School Age
Cheri Otto - School Age Teacher

Hello! My name is Cheri Otto and I am the Lead School Age teacher.  I grew up in Winchester, and graduated from Winneconne High School.  I attended Marian University in Fond du Lac where I majored in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood. I later transferred to Carroll University in Waukesha. While attending school there, I obtained a job in a Child Care center.  I now have 25+ years working in the Early Childhood field.  During that time I have worked for both corporate and privately owned child care facilities, working with all ages of children between the ages of 6 weeks- 12 years old, with most of my experience working with 4 Yr. Olds and School-Agers.  In June of 2000, a friend and I purchased our own group child care center in Pewaukee, WI where we were licensed to care for 75 children. We closed our center in September 2015, and I decided to return to the area to be closer to my family, who all live here.  It was then that I was given the opportunity to work here at St. Paul’s Child Center. 
When I am not working at St. Paul’s, I spend my time working some weekends at The Learning Shop in Appleton.  In the winter months I also judge High School Forensics for Oshkosh North High School.
I have one sister, Julie; my brother-in-law, Ryan; and a niece and nephew, Alyssa and Logan, who also attend Winneconne High School. My Dad, aunts, and cousins also all live in the Neenah/Menasha area.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with friends and family, scrapbooking, and watching movies, and watching my nephew play soccer for Winneconne High School, as well as the YMCA or other soccer clubs.
I am very happy to be a part of St. Paul’s Child Center. When the School-agers are in school, you can find me working in the 3 and 4 year old classrooms as needed.



 
School Age Classroom

We have a structured schedule which includes daily Bible lessons, large motor teacher led activities, literacy time, group projects and free choice time. We focus on each child's individual needs on a daily basis. Our classroom has centers and activities that are specific to a goal that each child works toward to meet those individual needs. As time goes on and goals are met, we come up with new goals to be working toward.