Katrina Meyers – Sweet Peas Preschool
The daughter of a US Forest Service employee, Katrina grew up enjoying the forests and natural areas of the Western US. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Development from Oregon State University. She has taught in instructional preschools at OSU and LBCC and enjoyed working with students both young and old. In 2001, she became a Certified Temperament Specialist allowing her to better understand and serve children, parents, and families. She discovered Waldorf education in 2009 and found what she felt had been missing in other educational systems: a deep knowing and honoring of how children develop and learn. Outside the classroom, she loves getting her hands dirty in the garden, practicing Bikram yoga, and spending time with her family.
Wendy Willard – Golden Roses 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 Golden Rose Preschool. Outside of school, Wendy enjoys spending time gardening, quilting, cooking, and sharing adventures with her family.
Tracee Highfield – Morning Glory Kindergarten
Tracee completed her teacher training in Eugene, Oregon. She assisted in the Early Childhood program at the Eugene Waldorf School for two years before becoming the Lead Preschool Teacher at the Corvallis Waldorf School in Oregon, where she taught for three years. After the birth of her youngest child, Tracee ran an in-home preschool. Most recently, Tracee taught Kindergarten at Pine Hill Waldorf School in New Hampshire before returning to CWS to lead the Morning Glory Kindergarten Class. She has three children, and she enjoys spending time with her family, running, doing yoga, reading, camping and planting flowers.
Anne 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.
Brentley Hartman – First 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.
Anaïs Alexander – Second 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. This is her tenth year at CWS.
Jeff Parker – Third 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 – Fourth Grade
Chris Highfield 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.
Eric Sudhalter – Fifth Grade
Prior to joining CWS, Eric was a grades teacher at Sanderling Waldorf School in San Diego County, California. He received his Waldorf teacher training at the Waldorf Institute of Southern California, and now he is looking forward to relocating to the greener pastures of the Pacific Northwest. Eric holds dual degrees in General Education and American Sign Language. Prior to becoming a Waldorf teacher, Eric was a professional sign language interpreter, working primarily in K-12 classrooms in service of the hearing impaired. An Eagle Scout, Eric is drawn to a philosophy of education that combines academic rigor with experiential learning and practical skills. When not in the classroom, he loves working with plants, fermenting food and drink, playing ukulele and guitar, enjoying nature, and dancing.
Sarah Monroe – Sixth 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 – Seventh Grade
John Nelson 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. When he is not at the school teaching his class, engaged in committee work, or building desks, he enjoys bird watching, coaching basketball and eating popcorn. Go Beavs!
Marianne Freeman – Eighth Grade
Marianne grew up in Portland and has lived in Oregon her whole life. She moved to Corvallis in 1991 and received an AS in Horticulture, working for many years in that field before discovering Waldorf education. She completed her Waldorf Education Training in Eugene and began as a Class Teacher at CWS in 2009. In her spare time Marianne enjoys traveling, hiking, gardening, reading and cross country skiing. The thing she loves most about being a Waldorf teacher is the incredible journey the teacher gets to take with each student as she helps guide them from the ages of seven to fourteen.
Elena Chavarria – Grades 1-5 Spanish
Thirty years after completing her master’s degree at Oregon State University in Natural Resource Management, Elena returned to Corvallis with a deeply enriched perspective on the livelihoods she experienced while working for wilderness protection among diverse cultures in pristine places in Latin America, Canada, the United States and Africa. Teaching Spanish to young students from 1st to 5th grades will allow her to share with the Corvallis Waldorf School community the joy that she has always found in living. Elena enjoys storytelling and art and has used them as some of her teaching methods. She has written, co-authored and translated several children books about wilderness. Her extensive experience in teaching Spanish, sciences, and language arts includes all ages and a wide variety of social contexts. She loves languages. Spanish is her mother’s tongue. She was born in Mexico City. She believes that everything is interconnected and honors the child that exists in every human being.
Sole Ciganda Argain – Grades 6-8 Spanish
Sole was born in Pamplona, Northern Spain. She lived there and earned her Bachelors Degree in Economics. After that, she moved to Portland and worked for a few years in International Business with Latin America. Inevitably her love for teaching led to a big shift in careers and she has dedicated the last 16 years to education. She has taught GED in an Alternative Bilingual High School, and in more recent years Spanish language to students from 3 to 15 years old in Montessori schools, in the public schools and independently. She is very energetic and teaches in a dynamic way. She wants her students to be enthusiastic about learning a new language and to make it feel real. She incorporates songs, books, physical movement and fun activities when teaching. She lives in SE Corvallis with her husband and her 12 year old son, Aritz. She loves African dancing and drumming, singing, painting, studying herbal medicine, biking and hiking with her family.
Shellece Millison – Handwork
Shellece Millison 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.
