Sierra Abbott

4 years/ Pre K Teacher

I was born and raised in Sparta. I have 4 nephews and 2 nieces. In my free time I love spending time with my friends and family.


In 2013, I started working for Connie’s just for kids, and I continued working for Child First up until the day they closed their doors. I am so excited o be back working the job I love.

Rachael Schultz


I have recently graduated from WTC with an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. I have been working in a childcare setting for about three and a half years’ now.


Ever since I was little I have always known that I wanted to be a teacher. I enjoy being with children and helping them learn and grow. I love being able to play with the children and do fun activities with them.


I know that I have picked the perfect career for me. I love coming to work every day and seeing all the children’s smiling faces. I truly love what I do!

Michelle Schultz


I've wanted to open a daycare all of my life really. I have about twenty years experience working as a teacher and a director and owning Growing Stars CDC with my husband, Scott, has been a dream come true!

The facility is giving these kids a home during the day once again and it feels good to help out the community.

The teachers do lesson plans and they follow a schedule during the day. It's themed based so they'll plan different activities for them to do throughout the week.

I'm proud of my quality staff and the children who come here could not be in better hands.

Shirley Schultz

Breaker/Sub Teacher

I have been in daycare for about 9 ½ years and I enjoy it. During my 9 ½ years I have taken many classes pertaining to childcare even a college.


Next year I have plans to take another two college classes to further my knowledge of children. Children are our future so, love them, teach them and watch them grow!

Jennifer Eitland

Infant Room Teacher

I am a mother of five children ranging in age from 21 to 5 years old. I live in Sparta with my four youngest children, my fiancé and our yellow lab Marley.

I have 23 years’ experience in early childhood, I have worked in centers and subbed for the Sparta school district. I have also worked with children and adults with disabilities.

I enjoy working with children of all ages, but especially the babies. I go above and beyond to make sure your child is well cared for while you are away at work. It is fun to see their first of everything and to put a smile on their faces.

Tricia Zilmer


I have lived in Sparta my whole life . I have 2 children and 2 step children. I spend allot of my free time with family. I have a 2 year old niece, that I adore. I like to cook and enjoy the new experiences at Growing Stars and enjoy seeing the children on a daily basis. I have been cooking professionally for 5 years. I'm Wisconsin Safe Serve Certified.

Lori Johnson

Part Time Teacher

Hello I'm Lori and have been working in child care since 1996. I have five children and own a farm with my husband. It's nice to be working for "Growing Stars" and with the teachers, some which I've worked with in the past. I hope you and yours enjoy your child's growing & learning experience with us!