Hi, my name is Sharlot. My brother, three sisters and I grew up with my mother and father on a small farm and 140 acres of land in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We grew up with every story at bed time having a moral to it. My father always stressed to us children that we had to leave things better than when we found them and that he hoped that when he died he would leave this world a better place than when he came into it. This sounds glamorous, but I’m talking LIFE…. Cleaning our rooms, mucking out stalls, weeding the garden, whitewashing hen houses, picking up after playing at the neighbors, stuff that had been lying around since Lincoln was president! You get the picture. My mother always reminded us to be honest and work hard because God was always watching over us. Talk about scary! I mean seriously, someone always watching over me? I had a lot to worry about with that one. All and all we had a pretty wonderful life. We were allowed to play and explore every inch of our property after morning and before evening chores and my mother never worried about our clothes getting dirty or holey. “My life was the epitome of Learning through Play!”
I went on to college, married, had two wonderful daughters, traveled and taught at several Early Care and Education Centers around the Midwest with my husband. After he passed away suddenly, I decided to settle down with my daughters in Sun Prairie. I took in many teenage girls who needed a little help in life, and was privileged enough to add one permanently to our family. Today the three of my daughters are grown and married and I am lucky enough to have seven beautiful grandchildren.
My life experiences and stories have made me a visionary leader. I enjoy working hard, continuously learning new things to stay ahead of change or to make those changes to better our field and strive to lead my team to be the best that we can be. Hopefully we touch all of you; teachers, children, families and community friends who come through our doors, so that you feel better, smarter and stronger when you leave our family. And hopefully like my father, when I leave this field of work or life in general, I too will leave it a better place than when I came into it. God bless you all and may someone always be watching over you! Sharlot Bogart/ Director and Owner of Teddy’s place, Inc.
Amy Ellis-Assistant Director
I have worked at Teddy’s Place for 25 years and have and Associated Degree in child care and the Administrator Credential. I have been working in the office for the past 14 years but before that I was an infant/toddler teacher and for my first 2 years I was a preschool teacher. Some of my job duties in the office include; enrolling new families by giving them a tour and checking over paperwork before they start. I manage the children’s files to make sure that all contact information and health forms are up to date. I process all billing for family’s accounts. I handle all new and current staff paperwork. I also help out in the classrooms if needed. I have 2 girls. Brooklyn is a freshman at UW-Richland and Breanne is a sophomore at Sun Prairie High School. We have a dog, a cat, and a fish who are all part of our family. I am the youngest of 10 children, my brothers, sisters and their children all live within a close distance so we spend lots of time together and are very close.
Jen Rand-Head Teacher
My name is Jen Rand. I have worked at Teddy’s Place for 16 years. For about 15 of them I’ve worked in the infant and toddler room. I have my infant/toddler credential that I received a few years ago. I pretty much started working here right after high school. I attended MATC for 2 semesters but then started working here right after.
My son, who is in first grade now, used to come here too but now goes to school in Marshall. On weekends I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. We love going to movies, out to eat, boating in the summer or just hanging out.
Erica Wagner-Head Teacher
I’m Erica Wagner, I’ve been at Teddy’s Place for 14 years. I worked as a school age teacher while I attended MATC and that’s where I earned my Associates degree in Early Childhood. I graduated MATC in 2006 and became a full time preschool teacher. In the field of teaching I find that learning as an educator never stops. I was encouraged and received a scholarship to continue my education, so I have furthered my education through UW Milwaukee and have taken classes to go towards a Bachelor’s degree in Community Education. At Teddy’s place my strengths are environment set up, nurturing skills, and organizing. I would say my biggest strength is working for what I want and not being afraid to achieve more than one thing at a time. Besides being a teacher I am a mother and a wife. I have been married for 10 years in which I met my husband here at Teddy’s; he was a teacher too. We have two children, McKenna and Marshall. The day I became a mom I felt my world was complete. My family loves enjoying the outdoors; swimming, fishing, parks, taking nightly walks, and camping.
Nohemi Acosta Calzada-Head Teacher
My name is Nohemi Acosta Calzada and I was born in 1988 in Zacatecas, Mexico. I came to the United States when I was 6 years old. Leaving my home town and part of my family was the hardest thing I had to do at that young age. My parents put me in school and I had to learn a new language which was not easy for me. When I took an early childhood development class in high school I realized I wanted to work with kids, make them smile and watch them grow. I have been working with kids now for 11 years. I also teach kids Spanish! I have a beautiful 4 year old daughter who I love with all my heart. In my free time on the weekends, I love riding horses. I recently became a U.S. Citizen and the process was easier than I thought!
Alba Acosta-Assistant Teacher
After working as a preschool teacher in room 3 for a little over a year, I am now working in the Infant-Toddler room. I started at Teddy’s Place during my senior year of high school were I worked in the school age classroom. During my sophomore year of high school I began taking child development classes that led to my choice to pursue a career in childcare. At the moment I am finishing up some online classes to raise my education level. I enjoy going out and spending time with my friends and family. I love coming to work and seeing everyone’s smiles, knowing that I’m impacting someone in a positive way.
Brookyn Ellis-Assistant Teacher
Hello, my name is Brooklyn Ellis and I am an assistant teacher in the school age room here at Teddy's and have been working here since September of 2016. I currently attend the University of Wisconsin-Richland where I am studying to become a physical therapist. I come back to Teddy's on my breaks to help out, and work full time during the summer.
As you all may know my mother, Amy Ellis also works here alongside me. I enjoy working with my mom because I am able to share difficulties and fun experiences from work on a daily basis. I have a younger sister (Breanne Ellis) and a dog named Francine. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my big family, relaxing, being outside and playing with my cousin (Eliscia Ellis) who also attends Teddy's.
What I love about working at Teddy's is that I attended Teddy's when I was a baby until I was in 5th grade and I love to watch it grow and change in many different ways. I mostly love working with your children and seeing them connect with me and trust me with everything. Seeing them grow up and learn new skills makes me beyond happy. I look forward to working here on my summers off from school and please feel free to ask me any questions you may have.