Where EXCELLENCE is not the goal, it is the STANDARD!

Welcome! Little Sprouts opened August 29, 2011 with a dream of striving to serve our community by being an extension of your family. At Little Sprouts excellence is our standard and we provide quality care and educational opportunites for your children. We look forward to meeting you and to the possibility of you becoming a part of our Little Sprouts family!

Meet the Founders

Mr. Joe

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Child Education from UW-La Crosse and is licensed in Early Childhood-Elementary Education from the Wisconsin Department of Instruction (Certified birth through 6th grade)

His work experiences include the UW-La Crosse University Clinicals including one year of student teaching, 2 years teaching 4 year old Kindergarten in Taiwan, and 1 year teaching 1st grade at the Ladysmith Elementary School.

Ms. Lucy

Ms. Lucy is in charge of the business operations including administration, student recruitment, marketing, accounting, and financial management.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Marketing, a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Finance and Taxation, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Foreign Language and Literature.

Her work experiences include 12 years working in accounting, 2 years as a director of a branch of a well-known private English elementary school in Taiwan, 6 months working in a marketing and sales department in a biotechnology company in Taiwan, and 1 year as the Resident Dorm Director for the Ladysmith International Student Program

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Menomonie Team

Gabriela Graves


Ms. Gabby

My name is Gabriela, but please feel free to call me Gabby! I have worked in early childhood education for over 5 years now. During this time, I have enjoyed working in a variety of childcare environments, which has given me well-rounded experience I look forward to taking into this new
role. A little background on myself—I began my schooling in early childhood education at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire. I graduated with my associate degree in May of 2014, and from there went on to obtain my bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from UW-River Falls in August of 2018. Realizing how the world of childcare and education is constantly evolving, I am always learning something new to better myself and ultimately provide better education services to the children in my care. I am looking forward to working to establish positive relationships with all parents and families.

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Assistant Director

Ms. Maddi

Hello! My name is Maddi and I am so excited to be serving Little Sprouts’ families as the Assistant Director. I have been working at Little Sprouts since April 2018 and love being a part of such a wonderful team. I started working at Little Sprouts while I attended UW Stout for my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a concentration in Special Education. I graduated in December 2020 and have been teaching in the 4K classroom at Little Sprouts since then. I am really looking forward to taking on this new role and serving staff and families in a new way.

Burnsville Team

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Ms. Jenn

My name is Jenn and I have been working in childcare for the past 25+ years. I graduated from Eden Prairie High School and then went on to Rasmussen College to obtain my Certificate in Early Childhood Education. I also have my associate degree in Theology from Life Christian University as well as extra studies completed in Business Law from NAU. I have been a lead teacher in all age groups (birth through 6) with most of my years being with toddlers and infants. I enjoy watching and aiding in the development of the young lives that surround me every day! Little Sprouts has quickly become my extended family and I look forward to many years of developing strong, trusting relationships with all our current and future families!