Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Raquel at Germantown

The teachers at Momentum Early Learning dedicate much of their time and heart to the children in their classroom. We appreciate all of their hard work and the commitment they make to maintain a higher standard of excellence in everything they do. The culture at Momentum is driven by one unified vision… “Grow as a cohesive and fun team with purpose, engagement, passion, and quality”. Here is a look into the life of one of our many excellent teachers. Find out what they love and what inspires them to be a great educator.

Introducing Ms. Raquel at Germantown!

How long have you worked at Momentum?
2 Years.34667602_937694489724910_5347681015953358848_n

What classroom do you teach?
I was originally in the Trailblazing Tots classroom and I have now moved into the Chatter Bugs classroom.

What made you want to become a teacher?
I’ve always loved working with children and have been in the field for over 15 years. I love helping people, not just the kids in my class but the families too.

What or who inspires you?
My daughter Elianna, because she inspires me to be a better person.

What is your favorite kind of activity to teach? (sensory, gross motor, etc.)
I love sensory and creating art with the kiddos. My favorite sensory activity is using shredded paper, different pictures and shovels to play and explore.

What is one of your first memories from school?
I remember loving music and art. I guess you could say I like more of the creative subjects in school.

What is one of your hidden talents?file2-5
Most of my childhood, up until I turned 18, I played piano and viola. I was in many competitive talent shows. I also performed in my high school’s symphonic orchestra with famous Russian musicians.

Do you have any pets?
We used to have 12 pound bunny. 😊

What is your favorite thing to cook? (if you don’t like to cook, what is your favorite food?)
I love “winging” meals and combining different components. Usually my creations come out tasting pretty good. As for baking, following directions and measuring out ingredients is not my “cup of tea.” Therefore, I try to stay away from baking.

22338987_816011391893221_4827000258621727895_oWhat is your favorite way to relax?
I love to take nature walks and to color. It is methodical and relaxing.

What is your favorite TV show/guilty pleasure?
I do not watch much television at all, so I do not have a favorite. Instead my guilty pleasures are food shopping and Couponing.

What makes a “good day” at Momentum?
A smooth day where the kids are happy, nobody gets hurt and all of my class goes home with smiles on their faces.

What kind of morning routine do you have to get excited for the day?
The way I get myself excited for the day is by waking up and making coffee. I absolutely love that morning cup of coffee!

What is the best thing about being a teacher?file-8
The giggles you hear daily and the memories that you make with them. Also, the fact that I am making a huge difference in the lives of my kids. This change happens the second they step foot into my classroom. Not to mention, all the hugs and kisses!

If you could take your class on a field trip anywhere in the world, where would you go?
The zoo! We would explore the animals and I would love to be able to let the kids feed them as well. That would be a cool experience.

file1-6Momentum Early Learning, the new standard in education and child care, provides unparalleled excellence of care for children through an open, friendly and nurturing culture. Momentum Early Learning provides care and teaching for children ages six weeks to twelve years old. Momentum Early Learning’s pledge of excellence is based on four core values: safety, education, cleanliness and technology. Families interested in learning more about Momentum Early Learning can call the Sussex Campus at 262.820.2595 or the Germantown Campus at 262.415.8047 or visit Momentum’s website at www.momentumearlylearning.com

Teacher Spotlight: Mr. Tyler at Sussex

The teachers at Momentum Early Learning dedicate much of their time and heart to the children in their classroom. We appreciate all of their hard work and the commitment they make to maintain a higher standard of excellence in everything they do. The culture at Momentum is driven by one unified vision… “Grow as a cohesive and fun team with purpose, engagement, passion, and quality”. Here is a look into the life of one of our many excellent teachers. Find out what they love and what inspires them to be a great educator.

Introducing Mr. Tyler at Sussex!

32665294_10155790799492224_1092482355450347520_nHow long have you worked at Momentum?tyler2
7.5 Years

What classroom do you teach?
Pre-K

What made you want to become a teacher?
I come from a big family, I am the oldest of eight! Teaching just came naturally. I was always the one leading a game with my younger siblings.

 IMG_3398What or who inspires you?
My family inspires me. Each day I try to become the best version of myself for them. Becoming a father has opened my eyes and taught me so much!

