Bob received a B.A. in History from the University of San Francisco and an M.A. and junior college teaching credential in humanities from San Francisco State University. He received his Waldorf teacher training through the Rudolf Steiner College San Francisco extension program, and has been teaching in the High School since 1997. Bob also looks after the high school campus cats.
Phone: (707) 575-7194 Ext: 110
Jason Gross, Humanities & American Music
Phone: (707) 575-7194 Ext: 150
Molly taught Language Arts and Creative Writing for twelve years in both Spanish and English before coming to Summerfield. She also has taught Creative Writing at SFSU and literacy skills to adults in Sonoma County. Molly received a B.A. in English from Sonoma State and both an M.A. in English and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from SFSU. She completed her Waldorf training at the Center for Educational Renewal. Molly and her husband, Uriel, have two daughters, Nayeli in seventh grade and Chloe, in fourth grade. They are very happy to be part of the Summerfield community.
Phone: (707) 575-7194 Ext: 154
Math and Science
George was born in Budapest, Hungary, escaping his homeland through minefields at the age of five. Three years later, he and his family came to the United States. George started to learn English in the fifth grade, and from that point on there was no stopping his enthusiasm for learning. In addition to his Waldorf training, he holds Master’s degrees in Sociology, Education and Computer Science, as well as a B.S. in Mathematics. He spent 12 years at Kimberton Waldorf School and seven years at UNISYS Corporation before coming to Summerfield.
Ben graduated from Oberlin College with a BA in Biology and Environmental Studies in 2009. He has since lived and worked on small farms and in farm-based education settings, studying community, sustainability, agriculture, nature, and the art of teaching. After two seasons (2012-13) of working as a farm apprentice at Summerfield, Ben is very excited to be a part of the Summerfield community again!
Phone: (707) 575-7194 Ext: 111
Jun joined the high school faculty in fall 2018 to teach Math and Chemistry along with electives in Cell Biography and Chinese Calligraphy. Jun (pronounced “June”) taught biology and chemistry for 15 years in Chinese high schools before completing a Waldorf High School Teacher Training in Chengdu, China. Since then she has completed Early Childhood and Educational Support programs at Rudolf Steiner College. She taught for two years at Highland Hall Waldorf School in L.A. before coming to Summerfield. Jun is presently engaged in a two- year program in Goethean Science with the Nature Institute in New York. Jun has one son, Haotian, at Summerfield.
Phone: (707) 575-7194 Ext: 128
Lorian Shick, Math & Practical Arts
Lorian was born and raised in South Lake Tahoe, CA where she developed a love for nature and a deep interest in the world around her. She attended the University of California at Santa Cruz, where she graduated with a BA in Business and Economics. She immediately followed her creative passions enrolling at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, where she then earned her MFA Degree in Fashion Design. After 10 years of working in the clothing design industry she discovered Waldorf Education, and with it, a new perspective on the ways in which she wanted to contribute her gifts to the world. She completed her Waldorf Teacher Training with the Center for Educational Renewal. Lorian then joined the Faculty at the Summerfield High School to teach Economics, Crafts, and Math. Lorian and her husband Ben have two children, their daughter Sovana attends the Kindergarten at Summerfield and their son Skyler is 18 months old. Lorian is grateful for the many ways in which the Summerfield Community colors her life, and is constantly inspired to further develop and share her individual gifts.
Phone: (707) 575-7194, Ext: 127
Ry was raised in Sonoma County where he attended a Waldorf inspired charter school from kindergarten through eighth grade before attending high school at Summerfield. After graduating from Summerfield Ry studied math in college. He graduated with distinction from Sonoma State University with a B.A. in pure mathematics.
Phone: (707) 575-7194, Ext: 130
Beth has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, and completed her Waldorf teacher training with the Center for Educational Renewal. She has professional engineering experience in the areas of digital communications, medical image processing and sound analysis. She has two sons who have graduated from Summerfield.
Skeydrit Bähr, Eurythmy & PE
Phone: (707) 575-7194 Ext: 151
Peaches Davenport, LS/HS Accompanist
Peaches was raised in San Francisco where she studied with Thora Bratt-Buchannon, a world-class pianist. Peaches enjoys a variety of musical expressions such as teaching, serving in two local churches, as well as piano accompaniment at Summerfield. Peaches has been working at Summerfield since 1983.
Colleen O’Malley, LS/HS Accompanist
Colleen was born and raised in the heartland (northern Illinois), and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign getting a degree in music education, having studied organ, piano, and voice. She came to Sonoma County in the late ’70s and has played for many local groups and almost every eurythmist in the Bay Area. Her current musical positions are: organist, bell choir director, director of a small ensemble, pianist for BACWTT (the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training), and piano instructor. Through playing for eurythmy, she has discovered the ability to improvise and even found out that she likes to compose short pieces for the classes! Waldorf education has been a real blessing in her life.
