Our Staff

Rebecca Fox-Blair

Executive Director & Teacher

Rebecca, a teacher for 30 years and co-founder of MG21, has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and teacher certification from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is currently working on her Master’s in Educational Leadership at Concordia. She is certified in history, broad field social studies, charter schools and alternative education. Rebecca was a 2010 Kohl Education Foundation Fellow award winner. She has long been an advocate of student activism and loves the opportunity to work in a student driven, project based school. Rebecca serves as the Executive Director of MG21, as well as a teacher and advisor. Rebecca is married with two adult children. In her free time (which there is not a lot of) she enjoys walking her dog Cassidy, camping, kayaking, reading and fishing.

Jodi Anderson

Special Education Teacher

My first and most important role is as a mother of 4 amazing daughters and one very handsome brand new grandson, Henry Thomas. I have worked with children/adolescents for over 23 years in a variety of settings and have loved every single minute of it! I was born and raised up north ( the actual up north-lol) in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. I moved to the Madison area (currently live in Cottage Grove) about 12 years ago and while I haven’t ventured out a ton, I have truly enjoyed the caliber of people and opportunities this area offers. I received my bachelors in child development and human studies from UW- Superior and my teaching degree and Masters degree from Marian University in Fond Du Lac. I have taught in the Sun Prairie, Beaver Dam and Madison school systems and have learned so much from the families and students along the way. I am excited to be joining MG21 because the philosophy and teaching models align perfectly with my beliefs and values and I am beyond excited to be a part of this growing family. In my free time (what is free time..?) I love to read, take long walks, go fishing and first and foremost, spend time with family. I can’t wait to start this new journey of exploring with the students and helping them to uncover their greatness!

Michelle Bartman

Upper Campus Teacher

Dr. Michelle Bartman has been teaching high school science since 2003. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Education and a Ph.D. in Comparative Biomedical Sciences from UW Madison in 2012. She previously taught Human Anatomy, Biotechnology, Biology, and an EMT course at McFarland and Baraboo High Schools, and is passionate about sharing the amazing world of science with her students. Outside of school, Michelle loves spending time with her friends and family, including her husband, Fred, and her 2 young children, Teagan and Molly. She enjoys reading crime, science, or literary fiction books and cooking a variety of healthy and tasty dishes. She also enjoys being outdoors, and spends her time camping, hiking, biking, or hanging out at home on her deck. Michelle is excited to join the staff of MG21 and all the new adventures and possibilities that will come!

Alyanna Cooper

Special Education Assistant

Alyanna is proud to be a part of the MG21 community. She believes it is a rewarding community to be involved in because it allows not only students but staff to be exactly who they are. They motivate, support and empower each other. Being able to be in an environment that is uplifting and inspirational is so graceful. The support she gives is given back to her 10 times more than she could ever have imagined. She has a true passion for working with our youngest learners! Helping each child progress in all areas of their development—academic, social, language, and motor—is a challenge that she is honored to accept daily. She strives to create a community of learners that nurtures this growth in a positive, fun environment. She worked in the dental field for over 15 years and decided she wanted to follow her true passion and is rewarding. She is a single mother of three fantastic young men who are 20,15, and 10 years old. They are all in Monona Grove schools. They love to watch and play sports—hockey, football, volleyball, basketball, baseball, and swimming! She also enjoys reading, cooking, music, relaxing at the beach or outside, and spending time with friends and family. Building a strong foundation in life is important to her and brings her so much joy and positivity.

Gene Delcourt

Upper Campus Teacher

Gene considers himself to be a jack of most trades and a master of some. He’s been a soldier, spending 3 years in the U.S. Army, an Airman in the U.S. Air Force, spending 7 years installing and maintaining sensitive communications equipment all over the NATO alliance. He’s been an artist, a musician, an avid softball enthusiast but most importantly, he’s a teacher. He got his teaching degree from UW-Madison back in 1992 and after a brief stint in grad school, getting a Masters degree in Fine Arts, he taught for 3 years at West High School. He then transferred to Malcolm Shabazz High School, where he taught for 20 years before retiring to create a business making eco-friendly, metal free caskets. His interest and desire to teach never waned. He loves the challenges and the joys of being in the classroom again.

Andrea Fresen

Social Worker

Since graduating from UW-Madison with her Master’s in Social Work in 2017, Andrea has been working as a School Social Worker in the greater Madison area. After an internship at Shabazz High School, Andrea has known she has always wanted a career working in a school that is a little different than what is typical. Andrea has a passion for mental health work and providing an environment that is safe, supportive and healing. She takes an individualized, student centered approach to provide services in the classroom, small group and one on one setting. She enjoys collaborating with families and other care providers to achieve the most consistent and responsive support for each child. Outside of school, Andrea is busy chasing after a busy toddler and settling into her new home on the east side. Some of her hobbies include foraging berries and mushrooms, eating with others, traveling and most recently creating a yard that will be beautiful and good for the earth!

