Acton Academy Midwest is guided by a team of creative, passionate people. We call our leaders ‘guides’ instead of teachers to reflect our focus on the Socratic method. These excellent individuals focus on empowering learners to discover how to DO. BE. LEARN.
Ms. Danica Bauer, Head of School, is a dedicated and passionate educator with a Bachelor's Degree in education. Her extensive educational background equips her with a profound understanding of education systems and public health, fostering her commitment to meaningful change.
Her notable strengths lie in conducting needs assessments and developing targeted interventions, addressing diverse community needs effectively. Danica's expertise in the Community Schools Framework allows her to promote student success and foster inclusive educational environments through collaboration with stakeholders.
A skilled data analyst, she translates complex data into accessible information for informed decision-making. Danica's exceptional communication skills enable her to deliver engaging presentations and trainings to diverse audiences, making complex concepts easily understandable.
Danica's professionalism demonstrate her dedication to excellence and accountability.
Mrs. Jodie Visker, Lead Guide, passionately advocates for inclusive and personalized learning, crafting educational settings to cater to individual children's requirements, fostering strengths, and tackling challenges.
She excels in collaboration across various domains:
Leveraging her Master Gardener expertise, she nurtures natural growth using extensive knowledge of plants and hydroponics.
With culinary finesse, she creates appealing, healthy meals accommodating dietary sensitivities.
Drawing from 15+ years of experience, she encourages creativity and growth via interactive learning.
Guiding collaborative youth projects ignites personal development.
Employing gentle techniques, she ensures a conducive learning environment for all ages.
Expertise in securing funds drives impactful initiatives.
She involves locals in educational projects, forging a supportive network.
Mrs. Visker's dedication and expertise promise innovative growth and positive change in education and communities.
Her incorporation of the Socratic method enhances her ability to foster inclusive and personalized learning experiences, enriching her diverse skill set for a meaningful contribution to education and community development.
Mrs. Miriam Cavanagh, Creative Director, is the owner of a Custom Art business called Joyful Light. She has been a professional artist the last five years, with twenty years of amateur experience.
Miriam is also an Art Guide for Acton Academy, and has taught varying art classes within the community from children to adults.
She is a certified Guide for the organization 1Life Fully Lived, empowering individuals to creatively envision and step into the best version of themselves.
She is passionate about drawing out creativity in everyone, from arts to the entrepreneurial mindset.
Her key to success is to always have an attitude of gratitude and servitude, and never stop learning.
Dr. Ann Wonderling, the proprietor of Family Vision Center and Vision Therapy Academy, stands out as one of Wisconsin's four optometrists to have completed a residency in vision therapy and pediatric optometry. Moreover, she's among just seven optometrists in the state to hold Fellowship status in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. Her professional accolades comprise:
Presidency of the Wisconsin Optometric Association (2019)
Vice-presidency of the Wisconsin Optometric Association (2017)
Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry
Wisconsin Young Optometrist of the Year (2007)
Boyd Eskridge Clinical Excellence Award, University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB)
Doctorate of Optometry, UAB, 2003
Pediatric residency, UAB, 2003-2004
Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Beyond her practice, Dr. Wonderling has generously volunteered her expertise to endeavors like Special Olympics, the Cahaba Valley Health Initiative, and Camp Seale Harris, which serves children with diabetes. She's also engaged with Volunteer Optometrists Serving Humanity (VOSH), contributing to mission trips across countries including Mexico, Cuba, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, and the Dominican Republic. In Wisconsin, she is a provider for Vision USA.
Outside of her professional pursuits, Dr. Wonderling is an enthusiastic supporter of her two sons' athletic pursuits in basketball, baseball, and tennis. Her family shares a love for camping and river-based activities. Joining Family Vision Center in 2004, she established Vision Therapy Academy in 2005.
Partnering with Acton Academy Midwest, Dr. Ann Wonderling adds another dimension to her accomplished profile. This collaboration highlights her commitment to advancing education in the fields of optometry, pediatric care, and vision therapy. Acton Academy Midwest benefits from her expertise, enriching their educational programs and initiatives. Dr. Wonderling's engagement underscores her dedication to not only shaping the future of optometry but also contributing to the growth of students and professionals within Acton Academy Midwest's sphere.
Brian is a dedicated advocate for education and personal growth, with a degree in Psychology from National University in San Diego, CA. His academic journey has been marked by a steadfast focus on childhood development and cognitive studies in adolescents, reflecting his unwavering commitment to understanding the intricacies of the human mind at crucial stages of life.
As a true lifelong learner, Brian's passion for continuous self-improvement knows no bounds. His fervor for knowledge extends beyond textbooks and classrooms, inspiring him to explore innovative ways to foster growth and development across all age groups.
Brian's enthusiasm for transformative learning experiences was ignited by a profoundly personal encounter with the power of brain training. Witnessing the remarkable progress of his own son, who benefited from Natural Learning Solutions, solidified Brian's belief in the potential of cutting-edge techniques to reshape lives positively.
Currently, Brian's journey has led him to an exciting partnership with Acton Academy Midwest, where he channels his expertise and fervor for personal development into creating impactful educational experiences. With a profound understanding of psychology and a deep appreciation for the potential within every individual, Brian is genuinely excited and proud to contribute to a cause that he believes to be truly life-changing.
Anna Slaback, M.S., C.B.I.S, is the Director of Resilience, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to her role. With a Master's degree in clinical mental health counseling, Anna's dedication to her community spans over two decades through various impactful human service positions.
Anna's journey includes roles in group homes, day programs, and management of these facilities. Her commitment extends to assisting individuals in navigating disability benefits and accessing essential services. She has also played crucial roles as a crisis responder and psychotherapist.
At her core, Anna's aspiration is to guide individuals towards unlocking their innate wisdom and inner resources. By doing so, she empowers them to cultivate self-love, nurture relationships, and reach for aspirations beyond imagination. Her mission revolves around helping others create lives that transcend even their most ambitious dreams.