About WSB

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Established in 1997, the Waldorf School of Bend offers a holistic, developmentally appropriate education to children from preschool through 8th grade in beautiful Bend, Oregon.

We are passionate about providing a unique learning environment for our students that will allow them to thrive and flourish in today’s ever-changing world. We help our students grow into socially conscientious, independent thinkers who care about humanity and the natural environment, and who have the skills of resilience, flexibility, and strength of character. Our future depends on educating children who can adapt to these changing times.

By integrating the arts with academics, we provide a joyful curriculum that is rich in hands-on, experiential learning. Whether performing a theater monologue, conducting a chemistry experiment, or knitting a hat, our grades students are exposed to a variety of learning modalities that allows each child to discover their gifts and passion.

Whether performing a theater monologue, conducting a chemistry experiment, or knitting a hat, our grades students are exposed to a variety of learning modalities that allows each child to discover their gifts and passion.

Our youngest students are warmly nurtured and supported by caring teachers and a research-supported play-based learning environment, so that they can grow up to become confident, secure and capable. Welcome to the Waldorf School of Bend – a place to grow, thrive, and find purpose.

Meet the Faculty

The remarkable teachers at WSB are dedicated, creative, experienced, and joyful! Their unified goal is to nourish the genuine love of learning within each child. Our classroom faculty stay with their students for several years, which creates a deep and meaningful teacher-student relationship. The faculty of WSB hold advanced training in childhood education and the Waldorf approach. Our teachers also play an important role in our school’s governance.  Learn more about each of our classroom and specialty faculty!

Early Childhood

Genevieve Schweitzer

Genevieve Schweitzer

Pinecone Kindergarten Lead Teacher

 

Genevieve is originally from Minnesota and has also spent time living in Arizona and California. From a young age Genevieve was passionate about creativity and arts. She received her BFA in Dance Performance and is pursuing her Masters in Special Education.

Genevieve has worked with children in many different roles over 13 years. She has been a dance instructor, preschool teacher aide, behavioral therapist and lead teacher. Outside of working with kids, Genevieve is also a 500 hr Registered Yoga Teacher. She has a true love for teaching yoga. To combine her two passions, she helped to develop an after-school enrichment program that teaches children yoga and mindfulness.

Genevieve is excited to be a part of a community that fosters imagination, creativity and self-expression. In her free time, Genevieve loves to spend time outdoors, hiking and camping with her dogs.

Cyndi Pointer

Cyndi Pointer

Desert Poppy Kindergarten Lead Teacher

 

 Bio Coming Soon!

Kasandra Thomasson

Kasandra Thomasson

Pinecone Assistant Teacher

 

Kasandra grew up in Hayward, California and has made Oregon her home for the past 9 years. In her free time, she’ll be caught playing fetch with her cat Esme, watercolor painting, playing a competitive game of basketball or out fishing.

She began her teaching career 6 years ago, helping children grow to their fullest potential. To her, teaching isn’t just a job, but a work of the heart. Her passion for teaching has led to her goal of completing her degree in elementary/early childhood education in the future. Her experience teaching in multiple settings and different aged classes has certainly enlightened her over the years. She is excited to start this new chapter and is so happy to bring her teaching capabilities and love to the amazing students of the Waldorf School Of Bend.

Alicia Greenleaf

Alicia Greenleaf

Desert Poppy Assistant Teacher

 

Alicia was raised in the Sierra Foothills of California, where she attended Sierra Waldorf School from kindergarten through eighth grade. From the minute Alicia entered the Waldorf community, it became clear that she had indeed found her true home and family. During her time at Waldorf Alicia fell in love with nature, music, and fine art, and the seeds were planted for her to grow and blossom into a creative, nature loving designer and teacher.

Alicia holds a bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Cruz with a focus on printmaking, photography, and Spanish language. She studied Spanish language in Spain for 6 months at the University of Alcala de Henares near Madrid. While studying art, Alicia also worked as a preschool teacher’s assistant at the on campus family childcare center as well as nannied for several families in the Santa Cruz area. After graduating from UCSC, Alicia spent a month backpacking through the high Sierras studying Nature Philosophy and Ecopsychology through the Sierra Institute’s California Wilderness program.

