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Early Childhood Faculty

Christina Assirati

Early Childhood Director, Honeybee Nursery Teacherchristinaa2015
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.

Yasuko Inoue

Apple Blossom Nursery Teacheryasukoi2015
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.

Angie Johnson
Angie2015

Early Childhood Extended Care Director
Originally from Wisconsin, Angie moved to California 2002. She completed degrees in Human Development and Early Childhood Development. Angie came to WSP in 2014 with over 15 years of childcare experience. She loves to sing, laugh and spends much of her time working on her Wool Fiber Art.

Carole Kowalski

Rose Kindergarten Teachercarolw2012
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.

Jane Schwartz Philipson

Grades Extended Care and Summer Camp Director,jane2015
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.

Amie Wong

amiewMorning Glory Kindergarten 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. Amie 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.

Grades 1 – 8 Faculty

Monica Laurent

monica2015Grade 1 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.

Cathy Waheed

cathyw2015Grade 2 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 3 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.

Rachael Grail

rachaelGrade 4 Teacher
Rachael grew up in the countryside of the Northern California.  She has always had a great passion for learning and the arts.  She graduated with a BA in Community Studies from UC Santa Cruz and subsequently worked internationally promoting cultural awareness through the arts. Upon returning to the United States, she worked in and around the Bay Area producing music and art events for several years.  After enrolling in the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training, Rachael realized that her previous career had really just been preparing her for her true vocation: teaching.  She hopes her enthusiasm for learning will be reflected in the children’s joyful discovery of the world and of their own individuality.  Rachael loves singing, sewing, dancing, picnics and traveling by bicycle.

Amy Van der Wyk

amyv2012Grade 5 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.

Ramona Budrys

ramonab2012Grade 6 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.

Sandy Schneider

sandys2015Grade 7 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 has now returned to her first love of classroom teaching.

Allysun Sokolowski

allysuns2015Grade 8 Teacher
Embarking on her journey as a Waldorf teacher has been Allysun’s dream come true.  She has a BA in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on Physics and a Minor in Music from Mills College. She completed her Waldorf Teacher Training at the Eugene Waldorf school in 2009 and started with her first class in first grade that year.  Allysun enjoys singing, playing the piano, telling stories, painting, sewing and photography.

Grades 1 – 8 Subject Faculty

Koronado 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.

Lisa Babinet, PhD

lisab2015Math, 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.

Michaela Bergmann

michaela2012Eurythmy, 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.

Kristine 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.

Janet Dunwoody

Movement, Grades 5 – 8 & Spanish, High Schooljanetd2015
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.

Alexandra Fomicheva

Math, Middle School
Alexandra was born and raised in Russia. She came in contact with works of Elena Blavatskaya and Rudolf Steiner in mid-80s, when reading such books was a sign of a dissident and people often had to copy them by hand as all Xerox machines were registered with the communistic government and thoroughly screened. She earned her Masters degree in Water Resources Engineering from the University in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The study of Theosophy and Anthroposophy led Alexandra to visit Europe and settle in India in 90-s, after the collapse of the Iron Curtain. While in India, she developed her career in teaching Mathematics. Arriving to USA in 2005, she pursued and completed her California Single Subject Teaching Credentials in Mathematics with SJSU. Alexandra has been teaching Math, her first love, in various schools and programs for 20 years. She has been trained in teaching Waldorf Middle School Math by a renowned math missionary, Jamie York.

Isabela Guardia Ferragutti

isabella_gEurythmy, 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.

Leah Lader

Orchestra, Middle and High Schoolleal2015
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.

John Martin

Physical Education; Middle and High School Athletic Directorjohnm2016
John has a sport and family chiropractic practice, has taught in a chiropractic college, and is a popular running and fitness coach in the area. He has completed more than 30 marathons and trained more than 2,000 marathon athletes. He received a BS in Environmental Studies and played competitive soccer and baseball in high school and college, as well as a number of other team sports.

Alex McGregor

Spanish, Grades 1- 8
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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.

Jane Schwartz Philipson

Grades Extended Care and Summer Camp Director,jane2015
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.

Kerstin Pintus

Handwork, Grades 1 – 8kerstinp2015
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 Rainville

anna-rMaster 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.

Mark-Daniel Schmid, PhD

mark-daniel2012Middle 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.

Aurore Sibley

Education Support aurore2014
Aurore spent time in the Midwest and Alaska as a child before moving to the Bay Area.  The daughter of a Special Education teacher and a writer, her interest in becoming a teacher was natural.  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 is also a certified craniosacral therapist specializing in pediatrics.  Aurore has been a music and special 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, cooking, gardening and the holistic arts.

Anastasia Zaikine Sinclair

anastasiaGardening, 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

Lisa Babinet, PhD

lisab2012Math, 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.

Michaela Bergmann

michaela2012Eurythmy, 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.

Violeta 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.

Janet Dunwoody

Movement, Grades 5 – 8 & Spanish, High Schooljanetd2015
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.

Alison Davis

Humanitiesalisond2015
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.

Lea Fredrickson, PhD

Physics, Spanish, Math
leaf2015
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.

Leah Lader

Orchestra, Middle and High Schoolleal2015
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.

John Martin

Physical Education, Middle and High School Athletic Directorjohnm2016
John has a sport and family chiropractic practice, has taught in a chiropractic college, and is a popular running and fitness coach in the area. He has completed more than 30 marathons and trained more than 2,000 marathon athletes. John received a BS in Environmental Studies and played competitive soccer and baseball in high school and college, as well as a number of team sports.

Andrew May

andrewm2012English and Drama
Andrew was born and raised in California. He earned his BA and teaching credential in English Education at California State University, Sacramento. As a student teacher at the first public Waldorf-methods high school in the US, he discovered Waldorf Education and decided to become a Waldorf teacher. In addition to teaching high school, he has taught English as a Foreign Language to adults in Busan, South Korea.

Denise McCluskey

denisem2015Biology, 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.

Kelly Leahy McKeown

kellym2015Guidance 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.

Mark-Daniel Schmid, PhD

mark-daniel2012Middle 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.

Carolyn Siegel

carolyns2015Clay 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.”

Jan Smith

jans2015Art & 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.       

Jennifer 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

Martha Groves Perry, PhD

Mountain View Campus Coordinatormartha2015
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.

Sue Levine

sue2014School 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. 

Paula Piemonte

Faculty Chairpaula2015
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.