The Sunflower Room

To learn, a child must be able to play. By allowing a child to interact with items in their environment through play, the child will discover their environment on a personal level.  This will create an atmosphere of learning that will span the disciplines that will be needed in the future to become a productive person in life.  Through play a child learns math, science, vocabulary, social skill, cause and effect, as well as small muscle and large muscle development and cognitive skills.


Naomi, Sunflower Teacher

Hello! My name is Ms. Naomi, but most people under 5 years of age call me “Ms. Omi”. I’m delighted to get to know you and your family. I started at The Learning Gardens in January 2019, after taking a year sabbatical after 18 years in early childhood, combined with 14 years of creative artistry and corporate education in the beauty industry for a global company. I have training and experience in multiple age groups, most recently completing the Registry Preschool Credential, an 18-credit credential through UW- Platteville, and WMELS-Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards. I plan on continuing my training with an emphasis in Community Engagement and Education, as well as Adult Education Policy with an Early Childhood Education focus. Thus, I bring a long-term commitment to education as a lifestyle and championing quality Early Childhood Education for children, their families, and among the staff who provide their daily environment. I’m thrilled to get to know your little ones, meet their needs, and discover their ever growing world with them.

I’m originally from the Middleton area, and when I’m not at The Learning Gardens, you might find me spending time with my daughter; checking out all the Madison area has to offer such as Opera in the Park, the Farmer’s Market, Middleton’s great nature preserves and trails; reading; or exploring new and exciting studies on education, science, and more.


Sarah, Sunflowers Teacher

Hi I’m Sarah, in 2021, I moved from the east coast where my husband was stationed in the Navy and where I went to Old Dominion University In Norfolk Virginia and majored in Psychology! I enjoy reading about children’s mental health and, taking my Boston terrier on walks in the evening. My husband and I are expecting our first baby this February. I enjoy yoga, rock collecting, and teaching others about coping skills and how to use them to better their lives and express their feelings. I love that The Learning Gardens has such a fun creative art, music, and reading program for the little ones. I look forward to working with your kids and hope to have a fantastic summer and school year!

Favorite quote: “you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think” – Christopher Robin