Faculty

Paula Brown

Songbird Preschool Teacher

I am a graduate of St. Martin's University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with endorsements in early childhood education, early childhood special education, special education, and reading. In addition, I also attended Micha-el Institute with a 4-year certificate in early childhood education. A lifelong learner, I had attended numerous workshops, intensives, trainings and conferences pertaining to Early Childhood Education; Early Childhood Special Education; Special Education and therapeutic work in both mainstream and Waldorf programs.

I have also received training in the native language of the Lower Puget Sound peoples (Lushootseed) and hold a therapeutic riding instructor's certificate from the Professional Associaton of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH)

My interests and passions outside of the educational setting include: attempting to get my finger on the pulse of the Anthroposophia of our age and getting in rhythm with it; I love to spend time with  my family and friends; I love horses and I wish everyone could have an experience of these gracious, extraordinary creatures.

Early experiences that helped shape my educational philosophy were, of course, my own experiences in the public school system as a child and as an adult.  As a Special Education teacher in the public school system, I encountered many children who were totally shut down very early in their school journey. I attribute this to increased pressure to academicize (I made this word up!) the curriculum at a younger and younger age. When No Child Left Behind was enacted,  I knew it was time for me to get out of public education. 

I had been fortunate during my public school career to have discovered the Tacoma Waldorf School. I was invited to study this thing called "Anthroposophy" and topics related to Waldorf Education. I was thrilled to be able to study with the likes of Maureen Conlen, Sara Smith-Sorenson and Bill Bryant among others.  I am so grateful to them all.  It was during this time that the Spiritual Impulse of Waldorf Education resonated for me in a profound way.

The reason that I am passionate about Waldorf Education is because it awakens infinite possibilities within the human being. We get to work with the Spiritual World in that endeavor. We get to spend our time with developing human beings. What a joy! I continue to strive to embody this truth, but am fraught with human frailty.  However, I will get up to try another day.

As Waldorf Schools are able to remain connected to the living being of their schools and continue to work with the Spiritual Hierarchies AND we continue our inner work, I have an imagination that Waldorf Schools will flourish as well as the social impulse that it serves--the Threefold Social Order.  The world needs to find a different way. Anthroposophy--the wisdom of humankind--has much to offer the world as we seek to operate out of love for all beings.

I wish to be of service in any possible way to help humanity, our fellow creatures and our Mother Earth as we continue our evolutionary path.

C.L Heidal

Starlight kindergarten teacher

 

CL was born in Tokyo as Carol Lee. Her love of the natural world and it’s inhabitants,  especially children and horses came from her growing up outdoors on the rugged coast of Japan. Her first career,  teaching horses and their riders came out of her childhood love of riding and equestrian arts. She moved to the states after living many years in the British Isles. It was in California where she first heard about and became interested in Waldorf education. Her now grown sons are Waldorf graduates, where she can see the many gifts they received from this beautiful education. Her deep interest in early childhood education and anthroposophy have not wavered but grown stronger over the many years she has taught kindergarten. We are blessed to have her.

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Sara Smith

 

Parent-Tot Teacher

 

Sara’s education includes a teaching certificate from the Eugene Teacher Training and BS from Evergreen State College. Her professional experiences include over 15 years as a  Kindergarten, Preschool, and Parent-Child Teacher. She is a card-carrying Journeyman Boilermaker,she can steer a sea-going vessel, and, in a pinch, she can officiate weddings and other auspicious events!

Sara’s relationship to Waldorf Education began on the first day of school in her daughter’s preschool class at the Tacoma Waldorf School. It was clear from that first moment. She had found the proper school for her daughter and her own true vocation. Several years later she entered into teacher training in Eugene, Oregon, where she experienced the most amazing education. Sara had a Bachelor of Science from an innovative institution; however, she had never experienced education that taught to her whole person. Her days were filled with art and music, stories and movement. She literally could not stop smiling for her entire training. She was challenged to the very core of her being, and held lovingly in her strengths and weaknesses. She began the real journey of becoming a human being.

In the kindergarten, Sara is touched again and again by the journey each child begins toward this endeavor. Our Kindergarten children are compassionately inspired to become themselves. The very best of themselves.

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blake bruce

kindergarten assistant

Teacher

 

Kindergarten assistant and Child Care Lead Teacher/Assistant

I am a graduate of the Evergreen State College in Olympia Washington with a Bachelors of arts with an emphasis in performance arts and business. 

ove to sing, act, and dance. Love teaching people how to weight lift and find the best fitness regiment for themselves. I also enjoy hanging out with my family and nephews when I have the chance to see them.

I was raised to just see the world and make judgments, but through my experiences as a young person I have found there is more to life then just what you see. Being able to observe and evaluate your environment through all your senses gives a whole new perspective that may change a persons mind or thinking. This is why I think anthroposophy is such a great way to understand humans and our connections on such a universal level.

Waldorf not only gives the children time to use creative thinking, but also gives the teachers a chance to think and evolve a long with them. We at Waldorf really want to see your children be innovative, honest, and find ways of learning that works for their individual needs. This makes me passionate to be apart of this wonderful environment because it’s no long about me, but it’s about the we, and what we as teachers can do is give the best possible education and lead by example so that your children grow successful for themselves, but also for the future of our culture.

I hope to see Waldorf expand and reach more people with the thinking of being all inclusive. The future of Waldorf doesn’t just lie in the hands of the educators, but also the children who grow to tell stories, moment of positivity, and learning of when they were student at Waldorf. 

Staff

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Amanda Haydon

Interim Administrative Director / Child Care Center Director

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Chantal Hulet

Enrollment Coordinator