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Meet the RC Team

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Jason Anderson

Executive Director

director@redcaboosechildcare.org

My career has been dedicated to creating the conditions that support the social and emotional development of children through quality child care, after school programs and summer camps.  I am eager to connect with families and become part of Red Caboose’s quintessentially Madison story while collaborating with our staff and community partners to write the next chapter.


Crystal

Crystal Ranson

Preschool Program Director

ppd@redcaboosechildcare.org

I am passionate about Early Childhood Education and creating a safe, warm environment for all children and families. I have been in the field for over 15 years with experience in school age and in the preschool classroom. I am most excited about Red Caboose’s mission and helping to advance our anti-bias curriculum and diversity.


LauraLaura Rogers

School-Age Program Director

school.age@redcaboosechildcare.org

I am the School Age Program Director. I have been working with school age children since 2005. In 2012 I earned a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. I was also a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania.

 


BarbaraBarbara Wright

Nutritional Coordinator

rc-nc@redcaboosechildcare.org

I have been a Madison chef for more than 40 years. I have worked in many food establishments over my long career. I am a firm believer in eating a healthy diet of locally grown foods cooked with the exotic flavors of far-away lands.  I love to teach kids and their parents the farm-to-table way of eating.

 


RC_Kim_01010Kim Owens

Billing Coordinator

billing@redcaboosechildcare.org

I’ve been the Billing Coordinator here since 2013.  At Red Caboose, I feel like I’m part of something bigger than just sending out bills. Here I get to help families with their different funding sources, actively advocate for folks who need it, and be a part of Red Caboose’s inclusive mission in a really direct way. I also get to meet the very best families in Madison!


Savannah 2Savannah Stutzman

School-Age Enrollment Coordinator

sapenroll@redcaboosechildcare.org

Before coming to Red Caboose in 2017, I was a parks and recreation program instructor. I work in the after school program, but am also the Enrollment Coordinator. I am completing a master’s degree in social work.

 


RC_Heiman_Cheryl_01081Cheryl Heiman

Turtle Room (11-24 mo.) Lead Teacher

turtles@redcaboosechildcare.org

I have been a teacher with Red Caboose since 1974 and have been the Lead Teacher in the Turtle Room for most of those years.  Things have changed over the years, but our commitment to providing exceptional care and early childhood education continues.

 


Kathy

Kathy Barkus

Turtle Room (11-24 mo.) Teacher

I have over 25 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. I am fortunate to have worked with a vast and diverse population of children over the years. I earned an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and graduated with high academic honors.

 

 


Morgan

Morgan Cutler

Turtle Room (11-24 mo.) Teacher

I have been working in the early childcare field for a few years. I recently graduated from Madison College with an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. A couple of years ago I got recommended to come and work at Red Caboose, and I have been here ever since.

 

 


Katie Draeving

Elephant Room (2-3 yrs.) Lead Teacher

elephants@redcaboosechildcare.org

I have been working with children for over 20 years and have been with Red Caboose since 2015.  I enjoy craft projects and hobbies like sewing.

 

 


Kristi

Kristi Cherry

Elephant Room (2-3 yrs.) Teacher

I have more than 10 years of experience in Early Childhood Education and started at Red Caboose in 2019.  I live in Evansville with my dog and two cats.  I have an associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology and love football, especially the Green Bay Packers.

 

 


Heidi SHeidi Schaaf

Bumblebee Room (3-4 yrs.) Lead Teacher

bumblebees@redcaboosechildcare.org

I have been in the field since 1999 and started at Red Caboose in 2002. In 2007, I left to spend time raising a child and worked at another center here in Madison. I returned to Red Caboose in June of this year.  I continue to study Early Childhood Education (ECE) at UW Milwaukee’s School of Education, where I most recently earned the Leadership Credential.

 


STAFF_SZUCH_LEIGH00068Leigh Szuch

Bumblebee Room (3-4 yrs.) Teacher

I have been an early childhood educator for over 28 years! Every day there are new things to discover about this world, inside the classroom and outside. I get to really know each child in my care, mostly by using my sense of humor, knowledge of art, and by really listening to the kids.  There’s no other job like it, and nowhere I’d rather be!

