Meet the Administration
Cecelia McClellan brings a wealth of experience as our new School Director at the Waldorf School of Bend. Her background of twenty years of teaching, years of working in school leadership, as well as being a former school director will serve our school community in its next stage of development. Cecelia most recently worked at a school in Portland Oregon, serving 300 students which gave her extensive and innovative knowledge in budgeting, enrollment and marketing strategies as well as a broad pedagogical awareness for serving students and supporting teachers in delivering Waldorf education. Serving on the WECAN and AWSNA accrediting teams has given her ample opportunities to observe “best practices” in Waldorf schools.
Cecelia’s natural leadership lends to inspire and support her colleagues and community. She is an avid learner and has many connections in the Waldorf teaching and administrative community whom have supported her in her own growth and development. She prides herself in being a mentor, community builder, and enthusiast for education. Most importantly, Cecelia is an advocate for children and their future.
While not at school, Cecelia loves to spend time with her husband, son and daughter and her extended family. She loves to walk, sing, dance, laugh and is an avid gardener.
Mrs. Rucker grew up in Southern California enjoying a childhood full of adventures. Bicycling to the beach after school, spending significant time in tree houses, traveling with her family and being responsible for the menagerie of animals residing in her home are all fond memories. Sarah was relocated to the Bay Area with her family following high school, and attended a small junior college with small classes and incredible teachers. She transferred to Arizona State University, focusing on a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism. Sarah also studied abroad at Richmond College in London, England.
Sarah and her family’s love of nature and outdoor recreation brought them to Central Oregon where she feels blessed to have found the Waldorf School of Bend and given the opportunity to serve as the school’s Admissions 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.
After 30 years as an elementary school teacher and administrator in California, Ms. Margie relocated to Bend from San Diego in 2016. She began substitute teaching at Waldorf School of Bend in 2017 and quickly fell in love with the Waldorf philosophy along with the faculty, staff, and children here. Now providing educational support and student assessments, Margie feels extraordinarily fortunate to be spending her days with the WSB community.
Darren Hansen is retired from the U.S. Air Force after 26 years of services as a leader, mentor and manager in aviation and education, most recently as Commander of the U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps’ Northwest Region. In this executive leadership
During his tenure in the Air
Darren and Erin Hansen have two sons attending WSB in 7th grade and 5th grade. He took this position in reflection of his family’s commitment to the Waldorf educational philosophy, to the growth and success of WSB and in a desire to integrate into and enrich our community. “I am drawn to Waldorf education because of the way it unfolds to meet the child. The Curriculum makes the student the center of exploration, experience and discovery. It affords children the opportunity to maximize their self-actualization: building confidence and a clearer picture of who they are and where they exist in our world. In a day and age where the pressures of everyday life are so broad, they are empowered to make thoughtful and informed decisions for themselves and our greater community.”
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!
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“Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility—these three forces are the very nerve of education.” – Rudolf Steiner