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 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 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.
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
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.
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 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 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 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
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.
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
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 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 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.
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 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
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 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.
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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