Faculty & Staff Directory
Carla Comey, Eurythmy Teacher, Faculty Administrator, Rudolf Steiner College, Bachelor of Arts in Waldorf Education 1984 – 1986; Eurythmy Spring Valley, Diploma in Eurythmy, 1986 – 1990; Emerson College, Certificate in Pedagogical Eurythmy 1990 – 1991; half-time Faculty Administrator duties as outlined in the job description, 4 grades periods and 3 preschool and kindergarten periods eurythmy. 21 years of Waldorf teaching experience including 8 years of class teaching, 20 years of eurythmy teaching and 13 years of math teaching. Teacher at WSRF since fall 2001, founding member of the Pedagogical Council.
Larry Smith, Business Administrator, University of New Hampshire Bachelor of Arts in Political Science; Colorado State University Masters in Business Administration; 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; First year at WSRF; Member Carbondale Rotary Club.
Anne Menconi, Community Development Administrator, Savannah College of Art and Design/Fort Lewis College: B.A. in Historic Preservation and Design; Indiana University School of Philanthropy: Principles & Techniques of Fundraising; Has worked in early childhood and youth development since 1999. Executive Director of international youth developmental agency; developed renown curriculum studied by Harvard, University of Texas, and child psychology research entities. Focus on prevention, intervention & treatment. Administrative responsibilities include Administrative Council, Development/Fundraising, Marketing, Enrollment, and community outreach, relationships, and strategic partnerships. 14 years of youth development work including home schooling her own children with a Waldorf Curriculum.
Jimmy Byrne, Pianist for Eurythmy, University of Notre Dame, Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Concentration in Public Service; 11 hours (class periods) weekly; no official prep hours, no administrative responsibilities, no extracurricular responsibilities except for recess duty once weekly; 11 years private music teaching experience; second year “teaching” at WSRF.
Ana Cardozo, Eurythmy Teacher, 1986-1991 professional training at College: “Academie voor Euritmie,” The Hague, Netherlands: diploma”Eurythmy Teacher”; 2000-2001 medical training in Eurythmy therapy, The Hague. 14 years of teaching experience in Waldorf schools, this is first year at WSRF, position is 53%, preparation time per lesson is ideally 20-30 minutes.
Thea DeRudder, Handwork Teacher, Wesleyan University Bachelor of Arts, Studio Arts and German Studies Double Major 1999-2003; Antioch University Waldorf Teacher Training 2007- 2010; 19 periods per week- 2 with each grade of Handwork, 2 of Practical Arts with 3rd Grade, 1 Seasonal Crafts with 2nd Grade; Faculty representative on the Board of Trustees, Community Development Committee, Hands and Heart Committee, Winterfaire & Mayfaire; Parent outreach: Handwork group 1 morning per week; 6 years of teaching at WSRF: 3 as Handwork assistant, 2 as a class teacher, 1 as Handwork Teacher.
Hannah Jackson, Student Support, Appalachian State University, Bachelor of Science in Special Education and Psychology with a Minor in German; Antioch University of New England, Masters in Education with Certification in Waldorf Education, 1999-2001; Association for a Healing Education, Certification as a Waldorf Remedial Educator, 2000-2003;10 years of Waldorf teaching, 7 at WSRF.
Chris Harrison, Specialty Music Instructor and Instrumental Winds, Illinois State University, Bachelor Degree 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.
Lorraine Curry, Eurythmy accompanist, Music Education at Western Connecticut State University; Studied 2 years with a master Luthier learning how to build violins, Studied many weeks with the Suzuki Institute (Suzuki violin & cello method), 2 weeks of Waldorf Music Teacher training at Sunbridge College; 25 years teaching music, mainly teaching the violin and the cello to students of all ages; Taught at WSRF for 15 years-always part time, Currently at 11/19 hours, with approximately 55 string students and lunch with the 1st & 2nd graders.
Sabrina Ferguson, Spanish – grew up in Caracas, Venezuela. Moved to Redstone, Colorado 2000. After studying and working in the fields of accounting and law, settled down and had 3 children. Founded Crystal Day Care 2004-2010, a home based childcare with a 4 star rated Qualistar program and member of the NAFCC (National Association of Family Child Care Homes). Studying Early Childhood Education at Colorado Mountain College, Group Leader and Director Qualified. Preschool teacher at Children’s Mini College 2011-present, certified Alpine and Children’s Specialist Ski Instructor with Aspen Ski Company Winter 2010-present. Spanish Teacher at WSRF teaching grades 1-3. First year teaching at WSRF. Aside of teaching, I enjoy camping in our Airstream, skiing, and traveling with my family.
