Sacramento Waldorf School

Meet Our Teachers

First Grade – Class of 2028

srikant-hemaHema Srikant

Hema comes to us with a BS (Honors) in Zoology (Chennai University, India) and an MBA (Honors) in Information Systems and Management (Chennai University). She has also completed Foundation Studies (Toronto Steiner Center), Consciousness Studies (Rudolf Steiner College), and her Waldorf Teacher Education Certificate (Rudolf Steiner College). Hema grew up in coastal India in two of the most culturally diverse melting pots of the subcontinent.  After earning her BS and MBA, she had a career with global corporations in marketing & business development before moving to North America. Here her teaching work commenced amidst a group of children with special needs.  Over the last decade Hema has been immersed in Waldorf education through her teaching at the Waldorf Schools in Toronto and Calgary along with her studies in anthroposophy and education in both Toronto and Fair Oaks. Among the few simple things closest to Hema’s heart are her family, music, and meditation. (Joined SWS 2016)

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Second Grade – Class of 2027

duncan-tammyTammy Duncan

BA in Education, California State University, Sacramento; Adult Teaching Credential in Early Childhood Education, University of California, Davis; Credential in Multicultural Studies, University of California, Davis; Waldorf Teaching Certificate, Rudolf Steiner College. Born in California, Tammy has been playfully teaching since childhood. Gathering up neighborhood children to attend makeshift summer schools in her backyard where learning was achieved through skits, carnivals and even the occasional gambling casino! After spending her early adult years working in the travel industry and exploring many cultures around the world, she discovered the Waldorf philosophy in the late 1980s. This was like the proverbial “coming home” as it combined so much of what she already practiced in her life. She received her Waldorf teaching certification in 1997 and opened a Waldorf preschool. However, this was not enough. She longed to have a broader understanding of education, so while running her preschool she finished her BA in Education at Sacramento State University, as well as credentials in early childhood and multicultural education at UC Davis. Tammy has been a Waldorf teacher for over 15 years at both public and private Waldorf schools in the Sacramento area. She has taken a class 1st – 5th at SWS and has since continued her studies in remedial reading. She loves to travel, sail and scuba dive. (Joined SWS 2015)

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Third Grade – Class of 2026

gray-marianneMarianne Gray

BA in Studio Art, University of California, Santa Barbara; Waldorf Teacher Education Diploma, Rudolf Steiner College. The class that Marianne took from first grade through eighth grade graduated from SWS in 2013. Prior to that Marianne was a class teacher at SWS for six years and the Middle School support teacher for five years. She also teaches in the Summer Teacher Training Program at Rudolf Steiner College. Marianne enjoys drawing, painting, clay modeling, gardening, reading, and astronomy. Her two children are SWS alumni. (Joined SWS 1987)

Contact Marianne: or (916) 860-2535 ext. 3568

Fourth Grade – Class of 2025

holt-karenKaren Holt

BA in Elementary Education, Augsburg College, MN; MA in Human Development, Saint Mary’s University, MN; Waldorf Teacher Education Certificate, Rudolf Steiner College; Remedial Education Training, Rudolf Steiner College. Karen taught for 15 years at the Davis Waldorf School, focusing on the lower grades and teaching first through fifth grades. She has one daughter who is in the upper grades. Karen enjoys traveling, gardening, camping, and hiking. (Joined SWS 2013)

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Fifth Grade – Class of 2024

fitts-denisDenis Fitts

BA in Waldorf Education, Rudolf Steiner College, 1981; Waldorf Teacher Education Diploma, Rudolf Steiner College, 1981. Denis was a founding teacher at the Portland Waldorf School, where he taught for eight years beginning in 1982. Here at SWS, he has graduated two Lower School classes (1998 and 2006). He has also instructed teachers in the presentation of the math curriculum in the Summer Teacher Education Program at Rudolf Steiner College for the past 16 years. His love of mathematics led him to deepen his studies, and in 2006, he joined the High School Math department. In 2012, Denis returned to the Lower School as the first grade teacher. Denis loves music, backpacking, slack-lining, and rock climbing. He is the parent of three SWS graduates. He also serves on our Lower School Coordinating Team and announces high school basketball games among other things. (Joined SWS 1990)

