- 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.
Brightin Schlumpf, Violin and Middle School Cross-Country Coach
Brightin Schlumpf, Violin and Middle School Cross-Country Coach
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.
Songwriting and Vocal Art
BM in Music, Salem College, North Carolina
MM in Music (Classical Piano Performance), The Manhattan School of Music, New York City
Graduate Performance Diploma, The Hartt School of Music, Connecticut
Scholarships: Barcelona International Music Forum, Spain; The Chautaqua Music Institute, New York
Radiant Child Yoga Program Certification, The Kripalu Institute, Massachusetts
Growing up in Taiwan until age 15, Liangyeh studied both traditional Chinese and Western classical music. She also revered the chantings of Taiwanese Aborigines! After a period of performing as a classical pianist throughout the east coast of United States and Europe, she felt the yarning to find a more personal musical expression. This search brought her back to her musical root of singing. The experience of singing and songwriting brought so much transformation back into her life that Liangyeh began designing song-creation workshops for performing arts organizations, private and public schools, as well as other social health institutions. She has taught through The Santa Fe Opera, the Santa Fe School for the Arts and Sciences, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in New Mexico; The Crochet Mountain Foundation in New Hampshire; The Girls Inc., and The Hartt School of Music – Community Division in Massachusetts. Upon hearing Liangyeh’s original vocal improvisation, renown composer Meredith Monk remarked, “Beautiful! Music comes from such a deep place within you. You must keep making it”.
Liangyeh lives in Boulder with her princess warrior daughter and their lovely queen cat. She feels incredibly happy to be working with young people from the Boulder Valley Waldorf School this year. She also runs a private music studio offering lessons in piano, singing and composition.
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.