Joel Jarosky

Upper Campus Teacher

Joel grew up in the Chicago area (go, Bears!), but calls many places “home.” He received a BA in English at St. Ambrose University, where his study abroad experiences in Ecuador and Peru changed his life.  He then went on to teach in the Peace Corps where he served in Turkmenistan from 2008-2010. Much to his surprise, Joel returned to the U.S. wanting to be a teacher. He received a teaching fellowship from Teachers College, Columbia University, where he lived and taught in the Bronx and uptown Manhattan while earning a Masters degree in the Teaching of English.  After falling in love with the Dominican culture his students had shown him in NYC, Joel then went to teach at an international school in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where he ate a whole bunch of mangoes, and learned to dance a mean bachata.  It was at that point he and his now wife, Summer, decided to head back to the good ol’ midwest to be closer to their families.  Joel loves spending time with his wife and two sons, Justice and Caspian.  He loves biking, paddleboarding, crooning on his guitar and eating too much ice cream. Joel is thrilled to be a part of a school community that gives voice and ownership to students, and empowers them to follow their own unique interests and passions.

Stacy Levin

Administrative Assistant

Stacy grew up in New Jersey, went to art school in Baltimore and got a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology at the UW-Madison. She left her job of many years doing graphic design at Overture Center to care for her elderly and sick father. Since then she started a business, EarthSilks, dyeing silk using plants, earth and sawdust. This coincides with her passion for learning about plants, “weeds” and herbs as food and medicine. She has a deep respect for alternative education and volunteered at Malcolm Shabazz High School for many years. She believes in life long learning, a just society for all and in looking at life creatively while searching out ways to grow and change. These are all values that MG21 embraces. She is thrilled to be part of the MG21 staff.

Chloe Malmgren

Special Education Teacher

 After graduating from UW-Madison with a degree in Special Education, Chloe worked as a special education teacher in Madison for two years, where she had the opportunity to work with students with a wide range of support needs. Chloe is so excited to join the MG21 team! She will be working with students in the Middle Campus, and will be splitting her time between MG21 and MGHS. Chloe takes a collaborative approach to teaching, and takes the time to build connections with each student. Chloe encourages her students to be strong self-advocates, and takes an individualized approach with each student depending on their needs. Chloe has a wide range of hobbies and interests, including studying Japanese, backpacking, playing video games / board games, traveling, DJing, and taking care of animals (she currently lives with Salem the cat, Kirby the axolotl and Goblin the leopard gecko). She loves experiencing new things and learning new skills.

Alexandra “Alex” Mentele

Middle Campus Teacher

Upon graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010 with degrees in Russian Language and Civilization and Languages and Cultures of Asia, Alex immediately felt called to wander and started dabbling in the world of international teaching. Beginning in Kyiv teaching English to adults, she continued to adventure across the globe and has since taught both elementary and middle grades in Kyrgyzstan and Croatia. She enjoys taking an incredibly active role in her school and has experience engaging with students through arts and drama, exploration of the natural landscape and surrounding culture, and investigations into what exactly makes our world tick. Originally hailing from Eau Claire, Alex’s biggest passions include biking, podcasts, exploring the great outdoors with her vivacious Krygz mutt, Margot, and playing board games with her English-Scot partner, Stuart.

Judge Siegler

 Special Educational Assistant

 Judge Siegler comes from the east side of Madison. A long time caregiver, Judge has an associates degree in Early Childhood Education from Madison College, and has worked for several years in 4K and preschool settings. Last year Judge went from Lunch Supervisor at MG21 to a part time Educational Assistant, and now Judge will be a full time Special-Education Assistant with MG21’s Middle Campus! In their free time Judge enjoys playing various tabletop games such as Magic the Gathering and especially Dungeons and Dragons. Judge runs a number of events for middle aged children in these games, as well as judging tournaments at Misty Mountain Games.

Julie Theado

Reading Teacher

Julie grew up in Sheboygan, WI. She moved to Madison to attend college and has lived there ever since. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Special Education, and a Reading Teacher’s license. Her teaching experiences have been diverse, ranging from teaching 2nd grade, student teaching in England, and working with adolescent boys in a residential drug treatment program. She has divided her time between MG21 and the high school for the past 5 years. She has also been an adviser for the GSA – which is a club for LGBTQ+ students and their allies – at the high school for the last two years.
      When she is not working, Julie enjoys spending time with her husband, two teenaged kiddos, and dog Athena. She also loves reading, going to concerts, gardening, biking, swimming, paddleboarding, and traveling. Some of her favorite places to travel have been the Redwood forest in California, Ireland, and South Korea. South Korea is of special importance to her; it is the birthplace of her two adopted children.

Melissa “Mel” Zastrow

Middle Campus Teacher

Since graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Mel has studied tropical biology in Costa Rica, taught English in coastal Ecuador, worked on an organic mushroom farm, taught at both Jefferson Middle School and a Montessori school, and married one of the greatest people she knows, Josh. They live with their dog Maggie and three chickens just a bike ride away from school. Outside of work, she is an avid gardener and a wilderness backpacker and is most content outside, immersed in nature. Her pile of books never gets smaller, only grows taller- she loves lounging in a hammock while reading. Mel is passionate about learning and exploring this world. She enjoys projects (especially completing them!), watersports, trying new recipes, writing stories, and exploring new places. She considers MG21 home and feels fortunate to be part of such a beautiful community.