Staff Directory Detail

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Bellamy (Bell)
Certified Comfort Dog

Certified Comfort Dog


  • Endeavor Wisconsin Dog Service

Bell is a doodle, and does not shed. She has been trained in a home with very young children who have special needs. Her mission is to serve and be a working member of a learning community.

Bell Fact Sheet

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Ms. Joy Aragones
MS Science TeacherScience
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Mrs. Callie Atanasoff
Director of AdmissionAdmission

ABJ – Advertising, University of Georgia, 2008

BA – Speech Communication, University of Georgia, 2008

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Mr. Jason Atanasoff
Athletic Director, Varsity Boys’ Basketball Head Coach, Varsity Baseball Assistant CoachAthletics, Physical Education

BA-Education, Carthage College

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Mrs. Gail Axelson
PS Educational AssistantPrimary School
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Ms. Pat Badger
Advisor to the Head of School for Arts and Equity
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Mrs. Ann Bankenbush
Primary School Education AssistantPrimary School
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Mrs. Sarah Barbian
Reading Specialist/ELL Consultant/World Language TeacherCompass/World Language/French


  • MA Literacy & Learning Disabilities,
  • English Language Learner (ELL) Certificate,
  • BS Education, University of River Falls 2005

Web Pages:

Classroom Links:

5th Grade Reading Google Calendar

French 6 Google Calendar

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Mrs. Kristi Barrett
Executive Assistant to the Head of School and HR Director
BA-Integrative Leadership Studies, Minor-Human Development from UW-Green Bay


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Mrs. Barbara Barth
US Administrative SupportUpper School

6 Years Experience: Installation Account Manager

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Mrs. Bonnie Benes
Head of Middle SchoolAdministration

Master of Science, Administrative Leadership, UW-Milwaukee, 1989
BS, Physical Education/Athletic Training, UW-Madison, 1978


Classroom Links

Health 7 Google Calendar


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Ms. Sarah Berkey
Social Studies TeacherUpper School

B.A. Political Science, Minor: History, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
M.A. in History, DePaul University, Chicago, IL

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Mrs. Kathryn Boero
Head of Primary SchoolAdministration

BA, Elementary Education/Learning Disabilities, Carthage College, 1978

M.Ed., Education Administration, Carthage College, 2013

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Dr. Michael Boticki PH.D.
School Psychologist
  • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Marquette University
  • M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona, MN
  • B.A. in Psychology and Sociology, Viterbo College, LaCrosse, WI
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Mr. Corey Brandt
Assistant Director of FacilitiesMaintenance/Facilities
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Mr. Jake Bray
Technical Theatre DirectorTheatre

B.S., Theatre, Design & Production – California State University Fullerton

M.F.A., Theatre Design – Brandeis University

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Mr. Jamie Breiwick
TeacherInstrumental Music

B.S., Music Education – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

M.S., Education – University of Wisconsin – La Crosse


Google Calendar

Performing Arts

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Mr. James Broetzmann
Middle School TeacherScience

MS, Environmental Science & Policy, UW-Green Bay, 1996
BS, Biology, UW-Green Bay, 1993


Classroom Links

Science 7 Calendar Google Calendar

Science 8 Calendar Google Calendar

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Ms. Abby Brzezinski
Early School TeacherPrimary School
  • B.S. in Early Childhood Education, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Certification in Wisconsin Early Childhood Education; Cultures and Communities
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Mr. Blake Burgess
US Mathematics TeacherMathematics
  • Master of Science in Mathematics Education, Pace University, New York City, NY
  • Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Theatre, New Concord, OH
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Mrs. Theresa Carpenter
Early School TeacherPrimary School

BS, Exceptional Education Certification, UW-Milwaukee, 1986
Hearing Impaired Certification, 1987

Faculty Web Page

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Ms. Kelsey Cassidy
Early School TeacherPrimary School
  • B.S. in Foundations of Education/Early Childhood, University of Minnesota
  • Graduate Student in Early Childhood Education, University of Minnesota
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Mrs. Jennifer Chiapete
Primary School Academic Support TeacherCompass Team

BA, Education, UW Oshkosh

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Mrs. Jenny Cobb
Middle School TeacherEnglish

Masters in Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, Health Education and Promotion, 1993

BA in Anthropology and Education, Lawrence University Appleton, WI 1986

Classroom Links

English 7 Google Calendar

English 8 Google Calendar 

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Nathaniel W. Coffman
Head of SchoolAdministration


