Meet our Faculty and Staff

Our faculty consists of loving, creative and committed teachers who welcome each child into a world of lifelong learning. And our office staff brings a wide variety of professional experience to administer our school's programs and support our families, children and employees.

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Early Childhood Faculty

Joleen Hollow-Bist, Buttercup Parent-Child Teacher
Isaac Kemsley, Salmonberry Mixed-Age Kindergarten Teacher
     University of Washington (BA); Sound Circle teacher training courses and a variety of Waldorf early childhood summer courses. Isaac has taught at Madrona School for 9 years, and a previous 10 years in early childhood settings before that. He plans his busy life to allow for as much time in snow and on the mountain slopes as is humanly possible.
Mary Knighton, Thimbleberry Kindergarten Teacher
     University of Washington (BA, Economics & History); West Coast Institute for Anthroposophic Studies, Waldorf Teacher Training Certificate; Denver Anthroposophic Society, Therapeutic Approach to Early Childhood Training. Mary has been teaching for 22 years, including at Madrona School since its inception. She looks forward to backpacking each summer.
Susie Lockard, Huckleberry Preschool and Marigold Parent-Child Teacher

Angelica Guterson, Preschool Assistant
Sherry Gutierrez, Kindergarten Assistant
     Midland Lutheran College (BA, Elementary Education); Luther Seminary (MA Theology); early childhood education training. Sherry has taught for many years in various early childhood settings. When not at school, she enjoys exploring the natural wonders of our area with her family.
Jordan Lockard, Kindergarten Assistant
Dylan Nottage, Kindergarten Assistant
Jamie Villella, Kindergarten Assistant

Grade School Faculty

Christiane Stanley, 1st Grade Teacher
     Educated in German universities in Cultural Anthropology, English and Celtology; Masters in Waldorf education. Christiane has taught for over 25 years,  in schools in Germany and Ireland, as well as the last 17 years here on Bainbridge Island. She used to play in a Celtic and Scandinavian folk band -- no wonder we all value her musical gifts here at Madrona School!
Jocelyn Waite, 2nd Grade Teacher
      UC Santa Cruz (BA, Linguistics); Foundation Year at the Rudolf Steiner Centre, Toronto; currently enrolled in the Masters of Education program at Anticoch University of New England. Jocelyn has recently been a handwork teacher and preschool assistant at Madrona School. She and her husband own the Harbour Public House here on Bainbridge Island. Yum.
Melisa Hall, 3rd Grade Teacher
Catherine Roldan, 4th Grade Teacher
      St. Johns University (BSEd); Antioch University of New England Waldorf teacher certification (masters pending). Catherine spent six years as a lead teacher at a Waldorf inspired summer camp, as well as 2 years as a grade school assistant at the Waldorf School of Garden City, New York. She joined us at Madrona School in 2014 to take her first class as a lead teacher. Catherine attended a Waldorf school herself from preschool through the 12th grade.
Amy Pfeffer, 5th Grade Teacher
     St. Andrew's University (BA Elementary Education); Waldorf teacher training at the Micha'el Institute in Portland OR. Amy has taught for over 10 years, joining the staff at Madrona School in 2013, after teaching at the Swallowtail School in Hillsboro, OR. In a former career, she owned a cafe in Buckhannon, WV.
Lori Levari, 6th Grade Teacher
Kim Vennerholm, 7th Grade Teacher
     Colorado State University (Art History and Design); Antioch University Seattle (BA and MA, Education). Kim has been teaching for more than 20 years, including over 10 full-time years at Madrona School. She enjoys spending her free time backpacking and gardening.
Greg Nottage, 8th Grade Teacher
     University of California Berkeley (BA); Rudolf Steiner College, Waldorf teacher certificate. Greg has taught for 17 years, primarily in the Bay area at East Bay Waldorf and the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training. He joined us in 2012 as a part of our middle school teaching team. Greg is also a bassist, playing many styles of music with bands from bars to Bar Mitzvahs.

Leah Boyan, Handwork Assistant
Beth Dahl, Handwork Teacher
Mabí Fernandes, Spanish Teacher (5th - 8th Grades)
     Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola in Lima Perú (BS Ed); Griffith University, Brisbane Australia (MS Environmental Education). WA State ResidencyTeaching Certificate. Mabí taught for 10 years in her native Perú, as both a lead teacher in elementary school and as a science teacher in both elementary and middle school. She joined the Madrona School faculty in 2016. Mabí enjoys swimming and hiking and learning about different cultures and art; when she was younger, she was a park ranger in Paracas National Park in Perú.
Elise Goodham, Handwork Assistant
Ann-Marie Hahn, Swedish Teacher
Justine Jeanotte, Strings Teacher
Mercedes Morales, Spanish Teacher (1st - 4th Grades) 
Sykie Toles, Math and Language Arts Teacher
     University of Southern Maine (BA Communications); Antioch University (MA Teaching); Sound Circle teacher training. Sykie brings 20 years of teaching experience to Madrona School, including stints at Lakeside in Seattle and Hyla here on Bainbridge Island. In a former career, she was a wilderness instructor and whitewater guide.
Heidi Urish, Games Teacher

Administrative Staff

Mackall Allen, Office Manager
Jennifer Evans, Admissions and Communications Director
     St. Olaf College (BA History); University of Washington (MA in Librarianship). Jennifer has worked in the office at Madrona School since 2011, and has been a parent here since 2008. She can often be found knitting.
Missi Goss, Head of School
     Williams College (BA History). Missi has been involved with Madrona School from its inception, as a parent and an administrator. She has three girls, all alums! Prior to becoming a mother and educator, Missi led trail crews of high school students for seven summers.
Danielle Gordon, Volunteer Coordinator and Event Planner
Alayne Porter, Administrative Assistant
Karla Smith, Business Manager
      CA State Long Beach (BA Finance and Accounting). Karla brings over twenty-five years of experience in the financial sector to her work at Madrona School, most recently as a consultant and accountant to a variety of small businesses in Kitsap County.