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Early Learning Community

Chippewa Falls Center Staff

Milestones Early Educational Community is a Nationally Accredited, five-star rated, Reggio Emilia inspired school in Chippewa Falls, WI.

At Milestones Early Educational Community, we view each child as imaginative, independent, and eager to learn. Our goal is to inspire children to explore, question, and captain their learning journey, in a supportive and Christian environment. As a nationally accredited, five-star child care center, Milestones partners with the children to adapt the Reggio Emilia-inspired learning approach for our preschool curriculum.

Arnie Swoboda

Owner

Arnie has a degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from the University of WI – Eau Claire. He began his career in the Peace Corps, teaching English to middle and high schoolers in Romania. He has been teaching in the Chippewa Valley since 2007 and has loved every minute of it!

Kerry Swoboda

Owner

Kerry has a background in Social Work and Child Development and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of WI – Madison. As well as co-owning Milestones Early Educational Community with her husband, Arnie, she also works as a Social Worker in Eau Claire.

Amanda Bowe

Director

Amanda has an Associates Degree in Early Education from WITC and completed classes to obtain her Childcare Administration Credential from UW-Milwaukee. Amanda realized her passion for working with children when raising her three younger siblings. She started working here in 2003 and considers Milestones her heart and home.

Hilary Mickelson

4k Lead Teacher

Hilary has a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from UW- Eau Claire and Early Childhood Elementary Education from UW-River Falls. Hilary has always known she wanted to be a teacher from a young age. She loves building relationships with families over the years, seeing the children's excitement about learning, and watching them grow during their time at Milestones.

Julie Endvick

4K Assistant Teacher

Julie has a Bachelors of Science Degree from UW-Eau Claire with a background in Speech Language Pathology. Julie loves working with children because it is one of the only jobs where she gets asked if her shoes light up and how fast she can run in them.

Kayla Tiller

Lead Teacher

Kayla has completed classes in early childhood and child development. Her favorite part about working with children is watching them learn and grow.

Ashley Wilson

Lead Teacher

Ashley has completed classes in Early Childhood through Wabansi Community College. Ashley enjoys being able to teach children and watch them understand new concepts. It is fun watching their personalities develop and showing them love each day.

Stephanie Schlauget

Lead Teacher

Stephanie has an Associates Degree in Childcare Services from Chippewa Valley Technical College. She loves being a part of children reaching milestones and achievements.

Bridget Lazarz

4K Assistant Teacher

Bridget has an Associates Degree in Early Education from Chippewa Valley Technical College. She loves inspiring children's creativity through teaching and playing on a daily basis. Bridget enjoys adding humor to their lives and giving and receiving love to the children.

Sarah Olson

4K Lead Teacher

Sarah has a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education from UW-La Crosse. She enjoys seeing how excited the children are to learn something new each day. She loves hearing their laughter as they play together.

Emily Flaatten

Assistant Teacher

Emily is a current student at Chippewa Valley Technical College for Early Childhood Education. She loves interacting with and creating connections with children.

Alyssa Blum

Lead Teacher

Alyssa has a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from UW-Platteville. She loves working with children to watch them learn and grow.

Caroline Ritznger

Lead Teacher

Caroline has an Associates Degree in Childcare from Chippewa Valley Technical College. She loves working with children because they motivate her to be a better person. She enjoys learning from the children she works with every day.

Kelsey Ruf

Lead Teacher

Kelsey has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Chippewa Valley Technical College. She loves working with children because she enjoys watching them grow, learn, and explore.

Michelle Berrier

Assistant Teacher

Michelle has a Bachelors Degree in Organizational Leadership and has taken classes in Early Childhood. She loves watching children grow and seeing the progress they make throughout the year.

Sammi Manning

Lead Teacher

Sammi has taken several classes in Early Childhood as well as Infant and Toddler development. She loves the way little minds think and she loves to watch the children learn and grow.

Abby Van Heuklon

Lead Teacher

Abby has a Bachelors Degree in Unified Early Childhood from UW-Eau Claire. Abby loves helping children develop new skills and watch them learn and grow.

Sarah Travaglio

Lead Teacher

Sarah has completed classes in early childhood and child development. She loves being a part of the children's development and enjoys watching them hit milestones. The children always make her day and she is happy knowing they are our future.

Olivia Lenzen

Assistant Teacher

Olivia is a student at Chippewa Valley Technical College pursuing an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. Olivia has always enjoyed working with children growing up which inspired her to pursue her current degree. She loves experiencing different age groups and watching children grow and develop.

Americus Lenox

Assistant Teacher

Americus is a student at Chippewa Falls High School. She loves working with children because she gets the opportunity to watch them grow. She enjoys watching them learn and grow. She loves being able to be there for them by caring and loving the children.

Ali Konz

Lead Teacher

Ali has completed classes in early childhood and child development. She enjoys giving and receiving love from the children every day.

Shylo Halvorson

Lead Teacher

Shylo has completed classes in Early Childhood through Chippewa Valley Technical College. She loves helping children learn, develop, and grow. She loves the love and hugs she gives and receives each day.

Jennifer Tettam

Assistant Teacher

Jennifer has an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Chippewa Valley Technical College. She loves working with children and enjoys watching them learn and grow.

Kellie Wink

Lead Teacher

Kellie has completed classes in early childhood and child development. She loves watching children learn and play every day.

Melissa Blodgett

Assistant Teacher

Melissa completed classes in Early Childhood Education through Chippewa Valley Technical College. She loves working with children because it is an honor to be part of their growth and development. Melissa enjoys hearing the stories they share and watching their personalities evolve.

Bonnie Emerick

Assistant Teacher

Bonnie has taken classes in Early Childhood education and Development. She loves watching the children learn and grow and watching their excitement when they learn something new

Hannah Leavesseur

Lead Teacher

Hannah has completed classes in early childhood and infant and toddler development. She loves working with children as they are always creative, fun, and develop in different ways. She enjoys the variety children bring every day she comes to work.

Alicia Gaede

Lead Teacher

Alicia has a Bachelors Degree in Family and Consumer Science-Family Life Education and a Master's Degree in Human and Community Resources through UW-Stevens Point. She enjoys hearing the children laugh and giggle and watch them learn, grow, and explore their environment.

Mackenzee Goss

Lead Teacher

Mackenzee has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Chippewa Valley Technical College. She loves working with children because she can watch them grow, develop, and meet milestones.

Dawn Robinson

Lead Teacher

Dawn has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Chippewa Valley Technical College. She loves working with children as it allows her the opportunity to give love and make a positive impact on their lives every day. It brings a smile to her face watching the children interact, grow, and develop.

Stacey Thydean

Cook

Stacey enjoys working as a cook at Milestones because the children are always happy to see her and excited about the food she makes.

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