About the Owners
Owner & Center Director – Michelle Rosales Palmer
Michelle is co-owner of Cultured Kids of Madison and the loving mother of two children. She spent several years working part time in various after-school programs for elementary and middle school age children in Glendale, Arizona while putting herself through college. She completed her B.S. in Marriage, Family & Human Development at Brigham Young University. After she and Ryan moved to Madison in 2002 she spent several months working as a Lead Teacher for a large national daycare provider.
Michelle is 100% latina, however, she is part of the first generation in her family for whom Spanish is not the first language. She has been trying to bridge the bi-cultural/bi-lingual chasm her whole life and it continues to both fascinate and frustrate her on an almost daily basis. She and her husband Ryan happily read bedtime stories to their kids in Spanish and discipline them in English.
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.