Young mother inspired to start Grafton preschool in former Blue Sky building
As the start of a new school year approaches, teachers and parents can feel the palpable electricity in the air.
That sense of excitement is magnified this year for Anna Brennan, director of the newly opened New Frontiers Children’s Center in the Town of Grafton.
Brennan knows a few things about first-day jitters, having worked for six years as an elementary school teacher in the Mapledale-Indian Hill School District in the North Shore area of Milwaukee, where she was nominated for the Kohl Teacher of the Year Award.
Before that, she was the coordinator of a backpacking camp for children in Durango, Colo., and taught in a preschool in Denver.
Brennan said it was the birth of her second child, Sophia, nine months ago that provided the impetus to open the preschool at 350 Double Tree La.
The building on the east side of Port Washington Road formerly housed the former Blue Sky School of Massage and In Good Health retail store.
Brennan and her husband Tim also have a two-year-old son, James.
She said her father — and eventual business partner — Dmitry Kordysh had been pushing the idea of starting a business together for years.
“I took maternity leave from teaching when Sophia was born, and that’s when my father asked, ‘Are you ready to start a preschool now?’ The timing just felt right,” Brennan said.