Meet the Faculty
Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten
Nursery Lead Teacher
Miss Jen is the lead teacher of the Rosebud Nursery at the Waldorf School of Bend. She completed her teaching credential program with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a minor in Deaf Studies and Art. Over the past 25 years, Miss Jen has had the pleasure of working with students of all ages, from preschool through Jr. College, in various educational settings. These settings range from adventure and outdoor forest camps to tutoring and educational interpreting with American Sign Language. In addition to teaching, she is Mama to Eleanor in Jr. High (Grade 8) and Owen in Elementary (Grade 5), who both attend WSB. Miss Jen joined the Waldorf studies program at the Waldorf School of Orange County when her oldest was in the parent and tot group and she has enjoyed working in Waldorf early childhood education ever since!
Nursery Lead Teacher
Stephanie was born and raised in the mountains of Durango, Colorado. It was there that a deep-rooted respect for nature, creativity, and an unconventional approach to learning was instilled and inspired for life. After relocating to Bend and starting a family, Stephanie has collectively spent over 15 years in Oregon. Stephanie discovered Waldorf when seeking fulfilling and enriching education options for her two children. An immediate personal connection was formed with the unique teaching approach of Waldorf and the whole family fell in love with the school community. Stephanie is currently deepening her knowledge and passion of teaching, child development and Anthroposophy at the Micha-el Institute. She is grateful to be working within a community where each day is an inspiring and enriching experience of consciousness where children are nurtured on their individual journeys in a wholesome environment. Outside of work some of her passions are gardening through revegetation, zero-waste sustainability, natural bee-keeping, cooking and art.
Preschool Lead Teacher
Ms. Jessica was born and raised in Alaska, moved to central Oregon in 2014 . She loves animals, hiking in the Cascades, spending time with her daughters and friends in her free time.
Lower Grades, Grades 1-6
Grades 1 & 2
Bio Coming Soon!
Mixed Age Cohort Teacher, Handwork, and Practical Arts
Laura Holtsberg grew up in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina surrounded by lush forests and steeped in the rich culture of handcrafting.
Laura received her BA in English Literature from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with intensive studies in the Art and Theatre Arts Department and completed post graduate work at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC in the Art and Education Departments. She attended Penland School of Crafts in NC and held a studio assistantship in the Dye Workshop. She is currently pursuing her foundation year Waldorf Teacher Training through the Micha-el Institute. Mrs. Holtsberg has taught art and fiber craft classes to children and adults for many years and loves passing her skills along to her students. For the past 30 years she has been a production fiber artist presenting her art clothing line in wholesale and retail markets across the country.
When Laura was introduced to the Waldorf educational philosophy it resonated deeply within her. She and her daughter have followed a Waldorf inspired path by participating in a Parent and Toddler Program, outdoor Preschool and Kinder and the Grades Program at The Siskiyou School in Ashland, OR. Laura assisted in the Handwork Program at The Siskiyou School for 4½ years, was an Art instructor in the schools Middle School Art Program and held the Aftercare Program. She worked at Madrone Trail Public Charter Waldorf School as the Reading Interventionist.
The Holtsbergs moved to Bend in January of 2017 and joined the Waldorf School of Bend Community. Her daughter Lilly is in our Jr. High.
Junior High, Grades 7-8
Grade 8 & Junior High Director
Mrs. Anderson has been teaching Waldorf curriculum for more than 13 years. She is a Facilitator at the Micha-el Institute for the Teacher Training External Grades Program. Her credentials include a Bachelor of Science, SUNY@ Potsdam, NY; a Master’s in Education, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA; and a Teaching Certificate for Grades 1-12, Micha-el Institute, Portland, OR. She is also a Professor of Ceramics, Fine Arts and Communication Department, Central Oregon Community College.
Mrs. Anderson is also a nationally awarded, honored and recognized visual and ceramic artist. She and her family moved to Bend in 2004 in search of a community that supported a Waldorf grades program for their two young sons. She says, “My husband’s natural curiosity and love of the outdoors were nurtured and supported through his educational experiences at the Sacramento Waldorf School, where he is an Alumnus. We wanted this same opportunity for our two boys; we have found it here at the Waldorf School of Bend.”
Lower Grades Spanish
In 2007 Carla and her husband moved back to the mainland, to be closer to family, finally settling in Bend in 2008. Since moving to Bend, Carla has worked as an educator at the Sunriver Nature Center and at the Natural Areas Association. When their daughter Rowan was two, Carla decided to become a full-time mom. Carla began teaching Spanish to pre-school aged children in 2015, and began teaching Lower Grades Spanish at the Waldorf School of Bend in 2017. Carla has been enjoying teaching in the Waldorf philosophy and actively learning more about the methods involved.
When not teaching, Carla loves to spend time with her family, traveling, hiking, skiing, canoeing, rafting, practicing martial arts and reading!
Outreach Director, Woodworking, Practical Arts and Morning Care 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.
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.