Julie Courtney – Little Acorns Parent/Child Program

Julie enjoyed her formative years on a large farm in the Ozark Mountains of southwestern Missouri, where hay fields, ponds, woods, a creek, and a nearby river served as her playground.  She received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Indiana University in 1990. After completing the Waldorf Teacher Education program in Eugene, Oregon in 1998, Julie owned and operated Story Time Preschool, a home-based, Waldorf-inspired preschool. She studied music for three years with an emphasis in voice, composition, and choral conducting at Oregon State University. Connected to Corvallis Waldorf School since 1998, Julie has served as After School Care coordinator, choir and recorder teacher, long-term substitute teacher in kindergarten, 3rd and 6th grades, board member and chair, librarian, and a member of the College of Teachers. Writing music, performing, conducting, reading, hiking, backpacking, gardening, and spending time with her husband and two children are among her passions.

Donyu Catino – Sweet Peas Preschool

The discovery of Waldorf education from a friend in the mid 1970’s lead Donyu down a path of discovery, leading her to open a program with her husband in Petaluma, CA.  A graduate of Rudolf Steiner College in 1994, she later became a certified mentor, working with teachers from Lifeways, Waldorf teacher trainings, state run and mainstream preschools.  Donyu lives in Kings Valley with three generations of her family, where she knits and enjoys raising Shetland sheepdogs and livestock with her daughters.

Wendy Willard-150x150Wendy Willard – Chickadees Preschool

Wendy has spent most of her life in the Willamette Valley. After graduating from Linfield College, she spent several years teaching middle school math. She then took a short break from teaching to spend time with her young children. It was during this time that she discovered her love of early childhood and Waldorf education. In 2010 she completed the Waldorf Teacher training in Eugene. She is the lead teacher for the Chickadees Preschool.  Outside of school, Wendy enjoys spending time gardening, quilting, cooking, and sharing adventures with her family.

Anne Marie ColeAnne Marie Cole – Willow Wind Kindergarten

Anne Marie grew up just outside of Boston as the oldest child of professional classical musicians.  She played music and attended many ballets, operas, and concerts. After graduating from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 1997 and having her daughter, she discovered Waldorf Education.  She then attended the teacher training program in Eugene, Oregon, and began working in the kindergarten at CWS in 2004.  Anne Marie now lives on a farm in Monroe with her family and an assortment of animals.  She continues to lead a culturally rich life: singing, playing the piano, gardening, spinning wool, working with clay, cooking, and deepening her spiritual practice.

Angelica Ingeman – Morning Glory Kindergarten

Angelica has spent over two decades living in the Willamette Valley. She completed her Waldorf Teacher Training in Early Childhood at the Eugene Waldorf School and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Oregon State University. She has worked at several Waldorf and Waldorf charter schools on the west coast as a lead teacher, assistant and extended day program director. She returned to Corvallis from Santa Barbara, CA where she led the Parent Child Program at the Santa Barbara Waldorf School. She loves spending time with her family and nature and continues to practice her fine art, working predominately with paint and beeswax.

Kendall Dye – Director of Licensed Programs

bio & picture coming soon!

Sarah MonroeSarah Monroe – First Grade

Sarah has lived in the area since moving to Corvallis in 1988 at the age of 11. She received her bachelors degree in German from Portland State University in 2000 and attended a graduate teacher education program at Oregon State. Sarah found her way to the Corvallis Waldorf School in 2003 where she has taught German to grades Pre-K through 8th grade, assisted in the Willow Wind Kindergarten, and served as the director of the Extended Day Program. Sarah received her Waldorf Teaching Certification in June of 2011 from the Waldorf Teacher Training in Eugene, Oregon. In the fall of 2011, she began the journey through the grades curriculum with a first grade class. Sarah enjoys being anywhere out in nature, seeking out live music, and spending time with her family. She lives in Corvallis with her husband and step-son.

John Nelson – Second Grade

John received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Community Health from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. He then completed the Waldorf Teacher Education program in Eugene, Oregon.  In 2010, John and his family happily moved to Corvallis to join the faculty at the Waldorf School as a Class Teacher.  John graduated his first class in June of 2018 after leading them through the grades curriculum.  He is looking forward to the new journey with his current class of first graders.  When he is not at the school teaching his class, he enjoys bird watching, coaching basketball and eating popcorn. Go Beavs!

