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 16 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.

Portia Adney

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)
Keri Allard

Keri Allard

Associate Director of Enrollment

BS, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Nelson Mandela
Diane Angelucci

Diane Angelucci

School Secretary

All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.

Michael John Bobak
Dana Asmuth

Dana Asmuth

Director of Advancement

BBA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MBA, Harvard Business School

Ana Banomera

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
Logan Beatty

Logan Beatty

Educational Assistant

BS, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

The answer cannot be found in the writing of others.

Kristine Bengtson

Kristine Bengtson

Middle School Music

BFA, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
MM, University of South Florida–Tampa
MM, Temple University-Philadelphia
DMA, University of Wisconsin-Madison

My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary. Martin Luther
Holly Bobula

Holly Bobula

Web & Graphic Designer

BM, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MM, Wichita State University

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)

Walt Whitman
John Bosben

John Bosben

Extended Day Assistant
Patty Breun

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.
Mark Brooks

Mark Brooks

Head of School

JD, Loyola Law School
AB, University Of Southern California-Los Angeles

Katy Carlson

Katy Carlson

Educational Assistant

BS, University Wisconsin-Whitewater

If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.

Henry Ford
Allison Chanson

Allison Chanson

Extracurricular Programs Coordinator & Director of Extended Day

BA, Beijing Sport University
MS, Indiana University

From small beginnings come great things.

Mark Childs

Mark Childs

MYP, DP and IB Coordinator

BA, Monmouth College
MA, University of Maryland

Simple design, intense content.

Edward Tufte
Drew Ciancia

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
Jeremy Clements

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
Andrew Collins

Andrew Collins

Educational Assistant, Extended Day

BA, Art Institute of Colorado

Genius is eternal patience.

Michelangelo
Eric Cooke

Eric Cooke

Physical Education

BS, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

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

Sergio Cotton

Sergio Cotton

MS Spanish

BA, University of New Mexico
MA, University of New Mexico

Katherine Dalland

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
Allison Dickman

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
Amber Dolphin

Amber Dolphin

Middle & High School Music: Orchestra

BA, Luther College
MM, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jake Eaton

Jake Eaton

Middle School Science

BA, Carleton College
MS, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Leap in, get stuck, push through.

Eliza Dollete

Eliza Dollete

Educational Assistant
B.A Northern Illinois University
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new Albert Einstein
Elizabeth Evans

Elizabeth Evans

Enrollment Assistant

BS, Northern Illinois University

The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members

Coretta Scott King
Elizabeth Everitt

Elizabeth Everitt

Health Office Assistant
BA, Macalester College
Rachel Fleming

Rachel Fleming

Assistant to the Head of School

ALA, Madison College

The truth is always exciting. Speak it, then. Life is dull without it.

Pearl S. Buck
Allison Geisler

Allison Geisler

Lower School Reading Specialist

BS, Arizona State University

Iason Giagtzoglou

Iason Giagtzoglou

Lower School Piano

BM, University of Macedonia-Thessaloniki, Greece
MM, California State University-Long Beach

You'll come to learn a great deal if you study the Insignificant in depth.

Odysseus Elytis (Poet of the 20th century)
Emily Glick

Emily Glick

Theatre Director

BFA, University of Michigan

Bailee Greer

Bailee Greer

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
Anne Gustafson

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
Beth Hall

Beth Hall

First 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
Tiffany Hanna

Tiffany Hanna

School Nurse

BS, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.

Eleanor Roosevelt
Minette Harris

Minette Harris

Third Grade

BEd, College of Agriculture Science And Education
MEd, Walden University

Molly Herdrich

Molly Herdrich

Second Grade

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

Live life in crescendo.

Stephen R. Covey
Andrew Holdmann

Andrew Holdmann

Middle School English and History

BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MEd, DePaul University

Patience and fortitude conquer all things

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Arie Hylkema

Arie Hylkema

ESL Instructor

BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Patricia Jaume

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
Heather Jones

Heather Jones

Development & Social Media Manager

BA, Saint Mary’s College, University of Notre Dame

Ben Kasten

Ben Kasten

High School History

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

Sarah Kendrick

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.

Matt Koehler

Matt Koehler

Director of College Counseling

MS, Austin Peay State University

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

Mahatma Gandhi
Michelle Kramer

Michelle Kramer

High School Science

BS, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MS, Mississippi State University

Stay curious!

Rachael Lancor

Rachael Lancor

Research Program Coordinator

BA, Hamilton College
MS, University of Rochester
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Every brilliant experiment, like every great work of art, starts with an act of imagination.

Jonah Lehrer
Julia Larson

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.

Peter Locke

Peter Locke

Head of High School

BA, Washington & Lee University
MA, Teachers College, Columbia University

Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.

