Our classroom is led by two teachers, Lisa and Michele.  We believe all teachers are equally responsible for planning and carrying out a variety of developmentally appropriate activities as well as providing a safe and caring environment.  We also have a classroom volunteer teacher named, Leigh.

We believe that children learn by actively engaging in activities and by exploring their surroundings. The Sunshine Room provides a variety of experiences each day that will allow your child to develop their senses, imaginations, and increase their knowledge and understanding of the world. Because of the specific age group, our activities are planned to allow for various stages of development.

Lisa Schaefer-SunshinesLisa, 4K Teacher

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and an emphasis in Early Childhood Education.

I live in Mt. Horeb with my husband, Mike and our children Ashlee and Alex. I look forward to getting to know you and hope we can work together to make your child’s experience in our classroom a success!

Stephanie, 4K Teacher

Hello, my name is Stephanie. I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I have been working with students for five years in the classroom and as a history tour guide at the Wisconsin Historical Museum for school groups. I am passionate about early childhood education because I believe it creates the foundation of a student’s future academic success. I appreciate the positive and welcoming environment that The Learning Gardens provides, and I am very excited to join the staff and get back into the classroom. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and working on DIY crafts and projects.

Favorite Education quote: “The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth” -John F. Kennedy

Lindsey, 4K Teacher

My name is Lindsey and I am thrilled to be teaching 4K at The Learning Gardens! I have worked with children in several different settings for the past 10 years but what really drew me into this school are all of the enrichment classes that it offers including Spanish, dance and choreography, yoga, sports and fitness, and music! I have my degree in Elementary Education from UW-Madison as well as my Wisconsin teaching license. I look forward to making The Learning Gardens a home away from home and your child’s favorite place to learn and grow!

“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”- Albert Einstein 

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14322512_10210716153922219_6457869700148803295_nLeigh, Sunshine Volunteer

Leigh has been a volunteer at The Learning Gardens since 2010!  She loves to visit in the Sunshine classroom during the late morning hours each week.  Leigh enjoys going on nature walks, arts and crafts and participating in JumpBunch. She is a big help in the classroom as she assists the children in their daily tasks. She also likes to be a helping the kitchen with Chef Julie!