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.

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

Megan Bennett

Advancement Projects Coordinator

BS, Western Michigan University

Holly Bobula

Holly Bobula

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
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

Stephanie Burgess

LS Homeroom

BS, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
BS, Bemidji State University

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.

Cathleen Childs

IB Math

BS, University of British Columbia
BEd, University of British Columbia

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

Ruby Conrad

Lower School Spanish

BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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

Middle School 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

Danna Derksen

Educational Assistant

AID, Madison College

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

Aleksandra Drabik

Director of Finance & Operations

BS, Robert Morris University
MS, Northern Illinois University

Jake Eaton

Jake Eaton

Middle School Science

BA, Carleton College
MS, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Leap in, get stuck, push through.

Megan Ederer

School Secretary

BS, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Elizabeth Everitt

Elizabeth Everitt

Health Office Assistant
BA, Macalester College

Emma Everitt

Educational Assistant

BA, Luther College

Mackenzie Fandre

MS Art

BS, University of Wisconsin-Stout

Rachel Fleming

Rachel Fleming

Associate Director of Enrollment Management

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

Emily Glick

Emily Glick

Theatre Director

BFA, University of Michigan

Alexis Gransee

School Counselor - Long Term Sub

BA, Aquinas College
MSW, University if Illinois at Chicago

 

 

Don't dim your light simply because it's shining in their eyes.

Anne Gravel

Athletic Director

BA, Dickinson College
MA, Columbia University

Casey Green

Coach

BA, The College of Wooster
MS, Michigan State University

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

Student Services

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

Bobbie Jean Huerth

Director of Enrollment Management

BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MS, 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

Angela Jimenez

HS Spanish

BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MEd, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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

Katie Klitzke

MS Science

BS, DePauw University

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!

Chris LaMaster

MYP Design

BA, Western Kentucky University
MA, Aurora University

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

Dominick LaPorte

Auxillary/Health Office

BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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

Sarah Locke

LS Music

BA, Azusa Pacific University
MA, Columbia University

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

And although you never know all the steps, you must learn to join the dance

Stephan Schwartz

Alexander López-Barton

Interim Head of MS

BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MEd, Framingham State
MEd, Lehigh University

Kristina Luedtke

Kristina Luedtke

Interim Head of Lower School

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
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

Mary McDonald

LS Homeroom

BEd, University of Edinburgh

Mina Morichika

Mina Morichika

J-Leap Exchange Teacher

BA, Matsuyama University, Matsuyama, Japan

Where there is a will, there is a way
Shira Moyer

Shira Moyer

Communications Strategist

BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Try new things!

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.

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

Laura Romeyn

Laura Romeyn

High School English

MFA, Columbia University
BA, St. Olaf College

Nate Ruhter

Director of Technology & Innovation

BA, Valparaiso University
MEd, Endicott College, Switzerland

Danika Rzentkowski

Danika Rzentkowski

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

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.

Colleen Schmidt

Assistant to the Head of School

BS, Edgewood College
MEd, Viterbo University

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
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.

Elizabeth Sims

Educational Assistant

BA- Valparaiso University
MA, Roosevelt University

Margaret Stansfield

Margaret Stansfield

Middle & High School Music Department Chair; 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 & Purchasing Manager

BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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

Helen Keller

Micah Swesey

MS Humanities

BA, Luther College

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

Makena Tenpenny

MS Humanities

BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Paige Thao

Paige Thao

Educational Assistant

BA, Wartburg College

Sometimes it takes only one song to bring back a thousand memories

Megan Thornburgh

Megan Thornburgh

Head of Early Childhood Education & Director of Student Services

BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MA, Edgewood College

Ryan Trost

Ryan Trost

Facilities Assistant

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them

Albert Einstein

Linda Tyranski

Dean of Students

BA, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
MSEd, Eastern Illinois University

Ellie Tyranski

Educational Assistant

BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Kayla Van Eperen

Kayla Van Eperen

Middle School Math

BA, Marquette University

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new

Albert Einstein
Kristin Warner

Kristin Warner

Lower School Music
BME, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Never, ever, ever, ever give up.

Winston Churchill

Karen Weatherwax

Educational Assistant

BA, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
BS, University of Wisconsin-Superior

Shannon Whitmus

Shannon Whitmus

Kindergarten

BS, Edgewood College

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

Tara Williams

Tara Williams

IB Biology

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

Don't let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity

Mae Jemison
Kayla Witte

Kayla Witte

Kindergarten

BS, Drake University
MA, Viterbo University

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