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.
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.
Our metalwork and blacksmithing teacher, Konstantin was born to Russian parents in Czechoslovakia and raised in Brazil. He came to the U.S. in 1962 and attended the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and the San Francisco Art Institute where he received his B.F.A. in sculpture. He has done carpentry and metalwork for a well-known sculptor, photography in clothing pattern design, camp counseling and operated his own jewelry-making business. He and his wife have two sons who graduated from Summerfield High School.
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.
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.
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 a ninth grade son, Haotian, at Summerfield.
‘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.
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.
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!
Eric grew up in Spring Valley, NY, where he attended Green Meadow Waldorf School from kindergarten through High School. Eric received BS, Meng and PhD degrees from Cornell University in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. He worked as an electrical engineer for several companies, from design work to management to starting and running his own company, before turning to teaching math at Summerfield.
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.
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.
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.
Olivia Wells -- ESL Instructor and International Student and Exchange 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.
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.