Tamarack Waldorf School

Our Staff

Jean Kacanek KACANEK_MRS.

Administrator

‘As school administrator, I am in contact with children in all the grades. What stands out, and what makes Waldorf education uniquely different to me, is how much the children love school. Children receiving a Waldorf education at Tamarack Waldorf School graduate with strong self esteem and academic confidence.’

Mrs. 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; BM of Music Education, University of Michigan; Diploma, Interlochen Arts Academy.


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.


Lora PoulosPOULOS_MS.

Front Office Coordinator

‘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.


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.


Kat Gál

Administrative Services Coordinator  gal_katalin

‘I was drawn to Waldorf education because of its emphasis on the role of imagination in learning and the holistic development of Waldorf students.’

Ms. Kat grew up in Hungary and moved to Milwaukee in 2000. After 6 years of traveling and working globally in Europe, Central-America, Africa, and Asia, and a short stint living in Upstate New York, she had returned to Milwaukee in 2016. She has a professional background in social research, teaching English as a foreign language, holistic health and life coaching, and higher education/non-profit administration. She loves running, traveling, writing, reading, and cats.

Education: M.Sc. in Educational Sciences, Children’s Rights, University of Amsterdam; B.A. in Psychology, Cardinal Stritch University; Certificate in TESOL, Trinity College; Certificate in Holistic Health Coaching, IIN; Certificate in Life Coaching, SWIHA


Magdalena De Osio

Receptionist deosio_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


Kelly Ramirez                                                                                                                                                                  

High School Enrollment Specialist and Student Services

‘I love how Waldorf education is able to meet the diverse interests and needs of students. In a Waldorf school, every child is valued for who they are, and their individual contributions to the school help develop a beautiful community.’

Mrs. Ramirez grew up in Hartland, WI, and moved to Milwaukee for college. She spent a year in the Dominican Republic teaching middle school then returned to Milwaukee to continue her teaching career. She has extensive experience with nonprofit management and a passion for pre-college planning for middle and high school students. Mrs. Ramirez and her husband have a teenager and a toddler at home who inspire them every day to see the beauty and the good within the world.

Education: B.A. Elementary Education, Spanish Minor, Wisconsin Lutheran College.


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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