545 Zor Shrine Place, Madison, WI 53719
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Meet Our Team


Say hello to our caring, enthusiastic team!

We are proud of the diversity of our staff and teachers’ educational & professional backgrounds and the array of talents they bring to the Well. Our staff is committed to reaching the required annual training and professional development hours. We encourage teachers to be creative with their continuing education so they can hone their skills and learn more about subjects they are interested in and passionate about. Teachers are up to date with CPR, First Aid, SIDS/SBS and Child Abuse & Neglect trainings and certifications. Our infant & toddler teachers complete additional training hours in “Fundamentals of Infant & Toddler Care.” In addition, we offer 90 hours focused on Introduction to the Childcare Profession and Skills & Strategies for the Childcare Teacher. 

Please note, we respect the privacy of all our team members and at times our staff or teachers opt to not have their photo and bio included on our website. 



Ms. AngiAngelica Quintero, Executive Director & Owner: Angi is the brains of the operation. She has 2 master’s degrees in business and a bachelor’s in engineering. The idea for the Well came to Angi after having her second child and looking for like minded families to connect with.


David Webb, Administrator & Owner: David has a master’s degree in business and his bachelor’s is in kinesiology. David loves teaching classes and leading our team to be great role models for kids.



Ms. Kim

Kim Hinkley, Program & Purpose Director: Kim has 15 years of experience in education. She has designed play-based learning and youth-leadership development programs for schools in Chicago and San Francisco, as well as consulted with companies on how to infuse play into their work day. She coordinates special events, projects and programs, and manages our digital and social media presence. She holds a BA in sociology from University of Wisconsin – Madison and an MA in teaching from National Louis University. She is also a Well parent!


Vijaya Shree, Assistant Director: Vijaya, or “Viji,” has a bachelor’s degree in Physics, as well as a masters degree in Human Resources Management. She has an extensive background in IT, however, having two kids of her own (one of whom was a Wellie!) has grown her interest in pursuing a career that will allow her to stay connected to kids. She is passionate about being a nurturing presence at the school and supporting our teachers in their development. 

Seedlings (Infants)


Ms. BertaRoberta Prasciunas, Lead Teacher & Visual Display/Art Coordinator: Ms. Roberta (also known as Ms. Berta!) holds a BFA from the College of Design at Iowa State University. A lover of animals, nature and the outdoors, she taught skiing for 8 years, specifically coaching young downhill racers. This past winter, she renewed her PSIA (Professional Ski Instructor of America). She has over 15 years of nannying experience for children from infancy to preteen. Dependable, responsible and prompt, she enjoys the challenge of motivating children to be happy and healthy in a creative environment.

Sprouts (1 Year Olds)


MballThokomele “Mbally” Ndwandwe, Lead Teacher: Ms. Mbally is originally from South  Africa, where she earned her diploma in Hospitality Management at Durban University of Technology. She is a firstborn of 5, and always loved looking after her siblings. She has 2 years child care experience and has been our teacher for infants and toddlers since she started at the Well. She is looking forward to furthering her studies to obtain a degree in Early Childhood Education. She is also a Well parent!


Ms. JenniferJennifer Guilme, Lead Teacher: MsJennifer holds her BS in Education from UW-Whitewater. She has been a stay-at-home-parent for the last several years, and is excited to join the Well along with her two young children! She loves seeing children grow and develop, each at their own pace and in their own way. She values the individuality of each child and loves to find ways to help them succeed in things they are interested in and also to encourage them to challenge themselves in areas that don’t come as naturally to them. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, time outside and listening to music. She is also a Well parent to two Wellies! 

Saplings (1 & 2 Year Olds)


Ms LameesLamees Moustafa: Ms. Lamees was born in Egypt and has a Bachelor’s degree from Ismailia University. Lamees has 4 years of experience in early childhood education and worked for two childcare centers in Madison and Middleton. Lamees loves working with children because she believes helping them (and their families) is the most rewarding job she can think of! She celebrates the little things every single day. She also gets to be a part of the messy, amazing learning process and see so many smiles. Outside of work, she loves to meet new people and learn about other cultures and lifestyles. She loves to read books about diversity and global citizenship education. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, listening to soft music and cooking new foods.

