"The teacher's task is first to nourish and assist, to watch, encourage, guide, induce, rather than to interfere, prescribe, or restrict."
MEET OUR TEACHERS
HEAD OF SCHOOL
ASSISTANT HEAD OF SCHOOL
Hello, My name is Paige Christoff! I am the Owner and Director at Little Sprouts Academy. I love planning and executing enriching curriculum, learning from the children and working on art projects with them. I work predominantly in the office but you will see me in rooms with the children every chance I get! I am married to Matthew, my high school sweetheart. We have three daughters and live in Little Suamico, and both lived in the Howard-Suamico area our whole lives. I love to spend time out on the water boating, in the yard gardening and doing projects around the house. I would love to have a greenhouse and farm large enough to provide enough food to feed my family someday so I know where everything came from. Being a Mom has been my dream since I was little and opening a private school has been a dream of mine since I was in college. I have over 4 years of experience in the early education field as well as a Bachelors degree in Design Arts with an emphasis in Environmental Design (which is partially why I believe that the prepared learning environment is so important).
Mrs. Moll is the Assistant Director at Little Sprouts Academy. She has been teaching in the early education field for over 8 years! She knew at a young age that working with children was her calling and it has been extremely apparent that she is passionate about helping children learn and grow since day one! She is always looking out for the children and assessing each situation to be sure that we have their best interest in mind! She is married to her high school sweetheart Josh and has an adorable 2 year old son named Wyatt. Mrs. Moll says "I love watching children as they reach milestones and become confident in themselves. I chose Little Sprouts in particular because it is a healthy environment that allows Wyatt to learn at his own pace in a healthy manner, and I get to do what I love along side him." In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and going to the zoo & park in addition to crafting with her circuit machine! Mrs. Moll is originally from the small town of Hartford, WI but moved to the area about 3 years ago. Her sister's family just moved into the area recently and she is excited to welcome her future niece to the LSA family this summer!
Ms. Graham is our amazing Preschool Program teacher at Little Sprouts Academy! Ms. Graham has 9 years of experience teaching, 6 of those years leading a head start program. She has her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education from Lake Superior State University. Mrs. Graham choses to teach at Little Sprouts Academy because “it is a place that shares my vision and values to provide and teach children through hands on active learning inspired by nature and a prepared environment. I also see the importance in the quality meals Little Sprouts Academy provides and how nutrition and education should go hand in hand.” We feel that Ms. Graham is the perfect fit for our center because this is undoubtedly her passion! She says that she feels passionate about providing each child with the opportunity to learn and grow their independence, and that nothing is better than seeing a child light up when they accomplish a new task or when they are fully engaged in an activity. Ms. Graham does a great job learning and adapting to new ways to teach the children so that each child can be successful by learning in a way that works for them individually. She is also very charismatic and does a great job stepping back to examine how each child feels and how she can help them through all the milestones they encounter while at school. Ms. Graham and her partner Gordy love family game nights with his three kids Iris, Isaac, & Lenette. Mrs. Graham enjoys baking, especially cupcakes and coming up with new flavors. She also enjoys concerts & sporting events… and don’t worry, even though she grew up and lived in Michigan she is still an avid Packer fan!
Ms. Stell is the Toddler Program Lead Teacher at Little Sprouts Academy. Ms. Stell has over three years experience in the teaching field and over 1 year of experience working with children who have autism. She has her Bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Development & concentration in Brain, Behavior & Health and her associates degree in brain and behavioral science. Ms. Stell has a very contagious positive zest for life that really enhances our atmosphere here at Little Sprouts Academy, and the day for each of the children in her care! Ms. Stell has two younger sisters, a dog son named Butch and newly added dog daughter Lucy! Ms. Stell "love(s) working in a school that emphasis the importance of a natural, organic, holistic way of living. I also enjoy being able to utilize the Montessori philosophy. I love working with children because they’re fun, imaginative and positive." In her spare time you might find her painting, reading, studying, and traveling.
Teacher Details Coming Soon!
