Jan is married with two children, two dogs and she is an avid horse woman. As a dedicated teacher, she has worked professionally with children and their families for 25 years. She received a BS in social work from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. Jan has continued her professional development by taking Early Childcare courses over the years including Administration of Preschools, Teaching With Love and Logic as well as numerous workshops and trainings. She also completed her Preschool Montessori Training and she has been working in Montessori classrooms since.
Maureen (Clancy) has been working in the field of Early Childhood education for over 30 years. She has experience in the areas of the operation, management, and program development of child care operations. She has experience as a presenter at the NAEYC child care conference in Iowa, served as the vice president of the local NAEYC and helped to start a child care conference in Santa Fe. Clancy has been the executive director and owner of various preschools and child care centers. She has received the Montessori Certificate, Wisconsin Professional Credential for Child Care Administrators, Fundamentals of Infant and Toddler Care as well as attending many Early Child Care conferences. Clancy is married with three children and four dogs.
Renee Thompson has been teaching in the 2 to 3 year old classroom for 6 years. She remembers fondly a pre-school child telling her, "Ms. Renee, you are part of the best family I've ever had." Renee has created a Montessori style classroom, filled with color, creative work and a peaceful atmosphere. Renee is married and has one daughter. She has a BA in journalism communications arts from Creighton University and studied abroad at the Sorbonne University of Paris. As an avid photographer who studied filmmaking, Renee has lived and worked abroad and traveled around the world extensively. Renee was a substitute teacher in the Janesville public school district for three years. She has attended Montessori conferences and visited and observed Montessori schools to mentor in the Montessori philosophy. Renee brings her love for humanity to each child in her class and supports the development of their creative expression as they grow and evolve as unique human beings.
Gabriela Alquicira is a Spanish speaking Infant teacher. She lives in Madison with her husband and son. Gabi attended MATC for a career in child care with an emphasis in Infants & toddlers. She has been working in the infant classroom at Asras Family Childcare Center since January 2006 and loves teaching the little ones by providing tender care. Her presence in the classroom provides a soft touch to the environment. She enjoys sharing her Spanish language with children as well as with other teachers.
Sameena Syed has been teaching at Asraís Family Childcare in the two year old classroom since 2006. She has done her bachelors in Arts from Saint Annís College, Hyderabad, India. She enjoys living at a farm in Stoughton with her husband and children. Her family loves taking care of sheep, chickens and peacocks at the farm. She provides quality care for children by showing respect and a well prepared classroom which encourages curiosity and concentration skills.
Kristin Lang is an infant teacher. She provides quality care which cannot be missed by looking at happy and content faces in the infant room. She has a two year associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Indian Hills Community College, Ottumwa, IA. She has been with Asraís Family Childcare since January 2009.
Sandra Valdez is a Spanish speaking teacher in the transition room (16 months to 2 years). All the children in her classroom love her warm affectionate care. Her class enjoys a wide variety of activities including art projects, learning Spanish, dancing to music, and looking at picture books.
Maria Rodriguez has been working for Asras Family Childcare Center since 2012. She has the ability to adapt to the needs and demands of classrooms within the center. Maria is a bilingual teacher.
All the teachers continuously put in effort to improve and polish their skills by attending seminars and trainings in the early childhood education field.