Education: Bachelor of Science in Cellular Physiology from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in Primary Care Pediatrics from Marquette University
I have four years of experience working in biomedical research and have been a registered nurse since 2011. I am privileged to be able to advocate for the health and well-being of the children in my care. I strongly believe that a child who is well and comfortable will have more success at school. If you have a health concern or question please feel free to reach out to me.
Administrator & Director
Employment Anniversary: August 1, 1985
Education: Bachelors of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Early Childhood Education & Special Education, Graduate work in Early Childhood and Business
My husband and I live in Elkhorn and have three grown children of whom we are extremely proud. We enjoy spending time with family and traveling. I love working with children and have done so for my entire career, starting out teaching in Middle School and then, after having my first child, I helped to open Lakeland's Little Learners. It's been an exciting adventure seeing our program grow from 12 children and 3 employees to 350 children and 36 employees. I'm extremely privileged to have been able to work with so many wonderful families along the way!
Three-4K Room Assistant Teacher
Employment Anniversary: November 8, 2011
Education: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
I live on a dairy farm with my husband and three wonderful children. I also enjoy reading books, crocheting, and exploring the great outdoors!
Infant Room Lead Teacher
Employment Anniversary: August 3, 2017
Education: Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education with a dual licensure in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, DPI Licensure
My name is Falisha Bayer and I recently graduated from UW-Whitewater with a degree in Early Childhood Education with a dual licensure in special education. I always wanted to work with children as I was growing up. I am happy that I decided to go back to school and pursue my dream of becoming a teacher. I wanted a career that I would enjoy coming to every day, and believe I have found the perfect one. I can’t wait to help further each child’s developmental goals and watch them grow. I am excited to have the opportunity to be working with the infants at Lakeland’s Little Learners. I look forward to meeting every single child and their family.
Besides working with children I enjoy being with friends and family, kayaking, camping, bowling and traveling.
Three-Year-Old Room Lead Teacher
Employment Anniversary: May 18, 2015
Education: Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies from Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, TN.
I recently moved to Wisconsin from Montana with my husband and our three amazing children ages 6, 4, and 2. I enjoy running, going to movies and hanging out at the lake with my family. After working at Big Sky Resort for 9 years, I decided it was time to move back into a field I was more passionate about and so I began working at the preschool in Big Sky and fell in love with teaching young children. I look forward to coming in every day and hearing what funny things children have to say and seeing the excitement on their faces when they achieve something new.
Two-Year-Old Room Lead Teacher
Employment Anniversary: August 2019
Education: Bachelor of Science in Parks and Recreation Management with emphasis in Inclusive Recreation from Northern Arizona University, Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts with emphasis in Graphic Design from Columbia College Chicago, Wisconsin Teacher Certified in Early Childhood Education, Wildlife/Conservation Certification.
I have been the Lead Teacher in the 2.5 room since August 2019. Previously, during my 14 year career as a Park Ranger, I learned that the most enjoyable and meaningful days there to me, were when I was teaching young children the value of all living things and the importance of their connection with nature. What really lights kids up? Nature! Early Childhood Education has always been my passion as well. We as teachers, have the most precious and valuable opportunity in being with your children on a daily basis, loving them, guiding them and giving them a healthy foundation as they continue on in this world. I absolutely treasure and enjoy being a part of their world in such a positive way.
During my leisure time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, my horse Banjo, kayaking, camping, and wildlife. I have been married for 24 years and have two grown children. My son gave me my first grandchild last year who I am lucky enough to have attending here at LLL as well!
Four-Year-Old Kindergarten Lead Teacher
Employment Anniversary: November 23, 2015
Education: Bachelor of Science in Education for Early Childhood Education with a Dual License in Special Education from University of Wisconsin Whitewater, Wisconsin DPI license
I have had the pleasure of working with many children of all ages. Teaching is my life’s passion. Since graduating I have worked as a substitute teacher and a preschool teacher for 5 year olds. When I’m not in the classroom I enjoy many activities. I love reading, traveling, and taking Zumba classes. Above all, I love spending time with my family; especially my nieces and nephews (I have 14!)
Employment Anniversary: September 8, 2005
Education: Food Service Personnel Training, Nutrition Training, Early Childhood classes from Gateway Technical College
To stay up-to-date on nutrition I attend yearly food shows. In addition, I am married and have four children. I enjoy spending time with my family and camping. I enjoy working at LLL because I like to cook for others and the teachers here are awesome!
