Meet Our Teachers

KAREN BECK, co-director, teacher - 14 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 also 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. Her most recent challenge is to earn her initial PreK - 3 teaching license through Concordia College. This is going well and she plans to receive it in June 2020.

LAURA SCHROEDER, co-director, teacher - 11 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.


Jamie Sugarman, M/W/F Morning Teacher - 2nd year with UHP

Jamie started as a parent helper before being hired as a morning teacher. She grew up in Colorado, where she also earned her Early Childhood Education license and degree. Jamie has 3 boys and a white German Sheppard mix named Kai. In her spare time, Jamie loves to rock-climb, go on outdoor adventures with her boys, work in the vegetable garden, and cook new and interesting recipes.


Sara Quigle, T/TH Morning Teacher and Lunch Bunch Teacher - 4 years with UHP

2019-2020 will be Sara's fourth year teaching at 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.

Amanda Stuessi, M-F 4K teacher in the afternoon - 2nd year with UHP

Amanda is happy she joined the UHP Family. This is her second year here. In 2019, she moved to Madison from Nashville, TN where she taught PreK - 3rd grade Special Education in Williamson County Schools. Her dream of becoming an educator started when she was 9 years old volunteering in her Aunt’s Preschool and followed her to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she received her bachelors degree in Early Childhood education/Early Childhood Special Education and Middle grades education. She just recently got engaged her wonderful fiance Tyler, so they are busy planning for their wedding in early July. They are both huge Broadway fans and try to see as many shows as possible. When Amanda is not wedding planning, or going to a Broadway show, she loves to cook, dance, paint, hike, drink coffee, and watch old movie musicals. She is so excited to get to know all of you and help your children learn and grow!