Meet Our Teachers

KAREN BECK, co-director, teacher - 15 years with UHP

Karen became a part of the UHP community while living in Eagle Heights from 1998-2002. Her two children, Ellie and Alex, attended UHP. Karen was the Treasurer Board Member, a Parent Helper, and a Substitute Teacher before the Board hired her as the Director.

Karen loves to garden. She has two rain gardens filled with native perennials to help replenish ground water and keep the lakes clean as well as for pollinators. She has a love for insects, bugs, and being outside. She is a backyard beekeeper and has Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches and Walking Stick Insects in the classroom. She enjoys sharing her passion for insects, nature, science, math, and building with the kids!

Karen also enjoys kayak camping in the Apostle Islands, Wisconsin and tent camping in the Porcupine Mountains, Michigan.

Karen has been teaching for over 15 years. Her most recent accomplishment was earning her initial PreK - 3 teaching license through Concordia College receiving it in June 2020.

LAURA SCHROEDER, co-director, teacher - 12 years with UHP

Laura has three children, all of whom attended UHP. Laura was also a Parent Helper and a Board Member before she was hired by the Board as a co-teacher and co-director.

Laura has lived in many different places. She was born in Korea, then moved to Okinawa, Japan, then moved to Bitburg, Germany. Attending university in Austin, TX, she found her love for Early Childhood Education. She has a huge passion for inclusion environments for all children.

Laura also loves being outside. She spends lots of time with her family exploring Madison and the surrounding areas. She likes to go camping, hiking, and volunteering at her children’s school. She enjoys reading, eating interesting foods, traveling, and local theater.


Sara Quigle, T/TH Morning Teacher and Lunch Bunch Teacher - 5 years with UHP

Sara has been involved at the school in a variety of ways over the years with her two boys, now both alumni. Through her work as a Parent Helper and a Board Member, she has become a strong advocate for UHP's mission as a cooperative. She brings great warmth and fun to this team of teachers and helps continue UHP's tradition of bringing community and family together. I feel fortunate to be a part of this wonderful community and am really looking forward to sharing my enthusiasm of art and music with the class.