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Our Staff

Our staff come from a variety of backgrounds which contribute to our program's ability to provide your child and family with a multi-dimensional expereince in our learning community.  At Bright Ideas we encourage you to get to know our staff.  In turn, we ask you to share with them about your family which will help us to better understand and serve you as each family is unique and special. 

Traci Fronk

Administrator & Director



Things to know:

  • Enjoys cooking & baking
  • Dislikes pickles & olives
  • Loves coffee
  • Plays in a dart league
  • Takes a natural approach to health care & well-being
  • Wants to vacation to a forest & stay in a tree-house



15 years in Education

Bachelors degree in Psychology

SWD Cross-Categorical Educator's License K-8

WI Child Care Administrator Credential

Experience with in-home child care

Taught PK-8th grades in private & public school settings



Julie Krill

Nature Based Pre-K Teacher



Things to know:

  • Spends as much time outdoors as possible
  • Loves jumping in the lake & making snow angels
  • Enjoys learning new crafts, currently working on loom
  • Dance parties & book snuggles are ideal family nights



Bachelors in Community Engagement and Education (in progress at UWM)

Major in Early Childhood Education Administration (in progress at UWM)

Director Qualifications & Experience

Lead Teacher Qualifications & Experience

In-Home Child Care Provider



Ben Fronk

Summer Teacher



Things to know:

  • Plays in a dart league
  • Loves playing golf
  • Goes on fishing trips & hunts with his dad
  • Enjoys teaching his daughters new board games



14 years in Education

WI Educator's License K-6

Masters in Reading Education 

Taught 2nd-5th grades in public school 

Co-founder of an elementary public charter school 



Sharon Barndt



Things to know:

  • Enjoys reading & crafting
  • Spends every Friday with her mother
  • Loves working with children: reading, singing, playing games, snuggling at rest time, entertaining conversations


WI State License in Education 

Early Childhood Education Degree

Masters in Curriculum in Education

Taught Kindergarten for 30+ years in the KM School District



Becca Pyne



Things to know:

  • Enjoys competitive games like Spades, Quirkle, & Spikeball
  • Dream vacation is to visit Alaska
  • Loves camping in the summer
  • Enjoys brain puzzles & math



WI State Teaching License - Middle School Math

Bachelor's in Education 

KM Younglife Leader



Autumn Smith



Things to know:

  • Enjoys trying new restaurants & cafes
  • Is a proud school counselor
  • Loves being outdoors, running, & camping



Master's in School Counseling

Several years experience in child care & camps



Helen Bera



Things to know:

  • Plays recreational volleyball year-round
  • Participates in the sport of curling during the winter months
  • Lives on a nearby farm where she raised her two children
  • Grew up in Texas in California 



Asst. Teacher education & experience 

Religous Education leader at her church



Eliott Kosanke



Things to know:

  • Also works at a doggy day care & loves dogs
  • Enjoys reading comic books & has a large collection
  • Working to become a high school social studies teacher
  • Wants to see a baseball game in every Major League park



Bachelor's in History

Working toward WI Teaching License



Sheri Garcia



Things to know:

  • Has a lot of love for animals & volunteers at the Wild Life In Need Center
  • Loves camping, traveling, & visiting new places
  • Working to visit many of the National Parks with her husband



WI State Teaching License in:

     Early Childhood Education

     Early Childhood Exceptional Education 

Taught 30+ years in KM School District



Sarah Thiel 



Things to know:




WI State Teaching License 

Bachelor's in Elementary Education



Stephanie Barber



Things to know: 

  •  loves animals, especially cats, dogs, & unicorns
  • Enjoys bonfires, stargazing, & sleeping in the sun
  • Is always up for a run or long walk
  • Family is absolutely everything



Education & experience with children

Elementary school recess supervisor 

Sally Curro



Things to know:

  • Challenges herself with exercise routines
  • Enjoys coffee out with friends
  • Reads frequently 
  • Loves traveling
  • Spends much time with her grandchildren



Assistant Group Child Care Provider Qualified

Certified Child Family Care Provider Qualified

Special Education Program Aide

Employed for 24 years in the KM School District in early education



Contact Us:

S31W29553 Sunset Dr.

Waukesha, WI 53189



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