Faculty and Staff Photo 2019-20

Jana Lombardo - Sunflower Kindergarten

Jana’s journey to become a teacher began when she was a young child, growing up in a small town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. As children, Jana and her siblings explored the enchanted back woods surrounding their cabin and later the streets of their small town. Intrigued by the curiosity and desire within children to learn, she was drawn towards teaching and was introduced to the Waldorf community as a young college student when she took a job in the aftercare at Yuba River Charter School. Fascinated by the school’s environment, curriculum, and community, she began her educator journey. Jana has since spent over 20 years working with and learning about children. She earned a BA in Human Development and a Multiple Subject CLAD with Emphasis in Early Childhood Credential from Sonoma State. She has attended classes at Rudolf Steiner College and the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training and taught in preschools, Kindergarten, public primary classrooms, has taken a class from 1st through 3rd grade, and substitute taught in all the grades. She finds her favorite place to be in the Kindergarten. She lives in Santa Rosa with her husband and two youngest daughters. She enjoys going on adventures in nature with her family. 

Hans Walser - Rainbow Kindergarten Lead

I grew up in a small rural town. Most days, when not in school, I was outside gallivanting around with all the neighborhood children, playing with sticks, rocks and mud. This picture I describe helped form my strong relationship with nature and to trust that the world is good. In my senior year of high school, I began my journey in the pursuit of becoming a Kindergarten Teacher. I began a yearlong study of children’s play in a Waldorf nursery school called Sheltering Arms.Through direct observation and research, I learned that the best way to develop a child’s social, emotional and physical development was through play in early childhood years, as opposed to task-based desk learning or time on screens. I then worked at Sheltering Arms Nursery School. I learned a lot from their two experienced teachers; mainly the organization and curriculum overview of the Waldorf nursery. I also knew that I had found what I wanted to do with my life!  My teaching adventures began by assisting for two years on the Big Island in Hawaii with my mother (a long-time Kindergarten Teacher).After meeting a wonderful family vacationing in Hawaii, I moved to work at their school in California where I assisted for three years. I became a lead Kindergarten teacher at the Waldorf School of the Peninsula for eight years and then at Marin Waldorf School for the last two years, creating outdoor experiences for the children to work, eat and play in. I currently live in the hills of West County, with my wife Lisa, two children, mother in-law, Newfoundland, Great Dane puppy, and 8 chickens.

Jessica James - Sunflower Assistant

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Kimberly McCormick - Rainbow Assistant

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Tim Allen - Grade 1

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Kathleen Austin - Grade 2

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Lynne Struye - Grade 3

Lynne began her Waldorf teacher journey ten years ago when she took a work hiatus with her family in Australia.  At the time, she transitioned from a public school teacher to teaching in the area Steiner schools.  Concurrently, she completed her Waldorf teacher training at Sydney Steiner College.  A year later when she returned to her Southern California home, she became the teacher of the lead class at Maple Village Waldorf School in Long Beach.  In 2018, after their eight year journey together, she graduated them, the first 8th grade graduation of the school.  At that point, with her own three children all grown and flown from the coop, she and her husband longed for a more rural lifestyle and they relocated from Los Angeles to Sonoma County.  Here, she was very happy to take the helm of a new class last year at our school and begin a new grades journey, guiding their growth within the beauty of the Waldorf Curriculum.   She continues to enjoy combining the knowledge from her first career as an Art Therapist/MFT and using her Multi-Subject Teaching Credential to enliven her work as a Waldorf teacher.  In her free time, she loves hiking along the coast and finding ways to help her garden thrive along with the local visiting deer.

Lisa Hale - Grade 4

Lisa's passion for teaching and equipping students to utilize their life experiences and education as a powerful tool for self expression started with her work as a field science teacher at the Headlands Institute, now Nature Bridge. Here social and academic lessons came to life and inspired her to found the Teen Environmental Education Mentorship program. This early teaching experience, along with a childhood spent along an estuary of the Chesapeake Bay, set a high bar for what education can be. Lisa's love of teaching and desire to sow an inspired and well-balanced education for her own children led her to pursue teaching in a Waldorf school. When she is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, mountain biking, swimming in the ocean, hiking, painting, cooking, and woodworking.

Shari Thierry - Grade 5

Shari joined the staff in the fall of 2012 to assist us both in the classroom and in the resource room at the main campus. A former handwork and class teacher at Highland Hall Waldorf School in Northridge, CA, Shari is Waldorf trained and has a great deal of experience in a variety of classroom settings. Ms. Thierry has a BA from Cal State Northridge in history and brings an incredible organizational sense from her background managing small businesses.  

Antje Bojarsky - Grade 6

Antje has been with her class since first grade. In 2015 she joined SICS after completing two eight-year Waldorf grades cycles, taking a third class through middle school, teaching science and algebra in middle and high school for 7 years, and serving as Educational Support Coordinator at Sacramento Waldorf School and Pedagogical Chair at Haleakala Waldorf School. Antje holds CA Multiple Subject and Science Teaching Credentials with EL Authorization and a CLAD Certificate. She obtained her first ESL certification from Cambridge University, where she studied applied linguistics. Her M.S. Ed. in Science Education from Lesley University has a five cognate STEM focus (chemistry, physics, ecology, geoscience and engineering). Antje also holds a CA Administrative Services Credential and M.A. in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from Sonoma State University. For 15 years, Antje was core faculty in the Waldorf teacher training program at Rudolf Steiner College and directed The Art of Teaching through the Grades. Antje now coordinates the summer sessions of the Sebastopol Art of Teaching professional development program.

