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Purple Moose Enrichment Preschool is conveniently located 3419 Walkup Road in Crystal Lake. We offer a progressive, perpetually evolving curriculum that we research, develop and specialize for each age group.

Each month we introduce a new theme for our students to explore. Emphasis is placed on creativity, motor skills, social interaction and basic academics. Of course, FUN is part of the activities.Our teachers are DCFS qualified, hold a range of degrees and experience in Early Childhood Development and are fully committed to excellence in their profession. Our team cares about your child.

Our Staff

Anna Linscheid
Director
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My name is Anna Linscheid and I am the Director at Purple Moose Enrichment Preschool. I joined the school in January of 2010 and have been integrating myself and my style into the school steadily. I came from nine years in the corporate world of IT sales. I have worked for CDW as well as DELL and other smaller IT firms in the area over the years.

Early Childhood Education has been my passion ever since I can remember and it took many years of nurturing that dream to have it finally come to fruition and bring me to Purple Moose. My experience as a teacher allows me a solid understanding of the educational needs of our school. The business background gives me a stronghold on running this school efficiently and effectively. The combinations of the two strength produce an exemplary result for the families we serve and work with. I am proud of the school we run and of the program that has been established and evolved for over the last 33 years. The teachers and I welcome visitors in to experience all that we have to offer.

Joanne Olson
Teacher
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This school year marks my 19th year teaching at Purple Moose Preschool. I am very excited to still be part of the Purple Moose Family. My education was completed at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and have been teaching preschool for over 30 years.

My husband and I have raised 3 wonderful children in Crystal Lake. When the children were growing up, we spent a lot of time volunteering at school functions, scouts and community choir.
I am looking forward to the privilege of meeting your children and watching them learn and grow!

Kathy Dillon
Teacher
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I am very excited to be teaching the Adventurers class. I believe that during the preschool years, it is very important to establish a positive and encouraging learning environment. My experience in Education comes from a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Illinois University - and 30 years of teaching 3's, 4's, 5's, and Kindergarten. My husband Rob and I live in Crystal Lake with our sweet dog "Oscar". We have two adult children. Our son Aaron, his wife Steph, grandchildren Ella (6), Jack (4), and Duke ( 3 months) live in New York City. Our daughter Ashley lives and works in Chicago.

Joanne Heck
Teacher
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I beginning my 6th year at The Purple Moose Enrichment Preschool. As a mother of 6, I have spent a great deal of my time volunteering at various schools, scouting clubs, and sports organizations throughout District 47 and 155. In this time I have been both fortunate and unfortunate enough to experience 1st hand how the role of the people we entrust our children with during a school day truly does impact their lives. I feel very strongly that here at Purple Moose children are given a wonderful 1st experience into their careers as students, and I am extremely happy to have the opportunity to be a part of that.

While my education and work experience up to this point has primarily been focused on Behavioral Health I find my passion was always in the volunteering I had done and education. Having spent the last 20 plus years both working and staying at home to raise children I have also assisted in being the cofounder and Director of operations and finances for a non for profit organization.

Currently I am living in the Crystal Lake area with my husband while my children are in and entering their adult lives in the working world and college. We keep quit busy caring for our many animals including chickens, horses, dogs, cats, fish, and a bearded dragon. I enjoy spending time with my animals and family (especially my 2 Granddaughters who are now Mooslets) gardening, reading, working on our family farm and of course spending mornings at the Purple Moose.

I look forward to the opportunity to meet new families interested in beginning their children's career as a student.

Cathy Johnson
Teacher
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Hi, my name is Cathy Johnson and this will be my first year here at Purple Moose. I have the good fortune of working with the Explorers and I am very excited to meet all the children and their families.

I am married with 4 children and I have 5 grandchildren ages 14 years to 6 months old. My husband Mike served in the Navy for 20 years so we have had the opportunity to move around quite a few times. We finally retired here in Crystal Lake to be close to family.

I have always had a passion for teaching and have been blessed to be able to work in this profession for about 30 years now. Throughout my years in teaching I have cared for children from infants through preschool. I currently hold a CDA and am teacher qualified.

Carlie Patton
Teacher
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My name is Carlie Patton and I am happy to be joining the Purple Moose family. I live in Crystal Lake with my husband Jeff and our son Tyson. I have been lucky enough to be involved in volunteering for his schools PTO , Classroom Mom, and pretty much anything they ask. I have also been teaching at our towns YMCA preschool - maybe I have seen you working out and being healthy! I am looking forward to a great school year teaching in the Explorer's Classroom and welcoming you with a smile.

Wendy Sessler
Teacher
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My name is Wendy Sessler. I have been working at Purple Moose since 2006. The teachers at Purple Moose are basically my second family and I am very lucky to work with such a great bunch of caring and compassionate woman. I am the assistant director and teach the Naturalists, Explorers and Enrichment programs.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. I always worked with children and can’t imagine working in any other profession. This summer I earned my DSP ( Direct Support Professional) certificate and help young adults with developmental delays.

I have three grown children of my own. I enjoy spending time with them every chance I get. My hobbies include boating, kayaking and paddle boarding. I love the beach. I am an animal lover, with dogs being my favorite

Wendy Sperling
Teacher
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Hi, My name is Wendy Sperling and I am going into my 7th year here at Purple Moose. I live in Crystal Lake with my husband Don and children Amanda and Jacob. I love sports and have coached football for 10 years! Go Bears!!!

Danelle Byrne
Teacher
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My name is Danelle Byrne, My name is Danelle Byrne and I've been working at Purple Moose for four years. I've been working with children since the age of 16. I currently have my 32 hour certificate in early childhood education. I have worked with infants up to 4. I currently teach the 3's. Children bring me so much joy, and watching them learn and grow from the beginning of the year to the end brings me so much satisfaction as a teacher. I truly love what I do and I couldn't think to do anything different.

Before coming to purple moose I worked at McHenry county college for close to 10 years. I have been married for six years and have a two year old little girl.

Teaching children isn't just a job. It's something I've always enjoyed doing. I couldn't see myself doing anything else. They bring such joy and laughter and watching them learn and grow throughout a school year gives me all I need as a teacher to know that the profession I choice was the perfect one!

I feel lucky to be apart of such a wonderful team and preschool at Purple Moose and looking forward to all the opportunities that Purple Moose brings!

Carol Braun
Teacher
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Hi my Name is Carol Braun. I am a teacher assistant at the Purple Moose going on my second year. I worked at Purple Moose about 6 years ago and I am so very glad to be back home at Purple Moose. I have been married to my wonderful husband Wally for 33 years and we have 3 wonderful boys. Joshua who is 31 years old and married to Sarah, Steven who is 28 years old married to Abbey and who has mybeautiful granddaughter Kinsley who will be turning 1 year old and my youngest son Timothy who is 24 years old and just moved into his own home. We are also parents to 3 cats and 1 dog who are very much our babies. We have lived in McHenry for 30 years and I love it here. I am a Chicago Cubs fan for life. I enjoy so much being a teacher assistant and I look forward to each day with the children and seeing their smiling faces and their excitement to learn. I am looking forward to another great year at Purple Moose.

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