Waldorf Faculty & Staff

Administrative Staff

Frances Lewis, Interim Faculty Administrator

Sunbridge College, Waldorf Teacher Training, University of North Carolina, B.A. in art with a minor in religious studies. Frances has been with WSRF since 1994 serving in various capacities.  She taught a class first through eight grade and graduated them in 2003.  Post graduation she taught in the after school reading program at the Basalt Elementary school while working as a ceramicist and serving on the board of the Carbondale Clay center.   From 2005-2008, she was hired as the Faculty Administrator for WSRF.  In addition she has  been a form drawing, arts, and movement teacher and block teacher.  She has served as a board member, school mentor and evaluator.  Currently she is on her second round as the interim Faculty Administrator.
Additional training includes Mentoring Seminar through AWSNA, Several Consensus and communication Trainings, and is graduate from Roaring Fork Leadership. She is the mother of three Waldorf students; Harper, Emory, and Orson.

Larry Smith, Business Administrator

Colorado State University, M.B.A.; University of New Hampshire B.A. in Political Science; Administrative responsibilities include serving on the following committees: Administrative Council; Administrative Staff; Human Resources; Finance; Tuition Adjustment; Family Assistance; Community Development; Buildings and Grounds; Ex-Officio member Board of Trustees.

Anne Menconi, Community Development Administrator

Antioch University, M.Ed. (2017), Indiana University School of Philanthropy, Savannah College of Art and Design, Fort Lewis College: B.A. in Historic Preservation and Design. Anne has worked in early childhood and youth development since 1999.  Executive Director of international youth developmental agency, later Executive Director of a domestic violence and sexual assault organization. Administrative responsibilities include Administrative Council, development/fundraising, marketing, enrollment, Parent Council, and community outreach.

Heather Handy, Faculty Mentor 

Antioch University, M.Ed. in Elementary Education and Waldorf Teaching Certificate, University of Maine, B.S. in Special Education, Minor in Visual and Performing Arts. 13 years of teaching experience;10 years at WSRF; Maine Certified Special Education Teacher, New Hampshire Certified Elementary Education Teacher.

Early Childhood, Preschool and Kindergarten

Sigrid Fischbacher, Starflower Preschool Lead Teacher

Waldorf Kindergarten Teacher training in Vienna, Austria. Seeking adventure, Sigrid and her husband moved to the US in 1990. She came to WSRF through her children in 2000 and has been working in the early childhood program since 2001 as afternoon assistant, morning assistant, co-teacher and now, lead teacher.

Michelle Miller, Starflower Preschool Assistant

Colorado Mountain College, Associate Degree of Arts in Elementary Education.  Early Childhood Teacher Certified.  Currently enrolled at CMC to acquire Bachelor Degree of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies for Elementary Education and working towards her Director Certification.  Michelle was Born and raised in the Roaring Fork Valley.  This is her third year at the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork, second year in the Kinderhaus.

Holly Richardson, Sageflower Preschool Lead Teacher, Musical Story Time

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A. in English Literature with independent emphasis in Music; Emerson College, Foundation Year and Teacher Training. Holly has worked in various capacities at the WSRF since 1995 including class teacher, recorder teacher, middle school choir director, Parent Child teacher, eurythmy accompanist, after care teacher, office staff, and more. She is a mother of two children currently at the school.

Katie WorkmanSageflower Preschool Assistant

Illinois State University, B.S. in parks and recreation. Spent six years working in recreation centers organizing preschool and youth programs. Managed and taught various preschool programs within recreation centers. Discovered a passion for early childhood education. Three years experience as a preschool teacher. Spens the summer vending Greek food with her husband at farmers markets and festivals throughout Colorado. Mother of two boys.

Baruch Simon, Sunflower Kindergarten Teacher

Antioch University, M.Ed. Waldorf Certification, NH State Teacher Certification (2007). University of California Riverside, online Continuing Education credits to obtain California Clear Teacher Credential (2013). Juniper Tree School of Puppetry Arts, Year round puppetry training completion with Suzanne Down (2015). Oakland University, Bachelor of Arts in Music, with a focus on piano, percussive and vocal genres. (2001). 8 Years Teaching Experience, including 7 in Rose Kindergarten, at Yuba River School in Nevada City, CA. (2007-2015). Father to Tavi (4) and Nova Rose (7 Months)

Heidi Cox, Sunflower Kindergarten Assistant, and Peas & Carrots Lead Teacher

Colorado Mesa University, B.S. in Biology. Early Childhood Certificate, Rudolf Steiner College. Started a small Waldorf inspired kindergarten, then moved to the Roaring Fork Valley where she received her LifeWays Early childhood certification and ran a LifeWays early childhood program out of her home. Not long after she began teaching Parent/Child classes and assisting in the kindergarten at WSRF. Heidi is passionate about her work with young children and bringing Waldorf Education to families. In her free time she enjoys being outside playing in the mountains with her husband Travis and her two sons Garrick and Owen.