Heather Carpenter - Grade 7

Heather Carpenter joined Sebastopol Charter School in 2013. She completed her Waldorf training at the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training in 2012 and earned her California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Dominican University in 2015.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from UC Berkeley, and is T.E.F.L certified. Prior to teaching, Heather has been a program developer (in nutrition research, as well speech and language development), a designer, a photographer, an artist and counselor. She loves to paint and draw, work in her garden, and wander off the beaten path with her son.

Ashley Radzat - Grade 8

Ashley Radzat has been involved in Waldorf education since 2001.  In 2010 Ashley received her Waldorf certificate from The Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training. She received her California State Teaching Credential from Dominican University in 2013.. Her BA is in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. Ashley completed her Parent, Student and Family Life Coaching Certificate in 2018 were she uses her skills both with students and families. One of the biggest passions in Ashley’s life is to help students through conflict. She is deeply interested in Restorative Justice and leads the school as the Social-Emotional Coordinator. Ashley has traveled to over 15 different countries and always embraces a new opportunity or adventure. When not working with students, Ashley cares for her two daughters and crazy but wonderful family.

Kristen McLaughlin - Handwork Gr. 1-8

Kristen McLaughlin began working at the Sebastopol Charter School in 1997 as an assistant teacher in the kindergarten then moved on to teaching handwork grades 1-8.  Prior to arriving at Sebastopol Charter she was a Waldorf preschool teacher. Kristen completed her Waldorf teacher training at the Center for Education Renewal. Her prior schooling was at Dominican College in San Rafael, studying nutrition and sports medicine, at Yale studying economics, and at Sarah Lawrence studying child psychology. Kristen loves to garden, bake, learn new fiber arts skills, hike, and go camping. Kristen has a life long love of learning and hopes that she passes this passion on to her students. 

Tim Zieminski - Strings Teacher Gr. 3-8

Tim Zieminski is an active violin teacher and performer, born and raised in Sonoma County. He holds a B.M. in Violin Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and maintains an active private violin studio. He frequently performs locally, with groups including Bellarosa String Quartet, Santa Rosa Symphony, and his Celtic band Rogues' Regiment. When not teaching or performing, Tim enjoys spending time with his wife and children, being active in his church, and playing a variety of sports including ultimate frisbee and baseball.

Andrew Ward - Games

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Kevin Davis - Math 6-8

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Isabel Vallejo - Spanish 6-8

Isabel was born and raised in a small village in Valladolid, Spain. She received her Masters degree in Law at the University of Valladolid. She worked with the Spanish Tax Agency for more than ten years in Barcelona, Madrid, Toledo, and Athens. She moved to the United States fourteen years ago. She has been teaching the upper grades and High School Spanish 1 at Summerfield Waldorf for the last two years and she has been substituting at Sonoma Academy for the last three years. She has two children and enjoys reading, hiking, and traveling.

Frank Vazquez - Special Education Teacher

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Sophia Wiebe - Special Education Assistant

Sophia Wiebe decided she wanted to work with children at a young age. She loved teaching her sister the letters of the alphabet, along with other life lessons, such as how to build the perfect fort out of willow branches. After ten years of Waldorf education at the Sebastopol Charter School, Sophia went on to attend Santa Rosa Junior College, Cabrillo College, and ended with her B.A. in Liberal Studies from Sonoma State University. Throughout her studies, Sophia has valued her Waldorf education, and has always known that her future career would be influenced by it. Sophia loves to work with her hands in her free time, whether it is knitting gnomes and socks, or building bookshelves and tables out of scraps of wood found in the front yard.

Ben Klocek - Woodwork and Technology Gr. 5-8

Ben Klocek joined Sebastopol Charter in 2017. A Waldorf graduate/lifer (Sacramento Waldorf, 1998) who loved woodwork class and has been building things on the internet for the last 15 years, Ben graduated with a Liberal Studies degree from Sonoma State, with a focus on Technology and Art. As a maker and web designer, Ben brings the physical and digital worlds together. After studying and speaking on the effects of screen technology on consciousness as a digital professional, Ben jumped at the chance to work directly with those most affected by new exposure to screen-media, 6-8th graders. He continues his research, working with teachers throughout California to better support them in developing practices and curriculum for teaching digital literacy. He is the proud father of two girls, Sofia and Lucia, who attend Sebastopol Charter. When not teaching, Ben works in his small digital agency, Bracia, loves hiking in our beautiful parks, backpacking, and creating art.

Mary Goodenough - Intervention Assistant and Lunch Coordinator

Mary comes to Sebastopol Chater with a diverse educational and employment background. After receiving an MA in Slavic Languages and Literatures from UC-Berkeley in 1989, Mary translated for international arts education programs and NGO’s in Russia, Kazakhstan and the US. She has taught language arts in public and private secondary schools. Mary has two children who attended Sebastopol Charter K-8, and she worked in and out of the classroom throughout their elementary years. She has also taken on leadership roles in fundraising for the Charter Foundation. Mary has published articles on popular culture and spirituality and enjoys gardening, musicking and adventures in nature.