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Star Room

AGES: Preschool age 3

The Star Room serves a group of 13-16 preschool-aged children in a mixed age grouping. Two full-time teachers and 1 full-time assistant teacher staff the classroom.  With a balance of child-directed and teacher-directed activities, children in the Star room are solidifying their skills playing interactively with other children, in problem-solving and conflict resolution, and in regulating their emotions. They are beginning to work on long-term projects and ways to represent their work through art and literacy activities. Star children also are beginning to apply their understanding of numbers to real-world situations.

Star Teachers

Amber Brestel

Position title: Assistant Teacher

Hi! My name is Amber, and I am so excited to join the WECP team. I have experience working with kids of all ages both neurotypical and neurodivergent. I have worked in homes, at schools, and in childcare centers. Most recently I have been working closely with younger children on the Autism spectrum. My favorite thing to do with any kiddo of any age is to dance. I love putting on music, getting silly, and encouraging self-expression. In my down time I like to draw, scrapbook, and make mixed media art. I like dying my hair fun, bright colors, and I am a huge fan of *Nsync and Pentatonix. I am looking forward to meeting the parents, staff, and children at WECP and can’t wait to dance, create, and play.

Sue Neeley

Position title: Enrichment Teacher

My name is Sue Neeley, but my friends call me Sue Moo. I am a first generation American, and I would say the greatest traditions my parents passed down to me and my two sisters are the ability to speak Lao and cook Asian cuisine. I have a bachelor of arts degree from Winona State University where I studied dance, management, and business administration. I am a certified children’s yoga instructor through Kidding Around Yoga and a licensed substitute teacher. Prior to accepting my position here at WECP, I was the owner and operator of Moove and Groove and a substitute teacher for grades K-12. I taught yoga and dance at preschools throughout the greater Madison area. I am also a member of Limanya Drum and Dance Ensemble, studying and performing traditional music and dance from Guinea, West Africa. I was a preschool teacher at the Goodman Community center for 4+ years prior to having children of my own.  When my husband, Cory, and I had our two children, I was the caregiver for two other children as well as joining their parent cooperative preschool (Monona Grove Nursery School). Currently, I practice martial arts with my two children, and we are all blue belts. Our family also includes two dogs.  Our family of six loves to cook together, walk in the woods, swim in the lakes, play games, have dance parties, and sing karaoke together.