Melissa Archer, Music
Melissa is one of the first teachers alumni ask for when they visit the school because singing beloved songs with their classmates is one of their fondest memories of their elementary years. Over their eight years they develop quite a repertoire together! Melissa has been teaching music to Waldorf children in the Valley for over 25 years and was one of the bridge teachers from the old school. Melissa was born and raised in a small town in Oklahoma, singing in choirs and playing piano. She and her family moved to Ashland in 1974 when she attended SOU in music studies. Already an established private piano teacher, she began her school teaching career at the Haleakala Waldorf School on Maui in 1991. She eventually returned to Ashland and joined the staff of the Waldorf School of the Rogue Valley. When that school closed, Melissa brought music to the children in the Waldorf pods. Melissa is married and has two grown children: Allegra, a graduate of Waldorf, and Anthony, living in England. She enjoys fine cooking and tending to her bonsai.