 What is your favorite kind of activity to teach?
Gross motor is my favorite. I went to school for Physical Education, so I like finding new and fun ways to keep the kids active.D53FA2BC

 What is one of your first memories from school?
One of my favorite school memories was when I was named Student of the Year in 5th grade.

 What is one of your hidden talents?
Juggling

19748545_10155061491162224_7978469554269515862_nDo you have any pets?
No pets, I’m allergic.

What is your favorite thing to cook?
I love making breakfast scramblers! Eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, cheese, all topped with country gravy.

What is your favorite way to relax?
I enjoy listening to podcasts related to fantasy football and politics.

 What is your favorite TV show/guilty pleasure?IMG_3465
I like to watch Supernatural and The Walking Dead.

What makes a “good day” at Momentum?
When there are doughnuts in the break room in the morning 🙂 and when the kids really enjoy the activities I planned, they are engaged and having fun learning.

What kind of morning routine do you have to get excited for the day?
I run laps around the house with my son, Ben.

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19400180_10155018607937224_2645813885555891428_nWhat is the best thing about being a teacher?
I love seeing how far the kids have come by the end of the year!

If you could take your class on a fieldtrip anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would take my class to Disney World.

Momentum Early Learning, the new standard in education and child care, provides unparalleled excellence of care for children through an open, friendly and nurturing culture. Momentum Early Learning provides care and teaching for children ages six weeks to twelve years old. Momentum Early Learning’s pledge of excellence is based on four core values: safety, education, cleanliness and technology. Families interested in learning more about Momentum Early Learning can call the Sussex Campus at 262.820.2595 or the Germantown Campus at 262.415.8047 or visit Momentum’s website at www.momentumearlylearning.com

CJD Awareness Day: Why is November 12th Special to us at Momentum Early Learning?

ashelymomAt Momentum Early Learning family is important to us. Whether it’s the families who bring their children to Momentum, or the families who support our wonderful teachers, we simply cannot put a value on their worth. CJD (Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease), sadly took a family member from one of our beloved teachers at our Sussex location. Ms. Ashley is passionate about sharing her family’s story and wants to spread awareness of this devastating disease.

What is CJD?
Creutzfeldt-Jakob (KROITS-felt YAH-kobe) disease is a degenerative brain disorder (a human prion Disease) that leads to dementia and, ultimately, death. Symptoms of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) can resemble those of other dementia-like brain disorders, such as Alzheimer’s. However, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease usually progresses much more rapidly. The condition causes personality changes, anxiety, depression, and memory loss, usually within a few months. Many people lapse into coma. Some people can live with CJD for up to a year, others only live weeks to months until they pass away. Unfortunately, with every CJD diagnosis, it is always fatal.

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease may occur spontaneously, be inherited, or be transmitted by contact with infected tissue, such as during a transplant or from eating contaminated meat. My mom had Sporadic CJD which means doctors don’t know why or how she got it. Luckily for my family, it does not run in our genetics. Treatment consists of supportive care, because no effective treatment exists, the focus is on alleviating pain and relieving symptoms.

IMG_0648About my Mom, AimeeIMG_2514
My mom was the most wonderful person I have ever met. She was my absolute best friend. My mom loved life and the most important people in her life were her family; especially her three kids. Everything she did, she did for us. She was the most selfless person I knew. She would go out of her way for anyone if it meant she could help them in any way. My mom loved making people happy anyway she could. I have such amazing memories of my mom and for that I am forever grateful. My mom was only on this earth for 52 years but she really touched so many lives in that short time. I was lucky to have known her for 24 of those years and my heart aches every day that goes by without her physically here with me. CJD took my mom’s physical self away from me and my family but it will never be able to take away our wonderful memories we have of her and the people we have become today because of her.

