Ms. Kelly Aubin Belot and her husband Jeremy Belot own and created Tiny Green Trees for their children. They have three boys and have lived in both of the Tiny Green Trees neighborhoods. Kelly has her Bachelor’s degree in Art Education, a Master’s degree in Studio Art and a second Master’s degree in Education. She taught in the public school system for 16 years as a high school educator and as an adjunct instructor at Alverno College for 2 years. She has studied many different educational philosophies and has an appreciation for a healthy and environmentally conscious lifestyle. She considers herself a lifetime learner, and artist and activist as well as an environmental enthusiast.
Story Hill Location
Ms Kaisee 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.
Silver City Location
Ms. Amelia has worked in childcare for about 8 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.
Story Hill Location
Miss Chrissy grew up in Nuremberg, Germany where she attended college and obtained a degree in Nursing. In her nursing career she focused on face and ear acupuncture and healing the human soul in nature. She immigrated to the United States in 2014 and has been working as an early childhood educator since 2017. Previously she taught advanced German at the German Language School of Milwaukee (Deutsche Schule). She says, “You had a good day when you came home with muddy clothes, if your clothes weren’t dirty you didn’t play hard enough. Here in the US, we need to bring our children back outside and raise them to be strong and healthy.” In her free time Miss Chrissy enjoys being outside, reading books about Rudolf Steiner and she likes to upcycle old wool sweater into children’s clothes for her daughter Iris.
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.
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.