Our Staff

Director – Amber Brooks

My name is Amber Brooks and I am elated to be the new director at Tiny Green Trees. Although I studied Early Childhood Education at UWM, my passion for working with families and children comes not only from my professional experience, but first from my role as a mother. In every classroom I enter, I strive to meet the children with the care and love that I desire for my own children. As a mother myself, I know the significance of choosing where your children will spend their days. It is a true gift to be joining a center that creates a home away from home environment to nurture the whole child.  In addition to my coursework at UWM, I have taken training through Lifeways North America. I have worked in a variety of schools (public, private, and charter) including Prairie Hill Waldorf School. Similar to Tiny Green Trees, the Waldorf philosophy values homestyle, mixed-age, nature based care that honors the developmental needs of young children.  I am grateful for the opportunity to work with your children and share my days with them and I look forward to getting to know each of you.


Lead Teacher – Suite Pea

Miss Sara Schuler grew up in Stevens Point Wisconsin then moved to Milwaukee in 2012 to attend college at UW-Milwaukee.  She has worked with infants and children since high school, where she was a child care attendant at the Stevens Point YMCA. While living in Milwaukee she worked at Discovery World and the Betty Brinn Children’s Center, where she facilitated programs teaching children about art, science, and technology.  Sara also assisted with the after school care program for Cumberland Elementary School in Whitefish Bay.  In 2016 Sara graduated with a degree in Art and Design, and currently has a studio space at Var Gallery and Studios in Walker’s Point. As a hobby she enjoys vegetable gardening, collecting houseplants, and cooking.   This year Sara has been the resident Gardener for TGT.  We are thankful and looking forward to planning next year’s bounty.

Lead Teacher & Assistant to Director – Suite Heart
Miss Lori comes to the center as a mother of three grown children and a grandmother of four little grandsons. She holds a BFA in art, has run her own business and taught handwork and botany blocks at Prairie Hill Waldorf School (where her own children attended school). She began her early childhood educational studies at UWM and will be returning to the Waldorf Teacher Training at the Great Lakes Institute. Lori will also be joining the current Lifeways cohort in August!
Substitute Teachers

Intern Assistants

Escuela Verde- Internship program

Community Partners

Environmental Educator Matt Flower joined the Urban Ecology Center in 2006.  Matt received his Naturalist training at Riveredge Nature Center in Newburg, Wisconsin and was an Educator and Land Manager at Neighborhood House’s Nature Center. He is married with two young children. Matt’s interests include birds, wild edibles, trees, winter ecology and, most of all, teaching kids how to explore wild spaces and make nature come alive.   Matt currently directs the PEEP program at the UEC and is finishing an early environmental education program at the New England Antioch University.