Amanda Zuber: Ms. Amanda has a degree in Studies in Education from Edgewood College and has been teaching in the early childhood field for the last 15 years. Her teaching style includes a lot of fresh air and outdoor time for exploring and discovery play, as well as including children’s interests in lesson plans and everyday learning opportunities. Amanda grew up on a dairy farm south of Madison and loves incorporating and sharing her rural upbringing with her students. She is excited to be a part of the Saplings classroom! 

Blossoms (2 Year Olds)


Ms BrooklynBrooklyn Doby, Lead Teacher & Art Coordinator: Ms. Brooklyn was born and raised in Madison and graduated from Edgewood College with a bachelor’s in Art Therapy. During her time at Edgewood, she interned with Dane Arts Mural Arts (DAMA), creating community murals with children of various age levels. Since graduating, she has dedicated her time to exploring entrepreneurship and building an artist brand for herself. In the last two years, she has painted several murals around Madison, including ones a for the State Street Mural Project during the protests for George Floyd. She recently fulfilled one of her dreams of being a featured artist at Art Fair on the Square! She has always been passionate about art and the potential it has to make a positive impact on the world. She is super excited to have the opportunity to work with children in exploring their own creativity. Early childhood development makes up some of the most important years in a child’s life and Brooklyn believes that art is an amazing tool to help kids navigate their emotions, understand their sense of self, and engage them in their environment

Ms Fabiola

Fabiola Alva, Lead Teacher: Ms. Fabiola has been at the Well since 2019 and has been working with children for 9 years, most recently in assistant teaching positions at Dane County Parent Council and Reach Dane. She holds a degree in Early Childhood Education. She considers it a privilege not only to teach young minds but also learn from them. As a teacher, she loves supporting students in their social, emotional, mental and physical development. She has four children of her own, and a dog. She is also a Well parent! 

Willows (2 & 3 Year Olds)


Ms PajePaje Mader, Lead Teacher: Ms. Paje holds a BS in Spanish with a minor in psychology from Madison’s Edgewood College. She was a student athlete there, playing volleyball for the Eagles. She has over 10 years of experience working with children, and over 5 years of experience working specifically with children with autism, ages ranging from 1- to 17-year-olds. She has a passion for mental health, languages, art and volleyball. 

Ms TaniyahTaniyah Reynolds, Lead Teacher: Ms. Taniyah (or “Ms. T”, as the Willows call her) was born and raised in Madison and attended MATC initially for nursing, but  is currently working on changing her major to Early Childhood Education. She has worked with children for 7 years and has always enjoyed it. She is an only child with a big extended family, and loves helping and watching children develop in many aspects. She enjoys baking, reading, and spending time with family and friends. 

Redwoods (3 Year Olds)


LiaAnalia Theo, Lead Teacher: Analia, or “Ms. Lia,” has 4 years of childcare experience working with 3-4 year old children. Before becoming an early childhood educator, she attended Aveda for esthetician school and worked in that field before switching to child care. She is extra passionate about sunscreen and the UV index and acts as our resident skin care advocate! She’s excited to advance her career in a forward-thinking preschool that challenges her and that helps move Early Childhood Education forward. 

Ms. OksanaOksana Kindiuk, Lead Teacher: Ms. Oksana was born and raised in Madison, and holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has 8 years of experience working with children, mainly teaching gymnastics to kids ages 3-12 and nannying. She also plans on attending grad school to obtain an MS in Communication Sciences & Disorders to become a speech pathologist. Outside of work and school, she loves playing piano, cooking, and enjoying time outdoors.

Sequoias (4 & 5 Year Olds)


Maria Vasilev, Lead 4K Teacher: Ms. Maria is not only a Sequoias teacher, she practices yoga with our young yogis. She started her adventure in the Well in 2018 as our volunteer yoga teacher, and shortly thereafter became a classroom teacher. She has been teaching yoga for over 4 years, and holds her BS in Sport & Physical Education. Maria grew up in Romania and was an avid gymnast – she still enjoys practicing gymnastics!


Enrichment Learning & Support

LindaLinda Hernandez, Nutrition Coordinator: Ms. Linda enjoys cooking and trying out new cuisines in the kitchen. She is active, loves learning and taking care of children. She believes it is important to care for every child as if they are her own. She is a mother,  and has cared for her nieces and nephews. She enjoys travelling, make-up, music and dance. She is in charge of developing our snack menus and encouraging the children to try new foods and make nutritious choices! 

