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.

Ms. Portia Adney
Educational Assistant, HS CAS Coordinator
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 Banomera
Middle & High School 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
Lower & Middle School 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.

Ms. Patty Breun
High School Japanese
BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Pay attention to the details along the way, but in the end it’s all about the big picture.

Mr. Mark Childs
High School English; International Baccalaureate Coordinator
BA, Monmouth College
MA, University of Maryland

Simple design, intense content.

—Edward Tufte
Mr. Drew Ciancia
Middle & High School 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
Middle School 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, Middle & High School Physical Education
BS, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.

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

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

Mr. Patrick Cyr
Middle & High School Mathematics
BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ms. Katherine Dalland
Language Arts Department Chair; Middle School Humanities
BA, Westmont College
MA, George Mason University

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

—Frederick Beuchner
Ms. Allison Dickman
Middle & High School Math
MEd, University of Wisconsin-Stout
BS, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Develop a passion for learning.  If you do, you will never cease to grow.

—Anthony D'Angelo
Mr. Jake Eaton
Middle School Science
BA, Carleton College
MS, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Leap in, get stuck, push through.

Ms. Anne Gustafson
Lower School 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. Molly Herdrich
Second Grade
BA, University of Iowa
MS, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Live life in crescendo.

—Stephen R. Covey
Mr. Andrew Holdmann
Middle School English and History
BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MEd, DePaul University

Patience and fortitude conquer all things

—Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ms. Patricia Jaume
World Languages Department Chair; Middle & High School 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
Mr. Ben Kasten
High School History
BA, Bowdoin College
MA, University of London
MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ms. Sarah Kendrick
Science Department Chair; Middle School 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
Lower School 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. Erica Kost
Middle & High School 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. Michelle Kramer
High School Science
BS, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MS, Mississippi State University

Stay curious!

Ms. Julia Larson
School Counselor
MS, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.

Ms. Bailee Liebe
Middle & High School Mathematics
BS, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

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

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

Ms. Jana Martin
Extended Day
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Be. Kind.

Mr. Raymond Nall
High School Science
MEd, Michigan State University

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

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

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

Ms. Shelley Petzold
Lower School Science
BS, Valparaiso University
MS, University of Maryland

Somewhere something incredible is waiting to be known.

—Carl Sagan
Ms. Karla Rempe
History Department Chair; Middle School History & 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
Music Department Coordinator; Lower School Music
BS, Edgewood College

You learn by making mistakes! Never give up.

Ms. Rattanjit Sachdeva
Pre-Kindergarten/Educational Assistant
BA, BBK DAV College, India

Always believe yourself that you can do it.

Ms. Annemieke Savert
Reading Specialist; Student Services Coordinator
BA, HMN the Netherlands
MEd, Viterbo University

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

Mr. Jon Schipper
Music Department Chair; Middle & High School 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 Physical Education
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
Middle & High School Music
BM, Arizona State University
MM, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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

—Adam Osborne
Mr. Zachary Sea
Middle School Art
MFA, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)
BFA, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)

An artist is someone who is capable of unveiling the invisible, not a producer of art objects.  The figure of the artist is very similar to that of the alchemist who transforms base metal into gold; an artist is someone who can put her or himself into a ‘transforming’ dimension. … Art reveals another reality.

—Shirazeh Houshiary
Ms. Margaret Stansfield
Middle & High School Music; Choir
BA, Luther College

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

—Joseph Chilton Pearce
Ms. Julia Taylor
Art Department Chair; High School 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

Learning never exhausts the mind.

—Leonardo da Vinci
Mr. Philip Tietze
MS/HS Music; Orchestra
BM, Indiana University
MM, University of Southern California

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

—Aldous Huxley
Ms. Kristin Warner
Lower School Music
BME, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Never, ever, ever, ever give up.

—Winston Churchill
Ms. Cathy Wendt
Educational Assistant

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

Ms. Pamela Wentz
Middle School Humanities
BS, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
MEd, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

—William Butler Yeats
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.

Mr. Laramie Wieseman
High School Science
BS, Beloit College

The power of imagination makes us infinite.

—John Muir
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