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The Siskiyou School staff is comprised of full-time teachers, part-time teachers, and an administrative team. Working in concert with our Pedagogical Chair, the faculty holds and guides the pedagogical program of the school. The teachers are all imbued with a passion for teaching, a love of children, and a commitment to Waldorf education. Most importantly, they share a willingness to keep talking about the children until they reach agreement that the children’s needs are being well met. This willingness for continual self-examination and program review to best meet the children of our times is a hallmark of the Siskiyou School. The faculty is supported by the administrative team. Collegiality among the faculty and staff is high with daily sharing of experience, knowledge, support and friendship.

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Class Teachers

Our eight class teachers are the main holders of their classes. They teach their students main lesson and some of the core skills. They oversee their students’ academic progress, guide their social and emotional development, organize field trips, and keep in communication with their parents through regular conferences and class meetings. Class teachers are the point person for their students, parents, other teachers and the administration for all matters regarding their class..

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Class 1 Teacher

Javier Alvarez

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Class 2 teacher

Magda Paz

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Class 3 teacher

Christine Benson

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class 4 teacher

Moriah Peterson

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Class 5 teacher

Jen Franczak

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class 6 teacher

Ghigs Razi

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Class 7 Teacher

Kelly Tisdel

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Class 8 Teacher

Gregory Beech

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Specialty Teachers, Subject Teachers, and Class Assistants

Every day each class is taught by several teachers, in addition to their class teacher. 

Specialty teachers bring handwork, music, games, foreign language, Eurythmy, woodworking, gardening, and our early ACORN science program to classes. Students generally see 4-6 specialty teachers two times a week throughout the year.

Subject teachers teach language arts and math to small groups to ensure all Siskiyou School students are met at their own level in the core skills and experience success.

Class assistants support the class teachers in grades 1- 3 as needed during main lesson and in certain skills classes. They lend a hand with everything from organizing materials to helping children with book work, with staying on track, or with a challenging moment.

Parent volunteers round out classroom support, helping with handwork in grades 1-8 and with reading groups in grades 1- 4.

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Handwork Teacher

Cynthia Bower

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Woodwork & Gardening

Michael McGlone

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Music

Melissa Archer

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Games

Margie Galatte

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jenna zappata

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jamie fahey-blea

ACORN

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dustin monda

Math

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robert dilansa

Language Arts

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Jennifer Carroll

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Holly Powell

Eurythmy

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Jenny james

Math

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Nina gallwey

Ohana

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Sarah Guneratne

Class One Assistant

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robert dilansa

Class Three Assistant

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Katherine Keough

Class Two Assistant

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ann meissner

Educational Support

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eve smyth

Drama

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Tom shelstad

Outdoor Education