Our Administrative Staff

Michelle Santek, Interim Director

Hi TLG ! I am Michelle Santek, the interim director. I joined The Learning Gardens in January 2022. I began my journey in the Early Childhood Education field in 1998 as an assistant childcare teacher and a student at MATC in the ECE program. My experience includes running my own licensed family childcare, being a teacher, and being an enrollment coordinator. I have a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Public Administration. I am a Level 16 on the Wisconsin Registry.

I have a passion for high quality early childhood education. I have lived in Madison my entire life and have two daughters and one son.

P: (608) 238-6700 x 119


Caylyn Huffer-Kiesow, Administrative Assistant and Building Support

Hello! I went to MATC for Liberal Arts, with a focus on dance and childcare. I have been working with children since I started babysitting as a teen. I have over ten years of experience working in child care centers, mainly with infants and toddlers. In addition, I have spent time instructing children of all age groups in dance, physical education, and swimming, as well as time as a lifeguard at Oregon Pool.  I took some time away from the early care and education field in the banking world, but during that time  I realized that my true passion was working with children. As I worked myself back into the child care field, I eventually found my home at The Learning Gardens where I’ve worked since 2016. In my spare time when it’s nice outside you can find me kayaking, camping, biking or dancing with my friends. In the colder months I love to snuggle with my kitties and read great books in front of the fireplace.

P: (608) 238-6700 x102