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Rev was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. After earning his B.A. in English, he found work as a substitute teacher in and around Richmond, CA, working in every grade and in every type of class. He then realized that he should become a teacher, but abhorred the idea of teaching within the same kind of compulsory schooling system that he had experienced as a student. During his search for another way to educate, he picked up a hitchhiker who told him about Rudolf Steiner. Soon after, a grocery cashier also told him about Waldorf education. Mr. Bowen earned his Waldorf Teaching Certificate from the Rudolf Steiner College in 2000. He earned his M.A. in Human Development from St. Mary’s University in St. Paul, MN in 2004. Mr. Bowen has graduated two classes at Live Oak Waldorf School, in 2008 and 2016. He loves listening to and making music, paddling in canoes or kayaks, swimming in lakes and rivers, backpacking, hiking and camping, reading and writing, and playing games of all kinds. Mr. Bowen's children have both graduated from Live Oak, Seren (2013) and Rosa (2016).
Lynne has taught at Live Oak Waldorf School for over 20 years. She was born in Queens, New York. Her father’s career in the aerospace industry brought her family to Southern California and she spent most of her school years there. Ms. Poirier began her college education with the ambition of becoming a teacher. She studied business, biology, biomedical illustration, and finished with fine art. In 1988, the year her oldest son, Derek, was born, is when she discovered Waldorf education. At that time, while living in San Diego, Ms. Poirier began to attend workshops and lectures at the San Diego Waldorf School. She also went back to college to take some courses in early childhood development. Ms. Poirier began a playgroup in her home during which time her second son, Kyle, was born. When Derek began first grade, she was hired as the Kindergarten Assistant at San Diego Waldorf School. In 1996, Ms. Poirier and her family moved to the Sierra foothills so she could attend Rudolf Steiner College and work as the Aftercare Director at Live Oak Waldorf School. Finally realizing her goal of teaching, she began her first eight-year cycle in the fall of 1997. Ms. Poirier has graduated two classes at Live Oak (2006 and 2011) and has been with her current class since they started first grade in 2011.
Jazmin grew up in Los Angeles, CA, earned her B.A. and M.A. in English from Loyola Marymount University and her M.A. in Creative Writing from UC Davis. She earned her Waldorf teaching course credits at the Southern California Waldorf Institute and she served on the Highland Hall Waldorf School faculty from 1999-2015. She also worked at a title I charter school in Lubbock, Texas as a third grade dual-language teacher. During the summer, Jazmin is on the Rudolf Steiner College faculty as a teacher of language arts. Jazmin joined the Live Oak Faculty in 2015 and resides in Meadow Vista with her husband, Michael. From their studio, they run LettersAt3AMPress. Her sons Armand and Marcos have graduated from college and work in Los Angeles.
Debra brings an impressive background of both experience and education to her teaching role at Live Oak. She obtained a Master's of Science in molecular biology, and a Bachelor’s of Science in microbiology from Eastern Michigan University. She has completed much of the Waldorf Grades Teacher training at Rudolf Steiner College. Ms. Jacobs holds a Eurythmy Certificate she obtained at Goetheanum, in Dornach Switzerland (Eurythmeum, Stuttgart and Rudolf Steiner College). Ms. Jacobs has been teaching at Live Oak School since 2012. In addition to teaching her own class, she has been the Eurythmy teacher here as well. Prior to her work at Live Oak Waldorf School, Debra taught biology at Eastern Michigan University. She taught science and agriculture at Bethel High School in Lesotho, South Africa and has also taught Eurythmy at The Greenwood School in Mill Valley, CA, and at Sacramento Waldorf School. Her three daughters all graduated from Live Oak Waldorf School: Ellen (2009), Maddie (2013), and Lindsay (2016). Ms. Jacobs was drawn to become a Waldorf teacher as she saw how well it worked for each of her children, and she is looking forward to a great new year ahead!