Alicia moved to San Francisco in 2010 to further her creative career at the California College of the Arts, where she received a BFA in graphic design after three years of rigorous training. In parallel to her design training, Alicia continued to develop her experience in the field of childcare. She nannied in several San Francisco households as well as worked in a Waldorf preschool in San Francisco.

Alicia moved to Bend 2 years ago and has worked for a local children’s adventure outdoor camp as well as one of the Bend Waldorf School’s aftercare lead teachers, and kindergarten teacher’s assistant. She was recently accepted into the West Coast Institute’s Early Childcare Waldorf Teacher Training Program in British Columbia and is so excited to take her teaching experience to a new level.

Hannah Haerr

Hannah Haerr

Desert Poppy Assistant Teacher

 

Hannah Haerr grew up in the foothills of the San Bernardino mountains in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. She went camping often as a child, growing a deep love and connection to our natural world. She has an empathic and enthusiastic spirit, rooted in creativity and forever inspired by nature.
 
Hannah attended Humboldt State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Management & Protection, emphasizing in Environmental Education and Interpretation with a minor in Environmental Ethics. She discovered her love for working with children through volunteering in after school programs and working at a summer camp on the Lost Coast of California. Hannah has spent the last 10 years teaching in the outdoor classroom as a traveling Naturalist, Camp Counselor, Adaptive XC Ski guide in California and Horticultural Therapy Guide in Hawaii. Finding her way to the Waldorf School of Bend in January 2020 as a Nursery School Assistant and now as an Assistant Kindergarten Teacher. Hoop-dancing, hiking, watercoloring, crafting and storytelling are a few of her favorite things to do outside of work.
Samantha Hensley

Samantha Hensley

Floater / Teacher Support

 

Samantha Hensley was raised in rural Yamhill County. During her childhood she participated in extensive outdoor activities, giving her the opportunity to truly love and appreciate the outdoors. Throughout high school she won state awards for softball, practiced yoga and started her journey becoming an educator.

While attending Oregon State University she volunteered at numerous local elementary schools, helping build her experience as an early childhood educator. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State in Pre-Education, focusing on behavior science and sociology.

She recently relocated from Salem, Oregon to the Bend area. She is excited to discover what central Oregon has to offer. In her free time, you could find her outside with her dogs, hiking, fly fishing and camping!!

Katelynn Adams

Katelynn Adams

EC Substitute

 

Katelynn was raised over the valley in Sherwood Oregon and has always been one to follow her passion to do anything that helps bring a smile to others.

 

She has been working with kids for a total of 9 years, and has taught horseback riding classes, worked as an aid at three other schools, worked for the YMCA , and volunteered for many child care facilities.
During Katelynn’s spare time, she enjoys the outdoors, meeting new friends, and rooting herself into the community. She is looking forward to growing within our Waldorf School.

Lower Grades

Miro Frankzerda

Miro Frankzerda

Grades 1 & 2 Teacher

 

Miro Frankzerda grew up in Western Oregon, surrounded by lush forests and inspirational artists of all kinds. After graduating with a  B.A. in Biopsychology, he spent three years teaching around the world highlighted by contracts in Thailand and Ecuador. He has a calm and steady demeanor that is paired with a deep investment in the education of children.

Miro has a love of nature that he integrates into his educational approach. He recently worked with New Vision Wilderness Therapy, which is an incredibly rigorous program providing a physically and emotionally safe place for adolescents and young adults in the context of the outdoors.

 
Ryan Kimball

Ryan Kimball

Grades 1 & 2 Assistant Teacher

 

Ryan Kimball grew up in the beautiful town of Hood River, Oregon where she formed a deep love for the outdoors and all the sports that go along with being outside. She attended the University of Oregon where she knew she wanted to work with children. While in college, Ryan got the opportunity to study abroad in Northern Spain, which sparked her passion for traveling. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

After college she hoped on a one way flight to Kathmandu, Nepal, where she lived in an orphanage. She taught the children English, helped with homework, and learned the Nepali culture. She then continued to travel the world from the Philippines to Nicaragua to Morocco.

Between her travels, she found her old love for skiing, which resulted in pursuing a life of moving to a new ski town every winter, eventually landing her Bend. In her free time, you can find her out in the backcountry either skiing, mountain biking, paddle boarding, backpacking or playing with her two pups. She is very excited to start this new chapter working with children integrating everything she learned from her worldly travels and outdoor experience into the classroom.

