EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHERS
Joy of Learning, Playgroup Leader
Teacher, Rainbow Garden
‘In today’s climate of competitive academics, even in kindergartens and preschools, we are at ever increasing risk of losing those things that make childhood precious. Waldorf education nurtures and protects childhood, and in this way prepares children to become successful, well-adjusted adults.’
Mrs. Danneil grew up in Northbrook, Illinois. In her free time she enjoys singing, reading, baking, and caring for her pets. She currently is participating in Nurturing the Roots, a three year advanced therapeutic course for Waldorf early childhood educators, and she has also been accepted into The School of Uncovering the Voice.
Education: Waldorf Teacher Certification, Great Lakes Waldorf Institute; M.A. Education, Mount Mary College; Master of Library and Information Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; B.S. Information Resources, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Diploma, Interlochen Arts Academy (Interlochen, MI).
Assistant, Rainbow Garden
Assistant, Rainbow Garden
Teacher, Flower Garden
‘I love the imaginative and gentle approach to child development in the kindergarten. This approach is what sets the tone for a child’s success at Tamarack.’
Ms. Flores grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In her free time she enjoys sewing, hiking and camping.
Education: West Coast Institute for studies in Anthroposophy (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada). B.A. in Elementary Education with support in Early Childhood, Alverno College.
Assistant, Flower Garden
Teacher, Sunshine Garden
‘I feel that Waldorf education is an oasis in our fast-paced, consumer culture. The young child observes, interacts with, and respects the surrounding world and other people; experiences the family-like feeling of the kindergarten; and learns fundamental skills that help foster a life-long love of learning.’
Ms. Zamzow grew up in the Milwaukee area. In her spare time she enjoys singing, knitting, and spending time with her family in the outdoors.
Education: B.S., Sociology, Carroll University (Waukesha). Currently pursuing Waldorf Teacher Certification through Great Lakes Waldorf Institute.
Assistant, Sunshine Garden
Teacher, Firefly Garden
“What I find most wondrous about Waldorf education is this little glimpse into the future that I see reflected in the children’s eyes. These children, their parents, this school and this community are all striving to do and be something different in the world – different from what we see all around us.”
Ms. Danner-Sustar was raised in Milwaukee and is a parent of six Tamarack Waldorf alumni. She enjoys sewing, cooking, biking and family time. Ms. Sustar has worked as a caregiver and cook at LifeWays Childhood Center for eight years.
Education: B.A., Theater Arts, Marquette University. Waldorf Teacher Certification, Great Lakes Waldorf Institute. LifeWays training certificate. Pursuing Early Childhood certification, GLWI.
Assistant, Firefly Garden
Assistant, Firefly Garden
Teacher, First Grade
‘Each child carries with them a hope that is nurtured in Waldorf education. This childhood hope shapes the development of that child, as well as the community of children in the classroom and the school, continuing ever outward to carry this hope into the world. It is this hope that impels the child to discover what it means to be human in their individuality and to be a part of a community. This hope deepens their development in the academics and arts because it brings with it a true love for learning about themselves and the world. I am honored to assist children in the nurturance of this hope, to help them thrive as human beings, and to guide them as they learn about themselves and the world in which they live.’
While growing up in New Orleans, Mr. Garrett developed an appreciation for theater, the arts, and his fellow human beings. This appreciation has fostered a deep sense of compassion and learning that he is delighted to cultivate in others, especially in children and their families. Alongside spending time with his daughter, family, and friends, Mr. Garrett enjoys nature, learning and philosophy, reading, and music.
Education: B.A., Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; pursuing M.A., Education, Mount Mary University; pursuing Waldorf Teacher Certificate, Great Lakes Waldorf Institute.
Teacher, Second Grade
‘To me, Waldorf education at its core is simply the expression of unconditional love. When we love the children and one another unconditionally through the many challenges of our earthly experience—that is where space for learning takes place. The teaching and learning process is reciprocal. We teach the children and the children teach us.’
Mrs. Szydel grew up in Waukegan, IL, and attended the Vrije School Groningen — a Waldorf school in the Netherlands — during her final year of high school. She loves traveling, and throughout her studies she has lived in the Netherlands, New York City, Paris, Estonia, and Chicago. Mrs. Szydel worked as an assistant at Tamarack for four years, prior to becoming a Class Teacher. She also co-taught 8th grade at Prairie Hill Waldorf School and completed her master’s practicum working at Rudolf Steiner School in New York City. Outside of Tamarack, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two cats, singing, crafting, teaching herself to play the drums, dancing to 60s northern soul music, and having a good laugh.
Education: M.A. Education, Mount Mary University; Waldorf Teacher Certificate, Great Lakes Waldorf Institute; B.A. French, New York University; Master’s work in World Language Education at DePaul University (Chicago, IL)
Teacher, Third Grade
‘Waldorf education looks at each child as a whole human being, not just a mind waiting to be filled with information. It appreciates that we are all uniquely different and strives to teach toward these differences, in effect serving each child holistically. Waldorf Education makes so much sense to me, and it is truly a joy and an honor to stand before the children each day to witness and be a part of their joy and growth.’