  • Headmaster at York Country Day School in York, Pennsylvania​ ​
  • ​Dean​ at Bishop School in La Jolla, California
  • ​Executive Director at the FXW School Chicago, Illinois
  • ​Dean​, Faculty Member ​& Coach ​at The Latin School in Chicago, Illinois
  • ​Class Dean​, Faculty Member ​& Coach ​at ​Fenwick High School Oak Park​, Illinois
  • ​Director of College Counseling, Faculty Member & Coach at La Lumiere School, LaPorte, Indiana
  • ​U.S. History​,​ Government​ &​​ English​ Teacher


  • Ed.D. University of Pennsylvania
  • M.N.A. University of Notre Dame
  • B.A. Claremont McKenna College
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Ms. Claire Costello
MS & US TeacherEnglish

M.A. Candidate, English – Breadloaf School of English, Middlebury College
B.A., English – Carleton College

Classroom Links

9th Grade Blog


9th Grade Blog

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Mrs. Kirsten Cousin
3rd Grade TeacherPrimary School

BA, International Affairs, University of Colorado

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Mr. Richard Craig
MS/US TeacherMath & Science

MS, Organic Chemistry, Marquette University, 1993
BS, Chemistry, UW-Milwaukee, 1985

Faculty Web Page

Classroom Links

Survey of Chemistry Google Calendar

6th Grade Pre-Algebra Google Calendar

Intro to Algebra Google Calendar

Robotics 1 Google Calendar


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Ms. Elizabeth Davis
Upper School TeacherEnglish

Masters in Education, University of Notre Dame

Classroom Links

English 9 Davis Google Calendar

English 11 Google Calendar

AP English Google Calendar 

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Tony DeFranco
Academic IT Support Specialist (pt)Technology

Education: Attending Gateway majoring in Computer Science.

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Ms. Brianna Doyle
PS/MS TeacherFine Arts

BS-Art Education, UW- Madison

Classroom Links

5th Grade Art Google Calendar

7/8 Ceramics Google Calendar

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Mrs. Lisa Eaton
ELL Support TeacherCompass Team
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Mr. Timothy Ellis
Physical Education Teacher, CoachUS

MA, Education, Miami University (Ohio) | BS, Recreation, Springfield College

Classroom Links

5/6 Grade PE Google Calendar

US PE Concepts Google Calendar

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Mr. Brian Fenkl
Facilities Team MemberFacilities
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Mr. James Fiers (JT)
Food Service Cook
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Dr. Maria Fiocchi
US TeacherWorld Language/Spanish
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Ms. Melissa Flynn
US Mathematics TeacherMathematics

M.A. Education: University of Notre Dame – Notre Dame, Indiana
B.S.  Mathematics and Theatre: University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indian

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Mrs. Kim Forsman
PS Administrative SupportPrimary School

Associates Degree in Business Management, Milwaukee Technical College.

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Dr. John French
Upper School TeacherSocial Studies
B.A. in History (minor in Geography), University of Wyoming 2004
M.A. in History, University of Wyoming 2006
Ph.D. in History, Marquette University 2012

Classroom Links


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Mrs. Melissa Gallert
Food Service ManagerFood Service

Culinary Arts, Associate Degree, MPTC Fond du Lac, 1994

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Mrs. Alicia Gasser
Middle School TeacherEnglish

Master Degree, Curriculum and the Arts, Lesley University, 2002
BS, Elementary Education 1-6 English Minor, UW-Milwaukee, 1999

Faculty Web Page

Classroom Links

5th Grade English Google Calendar

6th Grade English Google Calendar

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Mrs. Kim Goelz NP
School Nurse (Part Time)Compass Team


Kim currently serves as our part-time school nurse.  She provides continued health and wellness care to our students.

