Marin Waldorf School

SCHOOL OVERVIEW

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School overview

As Marin County's only fully accredited Waldorf school, we are uniquely placed to provide the remarkable Waldorf curriculum that is rich in languages, healthy movement, expressive arts and music, mathematics and the sciences. At every developmental stage, our students encounter activities that engage the mind, fire the imagination and strengthen the will in order to foster each child's unique capacities.

 
 Marin Waldorf School Campus

Marin Waldorf School Campus

The school community has a vibrant culture rich in diverse ethnicities, religious orientation and economic backgrounds. Bonded by the shared values inherent to Waldorf Education, parents, teachers and staff work together to support the growth of the students and the promise they hold for the future.

 

Nestled among the exquisite rolling hills of Lucas Valley, our families enjoy an expansive 10-acre campus with play fields, biodynamic gardens, beautiful heritage oaks and redwood groves. The children have fresh air and connection with nature that helps them thrive. Our proximity to thousands of acres of Marin County Open Space also provides an excellent outdoor classroom for our Environmental Education Program.


MWS Graduates

Our graduates are prepared to skillfully navigate an ever-changing world and to participate as thoughtful, resourceful and confident young men and women. They enter local and regional high schools equipped with intellectual curiosity and a love of learning. MWS graduates excel at schools such as Summerfield, San Francisco Waldorf, Marin Academy, Sonoma Academy, San Dominico as well as local public high schools. 

 

 

Faculty

"Waldorf places the development of the individual child in the focal point, convinced that the healthy individual is a prerequisite for a healthy society.” - The International Conference on Education of the United Nations Educational and Scientific Cultural Organization.

 

The relationship between the teacher and the child is a critical component to Waldorf Education. A distinction of Waldorf teachers is their passion for individuality and commitment to nurturing individual student’s mind. With a heavy focus on the importance of hands-on experience for their students, rather than standardized testing, Waldorf teachers help their students to explore curricula through diverse activities, with plenty of room to customize lesson plans. The fluidity of this approach provides extensive engagement that leads to lifelong connections with the material taught, the teachers involved and the bigger questions at the heart of each subject.

 

Early Childhood

 

Brenda Novick
Parent/Toddler Teacher

 
 Lisa O'Callaghan  Parent/Toddler Asst. Teacher

Lisa O'Callaghan
Parent/Toddler Asst. Teacher

  Sarah Whitmore  Preschool Teacher

Sarah Whitmore
Preschool Teacher

 Megan Renshaw Preschool Assistant Teacher

Megan Renshaw
Preschool Assistant Teacher

 Leanne Tarantino  Preschool Teacher

Leanne Tarantino
Preschool Teacher

 Fernanda Fuga  Preschool Assistant Teacher

Fernanda Fuga
Preschool Assistant Teacher

 Hans Walser Kindergarten Teacher

Hans Walser
Kindergarten Teacher

  Christie Bentley  Asst. Kindergarten Teacher 

Christie Bentley
Asst. Kindergarten Teacher 

 Adrianna Livingston  Kindergarten Teacher

Adrianna Livingston
Kindergarten Teacher

 Jennifer McKinley Asst. Kindergarten Teacher

Jennifer McKinley
Asst. Kindergarten Teacher

 Nora Brett Aftercare Teacher

Nora Brett
Aftercare Teacher

 

Lower Grades 1st - 4th

 
 Melinda Martin 1st Grade Teacher

Melinda Martin
1st Grade Teacher

 Rhian David  2nd Grade Teacher

Rhian David
2nd Grade Teacher

 Nicole Mathers  3rd Grade Teacher

Nicole Mathers
3rd Grade Teacher

 Kim Holscher  4th Grade Teacher

Kim Holscher
4th Grade Teacher

 
 

Upper Grades 5th - 8th

 
 Mia Terziev  5th Grade Teacher

Mia Terziev
5th Grade Teacher

 Kristine Deason  6th Grade Teacher

Kristine Deason
6th Grade Teacher

 Rising Percey  7th Grade Teacher

Rising Percey
7th Grade Teacher

 Gail Weger 8th Grade Teacher

Gail Weger
8th Grade Teacher

 

