Faculty and Staff

Faculty

The faculty is committed to excellence in teaching as well as the cultivation of a healthy social life in the school's community. All faculty members are engaged in continuing study of Waldorf Education, subjects they teach, and wider educational issues of our time. Kindergarten teachers, grade school class teachers, and full time high school teachers have received Waldorf teacher training from an adult education center recognized by AWSNA. The elementary school academic teachers hold at least a bachelor's degree. Full-time high school faculty members hold either a master's or doctorate degree in their field. Subject teachers have either an academic degree or extensive practical experience in their respective disciplines.

The faculty and staff together administer the school with support from the Board of Trustees. This gives the teachers, who are in daily contact with the students, the authority to respond directly to their needs and their parents' concerns.


Austin Waldorf School Kindergarten Faculty

Betty Jane Enno, B.S., RMT, CYT - Stargarden Betty Jane Boda-Enno joined the faculty of the Austin Waldorf School in 1984. She graduated with a B.S. degree from Eastern Michigan University with an Interdisciplinary major in Children's Literature, Drama for the Young, and Library Science. She received her Waldorf Education Teacher training in Early Childhood and Class Teaching through the Waldorf Institute of Mercy College and  State Teaching Certification, and completed the Remedial Training Program of the Association for a Healing Education. She has been both a Class teacher and a Kindergarten Teacher at the Austin Waldorf School and is the Regional Representative for the Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN). She is a Member of the Executive Board of the Teacher Training Pleides Initiative in Texas, has been serving on the Austin Waldorf School Board of Trustees and the Board of the Association for a Healing Education for several years. She is currently a project manager for helping create curriculum for ECE Teacher Training Programs programs in the U.S.  relating to sensory needs of the young child.
Hobbies: Horse back riding,  Hiking, Yoga, Chi Gong and enjoying nature.

Bridget Mouton - Moongarden Bridget has worked in the Austin Waldorf School kindergarten since 2004. She received her B.A. from the New School University in New York City with an emphasis on Latin American literature, history, and culture. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in Waldorf Early Childhood Education. In addition to teaching, Bridget enjoys traveling, practicing French, cooking and eating with friends and family, and working on a small organic farm on the weekends.

Pat Mouton – Sungarden Pat has has enjoyed working in the early childhood program at the Austin Waldorf School since 1986.  She attended West Chester State College and the University of Texas. She completed the Waldorf educational support program of the Association for a Healing Education. She enjoys family, travel, gardening, and is an avid swimmer.

Ana Ramirez - Kindergarten Assistant
 


Austin Waldorf School Grade School Faculty

Julie Barsam-Cummings - Grade School Class Teacher Julie received her BA and MA degrees from Tufts University in Boston, and her Waldorf teacher training from Antioch University in Keene, NH.  She moved from Boston to Austin in 2012 with her husband and her two children, who attend the Austin Waldorf School.  She is a member of the Anthroposophical Society and in her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading, fiber arts and watercolor painting.

Tina DeSaussure - Grade School Class Teacher Tina received her undergraduate, and law degree, from the University of Connecticut. She practiced corporate law for several years, but found herself yearning to be involved with Waldorf Education. After leaving the law firm, she led parent-child playgroups, and helped build a private Waldorf school in Weston, Connecticut. She also developed an early childhood program at Desert Marigold School in Phoenix, Arizona and became a Waldorf class teacher. The family moved to Austin, Texas in 2006 to join the Austin Waldorf School community. Tina enjoys family time, horseback riding, camping, and knitting.

Ani Hanelius Phillips - Grade School Class Teacher Ani is an AWS alumnus from our first graduating class in 2001 and is the daughter of long time teacher, Betsy Hanelius.  Ani has a BA in Human Development and Social Relations and a minor in Spanish and Education from Earlham College.  She was the Founder and Program Coordinator of the International Youth Initiative Program (YIP) in Jarna, Sweden and continues to serve as a member of their Advisory Board.  She has engaged in Anthroposophical Studies course work in Dornach, Switzerland and completed her Waldorf training at Rudolf Steiner College Waldorf Teacher Training program in California. Ani has worked with youth in many capacities here and internationally and now joins us as a Waldorf class teacher at her alma mater.

Betsy Hanelius – Grade School Class Teacher Betsy has worked at the Austin Waldorf School since 1986. She started as a Kindergarten assistant and teacher, worked as a handwork assistant, and then a class teacher. Betsy has graduated two classes, taking those students from first through eighth grade. She has lived in Dripping Springs for the last 20 years with her husband Bill in the house that he built for their family. Betsy and Bill have two daughters, Lia and Ani, who have graduated from the Austin Waldorf School. Lia is an elementary teacher at the Texas School for the Deaf in Austin and Ani is currently the first grade teacher here at the Austin Waldorf School. Betsy and Bill love to travel, garden, build, and work on their home.

Shannon Honigblum - Grade School Class Teacher Shannon joined the faculty of the Austin Waldorf School in 2012.  She is a graduate of Green Meadow Waldorf School and she has a B.A. in Classics from the University of Florida,  an M.A. in Literary Cultures from New York University, and an M.S. in Waldorf Education from Sunbridge College.   Shannon also attended the Waldorf High School Teacher Training at the Center for Anthroposophy in New Hampshire.   A returned Peace Corps volunteer (Niger, West Africa), Shannon taught High School English and Literature at The Waldorf School of Garden City and at F.D.R. High School in Brooklyn, NY.  She is the author of Making a Family Home (Steiner Books, 2010).

