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

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

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. Wendy Bosben

Ms. Wendy Bosben

Kindergarten
Ms. Linda Branzolewski

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

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

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

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.

Epictetus
Ms. Lydiette Clariz Calderon‑Cancel

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

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

Mr. Eric Cooke

Physical Education

BS, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

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

Mr. Patrick Cyr

Mr. Patrick Cyr

Middle & High School Mathematics

BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ms. Katherine Dalland

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

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

Mr. Jake Eaton

Middle School Science

BA, Carleton College
MS, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Leap in, get stuck, push through.

Ms. Sally Gerlach

Ms. Sally Gerlach

Pre-Kindergarten

MA, Pacific University

Ms. Emily Glick

Ms. Emily Glick

Theater Director

BFA, University of Michigan

Ms. Anne Gustafson

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

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

Ms. Molly Herdrich

Second Grade

BA, University of Iowa
MS, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Live life in crescendo.

Stephen R. Covey
Mr. Andrew Holdmann

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

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

Mr. Ben Kasten

High School History

BA, Bowdoin College
MA, University of London
MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ms. Sarah Kendrick

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

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

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

Ms. Erica Kost

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

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

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

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

Ms. Kristina Luedtke

Second Grade

BS, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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

Aristotle
Ms. Jana Martin

Ms. Jana Martin

Extended Day

PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Be. Kind.

Mr. Raymond Nall

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

Ms. Maheen Ott

Third Grade

BS, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

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

Ms. Caitlin Palazzolo

Ms. Caitlin Palazzolo

Middle School Math

BS, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point 

Ms. Shelley Petzold

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

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

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
Mr. Carlos Andrés Rojas

Mr. Carlos Andrés Rojas

High School Spanish

PhD candidate, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Master's degree, Marquette University
Bachelor's degree, Universidad del Quindío

Ms. Laura Romeyn

Ms. Laura Romeyn

High School English

MFA, Columbia University
BA, St. Olaf College

Ms. Jackie Rose

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

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

Ms. Danika Rzentkowski

Music Department Coordinator; Lower School Music
BS, Edgewood College

You learn by making mistakes! Never give up.

Ms. Rattanjit Sachdeva

Ms. Rattanjit Sachdeva

Pre-Kindergarten/Educational Assistant
BA, BBK DAV College, India

Always believe yourself that you can do it.

Ms. Annemieke Savert

Ms. Annemieke Savert

Grade 4

BA, HMN the Netherlands
MEd, Viterbo University

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

Mr. Jon Schipper

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

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

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

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

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

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
Ms. Megan Thornburgh

Ms. Megan Thornburgh

Student Services Coordinator
Mr. Philip Tietze

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

Ms. Kristin Warner

Lower School Music
BME, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Never, ever, ever, ever give up.

Winston Churchill
Ms. Cathy Wendt

Ms. Cathy Wendt

Educational Assistant

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

Ms. Pamela Wentz

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
Ms. Shannon Whitmus

Ms. Shannon Whitmus

Kindergarten
Mr. Laramie Wieseman

Mr. Laramie Wieseman

High School Science
BS, Beloit College

The power of imagination makes us infinite.

John Muir
Ms. Cindy Wotruba

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