Why Waldorf...


"Waldorf education places the development of the individual child in the focal point, convinced that the healthy individual is a prerequisite for a healthy society."


~The International Conference on Education of the United Nations Educational & Scientific Cultural Organization




"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."


~William Butler Yeats















WIWS Faculty


Early Childhood for 2018-19

Vanessa Kohlhaas //Cherub Zimmermann & Lucy Rock Teaching Assistants

Nursery

Vanessa has worked as an early childhood educator for the last 15 years. She holds a Master's degree in Education, as well as certifications in public school special education and Waldorf early childhood education. In addition to these trainings, she has studied at the Pikler Institute in Budapest, Hungary and Resources for Infant Educators (RIE) in Los Angeles, CA. Vanessa and her husband have three children who attend WIWS; she has found parenting the most humbling and inspiring path of learning.

William Dolde // Carol Johnsen & Lori Jackinell Teaching Assistants

Kindergarten
William grew up in Pittsburgh and Connecticut and received a BA from Yale. In addition to receiving early childhood credentials at the University of Maryland and Waldorf certification at Rudolf Steiner College, William has taken RIE I training in Los Angeles. In addition to teaching kindergarten in Maryland and Monterey, William has taught nursery and parent & child classes at the Waldorf School of Baltimore. To deepen his understanding of children and movement, William has taken MovNat training and studied Nutritious Movement as created by Katy Bowman.  An avid outdoorsman, William can often be found running the trails as he prepares for his next ultra marathon. William finds work with young children and their families rewarding and just right. His greatest teachers are his sons Liam and Crispin, the former now a WIWS alumni (Class of 2018), and the latter a current student at WIWS.

Carol Lynn Johnsen studied Waldorf teacher training in San Francisco, remedial education at Steiner College, and film/fine arts at SF Art Institute. She enjoys tending to children in nature, sometimes while doing crafts. This brings perspective, joy, and challenge. She especially appreciates head teacher William's initiative to go barefoot.

Dyanne Harshman // Vanessa Rochon-Tierney Teaching Assistant.

Kindergarten

Dyanne was born and raised in the maritime Pacific Northwest. After receiving her B.A. in Psychology from Central Washington University in 1985, she enjoyed a brief hiatus in Tuscon, Arizona where where she married and continued her quest for a child-centered career. She gained useful experience working in home, daycare and preschool settings as well as co-creating summer programs for "at risk readers."


After then earning her Washington State teaching credentials from the University of Washington, she turned homeward to begin her own family.  It was in her search for a school for her own children that Dyanne discovered Waldorf Education. She moved to Whidbey Island with her husband and children in 1995, and has taught at WIWS since 1997. Currently, Dyanne holds an M.S. Ed in Waldorf Early Childhood Education from Sunbridge College, NY.  She serves as adjunct faculty for Sound Circle Center for Anthroposophy in Seattle and is actively involved in the regional Waldorf Early Childhood movement as a regional representative and mentor. Dyanne's grandson Jazper is now in the WIWS Nursery! Dyanne loves living on this beautiful Island with her family and friends where she enjoys gardening, cooking, singing and playing flute and marimba.



Vanessa grew up in the Pacific Northwest, spending her summers on Whidbey Island with her grandparents and extended family. She has been a Waldorf parent since 2004 and recognized that her passion for Waldorf Education coupled with her love of children would make for a great career choice! Vanessa is in her final year of Waldorf Teacher training at Sound Circle Center for Arts and Anthroposophy in Seattle and she studies Early Childhood Education at Ashford University.

Vanessa is the mother of four boys and enjoys caring for children of all ages. She worked previously at the Waldorf School in Bellingham both in the classroom and in administration and facilities. Vanessa brings much enthusiasm for Waldorf Education, a love of the outdoors, joy and a willingness to learn and grow. Two of her children attend WIWS.

In addition to her Waldorf pursuits, Vanessa is a certified Holistic Health Coach, a Yoga teacher, and a Healing practitioner.



