For the present 2015-2016 school year, our faculty is:
Llora Kressman, Blossoms Teacher. Llora teaches our 3 and 4 year olds. Llora recently settled in Taos after feeling the pull to the southwest and the high desert. She has a master’s degree in education and Waldorf Teacher Certification from Antioch University New England. She earned her B.A. in Latin American Studies and Art from Warren Wilson College. Her 10 years of experience working with children includes co-directing an outdoor Waldorf pre-school in Vermont. Llora's background includes training as a massage therapist, working in the field of sustainable agriculture and running her own landscaping business. She loves to sing, work with wool in all its forms and is happiest when she is playing in the outdoors with children or meditating, or both.
Claudia Pfiffner, Gnomes Teacher. Claudia teaches our 5 and 6 year olds. Claudia arrived in Taos in 2011, where she first taught our Blossoms preschool class. She has teaching degrees from Switzerland, Canada, and the United States. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Management from City University in Bellevue, WA and her Master's in Waldorf Education from Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, CA. Rudolf Steiner and the inspirations he gave through Anthroposophy and Waldorf education have provided her with long-sought answers on child behavior, stages of development, and appropriate curriculum for young children. For her Master's thesis, she researched early brain development and Waldorf early childhood education and found the two to be very compatible. Claudia is now the Gnomes kindergarten teacher, the early childhood director, and College Chair. She gains much nourishment from hiking, bicycling, gardening, and attending silent retreats.
Nathaniel Kerr, 1st-2nd Grade Teacher
Jennifer Foley, 4th-5th Grade Teacher.
Beth Krieger-Fritsch, 8th Grade Teacher. A teacher at TWS since 2010, Mrs. Krieger-Fritsch enjoys working with her students and growing together each year through this dynamic approach to education. Mrs. Krieger-Fritsch has an undergrad degree in English and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin -- La Crosse, her Waldorf Certification from Great Lakes Waldorf Institute, and a Master's of Education from Mount Mary University. She loves to spend time with her family, run, hike, bike, garden, and, more recently, to sing and learn her way with new instruments, thanks to her students' inspiration!
Alina Bain, Early Childhood Education Assistant. Alina came to TWS in 2006 and has been either an assistant or lead teacher in the early childhood ever since. Currently an assistant in the Gnomes kindergarten (with a child in the Blossoms), Miss Alina loves to knit, garden, bake, sing, and have adventures with her family. She and her partner Joel have 2 children - Silas, 4 years, and Sky, 9 months - and look forward to many more sweet years at TWS!
Eric Mills, Early Childhood Education Assistant.
Rachael Penn, Orchestra specialty teacher. Rachael moved to Taos in 2000 after she completed her Bachelor’s of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Naropa University in Boulder, CO with an emphasis in the Creative Process and Healing Arts. She is highly active in the local music community, playing and recording with numerous songwriters and musicians. Rachael is passionate about supporting the creative process and artistic expression of people at all ages and skill levels. She believes that music has always been a powerful way of breathing life into community, fostering a sense of belonging and creating bridges of understanding throughout the ages. She also believes that music can be a powerful vehicle for children and adults, helping them to develop the discipline and the courage to constantly strive to learn and hone new skills and to engage themselves more meaningfully in the world. She is very excited to continue her journey as a strings teacher this fall at the Taos Waldorf School.
Trix Toma, Handwork specialty teacher. Trix was born and raised in Switzerland, where knitting and embroidery were a strong part of her upbringing. She followed her passion for working with children and became a kindergarden teacher, working in different small villages for several years. Later she moved to CA, where she and her husband raised a son, enjoyed hiking, cooking, gardening and many camping trips together. Through the years Trix has always been involved in education, teaching for a preschool in CA, as an outdoor instructor for Sienna Ranch, and receiving her landscape design and master-gardener certificate. In 2011 Ms. Trix came to Taos and is now it is her fourth year at TWS. Working with children or in the garden puts her heart in the right place. In every class, she likes to spark interest in anything handmade, to explore and learn, to appreciate different materials, and above all to let the kids be proud of their work.
Judit Barba, Spanish specialty teacher.
Jenna Paulden, Singing specialty teacher.