Lake Teacher, Ages 9 to 11, Rooms 105 & 107
B.S., Special Education (Cognitive Disabilities), UW-Madison
B.S., Elementary Education, UW-Madison
Claire has been teaching in the Lake for twenty years. Before coming to Wingra in 1999, Claire taught special education at the middle and secondary levels, worked in Madison food coops, and spent time with her three children, who are now young adults. Claire lives in rural Mount Horeb with her husband.
Personal experiences with progressive education inspired Claire to teach at a school like Wingra. She attended an alternative school-within-a-school in Newton, MA for eighth and ninth grades. Never before had she encountered teachers who would accommodate her learning needs and preferences, including a science teacher who made space in his lab for her to have an individualized, somewhat self-directed science class. (One week he dumped a bag of cat bones on the table, with instructions to research a cat’s body, assemble and draw the skeleton, and report on it.) She was allowed to spend an entire week puzzling out the parts of a cat’s body, and the ways all its systems worked together, as she assembled its skeleton. She not only learned about biology but also that a teacher could trust a student to learn what she needed to learn to solve a problem. This early experience made Claire resolve to be a teacher and make a similar difference in her students’ lives.
After high school, Claire took a four-year “gap year” to work in a local food coop. She then enrolled in the UW School of Education to complete a degree in Special Education. Later, she returned to add another B.S. in Elementary Education, student teaching in a Wingra School classroom!
Claire has also vicariously experienced progressive education through her children, who have attended Malcolm Shabazz City School in Madison, an experimental multi-age elementary classroom in Mount Horeb, and The Putney School in Putney, Vermont. In each of these programs, Claire has observed inspired teachers enriching the education and lives of students at all age levels.
When not at school, Claire enjoys camping and hiking, reading, writing, cooking, and traveling. These pursuits have led her to study American Sign Language, Yiddish, Italian, Hebrew, and Chinese, and to travel to Italy and across Hong Kong and Yunnan and Sichuan Provinces in China.
When not traveling and writing, Claire soaks up professional development opportunities; in 2014, she was honored to participate in the Greater Madison Writing Project, the local cohort of the National Writing Project, which inspires teachers of writing. In the summers of 2016 and 2017, she enjoyed “paying it forward” by teaching at the Young Writers Camp, and hopes to do so again in the coming year. In 2017, she was given a grant to study Holocaust and social justice education by The Olga Lengyl Institute, based in New York City. In the coming year, she hopes to finish writing a book for young adults about the Holocaust, and to continue teaching at Young Writers Camp in Madison. Most recently, she has enjoyed presenting Lake math strategies with her team at the Progressive Education Network 2017 conference in Boston.
Lake Teacher, Ages 9 to 11, Room 107
B.S., Elementary Education, UW-Eau Claire
Andrea was born and raised on her family potato farm in Plover, Wisconsin. She spent her time playing on school sports teams and reading books in the woods. She went to college at UW-Eau Claire and received her elementary education degree in December 2012. She has recently begun a family of her own. Andrea was married in 2017 and has become a mother to a beautiful new baby girl Nora, and looks forward to this new chapter in her life! Andrea loves to explore new areas by hiking, camping, and canoeing.
Andrea first came to Wingra after researching integrated curriculum and progressive education. She loves the passion for learning that the Wingra community supports. Having choice and advocacy in a democratic learning society is very important to her. Andrea incorporates technology into the classrooms based on the knowledge gained in her student teaching semesters and continued professional development experiences. how to use technology in the classroom. She plans to continue learning and using her experience to benefit her students.
Lake Teacher, Ages 9 to 11, Room 105
B.A., Denison University, Granville, OH
Masters in Elementary Education, National-Louis University, Chicago, IL
Motivated by the impact of positive experience and relationships in the field of education, Megan chose years ago to follow her passion and teach. She began her career teaching 2nd grade with a focus on nutrition, self-esteem, and literature at a Chicago inner city school. Megan then ventured to the border of Kenya and Uganda.There at the Mallimilli School she founded the Sandrock Art Program. After Megan moved back to the states to East Palo Alto, CA where she taught at an ESL with a focus on health.
Megan stepped back from the classroom for several years to raise her four children while she opened an in-home child care program called Grass Stained Knees. Missing the collaborative work and other progressive teachers, she returned to the classroom setting. An interest in Anthropology and Waldorf Education led her to begin her Masters in Waldorf Education while she taught at The Madison Waldorf School. She now teaches here at Wingra School and is delighted to be working alongside the Pond Teachers.