Our classroom is led by two teachers, Lisa and Michele.  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 also have a classroom volunteer teacher named, Leigh.

We believe that children learn by actively engaging in activities and by exploring their surroundings. The Sunshine Room provides a variety of experiences each day that will allow your child to develop their senses, imaginations, and increase their knowledge and understanding of the world. Because of the specific age group, our activities are planned to allow for various stages of development.


Lisa Schaefer-SunshinesLisa, 4K Teacher

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and an emphasis in Early Childhood Education.

I live in Mt. Horeb with my husband, Mike and our children Ashlee and Alex. I look forward to getting to know you and hope we can work together to make your child’s experience in our classroom a success!



Michele, 4K Unit Teacher

I have been in the early childhood field since 2001 and received my Child Development Associate Credential in 2007. I am currently working towards an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education.  I have worked with all age groups, but my heart is with Preschool aged children.

I currently live in Madison with my two children. My daughter Ava is 8 and son Tucker is 5. I am very excited to have the opportunity to be a part of your child’s life.

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14322512_10210716153922219_6457869700148803295_nLeigh, Sunshine Volunteer

Leigh has been a volunteer at The Learning Gardens since 2010!  She loves to visit in the Sunshine classroom during the late morning hours each week.  Leigh enjoys going on nature walks, arts and crafts and participating in JumpBunch. She is a big help in the classroom as she assists the children in their daily tasks. She also likes to be a helping the kitchen with Chef Julie!