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Karen O’Donnell is the lead teacher in our 3 year old preschool room. She lives in Whitewater with her husband Kelly and her eleven year old daughter Emily. She loves to garden, read and travel. She decided to become a teacher as she has a love for young children and an appreciation for the positive influences her own teachers had on her life.
Karen graduated from UW Whitewater and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling. She has been a teacher for 27 years.
Karen enjoys working for Fort Atkinson Preschool and Childcare as she says the staff is “very friendly and supportive.” She has been on staff here for more than five years. The best part of her day is “the positive interactions I have with each child and observing their growth and development each day.”
Lisa Stark is our 4K Detective Lead Teacher. She is in her sixth year here at Fort Atkinson Preschool and Childcare. She lives in Watertown with her husband Lucas and their two children Ella (2) and Asher (4). Asher attends our school as well. Lisa most enjoys spending time with her family. Lisa has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from UW Whitewater and became a teacher because she loved going to school and helping her peers. The best part of her day is listening to the kids’ stories, enjoying their humor and appreciating the love they show for one another and their teachers. Lisa says she likes to work at our school because she has a nice big classroom and she has colleagues who are always nice and willing to help one another out.
Kashia Gutoski is our 4 year old preschool teacher/4K wrap around teacher. She is just beginning her second year at Fort Atkinson Preschool and Childcare. She lives in Fort Atkinson with her son and their pet cat. Kashia enjoys baking and photography. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from UW Whitewater and became a teacher because she feels teaching has always been a “natural strength.” The best part of her day is seeing the children’s fresh, energetic smiles first thing in the morning. Kashia says she likes to work at our school because Fort Atkinson Preschool and Child Care has an “intelligent and caring staff, a great working environment and great kids.”
Renee Recob is our 4K Explorer Lead Teacher. Renee just began her teaching career here at Fort Atkinson Preschool and Childcare in January, but she is not new to us as she was a student teacher here two years ago in our 4 year old preschool room! Renee graduated from UW Whitewater in January with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education.
Her fiancé and their three fur babies just purchased their first home in Waterloo. Renee decided to become a teacher because of her love for learning and a desire to help others learn and not have a negative outlook at school.
The best part of her day is witnessing children have that
“a-ha moment.” Renee likes working at Fort Atkinson Preschool and Childcare because the “staff is very friendly and the children and families are great to work with.”
Hannah Rudolph is on our preschool assistant teachers. She is presently a sophomore at UW Whitewater where she is studying Early Childhood Education. She began her career with us as an infant and toddler assistant over a year ago and came over to the preschool last summer. She is here bright and early every day at 6 am, as one of our opening teachers and spends her mornings in the Sunray Room with our 3 year olds. Hannah is originally from Slinger and currently living in Whitewater. She decided to become a teacher as she loves working with kids and “it just comes naturally.” She feels the best part of her day is playing one on one with the kids. About Fort Atkinson Preschool and Childcare, she says, “I love the working environment, my co-workers and most of all the kids!”
Abbi Brown is one of our preschool assistant teachers. As a float teacher Abbi works in many different classrooms and is also one of our 6 am opening teachers. Abbi came to us through the assistant child care teacher program at Fort Atkinson High School. Abbi enjoys baking, music, gardening and reading. She just moved into her first apartment in Milton. She has been with us for 3 years as a teacher but started out with us as student when she was small. She always told her parents she wanted to come back and be a teacher, and so she has! Abbi likes playing one on one with the children, reading and singing with them. She enjoys working at Fort Atkinson Preschool and Childcare because “the staff is like a second family and the kids are amazing to work with.”
Karen Albrecht is our school age teacher. She has been a teacher for over 40 years. She has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Blackhawk Technical College. She is mom to two grown daughters and grandma to five grandchildren. She enjoys raising and tagging monarch butterflies, travel, acting, writing, singing and presenting workshops. Karen likes working for Fort Atkinson Preschool and childcare because, “I can walk to work and enjoy my community. The church and teaching staff are wonderful, the building is welcoming and well-cared for. It is a great place to teach professionally and build loving relationships.”