Faculty and Staff
Bringing Our Education to Life
WSSD uses a proven technique based on insight into brain and physical development, kinesthetic learning, and emotional intelligence. Responds to the inquisitive and inquiring needs of the child at each stage of development. Prepares children for the ever-changing world. Committed to academic excellence in order to foster the capabilities of thinking, feeling and willing. Our teachers are specifically trained individually through rhythm, repetition, and reverence, is able to create a wholesome environment that nurtures the physical, emotional, social and spiritual development of each child.
*Due to economic restrictions and challenges relative to COVID-19, some faculty and staff published here may be presently furloughed. As a result, certain programs are temporarily not being offered.
Parent-Tot, Nursery, and Kindergarten
Rosemary Kindergarten Teacher
Ms. Laura has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from San Diego State University. She completed the Waldorf Teacher Training program at Antioch New England.
You can usually find Laura playing baroque bassoon, out camping and hiking, and spending time with her family.
Ms. Laura has been teaching at WSSD since 2003.
Rosemary Kindergarten Assistant
Ms. Mayra graduated from the Waldorf Teaching Program in San Diego in 2011. She earned her teaching degree and worked for five years as an elementary school teacher in Nicaragua.
Ms. Mayra joined the WSSD Early Childhood team in 2003.
Periwinkle Kindergarten Teacher
Ms. Anna completed her Waldorf three-year training and has a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, Elementary Education, and Teaching from National University.
She loves storytelling, singing, and puppetry.
Ms. Anna joined Sanderling Waldorf School in 2015, and WSSD in 2018.
Periwinkle Kindergarten Assistant
Ms. Aminta earned her teaching degree. She worked as a Waldorf Kindergarten assistant for over five years and has completed three years of Waldorf teacher training. She teaches Spanish to young children.
Ms. Aminta was born and raised in Honduras. Her interests are many but include cooking, running, hiking, and spending time with her daughter and her family.
Ms. Aminta has been with WSSD since 2007.
Sunflower Nursery Teacher
Ms. Sheila has a Bachelor of Arts in Educational Psychology and a Master of Arts. She is enrolled in the Waldorf teacher training program while working with us as a kindergarten assistant.
Ms. Sheila was born by the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea in Southern Spain and loves traveling.
Ms. Sheila joined WSSD in 2015.
Sunflower Nursery Assistant
Ms. Leticia received her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood from Cal State Los Angeles and is a graduate of the Waldorf Institute of Southern California (WISC).
Ms. Leticia has been an early childhood educator for over 22 years in mainstream, as well as private schools in Los Angeles and San Diego County.
Ms. Leticia has been with WSSD since 2006
Lilac Kindergarten Teacher
Ms. Elizabeth completed her Waldorf teacher training through the Waldorf Institute of Southern California. She graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont with majors in Environmental Studies and Spanish as well as a Master of Arts degree in Education.
Ms. Elizabeth grew up in a family of teachers among the avocado trees of Fallbrook, CA.
Ms. Elizabeth joined the WSSD Early Childhood team in 2013.
Lilac Kindergarten Assistant
Mrs. Taylor is currently in school to get her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. She has been working in early childhood education for the past 4 years and can’t wait to continue to grow with the Waldorf Community.
Sweet Pea Nursery Teacher
Ms. Christy received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Waldorf Kindergarten teaching certificate from Arcturus Rudolf Steiner Education program in Chicago.
Ms. Christy has been teaching at WSSD in 2002.
Sweet Pea Nursery Assistant
Ms. Isabelle has an Associates Degree from Santa Barbara City College.
She is in her truest state when helping to gently guide, inspire, and bring to life a passion for the wonders within her fellow beings.
Ms. Isabelle joined WSSD in 2017.
Early Childhood Asst
Ms. Tatiana was born and raised in Cali, Colombia, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with a concentration in Social Studies.
She is currently taking classes in Early Childhood Education at Riverside City College.
Ms. Tatiana is a certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation instructor. She enjoys traveling with her family around Southern California. She especially loves going to farmers’ markets.
Ms. Katherine received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with a minor in health science from San Francisco State University. She has completed the Foundation Studies and Goethean Studies Programs at Rudolf Steiner College. She also attended Sophia’s Hearth: Birth to Three Years teacher training course.
