Executive Director - Rebecca Good
Mrs. Good is a former management consultant and Harvard University chaplain, who's excited to be taking the helm of The Augustine Academy this year! Her most recent work for a classically-driven educational nonprofit in Washington, DC sparked her hunt for a best-fit education for her children-- and ultimately led to her co-founding The Augustine Academy in fall 2016. Rebecca holds a masters in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary, an Honors BBA in finance from Texas A&M University, and a postgraduate certificate from Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University. She and her husband Josh have three children, Elliot, Claire and Cathryn.
Dean of Academic Instruction and Latin Instructor - Sarah Gavin
Ms. Gavin is a native Wisconsinite who is excited to bring her love of learning to The Augustine Academy. A graduate of Brookfield Academy, she holds a B.A. in English Literature from Grove City College and a Masters in Social Anthropology from the University of St. Andrews. Sarah began her education career in a classical Christian school in North Carolina, before moving back to Milwaukee to coach curricular instruction in a variety of educational settings, including Eastbrook Academy and Dayspring/Bright Rising Arts and Education. Her teaching experience spans kindergarten through 12th grades, and while she’s taught literature, debate, logic, apologetics, and public speaking, teaching history is her absolute favorite.
6th-8th Grade Teacher- Charlene Williams
Mrs. Williams joins us from 14 years at Milwaukee’s Eastbrook Academy, a college preparatory school instructing in the classical liberal arts and committed to Christian living. Her experience ranges from K4 to middle school, but middle-schoolers are her admitted favorite, enjoying the wit, sensitivities, and developed curiosities that come with their developmental stage. She is a lover of history and enjoys working with students to bring the story of people alive, unveiling the ideas behind the events and the whys motivating action. She is wife to Dave and mother to four beautiful children- and recently became a grandmother! Having recently moved back to Waukesha, she is excited to meet and get to know many new students and their families.
3rd-5th Grade Teacher - Farrah Schmidt
Ms. Schmidt moved back to Wisconsin in 2014 after receiving a Liberal Arts degree from Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee. Since then, she has enjoyed working with students ranging from K-4 through 12th grade, including those with physical disabilities and special needs. For the last 3 years she has been at a Christian high school teaching a variety of subjects including Geography, Spanish, and Psychology. In addition, she has two years experience in child care and was a lead teacher at an after school program at Wales Elementary.
K-2nd Grade Teacher - 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. Since 2010 she has homeschooled her children, while serving in several ministries of St. Michael’s Anglican Church.
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 both Elementary through Middle School Education, as well as Special Education. She joined us for our inaugural year last year and is looking forward to another year at The Augustine Academy!
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 - Rachel Richardson
Ms. Richardson's interest in art began at a young age, largely because of the influence of her grandfather, Arne Kvaalen, who served as an art professor at Purdue University. After high school, she took a Minneapolis-based correspondence course from Art Instruction Schools, which helped her build a solid foundation in the core principles and provided the tools needed to further advance. For a period of time, Rachel's focus was on children’s ministry and missions education in southeastern Romania, but more recently she has sensed God’s redirection to equip and teach others, both at TAA and through her work with Waukesha Parks and Recreation.
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.
Director Of Spiritual Life - Sean Steinke
Mr. Steinke is a veteran teacher, school administrator and an ordained pastor currently ministering at St. Michaels Anglican Church in Delafield in music, youth, and children's programs. He met his wife, Kristine at UW Madison while earning a Hebrew degree and this year they celebrate their 30th anniversary. Together they homeschooled and raised their four children who are all faithfully engaged in their local churches and careers. Sean brings a broad experience of teaching, administration and ministry experience in a variety of settings including homeschool, seminary, private school, college, missions, and church planting ministries. He leads our Thursday Chapel and L'Abri Lunch for the Middle School each Wednesday.
Office Administrator - Erika Marcott
Mrs. Marcott serves to lead communications, admissions, marketing and all office work at TAA. While earning a music degree from Bethel University, she found that what she loved even more than singing was planning tours, organizing events, and caring for people. After time as an admissions counselor, Erika became a stay at home mom to her son and foster daughter, until the launch of TAA last year. She is excited to be a part of the day to day work at the school, serving parents, and helping in its continued growth.
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.
Josh and Rebecca Good
Josh and Rebecca Good joined the Hagedorn’s vision early on as those who'd dreamt of a similar educational model for their children, in the context of real community motivated to make it happen. Josh holds a BA in History from Covenant College, a masters in theological studies from Harvard University, and a CMRS certificate from Keble College, Oxford University.
In summer 2015 Josh and Rebecca moved to Lake Country, WI, so that Josh could run a program in Faith, Work, and Economics at the Kern Family Foundation in Waukesha. The Goods have three children: Elliot (8), Claire (5), and Cathryn (2), all of whom are loving new learning in the wide-open spaces of Wisconsin!
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:
- MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer) Board of Directors
- Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Foundation Board of Directors
- Employ Milwaukee Board of Directors, and Chairman, Employ Milwaukee Financial Advisory Board
- 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.