Meet the Administration

Meet the Administration

Darren Hansen

Darren Hansen

School Director

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 capacity he oversaw the recruitment, admissions, administration, scholarship management and retention of 3,000 university students, as well as strategic planning, curriculum refinement and program compliance of 32 university Aerospace Studies Departments throughout the western United States.

During his tenure in the Air Force he garnered extensive leadership, administrative, managerial, budgetary and facilities management experience in numerous organizations of all sizes; several focused specifically on education. He holds a BA in Urban & Regional Planning from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, a MA in National Security & Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, RI as well as a year-long National Security Fellowship at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, MA.

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.”

Sarah Rucker

Sarah Rucker

Admissions Director

Sarah Rucker discovered Waldorf Education while seeking a style of education that would suite her son and unfold in a more balanced and developmentally appropriate way. As a parent at her child’s Waldorf school, Sarah became more and more involved first as a class parent, then coordinating outreach events, fundraisers and creating opportunities to educate the community on the beauty of a Waldorf Education. Sarah has been employed in Waldorf settings for years as everything from Office Manager to interim Administrator to Enrollment Director.

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.

Margie Edwards

Margie Edwards

Educational Support

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.

In her spare time, Ms. Margie walks her dog, cuddles her cat, and enjoys the company of three groups of cousins who live in central Oregon. She also enjoys books, poetry, the piano, and art of all kinds.

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!

2150 NE Studio Rd. Suite 2
Bend, Oregon 97701
(541) 330-8841

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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