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., 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, Moonflower 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.

Chrisie Schwab, Sunflower Preschool Assistant

Holly Richardson, Foundational Programs Lead Teacher, Outreach

Holly studied music and literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she met a dear friend, Frances Lewis.  Later, Holly found her spiritual home over two decades ago at the Aspen Waldorf School.  She received her Waldorf Foundations and class teacher training at Emerson, College in Forest Row, England and is currently undergoing a Lifeways training to support her work with parents and very young children.   She has taught parent child classes, preschool, as well as grades 4 – 8 at the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork, in addition to lots of music, both on and off campus. She plays with the ukulele, kinderharp, lyre, piano, various flutes, and more. She is the mother of two boys, Henry, 14, and Noel, 11, and is supported by her wonderful husband, Dan.  Holly loves to cook colorful food, dress in ruffles, and move on her bike, feet, yoga mat, dance floor and more, when she is not practicing an instrument or making up a new song.   Holly also enjoys studying anthroposophy and playing music with Hartmut Schiffer, a Waldorf elder and her artistic patron.

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, Moonflower Kindergarten Assistant

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, Willow Forest Kindergarten 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.

Stephanie Warner, Moonflower Assistant & After School Program Teacher

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 completed Foundation Studies through the Center of Anthroposophy in 2017.  She is grateful to be able to raise her daughters in the mountains where she was raised and be a part of the WSRF community.

Grades 1-5 Faculty

Summer Thomas, Class Teacher, Grade 1

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.

Julie Hall, Class Teachers, Grade 2
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 3

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.

Diana Baetz, Class Teacher, Grade 4

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.

Eric Sudhalter, Class Teacher, Grade 5

Palomar College, AA American Sign Language/English Interpretation. Waldorf School of Southern California, Teaching Certificate. Eric provided services in a variety of school setting from Preschool to Post Secondary for over 10 years as a Sign Language Interpreter. Near the end of his teacher training, he finished the spring semester for a class at the Sanderling Waldorf School in Carlsbad, CA.  Later that summer he moved to Oregon to take a class at the Corvallis Waldorf School, where he taught Grades 4 and then 5. Eric is grateful to find balance in the sun and the snow. When not teaching in the classroom, he can be found playing myriad musical instruments, fermenting something, or spending time in his garden.

Middle School Faculty Grades 6-8

Chanthy AnClass Teacher, Grade 6

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!

Chris Mullally, Class Teacher, Grade 7

Chris Mullally received her BA in printmaking and drawing at Chico State University, in California. 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 8

Waldorf Teaching Certificate, Rudolf Steiner College; Montana State University, B.A. in English/Education; This is Didianne’s thirteenth year as a grades teacher at WSRF and her three children are all graduates of WSRF.  She participates in Board of Trustees work and Pedagogical Council. 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.

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.

Soozie LindbloomMovement & Middle School Outdoor Ed Coordinator

Soozie came to WSRF in 2013 with a background as a seasoned lead instructor with the Outward Bound School and as the former Director of Youth Sustainability Education for Solar Energy International.  Her love of creating art, educating youth, moving through dance, sport, and play, exploring the natural world, and pursuing a lifetime of learning has been nurtured and strengthened as a WSRF teacher.  It is Soozie’s goal to create a joyful environment and curriculum where children can feel secure, loved, inspired, 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 (and new doggie).  Soozie is in her 4th year of training with the Spacial Dynamics Institute:  https://www.spacialdynamics.com/

Keith Hess, Eurythmy

Keith grew up in Oregon. He was introduced to Anthroposophy at the age of 18, and eurythmy and herbal medicine at 19. After completing a forest-based apprenticeship in botany and working with wild medicinal plants, he went on to do seven years of artistic and pedagogical eurythmy training at the American Eurythmy School near Mt. Shasta in California. He later completed a three-year training in Therapeutic Eurythmy in 2013. He has taught eurythmy at various Waldorf schools around America.

Student Support

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.  Liisa has completed & is certified the following: Waldorf Foundation Studies, multi-sensory Orton-Gillihgham Basic & Advanced Reading Instruction, math instruction, Dyslexia Practitioner through the International Dyslexia Association, and is a member of the International Dyslexia Association. Annual, she attends the CCIRA Conference and Reading in the Rockies.

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.

Rachael Sudhalter, Administrative Assistant

San Diego State University, B.A. in Anthropology. Palomar College, A.A. American Sign Language/English Interpreting. 200 hour Yoga Teacher Trained. Rachael has worked in a variety of school settings from Preschool to Post Secondary as an Interpreter for the past 10 years. Born and raised in Southern California, Rachael and her family moved to Oregon in 2015 where they soaked up the rain and the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She loves that she can work at the same school where her husband teaches and her son attends. In her free time, she can be found rocking out at a Michael Franti concert or on a road trip.