Preschool Teachers and Administration

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 30 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 stepchildren. My family and I relocated from Des Moines, Iowa to Ripon in June. I ran in-home childcare for 8 years. I was a State Registered, ChildNet Certified, and QRS rated. I also participated in the states food program (CACFP) to ensure children received healthy meals while in my care. I'm currently working towards my CDA and getting training transferred 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 an in-home provider for 2 years after that. I'm so excited to join Discovery Preschool! 





Child Care Teachers

Joleen Meeks

 She is also our lead Child Care teacher above and beyond what she does in the Preschool Room

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.