LIVELY ARTS HOMESCHOOL DIRECTOR
From the moment Lynn came to MPCS in 2015 as a substitute teacher, she knew she was home. The Waldorf philosophy and way of teaching is in alignment with everything she feels and believes about teaching. This led her to teach full-time again at MPCS as a games and movement teacher for grades 1-3 and homeschool. She feels that her nearly 50-year career of working with and for children and families has come full-circle.
After starting her extensive career as an early childhood educator, Lynn went to work for Campfire Boys and Girls in Wichita, KS directing programs and camps. Then with the Lincoln, NE YMCA she taught preschool, served as a Youth and Family Director, and was the Environmental Educator for Camp Kitaki.
Moving out of non-profit work for nearly 15 years, she was a communications director for a large computer company, then at First National Bank of Omaha she managed a marketing department and served as an HR manager, specializing in organizational design and management training.
Her love for non-profit work with youth and families drew her back to Girl Scouts of Nebraska as Chief Operating Officer and finally, before retirement, she served at the YWCA – Women’s Center as the director for the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program.
Lynn has certifications in early childhood education, experiential education, and Nature Explore Classrooms. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English and Sociology from Peru State College. She is also certified in developmental movement through the Waldorf Movement for Childhood program. Lynn has completed the Building Bridges Waldorf teacher program through the Center for Anthroposophy and Antioch University.
She has two grown children and three granddaughters. In her spare time, she likes to sing, tell stories, travel, and read.
Auntie Susan has been working with children in early childhood for over 10 years. Why Auntie? Part of Susan’s approach, based on her LifeWays teacher traning, is that for children, school is a first extension of home and family.
Before finding her path to Waldorf education, Susan owned and operated her own licensed childcare and home preschool.
For nearly 10 years now, she has been involved in Waldorf education and with MPCS, both as a teacher and as a parent – both her sons attend MPCS. She has also been a lead teacher in summer camps at the Denver Waldorf School.
Susan has immersed herself in Waldorf education over the years. She is certified to teach early childhood and also has her LifeWays early childhood teacher certification. Susan completed her Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy and graduated this summer from the Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher training. She has countless continuing education hours through the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN) with Nancy Blanning and others.
As a fine art major with an emphasis in photography and writing, she loves art and creating art, music, poetry, and being outside, especially near nature and water. She enjoys spending time with her family and appreciates real conversations and thoughtfulness. Susan is in her 4th year of teaching with the Lively Arts program and the Seedlings parent & child classes. She adores both of these dynamic programs. She loves children with all their discoveries and points of view. Your children are warmly welcomed here.
Solomon St. John
LOWER GRADES TEACHER
Bio coming soon!
UPPER GRADES TEACHER
Lauren is a dynamic educator who has worked in a diverse range of educational institutions spanning five countries and ten years. She has held a wide range of roles at these schools, parishes, and community centers from lead teacher to athletic coordinator. She has worked with students of all ages, from five years to adults, but most of her experience is with elementary and middle school students.
Now in her 4th year at Mountain Phoenix, she is a teaching assistant in a third grade class, as well as the upper grades teacher in the homeschool program. She holds a BA in English Literature with a minor in Spanish from the University of San Diego. She teaches Spanish to her homeschool class. While in college, Lauren ran for the cross country and track teams.
So far, her experience teaching abroad has been exclusively in Spanish-speaking Latin American countries but she is looking forward to using her recently acquired Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate to teach in a different region of the world in the future.
MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER
C.J. started her teaching adventure over 20 years ago when she stumbled randomly on a job working with 5th and 6th grade students at an outdoor science school in the mountains of California. That was it, she was hooked! She fell in love with teaching! After working in outdoor education for 4 years, she obtained her teaching credential in 2002 and has worked in education since. She stayed true to her outdoor education roots by starting an outdoor naturalist camp that she co-directed for 4 years.
Throughout her exploration of the Waldorf philosophy and her 6 years at Mountain Phoenix she has worn many hats. She brought a class from 5th grade through graduation in 8th grade which culminated in a community service project in Costa Rica, highlighting the importance of different perspectives throughout the world. For the last 2 years, she has worked both as the Middle School Curriculum and Instruction Coordinator for MPCS and as a Lead Classroom teacher in the Lively Arts Homeschool Program. She is also a member on several school committees that work towards the betterment of the school.
