Madison Country Day School faculty and staff are recruited nationally and internationally and are passionate about teaching and building an exceptional school community.  Our faculty and staff are enormously important to the nature of the School because of their deep knowledge and experience in their subjects and their dedication to the teaching profession. Their application of effective teaching techniques and their true love of children are vital to our students’ academic success.

Over half of MCDS faculty have an advanced degree in their field and the average faculty member has 15 years of teaching experience upon which to draw.  MCDS strongly supports the ongoing education of its faculty and staff through a wide range of professional development opportunities.

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Ms. Portia Adney
MS Assistant Teacher
BA, CUNY Hunter College

Talking isn’t doing. It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds.

—Henry VIII (William Shakespeare)
Ms. Ana Bañomera
MS/HS Spanish
BA, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador
BA, Kalamazoo College
MS, Boston University

Caminante, no hay camino. Se hace camino al andar. Traveler, there is no path. The path must be forged as you walk.

—Antonio Machado
Ms. Linda Branzolewski
MS Music
BME, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MME, Vander Cook College of Music

If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.

Mr. Bob Camosy
History/Geography/Social Studies Department Chair,
HS History
BA, University of Notre Dame

Be excellent to each other.

—Bill (or was it Ted?)
Mr. Mark Childs
HS English, IB Coordinator
BA, Monmouth College
MA, University of Maryland

Simple design, intense content.

—Edward Tufte
Mr. Drew Ciancia
MS/HS History
BS, Cornell University
MA, University of Michigan
MA, University College London
JD, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Nature gave us two ears and one mouth so we can listen twice as much as we speak.

Ms. Lydiette Clariz Calderon‑Cancel
MS Spanish
BA, Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico

Lo que importa es cuanto amor ponemos en el trabajo que realizamos. It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.

—Madre Teresa
Mr. Jeremy Clements
Athletics/Physical Education Department Chair, Athletic Director, MS/HS Physical Education
BS, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.

—Frederick Douglas
Mr. Eric Cooke
BS, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.

Ms. Katherine Dalland
English/Language Arts Department Chair, MS Humanities
BA, Westmont College
MA, George Mason University

Words are not only meaning, but music and magic and power.

—Frederick Beuchner
Ms. Liz Davison
School Counselor
BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MS, Capella University

Whether we’re a preschooler or a young teen, a graduating college senior or a retired person, we human beings all want to know that we’re acceptable, that our being alive somehow makes a difference in the lives of others.

—Fred Rogers
Ms. Sue Deakman
BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Find the magic in each day.

Ms. Stephanie Derr
BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.

—Helen Keller
Ms. Laura Dry
Seventh grade English and History
BA, Arizona State University
MEd, Arizona State University

The really great people make you feel that you, too, can become great.

—Mark Twain
Mr. Jake Eaton
Science Department Chair, MS Science
BA, Carleton College
MS, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Leap in, get stuck, push through.

Ms. Anne Gustafson
LS Art
BA, Lawrence University
BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he/she grows up.

—Pablo Picasso
Ms. Beth Hall
Fourth Grade
BS, Edgewood College
MA, Cardinal Stritch University

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.

—Antoine de St Exupery, The Little Prince
Ms. Sarah Harrison
Educational Assistant

The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it is possible.

—Lewis Carroll
Ms. Karen Hendrickson
HS Japanese
BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

—Ferris Bueller
Ms. Patricia Jaume
World Language/Spanish/
Japanese Department Chair, MS/HS Spanish
BA, Instituto Nacional del Profesorado

So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

—Jorge Luis Borges
Ms. Brittany Judkins
MS/HS Mathematics
BS, Beloit College
MA, Edgewood College

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.

—Maya Angelou
Ms. Sarah Kendrick
MS Science
BS, University of New Hampshire

Maybe it won’t work out. But maybe seeing if it does will be the best adventure ever.

Ms. Kelly Kirsh
LS Spanish
BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Change your thoughts and you change your world.

—Norman Vincent Peale
Mr. Matt Koehler
Director of College Counseling
MS, Austin Peay State University

An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.

—Mahatma Gandhi
Ms. Michelle Kramer
HS Sciences (Chemistry, Physics, and IB Chemistry)
BS, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MS, Mississippi State University

Stay curious!

Ms. Evelyn Lasky
HS English
BA, Rice University
MA, University of South Carolina-Columbia

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit.

Ms. Kristina Luedtke
Second Grade
BS, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.

Ms. Jana Martin
Extended Day
Mr. Raymond Nall
HS Science
MEd, Michigan State University

Question what you know. Care for those less fortunate. Always ask questions and never stop learning.

