Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Abbie at Sussex

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Our Management team at Momentum Early Learning dedicates much of their time and heart to the children, families, and teachers at Momentum. 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 closer look into the life of our Administrative and Marketing Coordinator. Find out what they love and what inspires them.

Introducing Ms. Abbie at Sussex!

How long have you worked at Momentum?4THJULY13
4 years

What is your position at Momentum?
I am currently the Administrative and Marketing Coordinator. When I first started working at Momentum I was a Pre-K teacher for two years, then I was the Little Scholars teacher for about a year before taking my position up in the office.11872015_10153529387782224_8589458390009503038_o

What made you want to work in child care?
While trying to decide what kind of career I wanted, I never imagined working in child care. After going through many different majors in college, from Art and Design to Nursing, I finally decided on Business Administration and Art History. While I was in school I took a job as a nanny, and then starting working at a child care center that had late hours that worked with my school schedule. I quickly began to see the importance in quality child care and it made me realize how much early educators impact the first years of a child’s life. After graduating, I was on the lookout for a variety of jobs but working in child care seemed to be the right path for me.14856156_10154374077892224_8790100695228679203_o

IMG_4458What or who inspires you? Why?
I’m lucky to have many inspiring people in my life. One person in particular is my mom. She has worked in Early Education for over 30 years, so I’ve always looked up to her and I go to her often for professional advice. I’ve always tried to mirror her hard work and dedication as I learn and grow in my career in child care. In addition to looking up to her in a professional sense, she is also an inspiring and strong mother of four children. I have learned so much from both of my parents, and I hope to take all of those life lessons and be as good of a parent as they are.

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What is your favorite kind of activity to teach?
My favorite activity to teach has always been art and sensory! They both allow children to get creative, explore new things, and get messy!

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What is one of your first memories from school?
I only have vague memories from when I was in preschool, but I know I was always having fun with my friends and teachers. In Kindergarten, I remember Zero the Hero coming to our class. She was this wacky lady who came to our class to teach us about counting.

What is one of your hidden talents? IMG_5764I played ice hockey my whole life and even played through college at UW-Eau Claire. I still try to play as much as I can in adult hockey leagues, which is how I met my husband, Ian. Our son, Owen, has also developed a love for the game. 🙂

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Do you have any pets?  We have a dog named Libby. She is a Pomeranian, Shiba Inu mix.

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What is your favorite thing to cook?
I love to bake and cook. I don’t have a particular meal I like to cook, but I just love to explore new recipes and try new things.

What is your favorite way to relax?
Spending time with my family is always relaxing. I also enjoy doing yoga and going to the gym to relax and unwind.

What is your favorite TV show/guilty pleasure?IMG_5763My favorite shows are Friends and New Girl.

What makes a “good day” at Momentum?
A good day at Momentum is when children and teachers are happy, healthy, and ready to take on the day! It definitely makes it easy to work in environment where everyone is so dedicated to making a difference in young children’s lives. And it’s always great when Cindy decides to pop in for the day. 😉

What kind of morning routine do you have to get excited for the day?
I’m not a great morning person, but I’m usually the first one to wake up. I eat a good breakfast, make Owen’s lunch and my lunch, get us both ready for the day and then head out the door. Nothing special, but with a little one, it’s important to stick to the same routine.

What is the best thing about working at Momentum?
Every day is different, and you never really know what you’re going to get. I love that I don’t work somewhere that is mundane and the same work every day. Working at Momentum allows me to use my creativity, and I get to work with a variety of children. I also love that I get to see Owen throughout the day and see how much fun he is having!

If you could take your class on a fieldtrip anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would take a preschool class to a famous art museum. Not enough young children are taught to appreciate fine art.

Teacher Spotlight Blog: Ms. Kaycie 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. Kaycie at Germantown!

file-14How long have you worked at Momentum?
I have worked at Momentum for about 4 months.

What classroom do you teach?
I am in the Cuddly Cuties 2 classroom.

What made you want to become a teacher?
For as long as I can remember, my Mom has had an in-home childcare. I have always enjoyed the bond with kids and watching them develop.file1-10

What or who inspires you? Why?
I do not just have one person who inspires me. I get inspired by strong willed and passionate individuals.

What is your favorite kind of activity to teach?
My favorite activity to teach is art. I really think it helps the mind grow quickly. Art is a great way for each child’s personality to shine through.

What is one of your first memories from school?
When I was in kindergarten, my Dad came in uniform as a Deputy Sheriff for show and tell.file2-9

What is one of your hidden talents?
One of my hidden talents is my ability to do artwork. I have a side business selling my creations.

Do you have any pets?
 I have two crazy, loving cats. Their names are Jemma and Jasper. Jasper is my favorite! 😊

What is your favorite thing to cook?
My favorite thing to cook is my homemade alfredo with tortellini noodles.

What is your favorite way to relax? My favorite way to relax is by painting and cooking.

file3-5What is your favorite TV show/guilty pleasure?
My favorite TV shoes are Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med. It is my favorite series.

What makes a “good day” at Momentum?
A good day is walking through my classroom door and seeing how happy my babies are when I get there. They are so excited to see me!

What kind of morning routine do you have to get excited for the day?
I grab my cup of milk and tell my cats I will see them when I get home.

What is the best thing about being a teacher?
The best thing is watching the kids grow. Being able to see the excitement in their face when they learn something new is the best!

If you could take your class on a field trip anywhere in the world, where would you go?
If I could take my class on a field trip anywhere in the world, I would go to Ireland. It is beautiful!

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. 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.