Grades 1-8 for 2018-19

WIWS Faculty

Natasha Zimmerman// Alea Robertson

1st, 2nd & 3rd Grade

Natasha grew up in Colorado and Washington. She studied Elementary Education and Sociology at Gonzaga University and taught in public schools for a few years before entering the Waldorf Teacher Program at Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento, California. Natasha moved to Whidbey Island in 2000 to teach a First Grade class here at Whidbey Island Waldorf School. She taught that class from 1st through 8th grade, and recently enjoyed celebrating her former students' High School graduation!

After that, she taught First Grade and Handwork here at WIWS before starting a family of her own.


Alea spent her childhood playing in the woods and on the beaches of Whidbey Island. After graduating from the University of Puget Sound with a BA in Fine Art in 2011 she sought adventure. Alea found what she was searching for in the world of Environmental Education Tall Ships. During the three years of sailing Alea realized the passion she had for educating.
Since settling back on land with her husband Zach, Alea has searched for and found a worthy purpose in teaching at the WIWS.  She has been involved in WIWS through many facets as assistant in the Sunflower Class, middle school block class teacher, substitute teaching, para-educating, and co-designing/co-running the Spring and Summer at Chinook Camps of 2016. During the summer of 2016 she began the enriching experience of her Waldorf Grades Teacher training at the West Coast Institute in Canada.
Alea is so happy to be a part of creating and running the spring and summer camps because they align with her belief that every child deserves to learn through experience, creativity, and being outside!


Kristin Codda

4th & 5th Grade
Kristin is the second oldest in a family of nine children. She hails from California, where she developed her love of children while tending her many siblings! She met her husband in 1998, before beginning her coursework in Early Childhood Education at American River College in  Sacramento, CA. She taught preschool before their first child was born, and then opened her own preschool, which she operated for eight years before closing the doors to spend more time with her family.

She developed an interest in Waldorf education as she considered options for her own children, and then began working in a Waldorf Kindergarten in California before moving to Whidbey in 2012. Since then, she has served as an Early Childhood aftercare assistant teacher and as an Educational Support teacher in the Grades. She loves helping children in their varying capacities discover their abilities to succeed. Kristin is currently studying Special Education and earning her Washington State teaching certificates in both Elementary Education and Special Education. She is also completing her Waldorf training at the West Coast Institute in Vancouver, BC. When not at school, Kristin enjoys exploring the natural world and, above all, cherishes time spent with her husband and two children, one a recent graduate of WIWS (Class of 2018) and the other a current WIWS student.

Angela Lindstrom

6th & 7th Grade

  After working several years as a journalist, artist and instructor of Native American Studies and English at the University of Cincinnati, Angela found her way to Waldorf education with the birth of her first child. She became certified in Waldorf Early Education and as a Therapeutic Educator, and started several Parent and Child programs in Denver Waldorf Schools and at our own WIWS. As her own children grew, Angela then became certified in Waldorf Elementary Education and also holds an M.Ed. She has been a class teacher for over 12 years at WIWS, graduating a class in 2014.
Angela grew up working and playing on a small farm, nestled by rolling hills, a forest and a river in southern Ohio. She has traveled extensively in the United States and lived in France and Switzerland. Her greatest joys come from spending time with her husband, six children and two grandchildren. One of her children is currently attending WIWS. Angela enjoys expressing herself through art, music, writing and dance. She loves reading, gardening, hiking and the outdoors. Angela is very active in her Native American culture (Ojibwa and Cherokee) and is the hostess/director of the annual Pacific Northwest Waldorf Schools Potlatch.


Franny Kenney, Sally Boyd & Tommi Morgan

8th Grade

Franny Kenney

Frances grew up in the Midwest in a very musical family. She attended the School for Creative & Performing Arts in Cincinnati, majoring in vocal and instrumental music. She went on to major in oboe performance at Indiana University, during which time she fell in love with working with young children.
Frances took a break from music to explore this work further, which brought her to Waldorf education and, eventually, to Sound Circle Center in Seattle. She earned her certificate in Waldorf Early childhood Education from Sound Circle in 2008. Since then, Frances has re-kindled her interest in music She now plays oboe with the Saratoga chamber Orchestra and teaches music part-time at WIWS. She loves living on Whidbey island with her husband, Nick, and daughters Gabriella and Sonja, both current students at WIWS.

