Preschool

Highlights

Welcome to Christ Memorial Preschool! Our goal is for all children to know how special they are and how much God dearly loves them!

Our program features:

  • Christ-centered education that nurtures every child’s personal relationship with Jesus
  • Dedicated rooms for 2 ½-year-olds, 3’s, and 4’s (4-year-old kindergarten program)
  • Half-day (mornings) program with flexible scheduling, with parents able to choose from two-, three- and five-day options
  • Accredited staff who provide innovative, developmentally appropriate curriculum
  • A commitment to ensuring that every child feels valued and loved!

Our preschool has been providing Christ-focused learning since 1968 and welcomes ALL families, regardless of church membership. We look forward to getting to know you and your little ones!

To learn more, contact Preschool Director Karen Hettenbach at khettenbach@livelifetogether.com, or at 608-271-2811, x15.

Email the completed form to preschool@livelifetogther.com and use this link to pay the registration fee.  Or you can mail the form and a check for the registration fee to the address on the form.

Preschool Teachers

4’s Classroom

Karen Hettenbach

Preschool director, Lead teacher

Hello and welcome! I am Karen.
I have been teaching at Christ Memorial for 17 years and have been director for the past nine. I earned my elementary education degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia. I love working with preschool-aged children and look forward to another exciting year!

My husband Bart and I moved to the Madison area 26 years ago. We have two children, David and Kate. They are both grown and flown, so we are enjoying the empty nester life!

Class Information

Child must be four years old by September 1st

4's Monday - Fiday

Monday thru Thursday
9:00 am – 12:00pm

Friday
9:00 am – 11:30 am

$250 per month

(Tuition & Snack Fee)

Registration Fee – $100

Paper supply/Photo finishing Fee – $100

3’s Classroom

Tanya Hoppe

Lead teacher

Hi! I am looking forward to working with your children this year.

I have been teaching at this preschool for five years, and I served as a substitute teacher here before that. I also worked for the Oregon School District for three years as a para sub.

Although I studied to be an optician at Lakeshore Technical College, I chose to become a full-time stay-at-home mom when my first child was born. Through various volunteer opportunities, I quickly realized that I love working with children.

My husband, Mark, and I have been married for 25 years, and we have two children. My favorite activities are spending time with my family, traveling, reading and walking.

Amalia Hoppe

Assistant teacher

I am so excited for this year!

A little bit about myself: I graduated from Oregon High School in 2020, and I currently attend Madison College, working toward an elementary-education degree.

Like my mom, Tanya (the 3’s lead teacher), I am passionate about working with children. I have volunteered at Christ Memorial Preschool for five years, and I have trained in assistant- and lead-teacher education.

Favorite pastimes: Spending time with my dog Daisy, traveling and walking.

Class Information

Child must be three years old by September 1st

3's M / W / F

9:00 am – 11:30am

$245 per month

(Tuition & Snack Fee)

3's T / TH

9:00 am – 11:30am

$195 per month

(Tuition & Snack Fee)

3's Monday - Friday

9:00 am – 11:30am

$405 per month

(Tuition & Snack Fee)

Registration Fee – $100

Paper supply/Photo finishing Fee – $100

2 ½’s Classroom

Andrea Cavonis

Lead teacher

I am excited to join the Christ Memorial Preschool team this year, especially because I have experienced first-hand the positive interactions between families, students and staff in this preschool community.

My background: At the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, I earned degrees in early childhood special and regular education. I also earned my master’s degree in education at Viterbo University.

I taught kindergarten for a decade in the Middleton-Cross Plains School District, but then chose to stay home after my daughter was born. I am excited to resume teaching now at Christ Memorial!

My daughter has been in the 2 ½’s room and the 3’s rooms. Now, she is looking forward to entering Ms. Karen and Ms. Jenni’s 4K room in the fall — and to have me be right down the hallway.

Our family lives on the west side of Madison, and we are members of the Church at Christ Memorial. We enjoy being outdoors, cooking, spending time with our extended family, reading, and doing arts and crafts.

Hanna Willmer

Assistant teacher

What an honor it is to be joining the community of families and teachers at Christ Memorial Preschool! My husband and I have been fortunate to have both of our boys enrolled at CMP and I can’t say enough great things about this place and these people. I am constantly amazed at the level of education, commitment to excellence, and deep compassion this preschool has shown my children and family during our time here. I can’t wait to join in on the fun as a teacher!

As a graduate of Coe College, I received my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in reading and language arts. No surprise, I love to read to my own kids and am excited to have the opportunity to do the same with your children. Both before and during college, I worked in a daycare with children of all ages where I was able to put my education experience to work. After graduation, I spent time substitute teaching and tutoring students in reading, language arts, and math. Since that time, I have been honing my skills as a mom, wife, and part time employee in real estate, home organization, and business consulting.

My family and I love to read books together, travel (especially to visit family), play board games, and snuggle with our pups while watching a good movie.
I’m looking forward to a wonderful year and can’t wait to get to know you and your children!

Class Information

2's M / W / F

9:00 am – 11:30am

$250per month

(Tuition & Snack Fee)

Registration Fee – $100

Paper supply/Photo finishing Fee – $100