Faculty
© Helen Chamberlain 2002-2006

SCC Faculty

Kristi Busch
After earning a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies, Kristi trained at the Waldorf Institute of Southern California. She then spent the greater part of the next 20 years teaching kindergarten and preschool. Kristi has also done therapeutic storytelling for adults and teens. In 2000, Kristi finished the Waldorf High School Certification Program at Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, CA. She teaches history and Parzival at Hazel Wolf High School, where she is core faculty. She was part of the founding faculty of the Sound Circle Center Early Childhood Education Course (1990-93).

Kim Dunkley
Kim was born in Manchester, England. She spent her childhood acting, singing and swimming. After graduating with a BA in Drama and English Literature from York University, Kim traveled the world over for a few years, landing in Seattle. Kim is a graduate of the SCC teacher training program and presently teaches kindergarten at the Whidbey Island Waldorf School.

Sibylle Eichstaedt
Sibylle completed a degree course in English and German literature, then trained in Creative Speech. Working as an internationally active freelance speech instructor and performer as well as a Waldorf high school teacher, she has 14 years of teaching experience in many different settings, including professional speech training. Sibylle’s home is in Stroud, England.

Mary Ellingson
Born in Bloomington, Indiana, Mary spent her early years living on Washington’s Long Beach peninsula and still feels a strong tie to that area. Mary later moved to Tacoma. She graduated from Fairhaven College and then completed Waldorf teacher training, beginning her study in Eugene, Oregon and finishing in the Antioch New England program. Mary is presently teaching sixth grade at the Seattle Waldorf School.

Mary Ewald
Mary has been a professional actress for 25 years. She has worked in New York, toured in Europe, and also appeared in major regional theaters on both coasts. She is a founding member of the New City Theater where she has worked with leading contemporary playwright/directors. She had taught independently as well as at Seattle University. Mary has served as director, music director and/or choreographer for five theater productions at the Seattle Waldorf School, and will also be teaching and directing at Hazel Wolf High School this winter. She is a graduate in Dramatic Arts from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Nettie Fabrie
Born and raised in the Netherlands, Nettie worked as a public school teacher before becoming trained in Waldorf Education. From 1976-1993 she was a class teacher at the Brabant Waldorf School in Eindhoven, where she took two classes through grades 1-8 and taught art and art history in the high school. Since 1992, she has done extensive study of, and teaching in, remedial education. For many years, Nettie has taught and mentored teachers in the Netherlands, Czechoslovakia, Canada, and the U.S. Nettie is currently an educational support teacher at the Seattle Waldorf School and co-director of Sound Circle’s Teacher Training Program.

Wim Gottenbos
Wim taught in Dutch public schools for 12 years before training and becoming a Waldorf teacher. Since then he has taken two classes 1-8 in Holland, trained and worked as a Remedial Specialist and Teacher mentor, and after teaching 4-8 in Seattle is now carrying class 6. Wim also teaches woodwork in the middle school and is a beekeeper.

My-Duyen Huynh
My was born in Vietnam and came to the United States of America when she was 24 years old. She studied home economics in Vietnam and computer programming here in the U.S. My met Waldorf Education when her children began attending the Seattle Waldorf School (SWS). She started working as a kindergarten assistant at the Bright Water School (BWS) and then became a handwork assistant at SWS. She completed her foundation year with Sound Circle and her handwork training at Rudolf Steiner College. This fall, My is beginning her 2nd year as a handwork teacher at BWS.

Robyn Louise Jones
Robyn taught at the Whidbey Island Waldorf School for eight years as both a class and movement teacher. Her love of music brought her to work with students and teachers in singing and gamelan. She earned her Waldorf teaching certificate from Antioch University in New Hampshire, and has completed a training in Spatial Dynamics. She has lived and taught on both the east and west coasts and holds degrees in liberal arts and landscape architecture from New England schools.

Patricia Costa Kim
Patricia, a graduate of the High School of Performing Arts, in New York City, has earned a B.F.A. from City College of New York City, an M.A. from the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College and a Ph.D. in music education from the University of Washington School of Music. Her extensive teaching career has included private students, music for families with very young children, parochial and private elementary school music, high school music for Seattle Public Schools, courses and workshops for University of Washington and Seattle University. Patricia served as Director of Education and Community Programs for Seattle Symphony for seven years. She has been a Waldorf parent since 2002.

Holly Koteen-Soulé
Holly received her BA and MA from Antioch University in Seattle, and studied Waldorf education at Emerson College. She was a Waldorf Kindergarten teacher for 18 years, first at the Seattle Waldorf School and then as the founding teacher of the Bright Water School, also in Seattle. She has led courses in early childhood for several teacher training centers and has served as an AWSNA consultant for developing schools. Holly has been on the core faculty of Sound Circle Center since 1995, where she is the director of Early Childhood education.

Monica Lander
Monica holds a BA in Psychology from Eastern Washington State University. She completed her Waldorf teacher training at Sunbridge College, and her Spacial Dynamics certification at the Spacial Studies Institute. she took one class from grade 1 through to grade 8, and another class from grade 3 to grade 8 the Washington Waldorf School in Washington, D.C.. From 2000-2003 she was that school’s movement education teacher, working with children in all the grades. Monica currently teaches the eighth grade at Bright Water School and has worked actively as a teacher mentor and evaluator.