Annalysa Lovos - Grade School Class Teacher Annalysa Lovos joined the Austin Waldorf School faculty in 2013. She studied Waldorf education at Rudolf Steiner College and holds a B.A. and M.A. in Humanities (Culture, Ecology, and Sustainable Community Program) from The New College of California in Santa Rosa. During high school and college, Annalysa first worked in and later coordinated the summer daycare program at Kalispell Montessori Center in Kalispell, Montana; and also led several weeks of summer camps. After completing Waldorf Teacher Training, Annalysa was a long-term substitute at The Waldorf School of Mendocino County. She and her husband Dave were also part of the founding board of Glacier Waldorf School in Kalispell, Montana, where she co-taught the Kindergarten class before moving to Austin. Annalysa has also worked as a college writing tutor, freelance writer, and chef. 

Enrique Paredes – Grade School Class Teacher After receiving his Waldorf training at the Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, California, Enrique worked at the Cuernavaca Waldorf School where he graduated a grade school class and served as chair of the College of Teachers for three years. Enrique and his family joined our community from Cuernavca, Moreles, Mexico 5 years ago when he started teaching at Austin Waldorf. Enrique and his wife Monica have two children that attend the Austin Waldorf School. In their spare time they enjoy traveling and spending time with one another.

Kathy Rodgers - Grade School Class Teacher Kathy Rodgers received a BA from the University of Louisiana with a major in Theatre and a minor in English. She received an MFA from the University of Minnesota with a major in Theatre and a minor in English and has 56 hours toward a second Masters Degree in Education. As a graduate assistant, she supported the director of Graduate Studies in research projects. She is credentialed to teach All Subjects and English in the state of California and English and Speech in the state of Louisiana. She taught Middle School, Speech, and Drama in San Diego County, California. She also served as a teaching assistant in a non-public school for at-risk students in San Diego. An ordained children’s minister, she was the director of Youth Services of the Church of Conscious Harmony in Austin, Texas. At the Austin Waldorf School she served as a teaching assistant in the kindergarten and the first and second grades. She has served as a class teacher for nine years taking a class through the full cycle of grades 1-8. At the Austin Waldorf School, she is a member of the College, a Chair, and a member of the Personnel and the PAC Care Committees. In addition, she has written, performed in, and/or directed numerous theatrical productions and has led a variety of children’s acting workshops. As a “Bright New Worlds” Artist, she developed and performed storytelling, drama, English, and history programs for public and private schools. Also, she has performed in commercial radio and TV. Mrs. Rodgers also wrote feature arts articles for a regional newspaper.

Fonda Black - Handwork Fonda has been teaching at the Austin Waldorf School for 13 years. She began as a parent, became an assistant in the kindergarten and then in the handwork program. She completed her Waldorf handwork teacher training at Sunbridge College in New York, in 2001. Currently she teaches handwork to the students in grades four through eight. Fonda is a parent to a high school student and a recent graduate of the Austin Waldorf School. In her free time, she enjoys spatial dynamics, felting, and spending time with friends and family.

Barbara Bresette-Mills - Eurythmy Born in the heartland, Barbara grew up in Kansas and Missouri. She attended the University of Kansas and later received a B.F.A. and teaching certification from Montana State University in sculpture and fiber arts. Discovering a Waldorf kindergarten while in Bozeman, she then attended Rudolf Steiner College in California for foundation studies, leading her to undertake the eurythmy training in Spring Valley, NY. After completing her eurythmy training, she taught and performed in Michigan, throughout the Great Lakes region and in New York. She came to Austin in 1996 to help form the Austin Eurythmy Ensemble and performed with them for seven years. Her work in eurythmy has included adult classes, eurythmy with the board of trustees, foundation studies students and home-school groups. Recently she completed her therapeutic eurythmy training in March of 2007 and formed Chaparral Eurythmy with colleague Beth Usher. Her other passion is hiking with her husband, Jack and their Siberian Husky, Azul.

Robert Brockett - Music Director - Chorus, Orchestra Robert Brockett is the Music Director at the Austin Waldorf School and teaches instrumental music in grades 3 through 12. Having earned his B.A. in Music Education at Southwestern University and an M.A. in Music Education from the University of Texas at Austin, he embarked upon a career in teaching in this field. His experience includes teaching in both public and private schools in Houston and Austin, as well as directing the All-City Orchestras of both cities. His family shares his passion for music, and he and his wife, Wendy, and two sons, AWS graduates Nathan and Christopher, are all musicians who enjoy performing. A gardening enthusiast, Bob enjoys spending free time in the garden, and pursues an interest in cooking when time permits. In the future, Bob hopes to become involved in the establishment of an eldercare Fellowship Community here in Austin.

Linda Burke - Librarian Linda attended Dominican College in Houston where she worked in the library and sang in several groups from chamber to folk. She graduated in 1970 with a BA in History. She worked as a social worker for the Department of Human Resources in several capacities, ending in what was then called Child Welfare. After that, she worked in and managed a bookstore until she started her family. A need for the right school for her daughter brought her to the Austin Waldorf School twenty years ago. She was part of a group of mothers who ran the library for a while and started the school store. After three years of doing both, she resigned from the store committee and focused on building the Austin Waldorf School library. She also served on the Board and the committee that began the One Fair Evening event. Her two grown daughters went through the Austin Waldorf School. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and watching movies.

