Sunflower Lead Teacher and Early Childhood Chair
- B.A. in Waldorf Education: Rudolf Steiner College, Fair Oaks, CA
- Waldorf Teacher Training Kindergarten and Early Childhood, Rudolf Steiner College, Fair Oaks, CA
- Completion: Nurturing the Roots Professional Course, Therapeutic Approach to Waldorf Early Childhood Education, Denver, CO
- Colorado State Director Qualifications since 1989
- Nursing School and License, MO; Labor/Delivery and Pediatric Nurse
- Certification in Family and Systemic Constellation Facilitation
Cindy was born near Austin, Texas and grew up as an Air Force dependent as the oldest of six children. Growing up, she lived in Spain, Missouri, Massachusetts, California and Germany where she graduated high school. Before joining Shepherd Valley Waldorf School in 1994, Cindy taught at the Kauai Waldorf School in Hawaii.
During her years at Shepherd Valley Waldorf School, Cindy has served as Chair for the College of Teachers and Early Childhood Faculty. She has been a representative on the Board of Trustees and a member of numerous committees. She loves working with young children and finds enjoyment in seeing them blossom and acquire the skills for their journey into the grades.
Cindy and Stan Sudan have two creative adult children who both attended Shepherd Valley Waldorf School and a local Waldorf High School.
Cindy’s interests include puppetry and crafts, hiking (she walked a 500 mile pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela across northern Spain in 2005), gardening, photography and genealogy.
- B.A. Environmental Studies and Geography (double major), University of Colorado, Boulder
- Waldorf Teacher Training, Foundation Year, Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto, in process
Laura grew up in Wilmington, Delaware as the second born of four children. She spent her early years exploring the natural world—climbing trees, collecting leaves and feathers, catching and releasing caterpillars and fireflies, sitting under a Blue Spruce when it rained—feeling in awe of and at peace in nature. She looks forward to modeling this boundless reverence for the earth and all living beings for the children.
Laura joined the Boulder Valley Waldorf School community three years ago as a parent when her son joined the Sunflower Garden Pre-K/Kindergarten class. She quickly immersed herself in the school through various volunteer opportunities. Last year, she began working in the classroom as a substitute teacher and volunteer in Early Childhood and the Grades. She ended the year as an Early Childhood Assistant Teacher in the Bluebell Garden.
Laura is thrilled to be part of this vibrant and growing community. She and her husband live in Longmont with their son who attends Boulder Valley Waldorf School.
Bluebell Lead Teacher
- BA: University of Colorado Boulder, Psychology & Neuroscience, and Elementary Education
- MEd: Antioch University New England, Waldorf Education
- Waldorf Kindergarten Training Sound Circle Seattle
Jamie was raised in the foothills of Colorado and spent her summers on the sandy beaches and red wood forests of California. She grew up in a family of artistes, educators and cooks. Her childhood was filled with laughter, art, and adventures out of doors. She and her older sister both attended Waldorf schools growing up.
Previously Jamie worked in Public Schools, Waldorf Charter School and was joyful to return to Waldorf Education. She has traveled all over the United States, spent time in the U.K. and took a cooking class in Tuscany the summer after high school. She and her husband happily settled back in Colorado to be near their families and have been working on restoring a little farmhouse.
Bluebell Assistant Teacher
- B.A. in Psychology, Education, and Child Development: Marlboro College, Vermont.
- Waldorf Teacher Training, Kindergarten and Early Childhood: Sound Circle Center, Seattle, WA.
Annie grew up in Colorado, and after living in Vermont for five years, returned home in 2015 to be closer to her growing family. Annie discovered Waldorf education while she was studying early childhood education and child development. Her initial exploration of Waldorf education developed into her thesis, which focused on the importance of play in child development. It also became a lifelong interest, transforming her understanding of young children, and of education itself.
She began teaching at a small Waldorf Nursery and Kindergarten in Southern Vermont, first as an assistant and aftercare teacher, and then as a lead Kindergarten teacher in her final year. After her initial experiences teaching young children in Head Start programs and public schools, she was deeply impressed by the respect given to children – not only in the reverent way they were spoken to and treated, but also in the great effort made to honor the whole child in their individual growth, within an environment that encourages self-initated learning.
