Anne, Building Support & School Age Teacher
The Learning Gardens has been my second family since the spring of 2008! I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Elementary Education. I began working as a teacher in the Preschool Unit for several years and was an infant teacher as well. My son was born in 2015 and I spent two years at home with him and now it is my pleasure to be returning back part-time helping throughout the building. However, I did not come alone because now I am a teacher and a parent to child attending The Learning Gardens. My husband, Matt and I are grateful for the continued support we have received from everyone within The Learning Gardens community. There is true gratification when your own child is receiving the care that you and your co-workers take so much pride in giving day in and day out.
Brittany, Building Support Teacher
Hello! My name is Brittany and I am a Building Support Teacher at The Learning Gardens. I like that we offer Spanish and music to all of the children. I think it’s important for children to be able to learn another language at such a young age and be able to explore their creativity through music. I’m a very friendly and fun individual. Over the years, I have worked with kids since I was a kid myself. I love being outside, thinking of fun and creative new ways to learn. Additionally, I’m in the National Guard.
“Everybody is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by it’s ability to climb a tree, it will spend it’s whole life believing it is stupid” -Albert Einstien
Rob, Building Support Teacher
Dr. Robert R San Juan aka “Dr. Rob” earned a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from the UW-Madison, and spent 20 years working as an early childhood development professional. His career in the early care and education field gave him the opportunity to work with young children in various contexts: classroom teacher, school enrichment programs, research, intervention programs, and preschool administrator. The theme across his work in the field 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.
During this part of his professional career, 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 other photography work, and eventually career pivot the last few years doing freelance work as a lifestyle portrait, event, and commercial photographer in the Madison area. Dr. Rob is excited about returning to the early childhood field through joining the teaching staff at the Learning Gardens. In particular, he looks forward to becoming part of the school’s family, and contributing to the welcoming environment that encourages and nurtures children’s learning through social relationships with others.
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?…I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” – Dr. Seuss