Hope Oliver, Co-Director

Hi, my name is Hope Oliver! I am a mom of two beautiful little girls! 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 and currently enrolled in UW Plateville for my administration credential. I have traveled the world with the military and have seen children grow and learn in various settings and 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 various ways. I look forward to meeting each family that comes here.

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Rachel Hess, Co-Director

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 3 years of 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), son (Fritz),  and pup (Rosie).  I cannot wait to meet your family and child!

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 Mary Platt, School Coordinator                    

Hello Learning Gardens! My name is Mary and I graduated from Edgewood College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and Sociology.  I believe play based learning is imperative to a child’s intellectual and social growth.  I live in Middleton with my husband and cat (Rory) and I enjoy yoga and travel in my spare time!  I find The Learning Garden’s dedication to a child-centered curriculum inspiring and I look forward to growing along with our students!

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