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Meet Our Teachers

OUR TEACHERS & VOLUNTEERS

Say hello to our caring, enthusiastic teachers!

We are proud of the diversity of our 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 all up to date with CPR, First Aid, SIDS/SBS and Child Abuse & Neglect trainings and certifications.

Seedlings (6 Weeks – 1 Year Olds)

Julia

Julia Brown, Lead Teacher: Miss Julia holds a BA in Psychology from University of Wisconsin – Madison. Prior to the Well, she worked with children in camp settings, as a nanny, and taught at Madison Sports & Recreation (MSCR) programs. She loves sports, music, traveling and pretty much anything there is to do outside during Madison summers.

Teacher GeovannaGeovanna Agobian, Lead Teacher: Ms. Geovanna holds a BS in Dentistry and has three years of childcare experience. She loves listening to music and enjoying life in general! She delights in being in the infant class, as well as supporting other projects around the school. She is the parent of a Sapling!

Sprouts (1 Year Olds)

MariaMaria Vasilev, Lead Teacher: Ms. Maria is not only a Sprouts teacher, she practices yoga with our young yogis. She has been teaching yoga for 2 years, and holds her BS in Sport & Physical Education. She also enjoys practicing gymnastics, which she has done since she was a child.

 

Teacher RebeccaRebecca Meza, Lead Teacher: Miss Becca has master’s degrees in psychology and educational policy studies. She first began teaching in West Africa through the Peace Corps and has since tutored or taught elementary, middle, and high school students. She is particularly passionate about science and storytelling and aims to create a learning environment where students can make meaningful connections with each other and the natural world. When she isn’t teaching, she’s exploring the outdoors with her dog. 

Saplings (2 Year Olds)

Shawn

Shawn Vasquez, Lead Teacher: Mr. Shawn has 5 years of experience providing ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapy for toddlers and children ages 4-10 years. He has 10 years of experience performing stand-up and improv comedy which comes in handy when working with the Saplings! He enjoys dancing, nature walks and performing.

 

Teacher Viji PitchumaniVijaya Shree Pitchumani, Lead Teacher: Vijaya, or “Ms. 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 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 in the classroom. 

Blossoms (3 Year Olds)

Miss AubreAubre Poole, Lead Teacher: Miss Aubre graduated from UW-Madison with a BS in Rehabilitation Psychology. She’s worked with children for 6 years, and children with disabilities for the last 2 years. She has also worked at MSCR, Playgrounds, and the Waisman Center. In her free time she enjoys listening to music, watching Netflix, hiking, kayaking, and playing basketball. 

 

Miss LiaAnalia Theo, Lead Teacher: Analia, or “Miss Lia,” has 2 years of childcare experience working with 3-4 year old children. She’s excited to advance her career in a forward-thinking preschool that challenges her and that helps move Early Childhood Education forward.  

Willows (4 Year Olds)

Breanna

Breanna Geunther, Lead Teacher: Miss Breanna has 3 years of Early Childhood Education experience , 4 years of experience coaching high school softball and is currently in her second year of coaching collegiate softball at Edgewood College. She loves teaching activities that focus on teamwork, cooperation, and coordination skills. She enjoys sports, music, and cooking.

 

Teacher Brittany BeasleyBrittany Beasley, Lead Teacher: Miss Brittany holds bachelor’s degrees in both English and Spanish from Presbyterian College in South Carolina. She studied abroad  in Spain and has taught in the U.S. and Colombia. She has worked with kids from 2 years old up to 9th grade. Brittany is passionate about education and lifelong learning.

Redwoods (5+ Year Olds)

Fabiola

Fabiola Alva, Lead Teacher: Miss Fabiola has been working with children for 8 years, most recently in assistant teaching positions at Dane County Parent Council and Reach Dane. She considers it a privilege not only to teach young minds but to also learn from them. As a teacher, she loves supporting students in their social, emotional, mental and physical development. She has three children of her own, and a dog.

Enrichment Learning

Teacher EmilyEmily Cibulka, Nutrition Coordinator & Float Teacher: Emily holds her BS in Kinesiology-Exercise and Movement Science from UW-Madison. She enjoys preparing whole foods and educating others on how to make healthy choices whether it is related to their nutrition or not. She has cared for children ages 9 and under for 11 years and has experience working with children with diverse abilities for the past 4 years. She enjoys doing CrossFit, playing with her puppy, cooking and watching sports.

Volunteers

Deena

Deena Grass, Learning & Curriculum Volunteer: Miss 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. 

Childcare Volunteer