Jessica Henry-150x150Jessica Henry – Sweet Peas Preschool & Little Acorns Parent/Child

Jessica Henry grew up playing in the forests and fields of the Midwest. She graduated with a BFA in ceramics and drawing from the University of Alaska Fairbanks where she also began work toward her Masters in elementary education. Jessica and her husband John started their family in a log home they built in the spruce woods of Fairbanks. After more than a decade of short, bright summers and long, dark winters she and her family moved to Oregon to give their children a Waldorf education. Jessica completed her LifeWays training in Wisconsin in 2007, and furthered her own education through summer Waldorf teacher training intensives and workshops in Milwaukee, WI. Fascinated by the transformation of the individual through the creation of family, she has led parenting classes and worked with young children and their families for the past 10 years. When she is not at school Jessica loves to do handwork, read, garden, travel and spend time with her family.

Wendy Willard-150x150Wendy 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.

Mary Dunn-150x150Mary Dunn – Morning Glory Kindergarten

Mary Dunn was born in San Francisco, California.  She received her Bachelors Degree in Art History with an emphasis on liberal arts including French language and literature. After graduating from college, Mary and her family moved to Northern New Mexico and she discovered Waldorf education.  Following her training at Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento, Mary relocated with her two daughters to the beautiful Willamette Valley where she has served the CWS community for over a decade.  When the children have gone home and the good work of the school is finished, Mary enjoys bicycling, hiking, reading and artistic endeavors.  She inherited her love of gardening and teaching from her parents and grandparents.

Anne Marie ColeAnne Marie Cole – Willow Wind Kindergarten

Anne Marie has a life long love of children and she especially loves her own daughter and son. She grew up just outside of Boston; the oldest child of professional classical musicians.  She grew up playing music and attending many ballets, operas, and concerts. Anne Marie graduated from School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 1997. When her daughter was a baby she discovered Waldorf Education, attended the teacher training program in Eugene and started 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 studies.

Jeff Parker-150x150Jeff Parker – First 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 – Second 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.

Andy LuckAndy Luck – Third Grade

Andy Luck grew up in rural Virginia and graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology in 1992, then bicycled across the United States to Corvallis, Oregon in the summer of 1993, and has lived here ever since. He earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Western Oregon University in 1998, and taught in local public schools for nine years before taking a teaching position at the Corvallis Waldorf School in 2008. At CWS he took over the teaching of a combined fifth and sixth grade class and stayed with both classes through two consecutive eighth grade graduations. Then he became a first grade teacher and began the journey through the grades all over again. He earned his Waldorf Teaching Certificate from Rudolph Steiner College in 2013. He enjoys taking hikes with his wife and daughter, gardening, singing, reading, doing art, learning, playing and sharing with the creative community of the Corvallis Waldorf School!

Sarah MonroeSarah Monroe – Fourth 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 NelsonJohn Nelson – Fifth 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 Tasker

Marianne Freeman – Sixth 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 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.

Cheryl Culver-150x150Cheryl Culver – Upper Middle School

Cheryl Culver grew up in West Texas, coming from a family with pioneering roots in Texas going back before it was a state. She loves music, singing, handwork and cooking. She has two grown children whom she adores, and went to college after her youngest finished high school. She received her BS from Johnson & Wales University in Baking and Pastry Arts, then went on to get a Masters degree in Education. She found her way to Waldorf Education and completed her Waldorf Teacher certification at Eugene Waldorf Teacher Training in Eugene, Oregon. She was a class teacher at Spring Garden Waldorf School in Akron, Ohio, where she took a class from fourth through sixth grade. In 2012, she moved to Bellevue where she served as a substitute teacher and Extended Care Director at Three Cedars Waldorf School. Cheryl joined CWS in 2014 and enjoys working with our close-knit community.

Julia Moreno-150x150Julia Moreno – Spanish

Saludos a todos… Julia is back in Oregon after finishing Eugene Teacher Training 6 years ago. Recently, Julia taught Spanish for 3 years at City of Lakes Waldorf School in cold, but lovely, Minneapolis. Last year, she introduced a Waldorf-inspired program initiative in her native Venezuela (Iniciativa Semilla de Luz Merida), then came back to Eugene where she lives with her husband Eric. A consultant in training and organizational development for more than 15 years before encountering Anthroposophy and Waldorf Education, Julia likes to read, paint, bake, feed the deer, practice yoga, pilates, and meditation, and dance every chance she gets. Nos vemos…

Shellece Millison-150x150Shellece 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 WilliamsRebecca Williams – Strings

Rebecca has had a wealth of experience and opportunity to travel, as a result of her passion for music and teaching. 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.

Teaching Staff

Katrina Meyers-150x150Katrina Meyers - Little Acorns Parent/Child

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.

Andrea Delos-Reyes-150x150Andrea 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 Bowman-150x150Laurie Leaf Bowman – Morning Glory Assistant & Little Acorns Parent/Child

Laurie Leaf was born and raised in beautiful Washington state. She completed a B.A. degree in Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College. After working in horticulture, field biology, and retail, Laurie knew it was time to share her absolute love for the world with children. She completed her Waldorf teacher training in Eugene, Oregon, completing both the Grades and Early Childhood coursework. In 2011, she joyfully joined our wonderful school community as a preschool assistant, and has continued working in Early Childhood. Whatever the weather, Laurie Leaf always finds time to get outside, and she enjoys making yummy messes in the kitchen with friends and checking out books from the library.

Julie Gust-150x150Julie Gust – Extended Day Program Director

Julie Gust was raised on a farm and cattle ranch. She is a graduate of Western Oregon University where she earned her BS.Ed. Julie was an elementary school music teacher and taught fourth grade at St. Mary’s School. She has two amazing grown children, Peter and Marybeth, and a beloved golden retriever named Newman. When Julie and her husband were newlyweds, they bought a farm on the outskirts of Corvallis, and Julie has lived on that farm ever since. On this farm, she raises chickens and goats, loves gardening and spends a lot of her free time singing and playing guitar.

 

Administrative Staff

Melissa Montague-150x150Melissa 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-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 joined CWS the summer of 2011 after spending six years as a parent and volunteer at the school. Diane studied nursing, nutrition and health care management in college and has always been drawn to service. She and her husband have three daughters and a granddaughter and live in the country with a menagerie of chickens, dogs, rabbits, pigs and cats.

Peter Zaremba-150x150Peter 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. Now convinced of the advantages of a Waldorf education, Peter brings enthusiasm and broad experience, including further education (MA Organization and Leadership, University of San Francisco) and extensive travel abroad, to CWS. Peter 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.