Anna Persson – Third Grade

Bio & photo coming soon…

Brentley HartmanBrentley Hartman – Fourth Grade

Brentley moved to Corvallis with his family in 1991 at age 9, from inner-city Dallas, TX. As a youth he participated in a number of organized sports, studied music, and connected to leadership and land stewardship as a Boy Scout. After graduating from Crescent Valley H.S. he attended University of Oregon receiving his Bachelors of Education in Special Education.  Prior to working in Waldorf Education, Brentley served as a crew leader for Northwest Youth Corps, building and maintaining trails with young people throughout the American West. Upon completion of his Waldorf Teacher Education in Eugene, he accepted a teaching position with a therapeutic educational program in association with Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School and Farm known as the E.A.R.T.H. (Education and Renewal Through Hands) program in Upstate New York.  After an incredible experience with E.A.R.T.H. he chose to return to his home town to be closer to his loved ones and continue his work.  When not in the classroom, he enjoys mountain biking, rock climbing, backpacking, playing music, and living simply.

AnaisAnaïs Alexander – Fifth Grade

Anaïs grew up in northern California, and attended Waldorf Schools through the 8th grade. She holds degrees in Integrated Human Development and Art History from San Francisco State University. For the last two decades she has worked as an educator, and during that time she has been a parent educator, a nutrition educator, educational consultant, and taught grades 1-8. She has taught in teacher training programs in the US, Mexico, and, as a Peace Corps Volunteer, in Southern Africa. Anaïs delights in leaning about other cultures and traditions, and weaves her tales of her adventures around the world in the stories that she tells her students. She looks forward to the day that she can travel to remote pockets of the planet with her two sons. Anaïs and her husband have lived in the Willamette Valley since 2001.

Jeff Parker-150x150Jeff Parker – Sixth Grade

Jeff has worked at the Corvallis Waldorf School since 2003, starting out as a 7th grade teacher.  He has taught grades 1 through 8.  He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Arizona and completed his Waldorf teacher training in Eugene.  What he loves most about the Corvallis Waldorf School is the feeling of community that comes from a group of parents and teachers who want to improve the lives and futures of our children.  In his spare time, Jeff enjoys making music and being active in the outdoors.  He lives in South Corvallis with his wife and two step-children.

Chris Highfield-150x150Chris Highfield – Seventh Grade

Chris has been a Class Teacher at the Corvallis Waldorf School since  2007. He received a BA degree in history/secondary education from Westminster College in Pennsylvania, a MS from the University of Oregon in geography, and is currently receiving mentoring from the Waldorf teacher training program in Eugene, OR. He spent ten years in various teaching positions in the public school system in different regions of the country before coming to CWS. Drawn to the strength of curriculum and emphasis upon art found at Waldorf schools, Chris truly appreciates the opportunity to learn and develop along with his students. On his time away from school, Chris enjoys various outdoor activities, running, gardening, playing music and spending time with his family.

Sally Starker – Grade 6-8 Spanish

Sally was born and raised in Corvallis.  She spent time studying in both Ecuador and Spain after graduating from Corvallis High School.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and Spanish from the University of Portland in 2003.  In 2006 she completed a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Portland State University.  She has been teaching since 2003.  In addition to teaching, Sally enjoys cooking, gardening, playing sports and spending time outdoors. Sally values spending time with friends and family. She is always looking for opportunities to learn and grow in all areas of her life.

Shellece Millison – Handwork

Shellece grew up enjoying the mountains and forests of the West. She graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies. Like so many, Shellece discovered Waldorf education through her children. She started as a parent volunteer washing dishes in her daughter’s Waldorf kindergarten in Arizona, then worked as a classroom assistant, handwork assistant, and finally lead handwork teacher. Shellece has been at CWS since 2008, and is currently completing the teacher training program at Steiner College in Sacramento. “I love getting to work with nearly every child in the school, and I have always enjoyed witnessing the healing and transformative processes that arise from working with the hands.” Aside from eagerly exploring her lifelong passion for all forms of art, craft, and handwork, Shellece enjoys dancing, singing, and playing in the forest with her husband and three children.