Ms. Katherine joined WSSD in 2006.
Grade School 1-5 and Middle School 6-8
Grade 1 Teacher
Ms. Stussi has 18 years of experience as a Waldorf teacher and over 20 years of teaching. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Education from George Washington University with a specialization in teaching English Language Learners. She has her certification in Educational Support from the Association for Healing Education. She received her Waldorf teacher training both in Brazil and in Washington, DC, at the Nova Institute.
Prior to becoming a class teacher in 2009, Ms. Stussi worked as an Educational Support teacher at WSSD conducting Extra Lesson classes. Ms. Stussi worked as an English Teacher and Educational Support teacher in a small community Waldorf School in Brazil, her paternal country of Origin.
Ms. Stussi’s relationship to Waldorf education reaches back to her grade school years as a student at the Washington Waldorf School. She returned to the Waldorf community as a mother when her son, who is now an adult and Woodwork assistant at WSSD, began his first school experience in Parent-Tot classes at Acorn Hill Waldorf School.
Ms. Stussi joined WSSD in 2008. She has completed one 8-year cycle, then brought a class through Grades 7 and 8, and is now in her second 8-year cycle.
Grade 2 Teacher
Ms. Case has 14 years of experience as a Waldorf teacher. She completed her Waldorf Teacher Training through Emerson and the Rudolf Steiner College and her teaching practicum at Stourbridge Waldorf School and Monterey Bay Charter. Ms. Case has worked with several specialists and Master Waldorf Teachers, further expanding her capabilities. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Lawrence University.
Fun Fact: While in high school, Ms. Case was a medal-holding State Storytelling Champion.
Ms. Case joined WSSD in 2019.
Grade 3 Teacher
Ms. Connaughton has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of San Diego, California, and a California Teaching Credential and Master of Arts Degree in Special Education from National University. She also graduated from the Waldorf Teacher Training program.
Ms. Connaughton joined WSSD in 2008.
Grade 4 Teacher
Ms. Holden has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences and has her Waldorf Certificate from Rudolf Steiner College.
Ms. Holden enjoys spending time with her new Grandson.
Ms. Holden joined WSSD in 1986.
Grade 5 Teacher
Ms. Logue has over 20 years of experience and began her journey at Harriet Tubman Village Charter School in San Diego.
Ms. Logue earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Notre Dame and received her teaching credentials at Chapman University. Ms. Logue also holds a California multiple subject credential.
Ms. Logue enjoys hiking, reading, artistic endeavors, gardening, travel, and laughter.
Ms. Logue joined WSSD in 2019.
Grade 6 Teacher
Ms. Walker has a Master of Arts degree in Reading and Language Arts along with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Multiple Subject Certificate, and a Reading Specialist Credential. She also completed the Waldorf Institute of Southern California program (WISC).
Ms. Walker enjoys reading, handwork, and spending time with her two daughters and her four-legged babies.
Ms. Walker joined WSSD in 2004.
Grade 7 Teacher
Ms. Cohen has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She studied stand-up comedy at Middlesex University in London. After living abroad, she came to California to study Anthroposophy at Rudolf Steiner College, where she received her Waldorf teaching certificate.
You can often find her playing ukulele, singing, and talking about her students, who are the bright spot of her life.
Grade 8 Teacher
Ms. Carmichael has a Bachelor of Arts in Community Health Education from California State University, Chico. She attended the New England Waldorf Teacher Training Institute and completed her studies at Rudolf Steiner College. Mary has also completed the Remedial Education Program through The Association for Healing Education.
She has a strong commitment to her study of and works in anthroposophical medicine.
Ms. Carmichael joined WSSD in 1996.
Madame Womble received her Diplôme d’Etudes Françaises from l’ Université Paul Cézanne – Aix Marseille III. She is a certified Waldorf World Language teacher. She also completed Biodynamic Gardening Training at Rudolf Steiner College.
She holds three certifications in Aromatherapy, is a certified Master Herbalist, a certified Doula, and is certified in applied nutrition.
Her passions are alternative health care, environmental wellness, social justice, and women’s health. She enjoys traveling and meeting people from lands far and near. She is a volunteer birth assistant for women in need of support who have limited or no financial means.
Madame Womble joined WSSD in 2004.
