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Who We Are

Building a Better Community, One Child at a Time.

Caring for your child is a responsibility we take very seriously. You should feel at ease and confident about the place your child spends their day. We have been providing exceptional care for children of the DeForest community for over 20 years. Our credentialed and degreed teachers and staff are dedicated to providing quality early care and education for our children. Daily interaction with loving, caring people can positively influence your child’s future. Our goal is to develop a partnership, between home and school, which benefits the development and growth of your child. Wishing Well Preschool is rated 5-star by the State of Wisconsin and our facility is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs Accreditation is an official review process performed by a nationally-recognized outside agency. The process of achieving and maintaining accreditation is no easy feat. It involves staff and family participation, classroom observations, and health and safety checks. The accrediting agencies have high standards that often go above and beyond our state’s minimum licensing requirements for child care centers. We have to meet these high standards in order to achieve this mark of excellence. Our school age program, located adjacent to the main building, offers school enrichment opportunities in a safe and nurturing environment. We provide care before and after school to all three local elementary schools. Each summer, children participate in additional activities as part of our full-day summer camp. Wishing Well 2.0 is a DeForest Area School District 4K partner site offering on site 4K to families of the DeForest community.

Our Team

I am the Administrator of Wishing Well Preschool and Wishing Well 2.0 School Age Programs. I started working at Wishing Well in 2003 but have worked in the Early Care and Education field for over 20 years. I gained ownership of Wishing Well in October of 2006. I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish from the UW-Madison. I consider myself a life-long learner and have completed two credentials: One from Nicolet College, the Administrator’s Credential and one from UW-Milwaukee, the Leadership Credential. I continue to take classes at Madison College in their Early Care and Education program. I have always loved working with children. I think it is such an exciting job to be able to be a part of so many children’s foundation of development and growth.

I am the Center Director and am in charge of meeting the needs of the families, children, and staff. I ensure we are meeting all state licensing requirements on a daily basis. I have 13 years of childcare experience in a group setting. My education consists of an Associate's degree in Childhood Education, and I also completed the Administrator credential for early childhood. Plans to pursue my Bachelor's degree in early childhood business are in the future. Having a son and daughter of my own, I believe each child should be understood for the individuals they are and taught in a way that is suitable for them.

Meet Ms. Angie, our Curriculum Director at Wishing Well! She spends many of her days working on the curriculum aspects that meet guidelines for our Accreditation standards that make us a 5 star Accredited Center! Angie began her career with Wishing Well in 2006 as a toddler and school age teacher and has since completed her Infant and Toddler Credential, her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently enrolled in the Community Engagement and Education program through UW Milwaukee and will graduate with her Bachelor Degree in Spring of 2017. Angie and her husband Seth live in DeForest where their three children attend school. When not busy transporting her children to their multiple extra-curricular activities, she enjoys reading, learning, movies and traveling with her family.

Meet Ms. Tracie, our Wishing Well 2.0 Center Director! Ms. Tracie spends her time divided in the 2.0 building between her office and the three classrooms within the building. She has over 12 years of experience working with children in a group child care setting and has been with Wishing Well for 7 years. Ms. Tracie has an Administrative Credential as well as an Inclusion Credential and is currently enrolled at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College to obtain her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. In her free time, Tracie enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, and attending multiple sporting events with her husband Steve and their three children. Ms. Tracie also has an eye for photography! “A child learns at their fullest potential by being treated as an individual and developing a positive self-image. ” Tracie Kayartz

Meet Ms. Kyla, our Nutrition Coordinator! Ms. Kyla has been a part of the Wishing Well family since 2013 and although she is most often away from the children preparing nutritious meals for all of our bellies to be happy she also spends time visiting with all of the children in each classroom getting to know them. Ms. Kyla and her daughter live in Windsor and in their free time they enjoy spending time at their family cabin up north and outdoor activities such as hiking. Ms. Kyla spends many afternoons helping out in classrooms allowing teachers plan time, enjoying the extra time she has with all of the children!

Testimonials

Caring, nuturing environment. Communication between staff and parents is very good. The atmosphere of a center also works well in regards to not having to worry about sick days or unplanned vacation days.
Kimberly L.
We have only been going here about a week, but they are by far the best daycare my children have ever gone to! My daughter has had some major busing problems from school to daycare, and they have gone WAY above and beyond to get it all figured out. I am so impressed!
Darcy L.
This is the cleanest facility that I have seen in a long time. The staff knows every child by their name creating a close knit family environment. My children cannot wait to go in the mornings and sometimes are sad to come home at the end of the day because they enjoy it so much!
Nikkoleen A.

