College of Teachers

2021/2022

Our Teachers are truly amazing humans. They come from all over the world and are a nice mixture of teachers trained in Anthroposophy as well as seasoned Waldorf inspired homeschooler teachers. They are excited to bring this curriculum to your children.

*Thank you to our 2020/2021 teachers! We are honored to have been with you on this journey

 

 

Kindergarten Teacher 
Ms. Tiffany M.

Tiffany resides in Salt Lake Valley with her husband, four children, and lots of animals. She spends lots of time hiking in the mountains, playing in the streams, gardening and crafting.Tiffany has completed her LifeWays Early Childhood Certificate in Phoenix, AZ in March 2018 while serving as both the Administrative Assistant and cook for the training. She continues to work with LifeWays as a Student Services director helping to launch further Early Childhood trainings. She has worked as a Lead Teacher, Assistant Teacher and Aftercare Teacher in a Waldorf Kindergarten and been the Lead Teacher and Director for a robust Parent & Child program serving families with children birth-five. Tiffany also has a degree in business finance, has completed the Mothering Arts postpartum training and a number of online trainings with LifeWays North America.Her lifelong dream is to teach and work with young children and their families. She discovered Waldorf Education shortly after her first child was born which inspired her to start a homeschool co-op group that began by celebrating festivals and has also had an in-home Waldorf Childcare program. She is fulfilling her dream of bring life-changing Waldorf Education and parenting support to families.``

 

Class 1 Teacher

Ms. Tiffany

Tiffany resides in Salt Lake Valley with her husband, four children, and lots of animals. She spends lots of time hiking in the mountains, playing in the streams, gardening and crafting. Tiffany has worked in many different teaching positions at both Waldorf Charter and Waldorf Private schools. She has also homeschooled her four children at different points of their education journey. Tiffany has a degree in business finance, an Early Childhood certificate LifeWays North America and is completing Waldorf Grades Teacher trainings. Her lifelong dream is to teach and work with children and their families. She discovered Waldorf Education shortly after her first child was born which inspired her to start a homeschool co-op group that began by celebrating festivals and has also had an in-home Waldorf Childcare program. She is fulfilling her dream of bringing life-changing Waldorf Education and parenting support to families. 

 
 
 

Class 2 Teacher 
Ms. Daniela

Daniela is excited to join Seasons of Seven as Grade 3 Class Teacher. 

She has had the blessing to journey through the waters of both, homeschooling her son and teaching in Waldorf School classrooms. Her passion for education carried on the wings of goodness, beauty and truth continually moves her to strive to create, explore, and work with students and families inspired by Waldorf education. 

Daniela's work and studies are continually inspired by her deep interest in the healing aspects of education and the potential for human transformation which can be unlocked through compassionate communication, heartfelt connections, and a deepened understanding of the human being and child development. Her experience spans the homeschool setting, classroom setting, as well as virtual classroom settings. 

In her free time, Daniela loves to travel and explore places in Nature with her family, meet new friends, make fiber art and craft projects as gifts, create and guide meditation journeys, study healing plant properties, read works of new ad old authors, read fairy tales from around the world, listen to music, and spend time with friends. 

She is excited to meet you in her Seasons of Seven Virtual Classroom soon!

Daniela has completed the Waldorf Teacher Certification program with a focus on Grades 1 through 8 at Rudolf Steiner College in California and has been actively teaching in Waldorf school classrooms since 2011. Over the years of serving in Holistic Lifestyle and Waldorf Education settings, Daniela has served as a class teacher, subject teacher, meditation teacher and guide, parent educator, and lecture/workshop presenter a wide array of various subjects in the realm of a holistic lifestyle and creative living skills. She holds a Ph.D. in Traditional Naturopathy, an MS in Natural Health, a Bachelor’s in Business Marketing, and continually devotes time and resources to professional development and further studies in the realm of the healing aspects of education. 

On her path of continued professional development, Daniela has completed the first year of the certification program focused on Education Support and Healing Education with the Association for Healing Education in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is excited to continue those studies in the near future.

