Michael Seifert graduated from Cornell University in 1977 majoring in biology. His interests led him to a career in computer technology and a passion for ceramic arts. He became a stay-at-home dad in 1997. Because of his love of children and education, he began the Waldorf teacher training in 2000. Before moving to Sandpoint, he taught 1st and 2nd grades at the Marin Waldorf School in California. He has taught at the Sandpoint Waldorf School since 2005. He resides in Sandpoint with his wife and two children, one a graduate of the Sandpoint Waldorf School and one a current student at the school.
Yvette McGowan graduated from Sonoma State University in 1988 with a B.A. in mathematics. In 2004, she graduated from the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training. Yvette taught math and handwork at the Marin Waldorf School for eight years before moving back to the Sandpoint area where she began teaching handwork and upper grade math classes at the Sandpoint Waldorf School. Yvette also co-taught a 7th/8th grade class before embarking on her current full-time teaching position at the school. She is a founding partner of Camp Eureka, a Waldorf-inspired summer camp for children, located near the shore of beautiful Lake Pend Oreille. Yvette raised two children, Savannah and Django, both Waldorf school graduates. She enjoys many outdoor activities including hiking, running and skiing and is an avid knitter when she has to be indoors.
Julie McCallan has been teaching at the Sandpoint Waldorf School since 1999. She holds an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Illinois, a B.A. from the University of Colorado and a Waldorf teaching certification from Eugene, Oregon. Prior to moving to Sandpoint and joining the Sandpoint Waldorf School, Julie taught kindergarten, and first and second grades at the Roaring Fork Waldorf School in Carbondale, Colorado. She grew up in the Southwest and spent much of her childhood camping and hiking. After a break from formal teaching, Julie served in the Peace Corps in Ecuador where she taught sewing, cooking and gardening to children and adults. She then joined the Sandpoint Waldorf School as a teacher. Julie has two children, Megan and Ethan. Her daughter Megan graduated from the Sandpoint Waldorf School in 2001.
Kelly Kietzman – Bio will be available shortly.
Sarah Shaffer - Bio will be available shortly.
Jayana Marshall - Bio will be available shortly.
Angelica Hesse - Bio will be available shortly.
Beth Krause - Beth was in the first class to graduate both from the elementary school and the high school at her local Waldorf School. After high school Beth attended Center for Creative Studies, majoring in Fiber Arts. Working her way through college as a handwork teacher in an alternative school based on the Waldorf approach, Beth found her calling as a teacher outweighing that of being a professional artist. She studied education at the Detroit Institute of Waldorf Education (now Sunbridge College), Wayne State University, and the nationally acclaimed Waldorf Education Remedial Teacher Program. Beth has taught many courses, workshops, and intensives for adults in the areas of Waldorf education and art. Miss Beth (as the children fondly know her) has been a Waldorf teacher of Early Childhood, Class teacher for grades 1-3, Handwork, and the Arts for 34 years. Through her rich experience she brings a love of learning to her students.
Jeanette Rinehart grew up in rural PA and graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. After attending Rutgers University she moved to Bozeman, Montana where she completed a B.S. in Education at Montana State. For five years Jeanette taught at Sant Bani School in New Hampshire, an independent school K-12 school where a reverence for life in all forms and a dedication to the ideal of service to others was taught. She completed an M.Ed. at UNH, then moved to Sandpoint where she discovered Waldorf Education. She has cared for infants and toddlers and has taught preschool, kindergarten and first through fourth grade classes. She holds Idaho and Waldorf Teaching Certificates. In a quest for self-knowledge, Jeanette mediates daily and hosts weekly meditation groups at her home. She also enjoys hiking, biking, swimming, boating, skiing, and sharing her love of music with children. Jeanette’s husband Chris flies for the Forest Service and directs Scholarship Flight Training. Her daughters, both health professionals, live in Portland, Oregon. Jeanette is expecting her first grandchild in November.
Lorilie Heisel is the Kindergarten Assistant and Preschool aftercare provider who brings a gentle and nurturing approach to the children. She has called the Sandpoint area her home for over 30 years. She is the mother of two boys, Jensen and Mathis, who attend the Sandpoint Waldorf School. Lorilie, her wonderful husband, Joe, and their two sons live “on the other side of the lake” in Clark Fork where they enjoy swimming, fishing, hiking, skiing, and riding bikes.
Lisa VanDuesen – Bio and picture will be available shortly.
Susan Prez, teaches knitting, crocheting, and sewing to students in first grade. She enjoys instilling a love of working with the hands and showing children how to make beautiful things which can also be used. She has taught handwork at the Sandpoint Waldorf School since its founding in 1992. Susan is a founding parent of the Sandpoint Waldorf School and has worked at the school since its inception. Susan served as administrative assistant to the president at the North American Farm Alliance where she learned about the workings of non-profit organizations. Her son graduated from the Sandpoint Waldorf School in 2000 and the University of Montana in 2009. Susan is a musician, guitarist and songwriter.
Beth Weber - Bio and picture will be available shortly.
Jesus Quintero - Bio will be available shortly.
Olga Lambert - Bio and picture will be available shortly.
Brigetta Orr - Bio and picture will be available shortly.
Oliver Pratt - Bio and picture will be available shortly.
Amanda Blossom is the aftercare provider for the older grades. She has been a parent at the school since 2002 and an aftercare provider since 2004. Besides her work at the school, Amanda runs a summer camp where she continues her love of working with children. She is dedicated to her three children, Ashland, Sadie, and Kaysia.
Tricia Sullivan – Bio will be available shortly.