Director & Owner Kelly Aubin Belot
My name is Kelly Aubin Belot. My husband and I own and built Tiny Green Trees for our children. We have three boys and lived in the neighborhood for 11 years. I have my Bachelors degree in Art Education PreK-12 grade, a Master’s degree in Studio Art and a second Master’s degree in Education. I taught in the public school system for 16 years and now teach at Alverno College as an adjunct professor while running Tiny Green Trees. I have studied many different educational philosophies and have an appreciation for a healthy and environmentally conscious lifestyle. I feel blessed with being able to provide my own children and your children with the unique care that Tiny Green Trees offers.
Director & Lead Teacher
Miss Kaisee Miss has been the co-director of Tiny Green Trees since July 2019 after working as a Lead Teacher in Suite Pea (preschool classroom). She has been in early childhood education for 5 years. Miss Kaisee received her Masters degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Learning and Development from UW-Milwaukee. She has fallen in love with nature-based education and frequently attends continuing education opportunities related to this field. Miss Kaisee’s favorite activity to lead with the children is tree climbing. She enjoys watching the children explore their limits and boundaries, while listening to the expectations set by the lead teacher. In her free time, Miss Kaisee enjoys spending time with friends and family, hiking, rock climbing, photography, and traveling to new places.
Kaisee is the Co-Director with owner Kelly Aubin Belot
Miss Amelia will be stepping into the Assistant Director role in winter of 2021. She has worked in childcare for about 7 years now, starting off as a teacher assistant and working her way up. She is currently attending UW-Milwaukee to obtain a Masters in Social Work with a concentration of Children and Families. Working with children is a passion of Amelia’s that she has loved doing. She says it is exciting to see children grow and develop into their own unique individual. She is excited to be a part of the team at Tiny Green Trees and looks forward to meeting all of the families. Outside of school and work, Amelia enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and dog, Bentley. She also is involved with her church, enjoys hiking, arts and crafts, working out and anything else that involves having fun.
Administrator & Assistant Teacher
Miss Victoria is a student at UW-Milwaukee studying Early Childhood Education and French. She knew she wanted to become a teacher because she was inspired by the wonderful teachers she had in elementary school. After graduation she plans to return to school in order to become a Montessori educator. Victoria worked at child care centers for the past three years and is excited to join us at Tiny Green Trees. Outside of school and work, Victoria enjoys gardening, doing yoga, and enjoying a cup of tea with friends.
Miss Jessica is currently in school for Elementary Education. She previously worked in a home-like child care center with similar teaching philosophies as Tiny Green Trees. Since joining us at TGT, she has gone through Lifeways training (early Waldorf education) and expanded her responsibilities in the classroom. Jessica has a genuine passion for the environment, art, animals, free thinking and creativity. She believes every child has something amazing to offer this world. In her free time she enjoys hiking, kayaking and spending time with her dogs.
Miss Kandi (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 11 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 playing the ukulele.
Miss Jamie has been working with children since she was old enough to begin babysitting as a teenager. 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 she loves 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.
Miss Corrie is working towards obtaining her Masters degree in Community Psychology at Alverno College. She has loved caring for children as long as she can remember and enjoys how present and curious their minds are. Miss Corrie enjoys going for restorative walks in the woods and appreciates all we can learn from spending our time and connecting with nature.
Assistant Teachers & Support Staff
Miss Brianna is 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 Alexis has experience in environmental & outdoor education. While going to UW-Milwaukee to receive her degree in Environmental Science, she worked as an outdoor trip leader. After college, she spent a year in Minnesota teaching outdoor classes to elementary kids and is now very excited to work with the kids at Tiny Green Trees. Alexis loves to share her passion for the outdoors with others and find what inspires them. In her free time she enjoys going for walks, hanging out in her hammock with a good book, rock climbing, and of course petting animals.
Sam Alioto graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018 with a degree in Geography. Since graduating, he has worked to combine his love of the environment and gardening with his passions for cooking and healthy eating. Sam began working in kitchens in middle school at Sciortino’s Bakery on Milwaukee’s Lower East Side and has worked as a cook/chef in numerous restaurants around Wisconsin. He most recently worked at the Milwaukee Public Library as the Community Kitchen Coordinator where he taught culinary classes, brought in local chefs for hands-on demos, and explored the world of sustainable, fresh, and healthy eating. Sam’s mission is to provide as many people access to locally grown food and the knowledge to cook sustainably at home. In his free time, Sam loves to go for long walks, forage, garden, and cook exquisite meals for his loved ones.
Community Partner 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.