 

Class 3 Teacher 
Mr. Siepker

Good day. My name is Gerhard Siepker. I am a South African Waldorf Teacher. I live in the beautiful coastal province of Kwa -Zulu Natal. I am a father to three beautiful children: James 16, Anna 14 and Sophia Rose 10. My wife Bridgette is also a Waldorf teacher and we both work at the Roseway Waldorf school. I have had the privilege to experience all aspects of the Waldorf school curriculum. I have taught from first grade to the conclusion in grade 7. During this time I have attended conferences and I have been guided and mentored by amazing insightful individuals. Waldorf education inspires me daily. To see a vibrant curriculum awaken the thinking, feeling and will within a child is truly a remarkable experience. I am inspired by the movement, the stories, the approach to science and Mathematics and the arts within the Waldorf movement. I have had more than 15 years Waldorf teaching experience and I feel that I learn every day along with the children that I teach. I believe in a class room filled with good humor and laughter. This enables us to do the work needed for our times. The Waldorf curriculum forges strong work ethic and a thinking mind. Rhythm and healthy routine encourages balance and clear thought. In my private life ,my family and I spent many hours at the beach as we are avid body boarders and swimmers. We love camping and it brings us closer as a family. My other interests included: beekeeping, knife forging, weight training, cooking and film.

 

Class 4 Teacher 
Ms. Daniela

Daniela is excited to join Seasons of Seven as Grade 3 Class Teacher. 

She has had the blessing to journey through the waters of both, homeschooling her son and teaching in Waldorf School classrooms. Her passion for education carried on the wings of goodness, beauty and truth continually moves her to strive to create, explore, and work with students and families inspired by Waldorf education. 

Daniela's work and studies are continually inspired by her deep interest in the healing aspects of education and the potential for human transformation which can be unlocked through compassionate communication, heartfelt connections, and a deepened understanding of the human being and child development. Her experience spans the homeschool setting, classroom setting, as well as virtual classroom settings. 

In her free time, Daniela loves to travel and explore places in Nature with her family, meet new friends, make fiber art and craft projects as gifts, create and guide meditation journeys, study healing plant properties, read works of new ad old authors, read fairy tales from around the world, listen to music, and spend time with friends. 

She is excited to meet you in her Seasons of Seven Virtual Classroom soon!

Daniela has completed the Waldorf Teacher Certification program with a focus on Grades 1 through 8 at Rudolf Steiner College in California and has been actively teaching in Waldorf school classrooms since 2011. Over the years of serving in Holistic Lifestyle and Waldorf Education settings, Daniela has served as a class teacher, subject teacher, meditation teacher and guide, parent educator, and lecture/workshop presenter a wide array of various subjects in the realm of a holistic lifestyle and creative living skills. She holds a Ph.D. in Traditional Naturopathy, an MS in Natural Health, a Bachelor’s in Business Marketing, and continually devotes time and resources to professional development and further studies in the realm of the healing aspects of education. 

On her path of continued professional development, Daniela has completed the first year of the certification program focused on Education Support and Healing Education with the Association for Healing Education in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is excited to continue those studies in the near future.

 

Class 5 Teacher 
Ms. Andrea

Continuing her life-long interest in education, Andrea became involved in the Waldorf world when her son was in preschool. Since then she has wholly embraced these nurturing ways, becoming a teacher to not only her own child, now entering 4th grade, but to many others at the local Waldorf homeschool co-op, where she has taught for the past three years and is valued for her enthusiasm and hands-on approach.

“I’m passionate about bringing the material to life, in an imaginative, heart-based way,” says Andrea, “and working with children is deeply rewarding.” 

Andrea earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, San Diego and spent the bulk of her professional career developing educational programs in the biomedical field. 

A six-time marathon runner, she now spends her free time cooking, tending to a permaculture food forest, and practicing the art of meditation.

 

Class 6 Teacher

Ms. Siepker

My name is Bridgette Siepker . I am very excited to begin this  adventure in supporting parents to bring the gift of  Waldorf Education to their children. I live in the beautiful province of Kwa -Zulu Natal in South Africa with my husband and three children. My husband and I currently teach at the Roseway Waldorf School and our children have attended the school since Kindergarten.

I have been a Waldorf Teacher for the past twenty years and I have had the privilege of teaching children throughout the primary  and the high school. The treasures hidden within our unique curriculum, are a constant source of inspiration to me. I am constantly amazed at the response of the children, as their fundamental needs, on every level are met day after day by this wonderful education. I am an aspiring runner and I have recently completed my first 21 km half marathon! I have a very keen interest in all crafts but book binding in particular is close to my heart. Our family spend many hours outdoors and enjoy camping and in particular time on our beautiful beaches.