Sally Boyd
Sally returned to the northwest after completing her Waldorf Teacher Training at Sunbridge College and taking three classes from grades 1 - 8 at the Kimberton Waldorf School in Pennsylvania. During that time she taught teacher training courses offered by the school and Sunbridge. On her sabbaticals, she completed the Goethean Studies Program at Rudolf Steiner College and taught at nearby Waldorf schools.
Her love for Waldorf education began when she became a parent at the Dolphin Bay Waldorf School on Orcas Island. She taught grades 1  - 4 at the school and was deeply impressed by the way Waldorf curriculum developed and nourished  the children and fostered a love of learning. Her two daughters attended Waldorf schools  from kindergarten through high school. Her granddaughter Alma in in the WIWS  Golden Forest Kindergarten and another granddaughter, Eliza, is in the WIWS Butterfly Nursery. Her other three grandchildren attend the Washington Waldorf School in Maryland.
Prior to her work in Waldorf schools, Sally worked as a Systems Analyst/Programmer in the Computer Center of Portland State University while working on her BA in Arts and Letters and beginning a Masters in English.
Joining the community of the Whidbey Island Waldorf School and being near family has been a joy.

Tommi Morgan
Tommi Morgan taught at WIWS as a grades teacher between 1997 and 2007. She took a class through grades 1-8 that graduated in 2007. Since then, she has traveled far and wide teaching main lesson blocks, mentoring teachers, and stepping in as a long-term substitute to help schools through times of transition. Not only is she a teacher of children, Mrs. Morgan is on the Faculty at Sound Circle Teacher Training and has helped to establish strong foundations for the interest and growth of Waldorf Education in China.


Specialty Teachers

Sally Boyd

MIddle School Math Teacher
 Sally returned to the northwest after completing her Waldorf Teacher Training at Sunbridge College and taking three classes from grades 1 - 8 at the Kimberton Waldorf School in Pennsylvania. During that time she taught teacher training courses offered by the school and Sunbridge. On her sabbaticals, she completed the Goethean Studies Program at Rudolf Steiner College and taught at nearby Waldorf schools.

Her love for Waldorf education began when she became a parent at the Dolphin Bay Waldorf School on Orcas Island. She taught grades 1  - 4 at the school and was deeply impressed by the way Waldorf curriculum developed and nourished  the children and fostered a love of learning. Her two daughters attended Waldorf schools  from kindergarten through high school. Her granddaughter Alma has enjoyed two years in the Butterfly Garden and now looks forward to attending the Forest Kindergarten. Her other three grandchildren attend the Washington Waldorf School in Maryland.
Prior to her work in Waldorf schools, Sally worked as a Systems Analyst/Programmer in the Computer Center of Portland State University while working on her BA in Arts and Letters and beginning a Masters in English.
Joining the community of the Whidbey Island Waldorf School and being near family has been a joy.

Tommi Morgan
Middle School Block Teacher
Tommi Morgan taught at WIWS as a grades teacher between 1997 and 2007. She took a class through grades 1-8 that graduated in 2007. Since then, she has traveled far and wide teaching main lesson blocks, mentoring teachers, and stepping in as a long-term substitute to help schools through times of transition. Not only is she a teacher of children, Mrs. Morgan is on the Faculty at Sound Circle Teacher Training and has helped to establish strong foundations for the interest and growth of Waldorf Education in China.

Brian Kenney

Strings Teacher

Brian began playing the violin at the age of five, and since then has put his fiddle to use playing in orchestras, string quartets, chamber ensembles, rock bands, improvisational groups, traditional Irish and Old-time fiddling sessions and more. Since moving to Whidbey Island in January of 2013, he has played with the Saratoga Orchestra, Island Consort and other musical ensembles. He also plays guitar and writes both songs and short instrumental pieces. he worked for several years in a New England violin shop outfitting teachers, school programs and students with instruments and acessories, introducing thousands of children to their first violin, viola or cello. He looks forward to joining the WIWS music program and helping our students in their musical education.

