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!

Early Childhood

Stephanie Perez

Stephanie Perez

Mixed Age Kindergarten Lead Teacher - "Desert Poppies"

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.  

Genevieve Schweitzer

Genevieve Schweitzer

Mixed Age Kindergarten Lead Teacher - "Pinecones"

Genevieve is originally from Minnesota and has also spent time living in Arizona and California. From a young age Genevieve was passionate about creativity and arts. She received her BFA in Dance Performance and is pursuing her Masters in Special Education.

Genevieve has worked with children in many different roles over 13 years. She has been a dance instructor, preschool teacher aide, behavioral therapist and lead teacher. Outside of working with kids, Genevieve is also a 500 hr Registered Yoga Teacher. She has a true love for teaching yoga. To combine her two passions, she helped to develop an after-school enrichment program that teaches children yoga and mindfulness.

Genevieve is excited to be a part of a community that fosters imagination, creativity and self-expression. In her free time, Genevieve loves to spend time outdoors, hiking and camping with her dogs.

Hannah Haerr

Hannah Haerr

Early Childhood Assistant - "Desert Poppies"

Bio Coming Soon!
Kasandra Thomasson

Kasandra Thomasson

Early Childhood Assistant - "Pinecones"

Kasandra grew up in Hayward, California and has made Oregon her home for the past 9 years. In her free time, she’ll be caught playing fetch with her cat Esme, watercolor painting, playing a competitive game of basketball or out fishing. She began her teaching career 6 years ago, helping children grow to their fullest potential. To her, teaching isn’t just a job, but a work of the heart. Her passion for teaching has led to her goal of completing her degree in elementary/early childhood education in the future. Her experience teaching in multiple settings and different aged classes has certainly enlightened her over the years. She is excited to start this new chapter and is so happy to bring her teaching capabilities and love to the amazing students of the Waldorf School Of Bend.

Lower Grades

Miro Frankzerda

Miro Frankzerda

Grades 1 & 2 Teacher

Miro Frankzerda grew up in Western Oregon, surrounded by lush forests and inspirational artists of all kinds. After graduating with a  B.A. in Biopsychology, he spent three years teaching around the world highlighted by contracts in Thailand and Ecuador. He has a calm and steady demeanor that is paired with a deep investment in the education of children.

Miro has a love of nature that he integrates into his educational approach. He recently worked with New Vision Wilderness Therapy, which is an incredibly rigorous program providing a physically and emotionally safe place for adolescents and young adults in the context of the outdoors.

 
Ryan Kimball

Ryan Kimball

Grades 1 & 2 Assistant Teacher

Ryan Kimball grew up in the beautiful town of Hood River, Oregon where she formed a deep love for the outdoors and all the sports that go along with being outside. She attended the University of Oregon where she knew she wanted to work with children. While in college, Ryan got the opportunity to study abroad in Northern Spain, which sparked her passion for traveling. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

After college she hoped on a one way flight to Kathmandu, Nepal, where she lived in an orphanage. She taught the children English, helped with homework, and learned the Nepali culture. She then continued to travel the world from the Philippines to Nicaragua to Morocco.

Between her travels, she found her old love for skiing, which resulted in pursuing a life of moving to a new ski town every winter, eventually landing her Bend. In her free time, you can find her out in the backcountry either skiing, mountain biking, paddle boarding, backpacking or playing with her two pups. She is very excited to start this new chapter working with children integrating everything she learned from her worldly travels and outdoor experience into the classroom.

Junior High

Moe Anderson

Moe Anderson

Grade 8 Teacher & Junior High Director

Moe Anderson says, “I believe our task as educators is to allow for the natural unfolding of each child’s unique abilities.” As the teacher for WSB’s 7th and 8th grade students, Mrs. Anderson brings a signature passion and enthusiasm to the junior high curriculum. From algebra to statistics and probability, chemistry to astronomy, literature to fine and performing arts, and beyond—she creates rigorous, experiential learning both in and outside of her classroom.

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.”

