Our Team of Teachers

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Amanda Johnson

Amanda Johnson joined our staff in September 2009, and became the Center Director in 2016. Prior to that, she was our Program Coordinator and Baby Chicks teacher. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Administration from University of Wisconsin - Superior. Amanda started working in childcare in 1999 at UW-Platteville’s Children Center, and has also worked at Sunshine Playhouse in Lodi and as a nanny for a family in Madison. She holds a level 14 Wisconsin Registry Certification.

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Cassie Koch

Cassie Koch joined Koala-T-Kare in May 2009. She is currently the center’s Assistant Director and also the Director of our Summer Kamp and After School programs. Cassie graduated from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in December 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management. Previously, she was the Youth Recreation Director and Co-Manager of New Self Renewal Center as well as one of our preschool teachers.

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Cassie Ripp

Cassie Ripp joined the Koala-T-Kare team in July 2009. She graduated from Western Technical College in May 2009 with an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. Prior to joining us, she worked at Gundersen Lutheran Childcare Center in La Crosse for three years, mainly with infants and toddlers. 

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Classroom: Baby Chicks
Colleen Adams

Colleen Adams joined Koala-T-Kare in September 2013. She has worked in childcare since 2005 and has substituted in the area. She grew up in Brooklyn, WI. Colleen graduated from UW-Green Bay with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education. 

Colleen lives with her husband Brad and son Owen, as well as two cats Lila and Mocha. She enjoys scrapbooking, camping and spending time with family and friends.

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Classroom: Baby Chicks

Tammy Detter began her adventures with Koala-T-Kare in 2007.

She started her childcare years at Playhaven in 1990. Tammy then worked as the Assistant Director from 2003-2006. She has her Registry certificate, Infant/ Toddler certificates and many other certificates in the childcare field.

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Margie Tolmie joined the Koala-T-Kare team in July 2010. Born and raised in Texas, she has lived in Madison for 16 years. She has a B.S. in Education and has been working in childcare for more than 20 years and absolutely loves it! Currently, she works with the Penguins. Her professional experience includes working with children from 6 months to 17 years old and with children with a wide range of abilities.

Margie is married and has two kids. She loves to spend time with her family watching movies, hiking, camping, reading and playing with their dog.

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Classroom: Penguins
Elissa Kube

Elissa Kube joined the KTK staff in August 2011, as a teacher in the Parrots classroom (16-24 months).  Elissa graduated from Edgewood College in 2007 with a Bachelors Degree in Studies in Education. After graduation, she worked with children from a wide age range. She worked as a lead teacher with infants for a year, before moving to Washington, DC. While in DC, she was a nanny for three years.

In her free time, Elissa likes to spend time with her family and friends, go bowling, or watch a Packer/Brewers game! She is looking forward to her upcoming wedding in October 2015.

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Classroom: Parrots
Charley Gamble

Charley Gamble joined the Koala-T-Kare team in August 2008. Prior to KTK, Charley's work experience includes over six years in a variety of childcare settings, with ages ranging from infants up to second graders. Charley obtained his Associates Degree in Early Childhood from North Central Michigan College.

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Classroom: Parrots
Sheila Hammer

Sheila Hammer joined our teaching team for two summers prior to starting full time in spring of 2014. She has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and just finished a Bachelor’s in Physical Education. She began working with children in 2003 at Big Oak Childcare where she became Lead Teacher of the one-year-old room. After seven years she moved to Whitewater to finish her Bachelor’s. She loves children so much, she found her way back to Koala-T-Kare. In her free time, Sheila is super involved with recreational activities including bowling, kickball, Frisbee, tennis, and so forth.

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Classroom: Peacocks

Fallon Morrissey joined the KTK team in November 2016. She has been working with children for over 10 years, including spending 4 years nannying. She graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016 with a degree in Psychology. In her free time, Fallon enjoys attending Badger games, spending time with friends and reading. 

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Classroom: Peacocks
Kristi Boedefeld

Kristi Boedefeld joined our teaching team in October 2012.  She began working in child care at Playhaven in 1986.  She then worked for five years at an in-home group center called It’s a Small World where, after a couple of years, she became the Program Director.  Prior to joining our team, she spent the last eighteen years as a Program Director at School’s Out Before & After School Program.

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Classroom: Starlings
Sue Schneider

Sue Schneider began working with us in October 2006. After many years of being our Center Director, she is now finding enjoyment as a teacher in our Preschool program. Sue has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh in Elementary Education and is licensed to teacher junior high English, kindergarten through sixht grade, and Early Childhood Exceptional Needs.

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Classroom: Starlings
Linda Carignan

Linda Carignan has been with Koala-T-Kare since June 2008. She completed her Infant/Toddler course at MATC and holds a Level 9 Wisconsin Registry Certificate. Linda previously worked at Pine PlayHaven Childcare in Pardeeville and Gingerbread House in DeForest. She was also a Youth Services Director for the Pardeeville Library.

Linda has three children and lives in Oregon. She loves working at Koala-T-Kare!

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Jeri Mooberry

Jeri Mooberry started working here in January of 2006 before Koala-T-Kare even opened, when we had three children or less. Jeri is a Registered Nurse and holds a Bachelor's degree. She also had a small in-home daycare while her oldest two children were in elementary school.

Jeri is the mother of three and also has three granddaughters who have attended Koala-T-Kare: Maggie, Izzy and Ruby. She helps teach the 4-5 year old class at her church. Several years ago she had an amazing experience when she went on a trip to Haiti and worked in an orphanage for newborns to 4-year-olds.

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"It was very apparent during the observation that the parents and the children have close relationships with the teachers. All contact with parents included greeting the parent and the child by name and sharing of information."

-YoungStar Program Rater

"We can tell that the KTK teachers truly care for our children. They are calm and friendly presences in their lives. They always have our kids' best interests in mind and help them have fun times and learning experiences too. The teachers are encouraging and just as excited as we are when a child reaches a milestone or has a good day."

-Ellen