Terri Everett - Music - Chorus, Band Terri Everett has been teaching music at the Austin Waldorf School since 1999. She holds a Bachelor of Music Theory from the University of Houston and Master of Music in Music Theory from the University of Texas. Mrs. Everett's role at the school spans grades 3-12. Currently she directs the High School Chorus, the Middle School Girls Chorus, the Middle School Concert Band, the Fourth and Fifth Grade choruses, and teaches general music in grades 3, 4, and 5. A vocalist and percussionist herself, she enjoys performing with local ensembles whenever possible. Terri and her husband Richard are parents to Abigail who began attending the Austin Waldorf School as a Kindergarten student in 2007. Terri enjoys fitness and healthy cooking, and she has a deep interest in the drum and bugle corps activity.

Linda Halbreich - Student Support Linda has been teaching at the Austin Waldorf School since 2003, initially as an academic tutor and currently as a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) and licensed Dyslexia Therapist (in the state of Texas), who can assess, diagnose and remediate. She holds a Masters degree from Adelphi University in Early Childhood and Elementary Education with an emphasis on identifying and working with children who have learning disabilities. Previously she attended Bank Street College of Education to study Reading Instruction and Multicultural education. She also has a degree in Agricultural Science. While working as the head of the kindergarten at the Dalton School in New York City, Linda was an intern at the Fisher-Landau Center for the Treatment of Learning Disabilities (a part of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University). Linda and her husband Andrew have three sons who have all attended the Austin Waldorf School. She has been an active volunteer in the Waldorf community, previously as vice president of the Parent Society, and also as a class parent. Linda enjoys listening to live music and spends her free time cooking, gardening and traveling with her family.

Dawn Harrienger - German Dawn Harrienger grew up in England and Australia, where she attended Waldorf schools. She holds a degree in Music and a postgraduate degree in Education. She trained as a Waldorf teacher in Michigan and then joined the Austin Waldorf School as a class teacher in 1983, taking a class through eighth grade. She also led two classes from middle school through eighth grade, and has served in various other capacities in the school, including music teacher. Currently she teaches German to the students in grades one through eight. Dawn enjoys camping, hiking, spinning, knitting, and pottery.

Dawn McLachlen - Student Support Program Dawn McLachlen was born and raised in the Ottawa Valley region of Canada amid solid lower middle class values with a bit French Canadian joie-de-vivre thrown in for good measure. Dawn first heard news of the Camphill movement and Waldorf nursery schools while spending time in Australia. Her exploration of Waldorf continued in Canada five years later, certainly sparked by the birth of her own children. After completing the Waldorf class teacher training, she enrolled in 11/2 years of anthroposophical art therapy training, finishing that program with a minor certificate. She went on to finish the final year of the anthroposophical Remedial Education training, based in Detroit and Chicago, and began working as the Extra Lesson teacher at the Austin Waldorf School in 1993. Dawn's work with small groups and with whole classes can include the aspects of assessment, tutoring and appropriate developmental activities. Dreams exist of additional training (more art therapy and chirophonetics) and a more complete program.

Robert Miller - Art Program Director Robert Miller is the Chair of the school’s Art department and teaches grades 6-12 studio art, sculpture and art history. A native Texan with two children enrolled at the school, Robert holds an M.F.A. in painting and printmaking from Yale University and a B.F.A. in painting and printmaking from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Robert is a member of the General Anthroposophic Society and is active in the work of its Art Section. Robert was recently awarded 2008-2009 Art Teacher of the Year by TAPPS (Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools).This will be Robert’s eleventh year at the Austin Waldorf School.

Kate Moran – Gym and Games Katie has been a movement teacher in Waldorf Schools for eight years. She is a graduate of Spacial Dynamics and a registered movement therapist. She has a background in outdoor education that began in 1993. She has taught activities to children such as ocean kayaking, archery, surfing, volleyball, circus arts, javelin, and team building skills. She is committed to bringing forth the principals of Spacial Dynamics and volunteers for international Hands In Peace Festivals.

Erik Olson - Athletics Director Erik Olson is the Athletics Director at The Austin Waldorf School. He has been with AWS as a gym teacher for ten years and as a coach for fourteen. He began the AWS athletics program in 1995 with a 7th grade girls’ basketball team and seen it grow to 20 teams in 7 sports. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Earlham College in Indiana and in the summer of 2004 completed his training at the anthroposophically based Spatial Dynamics Institute. Erik and his wife Laura, a trained Waldorf teacher, have 4 children: Emma is a fifth grader at AWS; Risa is in third grade, Theo is in first, and Levi is in the kindergarten. He served as a Class Advisor for the Classes of 2004 and 2009. He is now one of the advisors for the current tenth grade (Class of 2013). Erik enjoys singing and dancing; playing basketball, ping-pong, and tennis; and taking a whole week to read the Sunday New York Times from cover to cover.

Daniel Smith - Art –Blacksmithing and Woodworking Daniel Smith earned a BA in Art Education from Kent State University in Ohio. He later earned a Master of Fine Arts in Blacksmithing from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale Illinois. In 2004, he moved to Austin, Texas and discovered the Waldorf School. He has been teaching blacksmithing, joinery and copper in the high school, while teaching woodworking to the grade school students. Daniel also teaches college students at Austin Community College in welding and blacksmithing. He stays active with local blacksmithing groups and displays his work in local venues.

