Preschool Teachers and Administration


Molly Carlson

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Molly Carlson is re-joining the Discovery Preschool family, this time as the Director. Molly graduated from Marquette University with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies / Elementary Education. She has been teaching preschool age children at Discovery Preschool and Ripon Children’s Learning Center. She has experience writing and creating curriculum for preschool age children. She loves spending time with her 4 children. 


Jan Kerch

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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.

Lea Salas

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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. 

Jolene Meeks
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! 





Wrap Around Care Teachers

 Allie Henke

My name is Allie Henke. I have been working in Early Childhood for a little over 12 years now. It has been the most amazing journey. I have been able to watch so many children play, learn and grow from birth through 5 years old. When I first started out in the field, I did not have a ton of schooling but over the course of these past 12 years, I have earned my Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education as well as my Administrative Credential in Early Childhood Education from Fox Valley Tech. More recently I have earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from UW Steven’s Point. I have gained experience in the classroom as well as 7 years of experience as a center director.

I, my husband Adam, and our two children, Jaycee and Braxton, are excited to start this new adventure and join the Discovery team. I am looking forward to using the knowledge and experience I have gained over the years to provide education that is enhanced by STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, and Math) in my classroom. 


Patty Schulz
Patty join Discovery with many years of experience. Patty is a retired teacher from Ripon college. She has a Bachelors in Early Elementary Education with a Masters in Special Education.


Desiree Baier 

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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. 


Cassidy Blaney


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!

Morgan Exner
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.