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

Jolene Meeks - Director / Child Care and Preschool Teacher

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.

 

Nicole Feldt - Child Care and Preschool Teacher

 

“Hi there! My name is Nicole, and I am so thrilled to be part of the wonderful Discovery preschool team! Although "Nicole" is what I go by, "mom" is the name I love being called the most! I am blessed to be able to do life with my two little partners-in-crime, Abigail (my sweet & spunky 9-year-old mini-me), and Greyson (my smiley & spirited 2.5 year-old determined dude). Being a mom has given me the gift of seeing what's around me with a childlike viewpoint. I love the daily reminders "momming" affords me, to slow down and relish in life's little treasures... finding magic in the mundane! The opportunity to become a teacher with Discovery Preschool has, so far, proven to be the perfect bridge between what I love about mom life and what fills me up and brings joy to who I am, personally. I am so excited to be connected to this incredible community of caring individuals, and delighted to be able to spend time learning alongside so many smiling faces!”

 

Patricia (Patty) Schulz - Child Care Teacher

 
My name is Patty Schulz.  I have been in the field of education for over 30 years.  I have a BS in lower elementary education and a MS in special education. I have taught special education (K-8) in Milwaukee and Detroit. More recently I taught at Ripon College in the Educational Studies Department.  Currently I have had the opportunity to be part of the professional staff at Discovery.  I have had the pleasure of helping and watching children grow socially, physically, and academically.
 
Carey Kasuboski - 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 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 - Assitant Child Care and Preschool 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 - Assistant Child Care Teacher

mexner@discoverdiscovery.org

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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. 

 

Mikayla Flyte - Assistant Child Care Teacher

mflyte@discoverdiscovery.org

Hello, my name is Mikayla Flyte. I am a first year student at Ripon College studying Education, English and Spanish. I aspire to become a middle school or high school English teacher after graduation. I joined the Discovery team in January 2019 as a teacher’s assistant and have enjoyed working in the childcare room, getting to know the students. I love working with children and watching them interact and grow in preparation for later schooling. The experience continues to shape me as a leader as I pursue my college degree. In my free time I enjoy running as a Ripon Redhawk, spending time on my family’s farm and reading. I’m so happy to have the opportunity to work with great children at Discovery Preschool.