“I wish to enkindle every human being with the spirit of the cosmos,
That he become a flame and unfold with fire his inmost being….”
Teaching as an Art 2019 Summer Instructors
Over the past 40 years, Martha has worked in Waldorf Schools in Austria, Ireland, New Mexico, and Colorado.
Martha Gollogly grew up in Austria. She knew at an early age that she wanted to be a Kindergarten teacher. Her love of art and music, combined with her enthusiasm for teaching young children, led her to study at the State College for Teachers in Klagenfurt, Austria, where she received a Bachelors’ Degree in Early Childhood Education. Shortly afterward she completed her Waldorf Teacher training in Hannover, Germany. Over the past 40 years, Martha has worked in Waldorf Schools in Austria, Ireland, New Mexico, and Colorado. While she has spent most of her time working as a Preschool or Kindergarten teacher, she has assumed other roles when needed: as a Handwork teacher in the Grades, as a Licensing Director, and as a mentor. During the course of her career, she has been instrumental in heassical guitar - klping start new Waldorf initiatives in the places where she lived. As life brought new challenges, followed by new insights and greater wisdom, she learned to define her values in a positive way. Martha has always felt very engaged when teaching children with special needs, and through their individual ways of being, they have taught her a great deal about what is essential in childhood. Her passion for this early stage of life has led her to be curious, innovative and flexible in her teaching approach to teaching. Inspired by a desire for learning and new knowledge, Martha obtained her Colorado Teacher certification in 2016. Her love of music - especially choral singing, playing the harp and the keeps her busy in Western Colorado music circles. Martha lives in Montrose, Colorado, surrounded by mountains and lakes which remind her of her Austrian homeland.
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Christa's favorite aspect of being a Waldorf teacher is that every school day the teachers and students are co-creating an inspiring and enriching learning experience together.
Christa Valdez is a native of northern New Mexico and moved to Denver in 2014. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Prescott College and completed her Waldorf Certification through Antioch University New England with an emphasis on early childhood and elementary education. Additionally, Christa went on to complete a M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on teacher leadership through Concordia University. She currently holds a Colorado State Initial Teacher License. Christa began her Waldorf teaching career in 2010 and has gained experience teaching in both private and public Waldorf schools. Her favorite aspect of being a Waldorf teacher is that every school day the teachers and students are co-creating an inspiring and enriching learning experience together. She has taught Grade One four times and looks forward to sharing her experience and knowledge this summer with those attending teaching as an art week.
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Eric had a wish to someday bring to others an education which opens the mind and heart but also provides capacities for practical work and a way for each individual to make his or her own way in the world.
Eric grew up traveling with his parents on various assignments with the U.S. Army. The range of experiences in that transient life formed in him a deep appreciation of cultures in all their diversity. He received a B.A. degree from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, where he truly came to see the value of a liberal arts education. It has proven to be for him a value which increases every day. He realized he had a wish to someday bring to others an education which opens the mind and heart but also provides capacities for practical work and a way for each individual to make his or her own way in the world. He eventually found this in the principles and practices of Waldorf education. Eric finds the dividends keep coming in his work-in-progress as a Waldorf teacher and citizen of the universe. This former endeavor began formally for him with graduation from Antioch New England Graduate School in a Waldorf/Integrated Day public school program. He has been teaching for 20 years, half of those in independent Waldorf schools and half in Public Waldorf schools. Eric continues to enjoy travel, but has come to appreciate that there is in fact, “no place like home”. He finds his renewal best in nature and returned to Colorado, his parents’ home state, several years ago. He greatly enjoys time in his big back yard near the Cache la Poudre River.
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“I choose Waldorf because I want to support each student's individuality through a multi-faceted curriculum."
As both a founder and teacher at Santa Fe Waldorf School, Jennie Baudhuin has dedicated her adult life to Waldorf education for over 35 years. She is an innovator of programs, mentor and Spacial dynamics instructor to schools within the Waldorf movement in the U.S., Mexico, China, Greece and Ecuador. Trained as a Waldorf teacher at Sunbridge Institute, she obtained certificates in Remedial Education from Rudolf Steiner College, as well as Spacial Dynamics from the Spacial Dynamics Institute. Jennie has developed programs such as Movement Education Grades 1-4, PeaceJam, Hands-in-Peace, Waldorf Education for Adults Program, and the Global Friendship Project. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Excelsior College.
