Meet the Faculty

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Early Childhood Faculty

christinaa2015Christina Assirati

Early Childhood Director, Honeybee Nursery Teacher
Christina Assirati has 15 years of experience working in early childhood education in both private and Waldorf school settings. She earned a BA in Education and BS in Health and Nutrition from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil; where she is originally from. In 2007, Christina received her Waldorf Teaching Certificate from the Arcturus Rudolf Steiner Teacher Training Program.

 

yasukoi2015Yasuko Inoue

Apple Blossom Nursery Teacher
Yasuko grew up in Kobe, Japan and graduated from Osaka University of Foreign Studies with BS in German Studies, where she met Waldorf Education for the first time. This special meeting and her own educational experiences in Japan led her to the decision to come to the United States. She explored the different styles and possibilities in Education at Indiana University and received her Master of Science degree in Elementary Education. After working as a second grade teacher at a public language immersion school in Culver City, Yasuko moved to Northern California to start her family. Since then, she has been following her passion for Waldorf Education and Anthroposophy, and has been part of WSP community for the past 10 years as a parent, an aide in Extended Care, and an assistant teacher in Rose Kindergarten. Yasuko received her Waldorf teaching certification from Rudolf Steiner College in 2010.

 

carolw2012Carole Kowalski

Rose Kindergarten Teacher
At a young age, Carole “taught school” to neighborhood children. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Delaware, she taught kindergarten in public and private schools to culturally diverse populations in Delaware, Texas and California. She also administered childcare services for three years and was a board member of the Houston Association for the Education of Young Children. Carole has been the Rose Kindergarten teacher at Waldorf School of the Peninsula since receiving her Waldorf teaching certification from Rudolf Steiner College in 1990.

 

Megan Lin

Bluebell Nursery Teacher

Megan is a Bay Area native. She holds a BA in Liberal Studies and an Early Childhood Teaching Certificate from Rudolf Steiner College. She has been working with young children and their families in a Waldorf setting for the past 12 years, and has taught parent/child playgroups, nursery, kindergarten, and high school students. Megan founded the High School Handbell Music Ensemble for WSP and has been working for the school since 2011. In her free time, Megan enjoys training and performing in classical ballet, watching baseball, reading, and spending time with her family.

aliciaAlicia Miller

Morning Glory Kindergarten Teacher
Alicia was born in California and is a native of the Bay Area. She began in the early childhood field as a nanny, before earning a BA in Early Childhood Development from Brandman University. She completed the LifeWays Early Childhood training and was the owner of a home-based LifeWays program for several years before she became an Early Childhood Aide at WSP in 2016. Alicia is currently working towards her Waldorf Teacher Training at the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher training and will graduate in 2018. In her free time, she enjoys painting, hiking, and visiting the beach.

JaneJane Schwartz Philipson

Grades Extended Care and Summer Camp Director,
Parenting with Heart Teacher 

Jane is a graduate of Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. She holds degrees in both Education and English and American Literature. Inspired by her mother’s work as an early childhood educator, Jane went on to teach kindergarten and primary grades both in the Midwest and the Bay Area. She holds special interest in the process of reading and language development in young children and has provided both parent education workshops and private instruction/support for primary grades children in this area.

 

Grades 1 – 8 Faculty

 

Aurore Sibley

Grade 1 Teacher

Aurore spent time in Wisconsin, Alaska and California as a child, and has lived in Germany and New Zealand in addition to spending many years in the Bay Area. Aurore holds a BA in Humanities with an emphasis in Music, and received a Waldorf Teacher certificate from Taruna College in New Zealand, an MS in Waldorf Education from Sunbridge College, and is a graduate of the Remedial Education program at Rudolf Steiner College. She also has a background in manual therapy and the healing arts, and has authored both educational articles and a book of poems. Aurore has been a music and subject teacher in both public and Waldorf schools in the Bay Area, Minnesota and New Zealand since 1998. She is a classical and improvisational pianist, and has spent time singing and playing music in groups such as Mila Vocal Ensemble and Mountain Folk. She enjoys writing, reading, singing, the outdoors, and spending time with her two children.