We watched my mom suffer horrendously with CJD for 54 days before it ultimately took her life. It was the worst thing I have ever experienced and it has changed me forever. I have never known a loss so horrible as the loss of my mom. I’m writing about this today because CJD is so very rare and many people do not know about it; it needs to be talked about. Research needs to happen to help find a cure for this monstrous disease. I don’t ever want another family to go through what my family went through. Unfortunately, even though it is rare, people are dealing with this every day. And scary enough, other than my own mom, I know two other people who have passed away from CJD even though it’s supposed to be a one in a million disease.IMG_0028

IMG_0611How CJD Affected my Family
With loss and suffering comes grief. I have never experienced grief quite like this ever before. I learned quickly that it is okay to not be okay. Sometimes you need to cry. Sometimes you need to spend a night at your sister’s house to laugh and cry on and off. Sometimes you need to be by yourself and not say anything to anyone. Sometimes you get angry and ask yourself why this happened to you. My mom passed away on Christmas Eve of 2016. I am writing this nearly two years since that day, and I am finally just now coming to peace with things. I know in my heart that my mom didn’t actually leave me. She left physically but I still feel her with me all the time. Telling me to relax and laugh at myself when I’m feeling frustrated. I feel her telling me to lighten up and stop taking things so seriously. Don’t get me wrong, I still cry once in a while, I still get sad and feel lost. I think I will always grieve the loss of my mom but I’m learning how to live with it.IMG_0014

I’ve had an amazing support system including my dad, step mom, siblings, my amazing husband and in-law’s. I couldn’t have made it through any of it without them. I never thought I could live without my mom but little did I know, she prepared me to be strong like her. Going through something like this as a family was tragic but it has also made us stronger as a whole. It has made us really cherish family time even more than we did before. The bond between my family has always been strong but we are even stronger now.

IMG_0612Living My Mom’s Legacy
As I mentioned before, my mom was so kind and considerate to other people. She literally brought so much joy to everyone she knew. That is how I remember her. That is how I want other people to remember her. Every day I try to do at least one thing in honor of my mom to make someone else’s day. Whether that is a simple compliment, paying for the person’s coffee behind me in the drive thru at Starbucks, offering a helping hand to someone in need, or just smiling at someone as they walk by. A little kindness can go a long way and sometimes a simple smile can mean the world to someone. My mom always “paid it forward” and I try to do the same every day.

What you can do to help?IMG_0364
Spread awareness! Wear purple on November 12! Like CJD awareness pages on Facebook. Visit the CJD Foundation website (www.cjdfoundation.org) for more information and other ways you can donate and/or volunteer! If you order items from amazon, you can go to smile.amazon.com and select the CJD Foundation for the charity that amazon will donate to with every purchase.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read about my mom and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. I appreciate it more than you know.IMG_0593

Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Rebecca

The teachers at Momentum Early Learning dedicate much of their time and heart to the children in their classroom. We appreciate all of their hard work and the commitment they make to maintain a higher standard of excellence in everything they do. The culture at Momentum is driven by one unified vision… “Grow as a cohesive and fun team with purpose, engagement, passion, and quality”. Here is a look into the life of one of our many excellent teachers. Find out what they love and what inspires them to be a great educator.

Introducing….Ms. Rebecca at our Germantown Campus:

How long have you worked at Momentum?IMG-7141
1 Year and 4 Months

What classroom do you teach?
Creative Explorers

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What made you want to become a teacher?
My teachers had a huge power over how I felt about myself, both bad and good! I wanted to teach children by helping them become good friends and have positive images of themselves and their abilities.

What or who inspires you?
Ellen DeGeneres. I appreciate her so much because she is a strong, humorous and intelligent person who uses her platform address important issues going on in our world today. She does it with love and empathy.

What is your favorite kind of activity to teach? (sensory, gross motor, etc.)
Science. I like to learn how they think and see how excited the students get about  learning and experiencing new things! It is just wonderful! 😊

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What is one of your first memories from school?
First Grade. I was reading a story aloud and shouted the word “BANG.” Even though I probably scared everyone in my room, my teacher congratulated me on reading with feeling.

What is one of your hidden talents?
Swing dancing! I try to do it once a week with my friends downtown!IMG-0897

Do you have any pets?
Two guinea pigs. Their names are Scottie and S’mores.

What is your favorite thing to cook?
I really like making soup. It’s interesting to experiment and difficult to mess up. I usually don’t work with a recipe.

What is your favorite way to relax? Cross stitching/ sewing.

What is your favorite TV show/guilty pleasure?
BBC America shows, documentaries and movies.

What makes a “good day” at Momentum?
Lots of hugs and learning, leaving with a smile on my face, and knowing I made a positive difference in my kids lives.IMG-7785

What kind of morning routine do you have to get excited for the day?
I listen to podcasts every morning while I get ready and drive to work.

