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FACULTY & STAFF

2020-2021 School Year

The Boulder Valley Waldorf School is proud to employ a dynamic and accomplished faculty that is deeply invested in student success.

Lower Grades Class Teachers

Kelly Morrow

First Grade Teacher
Kelly has been recognized as a loving authority who can see each individual while cultivating the whole within a class. Kelly is a knowledgeable, articulate, and enthusiastic public speaker. She brings a positive attitude and sense of humor to her work within the school.

Courtney Hissong Wilson

Second Grade Teacher
Courtney has a special passion for place-based education, weaving together the unique natural and cultural context through story, movement and art. The diversity of her life’s experiences have prepared her to be a highly competent and innovative Waldorf teacher.

Martina Simunek-Suarez

Third Grade Teacher
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!

Sara Pironti

Fourth Grade Teacher
Sara has long had a passion for education and an international outlook. She has taught across the world including in Argentina, China, Brazil and her native Italy. Sara has published two novels and is fluent in French and Italian. Passionate about both art and education, Sara was deeply inspired when she first encountered Waldorf education.

Upper Grades Class Teachers

Elizabeth Evans

Fifth Grade Teacher
Elizabeth’s experience with diverse groups of children has highlighted for her the universal development processes in children regardless of their differential experiences. Working with third graders, she and her students have formed each other through song and dance, crayon forms and cursive letters, doubt and confidence, relationships, discord and harmony.

Ralph Doane

Sixth Grade Teacher
Ralph Flexible and skilled at maintaining a sense of humor, Ralph believes strongly in creating a stimulating learning environment in which students can develop to their full potential.

Jesse Bedirian

Sixth and Seventh Grades Teacher
Jesse has had a lifelong interest in the lives of children, and as a teacher enjoys nothing more than getting to know and supporting each unique student.

Early Childhood Teachers

Jennifer Powell-Palmer

Lavender Lead Teacher
Jennifer considers herself a life-long learner, deeply interested in expanding the potential of our kindergarten programs to continue to meet the unique and ever-changing needs of our young friends.

Lisa Lombardi

Marigold Lead Teacher
As an early childhood educator, Lisa’s goal is to provide an atmosphere of loving warmth and guidance that promotes joy, wonder and reverence in our children.

Jamie Little

Bluebell Lead Teacher
Jamie brings with her a full circle of Waldorf experience, having attended Waldorf schools growing up. This, and a childhood filled with laughter, art, and adventures outdoors with a family of artists, educators and cooks has shaped her teaching philosophy.

Rachel Nielsen

Sunflower Lead Teacher
As an early childhood educator, Rachel feels it is equally important to work with parents and provide them with the same nurturing, guidance, and warmth as the children.