monica2015Monica Laurent

Grade 2 Teacher
Monica was born and raised in Italy where she graduated from the Catholic University of Milan with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She moved to the United States and earned a master’s degree in Multicultural Communication from DePaul University. Monica graduated from the Rudolf Steiner College Teacher Training Program in 2005 and from the Gradalis training in Trans-Disciplinary Therapeutic Education in 2006. She is also trained in the Lindamood-Bell language and math program. Monica worked as an intern and then became the co-director of the Educational Support Department before taking her first first grade class in 2008, which she graduated in 2016. Monica is excited to begin the journey again with her new class.

cathyw2015Cathy Waheed

Grade 3 Teacher
Cathy grew up in California where she attended High School, the University of San Diego and the University of the Pacific where she graduated with a BS in Computer Engineering.  She left network engineering to volunteer and work at WSP, first by joining the handwork group at WSP in 1998, and three years later she was working in development for the school. She started the Waldorf teacher training and began teaching as a substitute at WSP.  Cathy enjoys family, cooking, travel, running, skiing, sailing, gardening and reading.

Deepa Ramsinghani

Grade 4 Teacher

At the peak of her business career, Deepa was introduced to Waldorf Education by her doula. The Waldorf “child-centric” approach to education inspired her to return to education and earn a Masters in Education from Rudolf Steiner College. Most recently, she was Chief Operating Officer (COO) of new media company, where she managed all business operations, finance and human resources. During her eight-year tenure, the business grew to 400+ people. Deepa started her teaching / research career at Michigan State University, where she spent five years. She has earned dual degrees in Biology and Botany, with a minor in Biochemistry.  Blending both eastern and western cultures, she aspires to bring out the highest potential of every child in her classroom. Deepa enjoys playing the piano, singing and hiking with her family.

amiewAmie Wong

Grade 5 Teacher
Amie was born in Hong Kong, and has lived in California since she was a young girl. She has been a Waldorf teacher in the Bay Area since the late 1990s. Amie was a kindergarten teacher prior to joining WSP as a class teacher in 2001. Besides her service as a class teacher for eleven years, she taught math and science in middle and high school. Amy graduated with a BS in Biochemistry from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, earned her Waldorf Teaching Credential from Rudolf Steiner College and her California State Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from UC Berkley.

amyv2012Amy Van der Wyk

Grade 6 Teacher
Amy is a native of the Bay Area and has a BA in Fine Art from Sonoma State University. She earned her Waldorf teaching certificate from the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training in 2002. After teaching at a Waldorf-inspired nursery school, she became a class teacher at San Francisco Waldorf School. Amy joined the faculty of Waldorf School of the Peninsula to begin her second eight-year journey as the teacher of the class of 2024. She is inspired by the beautifully complex picture of child development that informs the pedagogy in Waldorf schools, and continues to be in awe of the wisdom in Rudolf Steiner’s curriculum. Her Waldorf-educated son and daughter are now college students. In her free time Amy enjoys gardening with her spouse.

ramonab2012Ramona Budrys

Grade 7 Teacher
Originally from Connecticut, Ramona Budrys moved to the Bay Area in 1988, completed her law degree at Santa Clara University, and worked as a prosecutor for several years. Motherhood led her to Waldorf education, and she completed her Waldorf teacher training at the Waldorf Institute of Southern California. Finding the classroom infinitely more interesting than the courtroom, she has been teaching since 2004. Ramona hopes the children entrusted to her at WSP find her love of learning infectious.

sandys2015Sandy Schneider

Grade 8 Teacher
Sandy’s undergraduate studies were in computer science where she enjoyed a career in the information technology field. Upon discovering Waldorf education, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher. Sandy completed her Waldorf Teacher Training receiving a BA in Waldorf Education from Rudolf Steiner College. She later completed a BS degree in Child and Adolescent Development and a certificate in Remedial Education. Sandy has graduated two eighth grade classes at WSP, our High School pioneering Class of 2007 and the Class of 2011. After spending two years in our Educational Support department, Sandy returned to her first love of classroom teaching.

