Nichole Genz, Executive Director

Welcome and thank you for visiting The Learning Garden’s website! My name is Nichole Genz and I am the Executive Director. I bring with me 20 fabulous years of experience working within the early childhood education field and various K-12 school systems. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary/Middle Education from Edgewood College and a minor in English & Speech Communication.  I am a lifelong learner and take pride in myself while maintaining my Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction teaching license in grades 1-9.

I have an amazing husband named Scott and together we share 5 children ranging in ages from high school to intermediate school!  We call Evansville, WI home and love living in a small community that offers all the perks of a close-knit city.

I adore coming to work every day! The children, families and staff are amazing. We support one another and are confident that we are the best quality early childhood school in Madison. I am so thrilled to be working in such an outstanding, loving and supportive environment.

Made by my son, Grant age 10.  It’s his digital drawing of The Learning Gardens.

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Hope Wakeley, Assistant Director

Hi, my name is Hope Wakeley! I am a mom of two beautiful little girls! My husband and I moved to Wisconsin from Oklahoma in the last year to be near family, I am originally from New Jersey. I am super excited to be a part of The Learning Gardens team! I have worked around children my whole life and I could not imagine being anywhere else. I have a Bachelor’s in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Scranton. I have traveled the world with the military and have seen children grow and learn in various settings and with each culture being extremely unique. I hope to be a great addition to the team! The Learning Gardens give children the opportunity to grow in so many ways. I love how they give children the chance to try new things out while at school such as swim, Spanish class, dance and so much more. I hope to meet all the great families that come to The Learning Gardens!

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Rachel Hess, School Coordinator

I graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work and from Grand Valley State University with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. I have over a years experience working within an accredited early childhood education center, several years of nanny experience and over eighteen years of experience being a foster sister.  I truly enjoy working with young children! They always are exploring, learning new skills and showing their love openly.  Plus, they all think I am a great singer! I live in Madison with my husband (David)  and pup (Rosie).  I cannot wait to meet your family and child!

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