Itzel Salazar, Moonflower Lead Teacher

Mount Mary University, M.Ed. in Waldorf education with an emphasis in Early Childhood. Originally from Mexico, Itzel attended and graduated from medical school in Mexico City in Biomedical Science. Shortly thereafter, she attended school in Dharmasala, India for Tibetan Language and Buddhist Philosophy for three years. She moved to the United States in 2001 and began teaching Spanish to a homeschooling cooperative.

In 2004 Itzel took Lifeways Training and worked at a Lifeways Training Center as a Lead Teacher.  Itzel did her practicum in Denmark with Helle Heckmann, and came to WSRF in 2012. She has three beautiful daughters and has an insatiable passion for traveling.

Grades 1-5 Faculty

Julie Hall, Class Teachers, Grade 1
The Evergreen State College, B.A. Environmental Studies and Community Development. Honours in Secondary Science Education from Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa.Waldorf Training and Teacher Certification from Parsifal College in Sydney, Australia.

After spending 6 years teaching environmental education at various centers around the U.S. and abroad, Mrs. Hall completed her Waldorf teacher training and joined the faculty of the Marin Waldorf School in Northern California.  She was the class teacher to two wonderful groups of children during her 8 years in Marin and became a strong faculty leader at the school. After a year long sabbatical filled with traveling and writing her first book, she and her husband moved to the Roaring Fork Valley and welcomed their first child.

Samara Noll, Class Teacher, Grade 2

Carroll University, B.S. in Elementary Education, currently in Waldorf Teacher Training. Taught 6th grade Language Arts at the Jefferson Middle School in Wisconsin for several years until starting a family.  Now have three wonderful children who attend WSRF.
Originally from Wisconsin but relocated to central Utah several years ago where her family operates a cattle ranch. Samara home schooled her children for two years, then decided she really wanted a Waldorf community and education, so relocated to Carbondale so her children could attend WSRF.
Samara has a heart full of gratitude to be a part of such a wonderful community both as an employee and as a parent.
Terran Carver, 2nd Grade Assistant
Colorado State University, M.E.L. with an emphasis in Ecocriticism; Fort Lewis College B.A. in French; Fort Lewis College B.A. in English. She was born and raised on her family’s ranch on the Western Slope and is thrilled to start her second year at WSRF. In her spare time you can find her reading a book, practicing yoga, camping with friends, or traveling the world.

Diana Baetz, Class Teacher, Grade 3

University of Colorado, Boulder, B.A. in History/Education.  Currently completing, Antioch University, NH, M. Ed. Waldorf Ed.  Diana has been teaching for over 20 years; public elementary ed., outdoor/experiential ed., Waldorf homeschool ed. with her three sons and WSRF Waldorf class teacher.  Diana came to WSRF in 2014 with her husband and three sons. Diana loves to dance with her husband, play with friends, raft, ski, camp and simply enjoy the splendor of Colorado.

Maggie Kincheloe, Class Teacher, Grade 4

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, B.S. in Recreation and Leisure Services Management, Concentration in Outdoor Recreation; Waldorf Teacher Training 2010-2013, Waldorf Institute of Southern California, San Diego.

Ms. Kincheloe’s love of teaching began in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Since then, she has had many adventures teaching both outdoors and indoors in rural upstate New York, the mountains of Southern California and urban San Diego. Ms. Kincheloe is inspired by nature and live music and loves teaching, dancing, hiking, yoga and laughing with her friends and family.

Chanthy AnClass Teacher, Grade 5

Antioch University, M.Ed. in Elementary Education and Waldorf Teaching Certificate; California Polytechnic University, B.E.S, minor in Anthropology and Business Administration. Worked as a nutrition and gardening teacher for Berkeley public schools and spent many years as a outdoor and environmental educator. A native Californian who has lived on both coast and in Malawi, Africa as a Peace Corp volunteer.  Mrs. An finds joy in traveling, hiking through the woods, and being  mama!

