Teachers

Meet the Kids Junction Summer Adventure Camp Team!
Our summer program is highly successful because of our quality staff and our creative programming. Our staff are selected because of their energetic, outgoing, and fun-loving personalities, their ability to positively guide your children, and their desire to make a difference! Most of our amazing staff are pursuing or have earned degrees in early childhood education. At a minimum, our counselors are required to have completed a School-Age certification course or equivalent and a S.A.C. training program. Working together with our office and kitchen staff, we are happy to say we have the best staff you could ever want for your child! Welcome to our Kids Junction Summer Adventure Camp Family.

Mr. Ben – School Age Director

EducationMr. Ben – School Age Director
I attended the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, where I received a Bachelor of Science in Education: Physical Education License Pre-K thru 12th Grade.

Experience
I served as a long term substitute at the elementary and middle school in the Hartford School District and as a Physical Education and Special Education Teacher in the Milwaukee Public School District. I also served in 3 other summer programs for 4 years prior to coming to Kids Junction. I started working at Kids Junction in 2006 and have really enjoyed working with the staff and the children in both the summer and school age programs!

Personal
I am from Wisconsin and am a huge sports fan, particularly the Green Bay Packers. I am married and my wife Tanya is also a teacher.


Ms. Carissa – Team Leader

Education
I graduated from UW-Platteville with a Bachelor Degree in Middle Childhood Education.

Experience
I started working at Kids Junction in 2014. I also have experience working in schools and being a nanny/babysitter.

Personal
I am married and I’m also close to my two little brothers. I love reading, camping, and being outside.


Ms. Kelsey

Education
I am currently working on my Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Adaptive Education.

Experience
I have instructed children at Kids Junction for the past 3 years.

Personal
I have one brother and love spending time with my family. In my free time, I enjoy crafting and playing volleyball.


Ms. Sarah

Education
I graduated in May 2013 with a Bachelors of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences Education from the University of Stout. I am currently working towards my Child Care Service License which would allow me to teach a Child Care Assistant Course at the high school level. In this class, students would learn about child care and prepare to have their own child care center for a small part of the semester.

Experience
I started babysitting when i was in Middle School and was very involved in 4H. Through these experiences I found that I loved to each children and it was a deep passion of mine. After graduating college, I started substitute teaching at three different school districts. During this time I mainly substitute taught at Elementary Levels, Kindergarten through 5th grade.

Personal
My hobbies include reading, playing with my 9 month old puppy Lily and fishing when I have time. Last year, I had the opportunity to travel to Okinawa Japan for 9 months where I worked on a Military Base with teenagers. This was an amazing experience that really opened my eyes to the world. I also just recently accepted a Full Time position at the Dodgeville High School as their Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher.


Ms. Kennedy

EducationKennedy Blahnik
I am currently a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a content minor focus in Math and Science.

Experience
This is my first summer with Kids Junction, but I have volunteered the past 4 summers as a Vacation Bible School teacher for my local church as well as a counselor for local sport camps, specifically in basketball and volleyball.

Personal
I am a thrower on the UW-Madison Track and Field team and as much as I love being a student-athlete, it takes up a lot of my time. I also enjoy reading, spending time with my family and friends, and being active, whether it’s kayaking, hiking, or just shooting hoops.


Ms. Marina

Education
I graduated from Verona Area High school and am currently enrolled at Madison College pursuing a degree in nursing and education.

Experience
I have been a Sunday school teacher for many years working with children 5-7 years old.

Personal
I was born in Russia! My parents adopted my brother and I when I was 5 years old. In my spare time I love to play sports, watch movies and read books.


Miss Savannah

Education
I graduated from Green Bay Preble Highschool in 2014 and am now a sophomore at UW-Madison in hopes of becoming a pediatrician.

Experience
I started babysitting when I was 12 for various families and also for my own family by watching my little brothers. I also volunteered at the Cerebral Palsy Center in the 3 year old room in the daycare during my senior year of high school.

Personal
I enjoy being active and being outside. I played soccer since I was 6 years old but I love playing any kind of sport. I also love to rollerblade in the summer and go snowboarding in the winter.


Ms. Patti

Education
I pursued a degree in Elementary Education from a two year program at Oakland College and another year at Oakland University. I am currently continuing a degree in Early Childhood Development.

Experience
While in college, I worked at a child development center in Michigan as a teacher’s aid. From 2011 through 2015 I worked at a school in their food service and after school program. I worked closely with second and forth grade classes as a teachers aid.

Personal
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my daughter, Lilyana. We love to spend time together gardening and being outside with nature.


Ms. Gretchen

Education
I went to high school at Madison Memorial and graduated in 2016. I now attend Iowa State University where I am studying Elementary Education with endorsements in Special Education and Reading.

Experience
I have been babysitting all my life. I have also taught swim lessons and taught Sunday School at St. Maria Goretti Parish.

Personal
In my free time, I love to hike, travel, workout, and spend time with my family. Family vacations are my favorite!


Mr. Adam

Education
I graduated in May of 2016 from UW-Platteville with a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in Middle and Secondary Education. I received my major in Social Sciences with my minors being in History and Political Science.

Experience
Since 2008, I have been working in the Verona Area School District as an SEA. It has been a pleasure to work there because all of the experiences I am getting to have to work with students of special needs. I know the importance of this because I have Cerebral Palsy myself and how I can teach kids about disabilities. During those summers, I have also worked with summer camps around the area. I am honored to say this will be my first year working with your wonderful kids.

Personal
In my free time, I love playing golf and spending time with my wonderful family. I am married to an amazing wife and have 2 kids. I love watching Wisconsin sports of all types, but I would have to say Badger football is my first passion.


Mr. Jack

Education
I graduated from UW-La Crosse in May of 2017 with a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education and a minor in Adapted Physical Education. I am certified to teach Pre-K through 12th grade.

Experience
I have been working in camps since i was 15 years old and have experience teaching in the La Crosse, Holmen, and Sparta School Districts. I will be starting to teach and coach full time in the fall.

Personal
I am originally from Madison, Wisconsin. In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors and staying active. This includes golfing, playing basketball, fishing, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

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What Parents Are Saying About Us

I just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful summer my kids had! Kyra just went to Little America yesterday and had the best time. She couldn't stop talking about all the fun things she got to do and that was just one day. Griffin is loving it! Memories for a lifetime of all the amazing activities they get to do every day! As a working mom I can't give them what you guys are giving them. Please, pass my thanks to all the camp counselors and admin staff who have made this possible and who keep the place humming along so nicely every single day!

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