After six years within Waldorf Early Childhood education, she continues to cherish the foundational ideals of protecting an unhurried childhood full of imagination and wonder, providing the young child the freedom to play and to learn actively, to explore the natural world and nourish the senses, and to be nurtured in a loving space that feels like a home. As she continues the calling as a Waldorf early educator, she appreciates the emphasis on continual self-development, the consideration of a teacher’s own inner work. In the endeavor to be worthy of imitation, she has found a wonderful incentive for personal growth. She strives to model through her presence as a teacher, and bring her best to the children and to her work each day. Annie enjoys writing, photography, and traveling.
Marigold Lead Teacher
- Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Training plus one year of the Elementary Training at Sunbridge Institue
- BBA: University of Texas at Austin
Lisa was born in N.J. and grew up between there and Texas. After graduating from the University of Texas, she embarked on a twelve year adventure of working and traveling around the world. She visited over 27 countries in 5 continents before settling down back the U.S. She is now the mother of two daughters and has been involved with Waldorf education since 2006 when her oldest joined the nursery at the Sarasota Waldorf School. Since then Lisa has assisted in the nursery, taught both 1st and 2nd Grade at the SWS and in a homeschooling setting, and ran her own Waldorf early childhood program from her home. Apart from her love of children, her passions include needle felting, cooking, and camping, yoga, and of course, traveling.
Marigold Assistant Teacher
- BSc. Zoology University of Vermont
- MA in Dance Therapy from Naropa Institute
Kimeri Lowell grew up in Massachusetts, spending her summers on Cape Cod. Her grandparents owned a candy store where she worked as much a possible! While working as a lab technician at Harvard Medical School, Kimeri discovered Outward Bound. Then for many years, in the summer she taught sailing in Maine and in the winter, outdoor education in Texas. After graduating from Naropa in Boulder she worked for three years for the Therapeutic Preschool in Aurora, CO. After being introduced to Waldorf Education, Kimeri has been involved with teaching in the Kindergarten for the past 12 years.
Kimeri and her husband David have two daughters Ava and Serina. Kimeri loves to be active. Some of her favorite things include yoga, skiing, sailing, biking, hiking and experimenting with alternative ways to cook yummy treats.
Lavender Lead Teacher
Heidi Burke and her twin brother were born in the United States five years after their parents and grandparents emigrated from Argentina, South America. Seeking a better life near Milwaukee, they cultivated the land, grew their own food, sewed and knitted clothing, started a shoe business in the home (grandfather was a cobbler) and took care of animals all while raising children. Heidi grew up experiencing the world as safe and good, where she was given the freedom to be a child while observing and participating in activities around the home and farm, and where there were daily opportunities for uninterrupted play in the neighborhood, garden, and out in nature. It is this rich cultural setting that instilled in Heidi a life long passion to work with children and to provide them with some of these same experiences.
Heidi recently came to Boulder with her family from a beautiful and rich farming community in Viroqua, Wisconsin where for ten years she was lead teacher in a mixed-age Waldorf Kindergarten (3-6 years old) that emphasized outdoor play, offered an all organic hot lunch program, and daily movement. Her kindergarten was modeled after the insights of Helle Heckman, founder of Nokken in Copenhagen, Denmark where children ages 1–6 spend a good part of their day outside and playing in the forest. Prior to her Waldorf experience, Heidi taught for ten years in public school kindergartens in Milwaukee’s inner city as well as in rural Door County, Wisconsin. She earned a B.A. in Early Childhood/Exceptional Educational Needs from Cardinal Stritch College and completed a Waldorf training at Sophia’s Hearth Training Center in Keene, New Hampshire, known internationally as the only professional development course program of its kind for early childhood professionals. She enjoys hiking, biking, cooking, yoga, gardening and having spent many years along the shores of Lake Michigan, any opportunity to be near or in water!
Lavender Assistant Teacher
- BFA, Illustration and Painting from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver CO
- Waldorf Teacher Training Kindergarten and Early Childhood, Sound Circle Center, Seattle WA
- Metropolitan State College of Denver, Colorado Teaching License
Tatyana was born and raised in Russia, in a small industrial town Perm. She moved to Colorado seventeen years ago to go to college. With degrees from both the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and the Metropolitan State College of Denver, Tatyana combines her background in education with her native culture and the love for art in her work with children. For the last four years Tatyana taught Russian at Denver Waldorf School where she discovered her passion for Early Childhood Approach to Waldorf Education. In addition to her passion for teaching, Tatyana is an artist and illustrator who dreams of publishing a children’s book one day. She lives near Boulder with her husband and two children.
