I grew up on a small 5 acre farm in Black Diamond, WA. I’m the oldest of 5 children. We moved to P.T. in 1990 where I went 10th-12th grade . After graduating from PTHS I continued my education into Massage and Physical Therapy. I currently work at Discovery Physical Therapy, teaching exercise classes to Cancer survivors. I’m 41 years mature, mother of 2 children ages 2.5 and 5.5 who attend Sunfield and am married to the AMAZING Eric Jacobsen aka (baker Eric). I’m super excited to become more involved in Sunfield’s Board of Directors by protecting the mission, help fundraising efforts and ensure the financial health for years to come.
Biography coming soon.
Andy was born in Western Washington and spent his early years with his family on an 80 acre farm south of Olympia. Travel and volunteer work were very influential in his formative years. Andy’s other activities included sports, debate, church, service organizations, and music. Summers during high school were highlighted by missionary trips to Mexico participating in and leading small group presentations and building projects. A medical mission trip to Mexico solidified his interest in medicine as a career. Multiple volunteer trips to inner-city Chicago during college breaks to do Habitat for Humanity style building and outreach were also influential.
During a high school mission trip to Monterrey, Mexico, Andy and Sarah met. They were friends and corresponded by old fashioned handwritten letters until dating late in college and getting married after college. They home schooled their four children for many years until coming to Port Townsend. They first learned of Waldorf Education when their children participated in a Waldorf Homeschool class two days a week. Three of the children go to Sunfield. One is in High School. The family lives on a small farm where they garden and have chickens and dairy goats.
Andy went to Medical school in Madison, Wisconsin and residency in New Mexico. He has experience working in over 100 hospital and clinic situations during training and work across the Country. Andy successfully purchased, updated, ran, and sold a Family Practice Clinic and continues to successfully operate small businesses.
Currently, Andy works full time at Jefferson Hospital as a physician in the Emergency Department. He enjoys the atmosphere and co-workers in the Emergency Department as well as the opportunity to meet a variety of people and provide help during critical moments in their lives.
Andy joined the board in early 2016. He and his family love Sunfield and want to see it flourish. His goals for being on the board are to see Sunfield have a strong financial footing, increase access and participation among new families, and build bridges with the community as a whole at Sunfield. He is also looking forward to seeing new permanent buildings being built.
Beth Ann O’Dell
Treasuer; Sunfield Administrator
Beth Ann is a northwest native and was born in Seattle. As a young child her imagination was nourished by spending endless hours immersed in the magic and beauty of her grandmother’s gardens. Summer weekends were spent camping on Vashon Island with extended family – cousins, aunts and uncles on shared family land. When she was 16 her mother moved the family to Port Townsend. This area has been home base ever since.
As a young adult Beth Ann has lived in the remote village of Ngeremlengui on the tiny island of Palau in Micronesia, and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Both experiences had a profound impact on her understanding of community. Beth Ann’s travels have helped her develop a deep respect and honoring of people from very diverse cultural, religious, and economic backgrounds
Beth Ann is a certified Waldorf teacher and attended Oglala Lakota College in South Dakota. She has been working with children and families in Waldorf, Public, and Native American schools for more than 30 years. She is the mother of four grown children and a grandmother to three. She claims her children have been her greatest teachers. She has a passion for youth, fiber arts, animals, and living on the land in close contact with the elements and nature.
Stephanie Drexel and her family recently moved to Port Townsend from their mountain home outside Leavenworth, WA. She and her family enjoy being outdoors, hiking, skiing, river trips, and now spending time in the salt water.
Stephanie attended a Waldorf school K-8th, and has a deep appreciation for Waldorf education. As a young adult she lived abroad on an Anthroposophical community supporting people with disabilities through biodynamic farming. She later became involved with the Olympia Waldorf School as a classroom assistant and remedial aid.
Stephanie holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and has worked in numerous capacities with children and adults of varying abilities and learning styles. Knowing the immeasurable therapeutic and educational benefits of a land based program, and recognizing the intimate connection students and faculty here have to the land, she felt an immediate kinship upon finding Sunfield. She believes in the school’s vision and approach to education and is committed to helping the school succeed.
Stephanie has a strong interest in community collaboration and outreach, and as a board member, hopes to be accessible to parents and the larger community.
Board Member; Founding Member; Class 4/5 Teacher
Helen Curry began her teaching career over thirty years ago in a fishing village in South Africa. Since then she has been involved in a wide spectrum of teaching experiences – from sail-training on schooners to teaching English as a second language in Venezuela. She is a certified Early Childhood Educator, holds a post-graduate degree from the University of Cape Town, and received her Drama Teacher’s diploma from Trinity College, London. She has been a Waldorf teacher for the past twenty years, running Tomten Farm Kindergarten and the Children’s Circle, her home-based Waldorf-inspired programs, and graduating two groups of students from part-time academic grade-school programs. In 2013 she graduated Sunfield’s first class of Eight and Ninth graders. Helen and her husband, Bill, have two daughters: Zorina, is a registered nurse, and Rosaletta, who is graduating from Ithaca College to pursue a career in theatre. Both girls grew up on the family’s small farm—riding horses, milking goats, tending to farm chores, and attending Helen’s home-based programs during their grade school years. When she is not mucking out the barn, Helen enjoys singing, music, and dance; she studied eurythmy for many years, which, she feels, embraces and elevates all the arts she loves. She is a member of the “poetic justice theatre ensemble” that serves the community by using Playback Theatre and having voices be heard through the Theatre of the Oppressed. Helen finds balance and renewal by hiking in the mountains in the summer, cross-country skiing in the winter, and walking on the beach in the evening.