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Sandra led two classes (1-8) at Shepherd Valley Waldorf School. She is currently teaching at Shining Mountain Waldorf School.
Sandra was born in Colorado Springs and was raised in Southern California. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. While attending university, she met her future husband, Corey Kirschner. Upon graduation, Sandra met Waldorf Education. She then attended the Waldorf Institute of Southern California at Highland Hall in Los Angeles for her Waldorf Teacher Training. With certificate in hand, Sandra and Corey moved to Colorado where she became the First Grade Teacher at Shepherd Valley Waldorf School in Niwot. Sandra led two classes (First through Eighth Grade) at Shepherd Valley Waldorf School and also worked for one year as an assistant at Boulder Waldorf Kindergarten. In 2012, Sandra was hired as the First Grade Class Teacher at Shining Mountain Waldorf School. Sandra lives in the quiet mountain community of Jamestown with her husband, Corey, and their two cats. Sandra loves scuba diving, downhill skiing, hiking, dancing, and stargazing.
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Born and raised in South Africa, Thesa attended Johannesburg Teachers’ Training College before graduating from Emerson College in Sussex England in 1969.
Ithaca, Greece is the ancestral home and birthplace of Thesa Callinicos’ parents. Born and raised in South Africa, Thesa attended Johannesburg Teachers’ Training College before graduating from Emerson College in Sussex England in 1969. Thesa has worked in Private Waldorf Schools in Western United States for 33 years. Since ‘retiring’ in 2011, Thesa has been mentoring and evaluating teachers in various Waldorf inspired charter schools and is currently helping to form the North Fork School of Integrated Studies, a school within the public elementary School in Paonia, Colorado.
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Karl David Johnson, M.A., has been an educator for 35 years and has taught in the Waldorf movement since 1986.
Karl David Johnson, M.A., has been an educator for 35 years and has taught in the Waldorf movement since 1986. He has served as Pedagogical Director at both the Siskiyou School in Ashland, Oregon and the Kona Pacific Public Waldorf School on the Big Island of Hawaii. As a class teacher he has graduated two classes and has experience teaching at the high school level both in music and in wilderness education. He is a certified Educational Support Specialist and a graduate of the Gradalis Institute Transdisciplinary Therapeutic Educators Course. An experienced mentor and consultant, Karl has mentored teachers at dozens of schools and has trained and conducted workshops in China, New Zealand, the Hawaiian Islands, Canada, Mexico, and the U.S.. He has taught on the summer faculty for the West Coast Institute for Studies in Anthroposophy in British Columbia, in the Xian Waldorf Teacher Training Program in Xian, China, as a Foundations Studies course facilitator for Sophia Institute, and now joins the team at Gradalis Institute. Karl Johnson is the author of the forthcoming book: Honing Our Craft: Pedagogy and Leadership in the Waldorf Classroom.
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She has an MSEd in Waldorf Education and has taught at Shining Mountain Waldorf School as well as the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork.
Meg Gardner grew up in Oklahoma building tree houses and playing her viola. She attended Indiana University, receiving a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies. While working with high school students with disabilities, she learned about Waldorf Education, and immediately enrolled at Sunbridge College, where she received her MSEd in Waldorf Education. She began as a class teacher at the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork in 2005, where she discovered her passion was teaching in the middle school. Meg joined the middle school faculty at Shining Mountain Waldorf School in 2013. She is currently holding her third group of middle school students at Shining Mountain and will be entering eighth grade for the sixth time this fall. When not teaching, Meg is exploring the world with her husband and two sons, cross-country skiing, hiking, painting, printmaking, and reading.
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She was one of the founders of the Three Rivers School in Fort Bragg and has been teaching since 1995 in a variety of ways.