Junior High

Moe Anderson

Moe Anderson

Grade 8 Teacher & Junior High Director

 

Moe Anderson says, “I believe our task as educators is to allow for the natural unfolding of each child’s unique abilities.” As the teacher for WSB’s 7th and 8th grade students, Mrs. Anderson brings a signature passion and enthusiasm to the junior high curriculum. From algebra to statistics and probability, chemistry to astronomy, literature to fine and performing arts, and beyond—she creates rigorous, experiential learning both in and outside of her classroom.

Mrs. Anderson has been teaching Waldorf curriculum for more than 13 years. She is a Facilitator at the Micha-el Institute for the Teacher Training External Grades Program. Her credentials include a Bachelor of Science, SUNY@ Potsdam, NY; a Master’s in Education, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA; and a Teaching Certificate for Grades 1-12, Micha-el Institute, Portland, OR. She is also a Professor of Ceramics, Fine Arts and Communication Department, Central Oregon Community College.

Mrs. Anderson is also a nationally awarded, honored and recognized visual and ceramic artist. She and her family moved to Bend in 2004 in search of a community that supported a Waldorf grades program for their two young sons. She says, “My husband’s natural curiosity and love of the outdoors were nurtured and supported through his educational experiences at the Sacramento Waldorf School, where he is an Alumnus. We wanted this same opportunity for our two boys; we have found it here at the Waldorf School of Bend.”

Subject Teachers

Laura Holtsberg

Laura Holtsberg

Handwork and Practical Arts Teacher

Laura Holtsberg grew up in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina surrounded by lush forests and steeped in the rich culture of handcrafting.

Laura received her BA in English Literature from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with intensive studies in the Art and Theatre Arts Department and completed post graduate work at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC in the Art and Education Departments.  She attended Penland School of Crafts in NC and held a studio assistantship in the Dye Workshop. She is currently pursuing her foundation year Waldorf Teacher Training through the Micha-el Institute. Mrs. Holtsberg has taught art and fiber craft classes to children and adults for many years and loves passing her skills along to her students. For the past 30 years she has been a production fiber artist presenting her art clothing line in wholesale and retail markets across the country.  

When Laura was introduced to the Waldorf educational philosophy it resonated deeply within her.  She and her daughter have followed a Waldorf inspired path by participating in a Parent and Toddler Program, outdoor Preschool and Kinder and the Grades Program at The Siskiyou School in Ashland, OR. Laura assisted in the Handwork Program at The Siskiyou School for 4½ years, was an Art instructor in the schools Middle School Art Program and held the Aftercare Program.  She worked at Madrone Trail Public Charter Waldorf School as the Reading Interventionist.  

The Holtsbergs moved to Bend in January of 2017 and joined the Waldorf School of Bend Community.  Her daughter Lilly is in our Jr. High.

Carla Delfino

Carla Delfino

Lower Grades Spanish Teacher

Carla Delfino was born in Buenos Aires, and grew up in Neuquen, Patagonia Argentina. She moved to the USA at 18 to study Marine Science and Biology at the University of Miami. She then moved to Alaska to work in the Marine Sciences department at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. After almost four years in Alaska, and a year of travel, Carla worked in Hawaii for Dolphin Quest as an educator, teaching kids about the fascinating ocean world. She also worked as a field biologist doing research at the base of Mauna Loa.

In 2007 Carla and her husband moved back to the mainland, to be closer to family, finally settling in Bend in 2008. Since moving to Bend, Carla has worked as an educator at the Sunriver Nature Center and at the Natural Areas Association. When their daughter Rowan was two, Carla decided to become a full-time mom.  Carla began teaching Spanish to pre-school aged children in 2015, and began teaching Lower Grades Spanish at the Waldorf School of Bend in 2017. Carla has been enjoying teaching in the Waldorf philosophy and actively learning more about the methods involved.

When not teaching, Carla loves to spend time with her family, traveling, hiking, skiing, canoeing, rafting, practicing martial arts and reading!

