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.
Our Team of Teachers
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.
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.
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.
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.
Franccesca Hagen joined the Koala-T-Kare team in December 2019, and grew up close to Madison, in Mineral Point, WI. She graduated from UW-Whitewater with B.A. in Communication in 2019, and is a level 7 on the Wisconsin Registry. While studying at Whitewater, she worked at the Children’s Center on campus.
Greisly Reyes joined the KTK team in 2019. She is from Venezuela, her native language is Spanish and is currently taking English classes at Madison Technical College (MATC).
Jessica Delaney joined the KTK staff in September 2014 as the center’s cook. Before working as a cook, she was a hairstylist for eight years. After working in a children’s hair salon and enjoying being in an atmosphere centered on children, she made a career change to something she loved more than styling hair- cooking. She worked as a cook at Pooh Bear Childcare for three years before coming to KTK.
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.
Linda Ganzow 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.
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.
Mary Hartlich joined the KTK staff in April of 2013 as an assistant teacher and provides support to all of our teachers. She has worked in childcare for 10+ years. She is currently working on her associate degree in Early Childhood Education, along with completing courses through the Early Education station. Mary holds a level 3 certificate through the Wisconsin Registry.
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.
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.
Teana Gombar became a teacher at Koala-T-Kare in January 2020. She graduated from UW - Whitewater in December 2019, with a B.S. in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education. She has worked in childcare centers since she was a senior in high school.