Amy Marotz, M.Ed

Director, Lead Educator-Guide,

Holistic Education Expert

With 15+ years teaching experience, Miss Amy prides herself on truly hearing, seeing and valuing every individual student. She believes that the most important product of any educational system should be a happy, healthy child, balanced in mind, body and spirit. She strives to fill students with abiding love, compassion and grace for themselves, their families, and their communities at large.

As a trained studio artist, she endeavors to bring fine art into the classroom at every opportunity.  Her other love is travel, which she channels into the school’s Roadschool trips.

Aaron Bayer

One Room Schoolhouse Educator-Guide,

Leadership/Entrepreneur Expert

Twenty-one years serving in the US Air Force has given Mr. Aaron unique knowledge in entrepreneurship and leadership.  He served as a Unit Training Manager as well as a Base Education Training officer, directly responsible for mentoring and guiding all new recruits through basic and initial skills training.

Aaron and his wife also own and operate three businesses based on residual income concept. They utilize systems to leverage their businesses to create time freedom to spend more time with their two highly sensitive children (ages 9 & 11), and to pursue their passions of travel and adventure.

Aaron is an extremely animated and passionate teacher. His background in elementary education combines with his authentic positivity to ignite a love of learning in every student he comes in contact with, making him an amazing mentor and guide for our school.

Kevin Beyer

Mixed-Age Kindergarten Educator-Guide

Mr. Kevin is a gentle and nurturing teacher who teaches through music, art, play, and laughter.

His experience working with youth began in Christian summer camps. He also was lead educator and caregiver for an in-home daycare when his oldest children were young.

Kevin is also a professional photographer, artist and talented musician who shares his gifts and mentorship with the older students during their Passion Project time.


Thor Riley

Outdoor Educator-Guide

Being raised in rural Wisconsin gave Mr. Thor the opportunity to learn agricultural practices from local farmers. He spent every free moment of his youth exploring the abundance of lakes, rivers, fields and forests around him. As an avid outdoorsman, his passion is to teach the next generation to appreciate, respect and enjoy nature and its splendors. He wants every child to realize the importance that people have in relation to their environment on a global scale.

As a skilled businessman, craftsman, and parent of a highly sensitive child (age 4), he has a wide variety of skills that will lend themselves to both operating a school, as well as mentoring and inspiring students’ Passion Projects ( asphalt paving, masonry, woodworking, carpentry, landscaping, tile, cooking, gardening, sales, and restaurant/inventory management).

Thor’s ability to make genuine connections with students, while quietly evaluating their individual passions in order to mentor them, is a unique combination. He has a powerful vision for the environment and giving back to the community.

Shannon Zwyiec

Summer Educator-Guide

Shannon comes to us with 16 years of special education services as an Intervener for children with deafblindness and several years of Montessori teaching prior to that.  Accessibility, advocacy and appropriate educational services for all students are her passions. 
Hobbies include knitting, sewing, crafting, and reading as many books as possible.  She is also our in-house chicken expert, and has been teaching us all about our flock.
Shannon holds a degree in American Sign Language Interpreting.