Click below to learn more about our teachers


Specialty Teachers

 Carol Adee Music Teacher

Carol Adee
Music Teacher

 Manette Teitelbaum Handwork Teacher

Manette Teitelbaum
Handwork Teacher

 Donni O'Ryan Games and Movement Teacher

Donni O'Ryan
Games and Movement Teacher

 Has Pineda Spanish Teacher

Has Pineda
Spanish Teacher

 Bestyann Gallagher Gardening Teacher

Bestyann Gallagher
Gardening Teacher

 Rod DeRienzo  Grades Aftercare Teacher & After School Program Coordinator

Rod DeRienzo
Grades Aftercare Teacher & After School Program Coordinator

 Adam Neale Woodworking Teacher

Adam Neale
Woodworking Teacher

 Carolyn Binford Piano Accompanist

Carolyn Binford
Piano Accompanist

 Regina Weldon Outdoor Education Teacher

Regina Weldon
Outdoor Education Teacher

 Meg Eldridge Violin and Orchestra Teacher

Meg Eldridge
Violin and Orchestra Teacher

 Juan Carlos Lancellotti Eurythmy Teacher

Juan Carlos Lancellotti
Eurythmy Teacher


Administration

Marin Waldorf School's administration is lead by the School Director, who works closely with the Board of Trustees and the College of Teachers.

 Steve Bennett School Director

Steve Bennett
School Director

 Dawn Anderson Finance & Operations Director

Dawn Anderson
Finance & Operations Director

 Chantal Valentine Admissions Director

Chantal Valentine
Admissions Director

 Melissa Monterrosa Development & Communications Director

Melissa Monterrosa
Development & Communications Director

 Renee Palace Registrar 

Renee Palace
Registrar 

 Justine Highsmith  Receptionist

Justine Highsmith

Receptionist

Click below to learn more about our Administration team

 

Governance

While classrooms of Waldorf schools the world over will look nearly identical to one another, each school's administration and governance model is unique. At Marin Waldorf School we have two main governing bodies; the Board of Trustees and the College of Teachers. We also espouse a dual-administration team with Faculty Administrator and a Business Administrator.

The Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of the Marin Waldorf School that hold the legal and fiscal oversight. Our Trustees are a group of up to fourteen voting members including parents, teachers, and outside community members dedicated to the mission and values of Marin Waldorf School. Board members contribute a considerable amount of time, resources, energy and expertise toward the health and future development of our school. 

Guido Quaroni
Stephen Nobs
Rob Cochran
Tracie Pezzullo
Nicole Grinsell
Kim Holscher
Vikram Nijjar
Kina Mandelbrot
Shane Valentine
Brenda Novick
Gail Weger
Justin Flake

Ben Bailey
Johanna Schleret

College of Teachers

The College of Teachers, together with the faculty, sets and carries out important policy directions affecting the school's educational programs, academic standards, and curriculum development. The College of Teachers ensures that the impulse and intention of Waldorf education is present in every aspect of the curriculum, grounds, and the festival life at Marin Waldorf School.

 

employment

 
 

We value strong colleagueship and warm relationships with parents. Marin Waldorf occupies a beautiful eleven-acre campus with large classrooms, playing fields and a biodynamic garden. We have excellent teachers, an active parent association, and a strong board of trustees. MWS is a fully accredited member of AWSNA. Our school is located on a beautiful 11-acre campus in the heart of Marin County, California, just 30 minutes from the city of San Francisco. Our county is renowned for its beaches, countryside, and giant Redwood trees and Marin’s residents are dedicated to preserving the natural splendor of this region. Consequently, our unspoiled coastline is protected by thousands of acres of parkland and is one of the most desirable areas to live in the United States.

Our school serves approximately 250 students and encompasses a parent/toddler program, two preschools, three kindergartens, a first through fifth grade lower school, and a sixth through eighth grade middle school. Our campus provides our students with the use of a beautiful oak grove, a biodynamic garden, a large green playing field, three separate outdoor play areas for preschool, kindergarten and the grades, as well as a library and a woodwork room. We have large, well-supplied classrooms for all of our students as well as dedicated classrooms for music and handwork. Along with woodwork, handwork, and music (instrumental, orchestral & choir), our expanded curriculum includes physical education, gardening, eurythmy, and foreign language.

Thank you for your interest in employment with Marin Waldorf School. We are seeking the following applicant(s):

 

Open Positions

Front Office Receptionist

Music Teacher ~ Grades 1-4

Language Teacher

Early Childhood Aftercare Teacher

Marin Waldorf School is Marin County’s only accredited, independent Waldorf school serving a community of children from their young-toddler years in our Parent-Toddler Program through the eighth grade. We are a group of committed professionals looking for the right candidate to help us promote and grow our school and mission.

Interested applicants should click the links above or send a cover letter outlining relevant experience and a resume to jobs@marinwaldorf.org. No phone calls or faxes please.