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.
Admissions Director, 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.
Registrar, Extended Care Director, Assistant Kindergarten Teacher
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 and developing her skills in the technical world. Prior to moving here she was a toddler teacher and built websites as well! 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 Director, Woodworking, Practical Arts and Morning Care Teacher
Born and raised in Los Angeles, she grew up with her two younger siblings and a backyard sanctuary of ducks, rabbits, guinea pigs, dogs, and endangered tortoises, who taught her how to love the natural world and all its creatures. Hiking, camping, swimming, and kayaking in a nautical-themed Girl Scout troop filled her childhood, while she began woodworking, ceramics, drawing, painting, and the sculptural arts at her private, liberal arts high school. She loved working with young children and worked as a babysitter, camp counselor, art assistant volunteer at her temple, and a big sister mentor for children in low-income communities. After graduating from U.C. Berkeley in 2009 with a degree in English Literature and two study abroad experiences under her belt (a summer in Sienna, Italy, and a year at Durham University, England), she returned to Los Angeles to work for four years in the Entertainment Industry. Although Hollywood was exciting, she felt the call of her karmic destiny and followed her heart’s desire to become a Waldorf teacher.
She graduated in 2014 with her multiple subjects teaching credential from Cal State University of Northridge and student taught in two local LAUSD elementary schools, before beginning her study of Anthroposophy and Waldorf pedagogy through the Waldorf teacher education program at WISC (graduated 2016). She concurrently enrolled in the Waldorf Practical Arts Training program to deepen her artistic capacities and to prepare for a position as a specialty woodworking teacher (graduated 2018). After working as a long-term substitute teacher for a 5th grade class at a public, Waldorf-inspired charter school, and as a summer early childhood assistant teacher at Highland Hall, she apprenticed for four fantastic years as an assistant teacher in the grades at the Pasadena Waldorf School. She also became a mother to her sweet little girl, Sophia Rose Blume, who is the light of her life and an inspiration for all her work.
After so many years living in the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, Nicole and her family are ready for a new adventure in Oregon, where they have always dreamed of living!
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!