Faculty

Faculty and Staff Photo 2018-19

Pam Barlow - Rainbow Kindergarten

Pam Barlow - Rainbow Kindergarten

Pam Barlow has been a Waldorf teacher in both public and private Waldorf schools for 18 years, the last 14 as a kindergarten teacher at the Sebastopol Independent Charter School. Pam served as a class teacher at Summerfield Waldorf School where she also taught handwork in the lower grades. Pam serves on the Care Group at the school and is currently furthering her work in Therapeutic Early Childhood Education at the Denver Anthroposophic Studies Center. In service to Pam's commitment to Waldorf education, she has wielded a pickaxe, hammer, sheet rock knife, shovel, and of course paint brushes of all sizes. Pam studied at the University of San Francisco and received her BA from Regents College, her California State Teaching Credential from Dominican College, and her Waldorf Teacher Training from The Center for Educational Renewal. Pam's greatest pleasures outside of school are sailing and spending time with her grandchildren. She’s looking forward to the day when she can introduce these two loves to each other.

Kimberly McCormick - Rainbow Assistant

Kimberly McCormick - Rainbow Assistant

Bio to come

Jana Lombardo - Sunflower Kindergarten

Jana Lombardo - Sunflower Kindergarten

Jana’s journey to become a teacher began when she was a young child, growing up in a small town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. As children, Jana and her siblings explored the enchanted back woods surrounding their cabin and later the streets of their small town. Intrigued by the curiosity and desire within children to learn, she was drawn towards teaching and was introduced to the Waldorf community as a young college student when she took a job in the aftercare at Yuba River Charter School. Fascinated by the school’s environment, curriculum, and community, she began her educator journey. Jana has since spent over 20 years working with and learning about children. She earned a BA in Human Development and a Multiple Subject CLAD with Emphasis in Early Childhood Credential from Sonoma State. She has attended classes at Rudolf Steiner College and the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training and taught in preschools, Kindergarten, public primary classrooms, has taken a class from 1st through 3rd grade, and substitute taught in all the grades. She finds her favorite place to be in the Kindergarten. She lives in Santa Rosa with her husband and two youngest daughters. She enjoys going on adventures in nature with her family. 

Linden Fye - Sunflower Assistant

Linden Fye - Sunflower Assistant

Linden's desire to work with children began when she was a child. Finding school fun and safe, she will be a life-long student! As a Bay Area native, Linden attended Las Positas Junior College in Livermore and transferred to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Supporting her love for children, she made a portfolio for children's books and received a bachelors degree in illustration/fine art. Linden relocated to Sonoma county and began early childhood training at the Santa Rosa junior college, and worked for Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm as an after-care teacher and early childhood assistant. She began Waldorf Teacher Training and is working on her public school teaching credentials.

Lynne Struye - Grade 1

Lynne Struye - Grade 1

After graduating the first pioneering class of Maple Village Waldorf School last spring in Long Beach, California, Lynne was looking for a new adventure. She is delighted to begin a new eight-year journey with the first grade class here at Sebastopol Charter. Her degrees have paved a path for helping others, children in particular. She began with a BA degree in Sociology from UCLA, then completed an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy/Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University. In her first career as an Art Therapist, she realized her desire to work more closely with children on a daily basis. After sending her third child off to Kindergarten, she went back to school herself, transitioning to her real passion of teaching, by obtaining a Multi-Subject Teaching Credential from California State University Dominguez Hills. In 2009, during a year abroad in Australia with her family, she had the opportunity to work and train in a Waldorf school and also to complete a Certificate in the Foundations of Rudolf Steiner Education in Sydney. Upon returning to California, she was grateful to bring all of her cumulative experience to help her Long Beach class, school and community grow. Now as a Northern Californian, she looks forward to discovering this beautiful part of her home state, working in her new garden, and planning visits with her three now grown children.

Lisa Hale - Grade 2

Lisa Hale - Grade 2

Lisa's passion for teaching and equipping students to utilize their life experiences and education as a powerful tool for self expression started with her work as a field science teacher at the Headlands Institute, now Nature Bridge. Here social and academic lessons came to life and inspired her to found the Teen Environmental Education Mentorship program. This early teaching experience, along with a childhood spent along an estuary of the Chesapeake Bay, set a high bar for what education can be. Lisa's love of teaching and desire to sow an inspired and well-balanced education for her own children led her to pursue teaching in a Waldorf school. When she is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, mountain biking, swimming in the ocean, hiking, painting, cooking, and woodworking.