What is the best thing about being a teacher?
IMG-7652Being able to coach a child through learning something that they find difficult. When they finally understand, I get to see the light bulb switch on in their brain.

If you could take your class on a field trip anywhere in the world, where would you go?
The Florida Keys, to learn about Florida’s ecosystem. We could snorkel and learn about the plants and animals that live there. (I went to Florida in high school, that is where I learned how to SCUBA dive and developed a love of science!)

 Momentum Early Learning, the new standard in education and child care, provides unparalleled excellence of care for children through an open, friendly and nurturing culture. Momentum Early Learning provides care and teaching for children ages six weeks to twelve years old. Momentum Early Learning’s pledge of excellence is based on four core values: safety, education, cleanliness and technology. Families interested in learning more about Momentum Early Learning can call the Sussex Campus at 262.820.2595 or the Germantown Campus at 262.415.8047 or visit Momentum’s website at www.momentumearlylearning.com

Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Heather at Germantown

The teachers at Momentum Early Learning dedicate much of their time and heart to the children in their classroom. We appreciate all of their hard work and the commitment they make to maintain a higher standard of excellence in everything they do. The culture at Momentum is driven by one unified vision… “Grow as a cohesive and fun team with purpose, engagement, passion, and quality”. Here is a look into the life of one of our many excellent teachers. Find out what they love and what inspires them to be a great educator.

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Ms. Heather at Germantown

How long have you worked at Momentum?

I started in April 2013 at the Sussex location and then moved over to the Germantown campus when they opened.

What classroom do you teach?

I am the teacher in Mobile Tykes.

What made you want to become a teacher?

I have always wanted to teach. I used to play school when I was little, and I was always the teacher.

What or who inspires you?

My children inspire me. I get a lot of strength from them.

What is your favorite kind of activity to teach? (sensory, gross motor, etc.)

I would say my favorite activity to teach is sensory. I like seeing their faces light up when they experience new things. This experience teaches them so much!

What is one of your first memories from school?Heather

One of my first memories was sitting on the carpet and talking about the days, weather and counting. This singing and group time was the absolute best.

What is one of your hidden talents?

I can dance. The types of dance I enjoy are jazz, tap, ballet, and many more. I have been dancing for 18+ years and won’t ever stop.

Do you have any pets?

Nope, I do not have any!

What is your favorite thing to cook? (if you don’t like to cook, what is your favorite food?)

I do enjoy cooking. I like making one pot meals. They are easy and there are so many options of meals to make, honestly, they are endless! Ask me about my favorites and I will walk you through it!

What is your favorite way to relax?agfsdfaAGFD

I enjoy reading and spending time with my husband and kids.

What is your favorite TV show/guilty pleasure?

Any cooking or baking show on TV!

What makes a “good day” at Momentum?

A good day is when I see the light bulb go off in my students. That is when you know they have learned something new. They radiate a sense of pride that makes me smile.

What kind of morning routine do you have to get excited for the day?

After I get up and ready in the morning I get in my car and listen to the radio. I enjoy this quiet time. It helps me get prepared for the day ahead.

What is the best thing about being a teacher?afdaf

The best part is being able to help young children learn and grow. Also, the hugs are great too! 😊

If you could take your class on a fieldtrip anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Honestly, I would take them to the zoo. The age I teach loves animals; I know they would love it.

 

Momentum Early Learning, the new standard in education and child care, provides unparalleled excellence of care for children through an open, friendly and nurturing culture. Momentum Early Learning provides care and teaching for children ages six weeks to twelve years old. Momentum Early Learning’s pledge of excellence is based on four core values: safety, education, cleanliness and technology. Families interested in learning more about Momentum Early Learning can call the Sussex Campus at 262.820.2595 or the Germantown Campus at 262.415.8047 or visit Momentum’s website at www.momentumearlylearning.com.

Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Megan at Sussex

The teachers at Momentum Early Learning dedicate much of their time and heart to the children in their classroom. We appreciate all of their hard work and the commitment they make to maintain a higher standard of excellence in everything they do. The culture at Momentum is driven by one unified vision… “Grow as a cohesive and fun team with purpose, engagement, passion, and quality”. Here is a look into the life of one of our many excellent teachers. Find out what they love and what inspires them to be a great educator.

Introducing Ms. Megan at Sussex!

