Our Staff

We work hard to employ a dedicated, highly trained and professional staff. Our lead teachers have a minimum of an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and understand how children develop and learn. Our 4K classrooms include a minimum of one lead teacher with a four-year teaching degree and license.

Understanding child development, the importance of forming early relationships and the need for children to move and explore in their natural environment are the foundations of Yahara River Learning Center. Our high-quality program considers age appropriateness, individual interests and needs, relationships, and cultural awareness for all children in each of our classes.

Supporting families and their children are our passion and focus. We encourage an open door communication between staff and families as well as a minimum of 2 goal setting conferences per school year. Conferences are strength-based and used for these goals.

Our staff members are committed to the following principles:

  • Act and interact moment-by-moment with children to create the most powerful learning outcomes and development. Curriculum is very important, but what the teacher does is paramount.
  • Offer both child-guided and teacher-guided experiences that are vital to children’s development and learning. Developmentally appropriate programs provide substantial time during which children may select activities to pursue from among the rich choices teachers have prepared. In addition to these activities, children ages 3–11 benefit from planned, teacher-guided, interactive small-group and large- group experiences.
  • Use play to promote key abilities that enable children to learn successfully. During high-level, dramatic play, for example, the collaborative planning of roles and scenarios — combined with the impulse control required to stay within the play’s constraints — help children develop self-regulation, symbolic thinking, memory and language. These capacities are critical to later learning, social competence and school success.

  • Act and interact moment-by-moment with children to create the most powerful learning outcomes and development. Curriculum is very important, but what the teacher does is paramount.
  • Offer both child-guided and teacher-guided experiences that are vital to children’s development and learning. Developmentally appropriate programs provide substantial time during children may select activities to pursue from among the rich choices teachers have prepared. In addition to these activities, children ages 3–11 benefit from planned, teacher-guided, interactive small-group and large- group experiences.
  • Use play to promote key abilities that enable children to learn successfully. During high-level, dramatic play, for example, the collaborative planning of roles and scenarios — combined with the impulse control required to stay within the play’s constraints — help children develop self-regulation, symbolic thinking, memory and language. These capacities critical to later learning, social competence and school success.

Meet our teachers:

Miss Kristen

Kristen has over 15 years of experience working in Early Childhood. She has taught in both preschool and 4K. She is working toward her Masters Degree in Teaching.

Miss Yoshi

Miss Yoshi is very excited to start her lead position as a teacher in the 3-year-old classroom at YRLC. Yoshi has been working professionally in childcare for over two years and has her Associate’s Degree from Madison College in Early Childhood Education. Yoshi was born and raised in the Madison area and currently resides in Fitchburg. She enjoys anything that involves music, especially singing and dancing. Her friends and family would describe her as calm, caring, creative, hard-working, and an overall child at heart. Yoshi has a real passion for teaching and instilling a sense of wonder and a love for learning in young children.