About the Owners
Owner & Center Director – Michelle Rosales Palmer
Michelle is co-owner of Cultured Kids of Madison and the loving mother of two school aged children and a toddler. While putting herself through college, she spent several years working in various after-school programs for elementary school age children in Phoenix, Arizona and then as a computer teacher for a K-6 grade school. She completed her B.S. in Marriage, Family & Human Development at Brigham Young University. After she and Ryan moved to Madison in 2002 Michelle worked in a local well-established childcare center and also a large national daycare provider as a teacher. She is grateful for the opportunity to have been a stay-at-home mother for four years before opening Cultured Kids and was excited to bring to the center many language, music, and healthy habit practices for kids from home.
Michelle regularly researches natural and preventative health practices for her family, loves all forms of dance, especially international folk dance, ballroom, and salsa, and enjoys the peace that being outside among trees, nature and the sunshine provides.
Owner & Administrator – Ryan Palmer
Originally from Idaho, I grew up on a potato farm where I often struggled to communicate with migrant workers from Mexico. My first foray into formal foreign language training was a semester of Spanish my junior year in high school. The increase in my Spanish skills was mediocre at best.
From 1997 to 1999 I served a 24 month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Philippines. In the Philippines I became fluent in Waray-waray, and proficient in Tagalog and Cebuano. It was there that I really learned to understand the value of walking a mile in another person’s shoes. I came to understand how happy and comfortable an “outsider” can become by adopting the cultural norms of others, or in other words, living in a way such that the majority of your personal experiences enable you to empathize with others through common triumphs and trials.
After my mission I went on to receive a B.S. in Business Management-Finance from Brigham Young University and meet my wife Michelle. I obtained an MBA in 2009 from University of Wisconsin-Madison having specialized in Entrepreneurial Management. Before pursuing an MBA I was a licensed real estate broker, working in commercial real estate leasing and management in Madison, Wisconsin.
Ryan and Michelle are currently raising their two kids in a Spanglish speaking household.