Eurythmy and Orchestra Teacher
Ms. Laurelin is co-director of The Waldorf Institute of Southern California and attended University in Hamburg.
She is a widely acclaimed eurythmist who performs with stage groups in Europe and the U.S.
Ms. Laurelin joined WSSD in 2005.
Middle School Math Teacher
Ms. Ross has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Chapman University, Early Childhood Director credentials, and also has a Waldorf Teacher Certificate from the Rudolf Steiner College.
Ms. Ross enjoys walking/ hiking, dancing, kayaking, knitting, traveling with friends and siblings, and Taco Tuesday.
Ms. Ross joined WSSD in 1984.
Ms. Gomes has a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies from San Francisco State University. She also has her certification in Spacial Dynamics from the Spacial Dynamics Institute.
Ms. Gomes joined WSSD in 2004.
Grade 1-3 Spanish Teacher, Grade 3 and Gardening Assistant
Señora Maldonado (she/her) was born and raised in Mexicali, Baja California a Mexican border-sister city with Calexico, California.
She has a Bachelor in Architecture from the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California and a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning from El Colegio de la Frontera Norte. She is currently working on completing her certification as a Waldorf Teacher.
Additionally, she studied Early Childhood Education at Palomar College, San Marcos, CA. Among others, she has training in Mindful Schools and Yoga for children.
Sra. Maldonado is a seeker who practices Buddhism and enjoys every opportunity to learn something new.
Sra. Maldonado joined WSSD in 2017.
Carlos Vázquez Martín
Grade 5-8 Spanish Teacher
Mr. Vázquez has a Master of Arts in Innovation and Research in Education from the National Distance Education University (UNED) and a Bachelor of Arts in Education with a Specialization in Foreign Language Teaching from Complutense University of Madrid. He also has his Waldorf Teacher Certification from the Waldorf Training Center in Spain.
Mr. Vázquez loves reading, scuba diving, and traveling around the world whenever he can.
Joaquin’s first love for woodworking came from the depths of his grandfather’s basement workshop where elder and younger would collaborate on projects born of Joaquin’s imagination and tempered by Grandpa’s expertise.
Joaquin attended WSSD from early childhood through grade 6. He then attended the Sacramento Waldorf School where he graduated from high school. He returned to San Diego and attended Grossmont College and worked in WSSD’s aftercare and summer camp programs. After several years assisting in the woodworking program, he became the lead teacher.
Joaquin is presently completing his Waldorf woodwork teacher credential through the WISC program.
Ms. Sumelius-Buescher was born in Finland. She attended Waldorf schools there as well as the U.S. She studied physical theater, ensemble creation, and mask-making at the Dell’ Arte International School of Physical Theater.
She has taught children seasonal crafts, physical theater, and mask-making,
Ms. Sumelius-Buescher joined WSSD in 2018.
Dr. Warren holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from UC San Diego, as well as Masters and Bachelor of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Warren is also the Executive Director of the Parlor Orchestra.
Dr. Warren joined WSSD in 2013.
Ms. Rockett received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, her Master of Arts degree in Choir Management and has extensive training in Orff and Kodaly methods.
She was born and raised in the Southern region of Russia. She loves to learn and enrich her knowledge in music pedagogy and is an active member of the San Diego American Orff Schulwerk Association.
Ms. Rockett joined WSSD in 2008.
Mr. Goldstein is a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Hausmann Quartet. He studied at McGill University and later as a graduate student at the Longy School of Music.
Mr. Goldstein enjoys spending time with his family as well as playing tennis and baking bread.
Mr. Goldstein joined WSSD in 2013.
Ms. Brown earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Cello Performance from the Eastman School of Music.
Elizabeth Brown, a native of San Diego, has recently moved back to southern California after serving as the principal cellist of the Orquesta Sinfónica Sinaloa de las Artes in Sinaloa, Mexico, the United States, and Mexico.
Ms. Brown joined WSSD in 2015.
High School Chair Humanities Teacher Play Director
Mr. Wilcox has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Pomona College in Claremont, California, and Jesus College in Cambridge, England. He completed his Waldorf High School teacher training in literature at Rudolf Steiner College. He is a founding teacher of our high school.
Mr. Wilcox joined WSSD in 2006.
