Your child will be surrounded by a dedicated and caring staff of experienced teachers.


img_4887Beth Durant (Program Director/Teacher)

Beth has a BA in History from Carleton College. She has 144 credit hours of Early Childhood coursework from Cardinal Stritch University (most of them at the graduate level). She had three years teaching experience prior to joining CPS and has taught at CPS since 1994. Her two daughters attended CPS.  Favorite children’s book: Owl Babies by Martin Waddell. “All children relate to the baby owls worrying about when their mother will return.”

img_4884Elsie Carroll (Teacher)

Elsie has a BA in Psychology from Marquette University and 72 credit hours toward a Masters in Education Psychology. She had two years teaching experience prior to joining CPS and has taught at CPS since 1997. Three of her four children attended CPS.  Favorite children’s book: The Very Noisy Night by Diana Hendry. “Because it makes me smile every time I read it. I can’t help but think about all the nights I was up with my children trying to explain noises!”

img_4885Karlene Fox (Teacher)

Karlene has a BS in Child Development & Family Life from UW-Stout.  She is certified at Level 11 by The Registry – Wisconsin’s Recognition System for the Childhood Care and Education Profession.  Prior to joining CPS, Karlene had over 16 years of business experience in the employee benefits and capital management fields.  She has taught at CPS since 2008.  Her two daughters attended CPS.  Favorite children’s book: I’ll Love you Forever by Robert Munsch. “I love the sweet, but simple message that as the child grows older, his mother’s love for him never changes… and ultimately he returns that unending love by caring for her as she ages and passes that circle of love to his own child.”

img_4890Selina Ross (Teacher)

Selina has worked with young children for more than 10 years prior to becoming at teacher at CPS in 2014. She has experience designing preschool curriculum and has a passion for teaching the toddler age group. Selina has two children, and she and her husband are a respite home for foster families.  Favorite children’s book: Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. “I love that when Max the main character is told no for being too wild, he imagines a world where he gets to be in charge.”

img_0034Cathy Smith (Teacher)

Cathy has a BS in Elementary Education from UW-Milwaukee, and in addition, she has over 20 graduate credits in elementary education. She holds a current DPI elementary teaching license. Cathy had nine years of teaching experience prior to joining CPS in 2011. She has two daughters, and the youngest attended CPS.  Favorite children’s book: Swimmy by Leo Lionni.  “The underwater illustrations are magical, the language is beautiful, and the message about working together is so important for us all!”


img_4891Jen Willems (Teacher)

Jen has a BS in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has enjoyed working with children and their families in a variety of roles. She has nine years of experience working as a neonatal ICU nurse. More recently, Jen has been an active volunteer at Community Preschool and Richards Elementary. Her son and daughter both thoroughly enjoyed their years at CPS!  Favorite children’s book: The Bunnies Are Not in Their Beds, written by Marisabina Russo. “It is a great, funny, and dynamic read aloud. As the parents settle down for the night, the little bunnies’ antics escalate. It always gives my kids a good laugh!”