Rebecca Williams – Strings
As a result of her passion for music and teaching, Rebecca has had a wealth of experience and opportunities to travel. While a student at the Banff School of Fine Arts, she worked with many great artists and skied in the Rocky Mountains. While living in New Zealand she met Nelson Mandela and performed for Queen Elizabeth. In Tahiti she snorkeled in the beautiful aqua-colored sea and, by night, she performed music, ranging from Bach to the Beatles. Rebecca is a licensed PreK-12 music teacher, she has Bachelor degrees in Music and Science and, most recently, she completed a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies at OSU. Rebecca has two grown sons and a teenage daughter. She loves teaching at CWS because of the school’s vibrant arts program and strong sense of community. In Waldorf schools, the arts are brilliantly integrated into the entire curriculum, breathing life into whatever the subject at hand, to create lessons that have genuine meaning for students of all walks of life.
Lisa Wolfe – Sweet Peas Assistant & Little Acorns Parent/Child Teacher
Lisa hails from the golden, rolling hills of California. Growing up, she was an avid cardboard slider, horseback rider, swimmer, cross country runner, skier and cyclist. After graduating from Dominican College of San Rafael with a BA in Outdoor Education, Lisa pursued a teaching career. Since 1987, Lisa has completed numerous teacher preparation programs and taught in a myriad of schools in the Pacific Northwest, including public, Montessori, and Waldorf schools. Prior to relocating to Corvallis in 2014, Lisa spent seven years guiding the parent and child classes at Seattle Waldorf School.
Andrea Delos-Reyes – Golden Roses Assistant
Andrea Delos-Reyes grew up in Pennsylvania, and received a Masters degree in Art History from the University of Oregon. She holds a second Masters degree in art conservation and restoration, a profession that she enjoyed before taking time to stay home with her daughters. During that time, Andrea discovered the joy of being, and working, with young children. In 2013, she joined CWS as an assistant in the Golden Roses preschool class. Away from the classroom, Andrea enjoys hiking, canoeing, camping, skiing, knitting, baking, and reading.
Laurie Leaf Bowman – Morning Glory Assistant
Laurie Leaf was born and raised in Washington state. She graduated from The Evergreen State College with a degree in environmental studies. After wearing several hats in horticulture, field biology, and retail, Laurie Leaf knew it was time to share her love for the world with children. She attended Waldorf teacher training in Eugene, Oregon. In 2011, she joyfully joined our school community working in early childhood. Ms. Leaf loves visiting the library, exploring nature anywhere, and having cooking adventures with children.
Kristi Hager – Willow Wind Assistant
Kristi was raised in Santa Barbara, California and studied at Santa Barbara Community College as an Art Major and attended Santa Barbara Business College. She moved to Corvallis in 1991. As one of the founding parents of the Corvallis Waldorf School and pioneer parent, Kristi has worn many hats over the years: Administrator, Handwork Teacher, Afterschool Director, Enrollment Coordinator, Board Member, and served on many Committees. She has been a substitute teacher in all the classrooms over the years. Recently she worked as an assistant in the Peach Blossom Pre-School for two years. She has been a nanny for a family for several years. Kristi is a Board Member for the Heart of the Valley Children’s Choir. She frequently helps with the sets and costumes for the grades plays. In her spare time, she is an artist. Kristi has two children that are alumni of the school. She love spending time with her family.
Tess Vining – Extended Day Program Director
Tess Vining spent her early childhood in Hawaii before moving to California’s Eastern Sierras for grade school. She first experienced Waldorf education in kindergarten and later rediscovered Waldorf as a parent looking for a nurturing school community. After moving to Corvallis, Oregon and finding CWS, Tess enrolled in the Waldorf Teacher Education Program in Eugene, Oregon and graduated in June 2015 with an Early Childhood Education Certificate. Tess has a degree in Sociology from Loyola Marymount University, has substituted for grades K-5 in California, and taught preschool in Jackson, Wyoming. Among many interests, Tess enjoys teaching, traveling, climbing, and adventuring in the mountains with her son.
Melissa Montague – Administrative Assistant
Melissa Montague grew up in the heart of Southern California, just outside of Los Angeles. She found an outlet in the performing arts and studied theater, musical theater, stage production management, set building, and many forms of dance at Pasadena City College and CalArts. After living and working in Yellowstone National Park, she moved to Crestone, Colorado where she studied massage therapy, co-owned and operated a hostel, and became a mother. Melissa and her family moved to Corvallis in 2009 with the vision of growing food. When she is away from the office, you can find her on the farm where the cows, goats, chickens, turkeys, and gardens keep her plenty busy. When Melissa is not tending to her animal friends, her interests include mothering, cooking, sewing, herbology, dancing, writing, mountain biking, hiking, and exploring the ways of wonder.
Maggie 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 – 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 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 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, rabbits, pigs and cats.
Peter Zaremba – School Director
Peter Zaremba 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, their two sons, his bass guitar, and their Jersey cows.