Sarah has lived in California her whole life and been a student of Anthroposophy for twenty-four years. She has been a credentialed Waldorf teacher since 2001 and a class teacher in grades one through eight. Sarah has also taught Live Oak’s Parent-Child and Community Education Classes. Before Waldorf teaching, Sarah earned a B. S. in Biology and her C.M.T. She has worked in health care, in ecological research, in college ceramics departments as a technical and teaching assistant, in a program for children with autism, in a home for the elderly with Alzheimer’s, in administration for a non-proﬁt serving youth-at-risk, as an outdoor education councilor, and as a baker. Sarah has many interests and loves outdoor adventures. Backpacking, paddleboarding, skiing, reading, textile arts, gardening, good food, and traveling are current favorites. Sarah's daughter Miriam, graduated 8th grade at Live Oak in 2017, and her son, Lucas is currently a student at Live Oak.
Karina has many years experience working with children, first as a volunteer and storyteller at orphanages in Brazil. Later, she gained additional practical knowledge as an early childhood assistant and a facilitator of art and craft activities. Before embarking on her journey in education, Karina worked for more than a decade as a business consultant. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Communication from Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP) University in São Paulo, Brazil and an MBA in Business Administration from Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) Business School also in São Paulo, Brazil, where she is originally from. Karina has completed a Montessori teacher education program in Florida and is a graduate of Rudolf Steiner College for Waldorf Grades Teaching and Handwork program in California. Karina lives in Fair Oaks and has been a class teacher at Live Oak since 2016. She enjoys reading, gardening, painting, drawing and all sorts of handwork activities. She loves to play and spend time with her two daughters, Laura and Flora.
Holly interned at Live Oak Waldorf School in the classroom during her foundation year in teacher training at Rudolf Steiner College. Prior to that, she worked for six years in adult educational programs with focus on organizational development, character development, leadership, confidence and group dynamics. She is a mother, writer and yoga teacher. Her two children, Teryn and Sierra, both attended Waldorf schools. After graduating with a B.A. in Journalism from Sacramento State University, she worked as an education reporter for the Richmond Times and a features writer for the Sacramento Bee. She received her MBA from USC and owns a yoga studio in Sacramento.
Heidi Leontie is an experienced public school teacher and Waldorf teacher. She graduated from the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training (BACWTT) in 2016 and holds a California Multiple Subject Credential. Her undergraduate work in liberal studies was completed at San Francisco State University. After working at Singing Stones, a developing independent Waldorf school in Walnut Creek, CA, as the Kindergarten Teacher, her family relocated to Portland, Oregon in 2016 where she worked at the Portland Waldorf School as the Lead Early Childhood After Care Teacher. Heidi has expressed a deep connection to Live Oak Waldorf School stating that it has been her desire to work with our Faculty and families for several years.
Noelle Thompson - Rosemary Kindergarten Lead Teacher Noelle has been teaching young children since 1996 and holds a B.A. in Spanish and a B.A. in Psychology from Humboldt State University and a Bilingual Teaching Credential from UC Davis. After graduating, Noelle began her teaching career in the private school sector; working with “alternative” schools where honoring the whole child and nurturing lifelong learners aligned closely with her personal values on education. In 2008, Noelle began teaching at Live Oak Waldorf School as an assistant in the Rosemary Kindergarten. By 2011, she had moved into the Lead Teacher position and completed the Waldorf Early Childhood Certificate Program from Rudolf Steiner College. Along with her interest in early childhood development, Noelle loves nature and traveling. She and her husband, Vince, have two children, Colby in Grade 7 at Live Oak Waldorf School and Boden who graduated Live Oak 8th Grade last year.
