Academic Dean - Lyn Reiter
Lyn brings a broad track record and skill set in business administration and as an educator. She has experience in teaching, curriculum development, as well as a collaborative mastery of policies and procedures. Lyn earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, and she holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from University of Wisconsin Whitewater. Lyn and her husband John reside in Waukesha and have three adult children. The couple are longtime members at Elmbrook Church.
K/1st Grade Instructor - Pam Szczech
Mrs. Szczech lives in Wales, Wisconsin with her husband, Rob, and their four children. She holds a Bachelor of Science-Elementary Education degree from Louisiana State University. Upon graduating, she moved to Alief, TX where she taught 1st grade until returning to Milwaukee for a 1st grade teaching position at 27th Street School (MPS). She continued to refine her educational philosophy—each student “fearfully and wonderfully made”—while working for a major educational publisher, serving as an inner-city Choice school developer for teachers, and teaching in a multi-age classroom at IMPACT School in Oconomowoc. She homeschooled her children from 2010-2016, and in transitioning to TAA in 2016, brought along her youngest to join our first class. Pam and her family serve in several ministries of St. Michael’s Anglican Church.
1st Grade/Supplemental Elementary Instructor - Andrea Davenport
Mrs. Davenport always wanted to be a teacher, and has taught elementary education for 10 years, with experience in both public and private school settings. She received her master’s degree from Alverno College in 2009, with an emphasis in Mathematics Instruction, and her teaching degree from UW-LaCrosse in 2005 with certifications in Elementary through Middle School Education, as well as Special Education. Andrea teaches TAA's first grade class in morning disciplinary subjects and also instructs 5th grade math.
2nd Grade Instructor - Jen Thompson
Mrs. Thompson has 15 years of teaching experience at a local Christian school across many grades and subjects, including high school sewing. She and her husband Tom have three grown children, all graduated from college and serving the Lord in various professions in the Milwaukee area. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Judson University in Elgin, IL, lives with her husband in Waukesha, and attends Gospel Fellowship of Sussex. In her free time she enjoys traveling, going for walks, sewing, and reading.
3rd-4th Grade Instructor - Kimberly Wagner
Kimberly Wagner holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree of education and administration, and a doctorate in higher education and leadership, all from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She has experience as a 2nd grade teacher in a Christian, classical school in Texas, where she also led in curriculum and administrative roles. Kimberly, her husband, and two children (also TAA students) attend Meadowbrook Church in Wauwatosa.
3rd-5th Grade Instructor - Laurie Spoerke
Laurie has over two decades of teaching experience from K4 to 12th grade, including special needs instruction at Pewaukee High School, and 5th grade at Purdy Elementary in Fort Atkinson, WI. Laurie holds a bachelor’s degree in education from University of Wisconsin Whitewater. She has performed continuing and enrichment education work at University of Wisconsin Waukesha, Trinity University, Concordia University, Cardinal Stritch University, and the Center for Innovation in Education. Laurie has a strong heart for Christian education and has shown a passion for upper elementary students and the TAA model. Laurie is a mother of three children ranging from 17-24 and her family attends Elmbrook Church.
5th-7th Grade Instructor - Abby Thompson
Abby Thompson has a bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance and Bible from the University of Northwestern--St. Paul with a minor in Theatre. She has spent the last two years at a local Christian school teaching choir, Bible, drama, and directing five major theatrical productions. Abby is currently working towards a Master's degree in Apologetics from Houston Baptist University. She attends Gospel Fellowship of Sussex where she serves on the worship team. She enjoys reading C. S. Lewis, traveling (ask her about her archeological adventure in Israel!), and all things British.
Supplemental Instructor - Mary Lou Qualler
Mrs. Qualler is passionate about teaching and has taught in both the public and Christian school setting. She has experience in many subjects from social studies to math to reading. Her teaching certificates include a reading specialist license and 1-8 all subject areas license. She is honored to be a part of The Augustine Academy where joy and commitment to academic excellence are exemplified. Outside of school you will find Mary spending time with her family, reading, gardening, walking, and volunteering.
Spanish Instructor - Karen Buehrle
Mrs. Buehrle joins our staff as a seasoned homeschooler whose family has been an integral part of the school's early life. She and her husband Dan have five children, three of whom are enrolled in The Augustine Academy. Karen earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and during college spent time studying in Spain. She subsequently worked for National Instruments (Austin, TX) and GE-Healthcare (Milwaukee, WI), and is grateful for the opportunity to teach not only her own children, but also TAA's growing cadre of students, for whom language can be a practical, eye-opening skill for exploring other cultures.
Music/Choral Instructor - Diane Skrobis
Ms. Skrobis has been instructing choruses from pre-school to college level for over 40 years. She is the Founder/Director of The Children's Choir of Waukesha where for 18 years she has been directing choirs spanning grades 1-12. She also founded and still directs The Singing Tree, a preschool music program for newborn babies through age 6 and their parents. She Diane is an active church musician and directs the Alverno College Women's Choir. We are elated to have her seasoned expertise and love for the joy of music as an integral part of our TAA staff team!
