As a teaching team, our philosophy is to create a safe and effective learning environment that is inclusive to all children and families. Through creative curriculum, we encourage creativity and independence with our children in their play and strive to teach social-emotional and problem-solving skills by offering support and emotional-literacy. It is so important our kiddos know they are valued, loved, and supported in our classroom. We are able to give them this by creating a strong bond and a school family, through conscious discipline.
Hello! My name is Antony Gladwyn-Nash. I grew up in mid-sized town just outside of Iowa’s capital, Des Moines. From there I moved to Ames, IA where completed my bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from ISU. During that time, my other ambition was to become a teacher. In college I fell more in love with cycling, volleyball, taking walks in nature, basketball nights, rock climbing, and enjoying friends’ company. I was also heavily involved in a church ministry where I volunteered to be with elementary children every week, and to lead a group of fellow college men in discussion about how the gospel can realistically transform our lives and bring about joy. Upon graduating college, I decided that I wanted to move to Madison, as it is a good bike city, a fun city, and I already had some community here. Thankfully I was offered a wonderful chance to be with the Learning Gardens and to work a fulfilling job! I always look forward to coming in and I always leave feeling like it was a good day’s work. It is a very cool thing to be able to work with a child and to see them grow and reach developmental checkpoints, and to be able to set them up to succeed later on life by giving them as much of a head start as I can
Hello! My name is Emily and I’d love to take a moment to tell you more about myself. I fell in love working with children during my first job at a baseball field and have been working with children from ages 6 weeks-6 years old ever since! After I had my little boy, AJ, he inspired me to switch degrees and work on my B.S. in Early Childhood and I am currently a level 8 on The Registry. I joined The Learning Gardens staff in February of 2016.
I grew up in a small town in Iowa along the Mississippi River, where most of my family still lives today. We moved to Madison in 2015 after falling in love with the culture years prior. We love to be out enjoying Wisconsin’s natural beauty. In my spare time I enjoy serving kiddos at church and in the community, spending time with my family, and getting outside!
I genuinely love, enjoy, and take pride in my job and I look forward to sharing our classroom with your family!
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