My favorite time of the  day is when I am able to find to find a quiet moment on my verandah with a good cup of tea and a better book!

 

Class 7 Teacher Duo

The Siepker's!

Greetings from South Africa. We are Gerhard and Bridgette Siepker and have been involved in Waldorf education for the past 20 years. We have both taught at the Roseway Waldorf School in Durban South Africa. Our experience ranges from the lower Primary School all the way into some areas of the High School. We have been married for 20 years and first met when we found ourselves teaching at the same school after leaving Teachers Training College. For most of our working years we have worked side by side and are looking forward to working even more closely together to serve the Class 7 community of parents and children. We have three children James 17, Anna 15 and Sophia 11. Our Son James is in Class 12 and is busy with his class 12 project. Anna is in class 10 and Sophia is in class 5. We have over the years endeavored to provide a good, healthy family life for our children based on the principles of Waldorf Education and Anthroposophy. We are also
aware of the many challenges that come with being parents in this age. We would hope that some of our experiences could be shared with parents and children and will be helpful as we navigate this interesting yet tender age of childhood that is class 7.

 
 

Class 8 Teacher 
Mrs. Jaia Jenkins

I grew up in rural Hawaii, and from a young age appreciated the rich wealth of natural beauty around me. My love for gardening, water sports, hiking, and camping began at the earliest of ages. I was homeschooled until the age of 10, and the idea that the opportunity for learning is all around me is a deeply instilled part of who I am. When I was in fifth grade, my family moved across the island so that my brothers and I could attend a Waldorf school, and my Mom could be a Waldorf teacher. I am what my colleagues affectionately refer to as a Waldorf “lifer”. 

I moved to Portland, Oregon to attend college, where I fell in love with my husband and the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. I graduated from Lewis and Clark College with a BA in International Relations before returning to my true passion, working with children. I pursued a Master’s in Elementary Education, but upon graduation realized my real desire was to become a Waldorf teacher. I began my journey as a class teacher in 2011. I have taught at Malamalama Waldorf School and Micha-el School. I hold a teaching certificate from the Micha-el Institute. 

After graduating my Eighth Grade class at Micha-el School in 2019, I took the next class of Eighth Graders, and I am excited to return to teach Eighth Grade for the third time in three years! Eighth Grade is a truly exciting time, where the intellect is beginning to blossom, and a whole new world of possibility lies before the students. 

I am thrilled to be a part of this new initiative to bring Waldorf Education to those that might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience it. I am overjoyed that I can continue teaching, while having the flexibility to live in a more rural setting. I cannot wait to meet my new students and their families, even if it is virtually!

 

High School Mathematics Teacher

Steven Crimy

Steven Crimy received his B.A. in Political Science and M.A. in Teaching from Boston College, and was working on a Master’s degree in History at the University of Maryland, when he decided to move with his girlfriend (now wife) to California, where he first encountered Waldorf Education.  He completed his Waldorf High School Teacher Training at Rudolf Steiner College, and has been teaching Math and Humanities in Waldorf Middle and High Schools for over 20 years.  He is very excited to be joining Seasons of Seven to teach the math curriculum in the High School.  Steven is interested in pursuing the innovations that Waldorf Education needs to remain relevant in the 21st century, including developing new teaching methods and modalities, and making Waldorf education accessible to as large and diverse a population as possible.  

In addition to his teaching, Steven has led field trips to New York City many times over the years, and hopes to pursue a New York City Tour Guide certification in the near future.  Steven also enjoys film photography with very old cameras, maintaining his baseball card collection, and avidly supporting his favorite Premier League soccer club, Aston Villa.  He lives in Vermont, U.S.A with his wife and their four cats.

 

High School History and Literature Teacher

Ms. Cimino 

My name is Ellen Cimino, and I am happy to join the community of the Seasons of Seven Virtual School. As a high school teacher, I strive to bring the beauty of language and the drama of history to my students in a way that inspires them to explore the stories of life around them. Young people yearn for truth within themselves and the world. I hope to be a guide and mentor for them as they bravely step into the world of the 21st century. 