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Mrs. Mari Grobschmidt
Learning Specialist for grades 7-12

BA, Elementary Education, Carthage College, 2002
MA, Instructional Leadership, Alverno College, 2012

Classroom Link

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Mr. Austin Gundlach
Assistant Director of DevelopmentDevelopment

BA, Business, Cardinal Stritch University, 2012
BA, Art – Graphic Design, Cardinal Stritch University, 2012

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Mrs. Jan Hagopian
Library Assistant

BS, Economics, UW-Madison, 1979

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Mrs. Dana Handrow
Speech PathologistCompass Team

B.S. Speech Communication – University of Wisconsin – Whitewater
M.S., Communication Sciences and Disorders – University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire

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Julie Heldt
Food Service/Facilities Team MemberFood Service/Facilities
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Mrs. Christine Henke Mueller
Primary School Teacher4th Grade

BA, Religious Studies, Mount Mary College, 1987

Classroom Link

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Ms. Emily Henkel
ES Educational AssistantPrimary School
  • B.S. in Elementary Education, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
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Ms. Stephanie Hoffman
ES Educational AssistantPrimary School
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Mrs. Susan Holum
Primary School Teacher/Co-Chair English ES-6th1st Grade

MS, Reading, Northeastern Illinois University, 1994
BS, Education, Miami University, 1990

Classroom Link

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Barbara Hoppa-Swanson
PS Educational AssistantPrimary School
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Ms. Erin Housiaux
Upper School English Teacher / Co-Department ChairEnglish

B.A., Cum Laude, English and Education, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
Masters of  Educational Leadership, Florida International University, Miami, FL

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Mr. Tim Ipsen
5/6 Strings Teacher (Part Time)Performing Arts
  • B.A in Music Performance, Columbia College – Chicago, IL
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Mrs. Camille Jensen-Guion RN
School NurseCompass Team

BSN, Edgewood College

Camille currently serves as our school nurse.  She provides continued health and wellness care to our students.

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Mr. Jerome Jones
Facilities Team MemberFacilities
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Ms. Michelle Jones
Facilities Team MemberFacilities
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Mr. Matthew Joost
P.E./Health Education TeacherFaculty

BS-Physical/Health Education, Carroll University

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Mr. Steve Joost
Assistant Head of School for Finance & Operations/C.F.O.Administration

BS, Accounting and Information Science, Carroll College, 1983

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Mr. John Kirt
Facilities Team MemberFacilities
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Mrs. Lisa Koleske SHRM-CP
Director of Human ResourcesHuman Resources

SHRM-CP Certification

Certification in Human Resources

Concordia University, 2007


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Mr. Mark Krekling
Night Maintenance Supervisor Coach-Asst., Varsity BaseballAthletics
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Mrs. Kathryn LaLonde
Primary School Teacher3rd Grade

BA, Elementary Education K-8, Marquette University, 2007

Classroom webpage

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Hannah Lane
US TeacherSpanish

MA, Spanish Language and Literature, Marquette University, 2010.

Classroom Links:

Spanish 1 Google Calendar

Spanish 4 Google Calendar

Spanish 5 Google Calendar

AP Spanish 5 Google Calendar


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Mr. Jason Lees
Facilities Team Member
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Mrs. Kim Leinweber
Primary School Teacher2nd Grade

BA, Business Management, Early Childhood, Alverno College
MS, Concordia University of Wisconsin, 2010

Classroom Link

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Mr. Shaun Liesch
Assistant Director of Athletics, Director of Fitness Center, Strength and Conditioning CoachAthletics

B.S., Health and Fitness Leadership – University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point

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Mr. Jacob Lipor
Director of Extended Day, Summer on the Prairie and Hawks Haven ProgramsStay and Play
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Mrs. Molly Lofquist Johnson
Senior Director of AdmissionMarketing/ Admissions

BS, Sociology, UW-Madison, 1994

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Elizabeth Long
Primary School Education AssistantPrimary School
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Jill MacDougall
Learning SpecialistCompass Team

BA-Elementary Ed. LD; CD, Carthage College

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Ms. Kathleen McCleary
Primary School Educational Assistant
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Mrs. Margaret McDonough
Co-Director of College CounselingUpper School

Teaching License, Alverno College, 2002
BA, English, Smith College, 1980

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Mr. Everett McKinney
Associate Head of School & Head of Upper SchoolUpper School

MA, French, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1982
BA, French, Music, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1979

Faculty Web Page

Classroom Links

French 1 Google Calendar

French 2 Google Calendar

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Mr. Alan Mills
Middle School Teacher, Varsity Girls’ Basketball Head CoachYears at Prairie: 9Social Studies
  • MS, Education, University of Kansas, 2000
  • BS, Education, University of Kansas, 1994
  • BA, Political Science, University of Kansas, 1990


Why did you choose to become a teacher?