Carol Toole - Academic Language Therapy and Student Support Carol Toole began teaching kindergarten at the Austin Waldorf School in 1982.  Since then she has served as Enrollment Director, Adult Education Coordinator, and Parent Educator.  She currently oversees the school’s literacy program and provides Academic Language Therapy, movement therapy, and strategic tutoring to students with learning differences. She also coordinates and teaches the First Four Years parenting classes as preparation for enrollment in our kindergartens.  She holds a Waldorf Early Childhood Teaching Certificate, a BA in Educational Therapy from Prescott College, along with her trainings as a Dyslexia Specialist.  Her interest in calligraphy, poetry, and creative writing add liveliness to her language skill classes. She has two grown children who have attended the Austin Waldorf School.

Rosa Vela Sachs - Spanish Sra Vela Sachs was born and raised in Laredo Texas. She is a native Spanish speaker who studied Spanish all through school. She majored in Spanish and Communications at the University of Texas in Arlington Texas. After teaching Spanish at various private schools in Dallas Texas, she home schooled her two sons while sailing through the east coast of the USA, and the Bahamas. She dropped anchor in Austin 14 years ago and found her true home at the Austin Waldorf School, where she has been singing, dancing, playing, and drawing in Spanish with her first through eighth grade students. She has traveled extensively with her husband, through Mexico and Guatemala. She loves Mexico and anything having to do with the Spanish language.

Marian Vitucci - Grades 1-2 Handwork, High School - Weaving, Spinning, and BookBinding Marian teaches knitting and crocheting in grades 1 and 2 and spinning, weaving, and bookbinding in the high school. She has been teaching handwork at the Austin Waldorf School for 27 years. She was certified by the Association for a Healing Education, a Waldorf remedial education program, and has participated in the Handwork Specialty Program at Rudolf Steiner College. Marian and her husband, Kenneth, raised one son who is now grown. Marian is an ardent reader of a good novel and is enlivened by travel and exploration of new places and experiences.

Catherine Vouvray - Math, Physics, and English Language Arts Catherine teaches math skills and geometry blocks in grades 7 and 8, physics blocks in grades 6 through 8, and English language arts skills classes in 6th grade. Previously, she was a Kindergarten Assistant at AWS. She received her Waldorf Teaching Certificate and an M.Ed. in Waldorf Elementary Education from Antioch University New England in 2013. She also holds a bachelors degree from the University of Texas at Austin. In her spare time, she enjoys family time (daughter Charlotte attends AWS), traveling, writing, knitting, felting, and scuba diving.


Austin Waldorf High School Faculty

Paul Baria – Math Paul attended the University of Texas at Austin, played clarinet (and flag) in the Longhorn Band, and graduated in 1976 with a B.S. degree in electrical engineering. During his 16-year practice as an engineer, he co-invented an energy conservation device used in industrial plants (U. S. Patent No. 4,859,834). In 1993 Paul completed his teaching certification program and earned a Texas public school certification in secondary mathematics. After teaching math for 6 years at Wimberley High School, Paul returned to UT and received additional certifications for secondary physics and earth science (which includes astronomy). Back in Wimberley, he taught math, physics, and astronomy for 4 more years until his arrival at the Austin Waldorf School. In his spare time Paul enjoys walking, reading, making stained and beveled glass panels, experiencing the Austin live music scene, and looking at the stars.

David Booth, Ph.D. – Math After earning his B.A. in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley, David Booth went on to complete his Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His field was Set Theory, with a background in the “Texas style” teaching methods of R.E. Moore in set topology. David has been teaching in Waldorf high schools for many years, and he and his wife Sandy have 4 children, all of whom are graduates of Waldorf schools. His work in the field of mathematics is extensive: he has published articles and books, including Finsler Set Theory: Platonism and Circularity; he edited von Baravelle’s works, Waldorf Education for America and The Waldorf Approach to Arithmetic, and has written educational materials for use with the Zometool. David has been teaching mathematics at the Austin Waldorf High School since its inception in 1999.

Robert Brockett - Music Director - Chorus, Orchestra Robert Brockett is the Music Director at the Austin Waldorf School and teaches instrumental music in grades 3 through 12. Having earned his B.A. in Music Education at Southwestern University and an M.A. in Music Education from the University of Texas at Austin, he embarked upon a career in teaching in this field. His experience includes teaching in both public and private schools in Houston and Austin, as well as directing the All-City Orchestras of both cities. His family shares his passion for music, and he and his wife, Wendy, and two sons, AWS graduates Nathan and Christopher, are all musicians who enjoy performing. A gardening enthusiast, Bob enjoys spending free time in the garden, and pursues an interest in cooking when time permits. In the future, Bob hopes to become involved in the establishment of an eldercare Fellowship Community here in Austin.

Patricia Daunt-Grogan – Counselor Patricia Daunt-Grogan is the high school counselor. She earned her B.A. from Agnes Scott College and her M.S.W. from The Catholic University of America. Patricia’s experience includes 30+ years in independent schools as both counselor and humanities teacher. She has served as chairperson of various curricular and administrative groups and committees, sponsored student organizations; and taught for Project Head Start. She holds membership in organizations such as the Cum Laude Society, the Alpha Psi Omega Drama Fraternity, National Association of College Admission Counselors, and the Texas Association of College Admission Counselors.  Patricia works with high school students and their parents to clarify and support post-high school planning.   She works with local high schools, colleges, universities, and gap year programs to facilitate understanding of the Austin Waldorf School and its students as well.  Her daughters graduated from AWS (Aisling in 2007 and Sorcha in 2008), and subsequently from Wellesley and Mount Holyoke Colleges. In her free time, Patricia enjoys gardening, reading, and traveling.

