Southwestern Kindergarten is a well-established program that has been in existence for more than fifty years.  It follows a school board approved curriculum, developed especially to best meet the needs and abilities of the students in this district.  This curriculum fulfills the requirements of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.  It not only prepares the students for future grades, but introduces them to many “life skills” as well.


Most teaching at Southwestern Kindergarten is done using thematic units around which many activities are centered.  A thematic unit is a study around a central topic which incorporates art projects, songs, games, stories, gross motor activities and academic work including language arts, math, science, social studies, health and whenever possible, computer skills.


Tanya Muller

Kindergarten Teacher

  • I have been teaching at Southwestern Elementary since 2000

  • Graduated from Verona Area High School

  • Attended UW-Platteville and received a degree in Elementary Education with minors in Early Childhood and Adaptive Education

  • My husband, Chad, and I live in Dickeyville with our three children

  • I have many hobbies, but above all- MUSIC

  • I have played the violin since I was in fifth grade and sometimes get the opportunity to play as a substitute violinist for the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra

Ashley Byykkonen

Kindergarten Teacher

  •  I am currently in my first year of teaching, and I love being in the Southwestern School District.

  • I grew up in Dickeyville, Wisconsin and attended Cuba City High School.

  • Graduated from UW- Platteville and received a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education.

  • I completed my student teaching here in Hazel Green in Kindergarten and 5th grade.

  •  In my free time I like to read, snowboard, travel, and explore the world.

  • I LOVE being a teacher, it is my dream job!