Contact Denis: or (916) 860-2535 ext. 3552

Sixth Grade – Class of 2023

immen-robinRobin Immen

Robin began her career as a Waldorf teacher by taking a 6th grade at Cedar Springs Waldorf School. After graduating her class, she spent the next 5 years as a lead teacher in the kindergarten. She returned to class teaching when she took a class 1st through 3rd. During the next 4 years, Robin moved to Missouri to help care for her elderly father and get him moved to California. During those years in Missouri, she got her Master’s Degree in Education, her pilot’s license, and went on a one year mission to Guyana, South America for Wings of Hope. In 2011, Robin returned to teaching, taking the first grade at Sacramento Waldorf School. She is passionate about Waldorf and the holistic way the children are educated through the arts of head, heart, and hands. She currently lives on a small farm north of Sacramento with her father and the younger of her two daughters, who does the farming.

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Seventh Grade – Class of 2022

arthur-jodyJody Arthur

BA in English, University of California, Davis; California Teaching Credential, multiple subject and single subject in English, UC Davis; Waldorf Teacher Education Diploma, Rudolf Steiner College. Jody taught in the Tahoe/Truckee Unified School District from 1982 to 1999. She also taught at Golden Valley Charter School, a Waldorf  methods charter school, for four years, taking a class from 1st grade through 4th grade before coming to SWS. She has four Waldorf-educated children. She likes to read, run, ski, hike, and camp. (Joined SWS 2004)

Contact Jody: or (916) 860-2535 ext. 3572

Eighth Grade – Class of 2021

schneider-graziosi-patriciaPatricia Schneider-Graziosi

BA in Literature and Humanities, Universidad Javeriana, Cali, Colombia; Waldorf Teacher Education Diploma, Waldorf Institute of Southern California and Centro Antroposofico, Morelos, Mexico. Patricia devoted much of her young life to classical ballet training and was a Waldorf student herself. She taught Spanish at the Waldorf School of Orange County from 1999 to 2004, and was a class teacher at the Sierra Waldorf School from 2004 to 2009, where she took a class from first through fifth grade. She is married and has two children. Patricia enjoys hikes, long walks, snowboarding, swimming, meaningful conversation, and her husband’s wonderful cooking. (Joined SWS 2009)

Contact Patricia: or (916) 860-2535 ext. 3546

Specialty Subject Teachers


alessandri-amyAmy Alessandri – Movement and Physical Education

BS, California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo; Spatial Dynamics Certificate, Spatial Dynamics Institute; Kindergarten Associate Program, Rudolf Steiner College; SWS Class of ’86. Amy has taught movement/games and kindergarten at the Cedar Springs Waldorf School, the Pasadena Waldorf School and movement classes for teacher trainees at RSC. Amy currently teaches movement at SWS for grades two through eight. (Joined SWS 2006)

Contact Amy: or (916) 860-2535 ext. 3585


Luisa Burgess – Music
Luisa worked as an actor in television and theater in New Zealand before leaving home to follow her song-line. She studied Naturopathy at the Australasian College of Natural Therapies and completed her Foundation Year at Sydney Rudolf Steiner College before moving to London. There she completed her Diploma in Waldorf Education and taught in kindergarten and the grades. Another big move took her to Los Angeles. She has taught in Waldorf schools since 2005. Theater, music, and her family help her to appreciate the universal in human story and in the world. (Joined SWS 2013)

Contact Luisa:  or 916-863-3554

downey-marionMarion Downey – Eurythmy

Marion attended Pharmacy School in Germany. After coming to the United States, she completed the Foundation Year and Goethean Studies Programs at Rudolf Steiner College; Eurythmy Diploma, Goetheanum, Dornach; Therapeutic Eurythmy Diploma, Goetheanum, Dornach. During her Waldorf training, Marion established the Kindergarten summer camp at the San Francisco Waldorf School and supervised it for seven years. She then taught Eurythmy at Cedar Springs Waldorf School and Live Oak Waldorf School before coming to SWS. Marion teaches seventh through twelfth grades. (Joined SWS 2001)

