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Meet Our Staff


Lia Gonsman

  • Degree/Training:  Bachelors Degree in Psychology, Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards, and Conscious Discipline, ITERS/ECERS

  • Began Working​​​​ in Field: Nov. 2020​​

  • Began at Lake Edge: Nov. 2020

I really enjoy my job here at Lake Edge because I get to see the kids imagination and creativity soar to new heights outside with our naturalistic approach to learning. 

Assistant Director

Carissa Tikalsky
  • Degree/Training: Bachelors Degree-Music Education Emphasis, Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards, and Conscious Discipline 

  • Began Working in Field: 2017

  • Began at Lake Edge: 2021

I enjoy working with children because of the unique relationships we build. I love to start my day thinking...

"What memories will we make today?"


Denise Smits

​Denise has been cooking for multiple nursing homes in the valley, and even the boys and girls club. She recently has joined out team here at Lake Edge and has transformed our entire menu into something healthy, yet delicious.  

Lead Teachers
Deer Room


Jessica Jenson

Stevie Grosvenor
Katya Schumacher

Lead Teachers
Bear Room

Rachel Baker

Lead 4k 

Robin Staffeldt

Substitute Teacher


Mary Zehner

Mary works for the Menasha School District as a substitute teacher, and fills in here at Lake Edge when she can!

  • Degree/Training: Few Credits short of our Early Childhood Education Degree, Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards, and Conscious Discipline. 

  • Started in Field:

  • Started at Lake Edge:

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