- BA, Liberal Arts: University of the State of New York, Regents College
- MSEd, Elementary Education: Sunbridge College
- Waldorf Foundation Studies: Fries Jugendseminar – Stuttgart, Germany
- Waldorf Elementary Education Certificate: Sunbridge College
Daniel Hindes is Boulder Valley Waldorf School’s Director. Daniel attended a Waldorf school from Kindergarten to 8th grade at the Rudolf Steiner School in New York City. After high school in Western Massachusetts he served four years in the US Army. He received a BA degree in Liberal Arts with concentrations in history and sociology from the University of the State of New York, Regents College. He then lived in Europe for two and a half years, perfecting his German and studying history and philosophy with a particular emphasis on the work of Rudolf Steiner. After a seven years’ career in corporate IT he earned a Master’s degree in Waldorf education from Sunbridge College and began his teaching career as a high school history teacher at the Waldorf School of Garden City in New York, and continued at the Austin Waldorf School and at Shining Mountain in Boulder. His experience in Waldorf Administration began at the Highland Hall Waldorf School with a governance restructuring project, and he served as Administrator of the Pasadena Waldorf School for two years. Daniel is excited to guide the Boulder Valley Waldorf School through its next phase of growth.
Development and Admissions Director
- BSc: Physics from Imperial College in London, UK
- MSc: Geophysics from the University of Washington, Seattle
- Elementary Teaching license from CU Boulder
Ruth Godberfforde was born in Australia and moved to Hong Kong when she was eight years old. Eight years later Ruth moved to the UK where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Physics from Imperial College in London. Her exploration of the natural world led her to study the upper atmosphere at the South Pole in Antarctica; obtaining her Master of Science in Geophysics from the University of Washington. Ruth moved to Boulder and welcomed her fantastic daughter Alexandra to her life.
A love of learning, children’s curiosity and the desire to play led Ruth to get her Elementary Teaching license from CU Boulder. She worked as a First Grade Teacher at an Arts Integrated Magnet School in Colorado where she was integral in the marketing and outreach of this new school. Ruth discovered Waldorf Education through her daughter and has never looked back! She worked as an Early Childhood Teacher at Boulder Waldorf Kindergarten. Ruth joined the Shepherd Valley community as our Outreach and Admissions Coordinator in 2013 and is excited to help new families discover the gem of our school here in her expanded role as Development and Admissions Director.
Early Childhood Licensing Director
- Director Certificate. State of Colorado
Natalie was born and raised in Wyoming, moving to Colorado in 1983. According to Natalie, her greatest accomplishment has been to raise three wonderful sons and has been blessed with the most beautiful granddaughters. Natalie has been involved with early childhood education since 1999, teaching Pre-kindergarten for over 10 years in the Colorado Preschool Program with at risk children, as well as a charter school. She received her Director Certificate from the State of Colorado in 2005 and has been a Director since. She has had the opportunity to be a part of opening three different schools, all with different educational curriculums and philosophies.
Natalie was drawn to Boulder Valley Waldorf for yet another life learning experience to become educated about Waldorf education, and strongly agrees our youngest learners learn through play in a nature based setting. In her spare time she likes to golf, hike, home improvements, scrapbook, bake, and especially treasures time spent with family and friends. Natalie is very excited to be a part of such a warm and welcoming community at Boulder Valley Waldorf School.
Admissions & Operations Coordinator
Bachelor of Science in Innovative Environmental Studies, concentrations in Studio Art, Plant Science, Geography, and First Nation Studies. University of Wisconsin – Superior, WI
Ellen is originally from central Wisconsin and has also spent time living in Austin, TX and Tucson, AZ. She moved to Colorado in September 2018 after backpacking 255 miles of the Colorado Trail and falling in love with the mountains. She has been working in administrative and operations roles in various industries since graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Superior in 2016 and is excited to now be a part of the team at Boulder Valley Waldorf. In her free time, she enjoys almost any outdoor activity, but especially loves trail running and rock climbing. In March 2019, she completed her first 50K ultra marathon trail race and is training for a 50 mile trail race in July. Ellen also became a Volunteer Wildlands Firefighter this year and hopes to volunteer on some prescribed fires soon!
Front Desk Receptionist
Betty Singleton was born and raised in Florida and moved to Colorado decades ago. She has worked in the Front Range in an administrative capacity within larger corporations and enjoys the friendly environment of our school here. Betty worked in the service departments at NCAR in Boulder for more than 17 years. Now semi-retired, Betty enjoys devoting more time to her favorite pastime: baking.