How long have you been working at momentum?4THJULY5
March 2018

What classroom do you teach?
Trailblazing Tots

What made you want to become a teacher?
In high school, I wanted to become a marine biologist or zoologist but that fell through because it was out of state for college. Then senior year I volunteered at Pewaukee Elementary and loved working one and one with kids, and as a group. After high school at Pewaukee I went to WCTC to get my associates degree in Early Childhood Education and Instructional Assistant. This fall my plan is to go to Alverno to get my Bachelors Degree in Education.

megan7What/who inspires you?
Walt Disney. He failed so many times but did not give up. He believed in that one thing (Mickey Mouse) to succeed, which made many people happy.

What is one of your first memories from school?
I was the only person in my family to go to Pre-K because I did not talk until I was five ( shocking I know ). I remember the yellow school bus getting me from my house and how much fun I had going off to school by myself.

What is one of your hidden talents?
I can move my kneecap and I’m double jointed in both arms.

megan2Do you have any pets?
Tom and I have a black lab/pit mix (we think that’s what she is) named Shadow. We named her that because when she was little she was scared of her own shadow.megan6

What is your favorite thing to cook?
Well, Ms. Megan doesn’t cook or the fire department would be at the house all the time 😂 but my favorite food is spaghetti!

What is your favorite way to relax?
When I’m not at the race track with Tom, I like to lay around with a coloring book and listen to music, or watch Netflix.

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What is your favorite TV show?
Pretty Little Liars, Disney Fairy Tale Weddings, or The Fosters.

What makes a “good day” at Momentum?
When all the kids are healthy and have a smile on there faces! Also when you walk in the room and they scream your name and give you a big hug in the morning, or even after nap.

What kind of morning routine do you have to get excited for the day?
Wake up (on time), I get in my car and turn on Disney music, and stop at Starbucks to get a java chip fappacino. I love walking into trailblazing tots to hear all the kids scream “MEGAN” with their arms open wide for a hug!

What’s the best thing about being a teacher?
It is a very reward job watching the kids learn and grow each day. Teachers don’t go into the job to make a ton of money. It is always the outcome that is such a reward. There is never a dull moment in teaching and each day is different. Seeing all the smiling faces and all the hugs you can get throughout the day can change a teachers’s day for the better. I wouldn’t ask for any other job. Teaching and helping children is where I’m supposed to be!

If you could take your class anywhere in the world for a field trip, where would you go?megan4 megan5

Disney World! Just seeing the smiles on children’s faces at Disney World could make anyone happy. The excitement you feel when you walk down Main Street to see the castle makes you forget about the outside world and reality. Plus, I love Disney so I would have fun too!

 

 

Momentum Early Learning, the new standard in education and child care, provides unparalleled excellence of care for children through an open, friendly and nurturing culture. Momentum Early Learning provides care and teaching for children ages six weeks to twelve years old. Momentum Early Learning’s pledge of excellence is based on four core values: safety, education, cleanliness and technology. Families interested in learning more about Momentum Early Learning can call the Sussex Campus at 262.820.2595 or the Germantown Campus at 262.415.8047 or visit Momentum’s website at www.momentumearlylearning.com.

Teacher Spotlight: Jill B.

The teachers at Momentum Early Learning dedicate much of their time and heart to the children in their classroom. We appreciate all of their hard work and the commitment they make to maintain a higher standard of excellence in everything they do. The culture at Momentum is driven by one unified vision… “Grow as a cohesive and fun team with purpose, engagement, passion, and quality”. Here is a look into the life of one of our many excellent teachers. Find out what they love and what inspires them to be a great educator.

Introducing Ms. Jill at Germantown…

How long have you worked at Momentum?

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1 Year

What classroom do you teach?

Lively Learners

What made you want to become a teacher?

When I was little, I wanted to be a preschool teacher in Congo, Africa. I fell in love again with teaching when I interned at the Milwaukee Public Museum during their summer camp program in 2010.

What or who inspires you?

My students inspire me.

What is your favorite kind of activity to teach? (sensory, gross motor, etc.)

Science and art.

What is one of your first memories from school?

Playing Mrs. Washington in the kindergarten product of “About George Washington and The Cherry Tree.”

What is one of your hidden talents?

I really don’t have one.IMG_0229

Do you have any pets?

I have a cat named Mitzy.