My own studies began at the University of the South, and I graduated with a BA in Comparative Literature. Following this I took graduate classes in English Literature at Auburn University and then completed an MAT in German at Middle Tennessee State University. Later I graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Masters in International Affairs. 

As a young mother, I homeschooled my four children for six years and then decided to become a high school teacher. During my eighteen years as a public high school teacher in Georgia, I taught English literature, German and ESL. About twelve years ago I decided to become a Waldorf teacher, and pursued my studies in history and English at the Center for Anthroposophy in Wilton, New Hampshire. I had the opportunity to teach high school humanities at the Waldorf School of the Peninsula in California and at the Steiner School in New York City; for the past five years I taught middle school students at the Waldorf School of Garden City in New York. 

An important part of my life has been working as a volunteer. In Atlanta I served as an event host with The Carter Center, and I helped to welcome international students to Georgia as a member of the Georgia Fulbright Association Board. I also worked as an interpreter and assistant to refugees with the refugee resettlement organization, World Relief. Over the years I have encouraged my students to be engaged in volunteer work with different environmental and community organizations. 

In my free time I enjoy birding, hiking, wandering, yoga, painting, singing and going to plays, museums, the opera and the symphony. The natural world has given me a lifetime of discovery and beauty in my experiences of the redwoods and shores of California, the beaches and grasslands of Long Island, New York and the hills and coastal islands of Georgia. 

I am excited to begin this new adventure with the Seasons of Seven families. I feel very lucky and honored to work with high school students in this new platform and am committed to bringing creativity and wonder to our work. 

 

High School Science Teacher

Ms. Vidhya

My name is Vidhya Aravamuthan. I homeschool my children and I teach at the Seasons of Seven Virtual school. I received K-8 Waldorf teacher training from Waldorf institute of Southern California. I hold a Masters in Engineering Science and Bioengineering. I am trained in Indian Classical vocal music. I love to tell stories, sing, cook, read, travel and ponder about life's mysteries. And, I love to find newer and newer ways to share what I love to do.  

Teaching children in a holistic way - to their head, heart and hands is very satisfying to me. Children of today are our future. Hence, I believe my life energy is well spent when I can do my little part of nourishing the thinking, feeling and willing spheres of the child. We do this in waldorf education by a well thought out curriculum, by seamlessly bringing in art, music, movement, handwork along with the curriculum and, by strengthening the relationship between the teacher and the student.

 

Handwork Teacher
Ms. Maggie

Margaret and her family live in Holland, Michigan along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan where they love hiking and spending time at the beach. She has been homeschooling her three children for several years, using the Waldorf philosophy. Margaret's passion for handwork and fiber arts was instilled in her at a young age when her grandmother taught her to knit and crochet. She has since always had a project in hand. In 2014, Margaret began making Waldorf dolls and as the owner of Poppenhuis she now writes patterns and tutorials to teach others to make dolls. Margaret has attended Taproot Teacher Trainings and completed Waldorf Essentials Training Courses. As handwork teacher, Margaret hopes to spark a passion for handwork in children and inspire them to create beautiful works of art.  

 

Music Teacher 
Mr. Mark

Hello! I’m Mark, and teaching music is one of my favorite things. I’ve been a professional performer (singer, musician, actor...) for most of my life. Still am. But around twenty-some years ago, when my own kids were little, I began to be interested in sharing my creative spark in a different way: through teaching. And I found such joy in sharing that spark that to this day it continues to burn bright. I am a certified Orff-Schulwerk music educator. I’m Waldorf trained -- my own kids were homeschooled Waldorf-style and went on to Waldorf schools -- and I spent several years as a Waldorf Kindy Teacher and then a Class Teacher for grades 5-6. I’ve taught music, acting, improvisation, Shakespeare, dramatic literature and more, to humans of all ages, from toddlers to octogenarians. (So ok, technically I guess that’s “most ages” not “all ages”... but you get the idea ....) I’m excitedly looking forward to meeting all of the Seasons of Seven families.