Shari Thierry - Grade 3

Shari Thierry - Grade 3

Shari joined the staff in the fall of 2012 to assist us both in the classroom and in the resource room at the main campus. A former handwork and class teacher at Highland Hall Waldorf School in Northridge, CA, Shari is Waldorf trained and has a great deal of experience in a variety of classroom settings. Ms. Thierry has a BA from Cal State Northridge in history and brings an incredible organizational sense from her background managing small businesses.  

Antje Bojarsky - Grade 4

Antje Bojarsky - Grade 4

Before joining Sebastopol Charter, Antje called the Sacramento Waldorf School her professional home where she enjoyed taking two classes through the grades and also served as Educational Support Coordinator and high school teacher. After these 21 years in Sacramento, she spent four years as middle and high school teacher and Pedagogical Chair at the Haleakala Waldorf School, co-founding a Waldorf high school on Maui. In the summers, Antje has been training Waldorf teachers at Rudolf Steiner College since 2000 and has also directed The Art of Teaching professional development sessions. Antje holds CA multiple subject and science teaching credentials and Teaching English as a Second Language certification from Cambridge University, where she studied applied linguistics. She obtained a business diploma, and a BA in Education as well as a Master's in Science Education from Lesley University. You will find her playing with her three miniature poodles or knitting if she is not out exploring the local coast and culture with her husband.

Heather Carpenter - Grade 5

Heather Carpenter - Grade 5

Heather Carpenter joined Sebastopol Charter School in 2013. She completed her Waldorf training at the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training in 2012 and earned her California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Dominican University in 2015.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from UC Berkeley, and is T.E.F.L certified. Prior to teaching, Heather has been a program developer (in nutrition research, as well speech and language development), a designer, a photographer, an artist and counselor. She loves to paint and draw, work in her garden, and wander off the beaten path with her son.

Ashley Radzat - Grade 6

Ashley Radzat - Grade 6

Ashley Radzat has been involved in Waldorf education since 2001. She received her California State Teaching Credential from Dominican University in 2013. In 2010 Ashley received her Waldorf certificate from The Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training. Her BA is in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. Ashley completed her Parent, Student and Family LifeCoaching Certificate in 2018 and she is excited to begin using her skills with students and families. Ashley has traveled to over 15 different countries and always embraces a new opportunity or adventure. When not working with students, Ashley cares for her two daughters and 2 dogs.

Eric Brosio - Grade 7

Eric Brosio - Grade 7

Eric was volunteering as the Education Coordinator at a small urban farm in the fall of 2011, when a class from Live Oak Charter in Petaluma visited on a field trip. This first exposure to a Waldorf-inspired school would change his life. By the fall of 2012, Eric was not only student teaching at Sebastopol Independent Charter in Grade Three, he was now married to the teacher of the class from Live Oak. He now lives with his wife Leah and two kids, Sage and Artemis, in Petaluma. The children have been students at Live Oak since kindergarten. Before entering the teaching profession, Eric worked as a litigation attorney and investment adviser, receiving both his J.D. and MBA from Santa Clara University. He received his California teaching credential from the University of San Francisco. Eric brings a strong style of academic presentation to the classroom and is grateful to have found such a rewarding outlet for his writing and math skills. He is currently completing his Waldorf Credential through Rudolf Steiner College.

Susan Sterns - Grade 8

Susan Sterns - Grade 8

Susan is originally from New York and has been teaching for over a decade in urban, suburban, and rural classroom settings. Prior to teaching, she worked with mother and infant dyads as a breastfeeding counselor. As a passionate vegetarian, Susan is an animal advocate and promotes a lifestyle and diet that is sustainable to one's body and the planet. Susan continues to hold an interest in the rights of women, children, and animals through civic engagement. She holds certificates in Waldorf Education from Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, CA and from the Center for Anthroposophy in Wilton, NH, and teaching credentials in both New York and California.

Tim Zieminski - Strings Teacher Gr. 3-8

Tim Zieminski - Strings Teacher Gr. 3-8

Tim Zieminski is an active violin teacher and performer, born and raised in Sonoma County. He holds a B.A. in Violin Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In addition to Sebastopol Charter, he is a teacher with the Santa Rosa Symphony's Simply Strings, a program focused on social reform through music at the elementary school level. When not teaching or performing, Tim enjoys spending time with his wife and children, and stays active in a variety of sports including baseball and ultimate frisbee.