EMERGENT TODDLER TEACHER
Ms. Roffers is joining us after working with Autistic children for the past 3 years, and has a Bachelors degree in science with a major in Human Development and minor in Psychology. Ms. Roffers is the middle of 2 siblings and has two goats, Duke and Daisy, a dog, and cat. Ms. Roffers takes both her goats and dog for walks, but not at the same time. Ms. Roffers is very patient yet persistent with her students and does a great job assisting them in developing new milestones! She says that what she enjoys most about working with children is getting to watch them learn and grow. She enjoys spending her time outside doing almost anything, visiting state parts and traveling! Ms. Roffers chose to work at Little Sprouts Academy in particular because she sees the importance of starting healthy habits at a young age.
EMERGENT TODDLER TEACHER
Ms. Cherney joins us with experience working in both in the early child care setting and one on one with children with Autism. She also has a Bachelors degree in Human Development from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. Ms. Cherney says she enjoys working with children because she loves to watch them succeed and meet their goals. She chose Little Sprouts Academy in particular because of our philosophy and says although she has no previous experience in the Montessori setting she is quickly learning that this setting where she is meant to be. Ms. Cherney and her partner Vance have a fish named Sushi and she comes from a family with 2 brothers. She enjoys Skiing, volleyball league & attending the movies.
Ms. Tonnon is a senior at Bay Port High-school and plans to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Green Bay in Elementary Education. Ms. Tonnon is currently taking all of the Early Childhood Education courses offered in High-school and has worked with children at the YMCA for over a year. Ms. Tonnon loves all things performance and is in choir and a student director for fall plays and spring musicals. Ms. Tonnon also enjoys traveling, camping, being outside in nature and serves as a teen leader at camp. Ms. Tonnon says seeing children smile always puts a smile on her face. She is excited to work at Little Sprouts Academy to teach through a researched teaching method and can’t wait to see how it affects the students. Ms. Tonnon has a twin sister named Sarah, an older brother named Ryan, and lives with her family and their dog John.
Ms. Milivatz is passionate about working with children and joins Little Sprouts Academy with over 10 years of experience in the teaching field, mainly in the Preschool classroom, and one year working as an early childhood school director. Ms. Milivatz has her Early Childhood Education Credentials and is Pursuing her Bachelors Degree in Psychology at UWGB. Ms. Milivatz says she enjoys working at LSA because of the nature inspired teaching methods and the way we encourage and embrace child independence early on. Ms. Milivatz enjoys hanging out with her family and friends, watching movies and trying out new recipes in the kitchen. Ms. Milivatz is a natural care giver as the oldest of 8 siblings and enjoys spending time with her 3 nephews and 1 niece.
SEEDLINGS CLASSROOM TEACHER
Mrs. Rome is our fabulous seedling room teacher! Mrs. Rome has been with us for a year now and has a very caring and nurturing personality that our infants are drawn to. Ms. Rome says she loves watching her students grow, learn and discover. Mrs. Rome initially chose to work at Little Sprouts Academy because it was an environment that she felt would be very beneficial for her daughter to learn in. She also says she admires Little Sprouts Academy because it “is environmentally friendly and health conscious and that is something she also wanted to instill in her daughter.” Mrs. Rome and her husband Quenten have a two year old daughter Sylvia, a dog Nala and cat Susan. Mrs. Rome enjoys spending time with her family, being outside, playing soccer, gardening, doing DIY projects, baking. She also prides herself on her low/zero waste lifestyle which she achieves through things like eliminating one-use products.
If you are having a rough day Mrs. Styczynski is the teacher you want to be around! Mrs. Styczynski has grown up helping with many young family members and has always had a great deal of passion for children. Mrs. Styczynski is very bubbly, compassionate and nurturing! She is the perfect mix of energy to get students smiling or assist them in learning something new, and compassion when they are needing reassurance or a gentle back rub to help them fall asleep. She is currently working on her teaching credential. Mrs. Styczynski was recently married to Keith and she is looking forward to adding a few farm animals to her family as well! In her spare time Mrs. Styczynski enjoys crafting on her circuit, going riding on the ATV trails and spending time with her family.
Ms. Schroeder (pronounced Sch-ra-ter) teaches in both our Seedling and Emergent Toddler classrooms! Ms. Schroeder graduated high school with high honors in show choir and can be heard singing throughout the school on a regular basis! Ms. Schroeder loves watching the children develop and grow and says that our school is very different from others which is initially what drew her in. She says she loves “the organic foods, green cleaning products and Montessori curriculum.” Ms. Schroeder (did you pronounce it wrong again too?) enjoys singing, reading, being outside, photography and cars.