Front Desk Receptionist
Brenda Burke has a long history of working with children. She was an assistant in a Montessori Classroom in the 90’s, has raised 2 children, and has 2 nieces who attended Shepherd Valley Waldorf School! Brenda is a potter, has taught pottery classes for children and has been a volunteer pottery instructor for an At Risk Youth Program at CSU. Having attended many of her niece’s events in years past, Brenda is excited to be a part of the BVWS community once again!
Violin, Viola and Orchestra
Brightin was born in Seattle, WA to loving and creative parents who chose her name due to the stunning brightness of the morning in June when she was born. Brightin spent her first 10 years on Vashon Island, in Puget Sound, during which time she was exposed to diverse styles of education, peaking her interest to later be involved with Shepherd Valley Waldorf School. On Vashon, Brightin started Suzuki Violin studies at the age of 6. She asked her mother if she could start violin after observing her peers play and longing to be able to join them in their music making.
Following high school, Brightin attended Cornell University, initially planning to pursue medicine, but soon realizing her calling was in music. Thus, she graduated cum laude as a music major. Brightin also ran Division I cross-country/track at Cornell her freshman year, but soon realized she needed to focus more on her academics and violin in order to be successful. She continues to run and has since completed four marathons. Brightin moved to Boston following her graduation from Cornell, where she completed her first MM in violin/viola performance at the Longy School of Music. At CU Boulder she completed a second MM in viola performance as the graduate teaching assistant to Erika Eckert, and was lucky enough to work with Erika and Geri Walther of the Takacs Quartet.
Brightin is delighted by her position at Shepherd Valley as she gets to work with wonderful children and to enlighten them on the power of music as a tool for communication, an opportunity to develop discipline, and a way to bring beauty to someone else’s life through playing.
Choir and Vocal Arts
Karen Blanzy has been a musical director and music teacher for over 20 years, in Arizona and in Ireland. Her students have won competitions, scholarships and awards, excelled at exams, recorded albums (and toured them!) and appeared on stages and screens all over the world. She directed children in professional operas, and many West End shows, such as Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Scrooge, The King and I, and Whistle Down the Wind, and was Musical Director for many other productions (including one that made it into the Guinness Book of World Records!). As a singer, Karen was lucky enough to be a member of the international award-winning choral group, Anúna, and to sing with multiple-Grammy Award winner Tom Chapin in concert, both in Ireland and in Phoenix. In Phoenix, Karen was musical director for 20 shows over the last four years. She loves teaching people of all ages, and is very excited to be working at Boulder Valley Waldorf School.
Cami Kidwell-Dodge, a native Texan, has lived in Colorado since 1992. After completing her bachelor’s degree in trumpet performance at Baylor University, Cami relocated to Colorado for graduate study in music therapy at Colorado State University, where she earned a Master of Music degree.
Currently she is very busy as a performer and teacher. Cami has maintained an active and prolific trumpet studio for more than 20 years, helping middle school and high school trumpet players realize and attain their ultimate potential. She also is a substitute teacher in the St. Vrain Valley School District and mostly covers for band directors. She also is a member of The Denver Brass and the Denver Brass 5 and frequently performs along the Front Range with several of the local orchestras.
Cami likes to spend her time hiking (with a hope of conquering more of Colorado’s 14ers), gardening, home improvement projects, reading or doing anything that she deems interesting, worthy or simply mildly entertaining. But most of all, she greatly enjoys being mom to her kids (both in middle school) and time spent with her husband.
Ana Guttridge (Kena) grew up in two different worlds, as city girl in Mexico City and also in her father’s hometown of Acatlan, rich with its Mixteco Indian traditions. Kena has lived in Colorado since 2003 and has over a decade of experience leading Spanish classes and developing curriculum that is interactive, fun, and connected to the natural world. Besides teaching, Kena is also busy on her family’s vegetable and educational farm. Ollin Farms is a CSA and market farm located in Longmont and Kena teaches youth classes at the farm during the summer. She can usually be found working at the Longmont Farmers Markets on the weekend. Kena likes to spend her time with her family, enjoying nature on the farm, doing art and crafts projects, dancing, swimming and sharing her contagious love for the Mexican culture.