Natalia Kosareva - Rosemary Kindergarten Assistant Natalia has been working with young children in Waldorf-inspired schools since 2013. Born in Moscow, Russia, Natalia graduated from Moscow State University of Culture and Arts as an Artistic Director of the choreographic group and a teacher in 2004. After the birth of her son, she became interested in natural parenting and Waldorf Pedagogy. Natalia started working as a Assistant Teacher in the "Happy Parenting" Waldorf Kindergarten in Kazan, Russia, and after moving back to Moscow joined Waldorf Kindergarten "The Pumpkin House". In 2015, after Natalia completed one year of study at the Private Institution for Continuing Education Waldorf Center for Early Childhood Teachers' Training in Moscow, she and her family moved to California. While her son Albert attended the Golden Valley Charter School, she actively volunteered in the Kindergarten class. Albert joined Live Oak Waldorf School last year and will be in Grade 2 this September. In her spare time Natalia loves traveling and making Waldorf dolls.
Stephanie brings to Live Oak over 18 years of experience, a strong commitment to children and their families, and a deep love of the preschool work and the ideals of Waldorf education. In addition to her Waldorf Teacher Certification, Stephanie holds a Master of Arts degree in Waldorf Education from Touro University and Rudolf Steiner College and a California Early Childhood Education Program Director Permit. Stephanie has taught Kindergarten at Eugene Waldorf School, the Madrona Waldorf School in Washington and Woodland Star Public Waldorf School in Sonoma, California. In New Mexico, Stephanie co-founded Tierra Madre School, a Waldorf early childhood initiative and later lead an outdoor-based preschool called Happy Valley, which took place in the forest and on the trails along the Rio Grande River. Stephanie has also worked as a Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher–Trainer for Rudolf Steiner College and as the Administrator for the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education. As an early childhood educator, outdoor preschools and kindergartens have greatly influenced her approach to Waldorf teaching. For Stephanie, time spent in nature and the outdoors, especially in early childhood, creating a rhythmical atmosphere permeated by warmth and purpose, meaning and joy, and working closely with parents in order to cultivate community are the cornerstones of her work.
Rebecca Kennedy-Smith - Acorn Preschool Assistant Teacher Rebecca attended Sacramento City College and Sacramento State College pursuing a major in Early Childhood Education. She worked for two years at KinderCare as a toddler teacher and five years at Applied Behavior Consultants, a school for children with autism. When Rebecca and her husband found Live Oak, they knew right away that this was the school they wanted their children to attend. Rebecca feels very blessed to be able to do a job she loves at her children's school. She has taken early childhood and foundation classes at Rudolf Steiner College and looks forward to the journey that lies ahead for her and her children at Live Oak Waldorf School.
Sarah Michel Riffle - Pine Cone Preschool Lead Teacher Sarah has over 10 years of experience teaching in Waldorf Early Childhood Education. Upon graduating from Rudolf Steiner College in 2005, she volunteered and worked as an assistant in the Daisy Kindergarten at Cedar Springs Waldorf School. The following year she took a position at Golden Valley Charter School, where she served as the Waldorf Kindergarten Specialist in the Orange Blossom Kindergarten for 9 years. During the past 2 years, Ms. Riffle returned to school full time, acquiring RIE and LifeWays certifications, as well as a B.S. in Family Studies. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. Her oldest child graduated from Cedar Springs in 2006, while the two younger graduated from Golden Valley Charter School in 2014. Ms. Riffle is excited to join the faculty, staff, and community at Live Oak.
Trisha Lambert - Parent-Child and Outdoor Kindergarten Teacher Trisha has over 25 years experience in Waldorf Early Childhood education. Trisha's extensive background includes teaching preschool at Live Oak Waldorf School, teaching at Davis Waldorf School, starting and running a home-based early childhood education program, teaching classes in teacher training programs at Rudolf Steiner College and Lifeways, and helping to restart the Lakota Waldorf School's and Highland Hall Waldorf School's Early Childhood Programs. Trisha holds a B.A. in Early Childhood Education and is a certified Waldorf early childhood teacher. In addition, Trisha loves plants and the outdoors, has taken many courses in environmental horticulture and botany, is an avid gardener, and in her spare time is the owner and textile artist of Colors of Nature, offering textiles of all kinds naturally dyed. Trisha is uniquely qualified to guide the children and families enrolled in the Outdoor Kindergarten and Parent-Child Programs and is looking forward to the start of this coming school year.
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