Seasons of Seven

 

College of Teachers

 

Our Teachers

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.

Early Childhood Teacher & Parent Educator
Ms. Tiffany M.

Tiffany resides in the magical Sonoran Desert with her husband, four children, and lots of animals. She completed her LifeWays Early Childhood Certificate in Phoenix, AZ in March 2018 while serving as both the Administrative Assistant and cook. She has worked as both a Lead Teacher and an Assistant 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 where she also serves as a Student Services Director for the Early Childhood Fundamentals course.  

She has had a lifelong dream to work with young children. 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. 

Kindergarten 1 Teacher 
Ms. Victoria

Victoria is a homeschooling mama of three children with a deep love of the natural world and a diverse background in permaculture design and Waldorf education. Once upon a time before children, she earned degrees in Interior Design and Landscape Architecture while working at an architectural firm and designing mosaics. Drawn to Waldorf Education since childhood, she attended a lecture and workshop by Waldorf Essentials before wholeheartedly connecting with a beautiful Waldorf homeschool co-op. She continuously pursues guidance through Taproot Teacher Training and the Waldorf Essentials TFW courses. Victoria and her family are currently living in Michigan.

Victoria is passionate about cultivating the spark of joy for learning through storytelling, creative expression, and connection with the surrounding natural world.

Victoria presents an open and welcoming manner with a respectful approach towards others to invoke a sense of community, above and beyond the distance that divides us. She delights in encouraging others to find confidence in their unique talents and abilities, with a fondness for alliteration.

Weaving wonder whilst wandering by the wayside, warbling and whispering wordsmithery amidst the wildflowers and white pines. Together we will wend our way through a Waldorf wonderland.

 

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” ~ John Muir

Kindergarten 2 Teacher 
Ms. Dusti

Dusti graduated from Ashford University where she received both her BA in Gerontology and then her MA in Early Childhood Education Leadership. She spent several years working in memory care before deciding to further her education. A few months into her first degree program, she decided to stay home and homeschool her daughter. Throughout her homeschooling and college journey, her family has been blessed with 2 more children and has powered through three military moves to Hawaii, Guam, and Washington State. While living in Guam, she co-created and taught in a Waldorf homeschool cooperative and then a few months later, she went on to create another branch of the cooperative specifically for Early Childhood and Kindergarten. During this time, she found her true calling in working with children and families and went on to earn her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education Leadership.

Dusti now resides in Washington State with her husband and children where they are creating a small homestead in the suburbs and raising animals including chickens, ducks, a German Shepherd, and Columbian Rainbow Boa. She loves spending time outdoors, researching and learning new things, cooking, creating new projects, taking road trips, and is a fitness and nutrition enthusiast.

 

Class 1 Teacher 
Ms. Julie

Julie is the mother of three children and has been homeschooling for the past 5 years. She has completed the foundational Waldorf teacher training program, Explorations, through the Center for Anthroposophy and hopes to continue her training when it is once again available. She has attended many seminars, conferences, and teacher trainings related to Waldorf education and is always looking for ways to learn from and share with others. 

Prior to homeschooling and raising her family, Julie worked as a registered nurse in emergency medicine and then as a senior clinical specialist in medical devices. 

Teaching has been a part of her life for many years and in many ways. From tutoring nursing students in college and finishing her master’s degree in nursing education, to training physicians and nurses on medical devices and process improvement, and finally to homeschooling her own children and working at Waldorf-inspired homeschool programs, teaching has always been a source of fulfillment. 

Julie lives on a small farm near the North Georgia mountains and enjoys yoga, cooking, and being outdoors.

Class 2 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 3 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 4 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 5 Teacher Track 1
Ms. Gabriel

My name is Gabriel and I have been involved in Education for forty years. Thirty of those years were as a Waldorf Class Teacher, taking two classes through from Class 1 to Class 8 and two other classes along parts of their journey. I have also taught Art to Classes 9, 10 and 11. I have a particular interest in Sensory Integration and a soft spot for Geometry.

I also enjoy time with my sprightly mum, for whom learning, and life are one and the same. In her well-loved, verdant garden, four generations experience the changing seasons. With Belfast Lough on my doorstep, a walk along its shores come rain or shine, will blow the cobwebs away and provide a tonic for the soul.

 

Class 5 Teacher Track 2

Mr. Donovan Gay


After moving to the UK from South Africa in 1991, Donovan qualified as a Steiner Teacher at the renowned Emerson College in Sussex. He has over fifteen years teaching experience in Steiner Schools. He was a Class Teacher at the former Plas Tan yr Allt Steiner School in North Wales for 5 years, and at Aberdeen Waldorf School from 2007 to 2014. Donovan also taught at the Michael Mount Waldorf School in Johannesburg, South Africa, which he previously attended as a student. Donovan was employed at Cardiff Steiner School from 2015 to 2019 as a Class Teacher and Education Coordinator in Lower School. 

Donovan has always taught combined classes in smaller schools, and has wide experience in differentiating to meet the diversity of combined classes. He has taught from Class 1 to 8 as a Class Teacher, and up to Class 10 as a Religion Teacher. Donovan has also taught specialist subjects across the curriculum, including perspective drawing and veil painting in the older classes. He brings extensive teaching experience, a passion for Steiner education, dedication and commitment to both his teaching and leadership roles in Lower School.