Meet Ms. Amanda C., one of our lead young Preschool Teachers at Wishing Well! Ms. Amanda began her career at Wishing Well in 2015. Ms. Amanda has an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education as well as an Associate Degree in Business Management from Madison College. Ms. Amanda and her son enjoy time together with family, watching movies and being outdoors. Ms. Amanda believes that it is important to have supportive relationships through play and positive direction and guidance from adults.

Meet Ms. Brittany, one of our 4k Wrap Care Teachers and School Age Teachers at Wishing Well 2.0! Ms. Brittany is currently taking courses to further her education in Early Childhood. Ms. Brittany began her career with Wishing Well as a High School Cooperative Teacher in 2014. In her free time Brittany enjoys taking photos and spending time with her family and friends! “I believe that every child should be treated equally and each child should be given the opportunity to grow and develop in a safe and caring environment.”

Meet Ms. Heather! Ms. Heather is one of our younger Preschool teachers at Wishing Well and began her career at Wishing Well in 2008 as a High School cooperative student. Ms. Heather has a Preschool Credential and is currently attending Madison College to obtain her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Heather and her husband Derek live in Windsor with their two boys. As a family they enjoy listening and dancing to music and Ms. Heather is an avid reader. “All children are all unique and should be treated as individuals.”

Meet Mr. Kasey, one of our lead School age teachers and 4K wrap teachers at Wishing Well 2.0! Mr. Kasey began his career at Wishing Well as a High School Cooperative Student in 2013. Mr.Kasey is currently enrolled in Early Childhood Courses at UW Platteville. Mr. Kasey is an avid football fan and coaches the Ultimate Frisbee team for DeForest High School. “Children need to have fun and express themselves fully in any setting that they are in”

Meet Ms. Kristi, one of our 4k wrap teachers at Wishing Well! Ms. Kristi began her career at Wishing Well in 2013 with her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Madison College and has since completed her Administration Credential as well. Ms. Kristi enjoys spending her free time camping, hiking and various craft projects. Ms. Kristi enjoys participating and facilitating activities with the children in her care, especially science projects.

Meet Ms. Laura, one of our lead infant room teachers at Wishing Well! Ms. Laura began her career with Wishing Well in 2005. Ms. Laura has an Infant and Toddler Credential from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Ms. Laura believes that allowing children to learn at their own pace and offering them a safe environment is best for the children in her care.

Meet Ms. Kassie, one of our Preshool Teachers at Wishing Well Preschool and Childcare! Although Ms. Kassie is new to our staff she has worked with children for the past 6 years. Ms. Kassie has taken some courses related to Early Childhood Education and plans to take more in furthering her education in Early Childcare. Ms. Kassie has a daughter that she loves to spend time camping, swimming and just to be outside with her family and friends. “I believe all children should be able to express themselves.”

Meet Ms. Nicole, one of our younger Preschool teachers at Wishing Well! Ms. Nicole began her career at Wishing Well in 2011 as a High School Cooperative student and has since obtained her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Madison College. Ms. Nicole enjoys horseback riding and camping in the summer months with friends and is very hands on and enjoys sensory activities with the children in her care.

Meet Ms. Crystal, one of our Preschool Teachers at Wishing Well Preschool and Childcare! Ms. Crystal has enjoyed working with many age groups and has worked in childcare for a total of three years. Ms. Crystal has her lead teaching certificate and will be attending Madison College in the Early Childhood Education Program in the near future. Ms. Crystal enjoys spending time with her four daughters, camping, swimming, playing basketball, volleyball and just being outdoors. Ms. Crystal believes that in order for a child to grow they must be taught at their own pace.

Meet Ms. Alyssa, one of our Assistant Teachers at Wishing Well! Ms. Alyssa began at Wishing Well in 2015 as a High School Cooperative student. Ms. Alyssa will be attending Madison College in the fall of 2016 but will remain an Assistant Teacher in the infant room. I believe that children need to have a safe and loving environment!

Meet Ms. Tania, one of our Wishing Well 2.0 4K Teachers! Ms. Tania began her career as a 4K Teacher in 2010 with the DeForest School District. Ms. Tania has a Bachelor Degree in Education from Northern Illinois University. Ms. Tania has since attended UW Whitewater and holds a Wisconsin license to teach 4K – 3 as well as K-6 grades. Ms. Tania and her husband Jarod have two boys, one is a college student at Winona State and the other is a High School Senior at DeForest. Ms. Tania and her family enjoy traveling together and she enjoys reading and working out. “I love teaching 4K because of the excitement and diversity that each day brings. I work to differentiate all of the activities that we do so that each student can work on what they need to and can reach the goals that we have for all students that come into our 4K family. I want each one to love coming to 4K and I want each family to feel comfortable and very happy that they chose to send their child to our classroom for their 4K experience.”

