Ms. Cheyenne joined Wisconsin Youth Company in Fall 2021 as the 4K PM Wrap teacher at Merton Elementary, Merton, Wisconsin. She is passionate and dedicated to helping all children grow and develop during their time in program. Ms. Cheyenne creates weekly themes and projects based on the classroom’s interests! She is always smiling and sharing positivity with children in the 4K Wrap program.
Q1: When did you start working with Wisconsin Youth Company and what has been your favorite memory so far?
I started working for Wisconsin Youth Company last year (Sept. 2021). It has been a rollercoaster of emotions. I never thought I’d work for such a great company that puts your thoughts and ideas first. Not to mention everyone is so nice, and if I have a bump in the road someone, is always there to help me with suggestions.
I have a lot of favorite memories so far, but I think my favorite one is the fact that my kids know that Spiderman is my favorite superhero. Every chance they get, someone will bring in a Spiderman book and I’ll read it during circle time and they make me laugh and smile. I always joke that Spiderman is my husband, and we have two Spiderman action figures in our home living center. One time I heard, “You can’t hurt me, Ms. Cheyenne will be very sad that you hurt her husband.” I remember looking over at the kids and they both looked at me and laughed. I said, “Bet your bottom dollar I’d be very sad.” They had the biggest smiles on their faces. That’s a memory I’ll remember.
Q2: What is the most important thing you learned as a child that still applies today?
The most important thing I’ve learned as a child that still applies today is to have fun and act silly! Also, that I’m still growing as a person and I will make mistakes but I will learn from them and grow. I didn’t learn how to walk and talk in a day; it takes a minute to learn something new and to have patience.
Q3: Who was a mentor you looked up to when you were younger? Why did you look up to them?
I never really had a mentor growing up to be honest. I had a lot of trust issues then and didn’t really allow anyone to get too close to me for a very long time. But I will say that everyone who tried to be a mentor, I listened to what they had to say. My mom was the closest thing I had growing up. She made me into the woman I am today. She’s the one who suggested that I go to school for childcare, because she could see that I am a very caring person and that I have the patience with children that a lot of people don’t have. I can take the good with the bad and make it into something wonderful.
Q4: What is your favorite part about working with kids?
The best part about working with children is that they teach me way more than I could ever teach them. Every day I learn something new about the world around me and about myself because of them. They make laugh and I am able to be silly. Some days can be challenging but I go home, take a deep breath, sleep, and start a new day. I can’t see myself doing anything else. I love my job and I am beyond grateful I found something I love doing every day!
Say “hi” to Ms. Cheyenne next time you see her!