 

Grades 1 – 8 Subject Faculty

KoronadoKoronado Apuzen

Movement, Grades 1 – 4 and Folk Dancing Musical Accompanist

Koronado was born in the Philippines and lived the second half of his childhood in the U.S.  He encountered Waldorf Education through his interest in Biodynamic Gardening and inner development. His search for a true relationship with the Earth and his desire to explore the meaning of existence came together and were enlivened by Rudolf Steiner’s insights into education. He completed the Foundation Year of Waldorf teacher training in Eugene, Oregon and received his teaching certificate in 2015 at the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training. Koronado is grateful to be a part of WSP.

lisab2015Lisa Babinet, PhD

Math, Middle and High School
Lisa earned a BA in Mathematics, MS in Mathematics Education and PhD in Science Education from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also taught graduate school. She has a master’s degree in Applied Psychology. She has taught mathematics in middle and high school for over three decades in independent schools on both coasts. Lisa has taught at Rudolf Steiner College and currently serves on the AWSNA Leadership Council as the Northern California Regional Representative. She is the parent of two lifelong Waldorf students and enjoys reading, hiking and crafting.

michaela2012Michaela Bergmann

Eurythmy, Middle and High School
Michaela completed a five-year training course to become a stage eurythmist and eurythmy teacher for all ages, at the Eurythmeum Stuttgart, Germany. She also has a diploma from Micheshof Hepsisau, Institute for Therapeutic Pedagogy and has studied acting and drama. Michaela has been a eurythmy teacher since 1999, and is also experienced in working with children who have special needs using therapeutic eurythmy techniques. Michaela joined our school in 2003.

KristineKristine Dunn

Strings, Grades 4 & 5
Kristine Dunn has been teaching music since the early 2000s. She has been the director and owner of her own music school since 2001. Kristine’s lifelong love of music has taken many forms. She is a seasoned cellist who started playing at the age of ten, performing with the El Camino Youth Symphony, the California Youth Symphony and several theatrical musicals. She has taught strings at WSP since 2007 and furthers her professional development by performing in recitals and training with a master cellist weekly. As a singer, she has performed with the Santa Cruz Chorale.

JanetJanet Dunwoody

Movement, Grades 5 – 8 & Spanish, High School
Janet graduated with an Honors degree in Modern History from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland. She is certified in Ireland and Canada as a gym supervisor and trainer and has a First Degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karate. She has also completed Waldorf Teacher and Spacial Dynamics training. She has taken courses in leading social inclusion work with students; Böthmer Gymnastics and other 2nd level Spacial Dynamics trainings; Bal-A-Vis-X and HANDLE trainings. Janet has led our Circus Camp since its inception. In her free time she is an avid runner and has completed the Boston Marathon and the San Francisco 100 miler. Janet has worked at WSP since 2001 as Movement teacher for grades 1-8; Lower School Coordinator and Faculty Chair. After a year to travel and substitute, she has returned as the Movement teacher for grades 1-8.

isabella_gIsabela Guardia Ferragutti

Eurythmy, Grades 1 – 5
After graduating from high school in Bolivia, Isabela decided to pursue her love of movement at the University of Dance in Venezuela, however, it was in England that she first discovered Eurythmy and immediately was drawn to it.  She received her diploma in Eurythmy from Rudolf Steiner College and furthered her training at Eurythmy Spring Valley in New York.  Isabela has been an Assistant Teacher in Waldorf-inspired nursery and kindergarten classrooms, as well as taught Eurythmy in the early grades. She joined WSP to bring Eurythmy to grades one through five, in 2013.

leal2015Leah Lader

Orchestra, Middle and High School
Leah comes to WSP having taught Music to children in Silicon Valley schools for several years. She received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design with a Fine Arts Certificate from the University of Cincinnati. Leah has been playing piano and violin since she was a young child. She is currently the First Violin in the Redwood Symphony after having been a member of the Cleveland State University, University of Cincinnati Conservatory Sight Reading and the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestras.