Besides her love of learning, she enjoys travel and brings her experiences back to the classroom when appropriate. Her first adventure was through a college course in which she studied wildlife management in Kenya, Africa. She also took a sabbatical from teaching to work for the United States Antarctica Program, and she spent two seasons at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. She loves to travel with her husband and MPCS 1st grader whenever they get the chance, whether it is local or far away. Some of C.J.’s favorite hobbies are art, building things, snowboarding, playing with family, making forts, playing billiards, whitewater rafting, hiking, and learning about history through travel.
SPECIAL SUBJECT TEACHERS
Cecilia was born in La Rioja, Argentina. She is a lawyer and her first language is Spanish. She moved to Denver in 2009 when she married her husband. When she lived in Argentina, she worked in the Senate and taught International Law in the University. Cecilia has been teaching and working as a Spanish tutor for 5 years. This is her 6th year as a Spanish teacher at Mountain Phoenix.
She loves teaching in the Lively Arts program. She always says that this is the most rewarding and enjoyable work that she has ever had. Working with children, she has the opportunity not only to teach Spanish, but to share Latin American culture through the use of storytelling, songs, plays, and even recipes that she used with her mom when she was a child.
Cecilia and her husband enjoy traveling to different countries and learning about other cultures, food, and people. She has visited 25 states in the US and 18 countries in Asia, Europe, South American, and Oceania. She loves to cook, knit, bake, and read, but teaching Spanish is one of her favorite activities.
Megan came to Colorado nearly 20 years ago when she and her husband heard the siren song from the East Coast. She grew up in Maine, received her BA in Latin and Classical Studies from Brandeis University, and later earned her Masters from CU Boulder in Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology. After working in museums for numerous years, her original plan to teach through exhibit programming took a different turn after the birth of her two children, both Mountain Phoenix students.
The love of fiber arts runs strong in Megan’s blood. Both grandmothers were craftswomen; one was a Home Economics teacher in the 1950s, and the other taught Megan the nearly lost art of tatting when she was 2-years-old. Megan taught herself to knit when she was 10 and hasn’t stopped since. She is adept at knitting, crocheting, weaving, spinning, embroidery, and hand sewing.
Megan is thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the Homeschool Practical Arts program, as well as assist with the full-time grades students.
Eve is an accomplished musician and educator with a passion for various styles of music. As a homeschooler herself, she began taking violin and piano lessons at the String Academy at Indiana University when she was just six years old.
She was also exposed to a rich culture of traditional folk music that was an integral part of life her small town. Social gatherings revolved around music, from potluck get-togethers to the Tuesday night jam session in the Walmart produce department. These gatherings allowed Eve to experience the joy and community created by music, as well as develop a repertoire of fiddle tunes.
This community of music provided a springboard for the Panning Family Band -also known as FiddleFire- that became a large part of Eve’s life. Performances included the National Fiddle Contest in Weiser, ID, appearances as guest artists with the Grand Rapid’s Symphony, and opening for Cris Cagle and Depue Brothers’ concerts. The family also performed as the headline band at contradance weekends throughout the Midwest.
Eve continued to be active in the classical music world. During college, Eve studied classically with Mihai Craioveanu at Hope College in Holland, MI. During this time she had numerous performance opportunities, including solo performances with the Hope College orchestra, performing in showcase concerts, presenting recitals, and even performing at a TEDx event. She also performed as a section violinist with the Holland Symphony, where she was a featured soloist after winning their concerto competition.
While in college, Eve studied music education, as well as, violin performance. As she observed, taught, and traveled with student groups, Eve developed a passion for helping young musicians interact with multiple genres.She served as a Courtesy Faculty Member and Artist in Residence at Florida Gulf Coast University, and led clinics in string programs across the United States. She spent multiple summers working on a guest ranch in Wyoming, where she developed and implemented a Kids’ Program, providing musical entertainment in the evenings, and as many adventures as possible.
Immediately upon graduating, Eve underwent an extensive audition process and was selected as a member of Barrage 8, a choreographed, high energy string troupe. With Barrage 8, Eve completed tours of Europe, the United States, and Canada, and recorded an album with the group at a live-in studio in London, Ontario. Most recently, Eve traveled to China with the Hollywood Film Music Orchestra to perform at a film festival in Nanjing.
In her spare time, Eve enjoys horseback riding, reading, hiking, and camping. She is currently a member of the Lonesome Days blue grass band and performs locally and nationally with the group. She is excited to be a part of the Lively Arts HomeSchool program at Mountain Phoenix.
Bio coming soon!