Our faculty brings a rich background of experience and talent to Nevada Sage Waldorf School. They nurture each child’s capacities for learning while bringing the Waldorf curriculum alive with creativity and deep caring. Every day our faculty members work from their hearts to inspire the minds, hearts, and spirits of each child they serve.
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Nevada Sage Waldorf School Faculty
2013-14 School Year
Skiland Judd | Lead Early Childhood Teacher
Mr. Ski has been a faculty member at Nevada Sage Waldorf School since 2011. He has attended many courses and workshops at Rudolf Steiner College, including The Art of Teaching Preschool. He has been working with young children since 2009 as an In-home Child Care Provider. He is currently pursuing an Associate of Science Degree at Truckee Meadows Community College. He is artistic and enjoys carpentry, woodworking, and honing his blacksmith skills. He loves the Sierra Nevada Mountains, camping, hiking, and being outdoors.
Clare Brock | Assistant Early Childhood Teacher
Ms. Clare is a longtime supporter of Nevada Sage Waldorf School and Waldorf education. Her involvement dates back to when the school was established when her grandchildren attended. She has served as a volunteer, Aftercare Assistant Teacher (2008), Aftercare Lead Teacher (2009), and Nursery Lead Teacher (2012). She has been attending conferences and workshops at Rudolf Steiner College since 2004, including The Art of Teaching Birth to Three Year Olds, Child Guidance: The Role of Discipline in the care of the Child, and Waldorf in the Home. Clare is a gift to our school community.
Jenny Knox | Assistant Early Childhood Teacher
Ms. Jenny brings her experience of working with young children to Nevada Sage Waldorf School. She loves Waldorf education, and the creativity that comes from being with young children. Before working with children, she was a Wildland Firefighter for five years. Jenny is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science Degree in Ecohydrology at the University of Nevada, and has an Associate of Arts Degree from Great Basin College (2010). Jenny is an avid backpacker, hiker and mountain biker, loves water, and has been a river rafting guide. She enjoys woodworking, painting, cooking gardening and canning with her 5 year old daughter.
Angela Mills | Assistant Early Childhood Teacher
Ms. Angela loves the outdoors and the rhythmical change of seasons in Reno. She enjoys hiking, being at the ocean, and winter sports, especially skiing – her new found hobby. She grew up in Florida, and is fluent in sign language, having two deaf parents. She received an Associate Degree from Truckee Meadows Community College (2012), and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Special Education at University of Nevada. She plans to continue her education and earn a Master’s degree in Deaf Education. Angela has lived in Reno for three years, and joined the Nevada Sage Waldorf School Faculty in February 2013.
Ilian Willwerth | Lead Early Childhood Teacher
Ms. Ilian is a Waldorf teacher, musician, and puppeteer. She has taught at all age levels – K through Grade 8 at Waldorf schools around the country. As a child she attended Waldorf schools from early childhood through a portion of high school. She has a particular interest in the hand gesture games of Wilma Ellersiek, and has led workshops about these games since 2000. In music education, she has focused her attention on the ‘Mood of the Fifth’; she plays the diatonic and pentatonic flutes as well as saxophone. She speaks fluent German, writes children’s stories, enjoys handwork (especially knitting), as well as playing, singing and writing music. In addition to developing, directing and performing puppet shows, she also trains new puppeteers in Waldorf classrooms. Ilian loves working with both children and parents. She received her Waldorf Certification from Sunbridge Institute (1999), and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Suny Cortland (1988). At Nevada Sage Waldorf School, Ms. Ilian will teach a mixed-age preschool and kindergarten class, and as well as music and German in the grade school.
Paula Leeder | Aftercare Teacher
Ms. Paula is enthusiastic to be back at Nevada Sage Waldorf School. She served our school community as an Assistant Early Childhood Teacher from 2007-2010. She has attended conferences at Rudolf Steiner College, including The Essentials of Waldorf Education, and is looking forward to deepening her studies of Waldorf pedagogy. Previously she worked in the Washoe County School District. Paula is adept at life skills crafts, seasonal and nature based art. She is a good cook – and loves making soup! Paula has two grown daughters.
Halla DeSart | 1st Grade
The Nevada Sage Waldorf School community welcomes Ms. Halla back. She was previously a member of the faculty as an Assistant Early Childhood Teacher (2007), Aftercare Teacher (2008-2009), and Lead Summer Teacher (2010). Now she rejoins the faculty as the 1st Grade Teacher. Halla spent the summer of 2013 preparing to receive her 1st graders by attending The Art of Teaching First Grade at the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training. She is very excited about the school’s growth. Halla received her Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education from the University of Nevada (2012). She loves to care for animals with her menagerie of cats, a dog, a tortoise, and fish. Halla likes hiking and being in nature, and loves to read.
Amy Barber | 2nd Grade
The deep meaning and purpose of Waldorf education is what drew Ms. Amy to Nevada Sage Waldorf School. Before joining our faculty in 2011, Amy’s academic studies spanned twelve years, which included graduate work, postdoctoral research, and teaching. She received a Bachelor of Science in Zoology & Botany & Plant Pathology from Michigan State University (1997), and a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, & Conservation Biology from the University of Nevada (2005). As a child, Amy found her love of nature exploring the fields and natural areas around her home in Michigan; as an adult she has a deep fondness for the natural beauty of the Great Basin. She enjoys hiking in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with her dogs, knitting, and handwork. Amy has been an Assistant and Lead Kindergarten teacher at Nevada Sage Waldorf School, and was instrumental in starting our grade school. She regularly attends courses and workshops at Rudolf Steiner College, including The Art of Teaching Second Grade, and has begun her Waldorf Certification.
Kristin Solberg | Spanish Teacher
Ms. Kristin loves working and playing with children. She studied Spanish in Spain and Ecuador and has traveled extensively in Latin America. She has taught Spanish in high school and community college, and now enjoys teaching younger students. Ms. Kristin teaches Spanish at Nevada Sage Waldorf School to 1st and 2nd graders. She attended a Waldorf Spanish Conference at Rudolf Steiner College in the summer of 2013 – The Art of Spanish Language Teaching: Teaching Spanish Through the Grades.