Faculty, Staff & Board

“Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility—these three forces are the very nerve of education.” – R. Steiner



Jeanne Ring

Jeanne Ring – Business Administrator

“I love that the children are taught to their developmental age. Everything is taught at the right time for what a child at that age […]

Liz Torinus

Liz Torinus – Admissions Coordinator

“I came to Prairie Hill because I wanted my children to know wisdom. Wisdom, for me, is more than the accumulation of knowledge or facts. It isn’t […]

Sally Sommer

Sally Sommer – Program Services Manager/Health Room Coordinator

“I was lucky to find Waldorf education soon after graduating college. Working with so many families through the years has enriched my life […]

Nancy Solomon

Nancy Solomon – Bookkeeper

Mary Steinert-Ng

Mary Steinert-Ng – Business Office Assistant

Jessica Malik

Jessica Malik – Marketing Coordinator

Jessica Graduated from UW-River Falls in 2009 majoring in Marketing Communications with a German language minor. She worked as Marketing Coordinator for the Continuing Education […]

Vicki Kingsbury

Vicki Kingsbury – Wonder Garden

“Every aspect of the Waldorf curriculum contains the gift of being powerfully transformative. It begins with the way we respect, love, nurture and treasure your […]

Lindsey Ricciardi

Lindsey Ricciardi – Wonder Garden Assistant


Jenifer Minor

Jenifer Minor – Juniper Tree Kindergarten

Jenifer Minor began her studies in child development and anthroposophy in 2016 as a student with the Great Lakes Waldorf Institute. Native to Wisconsin, […]

Stanlee Maliszewski

Stanlee Maliszewski – Linden Tree Kindergarten 

“Once upon a time I worked with adults with developmental and mental disabilities and then moved in to the corporate world. Upon entering motherhood, which […]

Leslie Gutkowski

Leslie Gutkowski – Linden Tree Kindergarten Assistant/ Summer Garden Coordinator and Lead Teacher

I have worked with children for well over a decade and love sharing in their days; it […]

Sandy Loucks

Sandy Loucks – Grade 1

Learning and teaching are passions of Sandy’s. She has been teaching for over 30 years, including 18 years at Prairie Hill.  Besides teaching in public schools for […]

Lindsey Earle

Lindsey Earle – Grade 2

I love that Waldorf education provides the children with a curriculum that meets their needs on their own time. That each grade is carefully crafted […]

Nancy Husanu

Nancy Husanu – Grade 3

Nancy is mom to three graduates of Prairie Hill. She has worked as a social worker and an early childhood teacher in the past. At Prairie […]

Lisa Mullaney

Lisa Mullaney – Grade 5-6

“I don’t personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed.” -Maya Angelou

Lisa brings her lifelong love of learning into the classroom in a way that […]

Chris Kilmer

Chris Kilmer – Grade 7

“To unlock the potential of each student and help guide them to becoming creative, free-thinking individuals is one of the greatest gifts the teaching provides. […]

Megan Link

Megan Link – Grade 8

“I believe our role is to show the children the goodness and beauty in themselves and the world, which will spark their imagination and their […]

Amy Schroeder

Amy Schroeder – Learning Support

“Every child has a different learning style and every child can be successful when they are taught in a way that addresses their learning style. […]

Stephanie Phillips

Stephanie Phillips – Handwork Specialist and Practical Arts
Grades 1-3

I come to Prairie Hill after nearly 20 years working in the public sector. I have my BS in Urban and Regional […]

Dawn Imes

Dawn Imes – Handwork and Woodwork

Dawn has been our practical arts teacher at Prairie Hill for more than 16 years. She is mom to three Prairie Hill Graduates. Before […]

Kaitlin Hahn

Kaitlin Hahn – Violin, Viola and Cello

“All children can learn music and have fun in the process. This is accomplished by giving them a variety of ways to learn, […]

Mike Buchta

Mike Buchta – Physical Education, Movement and Games Grades 1-8 and Sports Coordinator

“Waldorf Education is the best education we can give our kids.”

Mike has a son who graduated from Prairie […]

Mara Spiropoulos

Mara Spiropoulos- Play Group Teacher

Mara has enjoyed working with children from a young age, knowing that her gift of connecting to the young child and sharing in their joy […]

Hilarie Morrow Kane

Hilarie Morrow Kane – Librarian

“Since my student days, my career goal has been to ‘get good books to kids’. It is a joy to work with students at Prairie […]

DJ Gallaher

Dj Gallaher – Board President

Ariel Schoeninger

Ariel Schoeninger – Board Secretary

Ariel Schoeninger is a Prairie Hill Alumni from the class of 1996. (class teacher Bente Goldstien, Prairie Hill co-founder).  Ariel lives with her husband Harry […]

Thayer Coburn

Thayer Coburn – Board Member

The proud parent of a son in Grade 4, Thayer Coburn lives in Whitewater with his wife Anne and their two children (plus dogs, cats, horses, […]