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Faculty & Staff 2024-2024 School Year

Boulder Valley Waldorf School is proud to employ a dynamic, accomplished faculty deeply invested in student success. Please click on the teacher photos below to read about individual educational background, experience and guiding teaching philosophy!

Class Teachers – Middle and Elementary School

Scott Barnes

Eighth Grade Teacher Scott Barnes loves working with adolescent students knowing that to guide and inspire children is such a privilege…

Martina Simunek

Seventh 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!

Ralph Doane

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

Chris Delgado

Fifth Grade Teacher Chris is excited to support a elementary students as their primary teacher and forge deep relationships with opportunities for student growth. Building supportive teams to stage collaborative productions is a specialty.

 

Rebecca Arnold

Fourth Grade Teacher  Rebecca loves inspiring children’s imaginations through art, music and storytelling, igniting a love of learning.

Sierra Bouchard

Third Grade Teacher Sierra is passionate about how Waldorf Education. Sierra believes that children’s growth and learning benefits from a life-long relationship with the natural world and that this relationship will promote the values of environmental stewardship that our planet needs.

Ashley Bradley

Second Grade Teacher Ashley loves learning! Her greatest joy in life is seeing others light up when they understand something new. She brings lots of expertise from many different types of educational settings.

Renee Lambo-Barnes

First Grade Teacher Renee is an experienced elementary and middle school teacher, mentor and consultant. She is excited to share her passion for mathematics with younger students. Renee and her students revel in fresh, lively experiences discovering patterns in nature, exploring through stories and physical activities.

Rochelle Chayet

Grades Director We are thrilled to welcome Rochelle Chayet as Grades Director this year. Rochelle has taught general Ed. and special Ed. in both Early Childhood and Grades programs. She teaches and mentors in Waldorf, Waldorf-inspired private schools, and public schools. Rochelle provides parent education, teacher training and mentoring to teachers, directors, leadership teams and school boards.

Kindergarten & Preschool – Early Childhood

Haley Farrell

Early Childhood Director Haley’s favorite part of being a director is getting to be a part of all of the preschool and kindergarten children’s day-to-day lives and building partnerships with parents. Haley firmly believes that we wouldn’t be what we are without the amazing teachers that put their heart into their jobs every day and loves being there to support this important work. 

Fanny Delaporte

Kindergarten Sunflower Teacher Fanny Delaporte’s deep understanding of the developing child guides her Waldorf teaching with kindergarten students. Fanny is dedicated to inclusion of all students and helping families and children in challenging developmental phases.

Jennifer Palmer-Powell Early Childhood Lead Teacher

Gussie Gertge

Marigold Preschool Lead Teacher  Gussie loves nurturing the exceptional potential in every individual. She believes in Waldorf education and its ability to meet the child in body, mind, and spirit. She is passionate about early childhood education, and understands healthy development in the early years sets the foundation for a creative, kind, and actualized life. 

Stephanie Sabatini

Bluebell Preschool Lead Teacher Stephanie is a incredible, calm, grounded and dedicated teacher. She brings a warm and nurturing aura to the children as they explore and grow into themselves. Stephanie’s quiet confidence inspires students and faculty alike as her summer work includes summer program director for the whole school.