 

Eurythmy Inspired Movement Teacher
Ms. Tiffany

Hello and warm greetings from South Carolina in the Unites States! My name is Tiffany Conary. I am a Waldorf homeschooling mom of seven. Two of my children are grown and left the nest, four are currently being homeschooled, and one is preschool age, but keeping up with everything her brothers and sisters are doing! I am going to be the Movement Teacher this year for Seasons of Seven. I am very excited and so eager to get to know every one of my students and their families. For the past 4 years I have been doing eurythmy movement, with multiple ages and stages, in my homeschool co-op group. This is something I enjoy doing immensely! It is interesting to see what works and what doesn’t at each stage of life. I am currently working on a clear and understandable homeschool eurythmy curriculum since there is a great need for eurythmy in the home. Waldorf education is beautiful and wonderful but would not be complete without eurythmy. That is why I feel it is my call to bring eurythmy to as many homeschooling families as I possibly can.  Seasons of Seven is a lovely way to provide a Waldorf education to those wanting to stay at home. YOU too should have the opportunity to do the engaging art of eurythmy as well. I am so excited to work with the younger ones and get those little bodies moving in a way that will encourage their speech process, prepare them for reading and writing, and connect their physical and etheric bodies! I am equally excited to work with the older ones to help them feel comfortable in their bodies, express the feelings they cannot with words, and to bring them into the thinking stage of life. I look forward to this year and look forward to working with you!

 

ASL Teacher
Ms. Rebecca

Hello to you wherever you are in this enchanting world!

My name is Mrs. Rebecca, and I am a homeschooling mother of two children in kindergarten and first grade. I have a deep-set love of nature and the outdoors and try and bring this magic to as many American Sign Language (ASL) classes as I can. My family and I live in the wondrous and majestic country of Alaska, USA. By day I homeschool my two children, mid-day I train with the search and rescue team with my dog Sherlock, and in the evening, I am here available to you.

Some of my favorite things outside of family and hiking are: eating ice cream sundaes, jokes, playing card games such as blink and learning to work a farm.  As you attend my class learning stories, poems, alliterations, and songs, I hope you can feel the excitement of learning ASL.  It's a beautiful language, and one that can open many doors to seeing the world from a different perspective. The soundless world is not silent! 

I went to school at Johnson State College in Vermont, USA. I graduated with a bachelors in education and a second bachelors in psychology. I also have a TESOL (teaching English as a second language) 120-hour certificate. I have taught ASL since 2009, and have been an English as a second or other language instructor for the last 4 years. I look forward to meeting you and getting to know what your favorite things are!

 

French Teacher
Ms. Sandrine

Hello from France!

My name is Sandrine, I am French and I live in the city of Lyon (a big city in the east of France, in a wonderful region close to the Alps and Provence).

I started my career as a communication officer, but very quickly I felt strongly the call to teach (a childhood dream) so I quit my job to start Steiner-Waldorf teacher training. This was a life-changing training for me, where I discovered the deep joy of working with my hands, painting, modelling, drawing, and of creating imaginative content, while focusing on inner work.

2 years into my training, I embarked on a marvellous journey : being a class teacher. For 5 years, every day at school, with my 30 students was a delight : discovering with them the wonder and richness of the Waldorf curriculum, making up creative content that suits their developmental needs, seeing them grow, and working with parents as partners on their child's journey. 

I was very happy with my job but a new adventure was waiting for me : motherhood. For one year now, I've discovered the happiness of being a parent. And now, thanks to Seasons of Sevens, I have this opportunity to go back to teaching while still being a full-time mom! 

I will be happy to introduce my mother tongue to your children.

 

Content Toddlers & Joyful Parents Teacher
Ms. Tiffany M.

Tiffany resides in Salt Lake Valley with her husband, four children, and lots of animals. She spends lots of time hiking in the mountains, playing in the streams, gardening and crafting.Tiffany has completed her LifeWays Early Childhood Certificate in Phoenix, AZ in March 2018 while serving as both the Administrative Assistant and cook for the training. She continues to work with LifeWays as a Student Services director helping to launch
further Early Childhood trainings.She has worked as a Lead Teacher, Assistant Teacher and Aftercare Teacher in a Waldorf Kindergarten and been the Lead Teacher and Director for a robust Parent & Child program serving families with children birth-five. Tiffany also has a degree in business finance, has completed the Mothering Arts postpartum training and a number of online trainings with LifeWays North America.Her lifelong dream is to teach and work with young children and their families. She discovered Waldorf Education shortly after her first child was born which inspired her to start a homeschool co-op group that began by celebrating festivals and has also had an in-home Waldorf Childcare program. She is fulfilling her dream of bring life-changing Waldorf Education and parenting support to families.