Meet Our New Faculty

At Prairie, we employ over 130 faculty and staff members who make a difference in the lives of our students and families — they are educators, mentors and leaders. With their dedication and love for education we will continue to further our mission and become a leader of education in Southeast Wisconsin. This year, we welcome fifteen new faculty members, and we look forward to their contributions to our students’ education and to the entire Prairie School community.

Primary School

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Matthew Joost 09’, Physical & Health Education Teacher

“I love working with students and being around people who want to learn and better themselves.” (View Profile)

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Alice Place, Part-Time Spanish Teacher

“We all have one main objective — doing what’s best for the children.”

Upper School

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Allena Berry, Upper School History Teacher

“I consider few things more important than education and cultivating a passion for learning.” (View Profile)

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Mark Edwards, Upper School Physics Teacher

“I like to show students that physics pertains to their own lives and it is not just another school subject.” (View Profile)

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Robert Wyer, Upper School English Teacher

“Within the classroom, I try to involve all students in the conversation, realizing that often some of the best insights come from students who know more than they might realize.” (View Profile)

Compass Team

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Mathieu Evans 08′, Math Specialist & Long Term Sub

“I consider myself a lifelong learner as well as an educator.” (View Profile)

Brianna

Brianna Kunstman, Math Teacher & Tutor

“On numerous occasions, teachers have gone above and beyond to help me succeed in whatever I wanted to do. It is my goal to have that impact on my students.” (View Profile)

Jill

Jill MacDougall, Learning Specialist

“Having the opportunity to help children discover their individual strengths is what keeps me challenged and inspired each day.” (View Profile)

The Arts

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Jessica Beshel, Full-Time Art Teacher

“Prairie has an amazing art department and with the opportunity to teach so many things from drawing, to printmaking, to glassblowing, it is a position that many art teachers dream of having.” (View Profile)

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Brianna Doyle, Primary & Middle School Art Teacher

“Through my previous experiences, I have learned so much and I am excited to use what I have learned here at Prairie.” (View Profile)

Andrew

Andrew Sierszyn, Technical Theatre Director

“There is no better joy than teaching. I most enjoy watching students grasp new concepts and watching their growth as a student and individual each school year.” (View Profile)

Administration & Staff

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McKenzie Weaver, Director of the SRC/Librarian

“I have come to love the energy, surprise, and creativity that come from working with children of all ages.” (View Profile)

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Dori Panthofer, Athletic Administrative Assistant

“The 7A’s approach, amazing sense of community, welcoming and inclusive  nature of the school are just a few of the qualities that make The Prairie School truly exceptional.” (View Profile)

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Alexandria Kaprelian, Night Facilities Team