What is your favorite thing to cook? (if you don’t like to cook, what is your favorite food?)

Anything! I love to cook and bake. I am teaching myself how to decorate cakes.

What is your favorite way to relax?

Hanging out at home watching movies with my boyfriend and cat.

What is your favorite TV show/guilty pleasure?

IMG_0231Supernatural. I have been watching since I was 15…I even got to meet one of the main characters! (Check out the photo!)

What makes a “good day” at Momentum?

Getting to play with the kids and watching them have fun with the activities I planned.

What kind of morning routine do you have to get excited for the day?

When my first alarm goes off my cat jumps on me to get in one last snuggle, then I get up, get dressed, eat and leave to start me day.

What is the best thing about being a teacher?

Getting to see the look of excitement when a child masters a skill for the first time.

IMG_0230If you could take your class on a fieldtrip anywhere in the world, where would you go?

C.A.R.E. in South Africa. I would love to teach them about conservation and show them the cute baboons.

 Momentum Early Learning, the new standard in education and child care, provides unparalleled excellence of care for children through an open, friendly and nurturing culture. Momentum Early Learning provides care and teaching for children ages six weeks to twelve years old. Momentum Early Learning’s pledge of excellence is based on four core values: safety, education, cleanliness and technology. Families interested in learning more about Momentum Early Learning can call the Sussex Campus at 262.820.2595 or the Germantown Campus at 262.415.8047 or visit Momentum’s website at www.momentumearlylearning.com.

Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Lori at Sussex

The teachers at Momentum Early Learning dedicate much of their time and heart to the children in their classroom. We appreciate all of their hard work and the commitment they make to maintain a higher standard of excellence in everything they do. The culture at Momentum is driven by one unified vision… “Grow as a cohesive and fun team with purpose, engagement, passion, and quality”. Here is a look into the life of one of our many excellent teachers. Find out what they love and what inspires them to be a great educator.

Introducing Ms. Lori at Sussex!

How long have you worked at Momentum?IMG-7592
I have worked at Momentum for a little over two years.

What classroom do you teach?bluepuppet
When I first began teaching here, I worked as a floater.  A few months later, I landed happily in CC2.

What made you want to become a teacher?
I loved school and I loved to learn. In first grade, I decided I wanted to be a teacher. (and a ballerina!)  Later on I also realized how much I enjoyed being with young children, and Early Childhood Education was a perfect fit.

What or who inspires you?
I am inspired by those who show kindness toward others, positivity, generosity of spirit, forgiveness, empathy and those people brave enough to fight for what they believe in.

What is your favorite kind of activity to teach?17191022_10154714855462224_3163014515050415403_n
When I taught ‘older children’ (3, 4 5 year olds), I thought of myself as more of a facilitator rather than a teacher.  I believed in creating a classroom environment rich in hands on opportunities: fun learning centers, lots of books, puzzles, file folder games. The preschoolers learned without realizing they were learning!! I especially enjoyed Social studies, Science and introducing students to the wonderful world of Children’s Literature. Now that I work with infants, I find that they are teaching ME!  I am fascinated by their developing social skills, which begin much younger than I ever realized.  I love nurturing and bonding with my babies, helping them feel safe and secure while they are at Momentum.  It’s exciting for me to watch their excitement when we sing songs, play on the floor together, and introduce them to simple sights and experiences for the first time.  (new foods, finger paint, grass, fur, colorful balls, toys…..the list goes on) And I still love reading to those that are interested!! 🙂

What is one of your first memories from school?
I remember chart stories and learning to read in 1st grade. We still had reading groups back then! A whole new world was opening up.Lori

What is one of your hidden talents?
Sadly, I have no talents, hidden or otherwise.  I dabble in lots of things, but that’s about it.  Wait…I’m a good speller…does that count?

Do you have any pets?Lori2
I love animals and house pets.  Right now, I only have two fur-children….Lola and Rico.  They are brother and sister yorkie-poos. I also have a grand dog-ter and two grand cats.  At my peak, I had three dogs, two cats, a bird and a guinea pig.  I’ve also had a pet rat, rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, an aquarium, turtles, hermit crabs, frogs, fish….pretty much everything, except a horse.  I’d like to have a tea cup piggy someday.

