Eric Busiek, Co-Founder and Director
Eric co-founded Nestling House along with his wife, Sarah Barton in 2016. He serves as the director of the center, handling administrative duties as well as planning for and preparing nutritious meals from scratch. With a master's degree in Education & Human Development from George Washington University, and experience in student-centered learning and special education, Eric brings expertise in child development and a deep belief in the value of child centered, play based learning. In addition to his role as director and cook, Eric assists with care giving and transports children to Nestling House from neighborhood schools.
Sarah Barton, Co-Founder
Sarah co-founded Nestling House in 2016 with her husband Eric out of the desire to bring a unique child centered care option to the Bay View neighborhood. Sarah has gained extensive experience in early childhood education as a teacher, trainer, and leader. She earned a master's degree in education with a focus on early childhood education and urban school leadership from Temple University. Sarah's lifelong passion for all things related to babies and early brain development has been one of the driving forces behind Nestling House.
Ana Nicholson, Assistant Director / Caregiver
Ana joined Nestling House in August of 2017 opening our suite for school-age children three years and above. Since then Ana has taken on more responsibility overseeing many of the day to day operations of the center as well as supporting the other caregivers through ongoing reflective practice sessions. As a mother of two children who attend a Waldorf school and having ten years of experience in a variety of early childhood roles, Ana brings an extensive knowledge base and experience in the Waldorf philosophy of early childhood care. In her spare time, Ana also serves the Bay View community as a lactation and breastfeeding specialist, instructor, and doula at Well Rounded Maternity center. Ana strives to imbue her work with a reverence for the wonder of childhood. She believes in facilitating a slow and gentle unfurling of a child’s abilities through exposure to new challenges and inspiring surroundings.
Kelley Moran, Caregiver
Kelley joined Nestling House as a Caregiver in January of 2017. A graduate of UW-Milwaukee, Kelley holds a BA in Psychology with an emphasis in child psychology and human development. Her experiences as a caregiver at the UW-Milwaukee Children's Learning Center, as a volunteer at Schlitz-Audubon Nature Center preschool, and as an in-home nanny have helped Kelley hone her organic style of caring for children. Her calm demeanor and gentle, observational approach are just a few of Kelley's strengths as a caregiver.
Lichelle Gullett, Caregiver
Lichelle, along with her son August, joined Nestling House in June of 2017 as we prepared to expand into our new space. Lichelle graduated Magna Cum Laude from Loyoloa University in Chicago. Her experience as a nanny in Portland, OR and Madison helped her develop a deep respect for the wonder of infancy and early childhood. Given this appreciation, Lichelle matches her pace to that of her young charges as she invites them to be full participants during daily personal care routines. Lichelle believes that children should be trusted and respected as whole, unique individuals deserving of agency over their own feelings and decisions.
Emily Hendersen, Caregiver
Emily joined Nestling House in June of 2017 as a part-time caregiver and has taken on a flexible schedule meeting the changing needs of Nestling House ever since. She has a BS from University of Wisconsin-Madison and is currently working to earn a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and her Early Childhood Teacher Certification from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Through her coursework Emily has developed her understanding of how play and hands on exploration lead to learning and development in all domains. She also brings an appreciation of nature based learning and enjoys observing the discoveries that children make on a daily basis in our natural outdoor play space.
Jessie Woida, Caregiver
Jessie joined Nestling House in August of 2017 as a full time caregiver. Bringing the experience of raising her own son as well as over 25 years of experience working in a variety of early childhood settings, including 8 years in Waldorf inspired centers, Jessie has found great comfort in applying a child-centered approach to early care and education. Working to encourage creativity and individuality as she guides children through each daily routine, Jessie sees play as the important work of childhood and is intimately aware of its’ impact on whole child development.
Melissa King, Caregiver
Melissa joined Nestling House in January of 2018 as our first full time floating caregiver. Melissa does a little bit of everything in her role and enjoys the opportunity to know and care for all of the Nestling House children. As a certified children’s yoga instructor, Melissa brings her passion and talent for connecting with children through song, dance, inquisitive exploration, and storytelling. She has truly found her niche in caring for children and strives to create a nurturing and joyful environment where they learn and grow naturally.