Paul Dudley, Spanish — B.A. in Education- Teaching Spanish, 1994-1999 from the University of Minnesota- Duluth. M.A. in Secondary Education, 2001-2003 from Viterbo Universtiy, LaCrosse, WI. Paul has taught language students of all ages but has primarily high school Spanish in Wisconsin, Denver, and the Roaring Fork valley. In addition, Paul is the owner of the Yoga Space of Glenwood Springs and has served as studio director since 2011. Paul is committed to teaching mindful Spanish classes that focus on the needs of his students. He loves to incorporate unique cultural aspects of the Spanish Speaking world into his lessons. When not in the classroom or yoga studio, Paul loves to cook, rock climb, snowboard and dream of his next travel adventure.
Pam Rosenthal, Movement – Waldorf Class Teacher training – Sunbridge College (2009), Associate of Arts – Colorado Mountain College (2008) and continuing education including February conferences 2010 – 13 and summer intensives for 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades – Rudolf Steiner College and Deer Hill. Pam comes to us following 3 years as a class teacher at Shining Mountain Waldorf School in Boulder were she carried a class 2nd – 4th grades. Pam enjoys all types of outdoor activities including alpine skiing, hiking, mountain biking and visits to natural hot springs! She has a strong love of making music, playing bass and singing in several local bands.
Early Childhood~ Parent/Child; Peas & Carrots, Musical Storytime
Kathryn Camp, Parent Child Teacher — Peas & Carrots, The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Bachelors of Arts in Publishing; 2 hours per week in three-week sessions; 2 hours of prep; Parent Council, Community Development Committee; 4 years with children ages 2-4 in my licensed childcare program; 1st year as a lead Parent-Tot teacher; 1 1/2 years assisting in the Parent-Tot classroom; Colorado Association of Childcare Providers.
Holly Richardson, Parent Child Teacher — Musical Storytime; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with independent emphasis in Music; Emerson College, Foundation Year and Teacher Training, 1997 – 1999; I have worked in various capacities at the WSRF since 1995 including class teacher, grades 4 – 8, recorder teacher, middle school choir director, Parent Child teacher, eurythmy accompanist, after care teacher, office staff, and more. Currently I teach private music lessons and am a mother of two children at the school.
Heidi Cox, Parent Child Teacher, Colorado Mesa University, Bachelor in Biology, LifeWays Early Childhood and Human Development Training-in progress; Anticipate graduation August 2012; One year- part-time 200 hours; Two years creating and teaching Parent/Tot program at River Canyon School (Waldorf inspired); One year teaching assistant experience at River Canyon School; Founding member of River Canyon School; First year teaching at WSRF; First year teaching and directing Crystal Children’s Garden (satellite preschool); Member of LifeWays North America and in procress of becoming a LifeWays Representative member (Crystal Children’s Garden).
Preschool & KIndergarten — Kinderhaus
Sigrid Fischbacher, Preschool Teacher, Waldorf Kindergarten Teacher Training, Vienna, Austria, 2002-2006; Full time preschool teacher, daily contact hours with children from 8:15 – 12:15; Preparation for class is done in the afternoons; Committee work: Kinderhaus, Martinmas, Advent, Fly Away, Calendar; 10 years teaching experience at WSRF, first as afternoon assistant, then morning assistant before becoming lead teacher.
Megan Gardner, Assistant Preschool Teacher. Graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango Colorado with a Bachelor degree in Education in 2011. Taught at a small daycare facility for three years, becoming an Early Childhood certified teacher and facilitator. Traveled to Tanzania Africa to volunteer teaching preschool for three months in 2008. Traveled to Uruguay South America to WWOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) for three months in 2012. Started working at the Waldorf on the Roaring Fork in the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year. Employed full-time as the Assistant in the Preschool classroom and the Aftercare teacher for the Preschool class. Perusing Waldorf teaching training in Early Childhood in the near future.
Rachel Johnson, Kinderhaus Teacher, Hendrix College, Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology and minor in German; Rudolf Steiner College, Foundation Year and EC Teacher Training, 2005 – 2007; Full time employee with 25 contact hours minimum/week; Serve on Kinderhaus Committee and Care Group; 1 year Montessori teaching experience, 6 years of Waldorf teaching experience; 3 years of lead teaching at WSRF; WECAN member.
Soozie Lindbloom, Sunflower Kindergarten Assistant - 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 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.
Kat Diamond, Kinderhaus Administrator, Philadelphia College of Art, Foundation Year; Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, BS in Textile Design; Scottish College of Textiles, Senior Year Scholar; Michael Institute, Foundational Studies; one summer semester – Denver Waldorf School Summer Training; Kindergarden Trainings with Nancy Blanning. No administrative duties, no committees. Part-time status (hourly), 3 contact hours per day. 11 years teaching experience, 3 years at WSRF in various positions in the Kinderhaus and substituting.
