Buttercup and Seedlings Teacher
Molly grew up in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. With three siblings, a father in education and a mother running a home-based childcare program, children constantly surrounded her. After getting a biology degree from Santa Clara University, she spent some time hiking around the hills of Carmel Valley, studying Western Bluebirds. However, she missed spending time with children, so she moved to Arcata, California to get her teaching credential from Humboldt State University. Molly spent the next three years in the rural hills of Humboldt county, teaching at a small, private school. This is where she was first introduced to Waldorf education and integrated it into the curriculum as she journeyed with her students from kindergarten through second grade. When her son was born, Molly and her husband Aaron began to search for where they would put their roots down. They ended up in the Port Townsend area in 2007 and immediately became involved with Sunfield. Molly has had various teaching roles at Sunfield, including kindergarten assistant, lead kindergarten teacher, afternoon first grade teacher and Buttercup (parent-toddler) teacher. She is happy to be spending cherished time with the “littlest ones” and sharing the time with her 2-year-old daughter who is a wonderful assistant. Aside from teaching, Molly spends her time working on her family’s homestead, collecting driftwood, mountain biking, hiking, doing crafts and reading to her children.
Swallow’s Nest Pre-K (ages 3 and 4)
Katie spent her childhood years in the midwest, growing up surrounded by family, many of whom were educators. Later she lived in northern California for her teen and early adult years. She studied fine arts at UC Santa Cruz and upon graduation began working with special needs preschoolers.
She was drawn to Waldorf education by her family. Watching her cousin attend K-12 Waldorf school was inspiring. Starting in 2005 she worked as a kindergarten assistant for two years and then as the lead kindergarten teacher for the next 6 years in Sonoma, CA, while living on board a sailboat in Sausalito, CA. During this time she earned a CA state teaching credential, training through the Rudolf Steiner College, and learned to sail. She loved her work in the kindergarten in Sonoma, but decided to spend some time at home when her daughter was born in 2012.
In 2014 she and her family relocated to the Port Townsend area. Her husband is a shipwright and teaches at the Northwest School for Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock. They settled in Chimacum and enjoy living in the forest, still close enough to the water to sail.
In 2015 Katie became the Swallow’s Nest preschool teacher. She loves being back in the classroom with the little ones and especially enjoys walking the land with them every day. She is grateful to be a part of such a creative, hardworking, warm community as both a teacher and a parent.
Bio coming soon.
Karli Elliott was born in Seattle and raised in Everett, Washington, with a younger sister. She very much appreciates her amazing and supportive parents, and is inspired by their lasting marriage (since 1976). She moved to Seattle after graduating from Everett High School in 1994, and attended Shoreline Community College, where she received her AA in 1998. She then transferred to Edmonds Community College where she earned a Certificate of Horticulture in 2000. Karli married Eric Elliott in 2000 and the couple moved back to Everett to raise a family. Karli worked at Swanson’s Nursery and at a private garden for a total of 10 years. She became very interested in Biodynamic farming and gardening and knew that she wanted to learn more. After practicing biodynamics in her own garden, and needing to make a big lifestyle change, the family decided to move to Port Townsend. Sunfield seemed like a natural choice. In September 2009, Karli and Eric’s two children started at Sunfield. It has been such a blessing to be a part of the Sunfield family, relates Karli. Karli has spent quite a bit of time working on the farm or substituting in the Kindergarten classrooms, and is happy to have moved into the assistant position. In her spare time Karli enjoys camping and hiking and spending time with her family. Canning and fermenting and food preservation have become some of her favorite pastimes.
Trillium Kindergarten Teacher
Haley grew up exploring the land with her sisters along the Santa Fe River in rural North Central Florida. As she journeyed through the realm of childhood on her family’s seventeen-acre homestead, her fascination and love of plants and growing food took root. Upon receiving a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Botany from the University of Florida, she returned to her family’s homestead where she founded an organic farm and seedling business and began her own little family. Her family moved to Port Townsend in the summer of 2013 seeking new opportunities and adventure. Haley founded Dandelion, a Waldorf-inspired preschool in the fall of 2014, which she continued until beginning as Lead Kindergarten Teacher of the Trillium class at Sunfield. She also teaches various outdoor summer programs in and around Port Townsend. Haley finds passion in hiking, reading, practicing yoga, gardening, preparing nourishing food, and especially spending time with her two beautiful children.
Beth Ann O’Dell
First/Second Grade Teacher
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.
Leaf Eichten Lovetree cherished a stable and rich childhood in Kansas. He received a public school education and enjoyed playing sports. In college his fascination for academics and the arts flourished as he declared a French language major. College summers brought the experience of being a camp counselor in the Berkshires of MA and the Adirondacks of upstate NY. Working as an outdoor educator and art instructor confirmed his life calling as a teacher. After two years of intensive French study Leaf took off for France and crystallized his fluency in French. His love for adventure and travel guided him to the Pacific Northwest when he was 22 years old. He worked for three summers as a camp counselor at Camp Nor’wester in the San Juan Islands. Following his first summer at Nor’wester Leaf settled on a farm outside of Bellingham. He also worked as a preschool teacher.
When he met his wife Heather in Bellingham they realized that they both wanted to become Waldorf teachers. Leaf and Heather have both graduated with a Master’s degree in education through Antioch University New England’s Waldorf teacher training program. After interning for a year with experienced class teachers, writing a thesis on the therapeutic value of music, and working as a music teacher for the 2014/2015 year at the Sandpoint Waldorf School, Leaf is enthusiastic about taking on his first class.