Renate Lundberg - Eurythmy Gr. K-4

Renate Lundberg - Eurythmy Gr. K-4

Renate grew up in Holland and went through KG -12 in Waldorf education. After nurse training and 10 years in the medical world, including the Hauschka massage training, she did the Eurythmy training in The Hague. Renate has taught for 32 years in 8 different Waldorf Schools and one Charter School mostly with grades 6-12 but also in KG-6, and looks forward to continuing teaching at Sebastopol Charter this year.

Mary Schwall - Games and Movement Gr. 3-8

Mary Schwall - Games and Movement Gr. 3-8

Mary Schwall has been the games and movement teacher at Sebastopol Charter since 2006. In 2011, she completed a five year movement education program at the Spacial Dynamics® Institute. She has coached basketball for nine years. Mary worked for Lucky Stores for 20 years and received her AA in Fine Arts at San Francisco City College while playing on the women's basketball team. Mary received her BA at UC Davis in Fine Arts and regularly impresses us with her masterful paintings and creative ink drawings. She loves to backpack in the Sierras with her family and dog and has cycled extensively in Europe. She plays mandolin and tenor ukulele and can often be found playing while teaching PE class to keep the children moving. When not teaching, Mary can be found at the gym, walking her dog, riding her bike through town, or working in the garden.

Judith Baxter - Spanish K-5

Bio to come

Isabel Vallejo - Spanish 6-8

Isabel Vallejo - Spanish 6-8

Isabel was born and raised in a small village in Valladolid, Spain. She received her Masters degree in Law at the University of Valladolid. She worked with the Spanish Tax Agency for more than ten years in Barcelona, Madrid, Toledo, and Athens. She moved to the United States fourteen years ago. She has been teaching the upper grades and High School Spanish 1 at Summerfield Waldorf for the last two years and she has been substituting at Sonoma Academy for the last three years. She has two children and enjoys reading, hiking, and traveling.

Kristen McLaughlin - Handwork Gr. 1-8

Kristen McLaughlin - Handwork Gr. 1-8

Kristen McLaughlin began working at the Sebastopol Charter School in 1997 as an assistant teacher in the kindergarten then moved on to teaching handwork grades 1-8.  Prior to arriving at Sebastopol Charter she was a Waldorf preschool teacher. Kristen completed her Waldorf teacher training at the Center for Education Renewal. Her prior schooling was at Dominican College in San Rafael, studying nutrition and sports medicine, at Yale studying economics, and at Sarah Lawrence studying child psychology. Kristen loves to garden, bake, learn new fiber arts skills, hike, and go camping. Kristen has a life long love of learning and hopes that she passes this passion on to her students. 

Ben Klocek - Woodwork and Technology Gr. 5-8

Ben Klocek - Woodwork and Technology Gr. 5-8

Ben Klocek joined Sebastopol Charter in 2017. A Waldorf graduate/lifer (Sacramento Waldorf, 1998) who loved woodwork class and has been building things on the internet for the last 15 years, Ben graduated with a Liberal Studies degree from Sonoma State, with a focus on Technology and Art. As a maker and web designer, Ben brings the physical and digital worlds together. After studying and speaking on the effects of screen technology on consciousness as a digital professional, Ben jumped at the chance to work directly with those most affected by new exposure to screen-media, 6-8th graders. He continues his research, working with teachers throughout California to better support them in developing practices and curriculum for teaching digital literacy. He is the proud father of two girls, Sofia and Lucia, who attend Sebastopol Charter. When not teaching, Ben works in his small digital agency, Bracia, loves hiking in our beautiful parks, backpacking, and creating art.

Rebecca Davenport - Math Gr. 6-8

Rebecca Davenport - Math Gr. 6-8

Rebecca joined the Sebastopol Charter as the math specialist in 2012. She originally hails from the Boston area, where she studied at Wellesley College and the University of Massachusetts before moving to California and continuing her studies at Sonoma State, where she earned a BA in Geography and a single-subject Mathematics teaching credential. She became intrigued by Waldorf education when her first child was a toddler, started reading and asking questions, and ended up enrolling her two children in Waldorf schools. As a teacher, Rebecca has been inspired by Waldorf methods and ideas as well as by other educators who bring math to life, revealing its creativity, possibilities, and beauty. And she loves working with middle-schoolers, who are so curious, funny, clever, and certainly never boring! When she is not at school, Rebecca enjoys time with her family, mountain biking, gardening, cooking, playing piano and guitar, and reading.