Erin Zaremba – Strings

Erin grew up in a family of musicians on the central coast of California.  She began violin lessons at age 7 and has practiced, performed, and taught on the instrument continuously throughout her life.  She served as the concertmaster of the San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony and as the youngest member of the San Luis Obispo Symphony.  Making music with her dad (guitar/mandolin) and sister (cello) cultivated her appreciation for many genres outside the classical world and she spent several years performing and recording with an acoustic rock band in San Francisco. Erin holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of San Francisco, where she focused her work on the creative arts in elementary classrooms and spent time as a volunteer teacher in Belize. After graduating, she received a fellowship from USF to teach at the Tibetan Transit School in Dharamsala, India.  Before moving to the Northwest in 2012, Erin worked as a first grade teacher in San Francisco.  When not teaching or playing music, she loves to be outside with her family.

Marta Capriles – Agriculture & Woodworking

Marta grew up in Northern Virginia and was homeschooled until college. The only child of activist parents, she got a hands-on education in local government, community organizing, and event production. Marta always felt an affinity for plants and became interested in organic agriculture as a career as a teenager. She attended Warren Wilson College in the mountains of Western North Carolina and received her degree in Sustainable Agriculture. Marta has worked on and apprenticed at farms in Virginia, North Carolina, California, Italy, France, and Thailand. After traveling, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where she worked as a school gardener, received her elementary teaching certificate, and taught Kindergarten and 1st grade for a decade. Drawn to Waldorf education by wanting her own children to have a childhood full of wonder, community, and nature, Marta was thrilled to become the Agriculture Teacher at Corvallis Waldorf School in 2017. She lives in Corvallis with her parents and two young daughters.

Johanna Garcia – World Culture and Language

Johanna grew up in Seattle, Washington. From a young age, her family immersed her in other languages and cultures through international travel including a 4 month trip circumnavigating the globe with Semester at Sea. Her early international experiences instilled a value for curiosity, cross-cultural connection and community engagement. Since then, she has volunteered with Amigos de las Americas and has lived in Paraguay, Costa Rica, Chile and Brazil. She even helped her dad deliver a baby while on a remote medical trip to Nicaragua when she was 15. After graduating from Pitzer College with a degree in Experiential Education, Johanna followed her passion for teaching, the outdoors and working with youth and became a backpacking and climbing instructor for NOLS. She just finished building a house and is excited to plant roots in Corvallis and become more involved in the community. In her free time, Johanna enjoys cooking, creating art, spending time in the garden and planning for her next adventure.

Melanie Sorenson – Math Specialist

Melanie grew up in Troutdale, Oregon at the mouth of the Columbia Gorge. She moved to Corvallis to pursue her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Oceanography with a minor in music. She discovered a passion for teaching and went on to earn her Master of Science in Education degree from Oregon State University as well. Melanie taught middle school science for several years, and even owned a local beekeeping company for a time, before returning to the classroom in 2018 to specialize in helping students build their math skills at CWS. Melanie plays her flute and piccolo in several musical ensembles throughout the valley and is an avid gardener who loves to travel, hike, and play board games.

Meredith Weir – Chickadees Assistant

Meredith has been part of the CWS community since 2000.  She was born in the Philadelphia area, studied history in college, and spent three years in the Peace Corps in Niger, Africa.  She later received a BS in nursing at Columbia University in New York, and worked in maternal child health for several years as a labor and delivery nurse and as a homebirth midwife. Meredith was introduced to and fell in love with Waldorf education 26 years ago after the birth of her oldest daughter.  All eight of her children have been touched by Waldorf education.  Being part of the CWS community has nurtured her spiritual and family life.  Meredith is thrilled to be a Chickadee!

Emily Pereira – Sweet Peas Assistant

Bio and picture coming soon!

