Linda Dykstra

Linda L.M. Dykstra

Instructional Specialist, Toddler Teacher
Child Development Lab
Office 1301
608-263-4093 ex. 104 Chipmunk Room
Be careful what you teach. It might interfere with what they are learning.

–Magda Gerber

I think I became a teacher because I struggled with reading in the traditional school setting and still need help today to spell words correctly. However, I didn’t give up on learning. I had a mother who read wonderful adventure stories to me every night. I had a father who didn’t send me to remedial summer school, but had me attend a nature-based science program where I raised my first monarch butterfly over 45 years ago. These two simple acts gave me the gift of wonder. I believe giving children a spark and time to wonder about it will give them the foundation to become life-long learners, too. I currently work with 2 & 3 year olds in the Chipmunk room where we spend lots of time wondering.

Child Development Lab

See Linda's classroom, the Chipmunk Room, where children 2-3 years old are cared for.
Chipmunk Room
  • Instructional Specialist: UW Child Development Lab, 2013-present
  • Madison Professional Development, Presenter, 2017
  • Launching into Literacy & Math Conference, Presenter, 2017
  • Midwest Early Childhood Educator Symposium, Presenter, 2016
  • 4K Summer Institute, Presenter, 2015
  • Mindstretchers Scotland Study Tour, 2015
  • Masters of Fine Arts in Design Studies, UW-Madison, 2013
  • Preschool teacher: Monona Grove Nursery School, 2002-2013
  • K-12 Art Education Certification 550: UW-Madison, 1984
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Art: UW-Madison, 1984
  • Nature based inquiry for young children in an urban setting
  • Nurturing a strong bond of trust and communication between families, children, and teachers
  • Professional pay for Early Childhood Professionals
  • Obtaining global sustainability by having all children reach their full potential
  • Making and creating
  • Cooking and eating
  • Enjoying worldwide adventures with my own four children