Staff

AMANDA BOLAN

Advisor / Co-Lead Teacher

email: abolan@montelloschools.org

school cell: (608) 369-4468

classroom: (608) 297-2126, x201

Ms. Bolan grew up in Janesville, Wisconsin, and has learned to appreciate nature through family camping trips and being a YMCA camp counselor. She graduated from Ripon College with a Bachelor’s in Politics and Government and Education, while volunteering at TAGOS Leadership Academy in Janesville, discovering project-based learning and the goal of PBL charter schools. She student taught on the Navajo Reservation in northeastern Arizona, and completed her first year of teaching at Pinon High School. Having lived within the Navajo community and being an active community member in Pinon, she understands the importance of environmental education. The reservation has had a number of environmental problems from uranium and coal mining to lack of water to litter. She was happy to bring her knowledge and expertise back to Wisconsin, and enjoys bringing a historical perspective to the classroom, both indoors and outside. In 2019, she was honored with a Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Fellowship in recognition of her teaching, leadership, and service.

SKYLAR L. PRIMM

Advisor / Co-Lead Teacher

email: sprimm@montelloschools.org

twitter: @skylarprimm

school cell: (608) 369-4451

classroom: (608) 297-2126, x200

Mr. Primm was born and raised in New Orleans, earning a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of New Orleans in 2002. He moved to Madison and earned a Master of Science in Geology from the University of Wisconsin in 2006, followed by teacher certification from Edgewood College in 2009. As a student teacher at Middleton Alternative Senior High, he experienced firsthand the importance of community building and individualized education in the classroom. He now has over a decade of experience teaching in project-based learning schools, starting at TAGOS Leadership Academy in Janesville before moving to High Marq in 2011. Skylar is also a fellow of the Greater Madison Writing Project, which nourishes his passions for collaboration, reflection, and research. In 2017, he was honored with a Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Fellowship in recognition of his teaching, leadership, and service. He currently serves on the boards of the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education, the statewide organization supporting advocacy, networking, and recognition in the field, and the Human Restoration Project, which supports resources and advocacy for progressive, student-centered education.

He has been featured on the Things Fall Apart and TG2Cast podcasts, and has presented his work at the Innovative Schools Network, Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education and North American Association for Environmental Education conferences. He blogs about his teaching at medium.com/@skylarp, and his work has been published by Teachers Going Gradeless, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the Green Schools National Network. Outside of school, Mr. Primm may be found taking pictures of rocks, birds, and (especially) lichens.

TIFFANY LODHOLZ

Field Naturalist / School Assistant

email: tlodholz@montelloschools.org

classroom: (608) 297-2126, x202

Tiffany Lodholz was born and raised in Wausau, WI. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 2000 with minors in Geology, Environmental Science, and Women's Studies. After graduating, she worked for 10 years at the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault as the Disabilities, Aging, and Rural Program Coordinator and the Senior Program Manager. She then worked as the Water Quality and Quantity Coordinator for Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network and the Grants Coordinator for Marquette County Healthy Communities, Healthy Youth before joining High Marq in 2017. She has served as the President of the Wisconsin Friends of John Muir since the organizations inception in 2013 and is passionate about preserving the landscapes of Muir's boyhood. In her free time, Tiffany enjoys exploring the great outdoors with her family.

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