Meet Our Staff
Community Outreach & Event Manager
Jennifer is a member of the Development Department and works with a team of parent volunteers who help coordinate various events on campus. The primary SWS community events are – the Harvest Faire, Annual Giving Campaign, Annual Auction, Grand May Day and Waldorf Cup Golf Tournament. Jennifer’s career started in Social Work at Alta California Regional Center as a Service Coordinator and then a Community Services Specialist. She discovered Waldorf education for her three children in 2001 at Camellia Waldorf School and her children attend(ed) high school at SWS. During her 17 years as a parent at Camellia Waldorf School, she was the Auction and Winter Faire Chair and Class Parent. Jennifer is passionate about traveling around the world with her family and experiencing other cultures. She loves gardening, hot yoga and spending time with her children.
Contact Jennifer: email@example.com or 916-860-2504
Director of Admissions
Cindi is a current parent at SWS and is very familiar with our school community. She brings a wealth of valuable experience to the position. Her career started as a Human Resource Manager for Macy’s where she also took on roles as College Relations and Executive Placement Manager and Regional Internet Recruitment Specialist. She discovered Waldorf education for her two children in 2006 at the Davis Waldorf School where she was later hired to work in development. She has held roles in community development for the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science at UC Davis and as a career counselor. She believes wholeheartedly in the gifts of Waldorf education and its strong community. (also see message from Cindi)
Contact Cindi: firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-860-2518
Contact Gilbert: Email our Facilities Manager, Scott at email@example.com or 916-860-2526
Lower School Assistant and Registrar
Contact Angela: firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-860-2511
General Information/Lower School Reception
Contact Misty: email@example.com or 916-860-2510
High School International Student Tutor/Lower School Educational Support
Amy has been tutoring international students in our lower school and we are fortunate that she is available to take on this role in the high school. She will continue to be available to our lower school students as she accepts her new responsibilities in the high school.
Contact Wendy: firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-860-2507
Administrative Staff (Accounting)
Contact Neva: email@example.com or 916-860-2532
(also see welcome message from Marcela)
Contact Marcela: firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-860-2521
General Information/Lower School Reception
Valerie Leksich is the parent of two SWS grads (2000 & 2004). Her family moved from Atlanta where she had worked as an adult protective services caseworker after getting her BA in psychology from Georgia State University. Valerie and her family moved to Fair Oaks in 1988 specifically for Sacramento Waldorf School, where she enjoyed volunteering for many years until joining our staff in 2001.
Contact Valerie: email@example.com or 916-860-2510
Extended Care Program Director
Kristin has been in our kindergarten aftercare program for the past four and a half years. We were fortunate to have her expand this role in 2018 to become the Lower School and Kindergarten Extended Care Director.
Contact Kristin: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lower School Administrator
Contact Zach: email@example.com or 916-860-2512
High School Assistant
Contact Wendy: firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-860-2517
Administrative Staff (Admissions/Veracross)
Contact Betsy: email@example.com or 916-860-2522
John Petering (also see faculty bio)
BS in Unified Science, Wayne State University; MS Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Cincinnati; Diploma of Waldorf Education, Waldorf Institute of Mercy College. John has taught in Waldorf high schools for over 20 years. Before coming to SWS he was a Natural Sciences specialist at the Detroit Waldorf High School, Detroit, MI (1976-1985) and the Shining Mountain Waldorf High School, Boulder CO (1991-2001). In between helping start these two Waldorf high schools, John worked in biotechnology and medical clinical research. John has been active in developing the phenomena-based aspects of Waldorf science teaching and helped produce several books on Waldorf science. He is a guest faculty member of Rudolf Steiner College. His outside interests include environmental exploration, particularly stream ecology and water quality, and flow-form (rhythmic water flow) studies.
Contact John: firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-863-3569
Dr. Whyt Pugh
BA (Hons), English Literature (University of Glamorgan, UK); PhD, Literature (University of South Wales, UK); Steiner Waldorf Class Teacher Credential (West of England Steiner Teacher Training, UK); Special Education Credential (Steiner Waldorf Association for Special Educational Needs and Dyslexia, UK). Whyt held a fundamental role in the creation of the Cardiff Steiner School in Wales where she was a Class Teacher, served as Educational Coordinator, and set up the Learning Support Department. She also taught Literary Theory and Romanticism classes at the University of South Wales from 2013 to 2015. Whyt is an award-winning writer who enjoys open-water swimming, archaeology, and traditional crafts. She is married to Shane (a Waldorf woodwork teacher), has two lovely step-daughters, two adorable grandchildren, and an enormous Angora rabbit.
Contact Whyt: email@example.com or 916-860-2509
Contact Scott: firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-860-2505
High School Administrator
Contact Dean: email@example.com or 916-860-2525
Contact Scott: firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-860-2526
Administrative Staff (Admissions)
Terri has two years of experience in the Sacramento Waldorf School Admissions department. She also has volunteered countless hours as a parent for the school and as a class parent. She has decades of experience in using and programming Information Systems as well as managing teams of people. Terri possesses a BS in Business Administration and a certification in Project Management. She has a daughter in the 10th grade attending SWS. She enjoys being outdoors, traveling, camping, taking walks, reading and listening to music of all genres.
Contact Terri: email@example.com or 916-860-2515
Social Emotional Learning
Waldorf Teaching Certificate, Chrysalis Steiner School, Australia; Coursework at Rudolf Steiner College; Coursework in Psychology at American River 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 fields of Sex Education and Social Emotional Learning. Megan is married and has two daughters who are SWS students. She loves to read, take walks, garden, and visit Australia.
Contact Megan: firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-860-2536
High School Registrar
Contact Elizabeth: email@example.com or 916-860-2534
High School Counselor/High School Coordinating Team
BA in Psychology; MA in Counseling; Pupil Personnel Services Credential; Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist; Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor; College Counseling Certificate. Janis was a K-8 school counselor for eight years, an adjunct college instructor for ten years, and enjoyed staying home with her daughter for six years before coming to Sacramento Waldorf School.
Contact Janis: firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-860-2519
Director of Development
Kim has several decades of experience in fund development, non-profit management, and marketing communications. Through professional and volunteer roles, she has led fundraising efforts to support environmental conservation, primary education, human rights, and community-building. She holds degrees from Guilford College and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Contact Kim: email@example.com or 916-860-2524