Stop in for a tour any time to meet our BBLC team!
Caroline See- Teacher
Hello my name is Caroline. I am the Assistant Teacher in the Flowering Ferns. Have have been working in a formal childcare setting for a little over two years and have done years of babysitting before that. I have a strong passion for working with children. When I’m not at work I enjoy spending time with my dog and significant other exploring Madison and spending time riding my bike or going on hikes.
Sarah Sitkiewitz- Classroom Assistant
I have been working at BBLC since April of 2005. I'm a classroom helper in the Cherry Blossoms Room and also help to keep other classrooms throughout the center clean and organized. In my free time I enjoy basketball, Special Olympics, spending time with my boyfriend, Alex, and with family and friends. I enjoy working at BBLC and playing with all of the children.
Rachel Melvin- Lead Teacher
Hello BBLC families! My name is Rachel. I currently live and was raised in Mount Horeb. I have 2 kiddos of my own. Dominic who just turned 2, and Winston who turned 1 in October. I love doing fun activities with them like going to the park and doing sensory activities! My parents love joining in with these things as wella nd are very involved grandparents. I am so excited to be starting in the Sweet Peas classroom and getting to know all of the wonderful families at Bee Balm.
Jade Smart - Lead Teacher
Hello, my name is Jade Smart. I am a Lead Teacher in the Water Lilies classroom. I graduated from Southwest Technical College in 2017 from the Dental Assistant Program. I started working at BBLC in October 2019. I have a year of experience working in a preschool setting. I love working with children because they are honest, creative, and caring. In my free time I enjoy hiking and exploring our State Parks. I enjoy baking for my friends and family. I also enjoy photography and spending time with my friends and family.
Maya Hall- Substitute
My name is Ruyi Hall. People like to call me Maya Hall. I'm a Substitute here at Bee Balm and have been here since May, 2019. I graduated from Guilin Normal College in Music Education. I finished my ESL program from University of Wisconsin, and am currently in a RN program at Madison College. I love working with children because kids are lovely, cute, and fun to be around! It's fun and exciting to see their growth as I have a little boy myself. In my free time I enjoy cooking different foods, spending time with family, playing piano, traveling, watching movies, and also tutoring.
Yasmine McNeal- Assistant Teacher
My name is Yasmine McNeal and I'm an Assistant Teacher in the Cherry Blossoms. I love working with children because they are our future and they're going to make this world a better place. What makes me "me" is that I'm all about my family and friends. I like to eat and do karaoke a lot. My boyfriend and I have a dog named, Brownie. My goal one day is to become a Special Education teacher, and will be beginning my education at MATC this spring.
Melinda Miles- Lead Teacher/Office Support
I am the Lead Teacher in the Shooting Stars room, and have been since January of 2013. I'm a graduate of Purdue University where I studied biochemistry and was a member of the rowing team. When I'm not working with the wonderful children here at Bee Balm I'm likely to be out on Lake Mendota, teaching high schoolers how to row! I just love the small successses and constant laughter of working with kids of all ages. Aside from coaching and rowing I enjoy riding my bike, canoeing, camping, playing Frisbee, and an entire gamut of outdoor pursuits. I'm also a big fan of cooking and eating, reading, listening to and playing music, and making jewelry.
Lyndsay Blohm- Float/Office Support
My name is Lyndsay, and I am a Float/Office Support here at BBLC. I graduated from Edgewood College with an Art and Design teaching Degree. After a few year detour to Green Bay, I returned to Madison because even though I love the Packers, I love Madison more. I have worked with kids of all ages but have been concentrating on Toddler through Pre-school aged children for the last 4 years. In my spare time I love to get outside and hike, camp, fish, and play frisbee golf.
Becky Malta - Lead Teacher
I am so happy to be back at BBLC! I worked here before in 2011 in the Snap Dragons classroom and am so excited to be in the same room and getting to share all my experiences with these kiddos. I have two kids, Molly and Alex, who also attend BBLC. When I'm not at work, I love playing outside with my kids, and shopping.
Sam Bent- Lead Teacher
I am the Lead Teacher in the Cherry Blossoms classroom. I have a Bachelors of Science from Central Michigan University. While there I majored in Anthropology with a focus on Native American Studies and a double minor in Religion and Cultural & Global Studies.
I love how children have a natural curiosity and love of learning. What is even better is that they find learning fun!
I have two cats, Helga & Rowena, who are named after Hogwarts (Harry Potter) founders. I also have 3 sisters, 1 brother, 2 moms, and a dad who lives in Michigan with my 6 nephews and 1 niece. Reading, being in nature, playing trivia, and spending quality time with the people I love are my hobbies.
Mari Chalfant- Float
I am very excited to be at Bee Balm. I look forward to gaining more experience here and working with children, staff and parents. I went to Edgewood College for education and graduated in 2013. Since then, I have been in the child care field. I am excited to bring my experience to the Tiger Lilies classroom.
