Early Childhood Faculty
Shannon Landis – Kindergarten Teacher
Education: Early Childhood Associate Degree, Rudolf Steiner College: A.D. Nursing, Kansas City, KS Community College. Attended several conferences at Waldorf teacher-education institutes with anthroposophical physicians and Waldorf early childhood educators.
Professional Experience: Over 30 years working with the young child, PRWS Early Childhood Educator and Parent/Child Educator; owner/administrator/early childhood caregiver of Wisconsin-licensed children’s daycare center; Waldorf Early childhood educator- Kansas Waldorf school initiatives; prenatal childbirth and breastfeeding educator; Registered Nurse–Kansas, Missouri and Wisconsin; psychiatry, oncology, midwifery and eldercare.
The shining joy of young children at play in the Waldorf kindergarten is testament to their gratitude for life in this wondrous universe. My understanding of our spiritual heritage gives me strength to cultivate and practice in myself the reverence and gratitude which supports the child’s belief that our world is good. I wholeheartedly share with parents the responsibility of guiding children into our school, community and world.
Heidi Burke – Kindergarten Teacher
Education: Primary License (grades 1-3), Silver Lake College, WI ; Liberal Arts courses, University of Minnesota; B.A. in Early Childhood/Exceptional Educational Needs, Cardinal Stritch, Fox Point, WI.; Foundations in Anthroposophy, Sophia Institute, Viroqua, WI; Birth-Three Waldorf Teacher Training, Sophia”s Hearth, Keene, NH; Visited Helle Heckman at Nokken, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Professional Experience: Substitute Teacher, Kindergarten, Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School; Co-teacher, Parent-Child Class, PRWS; Kindergarten Teacher, Southern Door Elementary School, Brussels, WI; 1st Grade Teacher, Urban Day School, Milwaukee, WI; Artist, Musician, Multi-linguist (German & Spanish).
At a time when our mainstream culture is accelerating the pace of life of our young children, I feel it is more important than ever to experience the precious qualities a Waldorf kindergarten has to offer. I realized I wanted to work in a school that builds reverence and beauty in one”s life, nurtures the soul, and instills a love of learning.
Anne-Marie Fryer – Kindergarten Teacher
My goal in teaching is to encourage in my students a healthy, intimate relationship with the world at large and the longing of their hearts. My husband and I enjoy country living with the seasons on our biodynamic farm. I delight in spinning, carding and knitting wool from our sheep; cooking delicious, wholesome meals; visiting with honey bees, painting with colorful pastels; playing slow airs on my flute; star-gazing on clear nights and kayaking on the beautiful Mississippi River.
Martha Buche – Parent-Child Program Coordinator
Adjunct Kindergarten Faculty & Assistants
Amanda Rubasch, Rosemary Kindergarten Assistant
Lara Roberts and Lori Dehlin, Violet Kindergarten Assisstants
Martha Buche, Parent-Child Program Leader