Faculty

Early Childhood

Preschool Teacher | Ms. Bolstad

A member of SFWS since 2013, Ms. Bolstad honors the space of being a Waldorf teacher and experiencing the unhurried maturation of the young child. A Waldorf teacher since 2006, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at MCAD and graduated from Rudolf Steiner College with a Waldorf Early Childhood Certificate.  She renews her spirit from nature and being part of the outdoors, which brings inspiration to her teaching. 

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Kindergarten Teacher | Ms. McCormick

A member of SFWS since 1997, Ms. McCormick is grateful that her students can be in nature and walk in the soil, rather than on concrete and that our education is musical and artistic in the presentation of all things. She studied at the Waldorf Institute of Santa Monica, Gradalis Remedial Training, and received a certificate from the West Coast Institute in Early Childhood Remedial training. She earned an Early Childhood Associates equivalent and Early Childhood Administration Certificate from UCLA and completed a Nurturing the Roots Waldorf Certificate. Ms. McCormick sings with the Santa Fe Symphony Chorus and enjoys the experience of expression through song, individually and as a group. Her three children graduated from SFWS.

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Kindergarten Teacher | Ms. Salyer

A member of SFWS since 2006, Ms. Salyer enjoys the outdoor space at SFWS allowing her to share the ever-changing beauty and course of nature with the children. She received her Associate of Arts, Certificate in Waldorf Early Childhood Education, Certificate in Advanced Therapeutic Training for Early Childhood Educator and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Certificates. She recharges in the summer by hiking and backpacking and in winter practices the art of slow-food cooking. Her two daughters graduated from SFWS. 

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Kindergarten Assistant | Ms. Nace

A member of SFWS since 2011, Ms. Nace loves to experience the children's ability to always live-in-the-moment and to see life with joy and wonder. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration and Masters of Business Administration from Baylor University. She enjoys needlework and making felt pins, which she wears to class. She has two daughters, one currently attends SFWS and the second graduated from SFWS in 2013. 

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Kindergarten Assistant | Ms. Hatch

A member of SFWS since 2005, Ms. Hatch loves witnessing the individual development of each child in the natural and nourishing environment of the Waldorf Kindergarten. She has received degrees in English and Medieval Studies, and is currently pursuing Early Childhood teaching certification at Rudolf Steiner College. She enjoys handwork of every description, with a special fondness for pottery and handspinning. Her daughter is currently attending SFWS.

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Early Childhood AftercareMs. Ramirez

Ms. Ramirez was born in Santiago, Chile, and moved to Santa Fe in 2000.  She has been a parent of the SFWS since 2006, and works in the Kindergarten Aftercare program. She is also a jeweler and a yoga therapist. 

 

Preschool Assistant | Ms. Eagan

A member of SFWS since 2012, Ms. Eagan loves being able to bring the study of Waldorf's roots into daily practice with the children, and enjoys being involved in shepherding each child's unfolding social development. She has a M.S. in neuroscience and has researched consciousness, activation patterns and plasticity. She is currently completing her Early Childhood Teaching Certificate from Rudolf Steiner College. She enjoys handwork, travel, skiing, and spending time in the orchard. Her son currently attends SFWS.

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Grades

Grade 1 Teacher | Ms. Whitcomb

Karleen Whitcomb is pleased to have joined this Waldorf  "village", that inspires her daily through its dedication to the importance of the arts and the natural world, as well as the reverence of wholeness and beauty in education.  She has a BA in Arts and Music from the University of North Carolina and is currently studying to get her Waldorf teaching certification at the Micha-el Institute.  She enjoys singing, dancing and laughing with friends and family.  Her two children currently attend Santa Fe Waldorf School.

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Grade 2 Teacher | Ms. McFeely

A member of SFWS since 2011, Ms. McFeely loves how Waldorf education is an art, and the Waldorf teacher an artist of education. She believes that children who attend a Waldorf school have the opportunity to evolve, unfold their potential, develop their gifts and experience a deep sense of being as they become an authentic human being. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education and is a Certified Waldorf Educator and Certified Waldorf Remedial Educator. She enjoys photography and creative writing.