Sharon Lindsay

Educational Support
Originally from Canada, Sharon completed a Bachelor of Psychology and a Masters in Education at the University of Calgary. She worked for both the Calgary Board of Education and Mount Royal University as an Educational Psychologist providing educational and psychological support to students, and their teachers and families. She also maintained a private practice offering services for private clients, as well as conducting assessments of social services clients. Sharon was also involved with developing protocols for assessing and supporting children with attentional challenges. When Sharon began to have a family, she discovered Waldorf education and has always been active in her Waldorf community. Sharon and her family have been members of our community since moving to the Bay Area. Since then she has had the opportunity to participate in the Steiner College Waldorf Teacher Training program, and complete one year of a Masters in Waldorf Education, as well as some Remedial Education training. She has also trained in a number of other therapeutic movement modalities, including yoga therapy. Sharon believes in using a “whole person,” multi-modal approach to supporting students, teachers and families. Sharon is passionate about helping students and families to find creative strategies for working with learning differences and individual needs. She is also very interested in the positive impact that mindfulness and meditation can have.

alex2014 Alex McGregor

Spanish, Grades 1- 8
Alex received his BA in Integrated Arts from Bard College in New York, where he studied film and music composition. Having spent much of his childhood in Colombia, he is a native English- and Spanish-speaker. After relocating to the United States in high school, Alex became particularly interested in music theory, songwriting, and composition. This led to the formation of many music groups and performances during high school, college, and beyond.Having taught Spanish, French and Music to students at Waldorf and public schools in New England since 2007, Alex joined us for the 2014 school year to experience a different Waldorf community.

JaneJane Schwartz Philipson

Grades Extended Care and Summer Camp Director,
Parenting with Heart Teacher
Jane is a graduate of Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. She holds degrees in both Education and English and American Literature. Inspired by her mother’s work as an early childhood educator, Jane went on to teach kindergarten and primary grades both in the Midwest and the Bay Area. She holds special interest in the process of reading and language development in young children and has provided both parent education workshops and private instruction/support for primary grades children in this area.

kerstinp2015Kerstin Pintus

Handwork, Grades 1 – 8
Kerstin received her BA in Physical Therapy from the University of Cologne, Germany and also holds a diploma in physical education with focus on movement and special education from the staatlich anerkannte Gymnastikschule Dortmund, Germany. In her 28 Year career, she focused on working with children of all ages. Her interest and passion in all aspects of  handwork and fiber arts originated at a very young age and have only grown stronger with time. Since 2001, Kerstin has volunteered in various handwork classes at WSP from grades one through twelve. Additionally, she has taught doll-making to parents, teenagers and educators for many years. Her goal is to kindle a passion for handwork and inspire to create beautiful  work. Kerstin enjoys gardening, spending time with her dog and of course, handwork.

 

anna-rAnna Rainville

Master Teacher
Anna has taught in public and Waldorf Schools for over thirty years, and has been a class teacher at the Waldorf School in Lexington, Massachusetts and at the Waldorf School of the Peninsula. She has taught in the Public School Institute at Rudolf Steiner College for teachers interested in integrating the arts and Waldorf methods and travels nationally as a mentor and teacher.  Her book, Singing Games for Families, Schools and Communities, includes dances for all ages which she presents in workshops and community gatherings coast to coast. For her work in early childhood, she was chosen outstanding teacher of the year by the California Kindergarten Association. Anna is delighted to share her love for history, grammar and music in middle school and high school blocks.

stephanieStephanie Rynas

Woodworking, Middle School
Stephanie spent 20 years in corporate marketing and management before her children brought her to Waldorf Education. She was the School Administrator at Waldorf School of the Peninsula when she started teaching middle school woodworking several years ago. Stephanie holds a BS in Electrical Engineering, an MBA and a Waldorf Teacher Education Certificate. She is also currently the Executive Director, Finance and Operations for the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America.

