Our Instructors


Hilary Schwartz
Lead Instructor

Favorite Book: Currently anything by C.S. Lewis

Hobbies: Most recently I've been alternating between knitting, playing the piano or anything that will keep me from doing housework (ugh).

Favorite Literary Quote: "We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the progressive." - C.S. Lewis

Why I Enjoy Working at WILDD: It's a great privilege to help guide a person's way to understanding written language and math at the precise pace that is perfect for them, and it's a great joy to see them "take off" as their struggles diminish and their confidence grows.

Patricia Reed

Favorite Book: An American Summer by Frank Deford

Hobbies: Reading

Favorite Literary Quote: "You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend." - Paul Sweeney

Why I Enjoy Working at WILDD: Helping people learn to read is the most rewarding thing in the world! Reading is my favorite thing and to open that door for others is an amazing gift.

Heather Walker

Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Hobbies: Reading, cooking/baking, writing, exploring with my kiddos

Favorite Literary Quote: "The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it." - J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Why I Enjoy Working at WILDD: WILDD is a place where amazing students learn how to understand the language and where they can find a love of reading. Who wouldn't want to be a part of that?

Raye Holab

Favorite Book: Too many to choose from! This year it's Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler.

Hobbies: Reading, writing, dance, videogaming, hiking

Favorite Literary Quote: “You cannot buy the revolution. You cannot make the revolution. You can only be the revolution. It is in your spirit, or it is nowhere.” ― Ursula K. Le Guin

Why I Enjoy Working at WILDD: WILDD has some of the most caring, thoughtful, and passionate people I've had the pleasure of working with. As an instructor here, I get to work with students of all ages and backgrounds. It's incredibly fulfilling.

Jill Irwin

Favorite Book: There But For The by Ali Smith

Hobbies: Camping and cooking

Favorite Literary Quote: Lewis Carroll's' explanation of the word Jabberwock: “[…] the Anglo-Saxon word ‘wocer’ or ‘wocor’ signifies ‘offspring’ or ‘fruit’. Taking ‘jabber’ in its ordinary acceptation of ‘excited and voluble discussion’, this would give the meaning of ‘the result of much excited and voluble discussion’.”

Why I Enjoy Working at WILDD: I love words and I love to share them. I also love working with other people. It's a match made in heaven!

Rachel Hackler

Favorite Book: The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

Hobbies: Travelling, reading, and dancing

Favorite Literary Quote: "Do or do not, there is no try." - Star Wars

Why I Enjoy Working at WILDD: I love watching my clients grow. They start out so unsure, but before they know it, they are reading books smoothly and spelling giant words like a breeze! I love being a part of that journey.

Lynn Lund

Favorite Book: The Once and Future King by T. H. White

Hobbies: Yoga, Mah Jong, Swimming

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Why I Enjoy Working at WILDD: The students! And the staff is so supportive; always there to help.

Kara Sturdy

Favorite Book: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Hobbies: To invent, create and/or fix things

Favorite Literary Quote: "The best treasure to discover is the potential in others and the greatest gift to give to the world is to help them reach it!"

Why I Enjoy Working at WILDD: I believe that a dyslexic person is a gifted person who is a champion of change, and it is my goal to give the world as many champions of change that I can! 

Celsie Fluharty

Favorite Book: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Hobbies: Running, cooking, crafting, & reading

Favorite Literary Quote: "Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out." --Robert Collier

Why I Enjoy Working at WILDD: I teach for WILDD because students deserve a positive place to learn, grow, overcome and build confidence.

Joan Kohler

Favorite Book:

  • Teaching with Fire: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Teach, Sam M. Intrator and Megan Scribner, editors
  • Sisters of the Earth: Women's Prose and Poetry About Nature, Lorraine Anderson, editor 
  • Poetry by Mary Oliver, Robert Frost, Naomi Shihab Nye and many more

Hobbies: Reading is more a way of life for me than a hobby -- it’s one of my most satisfying activities.  I live near an Audubon bird sanctuary and visit it almost every day. Day trips to explore Wisconsin rural areas and towns are always a highlight in my free time.  I also enjoy making cards with art graphics and poetry for friends and family.

Favorite Literary Quote:

Plants flourish,… at their own internal clock….
Connections are made slowly, sometimes they grow underground.
You cannot tell always by looking what is happening….
Every gardener knows that after the digging, after the planting,
after the long season of tending and growth, the harvest comes.

--Marge Piercy

Why I Enjoy Working at WILDD: As I work with each student, I become invested in their growth and success – every one of them is so obviously filled with promise. It feels very worthwhile to help students build knowledge and skills that can not only open up stronger academic performance but will also enrich their lives far into the future.

Rebecca Goeke

Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Hobbies: Writing, singing, scrapbooking, historical docent

Favorite Literary Quote: "Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.” Chinese proverb

Why I Enjoy Working at WILDD: I enjoy the opportunity to teach and work with students one-on-one, which enables us to expand and explore learning together as a team.