Currently, raising his son Ambrose supplies Leaf’s heart with an endless amount of mirth and love. Wilderness treks in the Olympics, bicycle touring, foraging for wild edibles, playing music, pot-lucking with friends, farming and living in intentional communities chart some of Leaf’s favorite activities.
Fifth/Sixth Grade Teacher; Founding Member
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 theater. 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 theater ensemble” that serves the community by using Playback Theater and having voices be heard through the Theater 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.
Mary Anne Hinton
Born on the east coast and raised in the greater New York City metropolitan area, Mary Anne Hinton enjoyed the many cultural benefits of living close to New York City. She attended Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire, where directing and play writing were her greatest interests. After graduating with a B.A. in Theater Arts, she pursued further development in these areas in Manhattan, where she lived and studied. Love of nature and children called her to follow a different path, and she went to Sunbridge College for Waldorf teacher training, earning a Waldorf teaching certificate. Mary Anne’s first work as a class teacher was in Santa Barbara, California, where she took a class from first through sixth grade. Migrating north, she later taught for seven years as a class teacher at Three Cedars Waldorf School in Bellevue, Washington. Mary Anne’s active interests include camping, white water rafting, and sailing. She also enjoys cooking, reading, and needle felting.
Upper Grades Math Specialty Teacher
John Staley was born in Indiana and moved to southern California where he was raised and he lived until graduating from UCLA with a BA in Sociology. The first time he saw Port Townsend and Discovery Bay was when he was 5 years old. Since then, he has regularly visited the area throughout his life. A lifelong goal has been to eventually live in the area.
After graduation from UCLA, he moved to Paradise, CA and opened a small restaurant. A year later, he commissioned into the Air Force and served as a navigator on a B-52 and an officer. Upon leaving the Air Force, he began a ten year stint of managing restaurants after moving back to the west coast and settling in Sacramento, CA. With the birth of his second child, John was the primary caregiver to a son seven years older and to his new daughter for 4 years. John then started doing maintenance work and soon filled the position of cook at a small private school and daycare where his daughter attended. During this time, he was a youth sports coach for both his son and daughter.
After moving from Sacramento to the foothills of Placerville, CA, he took a position of cook at Sly Park Outdoor Education Center in Pollock Pines. During this time, he went back to school to fulfill a lifelong dream of being a teacher and obtained his teaching credential. He took a position with Horizon Charter School, a public charter school that specialized in home-schooling. He was hired as the “At-Risk” student specialist, and most of his student load comprised of high school students who were at risk of not obtaining their diploma. Math and English intervention was developed and administered under his direction. tutuoring ans small class instruction were the main focus of the intervention designed to ensure his students could pass the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE). Students were required to pass this exam before they would receive their diplomas.
After 15 years with Horizon, he retired and moved. He now lives on Discovery Bay and is proud to be a part of the team at Sunfield Waldorf School where he provides math instruction fro the 6/7th grade class.
Monica Van Loon
Monica Van Loon, or Señora Monica, was born in Mexico City, Mexico, where she received her bachelor’s degree in human resources. At the age of twenty-three, she moved to Cancun, Quintana Roo, where her family continues to reside. Monica is married to Brian, and she is the mother of two boys, who attend Sunfield Waldorf School. Monica loves living in Port Ludlow, Washington, where her family can enjoy the outdoors: biking, hiking, swimming, and jumping in puddles.
Senora Monica has been teaching Spanish since 2005. She began by tutoring neighborhood children, joining the Sunfield faculty in 2006. From 2006-2008, she also taught at Foreign Language For Youth (FLY), a before- and after-school program which teaches Spanish in the public schools in Kitsap County; and from 2009-2011, She taught Spanish, Mexican Arts and Crafts, and Mexican Cooking classes at Olympic Peninsula Home Connection (OPHC), a home-school enrichment program. She is currently working toward a Masters in Education Arts at Seattle Pacific University. Monica teaches because she loves the contact with the students and she wants to transmit her passion for her culture to others. Children’s joy is a great gift, and, as a teacher, she feels very fortunate to be able to guide their experiences and to be a part of their lives. Children not only learn to speak Spanish in her classes, but they also have the opportunity to experience another culture through her movements, beliefs and experiences. She believes the world needs citizens who are honest and moral, who care about their health, who love nature, who not only respect differences, but also tolerate and celebrate them. She believes that we should approach the education of our children in a holistic way, including music, the arts, food, and fun.
Agricultural Arts Instructor
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Ezra grew up in Los Angeles, California. Being in the heart of a diverse and creative city was truly a strange and confusing experience for him. Emotionally shut down and isolated, Ezra, took off after high school to South America to continue his studies in martial arts. On the first day of his travels, he discovered and decided to pursue meditation and farming. Many, many, many adventures followed. Ezra lived in South America for three years, traveling to various countries farming, learning and observing with mostly indigenous people, and sometimes in intact village settings. There, Ezra, witnessed the peasant wisdom, the salt of the Earth.
Ezra eventually felt the call back to his folk soul. Jumping around from the Sierra Nevada fruit orchards, the berry and vegetable fields by the Rogue River in Southern Oregon, to an intentional community in the Siskiyou Mountains where he started his own farm businesses, and the Possibility Alliance in the rolling prairies of Missouri. Now, he is growing some roots here, in Chimacum, by purchasing raw land up on the ridge with his friend Chris Reynolds. He is homesteading and living with his fiance, Summer Lynn Sondey, and consciously developing their land with the help of some animal friends.
So many different elements, people, rituals and practices have shown up in Ezra’s life. It is a healing journey
Agricultural Arts Instructor
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