Early Childhood Faculty

shannonShannon 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 Teacherheidi

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
Anne Marie Fryer

Education: B.S. Economics and Teaching, Copenhagen, Denmark; Computer Science Program, UCLA; Systems Analyst, IBM; Waldorf Early Childhood Education Trainings; The Art of Teaching Grades 1-8, Rudolf Steiner College, CA; Teacher Training Course, Arcturus, Chicago, IL; Spirit Healing, School of Spiritual Psychology, NC and significant, remarkable mentors: Robert & Cheryl Sardello 2014 School of Spiritual Psycholog;, Leo Klein 2014 Waldorf Art & Class Teacher; Helle Heckman, 2014 Nokken, Denmark; Kim Snyder-Vine 2014 Speech Artist.

Professional Experience: 30 years of teaching practices (20 years at PRWS), including Copenhagen College of Computer Science; elementary and high schools, Norway & Wisconsin; Waldorf Kindergarten Teacher, Class Teacher, grades 1 through 8,  Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School;  Main lesson, social skills and art teacher at Youth Initiative High School, Viroqua; Teaching experience at The School of Spiritual Psychology, NC, Novalis MN; Foundations Studies Course, WI, AWSNA conference, MN, Rudolf Steiner Institute, NH, Sophia Institute, WI.  Sound Circle Teacher Training Center, Mentor of early childhood and class teachers; Artist; Nutritional Counselor; Biodynamic Farmer; Co-author of a series of ten books on Health and Diet and I Find My Star, Coming of Age Curriculum. Author of Cooking for the Love of the World, Our Relationship to Our Spirituality through Cooking, WECAN regional representative. Member of the Anthroposophical Society, First Class Member & Member of the Pedagogical Section.

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.


Parent-Child Program

marthaMartha Buche – Parent-Child Program Coordinator

Education:  Sophia’s Hearth Family Center, Keene, NH – The Child in the First Three Years Week one -Early Childhood Teacher Credential Course; Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art, Art Education and Art History minors, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI, Masters of Education, Early Childhood, Boston University, (Overseas) Wiesbaden, Germany

Professional Experience:  Parent-Child Program Teacher, Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School Viroqua, WI; Homeschool Educator-7th Grade LIVE Education Waldorf Curriculum; Enrollment Coordinator, Three Rivers Waldorf School Parent Infant and Parent-Child teacher and Administration Assistant, Three Rivers Waldorf School. The First Seven Years – weeklong workshops; Sophia Institute, Language Arts for Early Childhood – 2-day intensive Three Rivers Waldorf School, The Twelve Senses- The Work in the Early Childhood: the Four Lower Senses Early Childhood Conference, Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School, Viroqua; Cradle to College-Stages of Parent Development, How Our Children’s Development Impacts Our Own Three Rivers Waldorf School.



Preschool Program

Marinella Pro – Preschool Program Coordinatormarinellacom

Education: BS-Business Administration University of Torino, Italy, Associate of Arts – Child Care and Development, WWTC-La Crosse, WI. Foundation Studies Courses in Anthroposophy and the Arts, Viroqua: Sophia Institute Summer Intensive, The First Seven Years, La Crosse, WI; Juniper Tree School of Story and Puppetry Art, Faire Oaks, CA; Simplicity Parent Group Leader Certification, Madison, WI.

Professional Experience:  Kindergarten Lead Teacher, Three Rivers Waldorf School, La Crosse, WI; Preschool Lead Teacher, Mary Mother of the Church, La Crosse; Substitute Kindergarten Lead Teacher Montessori Children’s House and Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School, Viroqua, WI.




 Adjunct Kindergarten Faculty & Assistants


Amanda Rubasch, Rosemary Kindergarten Assistant



Lori Dehlin, Violet Kindergarten Assistant



Cathy Linskens, Violet Kindergarten Assistant



Lisa Armstrong, Preschool Assistant