Staff Biographies

My name is DelMarie Brands and I am the owner of both Almost Home Academy centers. I have been married to a military man for 28 years and I have three boys. I have an associate's degree and am currently pursuing my bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. I have been a teacher for 13 years. I have been a lead teacher in the Infant, Toddler, Preschool and School Age classes. I have been a director/administrator now for 15 years. My greatest joy is to see children smile and watch them grow in all areas of development.


My name is Roxanne. I am the director at the Kenosha center. I have been a child care teacher for 24 years working mostly with three and four year olds. I was a Head Start teacher for two years. I have worked for Almost Home Academy for ten years, six of those as the director. I have been married for 37 years and have two sons, a granddaughter and grandson. I love working with children and enjoy camping, boating and 4 wheeling! My goal is to provide support to families, children and staff members while maintaining our 5 star quality rating.

 

Hello my name is Ms. Amanda P. I have been working in childcare since 1998. I am currently attending college to complete my Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Administration. I have been working at Almost Home Academy since January 2008. It has been a joy to watch our center strive and work hard to become a five star center, I am very proud of all of the accomplishments we have made and look forward to the new things to come as well! I have one daughter who means the world to me. We spend our weekends making memories.

 

My name is Ms. Loyda and I am the infant room lead teacher at the Kenosha center. I am currently seeking my associate degree in early childhood education. I have been working in the child care field since 1998. I love taking care of children and being a part of their daily life. Helping them develop in all areas is my passion. I have two daughters of my own who are my life and I adore them both. Working at Almost Home Academy in the infant room has been a beautiful experience for me.

 

My name is Ms. Marisa and I am the toddler room lead teacher at the Kenosha center. I live in Kenosha with my husband of five years, two daughters and two cats. I have been in the early childhood field for seven years now. Toddlers are my favorite age group because the children are always full of so much excitement and wonder. I love to watch and experience new things with them. I have decided to return to school to pursue my bachelor degree in early childhood education. I am so excited about what this educational journey has done for my classroom and my professional goals. Through good communication and team work I strive to have every parent feel comfortable leaving their child with me.

 

My name is Ms. Becky and I am the two year old room lead teacher at the Kenosha center. I earned my associate degree in early childhood education in May 2005. I am newly married and have a beautiful son. I enjoy scrapbooking and spending time with my family. I have been with Almost Home Academy now for three years and enjoy working with children. My goal is to continue to grow and become the best teacher I can be.

 

My name is Ms. Kari and I am the 2 ½ to 3 year old lead teacher at the Kenosha center. I am currently pursuing my associate degree in early childhood education. I have been in the child care field for nine years and I have been with Almost Home Academy for four years. My long term goal is to be a kindergarten teacher. I have three children of my own and love working with children.

 

My name is Ms. Amanda H. and I am the 3 year old lead teacher at the Kenosha center. I live in Kenosha with my husband, two boys and daughter. I fully believe that God gives each of us gifts, things we are good at that we will use to bring Him glory. Caring for and teaching children I believe is my gift. My goal is not just to teach them academics but to teach the children manners, respect and love for one another. I began my education in Florida as a special education teacher but started a family and moved to Wisconsin. I am currently pursuing an associate degree in early childhood education. I have been with Almost Home Academy for 2 years.

 

My name is Ms. Jolene and I am the 4 year old room lead teacher at the Kenosha center. I am a mother of three wonderful boys. I have lived in Wisconsin all my life. I have earned three associate degrees in graphic design, consumer marketing and business to business marketing. I am currently seeking my bachelor degree in early childhood education. I have been at Almost Home Academy for two years. My ultimate goal, where I feel I can make the biggest impact is to work with special needs in early childhood

 

My name is Ms. Kaitlyn and I am the school age lead teacher at the Kenosha center. I am currently seeking an associate degree in early childhood education with a secondary in sign language interpretation. I am familiar with some sign language and plan on becoming fluent with time. I enjoy sharing my experiences with the children such as my love for poems. My favorite poem is Footprints in the Sand.

 

My name is Ms. Doreen and I am the director at the Racine center. I am pursuing my associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. I am the mother of two adult children and have been blessed with numerous grandchildren. I have worked at Almost Home Academy II for three years. The main reason for remaing here is that it is a christian center and I can live my faith, and I do! I was a teacher and now am the director, there. I loved being a teacher and now I have the opportunity to be an influence in the lives of all the families at our center. I believe that your child’s social/emotional development is one of the most important aspects of your child’s development. I believe that if I can teach your child how to be a friend; make a friend; and keep a friend, the academics will just fall in place. Chidren learn thru play and learning is fun!

 

My name is Ms. Mandy and I am the lead teacher in the Infant Room at the Racine center. I am pursuing my bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. I have worked in child care for the last five years. I am an avid Packer and Cub’s fan! I am excited about using my education to better my interactions with the children and families I serve.

 

My name is Ms. Shalana and I am the 2nd shift lead infant room teacher. I have five years of experience in the field early childhood. My career path changed from business, where I have an associate in accounting, to currently pursuing my associate degree in early childhood education. This change is because of my job at Almost Home Academy. I have one son and we both enjoy being around children. In the future, I would like to become a first grade teacher.

 

My name is Ms. Nikki and I am the toddler room lead teacher at the Racine center. I am just a few credits shy of gaining my associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. I have worked with all ages in childcare centers during the last seven years. I have a son who is a preschooler attending here at Almost Home Academy II. I plan on finishing my degree and continuing my education.

 

My name is Ms. Kandace and I am the two year old room lead teacher at the Racine center. I am currently attending college in the Early Childhood Education Program. I am a mother to a beautiful two-year-old girl. From the moment she was born and the months following, my love for her and young children have increased. This love has helped me obtain the position as the Two’s lead teacher at Almost Home Academy. Children are sponges and I am truly amazed with the things they are capable of learning. I believe learning through play is the best way to approach new experiences with children. It helps me get on their level and it is reciprocal learning. I am excited for this opportunity and look forward to working with your child.

 

My name is Ms. Angela and I am the three year old room lead teacher. I have worked in child care for seven years. I am continuing my education in Early Childhood by pursuing my associate’s degree. I have three children and they are the main reason that I chose this career. They are my inspiration! In the future, not only do I wish to complete my associate’s degree, but I wish to pursue my bachelor’s degree. I would like to be a kindergarten teacher.

 

My name is Ms. Geri and I am the 2nd shift three year to school age teacher. My family consists of a son and a daughter and my 5 wonderful grandchildren. I have always loved my job. I learn something from children almost every day. I am continuing my education in early childhood education although at a slower rate so I can still spend time with my family. A quote written by Angela Schwindt, that I absolutely love and find so much truth in is, “While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.”


My name is Ms. Vicky. and I am the 4year old kindergarten teacher at the Racine center. I have been a licensed Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction teacher for many years. My other major in college was the violin which I have used in various capacities throughout the years. I have worked at Almost Home Academy for the past three years. I have one son and 4 grandchildren. I enjoy being a teacher and look forward to enriching your child’s learning experience. I will do everything I can to make this a positive experience for your child so he/she can develop a love for learning.

 

My name is Ms. Sherille and I am the lead school age teacher at the Racine center. I have worked in the child care field for 4 years. The last year I have been employed with Almost Home Academy. I am pursuing my associate degree in early childhood education. I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve and I am kind to others. I enjoy working at Almost Home Academy because of the ability of keeping God in our lives as well as the families we serve. I am a firm teacher but I love the children in the class and want them to learn to respect each other and responsibility. The sky is the limit…meaning there is no limit when it comes to the children I am helping blossom into young respectful and independent adults.

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