Lori3What is your favorite thing to cook?
I don’t cook much anymore, but if any of my adult children come home, I am happy to cook or bake anything they remember fondly from their childhood. Lori4

What is your favorite way to relax?
Relaxing for me usually involves a book…in front of a fireplace in winter or in my yard in summer.  I also find gardening to be relaxing, as well as, spending time with my dogs, and being in and among nature.Lori5

What is your favorite TV show/guilty pleasure?
I don’t watch much TV, but I do enjoy ‘This Is Us’, ‘Amazing Race’, and ‘Last Man Standing.’

What makes a “good day” at Momentum?
A good day at Momentum begins with the happy faces of the children as they come into the building…so much enthusiasm even at 7:00 in the morning! Then there are the friendly greetings from the parents and the camaraderie among my co-teachers…lots of smiles and laughs.  When all of our CC2 babies are healthy and content, that’s the icing on the cake.

What kind of morning routine do you have to get excited for the day?
I wake up early.  Sometimes I read the prior day’s newspaper. Almost always I have coffee.  My dogs and I like to walk around the yard and see what’s blooming (in the summer obviously). I Snapchat my son…we have quite a streak going….and do a few chores because I like coming home to a clean house.

What is the best thing about being a teacher?
I’ve spent my entire working career as a teacher.  I love watching a child’s skills grow and develop…those ‘aha’ moments for them and me when I know I’ve had a hand in their learning. Whether it’s academic or social, it is so gratifying (and humbling) to think I may have a positive effect on a child’s life. Children are so honest and eager and their excitement is contagious.  And, of course, the affection and the hugs and snuggles that I get everyday…well that’s the best of the best.

If you could take your class on a fieldtrip anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I honestly wouldn’t want to take my class on a field trip!  I would, however, love to see each CC2 baby have the opportunity to take a family trip to Africa and go on safari.  I’d be happy to chaperone!

Momentum Early Learning, the new standard in education and child care, provides unparalleled excellence of care for children through an open, friendly and nurturing culture. Momentum Early Learning provides care and teaching for children ages six weeks to twelve years old. Momentum Early Learning’s pledge of excellence is based on four core values: safety, education, cleanliness and technology. Families interested in learning more about Momentum Early Learning can call the Sussex Campus at 262.820.2595 or the Germantown Campus at 262.415.8047 or visit Momentum’s website at www.momentumearlylearning.com.

Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Liz at Germantown

The teachers at Momentum Early Learning dedicate much of their time and heart to the children in their classroom. We appreciate all of their hard work and the commitment they make to maintain a higher standard of excellence in everything they do. The culture at Momentum is driven by one unified vision… “Grow as a cohesive and fun team with purpose, engagement, passion, and quality”. Here is a look into the life of one of our many excellent teachers. Find out what they love and what inspires them to be a great educator.

Introducing Ms. Liz at Germantown…

How long have you worked at Momentum?

I started January 22nd…so, around 6 months.

IMG_7053What classroom do you teach?

I’m one of the lead teachers in Creative Explorers!

What made you want to become a teacher?

It’s what I’ve wanted to do since high school. Right after graduating, I got a job as a teacher in a little church in 2003. The rest was history.

What or who inspires you?

My mom for her tenacity and fighting spirit. Also, anyone who

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reminds me to stay grateful and positive. As well as, the kids who remind me to hold on to those childhood values we often loose as adults.

What is your favorite kind of activity to teach?

Art! I went to school for Early Childhood Education, but also fine art. I love to the combine the two fields at work.

What is one of your first memories from school?

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I don’t remember much when I was little, but I do remember something somewhat funny…We were on a field trip to a farm where I was balancing on a plank and I fell into a pit of manure! Ha! Not fun!!

What is one of your hidden talents?

Art, drawing, etc. Anything creative, I used to do lots of creative writing too.

Do you have any pets?

Yes. We have 4 cats. I LOVE animals. When we get our house..(or farm)..I want two/three dogs, bunnies, goats, snakes, etc.

What is your favorite thing to cook?

I Love to cook. My family is huge into cooking and taught me a lot. My favorite thing

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to cook is French cuisine, because it comes naturally to me, and uses such simple, farm ingredients.

IMG_7056What is your favorite way to relax?

Canoeing, relaxing on a sunny patio or terrace on the water, camping in my Dads RV in the woods, or chilling with my family or in-laws on their boat!

