Meet Our Teachers

Playschool parents list our dedicated and knowledgeable teachers as their favorite feature of our school's programming. Our teachers bring years of education, experience, and commitment with them into our classrooms.
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ANDREA BUTCHART

Director

  • Education: Bachelor of Science, Elementary and Early Childhood Education 

  • Experience:Joined Playschool staff in 2017! I also spent eight years teaching in the public school system, primarily kindergarten. I love math, and was the Math Teacher Leader at my school during that time.

  • Free time: My busy crew enjoys watching and spending time playing baseball!

“I love watching our students build new relationships throughout the school year!”

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LORI HANLON

Teacher

  • Education: Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education (PreK-6); Master of Science in Education, with an emphasis on reading instruction

  • Experience: Joined Playschool staff in 2016. I taught kindergarten for eight years, before taking time off to raise my four children. I've also been a 4K religious education teacher since 2000. 

  • Free time: I enjoy reading, walking, and spending time with my family.  I especially enjoy watching my children play sports.
     

“Reading to the children is one of my favorite parts of teaching preschool. I enjoy seeing the children's enthusiasm as they share their thoughts and ideas about a story.”

Academics

Our experienced staff have developed a diverse curriculum for each of the three age groups we serve. These include our Pre-3, 3K, and 4K programs.

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KAREN MARTENS

Teacher

  • Education: Bachelor of Science, Elementary and Early Childhood Education with a minor in Spanish 

  • Experience:  Joined Playschool staff in 2010. Prior to that, I taught Head Start in MPS for six years, where I had the privilege of working with three and four-year olds.  I also was an instructor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee.

  • Free time: I love spending time with my family playing games, camping, and going on road trips.  I also love to cheer my kids on in their many activities!  I am very involved with their sports and school functions.  My older children live in Madison, and I love to visit them!  Badger games and the Dane County Farmers' Market are some of my favorite Madison pastimes.
     

"My favorite part about teaching is nurturing these young minds as they grow and learn about the world around them. I love to engage the children in learning through activities, allowing them to explore things in their unique way.  My goal is to help them create a love for learning that will stay with them as they grow."

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MEGAN ROCQUE

Teacher

  • Education: Bachelor of Science, Middle Childhood Early Adolescence (Grades 1-8) with a minor Social Science and Natural Science 

  • Experience: I joined Playschool staff in August of 2018. Prior to this, I substitute-taught in various districts for five years. I also taught third grade in the School District of Greenfield for two years and taught middle school social studies and science in the Milwaukee Public School District for three years.

  • Free time: In my free time, I love to spend time with my family, travel, and do home renovation projects.
     

"Each child is unique, bringing with them a plethora of knowledge and experiences to share. Providing an environment where children feel safe to take risks, explore, and grow into becoming a lifelong learner is so important to me. My absolute favorite part of teaching is watching that "aha" moment occur for a child in my classroom.”

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TABITHA SCHULTZ

Teacher

  • Education: Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood education

  • Experience: Joined Playschool staff in August 2021.  Prior to this I taught Kindergarten in MPS and Oak Creek Public Schools.  I then went on to teach students virtually from kindergarten to 3rd grade for K12.

  • Free Time:  In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and watching my three boys play baseball.

    " I believe learning through play is essential for all children. I love observing and encouraging this type of learning. Play teaches children problem solving, creativity, choices and develops vocabulary. Learning through play has always been an important part of my classroom. "


    "For children play is serious learning. Play is really the word of childhood." Fred Rogers

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JODI HAASCH

Teacher

  • Education: Bachelor of Science,  Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence Education

  • Experience:  Joined Playschool staff in August 2021. I have worked within the Greendale School District for the last six years. Prior to that I did long term subbing with the School District of Shorewood.

  • Free Time:  I love going on adventures with my family and working in my yard.


     "I love seeing the look on a child's face when they realize they can indeed do something they thought was unattainable."

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AMY STULLER

Teacher

  • Education: Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education; Master of Science, Early Childhood Special Education.

  • Experience: Joined Playschool staff in August 2021. I taught for 5 years in MPS in both K4 and early childhood special ed classrooms.

  • Free Time: I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, baking and traveling.


     "Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me." Fred Rogers.