 

Grade 3 Teacher | Ms. Wilner

A  member of SFWS since 2008, Ms. Wilner loves working with the students and deepening her understanding of the Waldorf curriculum through the eyes of the children. She studied Humanities and Education at Prescott College, received her Waldorf Teacher Training at Waldorf Institute of Southern California, has a Certificate in Council Training from Ojai Foundation and has taught Waldorf education for 20 years. She loves to sing, quilt and has written several articles for the Renewal Magazine.

 

Grade 4 Teacher and Elementary Grades Orchestra Teacher | Mr. Sciarretta

A member of SFWS since 2013, Mr. Sciarretta enjoys the warmth of the families, students and Waldorf community in Santa Fe and the support faculty and staff provide to this teaching. He is a graduate from Earlham College with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and German Language and Culture and has a Waldorf Teaching Certificate from Sunbridge College. An avid outdoors enthusiast, he enjoys sharing his passion with his two daughters, who attend SFWS.

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Grade 5 Teacher | Ms. Baudhuin

A founding member of SFWS since 1983, Ms. Baudhuin loves to observe the enthusiasm and joy each student experiences in developing something new within him/herself. She has a Waldorf Teaching Certificate, is a Spacial Dynamics graduate, certified Waldorf Remedial Educator, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Arts. She loves travelling, reading, family time, and experiencing the profound gifts of nature.  

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Grade 6 Teacher | Ms. Logue

A member of SFWS since 2013, Ms. Logue has taught the Waldorf education for nearly 20 years and loves the joyful and earnest manner in which her colleagues approach their work at SFWS. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Notre Dame, completed her graduate studies in Geology at San Diego State University, has a California Teaching Credential from Chapman University.  She enjoys the abundant hiking trails in Northern New Mexico, which she finds broadens her sense of wonder and nourishes her soul. Her two daughters attend SFWS.

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Grade 7 Teacher | Mr. Oellig

A member of SFWS since 1990, Mr. Oellig enjoys sharing the common goal with faculty and staff of furthering the development, on all levels, of the children who come to us for their education. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in English Education from Indiana State University, a Waldorf Teaching Certificate from Emerson College, Forest Row, England, and a Master’s Level coursework in Educational Psychology from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ. He loves spending his time outdoors when he’s not in the classroom. 

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Grade 8 Teacher | Mr. Baudhuin

A member of SFWS since 1985, Mr. Baudhuin loves experiencing how the ideas and insights into child development and the education of children, developed by Rudolf Steiner nearly 100 years ago, remain relevant today. He studied Engineering at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Biology at UNM in Albuquerque, received his Waldorf Teacher Training at Mercy College in Detroit, and completed his Spacial Dynamics Training. He loves the feel of resistance and the letting go of materials and himself when he carves wood and alabaster in his spare time. His three children graduated from SFWS, and has two grandchildren currently attending.

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Grades 6-8 Spanish Teacher | Ms. Castilla

A member of SFWS since 2009, Ms. Castilla loves the relationship that develops and unfolds naturally with the students, and loves watching them grow and become young adults. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Educational Psychology from the Universidad UNED in Madrid, Spain, and a Summer Renewal Course on the Art of Teaching Spanish from the Rudolf Steiner College, CA. She enjoys exploring and spending time in nature, hiking, and honoring the earth through gardening.

 

Grades Eurythmy Teacher | Ms. Van Hoose

A member of SFWS since 2011, Ms. Van Hoose loves the creativity that arises in class as children watch one another move, and share their imaginations and pictures of what they see unfolding before them.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Eurythmy from University College of Eurythmy in Norway and graduated from the American Eurythmy School, Therapeutic Eurythmy Training of Great Britian, New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, and is working towards the completion of her Spatial Dynamics Training. She enjoys movement and her place in the world through hiking, swimming, dancing and gardening.

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Grades Handwork Teacher | Ms. Aragon

A member of SFWS since 2004, Ms. Aragon enjoys the time she spends with students guiding them as they unleash their creativity, and relishes their expressive delight in learning. She received her Bachelor’s of Science from University of Colorado and Art from Colorado College, she holds a Masters in Education from Antioch, and is Waldorf and Public School certified from Antioch. When not teaching, she loves cooking and finds joy in the process.

