Our Staff

Director – Miss 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 & Assistant to Director 
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!

Lead Teacher 

Miss Sara & Gardener  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.

Assistant  Teachers  –

Miss Kandy  (Dulce), grew up in Cuernava Morelos, Mexico where she attended college and obtained a degree in Early Childhood Education. She then moved to Milwaukee in 2001 and attended La Causa to get certified for Child Care Services. She has worked with children for eleven years including 6 years in childcare centers. In her free time Ms. Kandy enjoys hiking, camping, reading, soccer, spending time with her nieces and nephews and play the ukulele.

Miss Jamie  has been working with children since she was old enough to begin babysitting as a teenage. She has a very caring personality and taking care of others has always been her pride and joy! She has also worked as an elementary school aide and is the 0-3 teacher at her place of worship. Jamie attends WCTC for Early Childhood Education.  Animals are her other passion in life so I love to go to the zoo and aquariums. She also has two little fur babies at home – Gus and Poppy – who keep her busy when she is not at the center. She enjoys sharing the joy of outdoors with children, sharing her gift of creating and telling felt board stories, the relationships formed with center staff and families, and the calm, caring atmosphere.

Support Staff

Miss Brianna An alumnus of Prairie Hill Waldorf School, Miss Brianna began nannying for families at the school before assisting in several classrooms and programs. Currently attending UWM, Miss Brianna is a substitute caregiver who joins our center when not in class or nannying for local families.

Miss Stacy A homeschooling mother, Miss Stacy has studied nutrition, taught and cooked for the Family Resource center. With her children growing older and more independent, she is able to join our center as a substitute cook, supporting our caregivers through the mealtime and naptime transitions.

Miss Lauren  The adult sister of two center children, Lauren attends college and works as a nursing assistant. Always willing to lend a helping hand, Lauren is eager to jump in to wear a baby, play with children, or assist in the kitchen.  

Community Partners PEEP program Coordinator

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.