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.

 Sweet Peas Preschool

 

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.

Tracee Highfield – Morning Glory Kindergarten

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Kendall Dye – Director of Licensed Programs

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Eileen Chanti – First Grade

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Eileen was raised by a civil rights attorney and a social worker just outside of Eugene. From an early age Eileen knew she wanted a career that would be of service to her community. She attended St John’s College, a small Liberal Arts “Great Books” college in both Santa Fe, NM and Annapolis, MD.  A traditional classical education, St John’s is where Eileen ‘learned how to learn’ using the seminal texts of western philosophy. After college Eileen chose to pursue a career in education by first attending Antioch University where she received her Waldorf Teaching Certificate and then the University of Chicago where she received a Masters in Teaching with a focus on urban education and teacher leadership.  Eileen has taught in both Waldorf schools and public schools, bringing Waldorf pedagogy to children who would otherwise not have access.   In 2013, Eileen formed and operated a drop in Kindergarten program for homeless children at First Place Family Center in Eugene, OR.  In 2017 she became the director of the broader shelter, which included three separate programs: a family day center, night shelter, and a transitional housing ‘youth house’ for unaccompanied minors. Eileen chose to return to her passion, education, in 2019 where she most recently worked at the Eugene Waldorf School.  Eileen shares her days with her husband, three children, and giant goofy dog named Josephine.  She loves camping, hiking, and spending as much time outside as possible.

Sarah MonroeSarah Monroe – Second 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 – Third 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 – Fourth Grade

Anna was born and raised in the Eugene/Springfield area.  Her fondest memories, as a child, were her times spent with her grandparents near the McKenzie River. After high school, she spent a year in Sweden where she studied the language and ceramics. She completed the massage therapy program at Lane Community College in 2013. She also taught for three years as an educational assistant for special needs children during this time. When she learned about Waldorf education, her career plans changed. She knew that this was a pathway that she needed to follow.  Waldorf aligned itself completely with her personal beliefs about social renewal and the importance of providing loving space for teaching children. After receiving her Waldorf teacher’s certification from the teacher’s training school in Eugene, she worked for three years at Running River School in Sedona, Arizona. Anna began teaching at Corvallis Waldorf in 2019.  In her free time, Anna enjoys gardening, hiking, kayaking, and traveling.

Shaen Germain – Fifth Grade

Shaen was born in Santa Cruz, California but was raised most of his life in rural Hawaii. He attended Lewis & Clark College, where he met his wife, and studied political science, history, literature, and theater arts with extensive work in play productions.  He has been an educator for over sixteen years and is proud to have been a Waldorf Class Teacher for eleven of those years. He has served in leadership roles during these times as well. He firmly believes in the values of Waldorf education, Anthroposophy, and biodynamic agriculture.  Shaen believes that serving as a Waldorf Class Teacher is a wonderful vocation because the curriculum meets the children in a synchronous and developmentally appropriate way. Shaen and his wife, son & daughter all really love Oregon and are excited to live in Corvallis where they will be near family and friends. His favorite activities are theater production, reading, writing, doing art, and all types of outdoor sports and adventure including surfing, snowboarding and playing team sports like basketball, flag-football and ultimate frisbee.

Sixth Grade – currently hiring

Jeff Parker-150x150Jeff Parker – Seventh 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 – Eighth 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.

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.

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!

Marin Oschmann – Morning Glory Assistant

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 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, Sweden 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 many years as an active parent 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 grown daughters and two grandchildren and live in the country with a menagerie of horses, chickens, dogs and cats. In her leisure time she gardens & 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.