Building Support Teachers


The Learning Gardens has been my second family since the spring of 2008!  I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Elementary Education.  I  began working as a teacher in the Preschool Unit for several years and was an infant teacher as well.  My son was born in 2015 and  I spent two years at home with him and now it is my pleasure to be returning back part-time helping throughout the building.  However, I did not come alone because now I am a teacher and a parent to child attending The Learning Gardens. My husband, Matt and I are grateful for the continued support we have received from everyone within The Learning Gardens community.  There is true gratification when your own child is receiving the care that you and your co-workers take so much pride in giving day in and day out. 

Olivia Tedford-Building SupportOlivia

I have worked at the Learning Gardens since November, 2014. I graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in May of 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Spanish.  I also earned my early childhood certification through the State of Wisconsin in 2015.  From July 2012 to July 2013 I worked in a small town in Chile as an English teacher. I particularly enjoyed working with the younger children because I planned fun and creative activities that sparked interest in learning English. As a teacher, it is always my goal to create a fun and open atmosphere that facilitates learning. I live in Madison with my adorable cat, Tobias and my hyper dog, Maeby. I love exercising, yoga, hiking and being in nature. I also enjoy spending time with my family who also live in Madison. Traveling and experiencing different cultures, even within the US is always enjoyable. I am also an avid reader, Netflix watcher and tea drinker.



Our first summer staff member is Peyton Sherry. Peyton recently graduated from Kickapoo High School and is attending UW-Oshkosh in the fall. Peyton is a local track and field star! He enjoys fitness, being active and engaging with people. Peyton is a true kid at heart and children seem to gravitate toward him. Peyton will spend most of his time this summer working with the Summer Camp children, but will also be floating among the other classrooms as well. Peyton is Taylor Sherry’s (returning Summer Camp Teacher) younger brother. Welcome to TLG Peyton!


Hello! My name is Maritza and I am excited to be working at The Learning Gardens as a full-time Younger Toddler Unit Teacher. I’ve always enjoyed taking care of children; even when I was younger, I would take care of my cousins and siblings. My favorite things to do in my spare time including babysitting, reading and writing. My favorite part about The Learning Gardens is the teachers.   It is evident that everyone has a joy for teaching and loves children.

 I am a huge advocate for children and believe that self-expression is the foundation to all growth.  

“Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work. 


Hello! My name is Becky and I’m very excited to meet your family.  I attained a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Social Work with a Child Advocacy minor from Winona State University in Minnesota.  Shortly after, I moved to Madison because I love the city and culture! An interesting fact about me is that I was born and raised in 3 different countries in Europe (Serbia, Hungary and Macedonia) until the age of 14 when my family moved to Minnesota. It was quite the adjustment, but makes connecting and communicating with children and adults from different cultures all the more easier.  In my free time I love to be with my friends, walk through the zoo, and play the piano!

I am so excited to get to know every child here, and help them learn and grow at such an imperative stage of development. Almost all of my work throughout my life has been focused on supporting kids, and I know that I can bring my skills to the Learning Gardens to make an impact in the lives of the children and families we serve.