Meet the Board of Directors
Board Member, President
Allee is a digital strategist with over 16 years of experience, she’s helped a wide range of clients from sole proprietors to Fortune 500 clients tell their stories in a meaningful way. Her company, TriTrillion, provides digital marketing solutions for businesses that are ready to ditch the status quo and create a memorable online presence.
She is the mommy of Beckett, in Mrs. Hinton’s class, and Wyatt, in Miss Allsopp’s class, and has been a WSB parent for 4 years. Her favorite thing about Waldorf education is that it honors the spiritual aspect of the child, teaching through the head, hands, and heart.
Board Member, Treasurer
Board Member, Secretary
Board Member, Member at LargeAshley found Waldorf education as she and her husband Cole researched alternative options to mainstream education while looking at preschools for their son Wyatt. “The Waldorf philosophy resonated with us as it focuses on the whole child. We want our children to be healthy balanced individuals who are encouraged to be themselves and Waldorf education supports this.”
Ashley and her husband, Cole, have two young sons, Wyatt and Bridger. Wyatt has thrived as a student at Waldorf since 2015 and Bridger will be joining the student body in September 2017.
Board Member, Member at Large
Board Member, Member at LargeChuck Rucker owns a real estate investment company and commercial brokerage. A Waldorf parent for nearly ten years, he served on the board of the Camellia Waldorf School in Sacramento for three years, chaired multiple fundraising, event and operational committees and coached the school soccer team for its first two years.
He is passionate about the outdoors, loves skiing, mountain biking, hiking, golfing and climbing with his friends and family. Chuck and Sarah’s son, Lucas, is currently a 7th grader in Mrs. Anderson’s class.
Board Member, Early Childhood repRachel Caldwell says, “I’m personally committed as both a teacher and a parent to our school. I love seeing my children anxious to go to school each morning. There is such a feeling of joyful learning every day.” Mrs. Caldwell’s Early Childhood classroom is truly a “magical kingdom,” where you will find the children thriving in the midst of beauty, peace, play, and purpose.
Mrs. Caldwell has more than six 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. Rachel has completed 3 of the 4 years of training for her Waldorf Early Childhood certification.
Along with her three children—all of whom attend WSB—and her husband, she moved to Bend in 2006 from Atlanta, Georgia, to be surrounded by nature and family. Mrs. Caldwell considers herself fortunate to have her parents and sister living in Bend, as well. They all love hiking, biking, skiing, and camping in beautiful Central Oregon.
Board Member, Grades Faculty repThom Routt says, “I believe that when the spark of interest is ignited, the wildfire of learning can burn unsuppressed.” And it is no surprise that he uses this bright metaphor—in the summer months, the much-adored Mr. Routt is also a helicopter rappeler wildland firefighter for the US Forest Service.
Mr. Routt has 12 years of teaching experience, including more than eight years in Waldorf classrooms. He completed the elementary grades teacher training at the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training, Sausalito, CA. He also completed the Level I Spatial Dynamics training at the Spatial Dynamics Institute, Mechanicville, NY. Mr. Routt is currently pursuing the Level ll Movement Therapy certification from the Spacial Dynamics Institute.
As a five-year Bend resident, Mr. Routt has fallen in love with the supportive community and is a recreational enthusiast –he takes advantage of mountain biking and cycling, skiing, trail running, river floating, rock climbing, motorcycling and adventure racing. He also enjoys playing guitar, acro yoga and seeing live music.
Board Member, Ex-oficio
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.”
Bend, Oregon 97701
“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