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Staff & Specialist Teachers

Staff

Daniel Hindes

Daniel Hindes

School Director

  • 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.

Ruth Godberfforde

Ruth Godberfforde

Director of Advancement

  • 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 in the Outreach and Admissions Office in 2013 and is excited to help new families discover the gem of our school here in her expanded role as Director of Advancement.

Natalie Martin

Natalie Martin

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.

Ellen Jordan

Ellen Jordan

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 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 adventuring with her partner and her dog, as well as almost any outdoor activity, but especially loves backpacking, trail running, and rock climbing. In March 2019, she completed her first 50K ultra-marathon trail race and continues to sign up for ultra-running events. Ellen is also a certified Type 2 Wildlands Firefighter and volunteers with local organizations building burn piles, digging fire line, and other prescribed fire duties to help keep our forests healthy and resilient. 

Betty Singleton

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.

Brenda Burke

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 Boulder 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!

Specialist Teachers

Brightin Schlumpf

Brightin Schlumpf

Violin, Viola and Orchestra Teacher

Brightin Rose Schlumpf 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, in a childhood full of creativity and exploration. 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. At age 10, Brightin moved to Houston, TX and eventually to Philadelphia, PA at the age of 15. These diverse locations were exciting for her formative years, as she was exposed to many kinds of music, wonderful people, and varied cultures. 

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 enjoys competing in distance running events, including the Boston Marathon in 2008. 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 of Bard College. 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, the violist with the Takacs Quartet. 

As a freelance musician in the Boulder/Denver area, Brightin regularly performs with ensembles including, but not limited to, the Colorado Symphony, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony, Greeley Philharmonic, Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, Boulder Philharmonic, Steamboat Symphony Orchestra, Wyoming Symphony, Spinphony and various chamber music ensembles. Brightin also maintains a private teaching studio at her home in Boulder and in Golden, CO. 

Brightin has been married to her incredible husband, Scott, since 2016 and they currently co-parent a sweet cat, named Mr. Kitty. They enjoy many activities together, some of which include, skiing, hiking, biking, traveling, and cooking. 

Brightin is delighted by her position at Boulder Valley Waldorf as she gets to work with inspiring 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.

Emma Schwarz

Emma Schwarz

Cello Teacher

  • Graduate Certificate of Suzuki Pedagogy, University of Denver
  • Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance, University of Denver
  • Long Term Suzuki Teacher Training, University of Denver

Emma Schwarz is a classically trained cellist and passionate chamber musician from Boise, Idaho. In addition to her position as cello faculty at BVWS, Emma is the Founder and Owner of Suzuki Strings LLC, a company that provides high quality musical instruction to students of all ages. She is also cello faculty at West Denver Suzuki Strings, and City Strings—a non-profit that provides musical instruction to underserved schools in the Denver area.

Emma knew from a very young age that she wanted to be a professional musician. She was always drawn to the element of personal connection between performers, and the unspoken connection between performers and spectators. As an artist, Emma endeavors for unremitting vulnerability with her audiences, so that she might let her true self shine through the instrument.

Emma believes that musical instruction has the power to cultivate confident, compassionate, and resilient individuals. Through her graduate studies and long-term Suzuki Pedagogy training, she is vastly experienced in both private and group instruction. Her first priority in the classroom is nurturing positive self-image and tenacity in the face of challenges with her students; her second priority is developing technical excellence on the cello. Emma believes that developing empathy, resilience, and poise through musical instruction is one of the most powerful means by which we can create a more beautiful world.

Karen Blanzy

Karen Blanzy

Choir and Vocal Arts Teacher

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.  In her spare time, Karen owns and operates Starshine Musical Theatre, teaching the performing arts to kids age 6 to 16. She loves teaching people of all ages, and is very excited to be working at Boulder Valley Waldorf School.

Cami Kidwell-Dodge

Cami Kidwell-Dodge

Band Director & Teacher

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.

Cami has been teaching at BVWS since 2015. Besides directing the band at BVWS, she is very busy as a performer and private teacher. Cami has maintained an active and prolific trumpet studio for more than 20 years, helping middle school and high school trumpet players attain their ultimate potential. She is also a substitute teacher in the St. Vrain Valley School District and mostly covers for band, choir and orchestra teachers. As a performer, she is a member of The Denver Brass and frequently performs along the Front Range with the Colorado Ballet and local orchestras. One highlight for Cami was backing up Adele on her two most recent Colorado concerts!

Cami likes to spend her time hiking (with the hope of conquering more of Colorado’s 14ers), gardening, home improvement projects, reading and refinishing furniture. But more than that, she greatly enjoys being an embarrassing mom to her kids (both in high school) and time spent with her patient and humorous husband.

