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Southwestern School District's Four-Year-Old Kindergarten program is designed to enhance your child’s social skills, self-image, and general school readiness skills. In order to be successful learners, cooperation, turn-taking, and problem-solving skills must be developed. We feel that it is important that our youngest students learn to feel confident in their ability to make choices, ask questions, and utilize their knowledge.


Our activities and lessons are designed to insure a developmentally appropriate, child-centered program. Although the curriculum is teacher-prepared, it is responsive to the children’s interests, needs, and levels of development.


We recognize that children learn primarily through play and meaningful experiences. Therefore, structured activities are coupled with free exploration at various “centers.” The centers reinforce pre-academic, language, fine-motor, gross-motor, and sensory skills, and focus around a theme or unit.

Haley Ray

4-yr Old Kindergarten Teacher


Elizabeth Pelegrin

4-Yr Old Kindergarten Teacher

  • This is my second year as a Southwestern Wildcat, but my fourth year teaching!

  • I previously taught 2-3 year olds at the UWP Children's Center. 

  • I have a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with minors in Social and Environmental Justice as well as Early Childhood Education. 

  • In my spare time I love to explore the outdoors with my family, read, garden, and do yoga. 

  • My teaching philosophy is fueled by children's curiosity, inquiry and enthusiasm in my classroom!  

Julianne Cunningham

4-Yr Old Kindergarten Teacher

  • I was born in Shullsburg and grew up in northern Wisconsin.

  • I moved back to Shullsburg in 2004 and graduated from HS in 2008.

  • I continued my education at UW-Platteville.

  • During college, I was active in choir and worked part-time at Gasser True Value in Hazel Green.

  • I completed my student teaching in the spring of 2013 after teaching Kindergarten in Darlington and 4th grade in Hazel Green.

  • I graduated from UW-Platteville in May 2013 with an Elementary Education major as well as an Early Childhood and General Music minor and started teaching in Hazel Green that Fall.

  • I have been teaching since 2013 and I LOVE what I do!

  • I also have taught Title Math for grades 1-4, in the past.

  • When I am not at school I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and cat, Boo. 

Click here to fill out a form to enroll  your child in 4-year-old Kindergarten.

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