Profe Gómez has a Master of Arts in Spanish and a Bachelor’s Degree with an emphasis in Latin American Studies from San Diego State University.
Profe has a special interest in Latin American literature, political theory, music, and cinematography. She enjoys running and hiking with her son.
Profe Gomez joined WSSD in 2015.
Profe Stere Lugo has a Master of Arts in Spanish Linguistics and Literature and a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in Spanish from San Diego State University. She completed several Ph.D. graduate courses at the University of Arizona.
Profe has had the opportunity to work as a Spanish Minor Academic Advisor.
Profe enjoys learning, traveling, and spending time with her family, friends, and her two dogs.
Profe Stere Lugo joined WSSD in 2018.
Science and Physics Teacher
Dr. Dorairaj has a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from Carnegie Mellon University as well as a Masters of Science from the Indian Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Delhi.
While she is not teaching, Dr. Dorairaj loves to hike the canyons, cook, garden, and spend time with her family.
Dr. Dorairaj joined WSSD in 2016.
Ms. Vance has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Puget Sound. She is currently studying to receive her Waldorf High School Teacher Training from the Center for Anthroposophy and her Masters in Education from Antioch University, New England.
She spent four years living and teaching in Cairo, Egypt.
Ms. Vance joined the WSSD faculty in 2018.
Jeremiah Johnson has a Master of Arts in Math Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics.
Jeremiah is an Iowa native who has had previous experience in teaching, coaching, farming, and carpentry. He has grown to love San Diego with his wife and three daughters. Jeremiah has interests in gardening, sports, and reading and has ambitions to ride in a hot air balloon someday.
Jeremiah joined WSSD in 2018
Ms.Aravamuthan has a Master’s degree in Bioengineering and Engineering Science from Pennsylvania State University. She has received her K-8 Waldorf certification from WISC.
She loves to sing, cook, craft, travel and spend time with her family.
Ms. Clifton has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego. She has also received her Reading Certificate from San Diego State University.
Her passion is helping a student succeed and be as effective as possible in the classroom to reach their highest potential.
Ms. Clifton joined WSSD in 2014.
Eurythmy and Life Skills Teacher
Ms. Kokos has a Bachelor of Science in Outdoor Education, Outdoor Recreation and Land Management, with an emphasis in Youth Programming from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She received her Eurythmy diploma from Sound Circle Eurythmy. She also completed her Waldorf Teacher Training with WISC, San Diego.
She has performed in the United States, Mexico, and Europe. Ms. Kokos enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors.
Ms. Kokos joined WSSD in 2016.
Coach Thomas has his certification in Spacial Dynamics from the Spacial Dynamics Institute. He was born and raised in City Heights, and athletics have always been a part of his life.
When he’s not being the Waldorf High School Athletic teacher, he enjoys reading Walter Mosley and listening to Louis Armstrong.
Coach Thomas joined WSSD in 2012.
Jazz Band Teacher
Mr. Whelan studied jazz and classical music theory at San Diego State University and is also a professional guitarist.
He has performed in a variety of professional groups and recently spent two months performing in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Mr. Whelan joined WSSD in 2008.
Dr. Warren holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from UC San Diego, as well as Masters and Bachelors of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Warren is also the Executive Director of the Parlor Orchestra.
Dr. Warren joined WSSD in 2013.
Ms. Vance received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Cal Western.
She has a passion for costumes and teaches a class in the tenth grade in costume design and construction. The class performing wears the costumes they have made in their annual play.
She also raises dogs for Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Ms. Vance joined WSSD in 1994.
Ms. Davis has a Bachelor of Arts in European History from the University of Arizona, is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and a certified Neuro Linguistic Practitioner. She retired from 20 years of leadership at GEICO Insurance to join WSSD. She brings a long history of successful business management and strong team building skills.
In her off time she can be found with her nose in a legal fiction book or an inspiring business book. She also enjoys spending time outdoors with her daughter and working their farm, plunging into the pacific or cycling.
Ms. Davis joined WSSD in 2016.
Communications and High School Reception
Ms. Garczynski has a Bachelor of Science in Design & Merchandising from Drexel University.
She loves to cook, read, travel and spend time with her family.
Ms Garczynski joined WSSD in 2017.
High School Faculty Support
Mrs. Arnold was born and raised in San Diego.