- Eurythmy Diploma – American Eurythmy School, Weed CA
- Waldorf Teaching Certificate – Rudolf Steiner College, San Francisco CA
- Goethean Studies – Rudolf Steiner College, Fair Oaks CA
- Bachelor of Arts – Smith College, Northampton MA
Susannah Moghbel is joining BVWS this year from the Boulder-Denver area. Her vision for the Eurythmy program is for it to continue as a strong and vital part of the school with annual performances. Susannah obtained a Eurythmy Diploma from the American Eurythmy School in Weed CA and her Waldorf Teaching Certificate from Rudolf Steiner College in San Francisco. She graduated from Smith College, Northampton MA with a Bachelor of Arts. Susannah has extensive classroom background teaching Eurythmy, for the last ten years, and working with children in different educational settings for the last three decades.
Susannah grew up primarily on the West Coast and says the best part of her childhood was spent on Orcas Island in Washington. The daughter of a Waldorf teacher, Susannah graduated from with the first 8th grade class at San Francisco Waldorf and feels she has been teaching her whole life. During personal time, Susannah loves to garden, bake and work on art and crafts projects with her family.
Games and Developmental Movement Teacher
- Environmental Education Graduate Certificate – University of Minnesota Duluth, MN
- BA in English – St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
Karrin has gained in depth teaching experience in both environmental and movement education over the last nine years working in both Waldorf schools and environmental learning centers. During her five year tenure as the Movement and Games teacher and athletic director at the Waldorf School of Princeton, Karrin developed and taught a separate developmental movement class to the first and second grades, managed the after-school sports program (coaching cross-country, assisting in basketball and tennis), and took lead roles in the Michaelmas celebration, in addition to teaching first through eighth grades. Karrin obtained a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Education from University of Minnesota Duluth as well as a BA in English from St. Olaf College. Karrin is currently taking part in Spacial Dynamics training and will graduate with level 1 certification in the summer of 2019.
Karrin Pasko grew up in central New Jersey and attended the Waldorf School of Princeton from kindergarten through eighth grade. Throughout her childhood she enjoyed playing outdoors with her three sisters and stayed active playing for the local soccer team and running on her high school’s track team. Now, in her free time Karrin enjoys hiking, rock climbing, paddling, running, gardening, playing music and cooking. Karrin looks forward to joining the team at Boulder Valley Waldorf School this year.
Chia Jung "Iris" Raabe
BA in History and Archaeology from National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
MS in Agriculture and Business, from University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
- Rudolf Steiner College.
- Early Childhood Education. SUNY
- Intensive Movement Theory Training with Betty Meredith Jones. New School for Social Research, Brentwood, NY
- Movement, Music, and Singing. Boston Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA
- Bothmer Gymnastic Training. Spring Valley, NY
- Owner & Director. BlueSky Preschool and Kindergarten, Boulder, CO
- Council of Advisors. The National Institute for Play, Carmel Valley, CA
- Adjunct Faculty Member. Naropa University, Boulder, CO
- Contributing Author. International Handbook of Education for Spirituality, Care and Wellbeing
Being a mother and teacher have been Mindy’s life and work. She feels extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend many years in the presence of children in the “most magical and fascinating years of early childhood” as Owner and Director of BlueSky Preschool and Kindergarten since 1990.
Mindy began studying movement, music, and singing at Boston Conservatory of Music as an undergraduate. After these studies, she moved to the New School for Social Research and SUNY to begin early childhood training as well as intensive movement theory training with Betty Meredith Jones, a former student of Rudolf Laban. Then began Mindy’s research of Rudolf Steiner’s work, studying at Rudolf Steiner College and completing Bothmer Gymnastic Training in Spring Valley, New York.
Mindy appreciates and admires the many Waldorf teachers that have been her mentors, including Beth Sutton, creator of the Enki approach, Joan Almon, whom Mindy admires for her work and devotion to children all over the world, and Suzanne Down for her puppet mastery.
Mindy is presently on the council of advisors at The National Institute for Play, headed by Stuart Brown, author of Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul.
Mindy has also been an adjunct faculty member at Naropa University since 1980. Here, she mentors new instructors and teaches “Kindergarten Magic”, a hands on course in the practice and application of early childhood pedagogy. Mindy is one of the contributing authors of the International Handbook of Education for Spirituality, Care and Wellbeing, having written the chapter titled “Moment to Moment Spirituality in Early Childhood Education”. Mindy’s lifelong quest is to nurture and embrace the magic of the early childhood years with love and attention to each individual child.