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Grades Spanish Teacher | Ms. Esparza

Señorita Esparza sailed in to SFWS on a warm summer breeze in 2012. Since then, she has delighted in sharing her childhood songs and games with these children filled with sunshine. She is also tickled to make tasty treats, pass along traditions from all over the world, and recite favorites from a wealth of literary classics.

 

Grades Beginning Cello Ensemble | Mr. Sciarretta

A member of SFWS since 2005, Mr. Sciarretta enjoys sharing his love and knowledge of the earth with the school community. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Bowdoin College and a Master of Arts in Environmental Studies from Antioch University.  His hobby, naturally, is gardening and providing homegrown produce for his family.

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Grades Music Accompaniment | Mr. Epstein

A member of SFWS since 2003, Mr. Epstein began playing piano music for Eurythmy in the Chicago Waldorf School and the Esperanza School, also in Chicago. He enjoys the opportunity to play classical music for both child and adult eurythmy classes, as well as for eurythmy performances. He greatly appreciates the emphasis placed on the Arts in the Waldorf schools.

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Grades Woodwork Teacher | Mr. Lathrop

A member of SFWS since 1989, Mr. Lathrop enjoys facilitating and observing students as they develop and hone their creativity in class. He has taught woodworking for fourteen years during his career at SFWS and loves to tie flies, cast his line and be out in nature flyfishing. His three children graduated from SFWS.

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Grades PE Teacher | Mr. Wendland

A member of SFWS since 2004, Mr. Wendland loves how our students naturally integrate movement, teamwork and cooperation skills in their daily life at school and on our various teams. He has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Humboldt State University, a California K-12 teaching license, and is a Spacial Dynamics Level 1 graduate. He loves to get his hands dirty by becoming one with the earth and enjoys the rewards that mother nature provides.

 

Grades Aftercare | Ms. Duran

A member of SFWS since 2014, Ms. Duran welcomes any opportunity to guide and learn from children. She is a graduate of the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Dance. When not dancing, she enjoys gardening, laughing, and adventures with her family.  Her two sons attend SFWS.

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High School

High School Coordinator and Humanities Teacher | Mr. Ryan

A member of SFWS since 2011, Mr. Ryan's love of teaching has always come through the challenges and gifts of working with young people through their adolescent years. Working as high School Coordinator has expanded this capacity, and has allowed for tremendous personal and professional growth. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in Secondary Education, and has taught extensively in the Santa Fe Public Schools. He has two daughters who attend SFWS in preschool and 1st grade.

 

High School Math and Physical Sciences Teacher, Wilderness Experience Team Coordinator, High School Registrar, High School Faculty Chair, and 9th Grade Class Sponsor | Mr. Burritt

A member of SFWS since 2005, Mr. Burritt loves working with adolescents, helping them to understand and develop their unique talents and skills in classroom and wilderness contexts. He is a Waldorf graduate from Green Meadow Waldorf School, in New York, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Santa Fe. As an outdoor enthusiast, canoeist and beekeeper, he shares his passion with students in the Wilderness program at SFWS.

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High School Spanish Teacher | Ms. Castilla

A member of SFWS since 2009, Ms. Castilla loves the relationship that develops and unfolds naturally with the students, and loves watching them grow and become young adults. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Educational Psychology from the Universidad UNED in Madrid, Spain, and a Summer Renewal Course on the Art of Teaching Spanish from the Rudolf Steiner College, CA. She enjoys exploring and spending time in nature, hiking, and honoring the earth through gardening.

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High School Humanities and Drama Teacher, and 12th Grade Class Sponsor | Mr. Ciofalo

A member of SFWS since 2012, Mr. Ciofalo appreciates that the students meet his passion for teaching subjects from many angles and disciplines – art, music, literature, history and film – willingly and enthusiastically.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Colorado, a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Art History from the University of Iowa. He enjoys cooking and perfecting the art of the soufflé.

