Early Preschool Teacher Bios, Madison

Ms. Mary Jane

Education
I graduated from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in 2020, from the Administrator Credential with a GPA of 4.000. This was 18 Credits I did while working full time. Many moons ago in 1995 I earned the CDA -Child Development Associate Designation, while doing Family Child Care. I have taken the WMELS – Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards in 2020

Experience
I have been at Kids Junction since August 2017, I started as a receptionist, and now I help in the classrooms as needed and in the office on the Early Preschool side.
Way, way back in 1981 I started Mary’s Little Lamb’s Family Child Care until 1999. I was licensed and accredited through the City of Madison. Later I was a Respite Provider for Satellite Family Child Care/ Reach Dane 2010 to 2017.

Personal
What I do for fun is: go RV camping with my husband Ed of over 40 years, with that comes ATV trail riding. I also like to Swim for my breaks, and I ride my new electric bike in the evenings. I love reading, collecting books and antiques. I am thankful to be working here at Kids Junction with your children. We will soon be getting a Newfoundland puppy, they add to the fun at my home! We have had two giant Newfies so far.

Ms. ReginaMs. Regina - Kids Junction Early Preschool Teacher Madison, WI

Education
I started my journey of education for childcare at West High School, where I took child development courses. From there, I continued my education at Madison College where I then went to complete an Early Childhood Continuing Education certification. After that, I furthered my education at UW-Platteville where I completed my Infant/Toddler credential and my Inclusion credential.

Experience
My passion for childcare developed early on in my life. During my pre-adolescent years, I often volunteered during the summer at my grandmother’s childcare center and spent time with various age groups and babysat for many years. This began to make me realize how much I enjoyed watching children develop, grow, and be a positive influence in their lives and journey forward. I am a mother of three and many friends and family members would complement me on the way I handle my children both at home as well as in public. I realized my interest in classroom activities and development milestones was strong and I began researching different careers and childcare was my calling. I am so much more at peace in life knowing that I can wake up and positively influence someone’s life every day. I started my childcare career at a Montessori childcare center in Madison and worked there for 4 years with children ages 6 weeks to 2 years.

Personal
I am a mother of three. I love taking care of children and watching them grow. This has been my passion my whole life and I am loving every bit of it.

Ms. Leah

Education
I received an associates degree in Biblical Studies in 2011. In 2017 I received a certificate from the Children at Risk School which is an outreach program by the Youth With A Mission organization. I’m currently completing my lead teacher requirements here at Kids Junction.

Experience
In middle school I started babysitting and volunteering at various children ministries in the area. Ive nannied on and off over the years and was a school bus driver for 7 years. Ive also helped out at various church daycares and worked part time as a para educator between my bus routes.

Personal
In my free time I enjoy painting, writing, poetry, digital art and various projects. I also enjoy spending time in nature such as hiking, biking and camping. I spend a lot of time with friends and family and at my church.

Ms. Debbi

Ms. DebbiEducation
I graduated in May of 2019 from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood/Middle Childhood Education.

Experience
I have been working at Kid’s Junction on and off since 2017.I have worked as a 4K teacher in a Spanish Immersion program in Minnesota. I love working with this age group—I love where they are at developmentally and academically!

Personal
In my free time, I love traveling, dancing, exploring outside and spending time with my family and friends!

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Ms. Sami Jo

Ms. Sami JoEducation
I Graduated in 2004 from New Glarus, WI.

Experience
I’ve babysat throughout my middle and highschool years. Ive also been in the restaurant industry as a general assistant manager. I’m excited to be part of the team here at Kids Junction.

Personal
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my daughter Zoey and my family. I enjoy camping, canoeing, fishing and anything outdoors.

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Ms. Cindy

Ms. CindyEducation
I began my college path in Elementary Education but when my school started a program for Early Childhood
Education, I switched as my love for young minds was more geared toward the very littles!

Experience
I worked all through college in the faculty nursery – mostly with the 2-year-old
classroom, and then taught 4K for several years after graduation.

Personal
I have two grandchildren, ages 3 and 11, and have cared for both of them until they were old enough for
school. My youngest attends 3K here at KJ! I love baking and crafting of all kinds!

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Ms. Yamil

Ms. YamilEducation
I went to Madison College and graduated to be a phlebotomist. Worked as a phlebotomist for two years, looking to make a career path to childhood education.

Experience
I’ve worked with children ever since 2013 at Kids Club inside Princeton Club. I came to Kids Junction back in 2020, started as an Assistant Teacher in the Pumpkin Seeds room from 2020 to 2021. Now I’m back, looking to enhance my early childhood education career.

Personal
My name is Yamil Medina Velazquez, originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico. I came to Madison at the age of 10, fluent in both English and Spanish.

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