Lee Pope grew up in a small town in the Maryland suburbs of Washington D.C., where she had the good fortune to grow up in a time and place where children had ample freedom to explore the natural world and make up their own entertainment. Her childhood memories include collaborating with the neighborhood children to create their own carnivals, writing impromptu plays, and endless days of imaginative play in the nearby woods. After receiving her BA in English Literature at The George Washington University, she spent three years working as a counselor and teacher for an alternative school in Maine, finally moving to Mendocino, CA in 1975. In Mendocino, she and her husband joined with other families to help found a Waldorf School, the Three Rivers School in Fort Bragg. They later moved to Santa Cruz, and continued to be active members of the Waldorf community there. In 1989 they moved to the California foothills, enrolling their three daughters at the Live Oak Waldorf School. She completed the teacher training course at Rudolf Steiner College in 1995, and was hired as a fourth grade class teacher at the Yuba River Charter School. Following eleven years teaching in grades 1 – 8 at the Yuba River Charter School, she was hired by the Golden Valley Charter School where she served for nine years as a Waldorf curriculum specialist. During her time there, she also taught at the Public School Institute at Rudolf Steiner College for seven consecutive summers. Following her retirement in 2016, she has continued to work as a part time mentor for Waldorf teachers.
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Founded Speech Arts in Waldorf Schools in North America and studied at the Goetheanum.
Helen Lubin attended the Novalis School for Speech and Drama and School for the Art of Speech and Speech Therapy (diploma 1985). Her Post-Graduate year was at the Goetheanum in Switzerland. She was a Speech artist-and-therapist-in-residence at Karl-Schubert-Schule in Stuttgart; faculty of the School for Pedagogical and Therapeutic Speech in Switzerland; invitation to join full-time faculty of Rudolf Steiner College, January 1992. She Founded Speech Arts in Waldorf Schools in North America (now in its 23rdyear), working (mostly via annual visits) with teachers, classes, individual students, faculty groups, staff and parents. She completed the International Camphill Seminar in Curative Education in Perceval – Centre de Pédagogie Curative; 10 years’ experience in this field, including as class teacher. BS Speech Pathology and Audiology; BS Special Educational Studies; MA Human Development; TESOL certification. She has a BS Speech Pathology and Audiology; BS Special Educational Studies; MA Human Development; TESOL certification. She is a Translator and co-editor of the English-language international edition of Anthroposophy Worldwide 2004-2006; role of ‘Maria’ in Rudolf Steiner’s four Mystery Dramas (1994-2001); current chairperson of Creative Speech North America; current representative of the Performing Arts Section (Eurythmy, Speech, Music, Puppetry and Drama) on the North American Collegium of the School of Spiritual Science; articles in various publications; former Waldorf student.
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Craig has been a Waldorf class teacher and movement teacher for 30 years, the past 22 years at Shining Mountain (POE) instructor.
Craig started numerous programs at the school, including SM's Circus Troupe, MS Outdoor Education program and MS/HS Athletics. He also coordinates the Rocky Mountain Regional Pentathlon and Medieval Games, along with other teaching responsibilities. Craig is a proud graduate of the initial Spacial Dynamics Institute training in North America, and earned his teaching degree at Prescott College in Arizona. He is a graduate of Prescott College in Arizona. Hobbies include backpacking, kayaking and gard Waldorf School in Boulder, Colorado where he is the Physical and Outdoor Educationening.
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Foreign Language, Spanish
Marleny brings joyful enthusiasm and a deep understanding of how to teach foreign language based on Steiner’s indications.
Marleny was born in Havana, Cuba and moved to the U.S. in 2005. She has a B.A. in Elementary Education and attended both the Summer Teacher Program in Waldorf Education and the Foreign Language Teacher Training at Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, CA. She was a Class Teacher at Suncoast Waldorf School in Florida and has also taught at the Taos International School. Currently, she teaches Spanish at Pine Forest Charter in Flagstaff, Arizona where she is a member of the College of Teachers. Marleny has attended many courses at the Center for Anthroposophy and Sunbridge College, and has received certificates in Permaculture in Child Education from Mother Earth School and the Seed School (Native Seeds, Tucson, AZ). She has created a Grandparents’ Circle and other outreach events where arts and Waldorf approaches are shared for the enrichment of family life.