Contact Marion: or (916) 860-2535 ext. 3570

du-four-rebeccaRebecca Du Four – Winds

BA in Music, California State University, Stanislaus; California Single Subject Teaching Credential in Music, California State University, Stanislaus. Rebecca taught band, orchestra, choir, and music appreciation in public schools for 10 years prior to coming to SWS. She enjoys reading, attending musical performances, gardening, and spending time with her daughter. (Joined SWS 2013)

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Nicole R. Fields – Handwork
BA in Liberal Studies, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; Waldorf High School Teacher Education Diploma, Rudolf Steiner College; Waldorf Handwork Teaching Certificate, Rudolf Steiner College; SWS Class of ’85. Nicole’s two children attend SWS. She enjoys fiber arts, camping with her family, and playing with her children. (Joined SWS 1999)

Contact Nicole: or (916) 860-2535 ext. 3563

finn-romero-johnnyJohnny Finn-Romero – Woodworking

BA in Art Studio, California State University, Sacramento, with a focus on three-dimensional art using ceramics, wood, and metal; Teacher Training Certificate from Rudolf Steiner College. Awards include Student Art Exhibit Certificate, Exceptional Achievement Certificate, Torrance Craftsmen Guild Scholarship. Johnny shows locally and throughout California, including recently with the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. Some of his work is on permanent display at American River College in the Financial Aid Office. Johnny came to SWS with 20 years of experience in studio creation and design. He has successfully taught elementary age to adult students in a multitude of settings. Johnny teaches fifth through twelfth grades at SWS. (Joined SWS 1999)

Contact Johnny: or (916) 860-2535 ext. 3565

macarthur-julieJulie MacArthur – Eurythmy

BA in English, St. Lawrence University; MA English, Breadloaf School of English, Middlebury College; Eurythmy Training, Rudolf Steiner College. Julie has served as a teacher and curriculum director for grades 6–12, administrator at a start-up middle school, and trustee at a pre-K and Kindergarten International School of Peace. She was the recipient of an NEH grant to study American nature writers and is a trained facilitator for low and high ropes courses. Julie is a “mover,” avid reader, cook, and mom, and her daughter is an SWS alumna. (Joined SWS in 2010)

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magruder-ariAri Magruder – Math and Science

BA in Art Education and French Literature, California State University, Northridge; Waldorf Teacher Education Certificate, Waldorf Institute of Southern California. Ari was a class teacher at Cedar Springs Waldorf School for ten years prior to joining SWS as the Lower School Support Teacher in 2005. Ari teaches at Rudolf Steiner College in the teacher education department, and she absolutely loves her work with middle school students. Ari’s two children attend SWS and the family enjoys spending time on the water, biking, camping, and working in their extensive garden.

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morkner-brown-douglasDoug Morkner-Brown – Math

BA in Humanities, California State University, Chico; Diploma in Literary Studies, University of Wales, UK; Waldorf Teacher Training Certificate, Waldorf Teacher Education Eugene, OR. Doug began his teacher training in 1997 after several years teaching in both the public and homeschool communities. He carried a class from fourth grade through graduation at the Sierra Waldorf School and then took a class from first through graduation here at Sacramento Waldorf School. He has many interests including carpentry, cycling, painting, gardening, cooking, and most things practical and DIY. (Joined SWS 2004)

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Payne, Stephen

Stephen Payne – Gardening
BS in Business Marketing, Central Connecticut State University. Stephen has ten years of experience in organic farming and five years of experience as a market garden business owner. He came to SWS in 2001 as our farmer and assistant gardening teacher. (Joined SWS 2001)

Contact Steve: or (916) 342-7416

pedersen-timeaTimea Pedersen –  Strings
MA (MMT) in Violin, Franz List Academy of Music and Teacher Training Institute, Hungary, BA in Violin Performance, Richter Janos Conservatory of Music, Hungary. Timea returned to SWS in 2015 after teaching strings here from 1990-2000. Timea also performed with the Sacramento, Stockton and Fresno Symphonies  for over 15 years as well as at numerous summer music festivals in Europe. In addition to playing violin and piano, she also enjoys chamber music and gardening.