Farming & Gardening
‘Farmer Dan’ received a B.A. in English and Russian Literature and an M.A. in Theology. He completed his biodynamic farm apprenticeship with Walter Rudert on Tablehurst Farm at Emerson College in England, followed by a year’s work at Four Winds Organic Farm in Goshen, CT, and with John Paul Cortens on Roxbury Biodynamic CSA Farm in New York. He also began a gardening program at the Ashwood Waldorf School in West Rockport, ME. In 2002, Dan completed the Waldorf Teacher Training course through the Center for Educational Renewal at Summerfield, and has been a teacher at Summerfield for the past 20 years.
Ronni has been a farming and gardening teacher at Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm since 1993. She studied for two years at the Waldorf Institute of Detroit and completed a two-summer apprenticeship in biodynamic gardening with Alan York and Hilmar Moore. She also received a B.A. in Theatre Arts. She has worked with handicapped adults on a dairy farm, helped run a five-acre organic market garden and worked part-time as a landscaper. She taught kindergarten in the Portland Waldorf School for five years. She teaches High School gardening, herbal studies, cooking, basket weaving and permaculture.
Phone: (707) 575-7194 Ext: 149
Chelsea Young, Farming & Choir
A native Oregonian, Chelsea holds a B.A. from Whitman College in Environmental Humanities with a minor in Music. She has taught visiting Waldorf students on the biodynamic farm at Hawthorne Valley, studied and practiced Nonviolent Communication with high school students at the Quaker-founded Woolman Semester, done post-baccalaureate work at the University of Oregon in Music Education, and had the recent happy opportunity to complete a Permaculture Design Course at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center. She also worked for eight years as a mentor/activities director for the Youth Choral Academy at the Oregon Bach Festival. Before teaching at Summerfield, she and her husband Ben apprenticed on the Summerfield Farm for two growing seasons.
Phone: (707) 575-7194 Ext: 134
Veronica Seidemann, LS/HS Spanish Teacher
Veronica was born in New York City but raised in Chile. Veronica received her Waldorf Teacher certification from the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training in 2016. She is currently doing the Curative Education training. She has a BFA in Fashion Design and a Teaching Certification from the Haifa Academy of Design and Education, Israel, 1991. She also studied for two years toward a major in Art history at the Universidad de Chile. Veronica’s teaching experience includes teaching Art History, Illustration and mentoring students in their final projects in Israel. She taught Spanish, gardening and games at Berkeley Rose School. She has two daughters and she is happy to be part of the Summerfield community.
Olivia Wells, ESL & German Instructor & International/Exchange Student Program Coordinator
Olivia was first introduced to the Waldorf school when she was an exchange student at Tübingen University in Germany. The experience of working with a second grade and the Class Teacher at the Tübingen Waldorf school was so inspiring that she decided she would study to become a Waldorf teacher after completing her double major Bachelors in Psychology and Germany at San Jose State University. She then studied at the Waldorf College in Stuttgart (Freie Hochschule Stuttgart) to train as a German and English teacher, as well as a Class Teacher and PE (Bothmer Gymnastics) teacher. She worked at Engelberg and Frankfurt Waldorf schools for three years as a English teacher and helped with theater classes and occasionally taught PE. Due to her impressive work with improvisational theater and foreign language teaching, she was asked to teach improvisation and drama in foreign language teaching workshops to Waldorf teachers at the Freie Hochschule in Stuttgart. After a seven year stint in Germany of studying and working abroad, she came back to the US and worked as an English as a Second Language Teacher for six years at Dominican University in an intensive English language program, which set international students up for success at American Universities. Olivia is also an avid backpacker and has competed nationally in Germany and the US as an ultimate frisbee player.
Phone: (707) 575-7194 Ext: 138
Isabel Vallejo, LS/HS Spanish
Isabel was born and raised in a small village in Valladolid, Spain. She received her Masters degree in Law at the University of Valladolid, then worked with the Spanish Tax Agency for more than ten years in Barcelona, Madrid, Toledo and Athens. She moved to the USA twelve years ago following her husband, with whom she has two children. She taught Spanish as a substitute at Sonoma Academy before joining the Summerfield faculty.