She enjoys baking, reading and gardening with her pups, Violet & Rosie Rita.
Mrs. Arnold joined WSSD in 2018.
Grades Faculty Support and Reception
Mr. Cuevas has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California Santa Cruz.
He has worked with children and administration in Special Education for 16 years.
During his free time, Ian enjoys spending time with family and catching up on international soccer. He is also an avid photographer.
Tuition Adjustment and Admissions
Ms. Ferraro’s background is in clothing design, manufacturing, retail, accounting, office management, customer service and motivational speaking.
She enjoys getting to know each and every member of the WSSD community and loves working with the community on common goals.
Ms. Ferraro joined WSSD in 2013.
Homeschool Advisor for the WSSD Homeschool Program
Ms. Conklin holds a BA in Child Development with a Minor in Family Studies and an Emphasis in MultiCultural Studies from HSU. She has been teaching Early Childhood for 27 years, and in Waldorf Schools in varying capacities for 16 years. Ms. Conklin has her Waldorf Early Childhood training through Lifeways of North America, a CA multiple subjects teaching certificate from SDSU, and formerly taught Waldorf kindergarten at Sparrow Public Waldorf School for six years. She has two grown children and occasionally lead Simplicity Parenting workshops, as well as Story Circles focused on Fairy Tales. Fun fact: she has written and published several books.
Ms. Williamson has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from U.C. Santa Cruz, followed by two years of doctoral graduate study at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
She enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.
Ms Williamson joined WSSD 2004.
Business Office Manager
Ms. Galvin’s professional path began in the hospitality industry which led her to an executive position in the travel industry, to establishing her own company.
She loves cooking and traveling, enjoys performing arts, and continues her study in American Sign Language.
Ms. Galvin joined WSSD in 2012.
Director of Development
Mr. Holets has a Master’s degree in nonprofit leadership from the University of San Diego, studied as a Peace Corps Fellows at the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania, and holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science and Communications from Albright College in Reading, PA. He focuses his career in the community building and nonprofit sector, primarily in executive leadership and fund development, with the past decade serving youth and families in the Mid-City and City Heights communities of San Diego.
He enjoys spending time with his young family, long-distance running, and is a co-founding member of the Balboa Park Night Bikers Club.
Ms. Tweit has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland in Special and Elementary Education, a Master’s from San Diego State University in Special Education and has completed additional graduate work at The Claremont Graduate University in the area of Multicultural Education.
Ms. Tweit joined WSSD in 2008.
Ms. McGrady attended the University of Oklahoma and has a background in Dental Technology.
She relocated to San Diego from New Jersey in 2014 and enjoys collecting rocks and minerals, as well as volunteering at Las Colinas Detention & Reentry Facility in Santee.
She joined the WSSD community in 2015.
Ms. Pelletier was born and raised in northern Maine. She brings her expert customer service skills along with her attention to detail to WSSD. Connie continues to build her painting and home repair business.
In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at a community center here in San Diego.
Ms. Pelletier joined WSSD in 2009.
Mr. Barber was born in the Los Angeles area however is grateful to call San Diego his home since he was 11 years old.
He currently lives in the Ramona area that offers the sense of nature and wide-open spaces that we love.
Mr. Barber’s favorite past times are traveling, outdoor life, and spending quality time with my family
Mr. Barber joined WSSD in 2017.
Ms. Harper was born and raised in Nebraska. She moved to San Diego and had a vibrant career as a Retail Manager- and has a strong background in customer service
Ms Harper enjoys spending time with and just being in the moment with her grandson. She is very active with her church and youth ministry. In her spare time she can be found hanging with her youth group of 11th and 12th grade girls.
Ms. Harper joined WSSD in 2013.
Julie was born and raised in Liverpool, England, and moved to Southern California in 1982.
Her passions include holistic healthcare and interior design.
Ms. Joinson joined WSSD in 2003.
Ms. Spriggs has a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Economics from Vrije Universiteit-Brussels, Belgium with a minor in Asian Studies from Columbia University and the University of California, Berkeley. She is trilingual in English, French and Spanish.
In her spare time, Ms Spriggs enjoys playing with her family, traveling, eating, and experiencing life.
Ms. Spriggs joined WSSD in 2014.