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High School Humanities Teacher and 10th Grade Class Sponsor | Ms. Colgate

A member of SFWS since 2001, Ms. Colgate enjoys sharing her love of words and the discussions she has with students. She loves to see how literature and writing prowess develops during the student's high school years. She has a Bachelor of Arts and Master in Business Administration, and Waldorf High School Teacher Certificate. She continues her passion outside of the classroom by reading, journaling, hiking the hills, and meandering through thoughtful conversations under the stars on summer nights. Her two children attended SFWS.

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High School Humanities and Art Teacher and 11th Grade Class Sponsor | Mr. Otero

A member of SFWS since 2008, Mr. Otero likes seeing students go through their high school years maturing towards what they will become. He graduated with honors from San Francisco State University, with a double major in Journalism and International Relations, and studied Art in Holland. He finished his Waldorf teacher training in 2011. In his spare time, he coaches SFWS Junior Varsity Soccer and Middle School Basketball, as well as reads and writes. His two children attend SFWS

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High School Science Teacher  | Mr. Sciarretta

A member of SFWS since 2005, Mr. Sciarretta enjoys sharing his love and knowledge of the earth with the school community. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Bowdoin College and a Master of Arts in Environmental Studies from Antioch University.  His hobby, naturally, is gardening and providing homegrown produce for his family.

 

High School Calculus Teacher | Ms. Alvir

A member of SFWS since November 2014, Ms. Alvir loves sharing clarity and intuition with students and helping them approach material with philosophical motivation. Currently a senior at St. John's College to graduate with her B.A. in May, she has led tutoring groups with the Colorado Mesa University Math Department and worked for University of Portland and SUNY Potsdam conducting math research. She enjoys expressing her technical creativity through art and music, particularly with oil painting and vocal performance.

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High School Physical Education and Movement Teacher, Athletic Director and Coach, and 12th Grade Class Sponsor | Mr. Wendland

A member of SFWS since 2004, Mr. Wendland loves how our students naturally integrate movement, teamwork and cooperation skills in their daily life at school and on our various teams. He has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Humboldt State University, a California K-12 teaching license, and is a Spacial Dynamics Level 1 graduate. He loves to get his hands dirty by becoming one with the earth and enjoys the rewards that mother nature provides.

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SFWS School Choir Director | Ms. Lindquist

A member of SFWS since 2014, Ms. Lindquist is excited to share her love of community world music with the students in grades 6-12.  Born and raised in Pojoaque NM, she traveled to Boston for her education, achieving a Bachelors in Jazz singing from New England Conservatory and a Masters in “Creative Arts in Learning” from Lesley College. She is on the voice faculty at Santa Fe University of Art and Design’s Contemporary Music Program and is founder and co-director of the 7th Wave Community Singers.  She is also a managing member of the Santa Fe-based funk band, “The Sticky”.

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High School Jazz Ensemble Teacher | Mr. Buckley

A member of SFWS since 2012, Mr. Buckley loves the excitement of learning together and being part of such a positive environment at SFWS. As a class we don't just play music, we share our feelings, support each other, discuss world events, and communicate through playing music. He studied classical guitar performance at University of Arizona and Pima Community College. He commutes regularly on his bicycle and looks forward to the time when he can commute to music ‘gigs’ on his bike with his guitar and equipment in tow. His two sons attend SFWS.

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High School Strings Orchestra Teacher | Ms. Harvey

A member of SFWS since 2000, Ms. Harvey has a Bachelor of Arts in Performance Music. When not teaching or performing, she loves to express herself through cooking.

 

 

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High School Woodworking Teacher  | Mr. Lathrop

A member of SFWS since 1989, Mr. Lathrop enjoys facilitating and observing students as they develop and hone their creativity in class. He has taught woodworking for fourteen years during his career at SFWS and loves to tie flies, cast his line and be out in nature flyfishing. His three children graduated from SFWS.

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High School Guitar Teacher | Mr. Hamlin

A member of SFWS since 2014, Mr. Hamlin approaches guitar pedagogy from a multitude of styles and traditions and loves nurturing the process of music making with discipline, humor and fun. Also a faculty member of Santa Fe University of Art and Design, he graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston and has been a passionate musician, composer and music educator in Minneapolis, Boston, Portland and Santa Fe since 1989.

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