Michael BoschMichael Bosch – Willow Wind Assistant

“Mr. Michael” grew up in the Portland area and started working at CWS in 2011 as the Assistant Director in the Extended Day Program and is happy to be assisting Anne Marie in the Willow Wind Kindergarten. His mother in the Navy and he has worked with children at Purple Camp, a special camp for kids whose parents are deployed in military action. He is attending Linn-Benton Community College. Much of his spare time is spent outdoors especially playing disc golf or ultimate frisbee but he also likes cycling and backpacking.

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. Bothof her parents taught music lessons at home as well as at music schools throughout the Boston area. 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 feels she has had and continues to have a culturally rich life which she can attribute much of to her parents. This life has given Anne Marie a deep love all music as well as a love of singing and playing the piano. Anne Marie also loves to garden, spin wool, work with clay, cook and continue her spiritual studies.

Julie Courtney – Music & 6th Grade

Julie Courtney has worked at Corvallis Waldorf School, primarily as a music teacher, since 1998. In addition to graduating from the Waldorf Teacher Training Eugene, she earned a BA in English from Indiana University, and studied music for three years at Oregon State University. She has studied with master singing teacher, Christiaan Boele and, under his guidance completed the the Werbeck Training of the School of Uncovering the Voice. She also certified as a teacher of the methodology of The School of Uncovering the Voice in 2012. In addition to working with students and teachers, Julie teaches group and private vocal lessons at home, sings in two choirs, and directs the Festival Choir. She also enjoys composing music, reading, camping, bicycling, horseback riding, and spending time with her family.

Mary DunnMary 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.  As a result of her training at Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento, Mary relocated with her two daughters to the beautiful Willamette Valley. She is the lead teacher in the Morning Glory kindergarten. 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.

Jessica HenryJessica 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. Drawn to the alchemistic 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 Little Acorns Jessica loves to do handwork, read, garden, travel and spend time with her family.

Chris HighfieldChris Highfield – First 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.

Laurie LeafLaurie Leaf Bowman – Morning Glory Assistant

Laurie Leaf Bowman has worked at CWS since 2011. In Eugene she trained in Waldorf Early Childhood, as well as Grades curricula. She can also be found at the library, on the trail, in the garden or exploring the wonderful ways of bees.

 

 

Andy LuckAndy Luck – Second 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!

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.

Shellece MillisonShellece 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 “first grade painting helper,” 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.

Sarah MonroeSarah Monroe – Third 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 – Fourth Grade

John Nelson received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Community Health from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wa. He then completed the Waldorf Teacher Education program in Eugene, Or. John and his family happily moved to Corvallis, Oregon to join the faculty at the Waldorf School in 2010 as a Class Teacher. When he is not at the school teaching his class, sitting in meetings, or building desks, he enjoys bird watching, coaching basketball and eating popcorn. Go Beavs!

Jeff ParkerJeff Parker – Eighth 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.

Elizabeth RileyElizabeth Riley – Enrollment Director

Elizabeth Riley serves as the Development Director for CWS, providing leadership for the school’s fundraising, community building and alumni relations. She joined CWS as a parent of kindergartner in 2010. Liz was born and raised in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. She attended college at Smith College and graduate school at Rutgers University, and had a long career in marine science, policy and education. Liz worked at OSU for years before joining CWS, working with one of the most successful fundraisers in the College of Science. She is inspired by the faculty and staff of CWS and is honored to serve the school. In her free time Liz enjoys pottery, backpacking and spending time with her family.

John StrocchioJohn Strocchio – Spanish

John was born and raised in the Sonoran Desert of Phoenix, Arizona, and received degrees in Modern Languages from Northern Arizona University and the Universidad de Granada, Spain. He has studied and taught various age groups on five continents, and is happy to be teaching Spanish and part of the of the Corvallis Waldorf School community. When “Maestro Juan’s” necktie comes off, John enjoys writing, playing music, cooking, gardening, hiking, fishing, and hunting with his daughter and their dog.

Marianne TaskerMarianne Freeman – Fifth 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.

Claudia VickersClaudia Vickers – Strings Assistant

Claudia has worked as the Assistant Strings Teacher at CWS since 2008. The middle child of seven, she got her start playing cello at the age of nine while growing up in Long Island, New York. She studied music education and art in New York and then moved to Corvallis in 1976.  Since that time she has kept herself busy by teaching preschool, running a home childcare, managing a dance apparel store and raising three children.  She teaches private cello classes in her home studio and plays with the Willamette Valley Symphony. In her free time she likes to hike, spend time with her family and explore fiber arts.

Wendy Willard

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.

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.