Eileen Poxon

Eileen Poxon

Upper Grades Spanish Teacher

Eileen Poxon graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a degree in Spanish.  She then promptly moved to Spain for 5 years and continued her education at Mangold Language school and New York University, Madrid.  She later became a high school Spanish teacher in California where she taught years one through four, honors and AP.  To further enhance her language instruction, she attended the Stanford University California Language Project and the University of Salamanca, Spain.

Since moving to Bend, Oregon Eileen has taught Spanish for Central Oregon Community College, Continuing Education, works as a substitute teacher in our local high schools, and tutors adults one on one in the language.

Eileen prioritizes her family, friends, and beloved students. She loves to travel, especially to Spanish speaking countries, and has a passion for the beautiful state of Oregon.

Robert Neal

Robert Neal

Upper Grades Movement Teacher

 

During my years at UC Santa Cruz, where I received my bachelor’s in Art History, I met an old man who taught Tai Chi. He was quirky and funny, and I was fascinated by the way he moved. Before long, I was completely obsessed with the martial art, and I started going to Tai Chi classes four times a week.

Since then, the practice has unfolded into all areas of my life. It continues to show me the great value of movement practices on physical, mental, and spiritual levels, and it informs within me a certain love for movement. As a teacher, I try to remember my own childhood days in PE classes. I aim to have fun and experience games with the students from their own perspective, and I believe this brings a lot of energy to the class.

Meet the Administration

Nate Brocious

Nate Brocious

Interim School Director - nbrocious@bendwaldorf.com

 

Nate moved to Bend in 2007 after spending most of his life in Phoenix, Arizona. An interested and precocious child, Nate began his educational journey being homeschooled with his brother. From there he experienced almost every facet of the educational system including private school, public school, community college, private university, and state university. His passion for educational knowledge is only rivaled by his passion for people. His passions include the development and growth of individuals, organizational culture, and multiple team collaboration.

Nate adventures through life with his wife, two boys, and Bernedoodle. They enjoy foraging, outdoor exploration, and donating food to the community from their urban nano-farm. He is passionate about the holistic education of children and engages in this type of education with his own two boys. From trips to Glass Butte to Morel Hunting on the Metolious, he is always looking for ways to connect with people and nature.

Maleea Brocious

Maleea Brocious

Admissions & Business Manager - mbrocious@bendwaldorf.com

Born and raised in Bend, Oregon, Maleea grew up spending much of her time outdoors. At 19 she decided to see the world and traveled to Uganda, Africa where she lived in cultural immersion, learning from local tribes and working alongside Ugandan led nonprofits to educate remote communities about HIV/AIDs. During that time, she connected with and began working for an international organization that was planning a conference for key worldwide leaders to discuss global non-profit strategies combating HIV/AIDs. Maleea spent years as an event planner for various organizations, but was eventually drawn back to Central Oregon. 

The daughter of an entrepreneur, Maleea has spent much of her life in the family business where she learned all aspects of production, finance and marketing. She uses those skills as brand/market manager for her family business and most recently as Business Manager for WSB, where she has the opportunity to combine both her non-profit and business experience.

Maleea has been happily married to Mr. Nate for 9 years and has two young sons. She enjoys foraging for seasonal culinary and medicinal plants, practicing herbalism and maintaining a ⅓ acre urban nano farm from which she educates the community, and donates produce to those in need.

Nicole Blume

Nicole Blume

Marketing & Outreach Coordinator/ Registrar - nblume@bendwaldorf.com

Nicole Blume grew up in Los Angeles, CA and graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in English Literature. She worked for several years in the Entertainment Industry, where she gained valuable experience in office administration and community outreach. Although Hollywood was exciting, she felt compelled to switch careers and become a Waldorf teacher instead.  

She graduated with her multiple subjects teaching credential from Cal State University of Northridge in 2014, from the Waldorf Institute of Southern California teacher preparation program in 2016, and from the Waldorf Practical Arts Training program in 2018. She has worked at a variety of different Waldorf schools in various capacities, including as a long-term substitute teacher at a Waldorf-inspired public charter school, a summer early childhood assistant teacher, a grades teaching assistant for four years, a morning care teacher, and a woodworking & practical arts teacher. Currently she oversees the school’s community outreach efforts, website development, and social media accounts as the WSB Outreach Coordinator. 

Ms. Blume is also a mother to two little girls and is very happy she relocated to beautiful Bend with her family.