Art Instructor - Kara Rortvedt
Mrs. Rortvedt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and has experience teaching a variety of different ages ranging from age four to thirteen. After several years as a stay at home mom Kara is glad to be back in the classroom. Her position at The Augustine Academy combines both her passion for teaching and her passion for art. In her free time Kara loves to be artistic, designing and creating different types of handmade signs that she sells at local craft fairs and online. Kara and her husband have two young children and reside in the Lake Country area.
Office Administrator - Kristen Pettigrew
Kristen has an extensive background in administration within the field of ministry, educational system, and small businesses. She has a heart for missions and has operated as the treasurer and administrator of an international non-profit since 2010. She does graphic design for small businesses/non-profits. She also loves refurbishing furniture, which has turned into a small business.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Crisis Counseling with a minor in Christian Counseling at Liberty University. Kristen also enjoys camping, trail running, horseback riding, and art such as drawing.
Brian and Christina Hagedorn
Brian and Christina Hagedorn met at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. Brian majored in philosophy and Christina in elementary education. They married in 2001, and after Christina graduated, they moved to Chicago where Brian enrolled at Northwestern University School of Law. Three years later, Brian graduated, they had a growing family, and were living back in Brian's home state of Wisconsin.
They settled in Kenosha for a time while Brian worked at a law firm in Milwaukee. In 2010, Brian took a job as an Assistant Attorney General in Madison. Not long after moving there, Brian was appointed Chief Legal Counsel for Governor Walker where he served for almost 5 years. In the fall of 2015, the Governor appointed Brian to an appellate court judgeship, and they moved to Oconomowoc.
The Hagedorns have 5 children: Gabriel, Olivia, Anna, Abram, and Lily. They have homeschooled their children and found great delight in being an integral part of their children's lives and their education. The classical model has been a foundation for their pedagogy, particularly its focus on great books and great thinking. Their last year in Madison, the three oldest children attended Charis Classical Academy--a gospel-centered classically-based university-model® school. They grew to appreciate this model and are excited to be a part of building a school that, by God's grace, will assist parents in raising up the next generation to know Him and serve God's purposes in the years to come.
Dan Buehrle is a committed job creator and philanthropist, improving the lives of individuals and the communities in which they live and work. He currently serves as regional managing director for the Wisconsin Business Center at the Principal©. Dan holds a leadership role with several Milwaukee-area organizations, meeting his level of commitment to improve the lives of children, while providing a hand up to the next generation:
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Foundation Board of Directors
The Augustine Academy, founding member
Dan and his wife, Karen, are parents to five children, two of whom were recently adopted from Bulgaria. His career aspirations are to retire in 10 years and dedicate himself to public service.
Nate joined The Augustine Academy board in 2017. He currently serves as Executive Vice President and Partner of PS Companies, a search firm specializing in placing lawyers into corporations and law firms. He holds a BA in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Trinity International University. Away from work, he enjoys the outdoors, coaching his kids in youth sports and serving at Gospel Fellowship of Sussex.
Nate and his wife Jamie met in middle school and have four children: Nathan, CJ, Evelyn and Dash. Nathan and CJ are in their second year at The Augustine Academy. Prior to this, they were homeschooling Nathan, and were praying to find a school that combined top level education rooted in the Gospel. By God’s grace they found The Augustine Academy and are thankful for the education their kids are receiving.
Jeremiah and Catie Behling
Jeremiah Behling “JB” owns and operates Utmost Capital Connection, a mergers and acquisition advisory firm specializing in targeted transactions for family investment offices and private equity groups. His prior leadership experience includes strategic, financial, and operational responsibilities for business and ministry. Concurrently, he serves as the owner and President of a Hartland based machine tool component company called Techna-Tool.
Outside the office, JB enjoys outdoor adventure, tennis, theology, and cooking/eating breakfast with his wife Cate and three young children Mercy, Mac, and Haven. JB earned bachelor degrees from Wheaton College in Business/Finance and Bible/Theology.
Catie, a mom of three children, joined The Augustine Academy Board in 2018 where she serves using her relational gifts and ministry leadership experience. Catie holds a Masters degree in Psychology with a concentration in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. Prior to having children, she worked as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst as a Florida regional manager of behavior therapists working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related disabilities. For 6 years Catie worked closely with therapists and families both in the clinic and in the home designing and implementing skill acquisition programs for children ages birth to 15. She received her undergraduate degree in Bassoon Performance with a concentration in Bible/Theology from Wheaton College where she met her husband, Jeremiah, who also serves on The Augustine Academy Board. Catie enjoys attending Bible Study Fellowship, cooking and entertaining/hospitality, hiking and skiing with her family, and going to the symphony.