Ms. Theresa Nall
Educational Assistant
BA, Western Washington University
MEd, Chapman University

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

—Albert Einstein
Dr. Natalia Navarro Albaladejo
MS/HS Spanish
BA, University of Alicante
MA, University of Rhode Island
PhD, The Pennsylvania State University

Don’t give up, please don’t give way, even if the cold burns, even if fear bites, even if the sun sets, and the wind goes silent, there is still fire in your soul. There is still life in your dreams.

—M. Benedetti
Ms. Maheen Ott
BS, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

When you doubt your power you give power to your doubt.

Ms. Shelley Petzold
LS/MS Science
BS, Valparaiso University
MS, University of Maryland

Somewhere something incredible is waiting to be known.

—Carl Sagan
Ms. Erica Prosser
MS Mathematics
BA, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.

—Robert Frost
Ms. Karla Rempe
MS History and English
BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MA, Chapman University

This is your world. Shape it or someone else will.

Ms. Julie Rimkus
First Grade
BS, Northwestern University
MS, Northwestern University

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

—Antoine de Saint Exupery
Ms. Jackie Rose
Third Grade
BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison

I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.

—John O'Donohue
Ms. Erin Rumschlag
Resource Teacher, Director of After School Programs
MA, Lee University

[W]hatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Ms. Danika Rzentkowski
LS Music, LS Music Department Coordinator
BS, Edgewood College

You learn by making mistakes! Never give up.

Ms. Rattanjit Sachdeva
Pre-Kindergarten Educational Assistant
BA, BBK DAV College, India
Ms. Annemieke Savert
Second Grade

Never put off for tomorrow, what you can do today.

Mr. Jon Schipper
Music Department Chair,
MS/HS Music, Band
BME, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Practice like you’ve never won, and perform like you’ve never lost.

—Bernard Asuncion
Ms. Bethany Schmidt
Lower School PE
BS, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse

Live in such a way that if someone spoke badly of you, no one would believe it.

Ms. Bethany Schultz
Woodwind Instructor

The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake—you can’t learn anything from being perfect.

—Adam Osborne
Ms. Laura Soden
Mathematics Department Chair,
MS/HS Mathematics
BS, Hamline University

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

—Theodore Roosevelt
Ms. Margaret Stansfield
MS/HS Music, Choir
BA, Luther College

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.

—Joseph Chilton Pearce
Mr. Aaron Steffes
MS Art
BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MFA, Hunter College

It is an artist’s duty to be on the wrong end of the see-saw.

—Billy Childish
Mr. Jeffrey Stenroos
MS Humanities
BS, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
MA, University of St. Thomas
EdS, University of St. Thomas

The person doing the work is the person who is learning. So let’s get working!

—adapted from Harry Wong, with addendum from Mr. Stenroos
Ms. Elizabeth Stevens
Fourth Grade
BS, University of Minnesota
MEd, University of Minnesota

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”

—Mother Theresa
Ms. Julia Taylor
Art Department Chair, HS Art
BA, National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, Kiev, Ukraine
MA, National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, Kiev, Ukraine
MFA, University of Wisconsin-Madison

I share my enthusiasm for and expertise in visual arts with others through my teaching. I encourage students to collaborate by blending their ideas with honest feedback to enhance each other’s creations. By creating a classroom environment where each of us care for and help each other, I foster a supportive relationship among students which helps them become attentive and thoughtful young artists.

Mr. Ray Tenebruso
MS/HS Mathematics
BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison

An equation means nothing to me unless it expresses a thought of God.

—Srinivasa Ramanujan
Mr. Philip Tietze
Orchestra Teacher
BM, Indiana University
MM, University of Southern California

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.

—Aldous Huxley
Ms. Kim VanBrocklin
Student Services Coordinator
BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison

I think that it is truly possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.

—Elon Musk
Mr. James Wagoner
Theater Director
MFA, Illinois State University

When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.

—Helen Keller
Ms. Kristin Warner
LS Music
BME, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Never, ever, ever, ever give up.

—Winston Churchill
Ms. Amanda Webb
HS Biology/9th grade Science
MA, University of Virginia

It is not the strongest of the species who survives, nor the most intelligent—it is the one most adaptable to change.

—Charles Darwin
Ms. Cathy Wendt
LS Educational Assistant

If you have a garden and a Library you have everything you need.

Ms. Tara White
Lower School Spanish
BA, University of Dayton
MA, The Ohio State University

Be the change you wish to see in the world.

—Mahatma Gandhi
Mr. Galen Wiese
Third Grade
BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MA, San Jose State University

Go outside, breathe deeply and take in the beauty that surrounds you.

Ms. Barbara Wolfman
LS Music
BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison
BS, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Ms. Cindy Wotruba
First Grade
BS, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
MS, Marian College

Laugh, and the world laughs with you: Weep and you weep alone. For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth but has trouble enough of its own.

—Ella Wheeler Wilcox