What is your favorite TV show/guilty pleasure?

Master Chef, House Hunters, Law and Order SVU, The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones.

What makes a “good day” at Momentum?

The days with happy kids who get along, keep busy and when your lesson goes well and the kids enjoy it!

What kind of morning routine do you have to get excited for the day?

Pretty simple…I wake up, get ready, start the coffee, feed the kitties and out the door I go!

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Being the “foundation” of a child’s education. It’s so great to be greeted by happiness and hugs every day. Seeing kids absorb the lessons you teach is great, but hearing “I love you, Ms. Liz,” takes the cake.

If you could take your class on a fieldtrip anywhere in the world, where would you go?

The Betty Brinn science museum! I loved it as a kid and know my class would too! Otherwise, a large motor field trip where they could run, jump, etc!

 Momentum Early Learning, the new standard in education and child care, provides unparalleled excellence of care for children through an open, friendly and nurturing culture. Momentum Early Learning provides care and teaching for children ages six weeks to twelve years old. Momentum Early Learning’s pledge of excellence is based on four core values: safety, education, cleanliness and technology. Families interested in learning more about Momentum Early Learning can call the Sussex Campus at 262.820.2595 or the Germantown Campus at 262.415.8047 or visit Momentum’s website at www.momentumearlylearning.com.

Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Jenna at Sussex

The teachers at Momentum Early Learning dedicate much of their time and heart to the children in their classroom. We appreciate all of their hard work and the commitment they make to maintain a higher standard of excellence in everything they do. The culture at Momentum is driven by one unified vision… “Grow as a cohesive and fun team with purpose, engagement, passion, and quality”. Here is a look into the life of one of our many excellent teachers. Find out what they love and what inspires them to be a great educator.Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, standing

Introducing, Ms. Jenna at Sussex!

How long have you worked at Momentum?
pinkOne year. I started working at Momentum in May of 2017

What classroom do you teach?
Little Scholars

What made you want to become a teacher?
Growing up, I did lots of volunteer work with kids. Through these experiences I found out that I loved working with kids, Becoming a teacher seemed like a perfect fit for me.

jenna5What or who inspires you?
My family inspires me to be the best version of myself. They are always there to lift me up and jennafsupport me. My family really means a lot to me!

What is your favorite kind of activity to teach?
Fine motor activities and small group activities are my favorite to teach. I love planning the games and activities that are offered at center time everyday!

What is one of your first memories from school?
I remember being nervous to start school, as I was a quiet and shy girl, but once I made friends school was a great experience for me!

What is one of your hidden talents?
Baking is one of my hidden talents. In my free time I love to bake! I even went to culinary jennaf2school for a year.

Do you have any pets?
No

What is your favorite thing to cook?
I love to bake! My favorite things to bake are cookies and cakes.

What is your favorite way to relax?
Watching TV or movies, and spending time with my close friends and family.

What is your favorite TV show/guilty pleasure?
I watch quite a few TV shows but my favorites are Lost, The Vampire Diaries, and Game of Thrones.

What makes a “good day” at Momentum?Walking into my classroom and being greeted with excitement and lots of hugs from my students. A good day is also when my students are engaged in activities, and most importantly, just having fun!

What kind of morning routine do you have to get excited for the day?
On my commute to work each morning I listen to my favorite songs in the car. I pick songs that are going to put me in a good mood and help me get excited for my day.

What is the best thing about being a teacher?
jennaf4The best thing about being a teacher is being able to make a meaningful impact on a young child’s life. Getting to see each of your students grow and develop over their time with you is very rewarding.

If you could take your class on a field trip anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would take my class to a National Park. Throughout my childhood, my family visited many different National Parks around the U.S. and now I have a great appreciation for them. I would love to share that same experience with my class.

Momentum Early Learning, the new standard in education and child care, provides unparalleled excellence of care for children through an open, friendly and nurturing culture. Momentum Early Learning provides care and teaching for children ages six weeks to twelve years old. Momentum Early Learning’s pledge of excellence is based on four core values: safety, education, cleanliness and technology. Families interested in learning more about Momentum Early Learning can call the Sussex Campus at 262.820.2595 or the Germantown Campus at 262.415.8047 or visit Momentum’s website at www.momentumearlylearning.com.