Mrs. Reyes grew up in Watertown, WI, and now resides in Milwaukee. Mrs. Reyes enjoys hiking with her dog, Elvira, camping, crafts, knitting and sewing.
Education: B.A. from Marquette University, College of Communications; Waldorf Teaching Certification from Great Lakes Teacher Training Institute.
Teacher, Fourth Grade
‘I look at each child as an individual with gifts to offer and share. In Waldorf education, students are respected as unique people with their own destiny and biography. I feel passionately about teaching through the arts and observing the growth, development, and evolution of the human being, as my students travel through the grades.’
Mrs. Marks grew up in Seattle, Washington. She is married with two young children at Tamarack. She enjoys family time in nature or museums, knitting, drawing, painting, writing, reading, hiking, and leading a poetry group.
She has taught at the Olympia and Portland Waldorf schools and at Tamarack for 11 years, graduating two 8th grades. She is currently in her 21st year of teaching at a Waldorf school.
Education: B.A. at the Evergreen State College (Olympia, WA); Teacher Education Program, the Evergreen State College & Western Washington University (Bellingham, WA), Waldorf Training with Master Teacher Bill Bryant.
Teacher, Fifth Grade
‘I was drawn to Waldorf education because of its deep consideration of the whole child, and also, because of the way in which the natural world is integrated, treasured and revered.’
Mrs. Hundt grew up in Rudolph, Wisconsin. She enjoys sports, camping and hiking, and travel. She graduated Tamarack’s Class of 2012 last June after 8 years with those students and in her second 8-year cycle of teaching.
Education: B.S. Education, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Waldorf Teacher Training certification, Great Lakes Teacher Training; pursuing Masters in Education at Mount Mary College (Milwaukee).
Teacher, Sixth Grade
‘What makes a Waldorf education uniquely different for me is how the curriculum is geared toward a child’s development and how it embraces the wonder of childhood. It allows children to be children and fosters within them a life-long love of learning.’
Mrs. McCormick was born in Manchester, N.H., and raised on the east side of Milwaukee. This is her second cycle teaching students at Tamarack, having graduated the Class of 2011. In her free time she enjoys art, knitting, travel, organic gardening, writing, Celi & Contra dance and African dance, and is an avid dog lover.
Education: Masters degree in Elementary Education with a Waldorf Education emphasis, Mount Mary College (Milwaukee); Waldorf teacher training certification from the Great Lakes Teacher Training; B.A. in Elementary Education, Carthage College (Kenosha); previously a teacher in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Catholic Schools and a Waldorf school Handwork Teacher. She has experience working with elderly populations as well. Mrs. McCormick is the parent of two grown children who were educated at a Waldorf school.
Teacher, Seventh Grade
‘I truly believe that Waldorf education and the communities that surround Waldorf schools are special. They are full of loving, hardworking people who work towards a world transformed. I feel extremely fortunate to be part of Tamarack, for there are many wonderful people who turn those noble ideas into reality.’
Mr. Boland is a Wisconsin native who is active in the Milwaukee theater community. He enjoys long form improv comedy, writing, gardening and cooking.
Education: B.A. Critical Theory in English Literature and Theater, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Certified Yoga for Kids Teacher. Mr. Boland is pursuing Waldorf Teacher Certification through Great Lakes Teacher Training.
Teacher, Eighth Grade
Mr. Price grew up in Chicago, Illinois. He is an active string bassist, performing and recording in the area. In his free time he also enjoys writing plays for adults and children, as well as running.
Education: Waldorf Teacher Training Certificate, WTDA (Ann Arbor, Michigan). In college, Mr. Price pursued both music and film studies. As one of the founding teachers of Tamarack in 1996, Mr. Price was the lead teacher of three Tamarack classes, graduating 8th graders in 2001, 2002, and 2009.
HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS
Teacher: English, Social Studies, History, Drama, Drawing, Painting, Health, Experiential Learning, Practical Work
‘When we can reach out with compassion to each student in our care, new learning and knowledge creation are the result. When a teacher begins to see the highest in the students instead of focusing on the problems and deficits, then something new, something living, arises in the classroom. I appreciate the opportunity that Waldorf Education gives me to work with children in a free and unhindered dance of creativity and joy!’
Mrs. Price, the mother of five children, grew up in rural Kansas and worked as a professional actress and director in Chicago for 10 years. She is passionately engaged in a study of student/teacher relationships and their impact on learning. She recently finished her doctorate degree and is the Director of Teacher Development and a core faculty member for Great Lakes Waldorf Institute. Mrs. Price is in her second 8-year cycle of teaching at Tamarack after graduating the class of 2007.
