Kids Junction Before and After School Care Teachers’ Bios, Madison

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. Sidney – Team LeaderMs. Sidney

 

Education:
I graduated from Madison Memorial High School in 2020. In Fall of 2021, I started my gen eds at Madison Technical College to further my aspiration and desire towards a major in Elementary Education. I plan to transfer to UW Madison in the Spring of 2024 to continue towards my degree in Elementary Education.

Experience:
My work has always been through child care since I was 12 years old. From 12 years old, to now, I have babysat for numerous families from ages newborn- 14 years old. Outside of babysitting, I worked at the Kids Club for Princeton Club Gym for 2 years. Then in June of 2020, I started my employment through Kids Junction and have been here ever since. Here at Kids Junction, I have worked with infants/toddlers, after school, and summer camp.

Personal:
In my spare time, I enjoy all sorts of outdoor based activities. Some of my favorites are deer hunting, fishing, hammocking, tubing, and spending the day on our family pontoon boat up north.

Ms. Nicole – Sac SR CoordinatorMs. Nicole

 

Education
I graduated UW River Falls in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Conservation Science and a Minor in Outdoor Adventure Education. In 2019 I got my license in Special Education and started the process to get my masters in 4-12 grade math & science with a marketing minor.

Experience
In 2009 I started working at local day camps and in 2014 that changed to overnight trip camps. I have worked for 7 different camps and lead trips both back and front country in over 15 states. In 2019 I took a break and taught math and science in high school. I missed the summer camp life so in January 2022 I relocated to Madison to work at Kids Junction.

Personal
In my free time I enjoy hiking, photography, fishing and spending time with my family.

Ms. Bailey

Ms. Bailey

 Education
I graduated from Plymouth High School in 2022. I am currently enrolled at Madison College in
the Early Childhood Education program and am learning a lot about childcare and the laws and
license requirements that go along with it.

Experience
I started baby-sitting my siblings when I was 9 or 10 and started babysitting other people’s
children when I was 12. I was the town babysitter as I am from a small town in northern
Wisconsin called Radisson, the population was around 300 people!! I was babysitting up until
my senior year of high school. In that same year I started working in Plymouth School Districts
childcare center as a classroom assistant.

Personal
What I like to do on my free time is watch tv and cuddle of my kitty Lily. Most of my time is
spent with my boyfriend and we do a lot of things together like shopping and going to see
movies.

Ms. Emily

Ms. Emily

Education
After graduating with my Associate Degree from Spokane Falls CC, I decided to move to Wisconsin
and pursue a degree in teaching.  My specialization will be for grades K-5 and teaching English as
a second language.

Experience
My journey began as an Assistant Teacher at Spokane Falls Early Learning Center.  During this time, I really fell
in love with teaching and knew I was in the right career field.  I then pursued a role as a Lead Teacher at
Tender Care Day Care, teaching both toddler and preschool-age children.  As of now, I have the privilege of teaching
at Kids Junction here in Madison, Wisconsin.

Personal
I grew up in the beautiful state of Washington on the northern coast. Having grown up outdoors, I enjoy hiking,
fishing, and being up in the snowy mountains. I am an energetic, family-loving and outgoing individual who loves
teaching and new experiences!

Ms. Ciarra

Ms. Ciarra

Education
I am currently a third-year student at University of Wisconsin-Madison, expecting to graduate with a Bachelors of
Science degree in Psychology. On top of that I currently have a minor in Disability Rights & Services and working
towards another minor in Criminal Justice.

Experience
Throughout high school, I primarily worked one-on-one with children with disabilities in several sports camps.
Coming into college I volunteered in similar camps, however moving from children to adults with disabilities. I started at
Kids Junction this past Summer of 2022 and am so excited to continue working with kids!

Personal
When I am not working or studying, like any other Badger, I love to go to football games with my friends on campus.
Off campus I typically am going to concerts, hanging out with my friends, or visiting my family back in Oshkosh, WI.

Mr. Erik

Mr. Erik

Education
I graduated from poynette high school in 2018, I’ve started working towards my early education degree with plans on graduating in the near future.

Experience
I started working with children at my neighbors in home center in 2019 then I became a lead teacher at a childcare center in my hometown for 4 years!

Personal
In my free time I like to hang out with my friends and family, I love movies and I’m always trying to catch the newest movie in theaters!

Latest Happenings

Closed Memorial Day

Closed Memorial Day,  Monday, May 27th, 2024

Summer Adventure Camp Registration is Open!

Monday, June 10th – official start of Summer Adventure Camps

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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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