Mark-Daniel Schmid, PhD

Middle and High School Music
Mark-Daniel received his PhD in Music History from Northwestern University, his MA from West Chester University, and a Diploma in Piano Performance from the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, Germany. Prior to coming to the Waldorf School of the Peninsula, he was an associate professor in Music History and Piano at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania, where he taught music history. Mark-Daniel is an accomplished pianist and has accompanied recitals in Germany and Switzerland as well as throughout the United States. His wonderful experiences as a Waldorf student in Germany destined him to become a teacher.

Pamela York

Art, Educational Support

Pamela grew up in North Carolina where she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel with a BS in Business Administration. She left international consulting in the software industry to volunteer in the WSP kindergarten in 1997. Pamela graduated from the Rudolf Steiner College Teacher Training Program in 2005 and from the Gradalis Training in Trans-disciplinary Therapeutic Education in 2006. She was the founding teacher of the WSP Preschool program and then became the Director of Educational Support. Pamela is a HANDLE Practitioner, an artist, and a sailor who just sailed across the Pacific.

anastasiaAnastasia Zaikine Sinclair

Gardening, Grades 1 – 8
Anastasia is a Bay Area native and a Waldorf high school graduate. She received her BA from Warren Wilson College, majoring in Integrative Studies: Environmental Design and minoring in Philosophy. There, Anastasia found her passion for gardening working on the crew for the five-acre college campus organic garden. After graduation, she helped start an Organic CSA farm in Hawai’i which provided fresh produce for about 30 families at the local Waldorf school, where she also worked for several years. She is currently finishing a master’s degree at Rudolf Steiner College with a focus on teaching. Her teaching philosophy centers on making earth stewardship and science fun, inspiring, engaging and authentic. She enjoys cooking, canning, raising farm animals, and outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and mountain biking.

High School Faculty

lisab2015Lisa Babinet, PhD

Math, Middle and High School
Lisa earned a BA in Mathematics, MS in Mathematics Education and PhD in Science Education from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also taught graduate school. She has a master’s degree in Applied Psychology. She has taught mathematics in middle and high school for over three decades in independent schools on both coasts. Lisa has taught at Rudolf Steiner College and currently serves on the AWSNA Leadership Council as the Northern California Regional Representative. She is the parent of two lifelong Waldorf students and enjoys reading, hiking and crafting.

michaela2012Michaela Bergmann

Eurythmy, Middle and High School
Michaela completed a five-year training course to become a stage eurythmist and eurythmy teacher for all ages, at the Eurythmeum Stuttgart, Germany. She also has a diploma from Micheshof Hepsisau, Institute for Therapeutic Pedagogy and has studied acting and drama. Michaela has been a eurythmy teacher since 1999, and is also experienced in working with children who have special needs using therapeutic eurythmy techniques. Michaela joined our school in 2003.

violetaVioleta Boldrin

Spanish
Violetta was born in Caracas, Venezuela to Italian parents, and spent her childhood in Italy and Venezuela. She received a BS in Architecture from the Universidad Central de Venezuela, before going on to work as an architect in Venezuela, Chile, Peru and Mexico City. Violetta earned her Masters Degree in Finance from Rutgers University in New Jersey, where she continued working in the Banking and Reinsurance industries. Having grown up with two native languages, Violetta feels triggered her enthusiasm for teaching, which led her to teach Italian and Spanish to students of all ages and walks of life at Berlitz in the United States and Caracas for 15 years. In her spare time, Violetta enjoys hiking and swimming.

