Meet Our Staff

Director / Administrator


Taylor Douglas

  • Degree/Training: Bachelors in Youth Programming and Camp Management, Minor in Environmental Education, and Adventure Education. Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards, Conscious Discipline, ITERS/ECERS.

  • Began Working in Field: 2012

  • Began at Lake Edge: July 2020

  • Gone on Maternity Leave March 14th - May 16th. Please contact Lia during this time.

Assistant Director

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. 


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

Lead Teacher
Fox Room

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?"

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: