Staff

Our Management Staff

The trust and working relationship that develops between your child, their teacher, and you must be earned. Our child care staff averages two or more years of hands-on experience working in child care centers. All staff members meet the state-required qualifications in early childhood education and are committed to your child’s development.

All staff members are required to further their education by:

  • Attending regular staff meetings and in-service training seminars
  • Completing 15-25 hours per calendar year of continuous education
  • Continually striving above and beyond what is expected of them on a daily basis

Staff Members

Andrea Tillotson

Director of Administration

About

Grew up in Racine and now lives in Appleton with her husband Adam and their dog Pongo. Andrea has been with Discover Little Miracles for six years. She was a Lead Teacher, worked in the Kitchen, and is now the Administrative Assistant. 

Education/Schooling

Andrea is looking forward to enrolling in the TEACH program to get her administrative credentials and further her education.

Hobbies

Reading, being outdoors, taking pictures of nature, and spending time with family.

Shelby Rae

Program Coordinator

About

Currently lives in Oshkosh with her son Riley and their dog Lacie.  She has worked at Discover Little Miracles for six years and was a Lead Teacher previous to joining the administrative team in October 2015. 

Education/Schooling

Graduated from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in May 2015 with an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and in October 2016 she received a Program Development Credential from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Hobbies

Reading, camping and spending time with family and friends.

Katie Knight

Lead Cook

About

Katie has been employed at Discover Little Miracles since September 2005. She has two daughters, Kayla and Katrina and she loves spending time with them.

Education/Schooling

Infant/Teacher Certification, Assistant Teacher Certification and Food Service Training.

Hobbies

Reading, 1,000 piece puzzles, going for walks, camping, hunting, ice fishing and spending time with friends and family.

Mr. Robels

Lead Teacher

About

Has two beautiful daughters – is a single parent and loves his coffee in the morning and most of the time optimistic!

Education/Schooling

Bachelor’s degree, with over 25 years’ experience teaching PK, K, 1st & 4th grade classes, as well as continuing education classes and endorsements. He is Level 12 on the Registry.

Why he loves being a teacher

Teaching pre-K inspires Mr. Robels to be active, youthful and creative. He loves teaching because it is a very rewarding experience when he sees the light bulbs go on in the child’s head.

Hobbies

Writing poetry, collecting hot wheels, Pokémon cards, board games, cooking, baking and going to garage sales.

Ms. Cassey

Lead Teacher

About

Grew up in Fond du Lac and recently moved to Appleton. She has two children James (5) and Jacynda (1).

Education/Schooling

Infant/toddler, Shaken baby syndrome, SIDS, mandated reporter, skills and strategies for the child care teacher, WMELS

Why she loves being a teacher

She loves being around kids and has always wanted to be a part of their growth. Watching them learn new things while the children are in her room and knowing she played a part in it brings her an immense amount of joy.

Hobbies

Reading, playing with her kids, playing COD (Call of Duty), and learning ASL (American Sign Language).

Ms. Char

Lead Teacher

About

She is married, lives in Neenah and has three children. She has worked in daycare as an assistant teacher for six years and just recently made a move to the lead teacher.

Education/Schooling

Infant & Toddler Certification, Shaken Baby Syndrome, SIDS, and WMELS.

Why she loves being a teacher

She loves being a part of the children’s learning and growing as individuals. Hobbies: Family outings such as camping, biking, taking walks, playing cards and board games and doing puzzles.

Ms. Heather

Lead Teacher

About

Grew up in Neenah and recently moved to Appleton with her cat Bezoo. Heather has been with DLM since 2009 and has taught each age, but enjoys every group. She graduated from GilTech Beauty School and is a licensed cosmetologist as well. Most recently, she is assisting as the front Receptionist.

Education/Schooling

Assistant Teacher Certificate, Lead Teacher Certificate, SBS, WMELS, SIDS, CPR and is currently enrolled with the TEACH Program.

Why she loves being a teacher

She enjoys the daily rewards that she gets from watching the kids play, learn, and grow! She loves teaching the older ages and enjoys that each day is different. She also loves being a positive role model for all the kids.

Hobbies

Boating, camping, traveling, cookouts with friends. doTERRA Essential Oils, healthy cooking/baking, thrifting, spending time with boyfriend, family, and friends.  She is a big animal lover especially cats but dogs too.

Ms. Janet

Lead Teacher

About

Lives in Oshkosh with her husband Steve, her dog Reece, and her two birds Rueben and Beau. Their three adult children have given them ten grandchildren.

Education/Schooling

Attended FVTC and took several classes in early childhood and infant and toddler. She also acquired her I/T credential at FVTC. Continuing education credits and hours of in-service have been accumulated during the many years of experience as an I/T teacher.

Why she loves being a teacher

She loves being greeted in the morning with lots of little smiles and personalities by the babies, their siblings and parents. She also likes being a teacher knowing that she touched a part of their lives that will impact them for the rest of their life.

Hobbies

Gardening fruits, vegetables and flowers, going boating, camping, reading, sewing, spending time with family and having cookouts, listening and playing music, watching game shows, going for walks, and traveling.

Ms. Jenn

Lead Teacher

About

Married and has two wonderful girls. They moved to Neenah from Oshkosh two years ago and they enjoy everything about the area.

Education/Schooling

Currently working on her associate’s degree at Fox Valley Tech 

Why she loves being a teacher

She loves seeing the joy in children’s eyes when they understand something new and knowing she helped make their day brighter.

Hobbies

Reading, taking walks, and being outside as much as she can

Ms. Josel

Lead Teacher

About

Married to her husband of six years and has been working with children for five years. She is the youngest of her family back in the Philippines.

Education/Schooling

Bachelor degree in Elementary Education and a Registry certificate; level 11.

Why she loves being a teacher

As a teacher, you shape the future of the children by teaching them in positive ways. It is an opportunity to make significant differences and relating with each of them.

Hobbies

Volleyball, reading books and magazines, watching National Geographic Channel, camping, and fitness activities.

Ms. Mary

Lead Teacher

About

She has been with Discover Little Miracles for over ten years. She has two adult sons and five grandchildren. Neenah schools employed her for 16 years where she worked with children that had learning disabilities and autism.

Education/Schooling

Certified for Child Care Lead Teacher, Assistant Teacher and Infant/Toddler. She has also taken classes for special education.

Why she loves being a teacher

It’s enjoyable to watch how the children grow and accomplish new things every day.

Hobbies

Sewing, working with crafts and spending time with her grandchildren.

Ms. Molly

Lead Teacher

About

Currently, a lead teacher for the Ladybugs room and has a five-year-old nephew that is her pride and joy.

Education

Lead Teacher, Assistant Teacher, Infant and Toddler and she is currently furthering her studies for Early Childhood.

Why she loves being a teacher

She loves having the ability to help children achieve their best; inspiring children not only academically, but personally too.

Hobbies

Spending time with friends and family, hiking, hunting, and fishing.

Ms. Sadie

Lead Teacher

About

She is a family person and loves her family and friends. She has an amazing dog that loves to go for walks with her every day.

Education/Schooling

Assistant teacher certificate, Lead Teacher Certificate, Child Abuse Training, CPR certified and SBS certified.

Why she loves being a teacher

She loves being a role model in children’s lives. It’s a great feeling to see all the smiling faces and getting lots of hugs.

Hobbies

Fishing, hiking, drawing, shopping, playing with my nieces and being outdoors at all times.