Our Administrative Staff
Teresa Hoveland, Executive Director
Hello – I’m Teresa. I have a BS in Child and Family Studies from UW-Madison, and also an Administrator Credential from UW-Milwaukee. I’m at Level 15 on The Registry, and am also a Tier 3 Trainer. I’ve been a center director since 1995, and have worked in Wisconsin (majority of my career), Arizona, and California. I lived in Orange County, CA (between LA and San Diego) from October 2014-April of 2021 and worked for the University of California-Irvine as the director of the Infant Toddler Center. Previously I worked at Woods Hollow Children’s Center in Fitchburg for 12 years as the Executive Director, and was an administrator at Room To Grow Preschools in Madison for 7 years. Room To Grow was eventually sold and no longer exists. I used to teach kindergarten in the late 80’s/early 90’s. I moved back to Wisconsin in the spring 2021 to be near my family again. I have a 5 year old grandson who keeps me busy. I have 2 sisters and 3 brothers in the Madison area. I love music, Wisconsin sports (esp. football), hiking, and travel.
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Dr. Rob San Juan, Assistant Director
Dr. Robert R. San Juan aka “Dr. Rob” earned a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from UW-Madison and has spent 25 years working as an early childhood development professional. His career in the early care and education field has given him the opportunity to work with young children in various contexts: classroom teacher, school enrichment programs, research, intervention programs, and preschool administrator. His work has emphasized helping children develop resilience through prosocial, adaptive, and self-regulated social skills as a means to positive and productive relationships with both peers and adults – balancing individual need with a strong sense of community.
While working in the early childhood field, Dr. Rob discovered one of his other passions: photography. He began taking pictures of the many moments that occurred between the adults and young children working together, and he really enjoyed capturing the stories told through the photographs. This led to an eventual career pivot as a lifestyle portrait, event, and commercial photographer in the Madison area. Although he continues to do photography work, Rob made his return to the early childhood field by joining the teaching staff at the Learning Gardens in early 2019, and then moving into his assistant director role in Spring 2020. Rob has enjoyed becoming part of the TLG’s family and contributing to the welcoming environment that encourages and nurtures children’s learning through social relationships with others.
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Wendy Currie, School Coordinator
Hello, my name is Wendy Currie. I’ve been with The Learning Gardens since June 2015. I had taken a small break but I’m back for good. I’m married to my amazing husband, Scott, for 24 years. We have 2 grown boys. Kyle, who is going on 20, is also known as the Dragon Master. He has complete knowledge of red dragons. This man has helped mold me into the teacher I am today. Next, we have Austin who graduates this year. His next adventure is with the US Airforce where he has signed up for a 6-year enlistment. We are very proud of him.
I started in this field just on a part-time basis to earn a little extra money while I was home with our boys. I had no idea this career would become my passion. I’ve worn many hats through the years. I’ve worked with many age groups but have spent most of my time with one-year olds and 4K. Each age group has touched my heart; the one-year olds because of the many milestones in their development and the 4-5s for their energy for learning and excitement to be heading off to the big school for Kindergarten. These marvels keep me so young. I can’t image spending my days any other place than this school.
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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.
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