I enjoy coaching and working with young people. A friend, 20 years ago, who was a teacher and coach, told me it might be a good career move, since I was a good coach, worked well with the kids, and enjoyed it. I learned quickly that teaching was no different from coaching basketball or tennis. The only thing that changed was the content. Otherwise, the same interpersonal skills were required. Years later my mother showed me something I’d written when I was in junior high. Turns out back then I also wanted to be a teacher. I must have forgotten about that, but deep down it was clearly a lifelong passion.

What inspires you?

I think I’m inspired when the children I serve are learning and having fun.  The key moment is when they have that spark, when they connect the information they are learning to something in their own experience, or when they really seem to “get it” and everything clicks.  I see those moments in the classroom and on the court.  Both are equally rewarding as a teacher.

What do you most appreciate and/or love about Prairie School?

It’s hard to put my finger on just one thing. I appreciate the families that send their children to school here. Many work hard and make sacrifices to allow their children to attend Prairie. I appreciate the hard work of the children I serve, many of whom don’t yet know their full potential, yet they strive for it each day. I appreciate my colleagues and the professionalism and effort they bring to school each day. I appreciate my immediate supervisor for truly caring about the faculty and staff at Prairie. I love getting up everyday and coming to work.

What do you hope is your legacy as a teacher?

I hope there might be one student who feels I had a positive impact on their life. But, I’m not seeking any recognition. I come to work everyday and work hard because I love my job and the children I serve. The ability to tell people I teach at Prairie is legacy enough.



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Mrs. Melissa Mills
PS Science CoordinatorScience

MS, Education, University of Kansas, 2002
BS, Education, University of Kansas, 1995

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Mrs. Meagen Moore
Middle School TeacherMiddle School

Bachelors of Arts Degree in History from Boston University

Classroom Links

6th Grade Social Studies Google Calendar

Lewis and Clark Google Calendar

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Ms. Sheena Moore
Primary Education AssistantPrimary School

Licentiateship in Business and Agriculture, Askham Bryan College, England, 1985

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Ms. Bev Mrozek
Food Service Team MemberFood Service
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Ms. Arooj Mukarram
US TeacherScience – Physics

B.S., Physics & Math – Quaid-i-Azam University

Graduate Certificate in Teaching & Learning, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

M.S. Physics – University of Wisconsin Milwaukee


Classroom Links

Honors Physics Google Calendar

Physics Google Calendar

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Mr. Zachary Nacev
US Humanities TeacherHumanities
  • B.A. in History, with a minor Latin American Studies, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
  • M.A. in Social Science, University of Chicago
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Mrs. Liz Nass
Accounts Payable / Payroll ManagerBusiness Office

Associate Degree, Supervisory Management, Gateway, 1995

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Mrs. Tara Nelson
Business Office Administrative Assistant
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Mr. Brendan O’Brien
Director of CommunicationsMarketing & Communications

BA – English-Writing, Edgewood College, 2005
BA – History, Edgewood College, 2005

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Mrs. Melody Owsley
Physical Education TeacherPrimary School, Middle School, Upper School

MS, Athletic Administration, Illinois State University, 1989
BS, Physical Education & Health, Murray State University, 1987


Classroom Links

5th Grade Physical Education Google Calendar

6th Grade Physical Education Class Google Calendar


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Dori Panthofer
Administrative Support/AthleticsAthletics

BA-Business Administration-Marketing, UW-Milwaukee

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Mr. Fletcher Paulsen
Vocal MusicTheatre, Performing Arts

B.M.E., Carthage College

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Mrs. Aliya Pitts
Assistant Head of School for Community RelationsMarketing

BA – History, Smith College, 2003

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Alice Place
PS Spanish TeacherWorld Language

BA-Bilingual Education, Neatherlands School

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Mr. Aaron Poling
Food Service Team Member
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Mrs. Jane Raufus
Administrative Support/Welcome DeskStaff

Associate of Arts and Science, Elgin Community College, 1973

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Mr. Bill Reid
Resident ArtistArt

Bill Reid has been part of the Prairie family for 42 years and counting. Graduating from Prairie in 1973, he’s now a valued and tenured member of our faculty and visual arts department. He also serves as Prairie’s Artist in Residence, a program uncommonly found in other independent schools.

Surrounded by a conglomeration of colorful odds and ends, scrap metal, and welding equipment, Bill can be found quietly torching together his creations piece by piece. His artwork decorates our campus halls with color and imagination and serves as inspiration for young artists. His most unique pieces are derived from simple puns including animal names and adjectives, such as “The Distanteater” and “The Artelope.” Every piece has a story that helps drive the clever word plays and design.

