Administrative and Support Team

Ms. Sheryl – Administrative Director

 

Education
I have been involved in the world of early childhood for over 35 years and have watch it evolve into what it is today. I have completed several Early Childhood courses and credentials.

Experience
As you can well imagine I have served in several different positions over the course of 35 years, including kitchen, bus driving, teaching, and directing. When I think about the plethora of families I have had the privilege to know and share life with, some of whom I am still friends with today, others whom I knew only for a season, I am so very thankful. Life in early childhood is unexpected and busy and the key is flexibility!

Personal
My husband and I have been married for 41 years, we have three children, two of whom are married and three, almost four grandchildren. (Another little granddaughter will join us in February!) I especially enjoy spending time with my family, near and far, traveling, photographing nature, and will go out of my way for a beautiful sunrise or sunset!

Mr. Ben – Administrative Director
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Education
I attended the University of Wisconsin Whitewater where I received a Bachelor of Science in Education: Physical Education License Pre-K thru 12th Grade.

Experience
I served as a long term substitute at the elementary and middle school in the Hartford School District and as a Physical Education and Special Education Teacher in the Milwaukee Public School District. I also served in 3 other summer programs for 4 years prior to coming to Kids Junction. I started working at Kids Junction in 2006 and have really enjoyed working with the staff and the children in both the summer and school age programs!

Ms. Heather – Assistant to the Director of Early Preschool

Education
After graduating from Lutheran High School in Sheboygan in 1987, I took a few college courses, but eventually focused more on gathering life experiences. Learning is a sincere passion for me, although it is not always in a classroom setting. I do have my early childcare certification, and plan on adding to that as I genuinely enjoy being able to contribute to any situation or need that may arise at Kids Junction. I have also taken a year of college level Hebrew which I absolutely loved!

Experience
Kids are my jam. I am deeply interested in the raising and caring of children. Much of my experience has come from loving, raising, and homeschooling my six children.

Personal
I love God. My husband and children are my biggest (undeserved) blessings. Studying Hebrew and participating in a prison ministry are by far my biggest passions outside of my family. Our family also enjoys camping, with the goal of getting to every Wisconsin State Park. My Husband and I have gone skydiving TWICE!! Finally on a fun note, I am not a collector of things…except socks…socks make me strangely happy.

Ms. Trisha – Assistant Director for Preschool

Education
I have an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from North Central Technical College.

Experience
I have been working with children since I was in middle school. Babysitting, after school programs, youth groups, and numerous missions trips are just a few of my valued experiences in the Early Childhood Field. I have been with Kids Junction since the fall of 2006.

Personal
My husband and I enjoy exploring with our son all of the fun things the Madison area has to offer!

Ms. Tara – School Age DirectorMs. Tara

Education
I graduated from Beloit College in 2014 with a bachelors degree in biology and a minor in music.

Experience
Right out of college I began working at a camp leading various outdoor education courses for nearly 2 years. From there I worked at a childcare center in Mount Horeb for 1.5 years where I earned my lead teacher qualifications. I have been at Kids Junction since June 2020 where I have enjoyed hanging out with the school-agers and teaching music classes to the littles.

Personal
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter. Together we enjoy going for walks, spending time up north and playing in our yard.

Ms. Ashley – Family Accounts

Education
I graduated from MATC with a Liberal Arts Degree.

Experience
I have worked for a preschool ever since I graduated high school, whether it be in the classroom, kitchen, or office. I started at Kids Junction in 2005 and in 2007 I joined the billing department.

Personal
I have been married since 2006 and we have 3 children. We enjoy going to Costco and getting samples or going swimming at our local pool. Some things that I enjoy are crafting, baking, and party planning.

Ms. McKenna – Family EnrollmentKids Junction 4K Teacher Ms McKenna

Education
I graduated in May 2016 from North Central University in Minneapolis with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Biblical Studies.

Experience
Throughout high school and college, I have had many opportunities to work in children’s church and child care facilities. In June 2016, I started working at Kids Junction teaching art, 4K, and floating in the classrooms. I currently teach 2nd  grade during the school year and am thankful to be back at Kids Junction for the summer!

Personal
I love anything arts and crafts, spending time outdoors, as well as being with my friends and family.

Mr. Britton – Maintenance & Camp DevelopmentMr. Britton

Education
I graduated from Malone University in Canton, Ohio with a B.A. in Youth Ministry and a minor in Business Administration after dabbling in Chemistry, Social Work, Psychology, Philosophy, and Art.

Experience
I have been working with youth and children since 2006 in churches in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Northern Ireland. Most of my work and experience is from working with children from Kindergarten to 9th grade in a camp ministry setting for 10 years.

Personal
I have been blessed more in life than I deserve. I have lived overseas and visited several countries. I have an education and a great family. I love working with children, exploring nature, hiking, reading, cooking, and spending time with friends.

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Ms. Kathryn – Office

Ms AndreaEducation
I graduated high school in 2014. After receiving my diploma I went directly into the work force using work as a tool for learning and earning certificates whenever possible. This began with nursing home certifications in 2015, to bio tech material management, to a very rewarding master gardener certification in 2020, and all the way to a certificate to serve and prepare food on Alaskan fishing vessels in 2021. I’m very grateful to have learned so many different skills while saving to fund my eventual pursuit of a family and consumer sciences teaching degree.

Experience
Before starting my career in vastly different industries I began baby sitting at 12 years old for many families at our church. This lead me to nannying throughout high school for one family with 2 boys. Having grown up second eldest in a large family, child care comes naturally to me. In fact, I found myself always gravitating towards a care taking role no matter my position or the type of people I have worked with. I believe everyone deserves an encouraging, joyful, present and wise leader in their life, and that is my high aim to be when teaching.

Personal
I enjoy many hobbies in my free time and chiefly among them is a love for travel. I set a travel goal in 2019 to see all 66 Wisconsin state parks, and when that was nearly completed, I challenged myself to visit all 50 states. This target is now almost met and currently my ambitions have grown beyond the US borders. Travel is my means of inspiration for all my other passions which include gardening, painting, writing, singing and hiking. One always feeds another in some beautiful way.

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Latest Happenings

Kids Junction Closed:

  Thanksgiving: November 23 and 24 Christmas: December 22 – 26 New Years Day: January 1, 2024 All-Staff In-Service: January 12, 2024 Martin Luther King,…

New Hours Start August 28th!

  Starting August 28th our new hours will be 7am -5:45pm

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WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT US

Kids Junction feels like an extension of our family. It has been a blessing and a privilege to entrust our kids in their care. We truly are so thankful for all the kindness our girls and we have received, the staff is so incredible and has brought so many smiles to our girls faces.

- Diana

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