Mrs. Amber Terry
Background and experience: I have a degree in Child Development and almost 20 years of experience in early childhood education. I am currently working toward earning my WELS certification from Martin Luther College. I have a passion for working with children and their families.
As a family we Enjoy: Camping, bike rides, and taking trips to Door County together.
Fun fact about me: I am the seventh child out of fifteen. My parents were foster parents for over 25 years and through that we cared for hundreds of children.
My favorite bible verse: Ephesians 2:8″ For it is by Grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”
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Ms. Megan Fury
Hello! I serve as the Program Director at First Steps. I am originally from Houston, TX but fell in love with Wisconsin and its four seasons when I began attending Luther Preparatory School for high school. I am the fourth of six children (3 boys and 3 girls), and we are sprawled all across the US from Wisconsin to Texas to Washington D.C.
Background and experience: I graduated from Martin Luther College in 2018 and received my bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Upon graduating, I served for a year as a Director Apprentice at a WELS center in Manhattan, KS.
About me: I am a lifelong learner! I love learning as I travel and experience new things, especially in the great outdoors. I feel like I never lost the enthusiasm to find out something new about God’s creation that I had as a young child. I love watching the fascination of little ones innocently learning about the world around them.
Fun fact about me: I have wanted to be a teacher since I was three years old.
My favorite bible passage: Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
It’s a beautiful life, and it begins when we are just little. God is so good, and I am here to assist you with the beautiful trust God has given you to raise and nurture your child, your children. You don’t need to ever be alone — I am here to assist, all of us at First Steps are here to assist you, to serve you, to build up your child, and to encourage you along the way!
Mrs. Trisha Altreuter
Greetings! I am the Preschool teacher of First Steps. My husband Kurt of 16 years and I live in the Watertown area where we built our house in 2001. We have 2 daughters Haddie – 14 and Molly – 11. They attend St. Peter’s Lutheran school in Helenville, WI.
Background and experience: I majored in Early Childhood Education from WCTC and have 20 years of experience teaching 4k. Jesus says, let all the little children learn. I look forward to changing up my teaching role and experiencing the world of 3 year olds with embellishing on their giant personalities. I hold being a teacher very dear to my heart and find teaching to be one of life’s greatest gifts from our Savior!
As a family we enjoy: Wildlife, DIY projects, gardening, cooking, mornings/evenings on our back porch, and 4H of Jefferson county.
Fun fact about me: I’m a farm girl at heart. I grew up on a dairy farm and now enjoy sharing responsibilities with Kurt, Haddie and Molly on our small hobby farm.
My favorite bible verse: Psalms 105:1 “O give thanks unto the lord; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.”
Ms. Emily Schmidt
Hello! I am the Young 3’s teacher at First Steps.
Background and experience: I just graduated from California Baptist University in Spring of 2018. My degree is in Liberal Studies, with an emphasis in Early Childhood and Human Development. I have worked full time the last three summers at St. Matthew’s “Summer Fun Day Camp.” I desire to help children grow mentally, physically, and spiritually.
About me: I am the second oldest of six children. My dad serves as one of the pastors at St. Matthew’s and my mom also works at First Steps.
Fun fact about me: I played college basketball during my time at California Baptist University.
My favorite Bible verse: Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you hope, and a future.”
Mrs. Wendi Eagan
Hello! I am the 2 Year teacher at First Steps.
Background and experience: I received my Bachelors Degree in Art, with Gallery Museum Emphasis and an Arts Management Minor, at UW Green Bay. I worked at a childcare center in Fond du Lac for almost two years. I have watched children in my home as well. I was an activity director at an assisted living for eight years. It was such a rewarding experience using my Arts degree while creating calendars and activities for the elderly. I have learned so much in caring for the different generations, and how to use my God given talents to best serve Him in doing so. My husband Jake and I have three children: Ellamae, Lincoln, and Miles. We have felt so at home here, at St Matthews and First Steps.
Mrs. Lee Zuelke (Mrs. Lee’s information will be coming soon)
Hello! I am the Toddler teacher of First Steps.
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Mrs. Kayla Zimmerman
Hello! I am the Infant Teacher at First Steps. My husband Travis and I moved to Ixonia in 2017. We have three children Zoey, Easton and Ryder.
Background and experience: I have been working in childcare for 14 years. I started working in childcare when I was a senior in high school.
As a family we enjoy: Going for walks, swimming, tractor & truck pulls, fishing and going to all the fairs.
Fun fact about me: I love to go deer hunting and playing volleyball!
My favorite bible verse: JOHN 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Mrs. Mary Hatcher
I am excited to be the Nursery teacher at First Steps! I grew up in Oconomowoc and, after being away for 20 years, returned and became a member of St. Matthew’s in 2004. In 2010 I lost my husband, Dan, to Cancer. Dan and I were blessed with three children. My oldest son, Cole, is working toward a Mechanical Engineering degree. My daughter, Kaleigh, and son, Graham, are both students at Lakeside Lutheran High School.
Background and Experience: My background is in Business Management, but I have enjoyed spending the last 20 years as a stay-at-home mom. My children attended St. Matthew’s school, where I did a lot of volunteer work. I also spent three years supervising children in the after-school care program. I am currently taking the Early Childhood Professionals course.
I Enjoy: Gardening, photography and geocaching with my children.
Fun Fact about Me: I have lived in Arizona, California and New Jersey, and now live back in my childhood home with my kids.
Favorite Bible Verse: Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Ms. Caroline Gates
Hi, I am the lead School Age After School Care teacher and also one of the many assisting teachers for First Steps. I currently reside in Waukesha and attend Christ Lutheran in Pewaukee where I am an active member of the our alter flower committee.
Background and Experience: I received my state certification from WCTC for early childhood. I have over 13 years experience working in early childhood.
I Enjoy: When I’m not with children, I enjoy going to the movies and spending time with my family and friends.
Fun Fact about Me: For my 31st birthday, I was able to take my dream vacation and spend a week in London, England. My favorite spot was the Lego store.
Favorite Bible Verse: John 10:14-15, “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me – just as the father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life for the sheep.”