The Butterfly Room

Children develop a love or an aversion for learning in the first few years of life.  Therefore, we work to design our program to generate a lifelong desire to explore, question, and create.  We plan our classroom environment and age-appropriate curriculum to best support and nurture our children’s interests and needs.  We give children a wide range of opportunities to experience and learn from their environment to provide them with skills that will serve them not only in the short-term but also throughout life.


JJ, Butterflies Teacher

Hi, TLG families. I am so excited to be a part of The Learning Gardens family, and one of the Butterflies teachers. My experience before childcare was in a clinical setting using my abnormal psychology skills and knowledge. I have been at The Learning Gardens since 2018.  I have a passion for two things: babies and learning. As an infant teacher, I love to snuggle babies. At the same time, early brain development and attachment is very important to me. A child’s brain goes through an amazing period of development between 0-3 years old. Their brains produce 7000 neural connections every second!! My education includes: MA Organizational Management with a Healthcare Administration concentration, BA in psychology, and the proper credentials to be a licensed daycare provider.  I have been married for over 20 years.  Together, my husband and I have: 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 4 adult children – one of whom is Brooke, a teacher in the Little Sprouts classroom! 

Brianna, Butterflies Teacher

Welcome families! My name is Brianna Westphal and I am one of the Butterflies teachers. I started working at The Learning Gardens in February 2022. I have been working in the childcare field, working with children ranging from six weeks old to five years old, since 2017. Through the years, I have found my heart is with infants. I started working on my Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2017 but I took a break from school to focus more on working full time. I am a level 7 on the Wisconsin Registry. I was raised in Waterloo, WI and currently live in McFarland, WI. When I am not working, I enjoy camping, spending time with family and friends, going to concerts, and spending a lot of time outdoors.