Ms. Justyce

Justyce McGuire, Float Teacher: Ms. Justyce was born in La Crosse, WI but moved to Madison  in 2017 for college and has been here ever since! She holds a BS from University of Wisconsin-Madison in Human Development and Family Studies with certificates in Disability Rights and Services, along with African Studies. She is currently still attending UW-Madison to complete her Masters in Social Work, focusing on Child and Family Welfare. She has over 15 years of experience working with children, ages ranging from 1 to 17 years old. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and listening to music. As a future social worker, she has a passion for serving children and their families within their community.

Ms. Robin MRobin Moody, Float Teacher: Ms. Robin is from St. Paul, Minnesota, but is attending the University of Wisconsin – Madison, majoring in Elementary and Special Education. It is her junior year, so she looks forward to spending time learning from the Wellies before heading into student teaching next year! In high school, she was a summer camp counselor, babysitter, and coached dance camps for younger kids in her school district. She also works as a nanny in the summer. She loves hanging out with friends and family, board games, working out, and music. Ms. Robin is so excited to meet all the students and families of the Well! 


Teacher GretaGreta Krehoff, Float Teacher: Ms. Greta is a Wisconsin native and is currently attending Herzing University – Madison Campus, majoring in Nursing. It is her sophomore year and she is deciding which nursing specialty she would like to pursue! She is also a nursing assistant at UW Health – East Madison Hospital. In high school, she worked as a nursing assistant and a babysitter, and took Early Childhood Education Courses at a local technical college. Outside of work and school you can find Ms. Greta spending time with her new puppy, Bluey, hanging out with friends and family and spending as much time as possible outside.

Teacher DhivyaDhivya Bhaskaran, Float Teacher: Ms. Dhivya completed her BCA degree in Computer Applications and has 11 years of highly-skilled administrative & IT experience. She loves working with and being with children, which inspired her to reach out to us and join the Well as a teacher! She enjoys cooking, time outside and listening to music.


EllieEllie Heiking, Substitute Teacher: Ms. Ellie has a degree in Corporate Health Communication & Health Promotion from University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. She has over 8 years of experience in childcare. Ellie was previously our Community & Culture Director, establishing partnerships with local companies and organizations that complemented our curriculum and programming. She loves to incorporate activities that focus on wellness and nutrition in her teaching. Passionate about fitness, she’s competed in 2 mud runs and 3 Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure” events. 

Teacher Allie Sachjten

Allie Sachtjen, Substitute Teacher: Ms. Allie has her Associate of Arts in Early Childhood  Education and 11 years of childcare experience. Allie was one of our first lead infant teachers. She recently finished her degree in the Dental Hygienist program at Madison College. She enjoys cooking, baking, hiking and traveling.




Ms. BeckyBecky Leider-Heiking: Ms. Becky was with us as a Saplings lead teacher before her retirement and looks forward to coming back as a volunteer for special events and other classroom support! She has worked for the Wisconsin Alumni Association as an administrative assistant and event planner and hosted several overseas alumni trips and countless Bowl trips. She also worked at ARC Maternal & Infant Community Services. Before teaching here, she was with the Dane County Drug Court through Journey Mental Health. She has experience working with people from all walks of life and really enjoys helping everyone. In her off hours she is a donation sorter for the Dane County Humane Society (which she says is very interesting!), loves making cards, scrapbooking and trying to upcycle and recycle anything she can. She has a grown son and daughter, three cats and a husband who enjoys biking and has played Santa Claus for the Well at winter events! 

Volunteer Deena

Deena Grass: Ms. Deena is a retired elementary teacher who taught for 30 years and now shares her knowledge, expertise and resources with our teachers. She also finds us really great learning materials! She holds her BA and MA in Education. She is a proud grandmother to 9 grandchildren.



Want to volunteer?

We are always looking for wonderful people who love working with kids! Whether you want to read books to the children, do art projects, cuddle infants, lead science experiments or just get on the ground and play, contact us at programming@livethewell.com.

Want to join our team?

Click here to view open opportunities. 

Teacher with Students Jumping