Meet Your Staff
My name is Anna Brennan and I am the Director of New Frontiers Preschool. I have a background in elementary education and outdoor programming that inspired and helped structure our unique school. In 2009 I received my Elementary Education and English degrees from UW-Madison. Throughout my time at the university and for a short while after graduation, I worked as the coordinator of a youth backpacking camp, leading children in nature-based programming in the backcountry of Durango, CO. After graduation, I began my teaching career in 4 and 5 year old preschool in Denver and then moved to Grafton and taught second and third grade for six years in a small public school district in the North Shore. In my time in the public schools, I focused on engaging, inclusive education that focused on Multiple Intelligences and nature incorporation and I was a nominee for the Kohl Teacher of the Year award. I am certified in Project Wild nature education and I have guest lectured at UWM and Alverno to pre-service teachers and presented on inclusive education at various conferences including the Milwaukee Urban Autism Summit.
Perhaps most importantly, I am the mother of two children, ages 2 and 3. I live in Fox Point with my husband Tim, my children: James and Sophie, and our black lab Bailey. I love any outdoor activities and we often hike at Lion’s Den park, Harringon Beach, and other great local spots. I can also be found swing dancing, writing children's literature, and just enjoying all of life's little moments!
Holly Le May
My name is Holly Le May and I am the Assistant Director of New Frontiers Preschool. I received my Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from UW-Milwaukee in 2005. I have many years of experience working with young children in a variety of settings, including child care centers, a Head Start program, public schools, and as a nanny. I taught three-year-old kindergarten in Milwaukee Public Schools for 10 years. When I first heard of New Frontiers Preschool, I knew that it would be the perfect fit for me. I believe that it is crucial for children to learn about and love their natural world. There are so many developmental benefits of a nature-based preschool, and I am thrilled to be a part of each child and family's journey at New Frontiers. I began my career at NFP as a lead teacher in the Badgers classroom (2+ year olds), and then assisted in opening and becoming the Head Teacher of the Robins classroom (3+ year olds). In my classroom, I would always strive to create a positive family-like environment, which was based on respect and kindness. I enjoy how young children are naturally inquisitive and curious, and excited to learn about their world. I love experiencing the excitement of learning along with the children; whether it's observing a caterpillar crawling across a log, making up silly rhyming words, or creating a painted masterpiece based on an artist study. Although I have a strong passion for educating children, I also thrive in management. During my time as a public school teacher I held several leadership roles. I served as a Head Start Advisory Council member, a mentor for new teachers, a member of the interview team, and was the facilitator of the PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports) team. After working for just over a year as a lead teacher at New Frontiers I was happily promoted to Assistant Director of the center.
On the weekends I volunteer at the Wisconsin Humane Society in the Pets for Life program and as an animal care volunteer in cat lodging. In my free time, I enjoy doing yoga, Zumba, game nights with friends, hiking, cooking vegetarian meals, and attending local events in Milwaukee. I am also an avid traveler and plan on continuing to see this amazing world every chance I can get. Some of my favorite places I have traveled to are Italy, Greece, Spain, Hawaii, and Costa Rica. I currently reside in Milwaukee with my family.
Our Teaching Staff
At New Frontiers, we recognize that a great facility and even the best program intentions are nothing without an exceptional staff of teachers and caregivers. New Frontiers prides itself on recruiting and retaining team members that embody the mission and intent of our school and are enthusiastic, friendly, nurturing, patient, creative, knowledgable, and love working with students and their families. All of our staff easily meet or exceed Department of Children and Families requirements for Assistant or Lead Teachers and are dedicated to professional development and continuing education throughout their time at New Frontiers.
Please take some time to learn more about the individual members of our team on our Parent Welcome Bulletin Board in our front hallway!