Our Staff

Middleton Preschool prides itself on having very low staff turnover. As you will read from the bios, our teachers have been dedicated to MPS for many years. Vicki joined us in 2015 after our previous teacher retired after 16 years!

Miss Joan, Miss Heidi and Miss Vicki all dressed up for Halloween!


Hi! My name is Joan Stoppleworth and I am the Director and teacher at Middleton Preschool. I have been a teacher here at MPS for 12 years, 11 years as Director and this is my 5th year teaching 4K. I have my B.S. degree in Early Childhood and in Elementary Education.

I live in Cross Plains with my husband, our 3 children, and dog, Tanner.

During my free time, I like to spend time with my family and take my dog for long walks.


Hi! My name is Heidi Ross and I have been teaching at Middleton Preschool since 2006, although I was involved as a parent and board member for five years before that.

My husband and I live in Middleton with our three children and our dog. When we are not busy going to their various activities, we like to go on bike rides, watch movies and play games.

I love teaching because I love preschoolers. They are so full of enthusiasm and ready for new fun experiences. They are so literal, loving, honest and open, and they make each day interesting. As you all know, children grow up too quickly, so I feel lucky to be able to spend time with this age group even though my own kids are long past it.


Hi! My name is Vicki Farnsworth and I am the preschool and 4K teacher her at Middleton Preschool.

Although this is my first year teaching at Middleton Preschool, this is my 4th year as a teacher. I previously taught preschool and 4K at a different location.

I grew up in Middleton and attended Edgewood College and earned my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education.

I currently live in DeForest with my husband and 2-year-old son, Barrett.

In my free time, I love spending time with my family, reading and traveling!