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Mary Barhydt

Grade 3 Class Teacher

Mary has been involved with Waldorf Education for 26 years, having found her way to Waldorf school through her 2 daughters, who attended from kindergarten through 12th grade. After seeing the wonders and beauty of her children's early schooling, she decided to find out about the mysterious riches that inspire this education. She completed the Waldorf Teacher training in 1996, having worked previously as a music therapist, a music teacher, and a training consultant. Mary began teaching Music at the San Francisco Waldorf School in 1995 and after 11 years, she became a class teacher. She has completed courses in "Teaching Sensible Science", "Uncovering the Voice", and "Making Math Real". Mary is currently studying about the healing aspects of Waldorf Education through a graduate program at Antioch University. Mary enjoys folk dancing, hiking, singing, and experimenting with fermentation in her kitchen, where she regularly brews batches of kombucha, kefir, and yogurt. She is immensely grateful to Rudolf Steiner, to those people who created our school, to all who strive to help it grow and prosper, and to her husband Ralph, who has supported her through 30 years of marriage.

John Burket

HS Biology
High School Waldorf Teacher Training Program
High School Waldorf Teacher Training Program
Mr. Burket received his Ph.D. in soil science from Oregon State University, his MS in biology from the University of Oregon and his BA in geology from the University of Vermont. After graduating from college, Mr. Burket took over the ownership of his family’s farm in Pennsylvania, converting it to an organic grain and livestock operation. During this time he also earned his teaching certificate in biology and general science and taught science for two years in a public high school. He completed his Foundation Year at the Eugene Waldorf Teacher Training Program and taught math and science blocks in the eighth grade at the Eugene Waldorf School. Mr. Burket completed the High School Teaching Program through Rudolf Steiner College in 2000.

Allison Carroll

K3 Lead Teacher

Ms. Carroll completed her Waldorf Early Childhood training in 2007. She holds a BA in Medieval Studies from UC San Diego, an MS in Higher Education Administration from Colorado State University and an M.Litt in Medieval History from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland where she served as a Rotary Ambassador of Goodwill Scholar. Ms. Carroll studied at the National University of Ireland in Galway for one year and has worked with children and families for over 20 years in both the college and early childhood setting, serving as an International Student Advisor, Residence Life Director, Parent-Child Program Director, Nursery and Kindergarten teacher. She has two children who attend San Francisco Waldorf High School and is an ardent supporter of nature connection for children and families.

Jessica Eicher

HS Chair
Ms. Eicher first joined the administrative staff at San Francisco Waldorf High School in 2009, working for three years as the High School Administrator, before taking up the High School Chair position. She earned a BA in Art History from Bates College and completed the Waldorf Teacher Training Program at Rudolf Steiner College. She brings many years of administrative experience to the school, including program management at the Waldorf teacher training program and a decade of work in arts administration in the non-profit and gallery world. Ms. Eicher enjoys the complexities of collaborative leadership and is committed to the social art of working with faculty, parents, administration and students to further the impulses of Waldorf Education. She has two children thriving at the San Francisco Waldorf Grade School campus.

Dagmar Eisele

K2 Lead Teacher

Ms. Eisele is a master Kindergarten teacher who mentors, trains and evaluates early childhood programs and teachers across northern California. She is regional co-chair for the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America and guest lectures in local Waldorf teacher training programs. Ms. Eisele has taught at San Francisco Waldorf School for over 30 years and serves in multiple leadership capacities for the school. She taught handwork in grades one through eight and is a founding member of the Magic Lantern Traveling Marionette Theatre. Ms. Eisele grew up in Germany and has undergone extensive training and education in Waldorf early childhood pedagogy and child development both abroad and in the US. Her older daughter graduated in 1988 with the first San Francisco Waldorf School class and her second daughter was a member of the first San Francisco Waldorf High School graduating class.

Corinne Fendell

Grade 8 Class Teacher

Ms. Fendell holds a BA in History from Ohio University. She has been an active parent in the school since its founding in 1979. She was the Administrative Secretary for six years and the Administrator for three years. Ms. Fendell served on the Board of Trustees for eight years. She has completed the Rudolf Steiner College Foundation Year through the Extension Program and a one-year apprenticeship in all grades here at the school. She has also completed the Remedial Training Program at Rudolf Steiner College.

Karmin Guzder

Grade 7 Class Teacher

John Jackson

HS Mathematics, 9th Grade Sponsor, College

Mr. Jackson completed his Waldorf Teacher Training at Emerson College in 1983. He taught for 15 years at the Summerfield Waldorf School in Santa Rosa before coming to the San Francisco Waldorf School in 2001. He was a class teacher for 11 years and now teaches math, movement, and health.

Laurence Jaquet

Upper Grades Resource Teacher, College Co-Chair

Ms. Jaquet grew up in France and Switzerland. She graduated in 1987 from the Architecture School of the Swiss Institute of Technology in Zurich. She practiced architecture in Europe, Asia and the United States before enrolling in the San Francisco Extension Program of Rudolf Steiner College in 1998.

Erin Kemp

GS Handwork, College

Monika Leitz

Eurythmy, Grades 1-7

Diana Mei

Parent-Child Program Director

Diana Marshall Mei attended the San Francisco Teacher Training of Rudolf Steiner College and the University of California at Berkeley. A fluent signer and mother of a deaf daughter, Diana taught Sign Language in a Berkeley public school then taught Waldorf kindergarten in the East Bay for 16 years. Diana is also the Assistant Director of Northern California Coast LifeWays. Diana is married to San Francisco native Alexis Mei and is the mother to three children and three step-children. Her eldest step-daughter attended SFWS and four of the five younger children attended Waldorf school in the East Bay. Diana grew up in a large Italian family where food and festivals were an important part of her childhood. She spends her free time hiking in nature, reading, knitting, sewing, crafting, and cooking.

Karen Nelson

GS Chair

Tamar Resnick

Grade 5 Class Teacher

Tamar Resnick followed her children into Waldorf education. After watching the delight they took in going to school each day, she decided she wanted a Waldorf education as well, and the only way to achieve that would be through teaching the curriculum. She holds a certificate in Waldorf Grade School Teaching from Rudolf Steiner College. With a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College (with an emphasis on Literature, Studio Art, and World Religions), an M.A. in Art Therapy from University of San Francisco, an M.S. in Clinical Psychology, and 15 years of experience as a psychotherapist, she draws on her diverse background to inform her teaching. She enjoys handwork, chalkboard drawing, world mythology, and the antics of her two cats. Both of her children, “Waldorf lifers,” are currently attending college.

Heidi Schwarzenbach

Nursery Program Director
Heidi Schwarzenbach is the founding Nursery Program Director and Lead Teacher for Elves Corner. She has been at SFWS since 1999. Heidi was born and raised on the East Coast. She graduated in 1977 from Colgate University with a BA in English Literature and Biology. After working in textiles in New York City for five years, she was transferred to San Francisco. Heidi completed the Rudolf Steiner College teacher trainnig program in 2001 and is also certified by the State of California. Heidi ran a Waldorf-inspired nursery in her home before coming to SFWS. She is an avid cycler who enjoys ocean swimming, backpacking, and reading. She is a founding member of the Magic Lantern Traveling Marionette Theatre. Her twin sons attended SFWS from Kindergarten through 12th grade and currently attend college at the University of Puget Sound and at the University of Montana.
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