Barry Lia
Holding a Ph.D. in neurobiology, Barry currently works as a clinical technologist. He took Masters-level training in biodynamic agriculture in a short-lived program at New College of California. Together with his wife, Janet, he has led workshops introducing bio-dynamics locally for King County Cooperative Extension, Seattle Tilth, and other venues. He maintains a study of Goethe’s scientific methodology and its place in the history of science and consciousness.

Janet Lia
Janet completed bio-dynamic agriculture training at the Rudolf Steiner seminar in Jarna, Sweden and then studied arts at Rudolf Steiner College in California after getting her Waldorf Teaching Certificate and her public school teaching credentials (K-12). She has been teaching fine arts for the past 10 years in Seattle. She currently teaches art and bio-dynamic gardening in the Sound Circle Teacher Training Program.

Renate Lundberg
Renate grew up in Holland and attended Waldorf school, grades 1-12. She was a nurse for 10 years before studying eurythmy. For 19 years, Renate has been teaching eurythmy in schools and teacher training centers. Currently, she teaches at the Seattle Waldorf School and is a member of the Pedagogical Section.

Jana McFee
Jana is a graduate of Cornish Institute’s Worlds of Music program. She has pursued Waldorf music education with Michael Deason-Barrow, Fabian Lochner, and Eleanor Winship, specializing in Verbeck singing. Jana has been a presenter/workshop leader at Waldorf teacher conferences and a staff member of the Rudolf Steiner Institute in Maine and Sound Circle Eurythmy in Seattle. She is the music teacher at the Whidbey Island Waldorf School, where she has taught since 1992. She joined the faculty of Sound Circle Center in 1999. Jana currently teaches singing.

Ann Neal
Born in Nebraska in 1958, Ann was worked as a Registered Nurse for 15 years. She received her Eurythmy training at The American Eurythmy School in Mt. Shasta. She completed Eurythmy in the Workplace training with Anna-Maria Erlich and the Collaborative Leadership Training with Torin Finser. She has been teaching Eurythmy for six years, previously at the Sandpoint Waldorf School and presently at the Whatcom Hills Waldorf School in Bellingham, where she is also the grade seven class teacher.

Mary Oak O’Kane
Mary is on the core faculty of Sound Circle Teacher Training where she co-directs the Foundation Year and teaches Creative Writing, Festivals and Story- telling. She trained in Storytelling and Creative Writing and began her teaching at Emerson College in England. Mary has an M.F.A in Creative Writing and a B.A. degree in Mythopoetics and Sacred Ecology, both from Antioch University. She teaches Language Arts at Hazel Wolf High School and is also an adjunct faculty member of Prescott College. Mary has been published in a variety of journals.

Michael Soulé
Michael is a trained Waldorf teacher, holds an MS in Environmental Engineering and is completing his MS in Waldorf Education. He also completed training in Spacial Dynamics and studied at the Social Development Centre of Emerson College(UK). Over the past 25 years, he has worked to help found and direct several non-profit organizations focused on environmental education. He was the administrator of the Seattle Waldorf School from 1986-91. More recently he taught grades 1-4 at Bright Water School and is currently the Leader of Programs and Activities at the Association of Waldorf Schools (AWSNA). Michael is a founding member of Sound Circle Center.

Johanna Steegmans
Johanna was born, raised, and trained as a pediatrician in southern Germany. She came to Seattle in 1989. Here she completed her training in Naturopathic Medicine at John Bastyr University. Johanna was on the founding faculty of Sound Circle Center, teaching in the Early Childhood courses and the Foundation Year. Now, besides co-directing the Foundation Year Studies in Sound Circle Center, Johanna travels and teaches in various places here and abroad. Johanna also works out of a private practice in Seattle.

Velda Thomas
Velda was in the first graduating class of Sound Circle Teacher Training in 2003. She was born in England in 1965 and began working with young children and Waldorf education in 1999. Velda runs Sunflower Preschool in Seattle and is a mother of two. She has a passion for creativity in any form. Velda currently teaches The Garden of Early Childhood.

Vreni Von Arx
Vreni grew up in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. In 1981, she graduated from Waldorf Kindergarten Training in Bern. From 1981-1986, Vreni worked as a teacher in Bern and Zurich. In 1986 she immigrated to Seattle. After the birth of her two children, she became a preschool teacher and an early childhood teacher. For the past five years, Vreni has devoted her time and energy to fiber arts and she has been exploring felting as an art form.

Betsy Weill
Born in New York City, Betsy went to the University of Pennsylvania to study architecture. When she was 21, Rudolf Steiner’s work kept jumping onto her path. Later, a desire to teach children led her to Pacific Oaks College and then to the brand new Seattle Waldorf School, where she was a student teacher and after-school care provider. After a wild year in the mountains of Idaho, Betsy went to the Waldorf Institute in Detroit and returned to Seattle to take a class from 1984-1992. Since then, she has worked as a mentor and preschool teacher. Betsy is a founding member of SCC and co-director of Sound Circle Teacher Training.

 

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