Learning Tree Staff

EXTRAORDINARY TEAM OF PASSIONATE TEACHERS, AND ADMINISTRATORS.

Caring for the child, not the day

We are dedicated and caring group of educational professionals who enjoy building relationships with the children we care for, and with their families. We consider ourselves a family who truly care for the children who are in our classrooms.

Dir. Shelly Allen
Dir. Shelly Allen

DIRECTOR

Shelly Allen

Shelly has been with The Learning Tree since 1989.

"The favorite part of my day is visiting classrooms and watching the children interact and play together with big smiles and belly laughs."

Asst. Dir. Mari Rahn
Asst. Dir. Mari Rahn

ASSITANT DIRECTOR

Mari Rahn

Mary has been with The Learning Tree since 1984.

"The favorite part of my day is visiting classrooms and watching the children interact and play together with big smiles and belly laughs."

Asst. Dir.  Astrid Itgen-Bessemer
Asst. Dir. Astrid Itgen-Bessemer

ASSITANT DIRECTOR

Astrid Itgen-Bessemer

Astrid has been with The Learning Tree since 1997.

"My favorite part of the day is getting hugs from the children when I walk into the classroom. I also love seeing how the teachers engage the children and open their minds to new things. My job offers something new and fun every day."

Melissa

Melissa Corcoran

Melissa has been with The Learning Tree since 1998.

"I love listening to the children as they share their observations of the world. It's amazing to see them apply all they learn."

 

YESENIA

Yesenia Perez

Yesenia has been with The Learning Tree since 2014

"My favorite part of the day is seeing the abilities the children have to learn; I enjoy learning with them."

 

Val Vejseli

Val Vejseli

Valerie has been with The Learning Tree since 2006.

"I love watching the babies grow and learn.  I love to see their faces light up when they learn new things.  Every day they discover something new and I get to share in that with them."

Tina Ramirez

Tina Ramirez

Tina has been with The Learning Tree since 2000.

"My favorite activity to do with the children is art.  I love to see their creativity."

Timera Black

Timera Black

Timera has been with The Learning Tree since 2017.

"My favorite time of the day is circle time. I enjoy singing and reading stories with the children."

STEPHANIE

Stephanie Tess

Stephanie has been with The Learning Tree since 2017.

"My favorite part of the day is working in small groups withy the children. It gives you and them a chance to learn!"

SARAH

Sarah Johnson

Sarah has been a teacher at The Learning Tree since 2009.

"I enjoy sitting on the floor, playing with the children and watching them discvover and learn new things everyday!"

SANDRA

Sandra Gall

Sandra has been with The Learning Tree since 2017.

"My favorite part of the day is when we have free play and I am sitting with the kids on the carpet- they randomly walk by and give you a hug just because they want to.  Hugs are so rewarding"

RHONDA

Rhonda Syat

Rhonda has been with The Learning Tree since 2017.

"My favorite thing to do with children is music and dance.  You and the children can be so creative."

REBECCA

Rebecca Nelson

Rebecca has been with The Learning Tree since 2009.

"I enjoy watching the older kids use their imagination during play time or how they solve problems during experiments."

Nora

Nora Castro

Nora has been with The Learning Tree since 2017.

"I enjoy doing group time and hearing about the children's day at school before we begin our day at The Learning Tree."

NICOLE

Nicole Drews

Nicole has been with The Learning Tree since 2017.

"I love working with children because each day is different! I enjoy seeing them glow when they learn something new."

NICOLE

Nicole Speizio-DePaz

Nicole has been with The Learning Tree since 2017.

"Working with children is a true blessing!  I enjoy watching them grow and learn and I love being a part of this process for them.  I most enjoy reading with the children and seeing their imaginations soar during crafts."

NATASA

Natasa Meseldzija

Natasa has been with The Learning Tree since 2017.

"Teaching kids new things through play makes me happy.  The enjoyment on their faces is priceless while learning something new and different."

MENA

Mena Vences

Nicole has been with The Learning Tree since 2016.

"My favorite part of the day is art time.  I love seeing all the different ways children express themselves through their art."

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Mary Tharp

Mary has been with The Learning Tree since 2002.