Merry McIlroy - Special Education

Merry McIlroy - Special Education

Merry McIlroy has been a Class Teacher at Sebastopol Charter since 2007 and has been involved in Waldorf education since 1984 as a mother, board member, resource teacher, and Educational Consultant. She holds a certification in special education from Rudolf Steiner College as well as credentials in elementary multi subject (class teacher), special education, and science special subject grades K - 12. Merry received her Waldorf training from the Center for Educational Renewal and has a certificate in movement education from the Spacial Dynamics® Institute. She has a Bachelor degree in Science from UC Davis and a Master's from the University of Wyoming. Merry has worked as a food chemist, sensory analyst, and microbiologist. In her free time, you find her cooking, hiking, swimming, gardening, or exploring rural villages throughout the world.

Rachael Grail - RTI Coordinator & Teacher

Rachael Grail - RTI Coordinator & Teacher

Following the completion of her Waldorf training at the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training in 2013, Rachael took a class from grades 1-4 at the Waldorf School of the Peninsula. During that joyful time, Rachael discovered an affinity for finding ways to support children with different learning styles. She now brings her warmth and enthusiasm to Sebastopol Charter and the special education learning center to lead response to intervention groups. Prior to entering Waldorf education, Rachael worked as a production and stage manager for music events, was the operations manager for the family arborist business, and worked at international NGO's in Australia promoting cultural awareness through the arts. She received her BA in Community Studies from UC Santa Cruz in 2004. When she is not teaching, she enjoys singing with the Threshold Choir, playing her ukulele, hiking, bicycling, exploring the world, and eating watermelon with her nephews.

Devon Delaney - Educational Specialist

Devon Delaney - Educational Specialist

Devon was born and raised along the southern California coast, where her family resides. In her childhood, she and her cat enjoyed playing in her favorite tree, and she channeled her imagination into singing, drawing, and writing. In her twenties, she studied and graduated with a BA in Media Arts from UCSD, including design in Scandinavia, and later studied Animation. Inspired by both her grandmother, a former Special Education Teacher, and her brother with special needs, she pursued her Masters in Education from Portland State University in Oregon, through the Secondary Dual Educator Program -- a pathway supporting inclusive practices for students with special needs.  In Alaska, Devon enjoyed teaching, collaborative teamwork, and supporting expressive arts as a middle school resource LA teacher.  In California, she taught in elementary schools in rural communities, and received her Clear credentials in both Art and Special Education. Devon followed her intuition into Waldorf Education, and is currently enrolled in Waldorf Teacher Training at the Center for Educational Renewal, as well as Curative Education in Sonoma County. When Devon is not teaching, she is doing sound and energy healing, making heartfelt connections with the holistic community, or hiking on Mount Shasta. 

Paul Scheffert - RTI Teacher

Paul Scheffert - RTI Teacher

Paul Scheffert discovered Waldorf education when his wife Terry started taking their son David to early childhood classes in San Francisco in 2007. In 2009 he enrolled in Waldorf Teacher training in SF through the Rudolph Steiner College completing his Waldorf certification in 2012, and then a Masters in Waldorf Education in 2013 - also through RSC.  Paul has B Mus. in Composition and has been a successful musician for the past 30 years. His wife Terry is a accomplished landscape artist and David is attending Summerfield Waldorf School. The arts are one of the foundations of Waldorf Education and Paul looks forward to supporting those ideals with the children he meets.

Sophia Wiebe - RTI Teacher/After-Care Coordinator

Sophia Wiebe - RTI Teacher/After-Care Coordinator

Sophia Wiebe decided she wanted to work with children at a young age. She loved teaching her sister the letters of the alphabet, along with other life lessons, such as how to build the perfect fort out of willow branches. After ten years of Waldorf education at the Sebastopol Charter School, Sophia went on to attend Santa Rosa Junior College, Cabrillo College, and ended with her B.A. in Liberal Studies from Sonoma State University. Throughout her studies, Sophia has valued her Waldorf education, and has always known that her future career would be influenced by it. Sophia loves to work with her hands in her free time, whether it is knitting gnomes and socks, or building bookshelves and tables out of scraps of wood found in the front yard.