Featured ECE Professional

Early care and education professionals are making a huge difference across Wisconsin and we are so thankful for all that they do. Every two weeks, we will feature an ECE professional who has earned the respect of colleagues, children and families. Below you will find details about their role, what inspires and motivates them, and what hopes they have for the future of their profession. Please share their stories to honor these amazing individuals and advocate for the ECE workers who offer so much to our state.

To nominate a future Featured ECE Professional, please send their name and contact info to wipdg@wisconsin.gov.

12/01/2021

We celebrate Amanda Herrick, teacher at Community Care Preschool & Child Care, in this week’s Feature ECE Professional story. Read more.

10/20/2021

We celebrate Beth Schendel, Principal of Early Learning at Oshkosh Area School District, in this week’s Featured ECE Professional story. Read more.

10/06/2021

We celebrate Amy Pennington, an Early Childhood Education Instructor/Program Director at Northwood Technical College, in this week’s Featured ECE Professional story. Read more.

09/22/2021

We celebrate April Hartjes, an Early Childhood Education Program Faculty member at Mid-State Technical College, in this week’s Featured ECE Professional story. Read more.

08/25/2021

We celebrate Kim Amundson, the lead teacher of the one-year-old group at the UW-La Crosse Campus Child Center, in this week’s Featured ECE Professional. Read more.

08/11/2021

This week celebrates Rebecca Nicholson, the Community Connector for the Door County Partnership for Children and Families, a program of the United Way of Door County. Read more.

07/28/2021

This week we celebrate Jodi Strong, the lead teacher for the 4-year-old classroom at Campus Child Center at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Read more.

07/14/2021

This week we celebrate Gisela Alt, a preschool teacher at Little Red Preschool in Middleton, Wisconsin. Read more.

06/30/2021

This week we celebrate Laura Gonzales, the Lead Infant Teacher for Carpenter’s Shop Christian DaycareRead more.

06/16/2021

We celebrate Dr. Andre Carter, the owner and operator of Carter’s Christian Education Center and Carter’s Christian Academy in Milwaukee, WI, as this week’s Featured ECE Professional. Read more.

05/05/2021

This week we celebrate Dawn Hays, the Director of Campus Child Center at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Read more.

04/21/2021

We celebrate Kyra Swenson, Infant/Toddler Teacher and the Co-founder of Wisconsin Early Childhood Action Needed (WECAN), as this week’s Featured ECE Professional. Read more.

03/31/2021

This week we celebrate Tammy Dannhoff, the owner of Kids Are Us Family Child Care Center in Oshkosh, WI. Read more.

03/17/2021

We celebrate Paula Drew, the Co-Director for the Wisconsin Early Education Shared Services Network (WEESSN), in this week’s Featured ECE Professional. Read more.

03/03/2021

This week celebrates Joy Brey, the Lead Teacher for the 4-year-old classroom at Building Blocks Learning CenterRead more.

02/17/2021

This week celebrates Holly Hale, the owner and operator of Holly’s Little Red Wagon Childcare in Roberts, WI. Read more.

02/02/2021

This week celebrates and honors the late Wendy Lopez, who served as an Early Childhood Educator and Certified Nursing Assistant at Penfield Children’s Center. Read more.

01/13/2021

Lisa Garza is the Lead Infant Teacher and Infant/Toddler Program Team Leader at Hickory Hill Academy formerly known as Kids Express Learning Center. Read more.

12/16/2020

Jennifer Ahlert is the Director for Children’s Palace Preschool and Childcare in West Salem, WI. Read more.

12/01/2020

Anna Martinez had the opportunity to present on Lead Poisoning Prevention and Environmental Learning at the 2019 WECA conference. In her presentation, she talked about the importance of outdoor/nature-based play and its positive impact on brain development, which is critical for children who have experienced lead poisoning. Read more.

11/11/2020

Leah Zastoupil is the owner of Zasty's Family Child Care and the President of Wisconsin Family Child Care Association. Read more.

10/07/2020

Abby is the Lead Twos Teacher for Ebenezer Child Care From the Heart in Milwaukee. Read Abby's story in this week's Featured ECE Professional story. Read more.

09/23/2020

Robert is the Owner/Administrator of You are My Sunshine Daycare Center in Green Bay. Read Robert's story in this week's Featured ECE Professional story. Read more. 

09/09/2020

Carmen is the Director of Lighthouse Kids East Preschool Center in Madison. Read Carmen's story in this week's Featured ECE Professional story. Read more.

08/26/2020

Sue is a school-age lead teacher and child care teacher at Parkside Preschool Center in Merrill. Read Sue's story in this week's Featured ECE Professional story. Read more.

08/12/2020

Brenda is two-year-old teacher at Willows Christian Child Care Center in Iron Ridge. She's also a Pyramid Model Internal Coach, a Children and Teacher Schedule Coordinator, and Teacher Mentor. Read Brenda's submission in this week's Featured ECE Professional story. Read more.