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 passions are travel, which she channels into the school’s Roadschool trips, and animals- which are an important part of every student’s daily experience at AWS.

Amy is the parent of two HSC (ages 11 & 14).

Aaron Bayer

One Room Schoolhouse 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 10 & 13), 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 kid he comes in contact with, making him an amazing mentor and guide for our students.

Jenelle DenHerder

Mixed-Age Kindergarten Guide


Jenelle is a nurturing, creative, and fun kindergarten guide with an 18 year background in childcare and teaching.

Her educational background includes an associates degree in early childhood development and a bachelors degree in early childhood education.

She believes children learn best through play in a calm, safe and gentle environment which has been thoughtfully curated in our classroom.

Jenelle takes a child led approach to teaching, which includes actively listening to what the children are interested in, then incorporating those interests into the lessons to foster their development. This approach develops  a love and passion for learning.

She has an organic approach to teaching and learning. Meeting the student where they are developmentally and scaffolding their growth.

She also recognizes the wisdom that nature provides and blends it into the curriculum, allowing nature to guide us as we navigate our Mother Earth during forest school.

She enjoys spending quality time with her family (she has two HSC, ages 4 and 7), watching her two young children explore the world, working in the garden, tincturing herbs, painting, and going on walks.


Mimi Petroske

Assistant Kindergarten Guide


Miss Mimi’s bio is coming soon!

Danielle Nitz

Arts Guide


Miss Danielle’s bio is coming soon!

Rachel Petroske

Assistant Guide


Miss Rachel’s bio is coming soon!

Thor Riley



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.  He has a powerful vision for the environment and giving back to the community.

As a skilled businessman, craftsman, and parent of a highly sensitive child (age 5), he has a wide variety of skills that 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).