JanetJanet Dunwoody

Movement, Grades 5 – 8 & Spanish, High School
Janet graduated with an Honors degree in Modern History from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland. She is certified in Ireland and Canada as a gym supervisor and trainer and has a First Degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karate. She has also completed Waldorf Teacher and Spacial Dynamics training. She has taken courses in leading social inclusion work with students; Böthmer Gymnastics and other 2nd level Spacial Dynamics trainings; Bal-A-Vis-X and HANDLE trainings. Janet has led our Circus Camp since its inception. In her free time she is an avid runner and has completed the Boston Marathon and the San Francisco 100 miler. Janet has worked at WSP since 2001 as Movement teacher for grades 1-8; Lower School Coordinator and Faculty Chair. After a year to travel and substitute, she has returned as the Movement teacher for grades 1-8.

alisond2015Alison Davis

Humanities
Alison is a PhD candidate at Stanford University specializing in French and Francophone Literature, and she has been sharing her love of language and cultural history with students at both the high school and university level since 2006. Alison earned her BA from the University of Kansas and MA from the University of Notre Dame in French and Foreign Language Pedagogy, but her passion for teaching reaches far beyond the typical classroom. Alison also teaches all forms of fitness and yoga classes and volunteers as a facilitator of creative writing workshops in the juvenile justice system.

leaf2015Lea Fredrickson, PhD

Physics, Spanish, Math
Lea is a California native and attended Waldorf school from kindergarten through eighth grade. In high school, she became interested in Physics, which she pursued further in college. She always enjoyed studying Spanish and spent one year abroad at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. Lea received her PhD in Physics from UCLA studying the Biophysics of hearing. She is currently working on her Waldorf High School Teacher Diploma at Rudolf Steiner College.

leal2015Leah Lader

Orchestra, Middle and High School
Leah comes to WSP having taught Music to children in Silicon Valley schools for several years. She received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design with a Fine Arts Certificate from the University of Cincinnati. Leah has been playing piano and violin since she was a young child. She is currently the First Violin in the Redwood Symphony after having been a member of the Cleveland State University, University of Cincinnati Conservatory Sight Reading and the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestras.

Sharon Lindsay

Educational Support
Originally from Canada, Sharon completed a Bachelor of Psychology and a Masters in Education at the University of Calgary. She worked for both the Calgary Board of Education and Mount Royal University as an Educational Psychologist providing educational and psychological support to students, and their teachers and families. She also maintained a private practice offering services for private clients, as well as conducting assessments of social services clients. Sharon was also involved with developing protocols for assessing and supporting children with attentional challenges. When Sharon began to have a family, she discovered Waldorf education and has always been active in her Waldorf community. Sharon and her family have been members of our community since moving to the Bay Area. Since then she has had the opportunity to participate in the Steiner College Waldorf Teacher Training program, and complete one year of a Masters in Waldorf Education, as well as some Remedial Education training. She has also trained in a number of other therapeutic movement modalities, including yoga therapy. Sharon believes in using a “whole person,” multi-modal approach to supporting students, teachers and families. Sharon is passionate about helping students and families to find creative strategies for working with learning differences and individual needs. She is also very interested in the positive impact that mindfulness and meditation can have.

denisem2015Denise McCluskey

Biology, Physical Education
Denise has a BS in Biochemistry from UCSD and spent time in research laboratories in their Medical Center and volunteering in their programs to support at-risk youth. She worked in the biotechnology industry for ten years.  Denise founded a Waldorf-inspired homeschool initiative, has completed her Waldorf teacher training and is studying Spacial Dynamics while finishing her Master’s degree in Waldorf Education. Her interests and education pursuits are wide-ranging and ongoing— from developmental psychology and multicultural studies, to neurolinguistics, and daily poetry writing.

kellym2015Kelly Leahy McKeown

Guidance Counselor, College Counselor, Wellness
Kelly is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and holds a California Pupil Personnel Services Credential with a specialization in K-12 school counseling. She received her master’s from St. Mary’s College with a dual emphasis in School and Marriage, Family and Child Counseling. Kelly discovered Waldorf education when one of her graduate school professors taught the temperaments and assigned a hand-written reflection paper that required page borders to be decorated with beeswax crayons. Prior to joining WSP, she spent over a decade at both an independent high school and a public fourth-eighth grade school. Kelly was a teacher, counselor, director of service learning programs, coordinator of health education curriculum, and facilitator of peer counseling and mediation. She has a passion for student leadership development and has ushered many emerging leaders through the process of setting and realizing their goals.

