Meet Our Teachers
KAREN BECK, co-director, teacher - 12 years with UHP
Karen became a part of the UHP community while living in Eagle Heights from 1998-2002. Her 2 children, Ellie age 20 and Alex age 16, attended UHP. Karen was a Board Member, a Parent Helper, and a Substitute Teacher before the Board hired her as the Director.
LAURA SCHROEDER, co-director, teacher - 9 years with UHP
Laura has three children – Emerson 12 yrs, Felix 10 yrs, and Lilas 8 yrs. - 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 elementary school. She enjoys reading, eating interesting foods, traveling, and local theater.
VICKI CROOKS, full time teacher
This is Vickie's fourth year teaching at UHP.
Vickie has been teaching 4K since the program began in Madison 7 years ago. Prior to that she taught 3-5 year old preschool and a variety of school age enrichment classes at the YMCA in Madison. Other experience she has working with children include teaching tennis to a Park and Rec Club, teaching a school age after school club in San Francisco, and helping start a new parent run after school club while living in Scotland. Vickie grew up in Iowa where she received her BA in English at Simpson College. She met her husband while working in a salmon cannery in Alaska. She lived with her husband in California for nine years where she received her K-12 Teaching Certificate with an Early Childhood Emphasis and CLAD (Cultural Linguistic Academic Development) from San Francisco State University. Vickie and her family moved to Madison 13 years ago after living in the United Kingdom for 5 years. She has three children, Stryder age 18, Zoe age 16, and Baylee age 15, all born in England. When Vickie is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family and their wide range of pets and also enjoys camping, hiking, and yoga.
2018-2019 will be Sara's second year at UHP as Lunch Bunch Assistant. She 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.