Two-Year-Old Room Assistant Teacher
Employment Anniversary: July 1, 1987
Education: Early Childhood courses from Gateway Technical College required for teaching in the state of WI, CDA from NAEYC
I originally started working for LLL when we were at the “old” Lakeland Nursing Home—great intergenerational experience! I grew up on a dairy farm with pigs, cows, cats and dogs. I enjoy going to the movies, Christian concerts, teaching Sunday school and visiting historical sites. I love reading books to children and helping the children learn about their world through play!
Infant Room Assistant Teacher
Employment Anniversary: September 15, 1988
Education: Early Childhood and Infant Toddler Certificates from Gateway Technical College, CDA credential in Early Childhood
I am married to Dennis, we have 6 children and 18 grandchildren. I love to spend time with my grandchildren, I also love cooking, taking walks, and just spending quality time with my husband. I love caring for the infants and toddlers. I strive to give them a safe, loving, and happy environment while they are in our care.
Jackson Wrap-Around Lead Teacher
Employment Anniversary: September 7, 2010
Education: Teacher, Assistant Teacher, and Infant and Toddler courses through the State of Wisconsin
I have worked in the childcare field since 2007. I love to work in the child care field, because I believe each child deserves the opportunity to learn and thrive in an atmosphere in which they feel safe.
Younger School-Age Room Lead Teacher & Four-Year-Old Kindergarten Assistant Teacher
Employment Anniversary: February 5, 2018
Education: Bachelor of Science from York College in K-12 Art Education
I have six years of experience working with children from birth to 18 years old. During the last year, I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of age groups at Lakeland’s Little Learners. I live at home with two cats, Alko & Numi, as well as, my parents & grandmother, whom I help to take care of. I enjoy reading, art, outdoor photography and spending time with my friends and family. I am excited to get to know you and your children. I am looking forward to laughing and playing with them while helping them to learn new things. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
Older School-Age Lead Teacher & Four-Year-Old Kindergarten Assistant Teacher
Employment Anniversary: September 28, 1998
Education: Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Iowa State University, three years of K-8 Education (science emphasis) from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
I have worked at LLL in the school-age and preschool classrooms as well as in other various roles, most recently as a 4K co-teacher. I also taught in the Elkhorn Area School District for four years. I have always enjoyed working with younger children. I feel I can help both my school-age and 4K students to grow and develop into respectful citizens by providing a safe educational environment that is both fun and relaxing.
Preschool Lead Coordinator
Employment Anniversary: November 28, 1994
Education: Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from the College of Lake County, additional credits from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
I have taught preschool for over 25 years. My initial position at LLL was as a preschool teacher. Now I over see the preschool and 4K programs, as well as mentor new teachers. I am married with three children. I have three wonderful grandchildren with whom I love spending time. I also love cats, books, and traveling.
Employment Anniversary: September 3, 2019
Education: High School Diploma from Badger High School, enrolled in Early Childhood Education Associates Degree Program at Gateway Technical College
I am continuing my education to become a speech pathologist and special education teacher. Ever since I was a special olympics coach, I found a great passion for working with children with special needs. I would like to help children grow and develop in the classroom and gain daily living skills.
During my leisure time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, being outside, and traveling. While in school, I like to relax in a coffee shop and do my homework.
Tibbets Wrap-Around Lead Teacher
Employment Anniversary: November 27, 2006
Education: Wisconsin Teacher Certified in Early Childhood Education, several college courses in early childhood, child growth and development, child psychology, and many art classes, professional development classes
I was a lead facilitator at the before and after school program with the YMCA before joining LLL. I enjoy watching the children grow from when they join the wrap-around (often times kindergarten) until they leave, many are with me for all six years of their elementary schooling. We have fun and learn through several opportunities such as: doing art projects, playing board games, playing organized games and free play both indoors and out doors. These experiences give children from age 5-11 the challenge of working together as a team and developing social skills. I love the fact that I get to interact with each child individually, in small groups, and in whole group. We enjoy our time and have fun!
Employment Anniversary: March 2, 1992
Education: Bachelors of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in History with graduate work in Education at both the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
I have had a variety of job experiences prior to joining Lakeland's Little Learners in 1992. I enjoy coming to work each day knowing I will be with children and getting to work with their families, in a place where we all get to learn and grow. Outside of work I am blessed with a husband, four children and two grandchildren.