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sanchez-ceciliaCecilia Sanchez – Spanish

Sawyer Business College; Coursework at Rudolf Steiner College, including several classes on the art of teaching Spanish. Señora Sanchez has worked as a childcare provider and taught Spanish at Camellia Waldorf School from 1997 – 2015. Cecelia is well known in the local Waldorf community. She was a parent volunteer at CWS beginning in 1988, and in 1996, she began working at CWS. She taught Spanish initially in the Kindergarten, and later became the Spanish teacher for the grades program. (Joined SWS 2015)

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sarradet-inaIna Sarradet – German

2nd Diploma in Law, Universität Konstanz, Germany; Coursework at Rudolf Steiner College, including several classes on the art of teaching German. Ina practiced law in Germany; after becoming a mother, she and her family moved to the US and she began working with children in a volunteer capacity. (Joined SWS 1996)

Contact Ina: or (916) 860-2535 ext. 3560

schoen-peterPeter Schoen – Movement and Physical Education

BA, University of Massachusetts; Sculpture Training, Emerson College in England; Spatial Dynamics Certificate, Spatial Dynamics Institute. Peter coached volleyball and taught Art, Practical Arts, Earth Science, and Architecture for 12 years at the Hawthorne Valley School in upstate New York. He also taught Movement and Physical Education as well as some Middle School Science blocks for 10 years at Monadnock Waldorf School in Keene, NH and Woodworking and Clay Modeling at the Camellia Waldorf School in Sacramento. Peter has worked with 1st through 12th graders, and enjoys working with children of all ages. Peter loves to back country ski, mountain bike, play tennis, work with his hands, be outdoors, and have fun. He spent several years wilderness packing, skiing, and climbing in the Rocky Mountains while in his 20s. (Joined SWS 2012)

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sullivan-meganMegan Sullivan – Social Emotional Learning & Health

Waldorf Teacher Training, Chrysalis Steiner School, Australia; Coursework at Rudolf Steiner College. Megan began her Waldorf teaching career in 1994 at Casuarina Steiner School, Australia.  She has taught grades K-12 both as a Class Teacher and a specialist in Australia and the US. She has administration experience in a start-up Waldorf High School, and has extensive experience as a guest teacher, presenter, and lecturer in the field of Sex Education and Social Emotional Learning.  Megan is married and has two daughters who attend SWS. She loves to read, take walks, garden, and visit Australia. (Joined SWS 2006)

Contact Megan: or (916) 860-2536

Teresa-ThormanTeresa Thorman – Language Arts
BS in Political Science, Loyola Marymount University, CA; California Teaching Credential, California State University, Dominguez Hills; Waldorf Teacher Training, Rudolf Steiner College. Teresa’s teaching career began at a public middle school in Lennox, CA, in 1991. Her journey through many years of education has included public school teaching for Tahoe/Truckee Unified School District, homeschool mentoring in Waldorf methods, and being a Class Teacher at Live Oak Waldorf School. As a Waldorf class teacher, Teresa discovered her passion for art and has pursued an education in painting through many workshops and classes. In her spare time she is either involved with her family activities or she is investigating the nuances of color in a variety of mediums including charcoal, watercolor and acrylics. (Joined SWS 2015)

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Winfield, JonathanJonathan Winfield – Choir
BS (Hons) in Math and Philosophy, London University. As a member of Dulwich College Madrigal Group and choir for seven years, Jonathan performed regularly all over England in some of the finest concert halls in the country. Jonathan has also studied piano since he was nine years old. After college, he became a professional pianist, working in many areas until musical theatre captured his attention in 1992; he has been Musical Director for over 40 musicals since then. In 1999, Jonathan began working with school choirs. He is a member of the Performing Rights Society of Great Britain and his compositions have been featured on BBC Radio and London’s West End. He also holds a certification in counseling and was a volunteer counselor for a victim support organization in London. (Joined SWS 2004)

Contact Jonathan: or (916) 860-2535 ext. 3580