Barry DeCola - 11th Grade - Stained Glass Barry DeCola, M.A. has over 25 years of glass expertise as a professional artist and teacher producing unique stained and leaded glass windows, doors, and home accessories. With backgrounds in art, engineering, and design, he and his partner, Alex Eusebi, specialize in creating distinctive and functional art glass from their established east Austin studio. Their work has been commissioned for many private residences and commercial buildings, and is also available for sale in numerous galleries and shops throughout the country. (Guest teacher)

Pat DeVincent - Clay Arts Ms. DeVincent holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies and Communications from West Virginia University and an M.A. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the University of Texas. For over twenty years, she taught E.S.L. at both the high school level in Austin and at the college level at Drexel University and at the University of Pennsylvania. Upon retiring from language teaching, she took up the study of wheel thrown and hand built pottery. As she begins her sixth year of instruction at the Austin Waldorf School, Ms. DeVincent continues to develop her artistic skills with ongoing master classes. In addition to teaching the high school pottery blocks, Patricia conducts special clay projects in the lower grades as well as private classes in her studio. When not playing in the “mud”, you can find her traveling solo across the continent on one of her motorcycles. (Guest Teacher)

Ronan Dunphy - High School Humanities Ronan joined the High School Humanities Department in 2011. Ronan has BA in English from Vassar College and an MA in Classics from the University of California at Santa Barbara.  As a graduate student he served as a teaching assistant for classes in Mythology, Greek Tragedy, and Latin.  Prior to this, Ronan taught English for four years. For two of them he worked as middle school English teacher for students with learning difficulties; for another two he taught ESL classes at a high school in Okayama, Japan.  He recently moved to Austin with his wife and two young boys, both of whom attend the Austin Waldorf School.  In his spare time Ronan enjoys hiking, reading, and cooling off in Barton Springs with friends and family.

Terri Everett - Music - Chorus, Band Terri Everett has been teaching music at the Austin Waldorf School since 1999. She holds a Bachelor of Music Theory from the University of Houston and Master of Music in Music Theory from the University of Texas. Mrs. Everett's role at the school spans grades 3-12. Currently she directs the High School Chorus, the Middle School Girls Chorus, the Middle School Concert Band, the Fourth and Fifth Grade choruses, and teaches general music in grades 3, 4, and 5. A vocalist and percussionist herself, she enjoys performing with local ensembles whenever possible. Terri and her husband Richard are parents to Abigail who began attending the Austin Waldorf School as a Kindergarten student in 2007. Terri enjoys fitness and healthy cooking, and she has a deep interest in the drum and bugle corps activity.

Giannina Guardia-Hayes – Spanish Having grown up in Costa Rica to an American mother and a Costa Rican father, Giannina is a native speaker of both Spanish and English. She moved to the United States after graduating from high school in Costa Rica to pursue her college education at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  After earning two bachelor’s degrees, in Linguistics and Spanish Language and Literature, she continued her education and earned a Master’s degree in Hispanic Linguistics.   She completed her first year of Waldorf teacher training this summer at Rudolf Steiner College, where she is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Waldorf Education.  This is her third year teaching the regular Spanish classes in grades 9-12 at the Austin Waldorf School, and has taught Spanish for over six years at the University and high school levels. With her husband and their two cats, she moved to Austin from Los Angeles in 2010, and has been enjoying the many activities Austin has to offer. She enjoys trying out new recipes at home, spending time outdoors, and traveling to new places and learning about the cultures and languages that surround them.

Jacob Harlow – Eurythmy Jacob Harlow has been teaching eurythmy since 2003 and holds a BA in Eurythmy and Pedagogy from the Norway Eurythmy School. He has worked in several Waldorf schools and also teacher trainings. In collaboration with his wife, Marie-Helene, he works in the middle school and high school's eurythmy programs and also in artistic performance where possible. His primary artistic focus is the extension of the artistic possibilities of eurythmy, particularly in the fields of music and color. Otherwise, he studies, writes and lectures on various anthroposophical topics and also teaches in the Las Estrellas teacher training based in Austin.

Victoria Reyes de Hernández- High School Humanities and High School Co-Chair Before joining the high school faculty in 2011, Victoria enjoyed her time in the Sungarden as a kindergarten assistant, and in the grade school as a substitute and Spanish program volunteer.  Victoria moved to the United States from Colombia in 1989 to attend the University of Texas at Austin where she earned a BA in Anthropology, and an MA in Latin American Studies in History and Anthropology.  Before coming to the Austin Waldorf School, she was employed as a University Professor in the Department of Humanities and Communication at ITESM, Guadalajara, México.  In 2012, Victoria completed the Waldorf High School Teacher Training Program at Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento, California and is currently working on an MA in Waldorf Education at the same institution.  She is also a current student of the Spacial Dynamics Institute in Schuylerville, New York.  Apart from her interests in Spacial Dynamics, Waldorf Education and her love of history, Victoria enjoys good theatre, live music, dance, art, collecting books and maps, and playing the ukulele. Victoria is a member of the Anthroposophical Society in America and has an interest in working closely with the Waldorf movement in Latin America. Victoria and her partner Fransisco have three daughters enrolled in the Austin Waldorf School and have enjoyed being active in the school community for 10 years.

Kelly Horton - High School Computer Science and High School Co-Chair Kelly Horton earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rice University in Houston, Texas, in 1991 and a Master's in Electrical Engineering from Rice University in 1992. After graduating, she moved to Austin and worked as an x86 microprocessor designer for several years. She enjoys playing sports, and most recently she has been playing tennis and helping coach middle school volleyball.

Carol Jean Lewis-Zavala - Part-Time Spanish High School Teacher Carol Jean Lewis-Zavala spent her early years in several Central American countries and in Mexico. She attended college at Wheaton College in Illinois and studied at La Sorbonne in Paris, and at the University of the Americas working toward a BA in Spanish and French. She later enrolled at UT Austin and completed teacher certification, an MA and the PhD requirements (except for dissertation) in bilingual education. She and her husband Juan have two daughters who both graduated from the Austin Waldorf School, Pele from the lower grades and Arielle from the high school. Their granddaughter Alaina is now enrolled at Austin Waldorf School as well. Carol Jean has taught English as a Second Language, tutored extensively, substituted at all levels at Austin Waldorf School and has been the handwork and third grade teacher’s assistant. Throughout her two decades in the Austin Waldorf School community, hundreds of her handmade dolls and toys have become part of Austin Waldorf students’ lives. She enjoys working with beads, crocheting, taking walks, reading and spending time with her family, friends and colleagues.

Gary McElhaney - 9th and 12th Grade Clay Modeling A UT Austin graduate, Gary McElhaney studied under renowned sculptors Charles Umlauf and David Deming before embarking upon a successful practice. His portfolio includes 14 bronze sculptures, including eight public and commemorative pieces. The National Sculpture Society chose his figurative sculpture, "Naked Cowboy," for exhibition in New York and last year he won a commission from the University of Texas for a large portrait bronze. His work has been exhibited at art galleries in Texas, Colorado, Connecticut, and Arkansas. He has taught life drawing and sculpture at Elisabet Ney Museum, Austin Community College, and the San Antonio Art Institute. This marks Gary’s fourth year with the Austin Waldorf School. (Guest Teacher)

Deborah Mann - Life Sciences An accomplished botanist, Deborah Mann holds a Master’s Degree in Botany from the University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa. Interest in teaching led Deborah to pursue her Waldorf Teaching Diploma, which she accomplished at the Rudolf Steiner Center, also in Cape Town. She has been working at the Austin Waldorf High School since its beginning; initially teaching both math and biology she now teaches biology, economics and gardening. Her particular educational interest lies in Environmental Education. Deborah and her husband Mark have 4 children: Hannah and Emily, who graduated from Austin Waldorf School in 2004 and 2006 respectively, and Jake and Luke in the grade school. To deepen her understanding of the natural world and how people learn, Deborah has taken art lessons in landscape drawing and garden design. She is currently enrolled in a Doctoral program in Science and Math Education at UT. Deborah also enjoys gardening and textile art particularly sewing, quilting, knitting and upholstery. Occasionally she plays the recorder, and is partial to old English folk music.

Walter McDonald - 11th Grade Sand Sculpture Amazing Walter McDonald lives on South Padre Island where he has worked professionally with the ephemeral medium of sand for over thirty years. Walter has been invited to sculpt in 6 countries as well as numerous locations throughout the United States. He has won both national and world championship sand sculptor competitions and recently participated as a contestant on the popular television series Sandblasters. Walter and his creations have been featured in print, television and movies. This year will mark Walter’s sixth visit to Austin Waldorf School to conduct his highly popular 11th grade sand sculpture workshop. (Guest Teacher)

Robert Miller - Art Program Director- Grades 9-12 Painting, Sculpture Robert Miller is the Chair of the school’s Art department and teaches grades 6-12 studio art, sculpture and art history. A native Texan with two children enrolled at the school, Robert holds an M.F.A. in painting and printmaking from Yale University and a B.F.A. in painting and printmaking from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Robert is a member of the General Anthroposophic Society and is active in the work of its Art Section. This will be Robert’s ninth year at the Austin Waldorf School.

John Montalbano – Science/Math Mr. John Montalbano holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, with a minor in Chemistry, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, with a minor in German, both from Lamar University in his native Beaumont, Texas. He worked in the analytical chemistry lab for Exxon-Mobil and has taught remedial algebra and science at a public high school as well as teaching science with AmeriCorps. He spent a week at the Waldorf High School Teacher Training center in New Hampshire this past summer, learning hands-on Chemistry with teachers from the Ruskin Mill School in the U.K. He now teaches our Chemistry main lesson blocks in grades 9-12, Environmental Science in 10th grade, and Chemistry problem-solving skills classes in the 11th and 12th grade, as well as 9th grade math.

Erik Olson - Athletics Director Erik Olson is the Athletics Director at The Austin Waldorf School. He has been with Austin Waldorf School as a gym teacher for ten years and as a coach for fourteen. He began the Austin Waldorf School athletics program in 1995 with a 7th grade girls’ basketball team and seen it grow to 20 teams in 7 sports. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Earlham College in Indiana and in the summer of 2004 completed his training at the anthroposophically based Spatial Dynamics Institute. Erik and his wife Laura, a trained Waldorf teacher, have 4 children: Emma is a fifth grader at Austin Waldorf School; Risa is in third grade, Theo is in first, and Levi is in the kindergarten. He served as a Class Advisor for the Classes of 2004 and 2009. He is now one of the advisors for the current tenth grade (Class of 2013). Erik enjoys singing and dancing; playing basketball, ping-pong, and tennis; and taking a whole week to read the Sunday New York Times from cover to cover.

Cat Russell, Ph.D. - Math and Science Cat Russell earned both a B.A. from the Plan II Liberal Arts Honors/Pre-medical program and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and was awarded her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering /Optoelectronics from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1993. Subsequently, she spent 8 years working as a research engineer and engineering manager, most recently at Motorola. Cat and her partner share four children (three of whom are grade school students at Austin Waldorf School), 6 horses, a colony of barn cats and two dogs. Cat’s special interests are varied and include horses, singing, playing viola in string quartets, dancing, playing games, cooking, and hiking in the mountains. Cat joined the Austin Waldorf High School in January 2003 and has completed the Waldorf High School Teacher training program in New Hampshire. Cat teaches science blocks in physiology and physics, as well as skills classes in mathematics.

Daniel Smith - Art - Grades 5 - 12 Copper Working, Chip-Carving, Blacksmithing Daniel Smith earned a BA in Art Education from Kent State University in Ohio. He later earned a Master of Fine Arts in Blacksmithing from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale Illinois. In 2004, he moved to Austin, Texas and discovered the Waldorf School. He has been teaching blacksmithing, joinery, and copper in the high school, while teaching woodworking to the grade school students. Daniel also teaches college students at Austin Community College in welding and blacksmithing. He stays active with local blacksmithing groups and displays his work in local venues.

David Thornberry - 12th Grade Drawing and Painting David Thornberry received his MFA from Kent State University in 1988 and his BFA, also from Kent State University, in 1986. David splits his time between his painting practice and the teaching of studio art classes at Austin Community College, Laguna Gloria, and the Dougherty Arts Center. He is currently working on a series of twelve paintings based on animals of the Yellowstone ecosystem. David is a published poet and his eighteenth volume of poetry will be released this winter. (Guest Teacher)

Morgan Vierheller – Humanities Morgan Vierheller has been a Waldorf high school teacher since 1997, bringing with her eight years of experience from Summerfield Waldorf High School in Santa Rosa, CA in 2006. She has graduated three classes in 2002, 2006 2009 and soon, the class of 2013 with co-advisor Erik Olson.  Morgan is chair of the humanities department and teaches humanities courses to all four grades in the subjects of literature, social studies, history, creative writing, and philosophy as well as the aesthetics block of Architecture. After earning a B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute, she worked in a bronze casting facility as a professional sculptor from 1989-1997 as well as teaching courses in clay modeling, stone carving, oil painting, assemblage and drawing. Morgan has earned her High School teaching certification in Waldorf Education from Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento. Morgan is a member of the General Anthroposophical Society and its Pedagogical Section. Morgan enjoys writing, hiking, gardening, sculpting and painting, good music and theater. She and her husband, Erik Todd, live near Bee Cave with their two dogs and four cats.

Marian Vitucci - Bookbinding and Weaving Marian teaches knitting and crocheting in grades 1 and 2 and spinning, weaving, and bookbinding in the high school. She has been teaching handwork at the Austin Waldorf School for 27 years. She was certified by the Association for a Healing Education, a Waldorf remedial education program and has participated in the Handwork Specialty Program at Rudolf Steiner College. Marian and her husband, Kenneth, raised one son who is now grown. Marian is an ardent reader of a good novel and is enlivened by travel and exploration of new places and experiences.


Administration

Alexandra Abbott – Auxiliary Revenues Coordinator Alexandra Abbott was introduced to the Austin Waldorf School as a camp counselor in 2005. From 2005-2008 she held many roles at AWS including assisting in the offices of Summer Programs, Faciliy Rentals, and Development. In the past, she has created recreational and arts-based programming for children at the Dougherty Arts Center and Children’s Hospital of Austin. A talented goldsmith, muralist, and illustrator, she holds a B.A. in Art from University of North Texas. She currently coordinates Adult Education, Summer Programs, Tea Garden, and Facility Rentals. A mother of two, she enjoys being a part of the Austin Waldorf School community, and looks forward to one day becoming a school parent.

Tim Daulter – General School Leader and Operations Leader Tim holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware and a Masters in Business Administration from the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University. Besides his obvious enjoyment of being a student, Tim worked for DuPont in various manufacturing and R&D roles before deciding to move into business. He worked as a management consultant in Los Angeles until he and his wife, Anni, started a fresh organic baby food company (Bohemian Baby). After Bohemian Baby, Tim worked as Finance Director at Highland Hall Waldorf School, taught chemistry and math in grades 9-12 at Kimberton Waldorf School, and most recently was the Business Administrator at Marin Waldorf School. Tim and Anni bring their four children to Austin, ranging from kindergarten to 11th grade, and are excited to join the AWS community!