Marin Oschmann – Morning Glory Assitant

Marin grew up in rural Southern Wisconsin surrounded by prairies, bogs, and corn fields. She received a degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied Conservation Biology and Latin American Studies. Her studies in conservation led her on many adventures throughout Latin America and the United States, but she found her true passion in teaching. Marin has tried on many hats in education as a naturalist, wilderness trip guide, and ecological field instructor. As an avid gardener, and you can find her working at the Starker Art’s Garden for Education in the afternoons. Outside of gardening and teaching, Marin loves to practice yoga, dance, and experiment with cooking vegetables in the kitchen. She is so excited to work with the Morning Glory classroom and further immerse herself in the Waldorf Teaching Community.

Rebecca “Sunny” Winters – Willow Wind Assistant

Rebecca “Sunny” Winters earned her degree in Art Education from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. For years, Sunny worked as a graphic designer, but her passions lay outside of a computer screen. She missed teaching and connecting with the natural world. In 2013, Sunny left the city life and moved to Northern California to study Biodynamic farming. She was then able to blend her passions for nature and teaching as the Assistant Director of Land Stewardship at The Hartsbrook Waldorf School in Massachusetts. Sunny has been fortunate enough to join the faculty at the Corvallis Waldorf School as the Assistant Kindergarten Teacher in the Willow Wind class. When she is not teaching, you can find her gardening, crafting, foraging or going for walks with friends.

 Administrative Staff

Melissa Montague-150x150Melissa Montague – Administrative Assistant

Melissa Montague grew up in the heart of Southern California, just outside of Los Angeles, where she developed a great passion for the performing arts. After traveling and moving from place to place throughout most of the West, she and her family decided to land in Corvallis and joined CWS in 2009. When she is away from the office, Melissa loves to explore the ways of wonder with mothering, creating, going on adventures, gardening, being in the woods, and continuing to frolic in her passion for dance.

Maggie Bahnson-150x150Maggie Bahnson – Enrollment and Volunteer Coordinator

Maggie Bahnson was born in Brooklyn, NY but spent her childhood playing in the lakes and forests of rural Wisconsin. After graduating from Reed College with a degree in Psychology, Maggie taught 2nd/3rd grade in a private school, earned her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Lewis and Clark College and then taught 1st grade in the Gresham Barlow School District. In 2007, Maggie and her family moved to Santa Barbara, where she worked for the University of California Education Abroad Program and served as the Campaign Coordinator for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training Program. Maggie and her family happily moved to Corvallis in 2012 and found their home in the peaceful setting of Soap Creek Valley. When she is not at school, Maggie enjoys running the trails of the Mac Forest, hiking with her husband and two daughters and teaching yoga.

Tim Love-150x150Tim Love – Facilities Director

Tim has served in the field of facilities management and operations for over a decade. He joined the Corvallis Waldorf School community in 2014 to lead the SAGE building project through to completion and to oversee the maintenance and development of our 12-acre campus and 34,000 square feet of building space. Tim is a trained Waldorf teacher and an experienced Bio-Dynamic farmer, prep maker and beekeeper.  His past projects include over $3 million in renovations to the Seattle Waldorf School.

Diane MartinDiane Martin – Director of Business Operations

Diane grew up in the Willamette Valley and enjoys all this area has to offer – coasts, mountains, forests, rivers and lakes. She spent some formative years in Germany and Denmark but has always considered Oregon home. She discovered Waldorf education through her youngest daughter. She joined the staff at CWS in August of 2011 after spending seven years as a parent, board member and volunteer at the school. Diane studied nursing and has a BS in Clinical Nutrition and an MPH in Health Care Policy & Management. She has always been drawn to serve families and children. She and her husband have three daughters and two grandchildren and live in the country with a menagerie of horses, chickens, dogs and cat. In her leisure time she travels and always loves to come back home to Oregon.

Peter Zaremba-150x150Peter Zaremba – School Director

Peter grew up on Long Island (NY) before earning a BA in Social Anthropology and serving as the captain of the Harvard University Men’s Lacrosse team in 2001. Since then, he has served as an educator in outdoor, public, private, and parochial settings.  Peter brings enthusiasm and broad experience, including further education (MA Organization and Leadership, University of San Francisco) and extensive travel abroad, to CWS.  He enjoys speaking with people about best practices in the field of education, and he is always seeking ways to benefit children by connecting them with our strong community. On evenings and weekends, Peter enjoys spending time with his wife and their two sons.