Steven Wright
Zoe Lolis

Zoe Lolis

Fourth Grade

BS, Northeastern University
MA, Northeastern University

Never underestimate the value of just being you!

Nicole Long

Nicole Long

Second Grade

BS University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Kristina Luedtke

Kristina Luedtke

PYP Coordinator

BS, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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

Aristotle
Sheillah Lupao

Sheillah Lupao

IB English

BEd, University of Nairobi
MFA, Middlebury Bread Loaf

Just when the caterpillar thought her life was over, she began to fly
Amy Maier

Amy Maier

Head of Lower School

BS, Edgewood College

A smile takes but a moment, but the memory of it lasts forever.

Bonnie Manley

Bonnie Manley

Event Logistics/Photography

The meaning of life is to find your gift.

The purpose of life is to give it away.

William Shakespeare
Sean McAuley

Sean McAuley

Head of Middle School

BA, Hendrix College
MEd University of Arkansas
MA University of Northern Iowa

There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in

Desmond Tutu
Mostafa Modir Rousta

Mostafa Modir Rousta

High School Math Teacher

BS, Tehran Polytechnic
MS, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal
MBA, HEC de Montreal, Canada
EdD, Miami University

Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE. Joss Whedon
Mina Morichika

Mina Morichika

J-Leap Exchange Teacher

BA, Matsuyama University, Matsuyama, Japan

Where there is a will, there is a way
Raymond Nall

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.

Margy Newton

Margy Newton

Reception & Records

BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
JD, University of Wisconsin Law School

Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.

George Sand
Uyen Nguyen

Uyen Nguyen

Fourth Grade

BA, Hendrix College
MEd, University of Arkansas

Children are the living messages that we send into a time that we will not see. JFK
Maheen Ott

Maheen Ott

Third Grade

BS, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

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

Shelley Petzold

Shelley Petzold

Lower School Science

BS, Valparaiso University
MS, University of Maryland

Somewhere something incredible is waiting to be known.

Carl Sagan
Karla Rempe

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.

Kimberly Rhodes

Kimberly Rhodes

Pre-K Teacher

BS, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
MEd, Northern Illinois University

The expert in anything was once a beginner

Carlos Andrés Rojas

Carlos Andrés Rojas

High School Spanish

BA, Universidad del Quindío
MA, Marquette University

Laura Romeyn

Laura Romeyn

High School English

MFA, Columbia University
BA, St. Olaf College

Mackenzie Ruby

Mackenzie Ruby

IT Generalist
Danika Rzentkowski

Danika Rzentkowski

Music Department Coordinator; Lower School Music
BS, Edgewood College

You learn by making mistakes! Never give up.

Rattanjit Sachdeva

Rattanjit Sachdeva

Educational Assistant

BA, BBK DAV College, India

Always believe yourself that you can do it.

Jon Schipper

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
Bethany Schmidt

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.

Bethany Schultz

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
Zachary Sea

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
Roger Seaver

Roger Seaver

Director of Facilities
JBA, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Whether you think you can, or think you can't...you're right.

Margaret Stansfield

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
Galen Steig

Galen Steig

High School Math

BS, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
MS, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Like the Zen approach to archery or anything else, you identify the goal and then forget about it and focus on the process Yvon Chouinard
Hilary Stein

Hilary Stein

Business Office Coordinator

BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

Helen Keller
Julia Taylor

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
Megan Thornburgh

Megan Thornburgh

Student Services Coordinator & Assistant Head of Lower & Middle School

BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MA, Edgewood College

Alice Torti

Alice Torti

Director of Finance & Operations

BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MBA, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Logic is the beginning, not the end, of wisdom.

Spock
Ryan Trost

Ryan Trost

Facilities Assistant
Kayla Van Eperen

Kayla Van Eperen

Middle School Math

BA, Marquette University

Luis Varela

Luis Varela

Lower School Spanish

BS, Javeriana University, Cali, Colombia

Kristin Warner

Kristin Warner

Lower School Music
BME, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Never, ever, ever, ever give up.

Winston Churchill
Cathy Wendt

Cathy Wendt

Library Coordinator & Educational Assistant

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

Pamela Wentz

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
Shannon Whitmus

Shannon Whitmus

Kindergarten

BS, Edgewood College

Teachers encourage minds to think, hands to create, and hearts to love!

Kristen Wickert

Kristen Wickert

First Grade

BA, Willamette University
MAT, Pacific University

If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are an excellent leader Dolly Parton
Tara Williams

Tara Williams

IB Biology

BA, Wake Forest University
MS, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Kayla Witte

Kayla Witte

Kindergarten

BS, Drake University
MA, Viterbo University

Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace. Confucius
Tracie Zoll

Tracie Zoll

Educational Assistant
BS, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee