Meet Our Teachers
First Grade – Class of 2030
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 was a class teacher from 2009 to 2017 for the SWS Class of 2021 and then she graciously returned from her sabbatical to fill in as a class teacher for the remainder of the 2017/2018 school year. 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)
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Second Grade – Class of 2029
BA Liberal Studies (Emphasis in Physics, Minor in Music), Mills College and Waldorf Teaching Certificate, Waldorf Teacher Education-Eugene. Ally taught for eight years at the Waldorf School of the Peninsula in the Silicon Valley, and she graduated her first eighth grade class in 2017. After a long stretch of working in the high-tech world of the Silicon Valley, Ally found her true calling as a Waldorf Teacher. She has a special love of painting and sewing. She enjoys eating at new restaurants, watching movies with her family, winning at board games, floating in their swimming pool, and singing along to the oldies.
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Third Grade – Class of 2028
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.
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Fourth Grade – Class of 2027
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.
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Fifth Grade – Class of 2026
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.
Contact Marianne: firstname.lastname@example.org or (916) 860-2535 ext. 3568
Sixth Grade – Class of 2025
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.
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Seventh Grade – Class of 2024
Amy Elder has been a Waldorf middle school teacher since 2006 when she graduated from the full-time Waldorf teacher training program at Rudolf Steiner College. Before Waldorf teaching, she worked in the area of small molecule pharmaceutics and biological development. Her path to Waldorf education was nothing short of miraculous, and it quickly became her vocation. Since graduating the last of three 8th grades in 2016 at Cedar Springs Waldorf School, her time has also been spent supporting international students here at SWS and mentoring middle school teachers all over California.
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Eighth Grade – Class of 2023
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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Specialty Subject Teachers
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.
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Sharon Caraccio – Language Arts
(Joined SWS 2008, Rejoined SWS 2018)
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Ana Ganison – Gardening
(Joined SWS 2017)
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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.
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Giorgi Khokhobashvili – Strings Teacher
Giorgi studied violin, piano performance, and music theory from age seven in his home country of Georgia. He was getting ready to apply to Tbilisi State Conservatoire, when he decided to travel to the US as an exchange student. In 2005, he moved to California and joined local orchestras and theater companies. At the same time, he started giving private music lessons. His students have won local competitions in both classical and fiddle music. Currently he also enjoys teaching strings at Cedar Springs Waldorf school, giving private lessons, and performing with various local bands and musicians.
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Julie 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.
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Ari 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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Doug 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.
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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)
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Cecilia 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.
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Ina 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.
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Megan 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.
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Shane Pugh – Woodworking
(Joined SWS 2018)
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