Susannah Moghbel

Susannah Moghbel

Eurythmy Teacher

  • 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 joined BVWS in 2018 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.

 

Karrin Pasko

Karrin Pasko

Games and Developmental Movement Teacher

  • Environmental Education Graduate Certificate – University of Minnesota Duluth, MN
  • BA in English – St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
  • Level 1 Spacial Dynamics Certification
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 also recently obtained her Level 1 Spacial Dynamics Certification.
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.
Kena Guttridge

Kena Guttridge

Spanish Language Teacher

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.

 

Martina Simunek-Suarez

Martina Simunek-Suarez

German Language Teacher

  • Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
  • University of Graz
  • Class Teacher. Freie Waldorfschule Wien West, Vienna, Austria

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 Europe teaching at the Freie Waldorfschule Wien West, Martina is back with some new ideas!

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 more towards 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. Martina moved back and forth between these two worlds.

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. 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 many other hands-on activities, preferably involving 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 Europe teaching at the Freie Waldorfschule Wien West, Martina is back with some new ideas!

Chia Jung "Iris" Raabe

Chia Jung "Iris" Raabe

Mandarin Chinese Language Teacher

  • BA in History and Archaeology from National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
  • MS in Agriculture and Business, from University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Chia Jung Raabe (Iris) was born and raised in the MuZha tea valley in Taipei Taiwan. She has always had a deep interest in folk tales, Chinese literature and culture which led her to obtain her bachelor’s degrees in both History and Archaeology at National Taiwan University. After graduating, Iris worked for Cite Publishing company in Taipei for four years before traveling to Australia and the US. She was introduced to Boulder and Waldorf education by her husband Nicholas Raabe who is a Shining Mountain Waldorf School alumni.
 
Iris has two beautiful children, Leia and Ivan. With two young children, Iris has been learning about anthroposophy and developing different approaches to teaching her children inspired by Waldorf Education. She infuses Chinese culture and language into their learning through song and dance, arts and crafts, playing games, making food and telling stories. Besides language and cultural education, Iris is also passionate about melding Chinese and Western herbalism, sustainable farming and holistic living. She runs an organic handmade apothecary, Mona Botancials.
Tra-Ling Tu

Tra-Ling Tu

Mandarin Chinese Language Teacher

  • Waldorf Grades Teaching Certificate 
  • Eurythmy Training at Sound Circle Eurythmy.
  • Teacher, Little Treasures Chinese School, Boulder 
  • Teacher, Star Garden, Boulder
  • World Language Educator, Rudolf Steiner College

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 stages of children. Tra-Ling Laoshi, as her students call her, is excited about her return to the Mandarin program at Boulder 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.”

Nancy White-Schram

Nancy White-Schram

Middle School Math & Language Arts Teacher

  • Bachelor’s Degree, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
  • Master’s Degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy, Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado

Nancy spent her first thirteen years living with her family in New Jersey, the Netherlands, and Italy: learning both at school and through travel. Her non-school childhood hours were usually spent exploring nature, playing with her brothers and friends, or creating something with her hands.

She attended Miami University in Ohio for her undergraduate work, studying dietetics, physiology, and secondary education. After spending a year on Cape Cod, she moved to Boulder, Colorado – a place she had visited several times and could not forget.

Her first teaching job was at Nederland Jr/Sr High School. Although loving her job, after five years she found herself wondering about alternative education systems. She began a Master’s in Experiential Education at C.U., and stayed in the program long enough to realize that teaching in public school was probably not her best fit.

During this time of self-exploration Nancy completed a Masters Degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy at the Naropa University, while also studying anthroposophy on her own. She started her own psychotherapy practice, married her husband, and began a family. She and Bob knew they wanted to send their children to a Waldorf school, and subsequently graduated three daughters from Shining Mt. Waldorf School.

Most recently, Nancy trained in special education, taught at Hillside school for five years, and then in Shining Mountain’s educational support department for ten years. She also taught and assisted in SMWS’s Middle School math and language arts classes while there. She is thrilled to begin her teaching journey with BVWS!

Katie Miller

Katie Miller

Handwork Teacher

Katie Miller has found a way to share her passion for knitting, sewing, crochet, etc. with kids of all ages by teaching handwork at BVWS since 2015. Graduating in 2008 with a BFA in painting and printmaking, her body of work ended up more and more toward soft knitted sculpture. After working in antique textile repair, down sleeping bag production, and soft instrument case design, Katie found her true calling teaching what she loves everyday.  Her care and inspiration make for a strong connection with kids, and she has an innate gift of engaging those who might tend toward the periphery or who benefit from extra support. Katie has been a co-counselor at Storycamp (operating on BVWS campus) since 2015, and she looks forward to every day with an eager, open heart. 

Mindy Upton

Mindy Upton

Parent-Child Teacher

  • 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.