Mr. Terry is the owner of Little Bears since 2000. My wife and I bought Little Bears because we wanted a better childcare experience for our children. We have 3 children, a teenager and two adults. As a family we like to travel and vacation together. I also enjoy hunting, fishing, hiking, and woodworking. I take pride in providing a "home away from home" for the children. We provide a space where children can be loved, safe, and educated all at the same time. We always say "There is no finish line for quality education". I love seeing the children and families every morning and seeing them smile, learn, and play. It also thrills me to see that some of our children grown into adults. Some have even brought their children to the center or have come to work for me.
Ms. Jilleen has been at Little Bears since August 2013, and I have been the director since August 2020. My husband and I have lived in Marshall for 24 years, and we have a gender neutral 20-year-old. They are attending Carroll University in Waukesha for animal behavior. I enjoy walks and doing various puzzles and crafts during my free time. As the director I have enjoyed coming up with ways to better our program like observing/helping our teachers in their classrooms, marketing our program, and showing our center to new families. I like seeing all the different classrooms and ages. I love seeing all the different personalities the children have. Seeing them smile at me, give me a hug, or tell me something about their days is wonderful and warms my heart.
Ms. Jackie is a teacher in the Teddies (infant)/ and has been at Little Bears since May 2009. My kids are my everything. I have two sons, and a daughter. As a family we enjoy going to carnivals, festivals, and farmers markets. We enjoy spending time in the Dells enjoying all it has to offer. Recently I tried out my "green thumb", and found I like it. Gardening/planting flowers is my newfound passion. I also love taking pictures of my kids. In the classroom, when we are not rocking and snuggling our babies, we do a lot of modeling appropriate behavior and verbalize everything to build vocabulary. We teach some basic sign language to help your little one communicate. I enjoy making keepsake hand and footprint art and watching the kids learn and grow. Over the years I have had so many parents tell me they wish they could do what I do, they wish they could stay, play, and snuggle their babies all day. With that being said and having children of my own I completely understand! My favorite thing about working with children, especially the babies, is the snuggling and rocking! It's also a great feeling watching them learn and grow knowing that I contributed to their success. I've also met so many wonderful families who trust me with their children, which is also very rewarding.
Ms. Ashley is a teacher in the Teddy Bears (infants) and has been at Little Bears since July 2020. I will be getting married soon and have two sons. During my free time I do stuff with my kids and enjoy family outings. I also love four wheeling, snowmobiling, horseback riding, hiking, and soccer. In my classroom I like to sing songs, dance, read, doing art and play peek-a-boo with the kids. We also love it when the pink tunnel is brought out. My favorite thing about working with children is seeing all their smiles and accomplishments. I love watching them grow and learn both mentally and physically as they get older.
Ms. Justine works in both the Teddy Bears (infants) and the Cubs (1 year olds) She has been at Little Bears since May of 2018 In my spare time I enjoy reading books, spending time with family and friends, binge watching my favorite T.V shows on Netflix I love snuggling and playing with the babies. My favorite thing about working with children is seeing them grow, learn, smile and laugh. Also knowing that I've made an impact on children and families.
Ms. Lori is the teacher in the Cub (1 year olds) room, and has been at Little Bears since March 2022. I am married and have two sons. I grew up in North Carolina, and now live in Watertown. We love the Brewers! We also enjoy going to sporting events like baseball, hockey, and soccer. I love to do art with the kids, and explore sensory materials. It is great to watch the children learn and explore, and get excited about learning.
Ms. Brie is the assistant teacher in the Cub (1 year old) and has been with Little Bears since May 2022. I enjoy being outdoors doing things like fishing, hiking, or stargazing. I also like knitting and painting. This is my first experience as a childcare provider, but it is what I want to do for my career. I am excited to get started and learn everything. My favorite thing about working with watching them grow into the person they will be.
Ms. Anissa is the teacher in the Koalas (2 year olds) and has been at Little Bears since June 2019. I am recently married. I love spending time with family and friends, especially my nieces and nephews. I also love fishing, playing pool, shopping, traveling, and country music. In my classroom I love to find different art projects and sensory activities. We also like to explore the outdoors My favorite thing about working with children is watching them learn new things and teaching them new things.
Mrs. Kenzie is the teacher in the Pandas (3 year olds) and has been at Little Bears since December 2020. My husband and I have two dogs. We enjoy camping with family and friends. Really anything outdoors, as I grew up on the water boating, sailing, and jet skiing. I also love doing all kinds of crafts. In the preschool room we really begin to focus on improving the skill they have already learned, as well as setting them up for success in 4K. My favorite part of the day with the kids is our scheduled art time. I love to see their creative sides! I love helping the children grow and learn. It is great getting to know them as their teacher, because while I am teaching them, they are also teaching me.
Ms. Kim is the co-teacher in the Pandas, with Ms. Kenzie, and has been at Little Bears since February 2022. She enjoys reading, cooking, and taking walks with my dog. I also make cards and enjoy being creative. Literacy is a focus in my classroom. I enjoy using puppets to make story time, and other times fun. I put a focus on preparing hands on activities and incorportating movement into the classroom. I love witnessing the excitement children have to learn and helping to fuel that curiosity. There is so much joy in helping a child gain an understanding of the world around them. I thrive on making learning fun by using engaging books, using puppets often, and always encouraging children to have a sense of wonder.
Teacher Kaedyn will be assisting both Ms. Kenzie in the Pandas, and Ms. Samm in the Grizzlies this summer. I am the gender-neutral child of Ms. Jilleen. I grew up in a household where my mom was a childcare provider, including having a family childcare in my own home. I use they/them pronouns. I love being around animals of all kinds. I also enjoy reading and writing fantasy and science fiction stories. In the classroom, I like reading books to the children, and hearing the funny and interesting things they have to say.
Ms. Samm is the teacher in the Grizzlies (School age room) has been at Little Bears since July of 2015. She also helps in other classrooms when her students are at school. Finally, she is also the director's assistant. I have son, and in my spare time I like to hike, and be outdoors when it is nice out. I also like to read and watch Netflix. In my classroom we focus on academic growth since it is their first year in school. I also like to get them outside, do science experiments, encourage lots of questions, and help them gain independence. It is fun to watch them learn new things and get super excited when they do. It is interesting to listen to their random conversations and see how their mind works and makes connections. There is never a dull moment in our classroom.
Ms. Barb is the cook, and has been at Little Bears since May 2019. I have five children, five grandchildren, and two dogs. I love spending time with family having cookouts, playing games, taking my dogs for walks, and playing at the park. I also love reading and watching true story shows. In the kitchen, I enjoy finding new recipes to try, and seeing what the children like to eat. I also enjoy doing foods for national days. Every day the children make me smile and laugh. They are one of my favorite things about my job. Every day is something new to see them growing and learning.