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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.

Elizabeth Beeghly, Teaching Assistant

Elizabeth earned her degree in Political Science from Loyola University, and then pursued a graduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University. She worked for several years before taking time off to raise her three children. Her youngest attended Bright Beginnings! Elizabeth enjoys working with preschool age children. She is very excited to assist Ms. Maier in fostering a nurturing, imaginative, creative and stimulating learning environment.

Elizabeth has a daughter in Atwater Elementary and a daughter in Shorewood High School.

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

Registration for classrooms for 2018-2019 School Year is now in progress:

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

    • FriFeb23 SIS Activity Night 7:00 PM to 9:00 PMSIS Commons
    • TueFeb27 School Board Meeting 7:00 PM
    • TueMar13 School Board Meeting 7:00 PM
    • MonMar19 Advanced Learning Information Session 6:00 PMSHS Library
    • TueApr10 School Board Meeting 7:00 PM
    • ThuApr12 Special Education Info Session 6:00 PMSHS Library
    • FriApr20 SIS Activity Night 7:00 PM to 9:00 PMSIS Commons
    • SatApr21 Spring Drama Jr. Production 4:00 PM
    • SunApr22 Spring Drama Jr. Production 1:30 PM
    • TueApr24 School Board Meeting 7:00 PM

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