Mrs. Bills

I grew up in Oconomowoc, where I attended Divine Redeemer Lutheran School and Lake Country Lutheran High School. I graduated from St. Norbert College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Spanish language minor. I've been married to my wonderful husband for six years, and we have two children who attend Christ the Life. While attending college, I worked for Paragon Community Services, a program for children with special needs. After graduation I taught Kindergarten-8th Grade Spanish classes at St. Bernard Catholic School in Green Bay for two years. I was a private tutor for three families, then cared for infants and toddlers with the Elmbrook Church childcare program before coming to Christ the Life.    

I have been amazed by the nature-based program at Christ the Life. The students love to explore our forest classroom and nature trails. The outdoor learning experience is very different from learning indoors. They could spend hours outside, exploring nature and getting their hands dirty! Lessons become much more meaningful when children have the opportunity to be hands-on with their learning. Counting bird nests, sorting autumn leaves, forming letters with sticks and clay, finding real animal tracks in the snow, making bird feeders, raising Monarch butterflies, sprouting seeds…the possibilities are endless.

I also believe in letting children take charge of some of their own learning. Group lessons led by the teacher are important, but giving students the freedom to explore our classroom materials and make discoveries on their own is important as well. I do not begin the school year with every single day planned out. This gives me the flexibility to adapt my plans for my specific students and their interests.

I look forward to getting to know each student in my classes and helping them develop a love for learning!

Sample Schedule

8:20-8:45 Arrival/Playtime

8:50-9:15 Jesus Time

9:15-9:30 Music/Dance

9:30-9:35 Calendar/Weather

9:35-9:45 Circle Time

9:45-10:10 Art Project/Activity

10:10-10:20 Bathroom Break

10:20-10:50 Snack/Quiet Reading/Storytime

10:50-11:25 Outdoor/Gym Time

11:30 Pick-up 

Mrs. Stemke (MWF aide)

Mrs. Stemke joined Christ the Life staff in Fall 2018 after sending her youngest off to kindergarten. She lives in Waukesha with her husband Karl and two sons, Krischan and Karsten, who both attended CTL.  Having been a part of the CTL school family for several years, she recognizes the value of the nature-based learning program and outdoor classroom which is a unique offering at Christ the Life.  She loves the curiosity of children and appreciates their enthusiasm.  Mrs. Stemke is looking forward to helping develop and encourage each child’s curiosity and enthusiasm about learning whether it be in the classroom or outdoors. A graduate of UW-Madison, she is an avid Badger fan and loves to visit Madison.  In her free time, Mrs. Stemke enjoys digging in her flower garden, playing sports in the backyard with her family and being outdoors whether it’s hiking, biking, at the beach or having fun in the snow.

I have been amazed by the nature-based program at Christ the Life. The students love to explore our forest classroom and nature trails. The outdoor learning experience is very different from learning indoors. They could spend hours outside, exploring nature and getting their hands dirty! Lessons become much more meaningful when children have the opportunity to be hands-on with their learning. Counting bird nests, sorting autumn leaves, forming letters with sticks and clay, finding real animal tracks in the snow, making bird feeders, raising Monarch butterflies, sprouting seeds…the possibilities are endless.

I also believe in letting children take charge of some of their own learning. Group lessons led by the teacher are important, but giving students the freedom to explore our classroom materials and make discoveries on their own is important as well. I do not begin the school year with every single day planned out. This gives me the flexibility to adapt my plans for my specific students and their interests.

I look forward to getting to know each student in my classes and helping them develop a love for learning!

Mrs. Jahner (TR aide)

 

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