Staff at Lake Edge
My name is Jessica OConnell. My husband Mathew and I have three children; 7-year-old Rachael, 4-year-old Luke, and 3 year old Christopher. Rachael attends Neenah Elementary School District. Luke attends Lake Edge 4k preschool program in the mornings and attends Washington 4k in the afternoons. Christopher attends lake edge as well and turns 4 very soon and next year will attend Lake edge 4k preschool program in the mornings and attend Washington for the 4k afternoon session. As a family we love camping during the summer and going swimming during the summer and winter time.
I hold a master’s degree in education and Counseling from UW-Oshkosh and Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Social Work. I have over 15 years’ experience working in the Education field including early childhood. I started my career back in 1998 working in early childhood with Rochester Athletic Club in their drop in childcare area in Rochester Minnesota which is where I grew up. I worked their for 8 years while I went to college. After college I was a Lead Teachers at child care centers and worked my way up into administrative roles. I am passionate about the early education of children and preparing them for elementary school. I am very excited to be working with the families at Lake Edge.
Becky N-4k Teacher
My name is Becky Nichols. My husband Jeff and I have two children; 10-year-old Ava and 7 year-old Carl who both attend Menasha Schools. We live right here in the Doty Island neighborhood. Together we enjoy volunteering, meeting new people, family camping, walks in the woods, books, ice cream, and trips to the beach.
I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from UW-Oshkosh and have 8 years of teaching experience in the public schools
Anna-4k, 3's, and 2's Assistant
My name is Anna. I have been working with children since 2008. I am a lead teacher for Religious education. I am currently attending Fox Valley Tech for Early Childcare Education. One of my passions outside of education is Ballroom Dancing just like the kind that you would see on TV like Dancing With The Stars. I have been doing this since the summer of 2017.
Jared- 4k, and 3's Assistant
Hi! My name is Jared Adams and this is my 2nd year working in childcare. I graduated in 2016 with a bachelors in Social Work and Sociology from UW-Stevens Point. I'm currently attending UW-Green Bay to continue my education and become a kindergarten teacher. I've been working at Lake Edge since September 2018. Before that, I worked at a center near Milwaukee and was the lead teacher for the 3 year old room. In my free time I enjoy travelling and spending time with friends and family.
Robin- 3K Teacher
Im from Princeton, WI but have lived in the Fox Valley for the past 20 years. I have worked in early childhood since 2001 either at childcare facilities or running my own in-home center.
I attended fox valley tech for Early Childhood Education and am a few credits shy of my associate’s degree.
I have two sons named Payton who is 5 and Shane who is 9 with my fiancée Dusten. I enjoy camping, kayaking, cooking, running, and watching my kids play in their various sports.
I have won teacher of the year before at a previous center and excited to prove to you why.
Tanner- 3k Teacher
I have been working in the education field working as vice president and president for the PTA for over 5 years. I also have been supervisor for the Neenah school district lunch program for many years. I am just starting my career in early education and am very excited to be working with Lake Edge families.
Becky B- 2 1/2-young 3's Teacher
I have worked in education and the childcare field for a total of 8 years, including an experience in Thailand in which I taught fine arts to stateless children for 3 weeks.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Art from UW Steven’s Point. I took some time off to raise my two kiddos, Benson who is 7 and Lyla who is 4 while my husband completed his degree. As a family we love to go camping and take trips to the state parks and spend time up North at the cabin. I have a passion for gardening and look forward to sharing that with Lake Edge kids during the summer months. I also have a passion for art and music and incorporate that into most of my lesson plans especially eco-friendly art focused on using recycled materials.
Xan- 2 1/2 - young 3's Teacher
My name is Xan. I am 22 years old, and I’m from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. I graduated from UW Oshkosh with a Bachelor’s Degree in Gender Studies and English.
My first position working with children was volunteer work for the Oconomowoc Public Library where I helped with children’s events and reading programs for 8 years. I was also a Girl Scout Camp Counselor for 7 years. I have Student Taught in a 1st grade Classroom at Greenland Elementary School in Oconomowoc in 2014.
I am excited to be working at Lake Edge and with the children at Lake Edge.
Lorrie- Young 2's Teacher
I am originally from Northern Illinois. I have twin Boys. My family loves traveling and being outdoors. I have been in early childhood for 8 years now. I was a toddler lead teacher for most of these years my experience has been in the toddler/early two-year-old development. I have multiple years of early childhood educational trainings through 4c (Illinois). I also have trained in Project Learning Tree as well as 32 credits in Early Childhood Courses. My goal is to obtain my bachelor’s in early childhood development with an emphasis in special needs in the next few years which I will be starting to obtain this coming summer through online courses.
I love working with children and being able to be a part of their growth and development brings me joy.
Blia- Young 2's Teacher
My name is Blia Yang, I currently attend Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton. I will be graduating and getting my Associate degree in the program in Early Childhood Education in May 2019. During my time at FVTC, I have earn many certifications which includes Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Training for Child Care Providers, Sudden Infant Death Syndrone, Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, and WMELS. I enjoy outside activities and spending time with family and friends.
My name is Nick Richardson and I started working as the cook at Lake Edge in February of 2019.. I have a bachelors degree in Fine Arts from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. I substitute taught for a year in Milwaukee and have a lot of experience working in a classroom setting and as an online advisor for Colorado Technical University. I enjoy cooking and spending time with family and friends.
My name is Susan Zimmerman and I am from Oshkosh. I have a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. I started working with children while I was in college, doing after school care through the Boys & Girls Club and continue to work as the S.T.E.M. teacher there. I started at Lake Edge Learning Center in February. At home I have a giant Silver Lab named George and I love to play tennis and go camping