Faculty

Lynn Pollitt, Lively Arts HomeSchool Coordinator 

From the moment Lynn came to MPCS in 2016, as a substitute teacher, she knew she was home. She feels that her nearly 50-year career of working with and for children and families has come full circle. The Waldorf philosophy and way of teaching is in alignment with everything she feels and believes about teaching.

Lynn is certified in early childhood education, has a Bachelor’s degree in English and sociology from Peru State College and is certified in developmental movement through the Waldorf Movement for Childhood program. Lynn has also 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 travel, read, garden, and play with her two Schnauzers- Friskin and Button.

 

Susan Skokan,  Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Susan has been working with children in early childhood since January 2007. She has been immersed in Waldorf Education and involved in MPCS since the summer of 2011. She also ran a licensed child care and home preschool from summer 2012 to Summer 2014. She has been a lead teacher in summer camps at the Denver Waldorf School. She has two sons who attend MPCS.
Education
LiveWays early childhood teacher certification – May 2014
Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy – May 2016
Currently in Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Training – Graduation July 2019
Early Childhood Teacher certification – May 2008
MSU Fine Art Major – emphasis Photography, second emphasis English Writing
WECAN Continuing Teacher Education with Nancy Blanning and others – countless hours
Loves Children and their discoveries, their point of view. Art and creating art, being outside, water, music, poetry, nature, family, real conversations, thoughtfulness
 Why Auntie? Part of the LifeWays approach to children is that school is first an extension of home and family. Your children are warmly welcomed here.
 Currently Susan is in her 3rd year of teaching home school kindergarten and parent & child classes and adores both of these dynamic programs. Festivals and connections with families are the highlights of the years!

Miranda Thibodeau,  Kindergarten Assistant

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Ellie Andert, Grade 1 and 2 Teacher

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Lauren Infusino, Grade 3 Teacher

My name is Lauren Infusino. I am a dynamic educator who has worked in a diverse range of educational institutions spanning five countries and ten years. I’ve held a wide range of roles at these schools, parishes and community centers ranging from lead teacher to athletic coordinator. I’ve worked with students of all ages from five years to adults, but most of my experience is with grades and middle school students. This year, my second at Mountain Phoenix Community School, I am working as an assistant in Mr. Ebert’s second grade class and as a homeschool teacher on Fridays. I hold a BA in English literature with a minor in Spanish from the University of San Diego. Additionally, I ran for the cross country and track teams during college and will be helping out with Mountain Phoenix’s running club this year. While my experience teaching abroad so far has been exclusively in Spanish-speaking Latin American countries, I look forward to taking a recently acquired TEFL certificate (teaching English as a foreign language) to a different region of the world in the future.

Rachel Riccio, Grades 4-8 Teacher

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Karen Smith, Art Teacher

142622-150x200Karen came to Mountain Phoenix while in search of a school that was a good fit for her son Riley. She found that and more. She discovered a wonderful, loving community with a teaching philosophy that fit right in with her own pedagogy. Karen has more than 20 years of experience teaching art to children of all ages. Much of that time was working with students in non-profit organizations. Karen believes art helps students to become life-long lovers of learning.

Karen is a multimedia artist who periodically shows her art in the Denver metro area. As an artist, she is constantly learning new materials and styles for creating her art. Her undergraduate studies were in sculpture and modern dance. She graduated from SUNY Potsdam in New York State, and she spent a year studying at the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston and a semester abroad in England. Karen recently completed her Masters of Arts in Arts Education at University of Northern Colorado. Her thesis explored what curriculum best creates questioning learners.

When she is not making art or sharing her love of art with others, Karen can be found spending time with her husband and two children. She also loves gardening and plans someday to learn to play the guitar.

Eve Panning, Orchestra Teacher

Eve Panning is an accomplished musician and educator with a passion for various styles of music. Eve 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 in the small town she lived in with her family. 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 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.

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. Along with opportunities for performing and recording, work with Barrage 8 continued to fuel Eve’s passion for education. 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. Most recently, Eve travelled 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 has spent multiple summers working on a guest ranch in Wyoming, where she developed and implemented a Kids’ Program, provided musical entertainment in the evenings, and had as many adventures as possible. She is excited to explore Colorado and be a part of the Mountain Phoenix Community.

Melanie Vigil, Band Teacher

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Kim Bishop, Spanish Teacher

Pic and Bio coming soon.

 

Michelle Theo-Harris, Handwork Teacher

 Bio to come