The professional staff at the University Children's Center are all academically certified educators having earned, at minimum, a baccalaureate degree. The professional staff are assisted by UW-Fox Valley students planning to major in education, psychology, social work or another related field. All staff and students receive on-going training in issues related to working with young children.
Director Joan Roy
Educational Background: Bachelor of Science in Childhood Development from University of Wisconsin Madison.
Work Experience: Started working at University Children's Center in September 1999.
What brings you Joy: I enjoy the honest and open nature of children. It is inspiring and rewarding when the children have an "aha" moment and the concept clicks into place. It is refreshing to experience with each individual child their thought process and personalities. In child care there are no two days alike, it keeps life interesting.
Preschool Teacher Ann Stark-Rausch
Educational Background: Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from University of Wisconsin Stout.
Work Experience: Started working at University Children's Center in August 2001.
What brings you Joy: Working with children. Each day is fresh and new which makes my days very exciting. I think being a mother of two has made me a better teacher. My main goal as an EC teacher is for the children to enjoy school.
Preschool Teacher Bridget Keys
Educational Background: Bachelor of Science in Spanish and Psychology from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Work Experience: Bridget began working at the Children's Center as a student aide when she started at UW-Fox Valley in June 2001 until seeking her degree. Returned to the Children's Center as a head preschool teacher August 2007.
What brings you Joy: Watching the children learn and grow. They are constantly changing and finding new and exciting things about the world. The happiness and excitement they show when they accomplish something can bring a smile to anyone's face. Working with children is a new adventure everyday.
Toddler Teacher Amy Prideaux
Educational Background: Bachelor of Science in Human Services from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
Work Experience: Started working at University Children's Center in June 1993.
What brings you Joy: Witnessing the growth each child makes throughout the years children, learn and achieve so much in their early years. Another thing that brings me joy is seeing the world through the children's eyes. Everything is amazing to them. When working with the children, everday is different. The things they do and say can really brighten my day.