Faculty

Faculty and Staff Photo 2016-17

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.

Daniel MacKinnon - Sunflower Kindergarten

Daniel MacKinnon - Sunflower Kindergarten

During Dan’s senior year in high school he was ahead of the game with the credits he needed to graduate. This allowed him to take several ceramics classes and he helped the teacher make clay and operate the kiln. It was the first time he can remember feeling passionate about what he was learning. Upon having children of his own, he was excited to learn about the Waldorf educational approach that recognizes and honors this passion as an essential ingredient in the development of the human being. He has been particularly attracted to the sheer wonder living in the young child's eyes. This led Dan to leave a career as a software engineer and pursue life in a Waldorf Kindergarten. As a Kindergarten teacher, he strives to be worthy of imitation and to seek to create an environment that nurtures the child's innate creativity. He has taught in private Waldorf schools since 2008.  Dan graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science and completed his Early Childhood Waldorf teacher training from the the Micha-el Institute in Portland, OR.

Linden Fye - Sunflower Assistant

Linden Fye - Sunflower Assistant

My desire to work with children began when I was a child myself. School was always fun and safe for me, I will be a life-long student! As a Bay Area native, I attended Las Positas Junior College in Livermore and transferred to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Supporting my love for children, I made a portfolio for children's books and received a bachelors degree in illustration/fine art. After graduation I relocated to Sonoma county, which has always been a special place to me. I began early childhood training at the Santa Rosa junior college, and volunteered in various schools. Three years ago I began working  at Waldorf Summerfield School and Farm as an after-care teacher and early childhood assistant. I began Waldorf Teacher Training and will soon earn my public school teaching credentials. Becoming part of the team at Sebastopol Charter is an enormous blessing, and I cannot wait for the adventures ahead!

Shari Thierry - Grade 2

Shari Thierry - Grade 2

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 3

Antje Bojarsky - Grade 3

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 4

Heather Carpenter - Grade 4

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 5

Ashley Radzat - Grade 5

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 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, 3 cats, 1 dog and 30 chickens. She gardens, rides horses, and lives an active outdoor lifestyle. Her father always tells her "do what you love and abundance will follow” and thus far, it has rung true.

Laurie Hartsook - Grade 7

Laurie Hartsook - Grade 7

Laurie Hartsook began her Waldorf teaching career in Hawaii where she taught for eight years on the Big Island and did teacher training on Oahu. Laurie's deep value in education prompted her family's move to Sebastopol in 2009. Following the move, she taught for five years at Summerfield Waldorf School and also completed her Waldorf training at the Center for Educational Renewal. Laurie earned a BA degree in Psychology with a minor in French Literature and a California teaching credential from UC San Diego. From her first year of public school teaching near the California Mexico border, to working in Hawaii, to traveling overseas, Laurie brings an appreciation for diversity. Her favorite hobbies include painting, gardening, photography, and supporting live music.

Eric Brosio - Grade 8

Eric Brosio - Grade 8

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.

Tim Zieminski - Strings Teacher

Tim Zieminski - Strings Teacher

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.

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.

Danielle Delario - Spanish Gr. K-8

Danielle Delario - Spanish Gr. K-8

Danielle Delario, or Señora Daniela, has been our Spanish teacher since 2015. She is an experienced Spanish teacher who has taught in Waldorf schools for the past eight years, teaching both Lower School and High School at Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm in Santa Rosa and grades Fourth through Eighth at Greenwood School in Mill Valley. She completed Waldorf teacher training courses at the Center for Educational Renewal in Santa Rosa. She discovered Waldorf education in 2004 when her oldest son was just a toddler in a Roots and Shoots class at Summerfield. Her younger son is a student here at Sebastopol Charter currently in middle school. Señora Daniela first began her language teaching career as an English teacher in Ecuador to both children and adults. When not teaching Spanish, she enjoys yoga, flying trapeze, art and hiking the beautiful parks of Sonoma County!

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. 

Rebecca Davenport - Math Gr. 6-8

Rebecca Davenport - Math Gr. 6-8

Rebecca teaches middle school math as well as an after-school math club. Rebecca is the parent of two children who attend SunRidge and loves to garden. All summer long students expressed their excitement for math class, to our delight, and are now happily ensconsed in equations, puzzles, and graphs. 

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 and is currently earning certification in special education from Sonoma State University. 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.