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Shelly Nickel

Owner Director of By Leaps and Bounds Childcare

Classroom: Blue Room ~ Float Teacher

Education: Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Madison Area Technical College and Level 12 on Wisconsin Registry for Childcare Professionals

Experience: Started Teaching 1995 and came to By Leaps and Bounds January 2005. In 2013 became Assistant Director and in August 2015 purchased By Leaps and Bounds

Professional Statement: I love to watch the children’s reaction when they complete something for the first time. It is my job to nurture and teach each child to grow and develop at their pace. I enjoy reading and leading circle time with the children. I like to have fun!!

Sandy Richmond

Classroom: Red Room ~ 3 and 4 yr. old Teacher

Education: Early Childhood Certification and Level 4 on Wisconsin Registry for Childcare Professionals

Experience: Started Teaching 2003 and came to By Leaps and Bounds May 2003

Professional Statement: I love to watch our preschoolers find their independence and become self-sufficient. Every day is a new adventure waiting to be discovered. I love the great outdoors!!

Dawn Rasque

Classroom: Blue Room ~ Preschool Teacher

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education for UW-Platteville and Level 14 on Wisconsin Registry for Childcare Professionals

Experience: Started Teaching 1993 and came to By Leaps and Bounds August 2008

Professional Statement: I enjoy working with Pre-K age children and getting them ready for Kindergarten. I love reading stories with animation and excitement and my students love listening to stories. Every day is a fun new adventure teaching Pre-K.

Jane Wolff

Classroom: Green Room ~ 1 yr. old Teacher

Education: Early Childhood Certification and Level 3 on Wisconsin Registry for Early Childhood Professionals

Experience: Started Teaching in 2000 and came to By Leaps and Bounds February 2013.

Sara Lewis

Classroom: Red Room ~ 3 and 4 yr. old Teacher

Education: Early Childhood Certification and Level 4 on Wisconsin Registry for Childcare Professionals

Experience: Started Teaching 2013 and came to By Leaps and Bounds March 2013

Professional Statement: I love coming into work knowing that every day is going to be filled with something different. Each child has their own personality and I enjoy watching them excel and become independent.

Roxanne Zick

Classroom: Green and Red Room ~ Float Teacher

Education: Early Childhood Certification and Level 3 on Wisconsin Registry for Early Childhood Professionals, 4 hour Nutrition and Food Service Training

Experience: Family Childcare Provider 2001 – 2015

Professional Statement: Growing up I was always told I would make a great teacher. Unfortunately it was not my first choice after high school. I felt that life had a greater calling for me which got me started in childcare. Since then I have not looked back and those who told me I would make a great teacher were right. I love nurturing and watching children grow and develop and that moment when they are able to do it all by themselves can not be replicated. Each day is a new day filled with endless possibilities in the eyes of a child.

Ellen Mead

Classroom: Orange Room ~ 2 yr. old Teacher

Education: Early Childhood Certification and Level 3 on Wisconsin Registry for Childcare Professionals

Experience: Came to By Leaps and Bounds December 2014

Professional Statement: While teaching I have gained a better understanding of the role a teacher takes in a child’s life. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of art through various craft and discovery activities. I am rewarded daily while watching the children achieve new milestones.

Debbie Stafford

Classroom:  Yellow Room ~ Infant Teacher

Education: Early Childhood Education Associate Degree & Additional Schooling. Level 12 on Registry.

Experience: 25 years in Early Childhood. Working with all ages. 10 plus years with 4K/School Program. Director/Asst. Director.

Professional Statement: Friendly and energetic teacher. Motivated to help children become happy, healthy and well-behaved. Committed to each child’s successful cognitive, physical and emotional progress. Develops curriculum with a child’s biological, cognitive and socio-emotional processes in mind. Committed to the healthy maturation of every child involved. Regularly attends professional development seminars, faculty meetings and parent-teacher conferences to remain connected to the needs of children and their parents. Possessing exceptional time management and organization skills. Proficient at implementing specialized programs for development activities and discipline of children. Recognizes that the first few years of a child’s life are highly formative and influential. Adopts a nurturing and encouraging approach to child guidance. Committed to each child’s successful cognitive, physical and emotional progress.

Classroom: Yellow Room ~ Infant Teacher

Education: Early Childhood Certification and Level 1 on Wisconsin Registry for Early Childhood Professionals

Experience: Graduated from By Leaps and Bounds as a child in 2006 and returned to teach in June 2019

Classroom: Orange Room ~ 2yr. old Teacher

Education: Early Childhood Certification and Level 1 on the Wisconsin Registry for Childcare Professionals. Associates Degree from UW-Baraboo/Sauk County in General Studies.

Experience: Came to By Leaps and Bounds in May 2018

Classroom: Green Room ~ 1 yr. old Teacher

Education: Early Childhood Certification and Level 1 on Wisconsin Registry for Early Childhood Professionals

Experience: Came to By Leaps and Bounds in December 2019