Staff

 

Preschool Teachers and Administration

 

Jolene Meeks - Director

 


My name is Jolene Meeks.  I am a mother of 6, 4 of my own, and 2 stepchildren.  My family and I relocated from Des Moines to Ripon in June of 2017.  I ran In-home childcare for 8 years where I was a State Registered, ChildNet Certified, and QRS rated provider.  I also participated in the states food program (CACFP) to ensure children received healthy meals while in my care.  Since joining the Discovery team in January of 2018 I have had the pleasure of working alongside Jan Kerch in the preschool room as well as working in our childcare room.  Knowing that this is a passion of mine I have also earned my Child Development Associate (CDA) in preschool since joining the Discovery team. I have always enjoyed working with children and this all started when I was 12.  I am excited to take on this new role as Director and continue working with all of our wonderful families.

 

Jan Kerch - Lead Preschool Teacher

kerchj.discovery@gmail.com and jkerch@discoverdiscovery.org

 

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Jan joined the educational team at Discovery Preschool in 1989. She is now teaching her second generation of little learners. Her greatest joy is to be honored with the opportunity to teach children of her past students, returning students and meet new families. Her teaching philosophy is to instill in each child the excitement to learn. Her teaching focus is on building the confidence, joy and self- esteem that each child acquires as they learn and demonstrate new skills and enhance developed skills appropriate for their age. 

Jan is the preschool lead teacher and is responsible for curriculum development and organization of the preschool program. Her creative curriculum is based on past experiences of working with children and adults with varying learning styles and abilities. Jan holds two associate degrees, an Associate of Arts and a Child Development Associate as well as Director Certification. 

Jan lives in Ripon and has been married to Joe for the past 39 years. Her hobbies include traveling and visiting new cultures, (daughter, son- in- law and 2 granddaughters lived in Germany and currently live in Morocco), hiking (with naturalist and artist son ), cooking new foods with family, crafts and reading.

 

Lea Salas - Registrar

discoverdiscoverypreschool@gmail.com and registrar@discoverdiscovery.org

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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. 


 

Staff

 

Child Care Teachers

Joleen Meeks -Director

director@discoverdiscovery.org

My name is Jolene Meeks.  I am a mother of 6, 4 of my own, and 2 stepchildren.  My family and I relocated from Des Moines to Ripon in June of 2017.  I ran In-home childcare for 8 years where I was a State Registered, ChildNet Certified, and QRS rated provider.  I also participated in the states food program (CACFP) to ensure children received healthy meals while in my care.  Since joining the Discovery team in January of 2018 I have had the pleasure of working alongside Jan Kerch in the preschool room as well as working in our childcare room.  Knowing that this is a passion of mine I have also earned my Child Development Associate (CDA) in preschool since joining the Discovery team. I have always enjoyed working with children and this all started when I was 12.  I am excited to take on this new role as Director and continue working with all of our wonderful families.

 

Tina Machkovich - Lead Child Care Teacher

tmachkovich@discoverdiscovery.org

My name is Tina Machkovich, I am the Lead Teacher in the Child Care room here at Discovery Preschool.   I’m married and have three daughters 19,16, and 6 who keep me on my toes. I live in Markesan on a cash crop farm. (Which I love).I enjoy being outdoors, camping, watching our Wisconsin sports teams, taking road trips, and spending time with friends and family.  I have worked in childcare for about 12 years and have worked with ages from 6 months to 12 years.  I have also had experience as a paraprofessional in the public school system in the Special Ed Department. Working with kids is a passion of mine. I love watching them learn and using their imagination. I am planning activities to develop the creative skills and interests of each student. Each child is different and I love getting to know each and every one of them so they can have the best experience here at a Discovery.  I am looking forward to meeting all of the parents, grandparents, and guardians. Communication is very important to me because I think when it comes to your child’s learning, after-school care, happiness, and safety communication is key. Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions or concerns at any time.
 
Patricia (Patty) Schulz - Assistant Child Care Teacher
 
Patty joins 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.
 
Carey Kasuboski - Assistant Child Care Teacher
 
My name is Carey Kasuboski. I am a mom to 5, 1 being my own daughter and 4 my bonus children a daughter and 3 sons. I live in Ripon moved from Green Bay. I have taught early childhood for 25 years. I also work for the Ripon school district at Barlow as a special ed aid in the early childhood class. I also teach classes for the Brave program with Cesa 6. I have a associates degree in Retail Management and Marketing. I also have many classes in early childhood from NWTC Green Bay and continued education in early childhood. I am registered with the Wisconsin Registry. In my extra time, I enjoy being with my family. As a family, we like to fish, camp and go boating. We also like to garden and can fruit and vegetables. I am also a crafter and enjoy painting rocks. 
 
Teelah Harke - Summer Assistant Child Care Teacher
 
 
My name is Teelah Harke. I have 1 child and another on the way. I really enjoy working with children. It has always been a passion of mine since I was younger. This will be my 4th year working at Discovery during the summer. During the school year, I work at a Catholic School as a Teachers Assistant for preschool through 8th grade. I really enjoy spending time outdoors and with my family. 
 
Marissa Pick - Assistant Child Care Teacher
 
My name is Marissa Pick and I am currently 17 years old. I go to Ripon High School and I am going to be a senior. I have completed a child development class and an ECE class. I love working with kids and I began to babysit at age 13. I decided to work at discovery since I went discovery as a child. I am planning to go to school for cosmetology and childcare. I am a cheerleader for RHS and I have been on the team since freshman year.

Kristi Wargula - Substitute Assitant Child Care Teacher

kwargula@discoverdiscovery.org

My name is Kristi Wargula. I was born and raised in Ripon. I am a mom of a 7 yr old daughter and 3 yr old son. I started watching my brother and sister at the age of 10, and have continued that throughout the years. It has always been a passion of mine working with children. I am grateful for the opportunity to work at Discovery and be apart of the growth with all the children.


Morgan Exner - Substitute Assistant Child Care Teacher

mexner@discoverdiscovery.org

I am a Junior 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.