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Atwater Bright Beginnings

Welcome to Atwater Bright Beginnings information page! After reviewing this page, if you have any questions, please contact the Recreation Department at 414.963.6913 x 4. Click here to watch a video featuring Atwater's Bright Beginnings Preschool.

Sharon Maier, Certified Teacher

Sharon received a BS in Exceptional Education from UW-Madison in 1978, with concentrations in Early Childhood Exceptional Needs, Cognitive Disabilities and Behavioral/Emotional Disabilities; and she received Wisconsin teaching licenses in all three areas. Sharon worked for several years as a special education teacher for preschool-age children before taking a break to stay at home with her young children. Returning to teaching, Sharon earned a post-baccalaureate degree in Education and received Wisconsin teaching certification for Pre-K through grade three. Sharon has taught preschool, four-year-old kindergarten and first grade during the last several years in the Whitefish Bay, Shorewood and Oak Creek school districts. In 2004, Sharon welcomed the opportunity to design, plan and launch a brand new preschool program in Shorewood: Bright Beginnings Preschool. The 2004-05 school year was a very exciting and successful start to what has proved to be an exemplary program. Sharon's focus in teaching is the development of positive self concept and the encouragement of each child's natural love of learning. She achieves these goals by providing a stimulating, creative curriculum and classroom environment which enable each child to freely explore and grow intellectually and emotionally. Sharon has lived in Shorewood since 1983 and is proud of the excellent educations her two sons and two daughters received in the Shorewood schools, and is happy to be touching the lives of Shorewood's very youngest through Bright Beginnings.

Rebecca Nisbet, Teaching Assistant

Rebecca earned a BA from UW-Madison in English Literature, before moving to Australia and getting her Graduate Diploma of Education from Monash University. She went on to teach 5th and 6th grade in the Melbourne suburbs. In addition to classroom teaching, Rebecca has coached girl's basketball and soccer and is mother to 3 small boys. She loves working with children of all ages and is very excited to be assisting Ms. Maier in Bright Beginnings Preschool Program. Rebecca grew up in Shorewood and even attended Atwater as a child!

Location: Atwater Elementary School, 2100 E. Capitol Drive, Room 106
Teacher: Sharon Maier and Rebecca Nisbet
Ratio: 2 adults / 16 students

Classroom openings for 2017-2018 School Year:

Day: Tuesday and Thursday
Date: September 12, 2017 - May 31, 2018
Time: 8:30 - 11:00 am
Tuition: $1,200 (Residents and Non-Residents)
Course #: 5290.2

Classrooms for 2018-2019 School Year: Registration begins December 5th for Residents and December 12th for Non Residents.

Day: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Date: September 10, 2018 - May 31, 2019
Time: 8:30 - 11:00
Tuition: $1,600 (Residents and Non-Residents)
Course #: 5290.1

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Day: Tuesday and Thursday
Date: September 11, 2018 - May 30, 2019
Time: 8:30 - 11:00 am
Tuition: $1,200 (Residents and Non-Residents)
Course #: 5290.2

2018 - 2019 Tuition Payments: A $200 nonrefundable deposit is required at the time of registration to reserve a spot for your child. Receive a $100 discount if tuition is paid in full at registration, otherwise a payment plan is available. All balances must be paid in full by August 1, 2018. Online registration is available, online fee will reflect the $100 discount (payment plans cannot be established online). No refunds or credit will be given for this program. For more information, please call 414-963-6913 x 4.


Check out our classroom photos!

Recreation Calendar

    • ThuNov23 Recreation Office closed
    • ThuNov23 Thanksgiving
    • ThuNov23 VHE Open Swim Closed
    • FriNov24 Recreation Office Closed
    • FriNov24 VHE Open Swim Closed
    • TueNov28 SEA Linkage 4:45 PMSHS Conference Room #116
    • TueNov28 Shorewood Historical Society/Connects/Library/Senior Center Linkage 6:00 PMSHS Conference Room #116
    • TueNov28 School Board Meeting 7:00 PM
    • WedNov29 VHE Evening Open Swim Closed 8:10 PM to 9:10 PMVHE Pool
    • MonDec04 Advanced Learning Information Session 6:00 PMSHS Library

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