When asked about his time at Prairie, Bill shared:

I like the little things at Prairie. It is and always has been about the kids. I like when the little wee wogs knock on the dining room windows to see what is new. It is always fun and informative when I talk to them about what I am up to. In return, they share their opinions about my work, and I couldn’t be more appreciative.

Stepping Outside of the Classroom

Early this winter, Bill stepped out of his workspace and hosted a series of story hours with Primary School students. Bill’s creative nature came to life in his book Bunnski Goes to Albunnia that he authored and illustrated last winter. Students were treated to a fascinating story derived from a simple idea. Bill shares,

It was a crazy cold winter last year as we know.  So it was partly just a thing to get me outside and also something to make up a story about my little sculptures. The ice formations down by the lake were fantastic and the late afternoon light was very beautiful. I thought a little skiing bunny, Bunnski, would be a great little beast to put out on the ice landscapes and by putting the camera really close, everything looked monumental. The story developed with Bunnski’s snowmobile and other creatures he met along the way to Albunnia, his homeland.

Beyond Prairie

Bill’s work is recognized nationally and has received numerous awards. Several times over the last few years, Prairie has been honored to welcome outside organizations who have chosen to highlight his work. This February, Bill’s work will be recognized in a paperback book called Artists’ Holmes and Studios by E. Ashley Rooney. The book recognizes over 100 artists around the country. In January, Bill also received a spotlight on Milwaukee Public Televisions’, The Arts Page. Camera crews filmed segments in his home and studio on Prairie’s campus for a sneak peak into this amazing artist’s life.

And there is more to come! Over the next few months, Bill is collaborating with the Racine Art Museum (RAM) on two projects. One includes an evening exhibition showcasing historical artworks from both the RAM and The Prairie School in honor of our school’s 50th celebration. Various pieces of Bill’s work will also be on display that evening. Bill also received a fellowship from the RAM that will result in a showcase at Racine’s Wustum Museum in August with three other artists.

We couldn’t be more honored and inspired to have such an accomplished artist and friend be a part of our Prairie community.

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Mrs. Brittany Reuwer
Advancement Database Associate
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Mrs. Carla Rivera
MS/US TeacherForeign Language
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Ms. Dena Roncone
Theatre Director/Drama TeacherPerforming Arts

M.A. Theater Education – Emerson College, Boston MA
B.A. Theater – University at Buffalo, The State University – Buffalo, NY

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Mrs. Lynne Santalucia
Upper School TeacherMathematics

B.S.B.A – Marketing from Shippensburg University, PA.

Bachelors Degree in Mathematics from Kutztown University, PA.

  • Honor Society Member of Phi Theta Kappa (Academics).
  • Honor Society Member of Phi Mu Epsilon (Mathematics).

Classroom Links:

Algebra 1 1A



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Mr. Nich Schafer
PS Physical Education TeacherPhysical Education

BS, Physical Education K-12, UW-Whitewater 2000

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Mrs. Shannon Schafer
MS/US TeacherScience

M Ed, Curriculum & Instruction, UW-Milwaukee, 2004
BS, Major in Biology & Minor in Chemistry, UW-Milwaukee, 2000

Faculty Web Page

Classroom Links

Anatomy Google Calendar

Biology Google Calendar

Science 8 Calendar Google Calendar

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Mrs. Carol Schmidlkofer
Advancement Administrative Assistant
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Ms. Vicki Schmitz
Art Teacher / Department ChairVisual Arts

B.A. in Art Education & B.F.A. in Printmaking – University of Northern Iowa
Klingenstein Summer Institute, Teachers College Columbia University
Fully funded fellowship, summer institute for early career teachers
M.F.A. in Art Education – University of Northern Iowa

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Mr. Klay Shannon
Director of TechnologyTechnology

MA, Technology in Education, Lesley College, 1999
BS, Education Grades 1-8, UW-Milwaukee, 1994

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Mrs. Allyson Smalley
PS/MS TeacherMusic

BA Music & K-12 Music Education; Luther College, 2010

Orff Certification- Levels I, II, III

Classroom Links

5/6 Production Google Calendar

5/6 Drumming Google Calendar

7/8 Music Technology Google Calendar


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Mrs. Edith Soghomonian
World Language – French
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Ms. Valerie Olmstead Sprunger
PS First Grade Teacher

