Patricia Bump, Executive Director

Hi TLG ! I am Patricia Bump and I have been at The Learning Gardens since November, 2022.  I have worked in Childhood Education for over 25 years working with children ages 6 weeks to 18 years of age.  I am a level 14 on the Wisconsin Registry.  I hold a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

I grew up in Antigo Wisconsin and I have lived in Madison since 1986.  I have 3 grown children.  I also have 2 cats and a dog.

In my spare time, I like to read, walk, and spend time with family and friends.

My favorite quote is “People will never rise above the opinion of themselves.

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Abby von Ruden,  Assistant Director

Hi! My name is Abby von Ruden and I have been with The Learning Gardens since May, 2023. I have my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Madison College and have worked in the Early Childhood field since 2013.

In my free time, I love to spend time with my son and our dog Corky. I enjoy reading and listening to music. I look forward to working with all the families here at The Learning Gardens!

My favorite quote is: “Teaching is not about answering questions but raising questions- opening doors for them in places they could not imagine.” Yawar Baig

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Josh Cole, Office Administrator

Hello! My name is Josh and I have been with The Learning Gardens since 2024.  I love working with kids because their personalities bring me joy.  I believe children learn best through activities.  

I grew up in California, Florida, and Japan.  I have lived in Madison since 2015.  I have two pets – a dog named Saku and a cat named Michiko.  

I am passionate about Accounting.  In my spare time, I like to work on my house, play with my animals, and spend time with friends.

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