Education: Doctorate in Transformative Studies, California Institute of Integral Studies (San Francisco); MA, Barfield School of Sunbridge College (Spring Valley, New York); Waldorf Teaching Certificate, WTDA (Ann Arbor, Michigan); Master’s work in directing and B.F.A. Acting, Goodman School of Drama, DePaul University (Chicago).
High School Pedagogical Planner
Teacher: English, Social Studies, History, Practical Work
“The first Waldorf classroom I ever witnessed was brimming with warmth, beauty and human kindness. It was this that ‘got me.’ When I witnessed first graders demonstrating such love for one another, fifth graders so capable giving oral reports, seventh graders bravely reading meaningfully-crafted poems – all in front of twenty visiting strangers – I knew that something special was happening. When I looked under the hood a bit and realized that Waldorf Education strives to allow the awakening and emboldening in every human being of his or her purpose and direction in life, I was convinced that this was unlike anything I had ever known.”
Born and raised in Waukesha, Kate began her Waldorf teacher education at the Chicago Waldorf High School. Setting out on a seven year journey to Europe, she studied creative speech, continued her Waldorf teacher education, and taught English in Waldorf schools in Aesch, Switzerland and Berlin and Potsdam, Germany. At the end of that journey, Kate moved to the east coast with her young family, where she served as class teacher and librarian at Hawthorne Valley School, development assistant for the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and Administrator at Pine Hill Waldorf School. In 2012, Kate and her three boys returned home to Wisconsin, where the children enrolled at Tamarack and Kate soon became involved in the initiative to open Tamarack’s high school grades.
Kate’s interests include reading, writing, documentaries, hiking, biking and traveling with her three beautifully curious and energetic boys.
Education: BFA, California Institute of the Arts; Waldorf teacher education: Arcturus Rudolf Steiner Teacher Education Program, Rudolf Steiner Institute, Rudolf Steiner College, Seminare für Waldorfpädagogik Berlin and Mannheim (Germany); School for Speech and Drama at the Goetheanum.
HS Specialists and Block Teachers
Katie Boland: Practical Work Support
Chet Celenza: Practical Work Support, Woodworking Support
Marcia Duncan: Art (Weaving)
Joe Mantaon: Biology
Mary Millikin: Math, Learning Support, Practical Work
Mona Zignego: Learning Support
Gwen Zupan: Music Elective, HS Assistant
Hannah Haase: German, Handball
Beret Isacson: Movement
Caitlyn Lewis: Assistant
Brandon McMichael: guitar
John Pfeifer: Art
Jamhmes Finlayson: Drumming
Teacher, Graduated the Class of 2014
Teacher, Graduated the Class of 2012
Teacher, Graduated the Class of 2011
Teacher, Graduated the Class of 2010
Teacher, Graduated the Classes of 2009, 2002, 2001
Teacher, Graduated the Class of 2008
Teacher, Graduated the Class of 2007, Class of 2015
Teacher, Graduated the Class of 2006, 2016
Teacher, Graduated the Class of 2005, 2013
Teacher, Graduated the Class of 2004, 2003
To Be Announced
‘Handwork encourages children’s natural creativity. I was drawn to Waldorf education because it recognizes the value of handwork and is an important aspect of the curriculum.’
Mrs. Duncan enjoys handwork, a little sailing and a little skiing.
Education: Graduate of the Applied Arts Program, Sunbridge College (NY); B.A. History, Charter Oak College (Hartford, CT).
‘I was drawn to Waldorf education because of the diversity of the curriculum and by how much students are encouraged to use their imagination.’
Ms. Geiger grew up in Honduras and Guatemala. In her free time she likes to be with her children, read and shop. She also enjoys exercising, traveling and teaching.
Education : B.A. Education, Guatemala City.
Upper Level Winds Teacher
Learning Support Specialist
‘I was drawn to the holistic, soulful nature that Waldorf education takes in educating children and its strong musical, artistic and movement work.’
Mrs. Hunter has worked in Tamarack’s curative program since 1999. She has trained and been mentored in Waldorf Therapeutic Education and participates in ongoing study and classes in related topics.
Education: MSW and BSW, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Woodwinds TeacherMrs. Kacanek grew up in Michigan. In her free time she enjoys family, travel, vegetable gardening, biking, reading, walking, and swimming.
Education : Master of Music, Music Performance from the University of Michigan; Bachelor of Music Education, University of Michigan; Diploma, Interlochen Arts Academy (Interlochen, MI).
Aftercare Teacher and Handwork Assistant
‘Coming back to Tamarack as an alum, and now a member of the staff, I’ve enjoyed remembering my time here as a student, but also seeing how much it has changed. I’m excited to be a part Tamarack once again and work in such an enriching and holistic environment’
Sarah enjoys spending time cooking all sorts of different dishes, knitting and crocheting, and doing many other different handworking projects.
Education: B.S. in Family Social Science, minor in Art, from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2012. Graduated from Tamarack in 2005 (Amy Marks’ first class).