Building Support Teachers

Our Building Support Teachers

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 a 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.

Jenna, Building Support Teacher

Hello!  My name is Jenna and I have been with The Learning Gardens since September 2023.  I am so excited to be a part of your children’s journey at The Learning Gardens.

I love working with kids because it is so exciting and rewarding.  I believe children learn best through hands-on learning in an environment that is stimulating to all the senses.  I am passionate about helping children discover their strengths and passions.  I am a level 12 on the Wisconsin Registry and hold a Bachelors of Art degree in Sociology from UW-Whitewater.

I have lived in Madison, WI my entire life.  I have 3 cats and in my spare time, I like to read page-turning books and drink delicious lattes.

Favorite Quote:

“Happiness is only real when shared.”  Christophe McCandless Into the Wild

Faith, Building Support and Art Enrichment Teacher

Hi! My name is Faith Bump and I have been at The Learning Gardens since March 2023. I love working with kids because you get to laugh and play everyday, and be silly. I have worked for over 5 years in centers with children from infants to older (elementary-aged) children. I have a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts (drawing and painting) from UW-Madison. In my spare time, I enjoy doing art, hanging out with friends, and reading.

One of my favorite quotes is “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. -Ghandi

Flynn, Building Support Teacher

Hello!  My name is Flynn and I have been working with The Learning Gardens since March 2024.  I love working with kids because they are inquisitive.  I believe children learn best through play and socialization.  I have worked in Early Childhood Education field since 2014.  I have worked with kids from newborns to 18 years of age.  I hold a bachelor’s degree in Education and Sociology from Bennington College.

I grew up in New Jersey and have lived in Madison since March 2024.  In my spare time, I like to trail run. Some of my past work experience includes being a pediatric and inpatient program mentor, reading mentor, and child life volunteer.

 

Nikki, Building Support Teacher

Hello!  My name is Nikki and I have been working with The Learning Gardens since March 2024.  I love working with kids because I want the kids to have a wonderful experience and have a sense of community.  I believe children learn best through Kinesthetics (hands on experience). I am passionate about including everyone and being reassured.

I hold an associate’s degree from Madison Area Technical College.  I grew up in Puebla, Mexico.  I have lived in Madison since 2011.  I have a turtle and a dog.  In my spare time, I like to make huichol art which is beaded jewelry.  I speak both English and Spanish.

Favorite Quote: “You are too concerned with what was and what will be.  There’s a saying; Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery but today is a gift.  That is why it is called the present.”  – Master Oogway

 

Annika, Building Support Teacher

Hello, my name is Annika Becker and I have been with The Learning Gardens since September of 2023. I love working with kids because you are always learning, and I believe children learn best through play and through demonstration. I am passionate about children learning and growing.

I have worked in the Early Childhood Education field since 2017 and I have worked with infants up to four years old.  I am a Level 2 on the Wisconsin Registry.  I grew up in Blanchardville, Wisconsin.  I have lived in Madison since August of 2022.  I have a pet lizard. In my spare time, I like to cook, do puzzles, and go on trips. My past experience includes nannying and babysitting as well as working at other childcare centers.

I am excited to learn more and get to know everyone. My favorite quote is “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” by Wayne Dyer.

 

Andres, Building Support and Spanish Enrichment Teacher

Hello! My name is Andres and I have been at The Learning Gardens since October of 2023. I enjoy working with kids because they bring a lot of joy to the world. I believe children learn best through play and a stimulating environment. I am passionate about inspiring self-esteem and confidence in children.

I have worked in the Early Childhood Education field since 2019 and I have been working with children aged 4 through 13. I am a level 2 on the Wisconsin Registry and hold a degree in Fitness and Recreation Management from Madison Area Technical College. I speak both English and Spanish.

I grew up in Madison and I’ve been here since I was born. In my spare time, I like to spend time outdoors.  Besides working in childcare centers, I have also worked for the YMCA and MSCR.

 

 

 

Breana, Building Support Teacher

Hello! My name is Breana Green and I have been with The Learning Gardens since March, 2024.  I love working with kids because I enjoy helping kids to aim high and become who they are meant to be.  I believe children learn best through a calm and individualized environment.  In my past experience, I have worked with infants to age 12.  I am passionate about becoming the best version of me and making a difference.

I grew up in Madison and have three young children.  I have a certification in mind behavior and biology for psychology.  In my spare time, I like to read, paint, draw, walk in nature, go bowling, etc.

My favorite quote is “She did her best, and God did the rest.” — Hattie McDaniel

 

Mya, Building Support Teacher

Hello!  My name is Mya and I have been working at The Learning Gardens since April, 2024.  I love working with kids because as child care providers, we teach them fundamentals they take with them.  I believe children learn best through communication in a safe environment that they feel included in.  I am passionate about helping people have good days and by giving out good energy.

I have worked in the Early Childhood Education Field since 2018.  I have worked with infants and children up to 9 years old.  I hold an Early Childhood Education degree from UW-Milwaukee.  I started working with MSCR when I was 14 and eventually worked my way up.  Now I have been doing childcare since college.

I grew up in Madison.  In my spare time, I like to listen to music, travel, try new foods, and hike.

My favorite quote is “Walk by faith, no by sight.”  – II Corinthians 5:7 NKJV

Amanda, Building Support Teacher

Hello!  My name is Amanda and I have been working at The Learning Gardens since April, 2024.  I love working with kids because they are fun!  I believe children learn best through play and by example.  I am passionate about creating a safe and nurturing environment for all children.

I have worked in the Early Childhood Education Field since 2021.  I have worked with 6 week olds up to 1 1/2 years old.  I am a Level 12 on the Wisconsin Registry.  I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Consumer and Family Studies from Colorado State University.

I grew up in Illinois and Colorado.  I have lived in Madison since 2014.  I have a wonderful young son as well as two cats (Mitsy and Ruby).  In my spare time, I like to shop, watch Reality TV, and spend time with family.

Favorite Quote:  “Smile a lot.  It costs nothing and is beyond price.” by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

 

Taylor, Building Support Teacher

Hello!  My name is Taylor and I have been working at The Learning Gardens since May, 2024.  I love working with kids because regardless of what is going on they are always wanting and welcoming of accepting love and care.  They also bring smiles and joy.  I believe children learn best through play. I am passionate about family, school, and my career.

I have worked in the Early Childhood Education Field since 2019.  I was an at home nanny for five years in Florida along with voluntering in schools. I have worked with 6 week olds up to 2 years olds.  I am a Level 3 on the Wisconsin Registry.  I am working on an Early Childhood Education and Human Services degree from North Central Technical College.

I grew up in Madison/Sun Prairie area and moved to Wausau for high school.  I moved back to Madison in April of 2024.  I am married and have a young daughter.  In my spare time, I like to spend a lot of time outside doing stuff with my family.

I am looking forward to learning and growing with each child and family.