|Preschool Teachers and Administration||Wrap Around Care Teachers|
| Jan Kerch|
Mrs. Kerch is Discovery Preschool. Her energy and her ability to connect with children, combined with a sound educational background and a creative curriculum, instill in Discovery students an eagerness to learn and a willingness to listen. Her reputation as a teacher and a leader is unparalleled. She has been a teacher at Discovery Preschool for over 20 years, or as she likes to put it, since she was 12 years old.
Melissa joins Discovery as Director and Teacher. She has worked as a child care teacher as well as co-directed and directed for day cares. Melissa has an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently working on her B.A. in Human Development. She has been married for 14 years and has 3 beautiful children along with 3 dogs!
Lea has been with Discovery for a number of years. She is a one stop shop! She is the currently the preschool registrar, office manager, and billing/payroll department! Lea has extensive knowledge of Quick books and is an active member of the School Board. In her spare time she enjoys fitness, travel and being with family.
My name is Jolene Meeks mom of 6, 4 of my own and 2 step children. My family and I relocated from Des Moines, Iowa to Ripon in June. I ran an in home child care for 8 years. I was a State Registered, ChildNet Certified, and QRS rated. I also participated in the states food program (CACFP) to assure children received healthy meals while in my care. I'm currently working towards my CDA and getting training transfered to the state of Wisconsin. I've always had a passion for working with children since I was 12 years old and started by watching kids for a neighbor to helping a in home provider for 2 years after that. I'm so excited to join Discovery Preschool!
Desi began Cleaning at Discovery last year and this year has decided to also help out in the Wrap room with getting kids safely on and off the bus and helping out during the sometimes chaotic lunch hour. Desi has worked as an elementary school classroom aide. She has a 4 year old who she loves spending time with. She also enjoys bowling, sewing and outdoor activities.
Riccy will be joining Ms Teelah in the Wrap room this year. She is a DPI certified Early Childhood Assistant Teacher. Riccy has experience working as a dietary aid in a nursing home as well as manufacturing experience. She is fluent in Spanish and is currently pursing a career in nursing.
I have been taking care of and teaching kids for most of my life, since I was old enough to do so. I have four children of my own and 15-20 years in the childcare/preschool field. As well, I have 10 grandchildren who are a paramount part of my life. For most of my adult career, I was working in caregiver roles, either with little ones up to age 12 or with the elderly. I have many certifications and completed one year of college, specializing in Instructional Assistant Associate Degree Level. I have owned and operated my own childcare business on different occasions throughout my adult life. I absolutely love working with and learning from the children in my care. I believe we are all teachers as well as students. Working with children consistently reminds and teaches me about what is truly important in this life. In this field is truly where my heart feels at home.
Hello! My name is Cassidy Blaney, I am from Waukesha, WI, and I am currently a junior at Ripon College (I am also on the soccer team). I am double majoring in Psychology and Education, hoping to become a speech pathologist in the future. Back at home during the summer, I coach soccer to eight year olds and try to find time to travel as much as I can. I am really looking forward to being on the Discovery Preschool teaching team and working with all of the students involved!
I am a sophomore at Ripon College studying bio/chem and early childhood education. I am from Janesville Wisconsin and graduated from Craig High School. In my free time I enjoy coaching figure skating, skating myself, arts and crafts, sewing, traveling and being active.