Natalie Martin, Early Childhood Licensing Director
Natalie Martin, Early Childhood Licensing Director
Born and raised in Wyoming, moved to Colorado in 1983. Her greatest accomplishment has been to raise 3 wonderful sons, and has been blessed with the most beautiful granddaughter. Natalie has been in early childhood for over 18 years, she taught pre-kindergarten for many years in the Colorado Preschool Program. She received her Director certificate from the state of Colorado in 2005, and has had the opportunity to be a part of opening 3 different schools all with different educational curriculums and philosophies.
She was drawn to Boulder Valley Waldorf for yet another life learning experience and strongly agrees our youngest learners learn through play. In her spare time she likes to golf, hike, home improvements, scrapbook, bake, but 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.
Clair Boswell, Parent-Child Lead Teacher
Clair Boswell, Parent-Child Lead Teacher
- BA in Creative Writing – Metropolitan State College of Denver
- MeD in Education/Waldorf Certification – Antioch University
- Nurturing the Roots, a Therapeutic Approach to Early Childhood – certification in progress, Denver CO
A native Coloradan, Clair grew up in the city of Denver and is an alumni of the Denver Waldorf School. She has been working in Waldorf Early Childhood for the last ten years. After completing her BA at Metropolitan State, Clair travelled extensively through the U.S., India, and Nepal where she volunteered at the Tashi Waldorf School in Kathmandu. Upon returning to the States, she completed her Masters in Education at Antioch University New England and shortly there after moved to Brooklyn, New York. There she taught Kindergarten at the Brooklyn Waldorf School and helped develop the vision of the early childhood program.
Clair recently moved back to Colorado with her husband and 1 year old son and is happy to return to family, mountains and sun. She most enjoys spending time with her family, walks in the woods, and books of all kinds. She is thrilled to share her love for Waldorf Education with parents and children alike.
First Grade Teacher
- Degree: Waldorf Education, Waldorf Teacher Education Eugene, Eugene, OR
- B.A. (double major) Music andTraditional Eastern Arts, Naropa University, Boulder, CO
- Expedition Education Institute, Outdoor Leadership Training, Belfast, ME
Adley grew up in the Driftless Region of Wisconsin, a place where the heart of community is tethered around the importance of education, sustainability and working together. She was homeschooled until third grade, learning lessons from nature walks in the forest, in the river valleys, and in the garden before attended Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School for three years. With a seed planted there that cultivated interest in music, art and humanity, it is with warmth and enthusiasm Adley returns to Waldorf education as a teacher.
Prior to coming to teach at Boulder Valley Waldorf School Adley assisted in the second grade at Eugene Waldorf School and has taught youth and adults ceramics, yoga and violin. She is interested in using her talents and love of arts and music to create a meaningful world for herself and others around her. She has also spent time working with organic farms and local communities helping in the operation and expansion of Community Supported Agriculture programs as well as the Farm to Table movement.Adley has traveled throughout Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Colombia, Switzerland, Spain and Thailand. She is inspired daily by the mountains, her husband, and cooking with foods from the garden and is excited to be putting down roots in Boulder Valley.
Second Grade Teacher
- Waldorf Teaching Training Grades-Rudolf Steiner College, Fair Oaks CA, in process
- B.A. Behavioral Science-Metropolitan State College of Denver, 1997
- Colorado Teaching License Elementary Education, 2011: Endorsement Early Childhood Education, Endorsement Linguistically Diverse Education, Endorsement Special Education Generalist
- M.A. Educational Psychology-University of Colorado Denver, 2012
- Children’s Yoga Certification-Radiant Beginnings, 2013
Amanda is a Colorado native and has been working with children for the last twenty years. She has six children of her own, two of them adopted from Liberia, West Africa. She found Waldorf through the homeschooling community. While raising her children she volunteered for several organizations including Colorado Youth at Risk, Court Appointed Special Advocates and Lutheran Family Services. She has spent several summers taking youth groups on international service trips, teaching nature camps, road trips with her children and attending meditation retreats. Her last several years were spent teaching in Denver Public Schools and a small private alternative school. She is passionate about yoga, dancing, reading, natural remedies, conscious parenting, cycling, meditation, cooking for her family and being outdoors.
