Support Team

Erin Trondson
Erin Trondson

Head of School I joined Woodland in 1997. I was a Montessori Teacher for many years, and have served as Head of School since 2002. I received my M.S. from the UW Madison in Education and my master's thesis won the Outstanding Thesis Award from AMS. I am also an Adjunct Professor at UW River Falls and a Field Visitor for the Seton Montessori Institute. Outside of Woodland you can find me with my family, eating well, doing yoga, or writing poetry.

Jim Hanson
Jim Hanson

Chief Financial Officer I joined Woodland in 2004. I have had experience working with children when I was a Adult Boy Scout Leader. I have a B.S. Degree from UW Madison as well as a Graphic Design Degree from Madison College. Outside of Woodland you can find me sculpting, painting, reading, and having fun with friends.

Kristin Knutson
Kristin Knutson

Registrar I was initially drawn to Woodland Montessori School because of it’s commitment to environmental stewardship and continue to be engaged with the Montessori philosophy and our strategic goals. I have an undergraduate degree from UW-Madison and a Paraprofessional Certificate from Seton Montessori Institute. I am grateful for the wonderful relationships I’ve developed with the people in our community since joining Woodland in 2010.

Jennifer Alejandro-Torres
Jennifer Alejandro-Torres

Office Administrator I recently joined Woodland this year. I have gained my experience working with children by being a nanny. I am a senior at Edgewood College, and will be graduating with a B.A Degree in Communication Studies and Spanish. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy being outside and exploring new adventures.

Lisa Berry
Lisa Berry

Diversity Coordinator I joined Woodland in 2012. I had the pleasure of being raised by an amazing Mom who was an Inclusion Teacher. That experience helped grow my passion which allowed me the opportunity to work with children for the past 20+ years. I’m currently attending Seton Montessori Institute in pursuit of my 3-6 Montessori Certification. If I’m not at Woodland I love to spend time with family and dear friends. I’m also a writer in the making and hope to write a book one day!

Jennifer Hoyt
Jennifer Hoyt

Inclusion Specialist jhoyt@woodland-montessori.org

Adeline Lucchesi
Adeline Lucchesi

Outdoor Classroom Specialist alucchesi@woodland-montessori.org

Aaron Mitchell
Aaron Mitchell

Facilities Manager

Kelly McKenna Patterson
Kelly McKenna Patterson

Photographer & Communication Coordinator I joined Woodland in 2007 first as an assistant teacher in the toddler house, then the preschool. I left when after the birth of my second child and came back in the role of school photographer and communications to combine my business with my love of Woodland. Outside of school, I love being outside with my children, our dog and our chickens. I love creating things from knitting to things out of wood and dancing.

Teachers

Becky Jones
Becky Jones

Toddler 1 Lead Teacher I have been working at Woodland Montessori School since moving to Madison from Chicago in 2010. I received my Montessori Birth-to-Three certification from MECA-Seton in 2005 and have been teaching in Montessori schools ever since. My husband, Michael, writes screenplays and works on local film shoots. We love living in Madison and watching cranes, muskrats and wild turkeys walk through our backyard every day!

Acadia Prestidge
Acadia Prestidge

Toddler 1 Teacher

Paula Nowaczyk
Paula Nowaczyk
Amanda Isaksson
Amanda Isaksson

Toddler 2 Co-Lead Woodland came into my life in 2013 when I accepted a part-time float position. The next year, I became the Toddler 2 Assistant Teacher and 3 years later earned my 0 - 3 AMS Montessori Credential from Seton Montessori Institute. In 2019 I took my dream job of Toddler 2 Lead. Outside of teaching, I love spending time with my children and husband and our two dogs in our home in Cambridge. I enjoy being outside, cooking and baking, traveling, and spontaneous dance parties.

Misty Sjachrani-Swift
Misty Sjachrani-Swift

Toddler 2 Co-Lead

Jennifer Hoyt
Jennifer Hoyt

Classroom 1 Lead Teacher I joined Woodland in the Summer of 1998. Prior to working at Woodland I was a Child Life Specialist at the Children's Hospital of WI. I have a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and an M.S. in Montessori Education. I have both a 0-3 and a 3-6 Montessori Teaching Credential. Outside of Woodland I enjoy spending time with my family, biking, walking/running, and fun with friends & family.

Diana Smith
Diana Smith

Classroom 1 Teacher & Virtual Teacher

Sarah O'Farrell
Sarah O'Farrell

Classroom 1 Teacher & Virtual Teacher I joined Woodland in 2014. Before Woodland I taught 7th & 8th grade Language Arts, preschool, and was an Art Teacher at the Community Art Center in Chicago. I received my M.S. in Elementary Education from DePaul and a MFA in Printmaking from the UW Madison. I received my Paraprofessional Certification from Seton Montessori Institute. Outside of Woodland I enjoy showcasing my art in many exhibits in the Midwest.

Lisa Berry
Lisa Berry

Classroom 2 Lead Teacher I joined Woodland in 2012. I had the pleasure of being raised by an amazing Mom who was an Inclusion Teacher. That experience helped grow my passion which allowed me the opportunity to work with children for the past 20+ years. I’m currently attending Seton Montessori Institute in pursuit of my 3-6 Montessori Certification. If I’m not at Woodland I love to spend time with Family and dear friends. I’m also a writer in the making, with hopes to write a book one day

Nicole Wilson
Nicole Wilson

Classroom 2 Teacher I began teaching at Woodland in August 2006. I received my AMS Birth to Three credential from Seton Institute in Chicago. At UW-Madison I studied Spanish, Psychology, and Environmental Studies. In my free time I enjoy running, camping, biking, and gardening.

Tia Thao
Tia Thao

Classroom 2 Teacher I joined Woodland in 2016. Previously I was a Lead Teacher in a Infant room. I also worked for MSCR Middle and High School programs. I received my B.S. in Art Education from UW Madison. I received my Paraprofessional Certification from Seton Montessori Institute. Outside of Woodland I love to spend time with my family, reading, cooking, and trying new recipes and crafts.

Adeline Lucchesi
Adeline Lucchesi

Classroom 4 Co-Lead Teacher I was hired at Woodland on 12/11/17. I have had the responsibilities of a Montessori Primary Teacher 4 years; first in the setting where I did my practicum, in London, for about a year and a half; and since then, in a school in Madison, also for a year and a half. I obtained a BA in Philosophy and a Master's Degree in Cognitive Science. I have a Montessori Early Years Educator International Diploma from the Montessori Centre International (London, UK).

Raquel Diaz
Raquel Diaz

Classroom 4 Co-Lead Teacher I joined Woodland in 2009. I received my 0-3 Montessori Certification from Seton Montessori Institute. Outside of Woodland I enjoy working out, cooking, camping, and spending time with my family.

Carolina Diaz
Carolina Diaz

Classroom 4 Teacher I joined Woodland in the Fall of 2007. I have an associates degree in Human Services as well as my Montessori Birth-to-Three credential from Seton Montessori Institute. Outside of Woodland I enjoy spending time with my family and 9 grandchildren as well as traveling with friends.

Heather Duncan
Heather Duncan

Classroom 4 Teacher I joined Woodland in 2001. I have been teaching since 1994. I have taught children from 16 months through 2nd grade. I have a B.S. in Elementary Education from Rollins College and completed the Early Childhood Graduate program at Rollins Hamilton Holt. I also have my 0-3 Montessori Certification from Seton Montessori Institute. Outside of Woodland my husband and I have 3 daughters, so I don’t have a lot of spare time. I do enjoy volunteering and gardening.

Meghan Rosing
Meghan Rosing

Virtual Teacher