Meet the Administration
Interim School Director
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.
Raised in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, Ms. Rachel has always loved being surrounded by nature. In 2005, along with her Husband and two small children, they decided to move to Central Oregon where they could hike, swim, camp, ski and enjoy the beauty and offerings of Bend and the surrounding areas. In 2008, they welcomed their youngest daughter into their family. Ms. Rachel was introduced into Waldorf Education when her oldest daughter was ready to begin Kindergarten. Ms. Rachel says “I dropped my daughter off for her first day of school with tears from both of us, when I returned to pick her up, she smiled up at me and asked when she would be coming back to school.” Thus, began a life long love for Waldorf Education. Ms. Rachel began by parent volunteering in her daughters Kindergarten class, then began to transition into the role of Kindergarten assistant (often while wearing her youngest daughter in a sling). Ms. Rachel says “I truly never wanted to leave the classroom and found myself ready to become a teacher and begin my Waldorf Training, and now one of my children has gone on to become a Waldorf Graduate, and I still enjoy having my younger two within our school”.
Ms. Rachel has more than 10 years of experience in Waldorf Early Childhood classrooms. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and Finance from North Carolina State University, and Mention Bien in Study of French Language, Institut de Francais, Ville Franche Sur Mer, France. Ms. Rachel completed her Waldorf Early Childhood training in July of 2018.
Taylor Blacklock moved from Crested Butte, Colorado to join the Bend community. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in English from Western State Colorado University And has spent her years since then teaching children of all ages. Prior to moving here she was a toddler teacher. She wanted to work with an older age group which is what she was searching for when she found the Waldorf School of Bend. Taylor has taught in a variety of setting and educational models and is so excited to learn as she joins the Waldorf School of Bend as the Director of Extended Care!
Taylor is also an amazing artist and is loving exploring Oregon with all it’s natural beauty.
Outreach Coordinator and 6th Grade Math Teacher
Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Nicole Blume grew up with two younger siblings and a backyard sanctuary of ducks, rabbits, guinea pigs, dogs, and endangered tortoises. She began studying woodworking, ceramics, drawing, painting, and the sculptural arts in high school, while working part time as a babysitter, camp counselor, art assistant volunteer, and big sister mentor for children in low-income communities. After graduating from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in English Literature in 2009, she returned to LA to work 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 Ocean Charter School, a summer early childhood assistant teacher at Highland Hall, a teaching assistant at the Pasadena Waldorf School, and now the Woodworking & Practical Arts teacher at the Waldorf School of Bend, in addition to overseeing the school’s community outreach efforts and social media accounts.
Ms. Blume is also a mother to wonderfully spirited little toddler and is expecting her second bundle of joy this summer 2020! She is so happy she relocated to beautiful Bend with her family.
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!