Rachel Ramsey

Humanities
Originally a northern Virginia native, Rachel has lived in almost every one of the original 13 colonies pursuing academic and professional endeavors. She attended Gettysburg College for her Bachelor of Arts in History, then continued at St. John’s College to obtain a Master’s Degree in Liberal Arts. She is passionate about English, Drama and especially History, and has participated in theatre and historical reenacting for many years. Having encountered Waldorf Education as a child, Rachel first considered public school teaching, but decided to pursue Waldorf teaching instead, getting certification as a Waldorf teacher from the Alkion Center in 2015. Beside her passion for teaching Humanities, Rachel loves being outdoors, writing novels, and music (especially singing!). She has three cats, Alfonso, Abigail and Beethoven.

Mark-Daniel Schmid, PhD

Middle and High School Music
Mark-Daniel received his PhD in Music History from Northwestern University, his MA from West Chester University, and a Diploma in Piano Performance from the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, Germany. Prior to coming to the Waldorf School of the Peninsula, he was an associate professor in Music History and Piano at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania, where he taught music history. Mark-Daniel is an accomplished pianist and has accompanied recitals in Germany and Switzerland as well as throughout the United States. His experiences as a Waldorf student in Germany destined him to become a teacher.

carolyns2015Carolyn Siegel

Clay Modeling, Stone Carving
Carolyn began working with clay seriously in 2001, has taught small groups of students, and shows and sells her sculptures locally. Carolyn has completed her Waldorf High School Teacher Training through Rudolf Steiner College and is currently enrolled in the MA program there. “I didn’t think of myself as an artist until I got my hands in clay,” says Carolyn. “Then the artist in me sprang to the forefront. Clay’s forgiving nature is a great medium to birth the unseen but felt inner ideas and emotions into the world of the seen and expressed.”

jans2015Jan Smith

Art & US History
Born and raised in California, Jan was introduced to Waldorf Education as a senior in high school when her family hosted a Waldorf exchange student from Germany. Jan holds bachelor’s degrees in Book Arts and Politics from UC Santa Cruz and an MBA from San José State. She has worked for public, private and non-profit organizations where she specialized in international marketing communications, events and market research. After becoming a mother, Jan decided to return to her first love, art. She has been working as an art teacher since the 1990’s. Jan currently teaches in both the Art and Humanities Departments and is the adviser for the student-run high school yearbook.  Her passions are travelling, painting and making books.

JenniferJennifer Staub

Chemistry & Earth Sciences
Born in Germany and raised in Northern California, Jennifer attended the Sacramento Waldorf School from first through twelfth grade. It was in high school where she developed a deep love and enthusiasm for the sciences and returned there to teach in 2009. She holds a MS in General Biology from Mississippi State University, a BA in Psychology from Beloit College, and minors in chemistry, and biotechnology. Jennifer has been a teacher at the Sacramento Waldorf School, the Haleakala Waldorf School, and the Waldorf School of Orange County having taught courses in the sciences, humanities and arts. Her interests are broad, ever-evolving and include the practical arts such as ceramics and knitting, the theatre arts, Latin ballroom dancing, camping, and gardening.

Pamela York

Art

Pamela grew up in North Carolina where she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel with a BS in Business Administration. She left international consulting in the software industry to volunteer in the WSP kindergarten in 1997. Pamela graduated from the Rudolf Steiner College Teacher Training Program in 2005 and from the Gradalis Training in Trans-disciplinary Therapeutic Education in 2006. She was the founding teacher of the WSP Preschool program and then became the Director of Educational Support. Pamela is a HANDLE Practitioner, an artist, and a sailor who just sailed across the Pacific.

