Featured Family



Hi! We’re the Katz/Choi Family; known to our friends as the Choitzes!

Our family is new to The Learning Gardens as of June when we moved to Madison from Pittsburgh.The youngest member of our crew is Lewis at 3.5 months. He is “parented” by almost 4 year old Brynn. Both children give mom (Julia) and dad (Willie) a run for their money. One of the things that we enjoy most about being parents is sharing our Jewish (Julia) and Korean (Willie) heritage/traditions with our children.

Our family journey began in St. Louis, where Julia and Willie met as Residential Advisors in a freshman dorm. From there we moved to Atlanta where Willie pursued his PhD in Accounting and Julia worked as Director of Development for Hillels of Georgia. Following graduation, Willie took a faculty position at the University of Pittsburgh and Julia continued her fundraising work at the Hillel Jewish University Center. After receiving tenure at Pitt, Willie surprised the family with a move to Madison. While the gig is great, we all know that he just wanted to be closer to his beloved Badgers and Packers! With Lewis starting at TLG in December, Julia was looking for a new way to spend her time. She has recently become an Independent Quality Provider for BabyQuip. She rents baby and toddler gear to families visiting Madison, local grandparents, or anyone else who is in need.


We live on the west side, not too far from TLG, but love to explore all that Madison has to offer. From Oregon to North Freedom, we have covered a lot of miles since we’ve been here. But we’re always looking for new and exciting things to do and places to go. Feel free to recommend some of your favorites to us.

Please introduce yourselves if you see us in the halls; we’d love to meet you!


~Julia, Willie, Brynn, and Lewis