Lower Grades (1-4)

Aaron Schmidt – Class One Teacheraaron

Education:  B.A. in Liberal Studies, Concentration in Elementary Education & Earth Science, Cal State Northridge, CA; Class Teacher Certificate, Waldorf Institute of Southern California.

Professional Experience:  Grades 1-8 Class Teacher, Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School in Viroqua; 7th and 8th grade Class Teacher, Substitute Teacher/Coordinator, Sports Coach at Highland Hall Waldorf School, Northridge, CA, Combat Engineer, US Army.



Amy Morse – Class Two Teacher

amyEducation: B.A. Fine Arts, U.W. Oshkosh; Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy and the Arts, Sofia Institute, Viroqua, WI; Fundamentals in Waldorf Education, Grades 1-3, Rudolf Steiner Institute, Fair Oaks, CA; Essential Grades Conferences with Eugene Schwartz, Grade 4-6, Pennsylvania and Colorado; The Art of Teaching Grade 7 Conference, Toronto Waldorf School in Canada;  ‘How to Bring Shakespeare to Adolescents’ Workshop, American Players Theatre, Spring Green, WI; TEFL training through Associazione Culturale Linguistica Educational, Sanremo, Italy.

Professional Experience: Class Teacher, Grades 1-8 and 5-8, PRWS; Youth Initiative High School teacher 2014, Life Skills, Art History, Jam Band. Performance Artist: musician, actress and dancer; Teacher of dance and guitar lessons, Summer Camp English Tutor for three summers in Italy.

What a gift Waldorf education provides for the child to discover who he or she is at a gradual pace.  A teacher must learn the art of cultivating patience, respect, creativity, wisdom, gratitude and wonder within her as well as in the children as she grows with them year to year.  I strive to offer guidance as the children awaken to themselves and encourage them to express their gifts creatively, freely and gracefully.  I also seek to have open and honest relationships with the parents.  Learn, Love, Grow…and have fun while doing it all!



Christina Hotchkiss – Class Three Teacher

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Theatre: Technical/Scenic Design and a Master’s in Education-Professional Development, both from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Professional Waldorf-specific training: Foundation Study at the Sophia Institute in Viroqua, WI; Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, CA for grade specific intensives; Waldorf teacher training certification, Great Lakes Waldorf Institute, Milwaukee, WI; numerous conferences offered in the midwest.

Professional Experience: In 2004 Christina began teaching full time at Three Rivers as the First Grade Teacher.  She graduated her first class in May of 2012. She has found that starting again with first graders is exciting and rewarding.  She is looking forward to the journey through the grades with this wonderful group of children.

Christina was first introduced to Waldorf education while studying at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  She began by substitute teaching in the Kindergartens, Grades, and Afterschool Care program at Three Rivers Waldorf School in La Crosse, WI.


Betty Link – Class Four Teacher

Education: B.S. from UW-Madison in Speech and Language Pathology and Audiology, minor in French; Masters from UW-Milwaukee in Communication Disorders; Certificate of Studies at the Sorbonne, Paris and Universite de Reims, France; Waldorf Teacher Training certificate from UW-Milwaukee, 1992.

Professional Experience:  Twelve years experience as a speech therapist;  Waldorf teacher, Prairie Hill Waldorf School, Pewaukee, WI,  graduating two classes from grades one through eight  (Class of 2001 and  2010);  Attended many grade level intensives at various Waldorf Training Institutes, early AWSNA mentor training meetings and did mentoring and evaluation for our school; Representative to AWSNA for several years; Faculty chair, member on various committees and presenter on various topics at parent and teacher Waldorf conferences.

The term ”head, heart and hands” may seem like a cliche, but I am a great believer in the power of three-fold lessons that develop the thinking, feeling and willing capacities in the children. More so now than ever, our young people need to experience and celebrate all the goodness and beauty in the world, which will help them develop a foundational sense of self so they can then care for each other. I strive daily to nurture and sustain in myself a sense of awe, wonder and reverence for life’s gifts so I can model joy and passion for the young child.