 

Administration

 

ashleyAshley Brickeen

Admissions Director, Nursery – Grade 8
Ashley grew up in Los Altos Hills. She earned a BS in International Security from Wellesley College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna cum Laude. She taught 3rd and 4th grade mathematics at a local private school while volunteer managing a tutoring program for at-risk elementary school children. Ashley has managed speakers and events for The Commonwealth Club of San Francisco for many years, where she got to hear lectures by scientists, politicians, and entertainers. Her favorite speakers were Dr. Jane Goodall and Dr. Madeleine Albright. She worked at Google in recruiting and special projects, where she co-created and ran a series of programs to engage middle and high school girls in computer science. Ashley came to Waldorf while searching for an education that would support the healthy and natural growth of her children while engaging and challenging them in ways she never experienced in her more traditional education. In her free time she enjoys HIIT training, kayaking, crafting and occasionally sky diving and scuba diving.

 

martha2015Martha Groves Perry, PhD

Mountain View Campus Coordinator
Martha joined us in this position after many years serving in various capacities at WSP, including class parent, editor of school accreditation documents, Board of Trustees member, and most recently, Board President. She also served briefly on staff previously as the Interim Publications Coordinator. Both of her children have attended WSP since kindergarten. Martha is also a singer-songwriter and cellist.

 

Audrey Lee

Admissions Director, High School

Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Audrey moved to the Bay Area when she was offered a full college scholarship. Audrey holds a BA and a MA in Industrial Psychology and Organizational Behavior and worked in human resources for several start-ups in the Silicon Valley as well as at large global corporations internationally for 15 years. Audrey discovered Waldorf Education through parent-child classes with her young children. Audrey is also a trained Waldorf high school teacher.

 

sue2014Sue Levine

School Administrator
Sue came to us with 20 years combined experience as a Waldorf parent and Board of Trustees member, and having served for four years as the School Director at Shining Mountain Waldorf School in Boulder, CO. Before becoming School Director, Sue also served seven years as the Executive Director at the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, and performed with them for 18  years. Her three children attended Shining Mountain from Kindergarten through High School. In her spare time, she loves to read, hike, and cook.

 

paula2015Paula Piemonte

Faculty Chair
Paula was born in Venezuela, where she graduated with honors and received her BA in Urban Design from La Universidad Simón Bolívar. She taught at the university in the Architecture and Design Department, and practiced in the architectural field for several years while completing the Business and Administration Program at the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración in Venezuela. After moving to the United States with her family, she discovered Rudolf Steiner Art Impulses while finishing her Fine Arts program at UC Santa Cruz and felt an immediate connection. Paula completed her Waldorf High School Teacher training at Rudolf Steiner College. She is also a karate instructor and has a second degree black belt in Shotokan karate and is an Iaido practitioner.

 

David Wu

Director of Finance and Operations

David found Waldorf Education after writing a manuscript entitled “Moral Innovations” and helped Washington Waldorf School complete a $7 million capital campaign in the summer of 2016. David’s transnational experience includes managing Private Equity funds and working for Fortune 500 companies like Boeing, Honeywell, and non-profits like Kaiser Permanente. He taught finance at the graduate school level, entrepreneurship at the undergraduate level , and Physics, Civil Engineering, and Engineering Design at the high school level. David passed CPA, CMA, and Certified Forensic Accountant exams, received his MBA from The Wharton School, MSE from University of Pennsylvania, and BSE from Princeton University where he has volunteered in committees that interview high school applicants, promote racial harmony, and organized Asian Alumni of Princeton.

Our children’s class teachers became friends in the course of the our time together. We felt that they took a personal interest in each student and built close relationships with them. They were approachable and supportive. Katharina Woodman

Alumni Parent of Two, Waldorf School of the Peninsula