Richard Loheyde, HS Orchestra
Dr. Richard Loheyde is presently the orchestra conductor of the Summerfield and Credo High School Orchestras. He has served as the conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra and Assistant Conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony, where he was conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony Family Concert Series. Other recent posts include Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Evansville, Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and serving on the faculty at Sonoma State University. Previously, Dr. Loheyde also served as Music Director of the Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra, and as the University Orchestra Music Director at the University of Texas at Austin. His guest conducting experience includes engagements with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Austin Civic Orchestra and Opera, and the Iowa State University Symphony. Dr. Loheyde made his conducting debut with the Santa Rosa Symphony in 2006. He has conducted in many or the great orchestra halls of the world throughout Europe, Asia, and Central America. Richard has degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Loheyde also maintains an active private studio where he teaches violin and viola to students across Sonoma County.
Fine & Practical Arts
Charles Becker, Fine Art
Angie Brown, LS/HS Practical Arts
Ginny Winter, HS Practical Arts
Isabel Wundsam, Art & German Instructor & LS/HS Music
Isabel has been teaching for 42 years—having taught piano privately and in a music school in Germany. She studied piano with Udo Falkner and Chamber music at the Conservatory of Music in NRW, Germany. She has a degree in Visual Communication. In 1990 Isabel moved to the US. Since then she has taught music, art and German, and has worked at Summerfield since 1998 and studied under several master teachers to become a better Waldorf teacher. “Some of my most important teachers are the students whom I teach and learn with.” Since 2005, Isabel has been studying the recorder flute with performer Frances Blaker in the East Bay and performs around the Bay Area and in Southern California.
Lisa York Wilde, LS/HS Handwork & Practical Arts
Lisa has an extensive interest in textile art, a continuing theme in her life. She has worked as a rug weaver, pattern designer, sweat shop laborer and the operator of her own small business as a manufacturer of a line of garden and kitchen textiles. Her interest in anthroposophy and Waldorf education began over 30 years ago. She received her Waldorf training in Michigan, then taught in kindergarten for two years. She has been teaching handwork since 1997. Her son is a graduate of Summerfield.
Phone: (707) 575-7194 Ext: 354
Leila Allen, LS/HS Drama & Speech
Leila attended Summerfield from kindergarten through twelfth grade. In 1999 she graduated from the Stuttgart School of Speech and Drama in Stuttgart, Germany, with a degree in Speech Formation and Theater Education. She also holds a certificate in Anthroposophic Therapeutic Speech from the Dora Gutbrod School of Speech Formation from which she graduated in 2002. She taught drama in the High School from 1999-2005 and has continued teaching part-time ever since. She has worked as a speech and drama consultant in Waldorf schools in California from 1999-2010 until she became a parent. She and her husband, Tim (the seventh grade class teacher), have Jamie in second grade and Lexi in White Rose.
Phone: (707) 575-7194 Ext: 323
Fred Bassett, Electronics
Fred is originally from Connecticut and has lived in Sonoma County since 1983. He has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to coming to Summerfield, Fred worked for 30 years in radio, television and telecommunications in a variety of technical and management positions including owning a television systems integration business for eleven years. He enjoys gardening, camping, sailing, cooking and tinkering. Fred and his wife, Catherine, have two daughters who both graduated from SWSF.
Phone: (707) 575-7194 Ext: 130
Caitlin Johnson, High School Counselor
Cait grew up in Sonoma County and returned in 2014 with her husband, Gabe, and their two daughters (Nyla grade seven and Callie grade five). She has a B.A. in Psychology with a Minor in Child Development, an M.S in School Psychology and a certificate in College Counseling. Cait has enjoyed working with children of all ages in a variety of therapeutic and school settings ranging from a non-public school for children with emotional challenges, to traditional and charter schools. Before joining Summerfield Cait worked at both Sunridge Charter and Sebastopol Independent Charter School. She is thrilled to be a part of the Summerfield community as both a parent and faculty member.
Phone: (707) 575-7194 Ext: 109
America Worden, Biology & Comparative Religion & Architecture
America attended the San Francisco Waldorf School from Elve’s Corner preschool through eighth grade (with a two-year break when her family moved to the mountains of Colorado). She was also a high school student at Summerfield itself for ninth to eleventh grades. She left Summerfield to accept a scholarship at the United World College of the Atlantic, an international school in Wales fostering cross-cultural awareness and peace-building. America returned to the US to earn her BA in Native American studies with pre-med at UC Berkeley. She has an MSc from Schumacher College in Holistic Science and an MA in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She has worked as a nature educator, field ecologist, artist, gardener and psychotherapist intern in various schools, nonprofits and wild places around the Bay Area. Formerly our LS/HS Counselor, America left to have a baby, but enjoys the opportunity to guest-teach particular blocks in the HS, including eleventh grade biology, and architecture to the twelfth grade.