Middle School Faculty Grades 6-8

Chris Mullally, Class Teacher, Grade 6

Chico State University, B.A. in printmaking and drawing. Her path later brought her to teaching. She earned her certificate from Regis University, and taught 5th grade for several years at Glenwood Springs Elementary. She joined the faculty at WSRF in 2011, and graduated her class in 2015. Chris has taken up her second class in their 5th grade year, and is enthusiastically looking forward to graduating them in 2019. Botany, mineralogy, Organic Chemistry, and Revolutions are some of her favorite blocks, as they speak to her personal interests and passions. Chris spends her free time hanging out with her kids, roller-skating, mountain biking, and wishing she had a bigger garden.

Didianne Gilman, Class Teacher, Grade 7

Montana State University, B.A. in English/Education; Waldorf Teaching Certificate, Rudolf Steiner College; Didianne participates in Pedagogical Council, Care Group, and Board of Trustees work. This is Didianne’s twelfth year as a grades teacher at WSRF and her three children are all graduates of WSRF.  Her teaching career was preceded by a career in business and in motherhood. When not teaching she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading and participating in various outdoor activities.

Summer Thomas, Class Teacher, Grade 8

Antioch University, M.Ed. Waldorf Education; Principia College, B.A. Theater. Summer has been teaching elementary and high school students dance and theater for over 20 years. She has three children of her own, all of whom went through Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork. Summer became interested in Waldorf education through her children. In her free time, Summer enjoys spending time with her children, pursuing theater, hiking, dance and spending time with her partner Jimmy.

Specialty Teachers

Thea DeRudder, Handwork Teacher

Wesleyan University, B.A., Studio Arts and German Studies; Antioch University Waldorf Teacher Training;  Handwork, Practical Arts, Seasonal Crafts.

Jill Meadows, Handwork Assistant

Bucknell University, B.A. in Psychology and Art; LifeWays Training, a Waldorf inspired early childhood and human development training. She has served on Parent Council and as an assistant in the Kinderhaus.

Alejandra RicoSpanish 

Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (Chihuahua Mexico), Bachelor of Law (2002) ; teacher over 13 years of Spanish, Yoga, Math, English Reading and Writing.Y.O.G.A. for Youth Program, Youth at Risk Yoga Instructor (2010). Attended her first Artistry of World Language Teaching workshop at the Rudolf Steiner College in 2014. Currently enrolled in the Foundation Studies program through the Center of Anthroposophy. This is her third year of teaching Spanish at the WSRF.

Chris Harrison, Specialty Music Instructor and Instrumental Winds

Illinois State University, B.A., Music Education.  While growing up in the suburbs of Kansas City, Chris had the opportunity to participate in many different kinds of ensembles from marching bands to full symphony orchestras. It was during this time he knew teaching music to kids was going to be in his future. After graduating college, Chris moved to the Roaring Fork Valley and immediately began performing professionally with multiple local bands. Chris now brings his experience and passion for music and teaching into our classroom providing the opportunity for our Waldorf students to learn modern woodwind and brass instruments and be part of an exciting group learning experience.

Janie Bionaz – Strings Teacher

I knew from the first time I held a violin at age 10 that I wanted to be a violin teacher.  Over the years, that goal never changed. My parents thought that was wonderful until I entered college and declared my major as music education!  
In 2002, Janie graduated with her degree in music education and she has been working in music education since that time in various capacities.

Soozie LindbloomMovement Teacher

Soozie comes to the Waldorf school with a background as a seasoned experiential educator with the Outward Bound School and as a sustainability educator as the former Director of Youth Education for Solar Energy International.  Her love of creating community, creating art, educating youth, exploring the natural world, and pursuing a lifetime of learning has been nurtured and strengthened as a WSRF kindergarten assistant.  It is Soozie’s goal to create an environment and curriculum where children can feel secure, loved, and supported so that real learning can happen while treating each other with kindness and respect.  In addition to her work at WSRF, Soozie loves to spend her time creating giant puppets, getting outside, stilt walking, playing music with friends, and living life fully with her husband and daughter.