Kim DeVittorio - Enrollment Director Kim graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Finance. She then went to work as a cost analyst for United Jersey Bank South, and later as an analyst for the Franklin Mint. In 1987, Kim created Papagallo Enterprises, an exotic bird supply company, which she owned and operated for the next ten years. Once her son was ready for school, Kim discovered Waldorf education. Kim worked in enrollment at The River Valley School, and then the Enrollment and Development offices at the Waldorf School of Princeton. Kim and her family, (including three dogs, 2 cats, and a box of hermit crabs), moved from Pennsylvania to Texas in 2004 and joined the Austin Waldorf School community. Kim enjoys spending time with her family, photography, and scuba diving.

Meg McKeon - Development and Enrollment Assistant Meg McKeon recently received her Masters of Fine Arts in poetry from the University of Texas at Austin. She moved to Austin from Chicago two years ago – when she is not romping with her pup, Tuna, she’s writing odds and ends and trying to survive (and occasionally enjoy) the heat. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in: LEVELER; smoking glue gun; Spork Press; Blackbird; ILK Journal; Forklift Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety; H_NGM_N; and Ghost Town.

Gareth Pollard - Grounds and Facilities For the past ten years, Gareth Pollard has been the Facilities Manager of the Austin Waldorf School where he is responsible for the upkeep of the buildings and grounds on our 19 acre campus. Prior to that, Mr. Pollard, was active in the Green Building field working on rainwater collection systems, plumbing and wastewater treatment systems. He is one of the originators of the Sustainable Builders Coalition in Austin. He built a couple of four-star green homes in the hill country back in the 80’s and 90’s. He has a degree in Mass Communications and has worked as a radio announcer, news reporter, and advertising writer. He is frequently seen on campus in the company of a couple Australian Shepherds, who are certified pet therapy dogs. His son is an alum of the Austin Waldorf School.

Colleen Sauer - Registrar - High School Administrative Support Colleen is the Registrar and Administrative Assistant in The Austin Waldorf High School office.  She holds an Associate Applied Arts Degree in Design and Illustration from Houston Community College.  She was an assistant in the Moongarden (Austin Waldorf School Kindergarten) for four years prior to moving to the High School in April 2005.  She completed the Foundation Studies program in May 2005, which was offered at the Austin Waldorf School to interested individuals wanting to develop a deeper relationship to Waldorf Education.  She and her husband, Roger Mueller, have been married 22 years and together are raising their son Adam, who graduated from the Austin Waldorf School with the Class of 2012, after attending the school since kindergarten.  Adam is attending his sophomore year at Trinity University in San Antonio.  Roger, a registered architect working with a local firm designing schools, currently serves on the Site Planning Committee.  He served on the Austin Waldorf School Board of Trustees for many years, the Building Community, and was pivotal in the completion of the Performing Arts Center and Gymnasium.  Together they enjoy having family and friends over for good food, conversation, playing dominoes and board games, and an occasional night out dancing.

Carol Stewart – Office Manager After studying Elementary Education at Texas State University and UT Austin, Carol spent the next several years teaching children at Darden Hill Ranch School in Driftwood. She has also worked as a baker, a rural mail carrier and a seamstress. She and her husband, Doug, built their beautiful home in Wimberley, where she enjoys her passion for gardening, cooking, and landscape design. Their daughters, Emily and Rita, joined the school in 1989 and Rita was in the first high school graduating class in 2001. During the 12 years of being a Waldorf parent, Carol was active in many areas such as volunteering in the classroom, library, and school store as well as working as a Kindergarten Assistant Teacher. She worked as the Administrative Assistant in the Main Office from the spring of 2003 until the summer of 2010 when she became the Office Manager.

Bill Toole - Pedagogical Administrator  Bill Toole began as a class teacher at the Austin Waldorf School in 1982. He has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Massachusetts, and received his teacher training from the Waldorf Institute in Detroit, now Sunbridge College. As class teacher, he took two groups from first through eighth grade, and after a sabbatical year, met his third class in the fourth grade in 1999. In 2004, he began serving as Middle School Support Teacher, mentoring and teaching main lesson blocks and math skills classes in the middle school. He has been Chair of the College of Teachers, most recently from 2012 to 2013, and in the summer of 2014 he took up the role of Pedagogical Administrator. In this capacity he brings his long years as a Waldorf Educator to the support of the educational experience of all students, parents and teachers at the Austin Waldorf School. He lives in Dripping Springs with his wife, Carol, a former AWS kindergarten and current remedial reading teacher. He also has daughter Magdalen and son Galen (former AWS students) and new granddaughter Addyson.

Lee Uerkwitz - Finance Director After earning her B.S. in Accounting from DePaul University in Chicago, Lee worked briefly in public accounting before joining the staff of Outside Magazine where she was Controller for 10 years. Her career also included the financial management of several Chicago area creative service firms including Leo Burnett Advertising Agency. When Leo Burnett was acquired in 2003, she found herself unemployed for the first time since high school. She learned to knit (14 sweaters in 4 months) and decided to leave the corporate world behind. She joined the staff of the Catherine Cook School as Director of Finance and Operations in May of 2003. In the fall of 2006, Lee moved to Austin from Chicago to become the Austin Waldorf School Finance Director. She lives in Wimberley, enjoys gardening and spending time with her partner, Gary, and their dogs Mojo, Pete, and Dr. Wu.

The Austin Waldorf School is a non-profit educational institution, 501(c)3, that welcomes students and families of any religion, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin.
The Austin Waldorf School is a full member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA)
Celebrating Educational Excellence Since 1980 - Acknowledgements