Lower School Grades 1-5
Chanthy An, Class Teacher, Grade 1, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and minor in Anthropology and Business Administration from California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo; Antioch New England Graduate School, MEd in Elementary Education and Waldorf Teaching Certificate 2011-2012. Worked as a nutrition and gardening teacher for public schools and spent many years as a outdoor and environmental educator. Ms. An enjoys snowboarding, surfing, yoga, and making donuts. Ms. An is also excited to become “Mrs.” An as of July 2013!
Sarah Jane Marshall, Class Teacher, Grade 2, Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, Waldorf Certificate from Antioch New England, Keene New Hampshire; Taught in public schools and a parent co-operative preschool in Las Vegas and Salt Lake City for 10 years before pursuing Waldorf training; Taught one class from grades 2-8 at WSRF and am currently teaching first grade; Serving on the Parent Council. Current load: main lesson plus 7 periods. Total teaching experience of 18 years in public, private and Waldorf settings.
Didianne Gilman, Class Teacher, Grade 3, Montana State University, BA in English/Education, Teacher Training, Rudolf Steiner College; full time class teacher, 9 contact hours beyond main lesson, 3 prep hours for administrative duties: Pedagogical Council, Care Group, Accreditation; 8 years of Waldorf teaching experience, 7th year at WSRF.
Kathleen Mumaw, Class Teacher, Grade 4, Ohio University: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Adams State University – Masters of Education in Educational Leadership; Attending Waldorf Training at Steiner College; Full time load, Prep day 4 hours, other – 4 hours total or 6 periods; Board of Trustees; 15 years of teaching experience, first year at WSRF.
Matt Johnson, Class Teacher, Grade 5, The Evergreen State College, BFA with concentration in Ceramics, Waldorf Trained – Micha-el institute (2003-2004), WEASC (2004-2006), Rudolph Steiner College; Main Lesson + 10 contact hours, Member of PDC, Guidance Council, Class Teacher, 2002 – present, Ceramics teacher (non-Waldorf) 1998 – 2002; 10th year at WSRF.
Middle School Grades 6-8
Chris Mulally, Class Teacher, Grade 6, California State University Chico, BA Arts/emphasis in Printmaking and Drawing, Regis University Elementary Ed teaching certificate; Currently working toward Waldorf certification at Rudolf Steiner College; full time employee, Buildings and Grounds Committee, Enrollment Committee; 6 years teaching experience, first year teaching at WSRF.
Heather Handy, Class Teacher, 8th Grade, 6th Grade Math Teacher, Faculty Mentor University of Maine at Farmington, Bachelor of Science in Special Education, Minor in Visual and Performing Arts; Antioch New England Graduate School, MEd in Elementary Education and Waldorf Teaching Certificate 2002-2003; 8th grade main lesson, 2 periods 8th grade arts, 1 period 8th grade class meeting, 3 periods 6th grade math, full time; 13 prep hours; Care Group; 11 years of teaching experience; 8 years at WSRF; Maine Certified Special Education Teacher, New Hampshire Certified Elementary Education Teacher.
Meg Gardner, Class Teacher 8th Grade, Math, University of Indiana, BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies 2001; Sunbridge College, MSEd in Waldorf Education 2004; contact hours include 6 hours of 7th and 8th grade math and 4 hours one-on-one student support with no administrative or extracurricular responsibilities; 4 years experience as a class teacher at WSRF; at WSRF in various capacities since 2005.
Harley Stroh, Office Manager, Colorado State University, Bachelor of Arts in English; University of Colorado at Boulder, Masters of Arts in English; Sunbridge College, Waldorf Administration & Community Building; 9.5 years Waldorf administration experience between Monadnock Waldorf School and Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork.
June Waterman, Handwork Assistant/Office Assistant, University of Colorado, BA in Environmental, Population, Organismic Biology; no official Waldorf training; 3 years as a handwork assistant.
Catherine Woolcott, Enrollment Coordinator; San Diego State University, Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Development/Family Studies; Masters of Science Degree with Honors, Counseling; Licensed Marriage and Family Psychotherapist since1994; Licensed Early Childhood Center Director since 2004; 60% enrollment position; coordinate Enrollment Committee, and accountable to BOT; 8 years of employment at WSRF in various capacities since 2003-1 year Kindergarten teacher, 7 years ECC Director responsibilities, 3 years enrollment work; Member CA Association of Marriage and Family Therapists since 1988.