Subject Teachers

Laura Holtsberg

Laura Holtsberg

Handwork and Practical Arts Teacher

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.

Carla Delfino

Carla Delfino

Lower Grades Spanish Teacher

Carla Delfino was born in Buenos Aires, and grew up in Neuquen, Patagonia Argentina. She moved to the USA at 18 to study Marine Science and Biology at the University of Miami. She then moved to Alaska to work in the Marine Sciences department at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. After almost four years in Alaska, and a year of travel, Carla worked in Hawaii for Dolphin Quest as an educator, teaching kids about the fascinating ocean world. She also worked as a field biologist doing research at the base of Mauna Loa.

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!

Eileen Poxon

Eileen Poxon

Upper Grades Spanish Teacher

Eileen Poxon graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a degree in Spanish.  She then promptly moved to Spain for 5 years and continued her education at Mangold Language school and New York University, Madrid.  She later became a high school Spanish teacher in California where she taught years one through four, honors and AP.  To further enhance her language instruction, she attended the Stanford University California Language Project and the University of Salamanca, Spain.

Since moving to Bend, Oregon Eileen has taught Spanish for Central Oregon Community College, Continuing Education, works as a substitute teacher in our local high schools, and tutors adults one on one in the language.

Eileen prioritizes her family, friends, and beloved students. She loves to travel, especially to Spanish speaking countries, and has a passion for the beautiful state of Oregon.

Robert Neal

Robert Neal

Upper Grades Movement Teacher

During my years at UC Santa Cruz, where I received my bachelor’s in Art History, I met an old man who taught Tai Chi. He was quirky and funny, and I was fascinated by the way he moved. Before long, I was completely obsessed with the martial art, and I started going to Tai Chi classes four times a week.

Since then, the practice has unfolded into all areas of my life. It continues to show me the great value of movement practices on physical, mental, and spiritual levels, and it informs within me a certain love for movement. As a teacher, I try to remember my own childhood days in PE classes. I aim to have fun and experience games with the students from their own perspective, and I believe this brings a lot of energy to the class.

Meet the Administration

Nate Brocious

Nate Brocious

Interim School Director - nbrocious@bendwaldorf.com

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.

Maleea Brocious

Maleea Brocious

Admissions & Business Manager - mbrocious@bendwaldorf.com

Born and raised in Bend, Oregon, Maleea grew up spending much of her time outdoors. At 19 she decided to see the world and traveled to Uganda, Africa where she lived in cultural immersion, learning from local tribes and working alongside Ugandan led nonprofits to educate remote communities about HIV/AIDs. During that time, she connected with and began working for an international organization that was planning a conference for key worldwide leaders to discuss global non-profit strategies combating HIV/AIDs. Maleea spent years as an event planner for various organizations, but was eventually drawn back to Central Oregon. 

The daughter of an entrepreneur, Maleea has spent much of her life in the family business where she learned all aspects of production, finance and marketing. She uses those skills as brand/market manager for her family business and most recently as Business Manager for WSB, where she has the opportunity to combine both her non-profit and business experience.

Maleea has been happily married to Mr. Nate for 9 years and has two young sons. She enjoys foraging for seasonal culinary and medicinal plants, practicing herbalism and maintaining a ⅓ acre urban nano farm from which she educates the community, and donates produce to those in need.

Nicole Blume

Nicole Blume

Marketing & Outreach Coordinator - nblume@bendwaldorf.com

Nicole Blume grew up in Los Angeles, CA and graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in English Literature. She worked for several years 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 a Waldorf-inspired public charter school, a summer early childhood assistant teacher, a grades teaching assistant for four years, a morning care teacher, and a woodworking & practical arts teacher. Currently she oversees the school’s community outreach efforts, website development, and social media accounts as the WSB Outreach Coordinator. 

Ms. Blume is also a mother to two little girls and is very happy she relocated to beautiful Bend with her family. 

Taylor Blacklock

Taylor Blacklock

Registrar - tblacklock@bendwaldorf.com

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.