Donovan now lives in Malaga province in southern Spain where he is an avid gardener and works on painting portraits, he recently had an exhibition of 21 portraits painted using only red yellow and blue.


Donovan has a kind authority, genuine warmth and respect for the children and a twinkling sense of humour. Through imaginative and inspiring lessons in a classroom filled with art and beauty, his students develop excellent work ethics and all are keen to do their best.

"I enjoy developing strong relationships with the children, and encouraging them as they grow and become more independent; as well as working closely with parents, and accompanying them on the journey through their child's education."

Class 6 Teacher 
Ms. Samantha

Samantha was born and raised in South Africa and has been teaching in Waldorf Education for over 12 years. She passed with CUM LAUDE for both her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of South Africa as well as her Post Graduate certificate in Basic Anthroposophy and Waldorf Pedagogy. Samantha taught Class 7 at the Village Waldorf school in Pretoria South Africa, followed by a combined class of 2,3 and 4 at the Dublin Steiner school in Ireland. She also mentored the class one teacher for the Squamish Waldorf school in Canada. She now lives in Ireland and is married with four living children and one angel child, all of whom were homechooled by her using the Waldorf method. Her eldest son has achieved his school leaving certificate. Samantha is passionate about teaching children a love of learning and has a strong commitment to an Anthroposophical view of child development. She believes in being a lifelong learner and keeps up to date on current research into important topics like English language literacy skills and working with children with diverse abilities. Her hobbies include woodworking, embroidery and book appreciation.

Class 7 Teacher 
Ms. Nancy

Nancy was born in Connecticut, into a family devoted to the care and education of children. When she was 11, she taught swimming to younger children and  knew then she would be a teacher. She studied child development and education at Connecticut College and then moved to Burlington, Vermont where she became a kindergarten assistant at the newly formed Lake Champlain Waldorf School. The following year she joined the faculty at Shining Mountain, in Boulder, Colorado, where she was a  teacher for 22 years. She  also taught  blocks for four years at Tara Performing Arts High School after she had her children. Now 27 and 22,  both her son and daughter attended Shining Mountain from kindergarten through twelfth grade. From 2013-2018, she taught first through fifth grade at Boulder Valley/Shepherd Valley Waldorf School.

As a dedicated Waldorf educator for  over 30 years, Nancy develops deep and meaningful relationships with students and their families. Her training with PassageWorks Institute founder Rachel Kessler re-enforced her belief in the value  of integrating academic  and social-emotional learning to support the inner lives of students.

Nancy “retired” from Waldorf education to train as a yoga teacher and a yoga therapist.  Through the Grief Support Network,  she works with teens, supporting them in realizing their strengths and navigating life’s challenges through an integrated practice of  self inquiry, group sharing and yoga.

After two years out of the classroom, Nancy was excited to discover Seasons of Seven and have the opportunity to share her passion for the Waldorf curriculum with the seventh graders. She loves to travel, hike with her dog Nala, spend time with family and friends, sing, garden, do yoga and watch women’s basketball.

Class 8 Teacher 
Ms. Jaia

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 History/Literature Teacher

High School Science Teacher
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High School Mathematics Teacher, Class 9 & 12
Mr. Messner 

Born a dozen miles from the Appalachian Trail in New York, these days it is the Rocky Mountains of Colorado which Matthew Messner calls home. Along the path that brought him here, Carnegie Mellon University awarded him a degree in Cognitive Science, with a minor in Computer Science, and a concentration in Theatrical Lighting Design. A request to design and implement college coursework led Matthew to discover his great love in life: teaching. He has taught pre-school children and adults, but his focus since 2003 has been on bringing meaningful mathematics to adolescents. Led by Jamie York, Matthew completed a Waldorf teacher training through the Center for Anthroposophy in 2009. In 2011, he traveled to India to complete a Sivananda Yoga teacher training in the land from which it arose. He has assisted children in martial arts classes of the Cheng Ming lineage, and aspires to one day have internalized its t’ai chi form in entirety. Whether outwardly visible climbing ladders backstage, or hidden in the subtleties of tracing the thinking processes of students, Matthew has found that within the magic of the school setting, all his skills and experiences, and indeed, all that makes us truly human, is called forth.

High School Mathematics Teacher, Class 10 & 11
Mr. Jamie York 

Born in Maine, Jamie York graduated from a public high school in Connecticut, received his Bachelor's degree from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, and completed his Master's degree with a degree in computer science from the University of Denver.  He has worked in the computer industry, run a tennis camp for children, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal.  Jamie was the founder of Boulder CarShare, and has been an advocate for alternative transportation since his family moved to Boulder in 1993.  He began teaching high school math in 1985, and has taught at a boarding school in New Hampshire, at a university in Nepal, and for more than twenty years at Shining Mountain Waldorf School in Boulder, Colorado.  Currently, Jamie’s life is focused on his “math missionary” work.  He offers math workshops for teachers all over the world, is the author of a series of books titled Making Math Meaningful, and is now running an online Math Academy.

 

 

Handwork Teacher
Class 1-6
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.  

 

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!

 

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.

 

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!

 

 

German Teacher
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French Teacher
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Spanish Teacher
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