Tamarack Waldorf School

Our Staff

Lora Poulos 

Interim Administrator


‘Waldorf education awakens the child to the beauty of the world around him. It allows the child to engage all their senses and to breathe in each moment of learning whether it is a math problem, a Greek myth, a knitted project they have created, or a classmate with a different background than their own.’

Ms. Poulos grew up in Milwaukee and is a parent of a current Tamarack student and two alumni. In her free time she enjoys sewing, reading, planning parties, and time with her daughters.

Education: M.A. Architecture and Painting, Cranbrook Academy of Art (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan); B.S. Architectural Studies, UW-Milwaukee.

Cheri RognsvoogROGNSVOOG_MS.

Financial Manager

‘I never realized I was raising my children very closely to the Waldorf ideal until I visited my granddaughter’s Waldorf School! I believe the way to make a difference in the world is to follow my passion for old world life skills and support Tamarack with my accounting expertise.’

Ms. Cheri lives in Caledonia on a hobby farm with peacocks, chickens, ducks and lots of kittens. She loves all types of hand arts and helps with large vegetable gardens. She has worked as an Accounting/Human Resource Manager and a Financial Analyst.

Education: B.A. in Business Administration and B.S. in Accounting, Carthage College

Sarah StokesSTOKES_MRS.

Enrollment Director

‘Waldorf education teaches the whole child and helps to create a well-rounded individual. I was initially drawn to Waldorf education through the kindergarten philosophy of allowing children the freedom to play and use their imagination and a philosophy that is tuned into the rhythms of the natural world.’

Mrs. Stokes grew up in the Niagara Falls area and also lived in New England for several years. In her free time she enjoys nature, being outdoors, bird watching, walking, and singing.

Education: B.S. Environmental Education, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.


Front Office Coordinator

Tasha SorensonSORENSON_MRS.

Fund Development Specialist

Ms. Sorenson was raised in Green Bay and moved to Milwaukee in 2000 to attend the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her master’s degree had an emphasis on fund development and grant writing, and she was hired as the Fund Development Specialist at Tamarack in December 2012.

Education: M.S. in Nonprofit Management and Leadership; B.S. in Art History, History, and the Study of Comparative Religion, UW-Milwaukee.

Vivian Faye

Administrative Services

Ms. Faye comes to us with a wide variety of administration, teaching and life experiences. Her BA is in math and art education from Alverno. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer, teaching middle school math in Liberia and Ghana. She has worked in higher education administration at UW-Parkside, Gateway Technical College, MATC and Cardinal Stritch. In the midst of working she earned her MS in computer science education at Cardinal Stritch University. She is active in her art interests of ceramics, sculpture, African batik, and watercolor painting.

Education: M.S. in Computer Science Education; B.A. in Art Education.

Magdalena De Osio

Administrative Assistantdeosio_magdalena

‘I was drawn to the school’s unique and different philosophy on education. I especially appreciate Waldorf’s emphasis on handwork and woodworking.’

Ms. Magdalena was born in Mexico and has lived in Milwaukee for over twenty years. She graduated from South Division High School. She brings a wealth of experience with her from banking to office manager for another elementary school, not to mention being bilingual. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering at her church.

Education: South Division High School

Mamie Garner

High School Administrative Assistant

Biography to come.

James and Laura Ray

Custodial Services

‘The biggest thing for us is the rhythm at Tamarack. It’s really magical, but also structured.’

James is from the great north woods of Wisconsin and Laura is from south Milwaukee, and the couple’s Sunflower Cleaning Services has been keeping Tamarack tidy since 2002. Two of their three children are graduates of the school. In his free time, James drums in a Samba unit at the Conservatory of Music, pursues an interest in architecture (masonry), and makes chocolate. In her free time, Laura is pursuing a degree in dance and psychology.

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