R. Jacob Harlow, Eurythmy

Norway Eurythmy College, B.A. in artistic and pedagogical eurythmy and has taught in Waldorf Schools for over a decade. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest and on the slopes of Haleakala, Maui, Jacob met the work of Rudolf Steiner and the Waldorf movement early in life.  He currently teaches, performs, lectures, and writes, contributing to anthroposophical culture in whatever way he can. He also studies finance, politics and woodworking. He enjoys the beauties of nature and spending time with friends and family.

Following his graduation from eurythmy school, Mr. Harlow taught eurythmy for one year in California and one year in Nelson, BC before joining the faulty of the Austin Waldorf school where he has been teaching eurythmy for the past eight years.

Student Support

Marie-Helene Harlow, Eurythmy (PK through 2nd), 4th/5th Choir, and Student Support

University of Quebec, B.A. in Remedial Education and Humanities; Eurythmy College of Norway, B.A. in Eurythmy and Education, and is currently completing her certificate in student support (Extra Lesson) with the Association of Healing Education.

For the last four years and a half, Marie-Helene was the grades eurythmy teacher at the Austin Waldorf School in Austin, Texas. Prior to becoming a eurythmist, she worked as a student support teacher in a French school near Montreal, Quebec, helping children with learning and behavioral challenges. Her passion for healthy movement, music, poetry and the world of color became her tools to help young people move beyond their challenges and experience the grandeur and liveliness of their individual potential. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, teaching eurythmy, researching educational topics as well as singing, playing music and practicing art in its many forms. Marie-Helene is very happy to be living in the mountains again and is looking forward to enjoying the snow and the ‘great outdoors’ activities of Colorado.

Liisa DeClute, Reading and Math Student Support

University of Northern Colorado, M.A. in Special Education with a double focus on Mild/Moderate Needs and Severe Affective Needs; Colorado State University, B.S. in Environmental Education.  Worked at various environmental education schools in Maine, California, Hawaii, Washington State, North Carolina, and Colorado. Has taught in the field of special education since 2001 in Ft Collins, Parachute, and Carbondale Colorado. Is a licensed teacher by the Colorado Department of Education. Has been providing Student Support Services in academic tutoring at the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork since 2007.

Helena Hurrell, Therapeutic Arts Student Support

Tobias School of Art and Therapy (UK),M.A. in Anthroposophical Art Therapy; Metal Color Light Glass Therapy Training (Germany), Certified by the Medical Section at the Goetheanum, Switzerland; Nurturing Arts Training Course, California.

Helena’s greatest joy for the past 24 years has been to work with individuals and groups of all ages in a variety of artistic processes utilizing colorful mediums.  After 15 years, Helena has now reunited with the WSRF community to work creatively with students needing extra support. In addition, she loves to swim, create her own artworks, enjoy nature’s resplendent beauty and live life to its fullest alongside her husband and loving family, including 2 lively grand-daughters enrolled in WSRF.

Administrative Staff

Catherine Woolcott, Enrollment Coordinator

San Diego State University, M.S. with Honors in counseling, B.S. in child development/family studies. Licensed (1994) in Marriage and Family; licensed (2004) Early Childhood Center Director since 2004. Catherine moved to the RFV from San Diego where she grew up to explore a change in careers and pace of life. Little did she and her husband, Rick know until later that the greatest gift in moving was finding Waldorf education and raising their daughters, Katelyn and Claire, at The Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork. Catherine volunteered at the school for over 7 years serving on the BOT, Community Council, Parent Council, Tuition Adjustment Committee, and started the School Store with buddy, Julie Howard, before joining the staff and currently serving as the enrollment coordinator. Along with loving working alongside teachers, colleagues and families, there is nothing that brings her more joy than traveling with her adult daughters and husband. Catherine enjoys food, a great book, a good laugh, playing in the Pacific, and sharing life with family and friends.

Harley Stroh, Office Manager

University of Colorado at Boulder, M.A. in English; Colorado State University, B.A. in English; Sunbridge College, Waldorf Administration & Community Building. Waldorf administration experience at Monadnock Waldorf School and Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork.

Stephanie Warner, Administrative Assistant

Walden University, M.A. in Education; Colorado State University, B.S. in Natural Resource Management/Wilderness Management.  Stephanie spent six summers working as a Wilderness Ranger for the U.S. Forest Service.  She obtained her teaching license in 2005 and was a public school teacher for five years before discovering Waldorf education.  She homeschooled her daughters using Waldorf methods while living on the Arizona/Mexico border for two years.  Stephanie is grateful to be able to raise her daughters in the mountains where she was raised and be a part of the amazing WSRF community.