Chelsey Silber

I am Big Oak’s 4K teacher/Preschool Lead and have been here since September 2010. I hold a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Prior to my tenure at Big Oak, I worked as a nanny in Australia, and also in Madison, WI. I enjoy fishing, boating, playing volleyball, and going to sporting events.

Heidi Schaaf

My name is Heidi and I’m a teacher in the Older Toddler room. I’ve worked in childcare since 1999, primarily with 2-year-olds, and am very excited to be here at Big Oak. I have a daughter named Lily, who goes to Emerson Elementary. We like to spend our free time together being creative with art, cooking, making new things out of old things, camping, hiking, and spending time on the water. I look forward to getting to know you all!

Paula Thompson

I’m Paula, a long time Preschool teacher, at Big Oak since 1991. I have a Child Development Assoc. (CDA) and Preschool Credential. I have experience with school age care and leading youth group activities. In my spare time I love to: bike, walk, crochet, bake and having family time with my husband and 2 children.

Wathinee Eisner

My name is Wathinee - I am Thai and have a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from Ramkhamheang University in Bangkok and a certificate from Spain. I am a Float Teacher and also teach Spanish to the preschool at Big Oak Childcare. I speak 4 languages and have been teaching Spanish to youth and adults since 2009. I love reading, learning news languages, travelling, trekking, snowmobiling, gardening and cooking especially spicy Thai foods.

Lori Pape

Hello my name is Lori Pape and I have been working here at Big Oak since the summer of 1987. I work in the Younger Toddler room. I graduated with a 1 year Technical Diploma from Madison College in Child Care. I also have my Infant/Toddler Credential. In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends.