Early Childhood Faculty

Brandy Hinkel
Brandy HinkelRed Rose Preschool Teacher
Brandy began her career at Sierra Waldorf School in 2001 as a kindergarten assistant in the Moss Rose kindergarten. She joined Red Rose as assistant again in 2011. In 2013, Brandy became the lead teacher of the Red Rose kindergarten and is now currently the lead teacher for the Red Rose Preschool program. Brandy completed her Waldorf teacher certification through Rudolph Steiner college and is an accredited ECE lead teacher and director.
AnnMarie Black
AnnMarie BlackWhite Rose Kindergarten Teacher
AnnMarie grew up in Long Beach California and earned her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from California State University Long Beach. She taught at a small pioneering Waldorf school for three years before joining Sierra Waldorf School in the Fall of 2016.  AnnMarie brings warmth and enthusiasm to the Waldorf kindergarten curriculum.  She believes wholeheartedly in the magic of song, play, and baking bread.
Kayla Wilson
Kayla WilsonMoss Rose Kindergarten Teacher
Cassidy Dean
Cassidy DeanEarly Childhood Assistant
Amy DeFelice
Amy DeFeliceEarly Childhood Assistant

The Grades Faculty

Julie Orth
Julie OrthClass Teacher
Julie graduated from Humboldt State University with a BA in Anthropology and minor in Spanish, a MA in Sociology with emphasis on Alternative Dispute Resolution, and a California State Teaching Credential in Social Studies.  She studied in China for a semester and has traveled to Europe, throughout Central America, and much of the US. Her hobbies include international folk dancing and singing and beekeeping. This is her 17th year teaching and her 10th year at SWS.
Elizabeth McDaniel
Elizabeth McDanielClass Teacher
Jessica Robertson
Jessica RobertsonClass Teacher
Jessica graduated from the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training in 2016. She has held the positions of Director of After School Care and classroom assistant for many years before taking her first class in 2015. She and her husband have two children, one of whom is in the grades at SWS, and the other is soon on her way.
Carol Weston Crich
Carol Weston CrichClass Teacher
Kristi Robinson
Kristi RobinsonClass Teacher

Specialty Programs Faculty

Jennifer Aguirre
Jennifer AguirrePuppetry Teacher
Jennifer’s interest in puppetry was inspired at an early age, leading her to create her own puppet shows by the age of 12. Her interest in puppetry continued into young adulthood and came to full inspiration when she saw her first Waldorf puppet show. The beauty of the Waldorf puppetry led Jennifer to explore puppetry for her own young family and quickly grew to being shared with wider audiences. One inspiration led to another an a Waldorf puppetry curriculum was created in a formal capacity in 1998 at SWS and continues to this day.
Makena Clark
Makena ClarkStrings Teacher
Makena is a professional violinist who enjoys playing in orchestras across Northern California and Nevada. She is also an advocate for music education, and believes that music allows children to develop sensitivity, persistence and discipline. She recently completed her Masters degree in violin performance and decided to return to beautiful Tuolumne County, where she can be found backpacking, hiking and skiing in the Sierra.
Larry Giles
Larry GilesGarden Teacher
Deborah Mills
Deborah MillsWoodworking Teacher
Rosamaria Silvers
Rosamaria SilversSpanish Teacher
Born and raised in Chile. Went to Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educacion in Santiago, Chile.
After marrying Tom in 2004, I moved to USA to start a family. I love children and it has been my privilege and blessing to being able to share my language and culture with the children of SWS since 2005.
Carol Weston Crich
Carol Weston CrichChoir Teacher


Marcia Williams
Marcia WilliamsAdministrator
Stefanie Vega Strong
Stefanie Vega StrongEnrollment Assistant
Ruth Brickner
Ruth BricknerAccounting Director