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The ECLC staff welcomes you to our center. Whether you are visiting for the first time or have been using our childcare services, it is our prayer that you are surrounded in Jesus’ love. Our staff is nurturing and caring, meeting individual needs in a Christian environment. Mrs. Swanson is the Director of the Center. Each classroom has a Lead Teacher with Teacher Assistants. All ECLC staff are recertified every 2 years in Infant CPR/1st Aid, certified in SIDS, SBS, Child Abuse and Neglect. Our mission is to take care of God’s children and teach them about Jesus, their Savior. Children will experience God’s love in our smiles and through the Christian example we set.

Get to Know:
Penny Swanson, ECLC Director

Mrs. Swanson is the Early Childhood Learning Center’s Director. She believes every child is a precious gift from God. She takes the responsibility to ensure each child is provided a safe and loving environment very seriously. Every child should be able to go home feeling accepted and wrapped in Jesus’ love. She oversees the staff in each of the center’s rooms along with the physical environment.
She grew up in Dodgeville, Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. After graduating, she married her husband Tim and moved to Rockford, IL. It was there that their three children were born. Shortly after their youngest child was born, Tim was called to be a pastor and they moved to St. Louis where Tim attended Concordia Seminary. Following seminary, Tim received a call to Wausau. This move inspired a career change for Penny. After years in the veterinary field, she began her career in childcare here at Trinity as a part-time assistant teacher.
After a short time at Trinity, she took the position of assistant director at Wausau Child Care, Inc. where she was later promoted to director of their Franklin facility. Mrs. Swanson is certified in CPR and First Aid, SIDS and Shaken Baby Syndrome, Child Abuse and Neglect and continues to attend seminars in early childhood to broaden and expand her knowledge in child development. In her free time, she enjoys music by playing the flute and singing with her church choir, watching movies, reading and spending time with her family.

"Jesus said, 'Let the children come to me…' Matthew 19:14"

All children are welcome to hear about Jesus' love. She looks forward in serving your family.,

Get to Know:
Sara Seehafer, ECLC Little Lambs Lead Teacher

Ms. Sara is the Lead Teacher in the Little Lambs Room caring for and nurturing children from six weeks of age to 24 months. She also schedules the staffing needs of a busy and active room. Ms. Sara feels blessed to be able to work in an environment where she can see God's plan for each child develop in their beginning years. It is just as important to care for each family as for many it is their first experience with childcare.

A strong believer that children learn through play, opportunities for independent play, side-by-side play, and cooperative play are encouraged throughout each day. Simple, easy games and activities are used to help infants and toddlers develop new skills and learn new concepts.

Ms. Sara has many years of experience in childcare from being a nanny, running a certified in home Family Day Care business and coming to work for Trinity in 2007. She continues her education in obtaining an Early Childhood Degree. A Wausau resident from birth, she and her husband are seeing their three children graduate from Trinity Lutheran School, Wisconsin Valley Lutheran High School, and where their paths go from there. Spending time with family and being involved with her children's activities, photography, and scrapbooking are some of her after work favorites.

She looks forward to helping each child grow and develop new skills, play and make new friends, and most importantly learn about the amazing love of their Lord and Savior, Jesus.

Get to Know:
Virginia Roerig, ECLC Rainbow Room Lead Teacher

Ms. Ginny is the Lead Teacher in the Rainbow Room with inquisitive two-year olds. She has the love of our Savior, Jesus, which she shares in the classroom through song, stories and interaction. She strives to provide quality care for children in a loving and caring way treating them with respect and the love they deserve. Children at this age learn thru play with interaction between teacher and child and between other children. They are learning their self-help and social skills and how to play with others.

Ms. Ginny has been working with children since 1989. She and her husband have raised two sons and have four grandchildren. She has completed many certificates and classes in early childhood and continues to attend conferences and classes to enhance the learning environment in her classroom. She enjoys bike riding, camping, hiking, and mission work. She and her husband go on Mission Trips each year to Guatemala to teach the children about Jesus.

It has always been a dream of hers to work with children because they make you smile and laugh. She looks forward to getting to know you and your child and teach them about the love Jesus has for them.

Get to Know:
Kaitlin Holt, ECLC Butterfly Room Lead Teacher

Ms. Kaitlin is in the Early Childhood Education program at Northcentral Technical College and plans to graduate with her associates in Early Childhood December of 2020. Ms. Kaitlin has been working in the Butterfly Room since 2017 as an assistant and loves working with the kids. She is very caring and loving with the children and their families. She likes to be very involved with the children while teaching skills such as writing and spelling their name, social and emotional skills through interaction. Another lifelong skill is spiritual through Bible time as we learn about Jesus. She also loves learning something new every day being with the children.
Ms. Kaitlin moved from a small town to come to Wausau to attend school. She was first enrolled in the social work program, but after getting a job with Trinity’s child care center as a floater, she decided to change her career. The experiences in her new job inspired her to want to learn more about the children and how they learn.

Ms. Kaitlin’s dream is to one day be a 4K teacher. She has always wanted to work with children as a teacher or in some way to help them.

In her free time, she likes to hang out with friends and family. She also enjoys being outdoors, fishing, swimming, camping, and much more. She looks forward to teaching and learning more about the children, how children learn, and also working with the parents, too!

~Teach to learn, learn to teach. -unknown

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, ECLC SonShine Room Lead Teacher

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Jubilee Morgan, ECLC ECC Room Lead Teacher

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