Meet Amanda P., one of our lead infant room teachers at Wishing Well! Ms. Amanda began her career with Wishing Well in the High School Cooperative program in 2006. Although, Ms. Amanda has worked with every age group she enjoys caring for the infants. Ms. Amanda enjoys watching her son play in his many extra-curricular activities and also keeps busy with a part time job as a hair stylist. Ms. Amanda has an Infant and Toddler Credential and is very caring and nurturing which gives the infants a sense of security and trust.

Meet Ms. Courtney, one of our Assistant Teachers at Wishing Well 2.0! Ms. Courtney began at Wishing Well in 2015 as a High School Cooperative student. Ms. Courtney will be attending Madison College in the fall of 2016 to earn her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Courtney believes that it is important for children to have a nurturing, caring, kind, positive and loving environment to grow in.

Meet Ms. Kayla T., one of our lead toddler teachers! Ms. Kayla began her career with Wishing Well in 2007 as a High School Cooperative student working in many classrooms and has been in the toddler room teaching since 2008. Ms. Kayla has her Infant and Toddler Credential and will be graduating from Madison College in December 2016 with her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. Kayla and her husband, Damien have two daughters and they enjoy spending time together outdoors. Ms. Kayla is a very nurturing and supportive teacher and gives each child in her care a fun environment to learn and grow in through play and exploration.

Meet Ms. Alicia, one of our young Preschool teacher at Wishing Well! Ms. Alicia began her career at Wishing Well in 2016 with an Associate Degree from Madison College in Early Childhood Education and will be continuing her education with an Inclusion Credential as well. Ms. Alicia and her husband Matt have two girls and they enjoy going to parks, playing outdoors and fishing together! I believe that each child needs a nurturing environment and needs to have teachers follow their cues for learning. A play-based classroom along with activities to help encourage, independence, confidence and challenge their inner abilities.

Meet Ms. Melody, one of our lead two year old teachers at Wishing Well! Ms. Melody has been a part of the Wishing Well family since 2008. Ms. Melody enjoys spending time with her husband and two children hiking and outdoor activities while she is not busy taking continuing education courses. I believe that children should have fun while learning through play!

Meet Ms. Lily, one of our 4K Teachers at Wishing Well 2.0! Ms. Lily began her career with Wishing Well in 2006 and in 2010 she began teaching the 4K program. Ms. Lily is a DeForest High School graduate and graduated from UW – Madison in 2010 with a Bachelor Degree in Social Work and graduated with a Masters Degree from Cardinal Stritch in Arts and Teaching Program to earn her teaching license. Ms. Lily keeps busy with two boys, ages 11 and 7. They enjoy time spend outdoors, playing board games, watching movies and time spent with their dog, Pita. Lily also enjoys sewing, reading and repurposing old furniture.

Meet Ms. Melissa, one of our 4K Assistant Teachers at Wishing Well 2.0! Ms. Melissa has been in childcare for fourteen years and began her career with Wishing Well in 2009. Melissa has taken many courses in relation to Early Childhood Education and is currently enrolled in online classes through NWTC. In her free time Melissa enjoys spending time with her fiancé, 9 year old son and two dogs and friends. Melissa and her family enjoy playing football, be outdoors, watching movies and cooking.“I believe all children are unique and special in their own way and I believe all children deserve to be treated as individuals.” .

Meet Ms. Kayla R., one of our lead toddler teachers at Wishing Well! Ms. Kayla has been a part of the Wishing Well family since 2006 beginning as a High School Cooperative student and has her Infant and Toddler Credential. Ms. Kayla and her boyfriend have two children and enjoy spending time together and doing things outdoors. I believe that children learn through play. Each child should be seen as an individual and treated equally. I believe when a child feels safe in their environment, they will thrive to do their best.

Meet Ms. Korinne, one of our 4K Assistant Teachers at Wishing Well 2.0! Ms. Korinne began her career at Wishing Well four years ago and has a total of over nineteen years in Early Childhood Education. Korrinne has taking many courses in Early Childhood Education to further her education. Korinne and her husband Jason of twelve years reside in DeForest with their three children. Korinne enjoys spending time with her family, reading and working out. “I believe it is up to us to be good role models for the kids, making 4K a memorable and safe experience for them.”

Meet Ms. Brianna, one of our Toddler/Two year old teachers. Ms. Brianna has just began her career with Wishing Well this past winter of 2017 and has two young boys that she enjoys spending her free time with.