Two-Year-Old Room Lead Teacher
Employment Anniversary: August 27, 2019
Education: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling PreK-12 from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Wisconsin DPI license
This year marks my 27th year working as an educator. Working with children has been one of my biggest joys; I love helping them make new discoveries about themselves and the world around them and appreciate each child for his/her unique gifts and personality.
I live in Whitewater with my husband, Kelly, and our 14 year old daughter, Emily. We share our household with a Sheltie named Duncan. In addition to my love for family, friends and animals, I also enjoy traveling, gardening and reading.
Education: Three years of Special Education classes at North Eastern Illinois University, Early Childhood classes from Gateway Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
I am originally from Chicago, Illinois, but I have lived in Wisconsin for 22 years. Working with children is rewarding. I love watching them accomplish their goals and really enjoy their hugs and smiles!
Toddler Room Lead Teacher
Employment Anniversary: August 28, 2000
Education: Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Psychology from the University of Beshawar, presently working on Master of Science in Early Childhood Education at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
I am married and have three beautiful children. We have lived in Elkhorn since 1992, and I love and cherish the time I spend with my family and friends. I like to exercise, enjoy Zumba, and read books. I am also interested in exploring different cultures, and love to incorporate what I learn into my teaching. I strive to achieve a clean, friendly, and structured learning environment and look forward to each wonderful year of teaching!
Employment Anniversary: May 13, 1991
Education: Child Care and Early Childhood classes from Gateway Technical College, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, home-study, and numerous continuing education workshops and conferences, CDA credential through the National Institute of Early Childhood Professionals.
The children call me Ms. Shirley. My first job in a day care center was in 1981 in Montana, and I have continued in two other daycares and preschools before coming to LLL. My family moved back to Wisconsin in 1984. I am privileged to assist in other rooms at the center as needed and during the summer in the School-Age Summer Program.
KATHY JO REKASIUS
Three-4K Room Lead Teacher
Employment Anniversary: January 20, 2009
Education: Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Wisconsin DPI license (Kindergarten - 3rd grade)
On a personal level, I am a parent of three wonderful children, ages 22,19, and 15. Some of my favorite activities include running, yoga and boating all summer long. Being able to teach young children has truly been a blessing in my life. I find I learn just as much from them as they do from me each every day.
LINDA VAN BUSKIRK
Employment Anniversary: September 8, 1988
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University, Graduate work in Early Childhood and Reading from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and EMU
I love working with toddlers! At LLL, I have worked mainly in the toddler area but also in the Four’s room and more recently in the Two’s room. I have recently retired, but still substitute as needed. I live in Lake Geneva with my dogs Annabelle and Lucy. I enjoy reading, sewing, and traveling. I also volunteer with the Girl Scouts as a Brownie & Daisy Leader and organize the product sales in Lake Geneva and Elkhorn.
Toddler Room Lead Teacher
Employment Anniversary: November 8, 2006
Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Northwest Missouri State University and Early Childhood classes to complete my certification to teach infants and toddlers.
Before joining LLL, I worked with the Delavan-Darien School District for several years. I live in Delavan with my husband, Tracy. We have two daughters, Jenna and Hanna. We enjoy traveling, especially to visit our daughters. We grew up in Iowa and visit there often. A greyhound and a cat complete our family. I enjoy the time I spend with the toddlers. They teach me something new every day!
Employment Anniversary: March 1, 2011
Education: Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and K-3 from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Master of Science in Professional Development from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
I have 20 years of parochial and public school teaching experience mostly with kindergarten students. In addition, I enjoy the enthusiasm that young children have for exploring and learning about the world around them.
Four-Year-Old Kindergarten Lead Teacher
Employment Anniversary: December 15, 2017
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Beloit College, Wisconsin DPI license in Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence and Early Childhood Adolescence Coaching
I love spending time with my friends, family and two dogs, Peanut and Lucky. I also love reading, traveling and horses.
Four-Year-Old Kindergarten Lead Teacher
Employment Anniversary: September 8, 2020
Education: Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin Stout in Early Childhood Education and a concentration in Kindergarten Education, currently attending the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for a Masters in Early Childhood Special Education
I have many years of experience teaching in both preschool and kindergarten classrooms. I am passionate about children learning through play and will make my classroom a place where children can learn, grow, and succeed in a safe and loving environment. I acknowledge that you, the parents, are your child’s first teacher and would love to collaborate with you to make this year the best it can be. Please don’t hesitate to contact me whenever you have questions or concerns. I look forward to getting to know your child!