Early Childhood Faculty

Brynn Hart
Brynn HartParent & Tot Teacher
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Brandy Hinkle
Brandy HinkleTransitional Kindergarten Teacher
Brandy Hinkel began her career at Sierra Waldorf School in 2001 as a kindergarten assistant in the Moss Rose kindergarten. She joined the 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 TK program. Brandy completed her Waldorf teacher certification through Rudolph Steiner college and is an accredited ECE lead teacher and director.
Kayla Wilson
Kayla WilsonTransitional Kindergarten Assistant
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Colleen McCool
Colleen McCoolKindergarten Teacher
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AnnMarie Black
AnnMarie BlackKindergarten Teacher
AnnMarie Black is the White 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.
Shannon McCormick
Shannon McCormickKindergarten Assistant
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Kailee Burleigh
Kailee BurleighKindergarten Assistant
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The Grades Faculty

Elizabeth McDaniel
Elizabeth McDanielClass Teacher
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Kamryn Miranda
Kamryn MirandaClass Teacher
Kamryn’s interest in Waldorf Education grew out of a need for her two children to be schooled in an environment that honored their growth and development as whole human beings. She studied International Relations and Economics at the University of Souther California; Early Childhood Special Education at SF State and City College of San Francisco; and strives to be learning something new all the time.
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.
Jennifer Reggiardo
Jennifer ReggiardoClass Teacher
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Jessica Robertson
Jessica RobertsonClass Teacher
Sierra Waldorf School has been a garden that has grown me as a human being and a teacher–from my beginnings in After School Care, working as a classroom assistant, through teacher training (a tribute to Auction Fund-A-Need!), Bill’s lecture cycles, as a parent and community member, into my Class Teacher position–I am grateful to be in service here.
Rory Thompson
Rory ThompsonClass Teacher
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Carol Weston Crich
Carol Weston CrichClass Teacher
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Kristi Robinson
Kristi RobinsonClass Teacher
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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 firs 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 the Sierra Waldorf School 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
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Deborah Mills
Deborah MillsWoodworking Teacher
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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.
Susan Strauss
Susan StraussEurythmy Teacher
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Carol Weston Crich
Carol Weston CrichChoir Teacher
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Staff

Kim Pendelton
Kim PendeltonAdministrator
Kim brings 13 years of experience in Waldorf school administration in the US and abroad. She has over 20 years of experience in small business management, organizational development and office administration. Kim has served on AWSNA accreditation teams and as the AWSNA regional representative to ANA (Administrative Network of AWSNA) for Northern California for over 5 years. She has served on several nonprofit boards in Waldorf schools and other non-profit organizations. She has a BS in Biology from California State Polytechnic and a Post-Graduate teaching degree from Victoria University, Wellington New Zealand.
Caroline Shirato
Caroline ShiratoDevelopment Director
Caroline grew up in Pleasanton, and joined the Navy in 1996. After her time in the service, She earned her bachelors in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. Caroline has worked in nonprofits for the past 13 years and has been with the Sierra Waldorf School since 2009. She was drawn to Development at SWS after her oldest son enrolled in 2007 and she experienced the wonderful education that was offered for both of her children and the support towards parents.
Stephanie Vega-Strong
Stephanie Vega-StrongAdministrative Assistant
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Art Hewitt
Art HewittSite Maintenance
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Rita Zdaneviciute
Rita ZdaneviciuteASC Director
I grew up in Lithuania but lived in the United States most of my adult life. Besides being a parent, I keep myself busy with many interests, enjoy adventures outdoors, and absolutely love being part of Sierra Waldorf School community!