Frances Kenney

Music & 8th Grade Class Coordinator
Frances grew up in the Midwest in a very musical family. She attended the School for Creative & Performing Arts in Cincinnati, majoring in vocal and instrumental music. She went on to major in oboe performance at Indiana University, during which time she fell in love with working with young children.

Frances took a break from music to explore this work further, which brought her to Waldorf education and, eventually, to Sound Circle Center in Seattle. She earned her certificate in Waldorf Early childhood Education from Sound Circle in 2008. Since then, Frances has re-kindled her interest in music She now plays oboe with the Saratoga chamber Orchestra and teaches music part-time at WIWS. She loves living on Whidbey island with her husband, Nick, and daughters Gabriella and Sonja.

Ginger Spaulding

Movement & Games

Ginger Spaulding has been a Waldorf elementary music teacher and movement teacher for grades 1-8 for about a dozen years. She holds a B.A. in Music from Western Washington University. Originally coming to teaching through a vacancy in the music curriculum at Mountain Oak Charter School in Prescott, AZ, Ginger was amazed to find the Waldorf community because it reflects her own longing for growth and community. In fact, as many who learn about Waldorf education in their adulthood, she wishes she could have gone to a Waldorf elementary school herself.

She has studied with Edmund Knighton, currently the dean of Rudolf Steiner College, several times over the years, attending workshops and private teaching sessions. In Prescott, she met Joan Treadaway (attending countless lectures, seminars and private sessions) who inspired Ginger to enroll in the Educational Support Program provided by the Society for Healing Education. This training focuses on The Extra Lessonby Audrey McAllen, the main body of work for Waldorf remedial education.

Ginger hopes to inspire a love of nature, a feeling of capability, a sacred respect for self and others, an artistic point of view, and a hearty smile at the wonders and challenges of life.


Adam Fawcett
Guest Middle School Games Teacher
Adam received his Waldorf teacher certificate from Sound Circle Center in 2006.
He has a background in mechanical and environmental engineering, and also spent several years in the Far East, studying and practicing Eastern movement, meditation, and healing arts, including chi-gong, yoga, and shiatsu. 
He is a well-known local fitness trainer, and owner of a gym and fitness company in Langley.
Adam enjoys teaching movement here, both for what he gets to bring to the students, and for what he learns through observing the developing child from the Waldorf Education perspective. Adam is father to two WIWS Alumni!

Susanne Schnippering

Spanish


Susanne was born into a German family and raised in South America. She spent her childhood attending German private schools, and became fluent in three languages from childhood onward. Her family travelled extensively and lived in Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, Canada and Germany for various lengths of time all before the age of 18, at which time she independently moved to Toronto, Canada to finish High School and attended the University of Toronto to receive a double BA in Modern Languages and Literature: German and Spanish and a Certificate in Travel and Tourism from the Canadian Travel School.

Susanne married in Canada and had two children, they are both in their 20’s now. In 1997 the Schnippering family was transferred from Toronto to New England, where they stayed until October 2016, 19 years. During the time in New England, Susanne became certified as an Early Childhood Montessori teacher and she taught as an EC teacher at two schools over a span of 8 years. Curious and ever wanting to expand on her learning she continued with further training and completed (2013) full certification in Montessori Lower and Upper Elementary teaching. During her tenure at one school over a span of 16 years, she taught Spanish for 6 years to 160 students ages 3 through 14 and was also a classroom teacher in Lower and Upper Elementary classrooms. She also organized and led two field trips to Costa Rica for 10- 14 yr old students over the past 4 years.

In October 2016 her husband Roland was once again offered a chance to relocate to the beautiful Pacific Northwest and they landed on Whidbey Island. The mutually exciting opportunity presented itself for Susanne to join the WIWS as a Spanish teacher. Susanne is eager to share her knowledge of language and culture with children of all ages.

Susanne loves to travel, cook, hike, read, kayak, garden and photography.

Vanessa Rochon-Tierney//Ginger Spaulding

Extended Care teacher (Early Childhood)

Vanessa Rochon-Tierney
(see Sunflower KG above)

After School Program teacher (Grades)
Ginger Spaulding
(see Movement & Games teacher above)

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