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.

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Director, 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."

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Assistant Director, Mari Rahn

ASSITANT DIRECTOR

Mari Rahn

Mari has been with The Learning Tree since 1984.

"I love reading stories and singing songs with the children.  Watching them grow and learn is so much fun.."

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Asst. Director, 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."

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ASSITANT DIRECTOR

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."

 

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Adriana Mardo

Adriana has been with The Learning Tree since 2008.

"I really enjoy doing songs with the children.  It's nice to be able to sing together and in some situations the children help create the songs with me."

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Amanda Sparks-Klekamp

Amanda has been with The Learning Tree since 2007.

"I love playing number and letter games with the children.  It's always fun watching their faces when they know the answers and they don't realize how much they learn.  They just think it's fun."

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Cheryl Seyller

Cheryl has been with The Learning Tree since 2009.

"I love doing art activities with the children especially when it involves glitter. Life is better with glitter."

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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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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."

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Dawn Shenberg

Dawn has been with The Learning Tree since 1999.

"I really enjoy doing group time with the children.  I love reading to them, doing flannel board stories and playing games with the children."

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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."

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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."

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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."

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Elideth Salgado

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"

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Emily Farrand

Emily has been with The Learning Tree since 2017.

"I enjoy doing crafts with the children.  It is so much fun seeing them learn and grow each 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."

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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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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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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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Jacquelyn Eigenhauser

Jacquelyn has been with The Learning Tree since 2018.

"My favorite part of the day is seeing the joy in the children's faces when they learn something new."

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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."

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Jessalynn Solorzano

Jessalyn has been with The Learning Tree since 2018.

"My favorite part of the day is when I first walk in and greet my kids.  Watching these kids grow and learn so fast is what teaching is all about.  Hearing their first words brings a smile to my face."

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Jocelynn Mercado

Jocelyne has been with The Learning Tree since 2018.

"I enjoy playing with the children and making sure they have a fun time at school!"

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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."

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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"

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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!"

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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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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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Maria Valencia

Maria has been with The Learning Tree since 2018.

"Free play is my favorite part of the day because that's when I can see the real little person inside the kids.  I enjoy watching them pretend and interact with each other and myself!"

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Mariela Hernandez

Mariela has been with The Learning Tree since 2018.

"The children teach me to be patient, understanding, and especially, caring.  I never knew I could love all the babies and how special each one is!"

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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."

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Mena Vences

Mena 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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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."

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Tara Sablich

Tara has been with The Learning Tree since 2018.

" What I enjoy most about children is their creativity and imagination.  I love doing art projects, crafts, experiments, and STEM activities with my students.  I love learning right along-side them and they often teach me just as much as I teach them!"

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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."

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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!"

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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!"

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Tracy Hall

Tracy has been with The Learning Tree since 2018.

"I love the hugs the most. I love that something you did in group the day before a child will talk about the next day.  I love hearing my name from a two year old."

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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."

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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."

 

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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."

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