The Apple Blossom room has three teachers, Allison Kristen and Joe. We believe all teachers are equally responsible for planning and carrying out a variety of developmentally appropriate activities as well as providing a safe and caring environment.
We believe that children learn the most through active learning experiences based in play. Children learn with the support of adults and their peers. Each area of our room is arranged with specific academic and social learning experiences in mind. These experiences provide a challenge for different skill and ability levels along with the opportunity for success on any level.
I am a graduate from Clarke University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education. I have worked within various K-12 schools while gaining experience with planned curriculum and instruction. I was raised in Black Earth and currently live in Mazomanie with my husband Josiah. I am look forward to getting to work alongside my team members to create an environment for the children that will allow them to grow!
Kristen, 4K Teacher
Welcome to the Apple Blossom Classroom! I have been a preschool and 4K teacher at The Learning Gardens since February 2012. I graduated from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. I love working with children and seeing the smiles on their faces as they discover new things in their environment. Every day we have new experiences and opportunities to question and challenge the world around us. Taking advantage of these unexpected teachable moments is one of my favorite parts of being a teacher. I believe that it is important to collaborate with families. I look forward to getting to know your family and I want to thank you in advance for allowing me to be a part of your child’s life!
Joe, 4K Unit Teacher
I have been working at The Learning Gardens since August of 2005. I was a float teacher until June of 2006, when I became the lead teacher in the Sweet Pea Room. I have been a teacher in the Apple Blossom Room since November 2009. I have a Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Development from Madison College. I previously worked at the V.A. Kids Center as a lead teacher in the preschool program for 5 years before coming to The Learning Gardens. I enjoy working with children because every day is a new adventure. I am looking forward to working with you and your children.
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