"A part of my job that I enjoy the most is that every day is a new day in our class.  Each day gives a new challenge or a chance to try an activity for the first time.  We find something new to laugh at and learn to embrace the unexpected."

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Frank Walaitis

Frank has been with The Learning Tree since 2000.

"I really enjoy our Science Circle. During this time the children are so focused on whatever project we are working on.  I can see the little wheels spin in their heads as they ask questions or try to figure out what is happening!"

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Maria Sanchez

Maria has been with The Learning Tree since 2016.

"I like to work with children because I enjoy watching them grow every day and be part of their development."

Lauren Kearbey

Lauren Kearbey

Lauren has been with The Learning Tree since 2016.

"My favorite thing to do is making the children smile.  It doesn't matter what age they are I love finding ways to bring a smile to their face by singing, playing, or reading to them."

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Laura Huske

Laura has been with The Learning Tree since 2003.

"I love watching the children and helping them learn something new and make new discoveries.  Their excitement and pride when they master something new is priceless!"

KELLY

Kelly Meyer

Kelly has been with The Learning Tree since 2002.

"I love being able to introduce learning experiences.  I love being the familiar part of their day and being a comforting part of their early lives"

KAITLYN

Kaitlyn Summers

Kaitlyn has been with The Learning Tree since 2017.

"I enjoy reading and doing art projects with the children.  I love the look on their faces when they learn something new."

JENNIFER

Jennifer Church

Jennifer has been with The Learning Tree since 2017.

"My favorite part of the day is reading books with the children!"

JENNA

Jenna Peltz

Jenna has been with The Learning Tree since 2015.

"One of my favorite times during the day is when the children very happily and excitedly run up to me to give me a hug and share stories with me."

JACKIE

Jackie Dennis

Jackie has been with The Learning Tree since 1997.

"I enjoy our large group times together.  It's so exciting to see the children involved and learning new things.  When a child "lights up" with excitement because they completed a difficult task it's very rewarding."

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Gen Medrano

Gen has been with The Learning Tree since 1994.

"My favorite part of the day depends on what age group I am in.  I enjoy field trips with the big kids.  I like to go swimming.  We also play board games together and have "chat" times.  With the younger kids I like reading books and talking about their day."

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Frank Hernandez

Frank has been with The Learning Tree since 2015.

"My favorite part of the day is when the kids come up to me and tell me how good lunch was."

Eva Ticknor

Eva Ticknor

Jackie has been with The Learning Tree since 2017.

"My favorite part of working with children is watching the children make new friendships and build self-confidence."

EMILY

Emily Farrand

Gen has been with The Learning Tree since 2017.

"My favorite part of the day depends on what age group I am in.  I enjoy field trips with the big kids.  I like to go swimming.  We also play board games together and have "chat" times.  With the younger kids I like reading books and talking about their day."

ELIDETH

Elideth Salgadohas

Eli has been with The Learning Tree since 2016.

"The thing I enjoy doing most with the children is singing and dancing.  Music activities engage the children to learn and gets the body moving.  It is so much fun to see the children involved in musical activities"

ELIANA

Eliana Gallardo

Eliana has been with The Learning Tree since 2012.

"I enjoy having group time and sharing many of our favorite things.  I love getting to know the kids as individuals."

DONNA

Donna Witucki

Donna has been with The Learning Tree since 2005.

"My favorite time of the day is when I can sit down on the floor with the children and just spend time singing and playing with them."

DAY

Day Vidallo

Day has been with The Learning Tree since 2013.

"I really enjoy art with the children and watching how excited they get when they realize they've created something beautiful and one-of-a-kind."

DAWN

Dawn Krocko

Dawn has been with The Learning Tree since 2015.

"I most enjoy when children learn something new and you see the excitement in their eyes and smile."

DAISY

Daisy Alfonso

Daisy has been with The Learning Tree since 2017.

"I enjoy watching the babies grow. Their cute smiles, and knowing that they recognize me as their caregiver fills me with joy."

CONNIE

Connie Remmers

Connie has been with The Learning Tree since 1996.

" I enjoy my one-on-one times with each child; giving them all the love I can give them."

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