Third and Fourth Grade (Dragonfly) Teacher
- BA in Child Development from Connecticut College in New London
- Teaching Certificate in Elementary Education
Nancy, the youngest of three children, was born in New Haven, Connecticut. Her father was a pediatrician and her mother was a kindergarten teacher. From an early age, Nancy knew that she wanted to be a teacher and by the age of 10, she was teaching younger children how to swim.
Nancy spent her junior year in Israel, living on a kibbutz and working with the kindergarten. After college, Nancy moved to Boulder and began teaching at Alaya Preschool. It was there that Nancy had her first introduction to Waldorf Education. Nancy became the kindergarten assistant at the newly formed Lake Champlain Waldorf School. In the late spring of that year, Nancy became the Fourth Grade teacher at Shining Mountain. Nancy taught at Shining Mountain over a twenty-five year period. She taught Hebrew, Math and English in the Middle School, Remedial lessons, Games and a block in the high school. Nancy also spent several years teaching English, History, Art History and Embryology at Tara
Nancy’s many interests include spending time with her family, a love of the ocean, gardening, hiking, singing and movement. She is so happy to bring her passions and love of Waldorf Education to Shepherd Valley .
Fifth Grade Teacher
- BS: Education from Grand Valley State College in Michigan
- Degree: Waldorf Education from the Waldorf Institute of Mercy College
- Art at Wayne State University
- Sabbatical: painting and drawing at Rudolf Steiner College, California and Switzerland. And Sound Circle Eurythmy training in Boulder, Colorado.
Adrienne Chapman has been teaching in Waldorf Schools for over twenty-six years. She taught at the Detroit Waldorf School where she took a class from grades 2-8, and another class from grades 1-8 and for five years as a Middle School class teacher and subject teacher in art and math. She spent the next six years as a class teacher at Shepherd Valley. Adrienne also served on the faculty of the Waldorf Institute of the Great Lakes, offering prospective Waldorf teachers classes in art, anthroposophy, human development and the Waldorf curriculum. In addition, Adrienne has considerable experience in faculty administration: she served as Faculty Chairperson and College Chairperson at Detroit Waldorf School and at Shepherd Valley for more than a decade.
Adrienne recently married and lives outside of Lyons, Colorado. Adrienne loves to swim, bike, go on backpack trips into the mountains, paint, garden, read poetry and do eurythmy. Her son, Oliver Chapman, was a Waldorf student and currently lives in Los Angeles and makes puppets for animated movies. Adrienne enjoys bringing her love of farming, gardening and outdoor education into the curriculum and supporting our working with the farmers on our land. She has also been studying with Dr. Adam Blanning, Nancy Blanning and Laurie Clark in “Nurturing the Roots”. This is a three year advanced course to help Waldorf educators hone their observation skills as well as to bring therapeutic work to strengthen children in their schooling.
Sixth and Seventh Grade Teacher
According to Martina, her life has been a little bit as Bohemian as her name sounds. She was born in a small town in Lower Austria. Her mother’s family were World War II refugees from Serbia, and since they had been uprooted, they leaned even more on their German traditions, Catholic faith and conservative beliefs. Her father was from Bohemia where there was much more liberalism and much less religion. On top of that, her father had grown up in a steel town in one of the socialist strongholds of Austria. So Martina moved back and forth between these two worlds. One might think that she ended up all confused, but she really liked it.
When Martina entered the University of Graz, she continued with a good mix of interests: starting with English and Russian, then adding Geography and eventually ending up in the Vietnam War Literature Collection at CSU in Fort Collins. There she met Julian, and while continuing to travel and work in Europe and various parts of the U.S., they started a family. They and their two boys, Markus and Matthaeus, all love the mountains. They hike, camp, fish and ski. Martina loves to read and also enjoys painting, tiling, carpentry work, electrical work, plumbing, gardening, and a bunch of other fun hands-on things, preferably with power tools. Martina was first introduced to the Waldorf philosophy years ago by her cousin, who, just like Rudolf Steiner and Martina herself, grew up in a little town in Lower Austria. After a whirlwind year back in good old Europe, teaching at the Freie Waldorfschule Wien West, Martina is back with some new ideas!
