoy getting to inspire and help them grow into wonderful adults!

I have two lizards, a spotted leopard gecko, and a bearded dragon. In my free time, I enjoy hiking and swimming with family and friends.

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.”

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.”

missy k, toddler teacher

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!”

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!"

Brooke C, twos 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, twos 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.  

kimmi s, preschool 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!”

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.

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.   

rhiannon g, after school teacher

Education: Introduction to Childcare; Skills & Strategies for The Childcare Teacher; 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 March 2019.

I love children! They make every day so bright for me, and I learn a lot from them as I’m teaching.

I own 6 pets: 4 rats, 1 ferret, and 1 dog. I’m an artist and even make my own costumes! I go to conventions frequently and love meeting all sorts of people there!  

kasey k, support staff

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: Joined the staff at ARA in March 2019.

I chose to work with children because they are honest and free!

My fiancé and I have a service dog in training.   

candy c, support staff

Education: Currently pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design; 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 February 2019.

I chose to work with kids because ages 0 to 6 are my favorite age group; Ever since I was about 6, I’ve wanted to be a teacher. What I like most about teaching is seeing the excitement in the kids’ faces whenever they’re in a learning activity.

I have one cat named Mufasa and my interests/hobbies include reading, weaving, and working out.  

julie s, substitute teacher

Education: Bachelor of Science degree from Winona State University in Teaching in Regular Education, with an emphasis in Early Childhood and Special Education: Learning Disabilities; 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 experience with ages Infant through 4K; Worked at an in-home daycare for 4 years with children 3 months – 12 years of age. Joined the staff at ARA in June of 2019.

 Children have been a part of my life since I was young, especially when I became a big sister. I’ve had many opportunities in my life to work with children, and I like how fun, creative, and imaginative children can be.

In my free time, I love to run, read, and try new things!

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heather w, preschool teacher

Education: Pursuing a degree in Early Childhood; 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 been in the Early Childhood field for 9 years, working with infant through school aged children. Joined the teaching staff at Apple Ridge Academy in September 2012.

 

“I choose to work with children because they have a special place in my heart. Watching them learn and grow gives me inspiration to teach! I enjoy spending time with my family. I have a husband and 2 kids. My hobbies are crafting, reading, cooking, and going to the movies.”

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.” 

erica c, support staff

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Social Work 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: Over 10 years of experience in the early childhood field; Babysitting, co-op teaching, nanny, and toddler and preschool ages in various classrooms. Joined the teaching staff at Apple Ridge Academy in August 2016.

 

“I enjoy working with children because I love to help them learn and grow. Seeing them light up when they’ve accomplished anew skill is extremely rewarding. I am amazed at how children develop. I love spending time with my husband. We spent one year in Arizona recently, where we got to explore its beauty. I love to cook, take my little sister shopping, and go camping with family and friends in Wisconsin Dells.” 

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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.”

becky e, Kitchen Manager

Education: Higher education from the Institute of Banca in Ponce, Puerto Rico; 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 & Administration.

 

Experience: Over 15 years of experience working with children in a school setting. Joined the teaching staff at Apple Ridge Academy in October 2015! 

 

“I love that no single day working with children is the same! I learn from the children I’m working with every day. Endless energy and creativity! Children motivate me to be a better person, too. Helping children and their families is the most rewarding job I can think of! I think about the progress that the children are continuously making and it brings such a huge smile to my face! I am married and have 2 beautiful girls that I am so proud of! I love to workout and run outside when the weather is nice. I have 2 dogs that love to play outside! I really enjoy watching all types of movies and whenever I have the chance I love to go out to eat for pizza!”

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ashley Imme- center director

 

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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.”