 


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Nate Schmolze

Grasshopper Room (4-5 yrs.) 4K Lead Teacher

grasshoppers@redcaboosechildcare.org

I have been teaching at Red Caboose since 2017 and have been working with children for over 25 years.  I have a Department of Public Instruction PreK-3 teaching credential and administer Red Caboose’s 4K program in partnership with MMSD.

 


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Adam Bower

Grasshopper Room (4-5 yrs.) 4K Teacher

I have been working at Red Caboose since 2015 and I am currently a teacher in the Grasshopper room. I am a huge Wisconsin sports fan, especially the Green Bay Packers. In my free time I enjoy training for and running marathons, playing soccer, and reading. I am currently working on my Bachelor of Science in Education: Major of Early Childhood Education and will be graduating next May.

 


Michelle Santek

Michelle Santek

Float / Support Teacher

 

 

 

 


Robby 2Robby Schiller

Lapham School-Age (K-2nd Grade) Site Supervisor

lapham@redcaboosechildcare.org

I am the After School Site Supervisor at Lapham Elementary. I have been working with Red Caboose children and families since 2010. I value the collaborative spirit and sense of community our staff and kids create.

 


KCKC Gilbertson

Marquette School-Age (3rd-5th Grade) Site Supervisor

marquette@redcaboosechildcare.org

I am the After School Site Supervisor at Marquette Elementary and have a degree in social work. I have been working with children and families for many years and have been with Red Caboose since 2008.

 

 


MichelaMichela Mosconi

Lapham School Age Program

“Pixel Swordfish” Classroom Leader

I recently graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in psychology and plan to become a school psychologist. I volunteered at elementary schools in their after school programs throughout my time in college.

 


KatieKatie Flores

Lapham School Age Program

“Frogs” Classroom Leader

I have a degree in Art Therapy from Edgewood College. I did an internship engaging school children in a community art project. I have also co-led art workshops for young adults with intellectual disabilities.

 

 


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Jasper Harth

Lapham School Age Program

“Selective” Classroom Leader

I have been working in education for two years. I taught English in Vietnam, was an AVID tutor at Memorial High School, and a Site Supervisor with MSCR. My goal is to earn a master’s of education degree and continue work in education.

 


HeidiHeidi Anderson

Lapham School Age Program

“Frogs” Classroom Leader

I have worked at summer camps as a counselor, wrangler, village leader and ropes course facilitator. I have also been an after school teacher’s aide, youth mentor and a Sunday school teacher. Most recently I worked as a CNA.

 


Ciara Ciara Nash

Lapham School Age Program

“Selective” Classroom Leader

I have been with Red Caboose since 2018. I was program leader with MSCR for 3 years. I am studying and have done volunteer work in art therapy. I have also done administrative work with Dane Arts and the Goodman Community Center.

 


Amanda Amanda Smith

Lapham School Age Program

“Pixel Swordfish” Classroom Leader

I am an education major with an emphasis in special education. I have been a lead teacher in a 4-5 year old classroom, an instructional aide working with students with special needs, and nanny/tutor with a variety of ages.

 


Chris Christopher Perez

Lapham School Age Program

“Pixel Swordfish” Classroom Leader

I am an educator with experience in mentoring/teaching kindergarten all the way up to college. I have been an AmeriCorps member, a youth mentor, teaching assistant, as well as a reading/technology counselor.

 


Denel StrangstalienDenel Strangstalien

Lapham School Age Program

I have been working with Red Caboose since early 2019. I have worked with children in two child care centers and a program providing autism services. I am studying clinical psychology with a particular interest in autism.

 

 


Davonna JacksonDeVonna Jackson

Lapham School Age Program

I have been working with Red Caboose since 2015. Before that I worked as a program leader for 4 years with MSCR, working with elementary and middle school students. I have also worked as a preschool teacher.