Stan Sudan, Eighth Grade Teacher
Stan Sudan, Eighth Grade Teacher
Stan Sudan has been a Waldorf elementary class teacher since 1992, after receiving his Certification as a Waldorf Teacher from Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento California.
He and his family spent two years at the Kauai Waldorf School in Hawaii where he began teaching First Grade and subsequently taught in combined classes. Stan joined Shepherd Valley in 1994 when he took a combined Third and Fourth Grade class. He has graduated four Eighth Grades from combined classes at Shepherd Valley, the first two in1999 and 2000, and the second two in 2007 and 2008. He has served nationally as a combined class consultant to Waldorf schools, and is currently in his third cycle of grades teaching.
He has served as both College and Faculty Chairperson, as well as Finance Committee and Board Representative. His specialized focus during his teaching has been on remedial and therapeutic movement and child development. He studied with Nancy Blanning in the Nurturing the Roots course, served as chair of the remedial Care Group at Shepherd Valley, and holds a certification in Family and Systemic Constellation facilitation.
His wife, Cindy Sudan, teaches Kindergarten at Shepherd Valley. He has two children who both graduated from Shepherd Valley and from Waldorf High School. He gardens, loves to take walks in nature, and frequently can be found playing with his family cat. When not writing, he has been known to present workshops on chalkboard drawing, painting and shaded drawing to schools, colleagues and friends.
Tra-Ling Tu, Mandarin Chinese
Tra-Ling Tu, Mandarin Chinese
Tra-Ling Tu, born in a farming community in southern Taiwan, moved to the states when she was 19. For many years Tra-Ling was engaged in the world of business; in restaurants, real estate, and offshore manufacturing, until her daughter Sydney was born in 2000. As an immigrant, Tra-Ling thought she “knew” how best to prepare her child for life, by searching for a kindergarten with strong academic standards! Well, she didn’t get very far before she encountered a very special kind of school, the parent-toddler class at Star Garden taught by long time Waldorf educator, Vicki Kirsch. Which eventually led to Rudolf Steiner College and a Waldorf Grades Teaching Certificate. Tra-Ling also spent a year in Eurythmy Training at Sound Circle Eurythmy.
Tra-Ling’s teaching experience includes Little Treasures Chinese School in Boulder as well as Star Garden in Boulder. She also teaches privately, a parent/toddler group and also to various age groups including adults. Upon request, Tra-Ling joined the team of World Language Educators at Rudolf Steiner College where she offered a week long Mandarin Chinese workshop at the summer World Language Conference for anyone that is interested in teaching Mandarin Chinese as a second language based on the developmental tages of children. Tra-Ling Laoshi, as her students call her, is excited about her return to the Mandarin program at Shepherd Valley after taking a year of sabbatical. She says, “ To learn about and to speak a foreign language not only builds a gateway into another culture, but more importantly, is an inner soul experience.
Jing is a native Mandarin Chinese speaker who grew up in southwest China. She earned her B.A. in Education and her M.A. in American and British Literature from Chongqing Normal University. Over a five-year period, Jing taught English courses at a university in the city of Chongqing.
After moving to Colorado, Jing taught Chinese language and culture classes for the St. Vrain Valley School District. She developed course curriculum for their program and helped hundreds of students become more proficient in listening, speaking, reading, and writing Mandarin. She also organized and led numerous cultural activities, events, and competitions. One of the biggest events was working with the Confucius Institute to help organize an annual statewide competition called the Colorado K-12 Chinese Speech Contest. Her class won first place in their region and Jing was honored with the school district’s Excellence Directing Award in 2013.
Jing lives in Lyons with her husband and 2-year-old daughter. She enjoys outdoor sports and likes to go hiking with family and friends.
German (Middle School)
Ralph Doane has been a teacher for 25 years, most recently for 13 years at Shining Mountain Waldorf School in Boulder, where he taught humanities and German in the middle and high schools. He also directed and produced 13 annual circus programs and shows. He recently started a circus program in Boulder.