I am a very passionate person who loves getting down with the children and doing fun, hands on activities with them. I am goofy but also sincere and professional when need be, and I have found this works wonders when working in the field. Some of my favorite things are reading, writing, and being outdoors and spending time with my wife and daughter.
Fun facts: I have 7 siblings, so you can guess where my love of children comes from. I love phones and know a lot about the mobile tech world. Another hobby includes watching phone reviews on YouTube.
Lili Flores - Cook
My name in Lili Flores and I have worked at Bee Balm since September '12. I'm the full time cook on staff and absolutely love putting together delicious, healthy meals for the children. I have three kids of my own, two of which currently attend BBLC.
Korinne Pollison - Substitute
My name is Korinne Pollison and I am a substitute teacher here at Bee Balm. I have been with Bee Balm since October, 2016. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Wildlife Ecology Conservation from the University of Delaware. In my free time I love to spend time with my Corgi puppy, Wrigley!
Thistle Pettersen - Spanish & Music Teacher/Float
Hi! My name is Thistle Pettersen and I’ve live in Madison on & off my whole life starting in 1979 when my parents moved me here from Texas. I’m a substitute teacher at BBLC and look forward to a new adventure in learning every time I work. I started working at BBLC in July of 2018 after a nine year career at Red Caboose After-School with elementary school students. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s in Spanish and absolutely love using and teaching Spanish to kids. I love working with children because I love watching them develop, grow and learn through time. It is amazing to see how much change can occur in just one year of a child’s life and gratifying to recognize and celebrate their growth with them. I have a cat name Lucy and enjoy playing the guitar and singing.
Ana Zuber - Assistant Teacher
Hi, I'm Ana! I became an Assistant Teacher in the Snap Dragons in May of 2019. Growing up, I was always happy to look after younger siblings, cousins, parents friends' kids, and was generally everyone's first choice babysitter. Looking after my baby brother especially sparked my interest in developing minds because he requeired a lot of special attention for his special needs. Through that, I learned a lot about how important proper education and care is for children, and first considered this as a career when I was 12. By the time I got to college though, I was entirely unsure of what I wanted to do, and after exploring some options, I settled on an English degree because I love to read and write. Todeay, I'm a little bit older, and I'd like to hope wiser, and that passion for working with children I had from a young age has popped back up and landed me here, where I'm happy to help guide wonderful young minds toward a wonderful future!
Keegan Boehnen - Lead Teacher
My name is Keegan Boehnen. I am a Lead Teacher at Bee Balm Learning Center. I joined Bee Balm Learning Center at the start of October 2018. I was born and raised in little, cozy Cross Plains, just outside of Madison. I majored in Human Services Leadership, with a minor in Criminal Justice. I graduated in 2017 cum laude from UW-Oshkosh. As part of my college experience, I was an intern at the Campus Learning Center. I love working with kids and watching them thrive. I enjoy witnessing them succeed and learn new things. Some of my favorite things are watching their thought processes and witnessing them branch out to gain new experiences. I look forward to seeing them build their identity in the classroom and outside their classroom. I think working with kids is super exciting. In my spare time, I enjoy watching sports – especially the Badgers and hanging out with their friends. I love country music. I am excited to be a part of the Bee Balm family. So, if you see me in the hallways or in the classrooms, don’t be afraid to say hello!
Ashley Elling - Lead Teacher
Hi, my name is Ashley Elling. I am a Teacher in the Winter Berries classroom. I began working at BBLC in June 2019, but have had a lot of experience working with children since I was in high school. I currently am enrolled in college through the University of Wisconsin-Superior majoring in Elementary Education, with a double minor in Early Childhood & Special Education. I grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota and then moved to Superior for college. I moved to the Madison area in March of 2019 for my boyfriend's job. When I am not doing homework I enjoy making chapstick, and other bath essentials. I also enjoy hiking, baking, and trying to make it back to Minnesota to see my family. I live with my boyfriend and our two cats, Lily and Olive in Sun Prairie. I want to work with children because I have always had a passion for helping kids learn and grow. I could not be in a career where I was not with them.
Baokou Vang - Lead Teacher
My name is Baokou Vang. I'm a Lead Teacher in the Arctic Willows classoom. I went to the University of Wisconsin-Stout and graduated with a BS in Retail Merchandising and Management, with an emphasis on Human Resources in 2011.
I have always enjoyed being around children, watching them learn and grow. I also love what I can learn from them.
Things I like to do on my free time is read a good book or go out and explore the city. Taking a walk or just hanging out with family. I have a little yorkie-poo who is currently living with my parents that I adore. I also enjoy making small weekend trips to explore places I havne't been to before.