B.S. in Early and Middle Child Education – Butler University,  Indianapolis, IN
M.A. Education-Reading Specialist – Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL

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Mr. Galen Steig
Advisor to the Faculty for Innovation

MS, Library & Information Science, UW-Milwaukee, 1999
BS, Biology & Broad-field Science, UW-Whitewater, 1987


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Mrs. Michele Steig
Primary School TeacherKindergarten

BSE in Elementary Education, UW-Whitewater, 1984

Classroom Link

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Ms. Sarah Titus
US Social Studies TeacherSocial Studies
  • Ph.D. in Art History, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • M.A. in Archaeological Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • B.A. in Art History, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
  • Fluent in Spanish, Italian and French
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Mrs. Sarah Turek
MS/US Science TeacherScience
  • The Prairie School, Long Term Substitute
  • RUSD, Biology Teacher, since 2003
  • B.A. – Education, Carthage College
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Mrs. Christine Uebe
Administrative Support/College CounselingStaff
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Mr. Jim Vass
Director of Facilities/OperationsFacilities
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Ms. Crystal Vesperman
Upper School TeacherMathematics

Ph.D., ABD Mathematics Education – Indiana University, Summa Cum Laude

M. Ed., Education – Cardinal Stritch University, Summa Cum Laude

B.A., Mathematics – Carthage College, Magna Cum Laude


Classroom Links

AP Statistics

Precalculus A

Precalculus AB

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Mrs. Carmen Warren
Middle School Teacher/ES-6th Math ChairMathematics
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Dr. Jean Weaver
US Teacher Science/Sustainability Dept. ChairScience

PH.D. Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Ohio State
BS, Science (biology), University of Michigan

Faculty Web Page

Classroom Links

AP Chemistry Google Calendar

Chemistry Google Calendar

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McKenzie Weaver
Director of the SRC/LibrarianPrimary School, Middle School, Upper School

MSED, Learning, Design & Technology, University of Georgia

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Dr. Rebecca Wheeler
Upper School TeacherEnglish

PhD, English, Ball State University, 2002
MA, English, State University of NY at Binghamton, 1989
BA, English and Education, University of Northern Iowa, 1987

Classroom Links

AP English Google Calendar

English 10 Google Calendar

English 12 Google Calendar

Genre Writing Google Calendar

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Mrs. Katie White
Primary School TeacherKindergarten

University of Wisconsin- Madison. Bachelor of Science- Fine Art. December, 2000.

Universtiy of Wisconsin-Parkside. Teaching Certification Pre-K-3rd Grade. May, 2012.


Classroom Link

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Mrs. Marcia Wilks
Primary School Teacher4th Grade

BS, Science, UW-Whitewater, 2000

Classroom Link

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Mr. Kevin Will
Upper School Science TeacherUpper School

MS, Science, Emporia State University of Kansas, 1982
BS Science, Southwestern College of Kansas, 1980

Faculty Web Page

Classroom Links

AP Biology Google Calendar

AP Env. Google Calendar

Biology Google Calendar


Biology Google Calendar

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Mr. Mark Winnen
PS Educational AssistantPrimary School
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Ms. Alison Wojahn
Middle School Teacher & Tech Support SpecialistWorld Language/Chinese/Tech
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Ms. Holly Wolf-Mattick
Glass Studio Manager (Part Time)Art
  • M.F.A. in Sculpture/Glass, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • B.F.A. in Ceramics, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
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Mrs. Elena Wright
Facilities Team MemberFacilities
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Mr. Luke Yehlen
MS & US Mathematics TeacherMathematics
  • Certification in Secondary Math Education, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • B.S. in Kinesiology, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, St. Paul, MN
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Mr. Jim Zielinski
Co-Director of College CounselingCollege Counseling

M.S., Education – Alfred University, New York

B.S., Business Administration – SUNY Fredonia

Director of Admissions at Beloit College for the last 20 years

Member of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling and several state and regional affiliates.

Board of Directors of the College that Change Lives Consortium and Tour

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Mrs. Karen Zimmerman BSN
School Nurse (Part Time)Compass Team


Karen currently serves as our part-time school nurse.  She provides continued health and wellness care to our students.

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Mrs. Lynn Zobel
Middle School Administrative AssistantMiddle School