Games, Developmental Movement and Middle-school Math
- BA: Lewis and Clark College, English Literature
- MEd. Antioch University New England, Waldorf Education
- Spacial Dynamics Institute, In-Service Program Graduate
- Bothmer Gymnastics Certification
Born and raised on the idyllic shoreline of eastern Connecticut, Charles spent his childhood immersed in play. Whether swimming in the waters of his backyard, skiing the humble mountains of Vermont or playing ball with his older brother and neighborhood friends, his was a childhood of movement and laughter. He began college in Vermont but soon found his way to Portland, Oregon where he completed his undergraduate studies and fell in love with the pacific northwest. It was here his interests in spirituality, the arts, and the wild outdoors truly blossomed. After many years of traveling and writing and performing poetry, theater and music, Charles migrated back east, found himself in Brooklyn, New York and discovered Waldorf Education.
Charles comes to us after six years at the Brooklyn Waldorf School where he shepherded the school’s first graduating class from 5th through 8th grade, taught middle school math, led an after-school circus program and wore many hats in helping to grow the young school. During this time, he also completed the 5-year movement training at the Spacial Dynamics Institute and was certified in Bothmer Gymnastics. Charles still plays music and explores creative writing and can still be found skiing, biking, running and hiking, but he especially loves to play with his wife and their baby boy. He is truly looking forward to nurturing the movement program at the Boulder Valley Waldorf School and hopefully inspiring the students in math, movement and play of all kinds.
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.
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.
Joseph Howe, Cello
Joseph Howe, Cello
Joseph Howe was born and raised in Salem, Oregon, and started playing cello at the age of eight. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance at the University of Oregon, where he studied with Steven Pologe. He moved to Boulder in 2010 to work towards a Master of Music degree in cello performance, which he completed in 2013. His teacher at CU was Judith Glyde.
Joseph also teaches cello at the Parlando School of Musical Arts in Boulder and mentors the cello section of the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestra. He is an active performer in the front range area. In addition to being principal cellist of the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, he is a member of the Greeley Philharmonic and the Fort Collins and Cheyenne symphonies. He can also be heard frequently in the area as a chamber musician and baroque cellist.
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.
- Eurythmy Training at Academie voor Euritmie, Den Haag, The Netherlands, completed 1991.
- Waldorf Teaching Certificate obtained from Hibernia Waldorf Schule, Wanne-Eickel, Germany, 1982
- Camphill Diploma in Curative Education, completed 1978
- BA in German and Psychology, Antioch University, 1975
Mark was born in Ohio and raised around Lake Erie, finishing High School in Jamestown, New York. College took him to a 3rd year abroad in Germany, where one training and job led to another, eventually to the eurythmy training in Holland. Much of this time was spent working in Camphill communities and schools for the developmentally disabled. After eurythmy training Mark worked as the Pedagogic Eurythmist at a Camphill School in Holland for 7 years. Then, after some 24 years in Europe, it was time to return to the States, and Mark and his wife, Maria–also a eurythmist–moved with their son and daughter to Santa Barbara, California, where Mark worked as the eurythmist at the Waldorf School there for 7 years. Finally the move was made back close to Lake Erie, and 8 years as eurythmist at Aurora Waldorf, outside of Buffalo, NY, followed. For the last 3 years Mark has worked peripatetically, doing blocks of 3-6 weeks at schools around the country. He is looking forward to getting to know the community here in Boulder!
- 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 Administrator. 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.
Outreach 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 Assistant 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.
Registrar and Office Manager
- BSC Film and Television Production: Ohio University, minors in English and Studio Arts
- PBA Ancient Art History: Portland State University, minors in French and German Languages
Born in Pennsylvania. Raised in NE Ohio. Family is all over the east coast, but her heart belongs out west. She has lived in Columbus, OH , Los Angeles, CA, Portland, OR, Dallas, TX, Salt Lake City, UT, and now Longmont, CO. After all the years and all the travels, her favorite home is here in Colorado. Her heart lives in her children and her painting (her work is mostly acrylics on canvas, wood, or board and her mode is mostly realism in portraiture and figurative/life movement pieces). In LA she worked on movies, TV shows and commercials as a scenic artist and on-set dresser. In Dallas she became a producer for commercials and loved it too. Her professional career changed when she found herself in Utah and translated her work from producing to project management. For the past 6 years she has been busy raising her babies who now attend SVWS full time. Ever since they came here their lives have grown immensely! She is thrilled to be a part of the Shepherd Valley community and staff!