Bonnie is a consultant in the Early Childhood Mental Health Project and a Parent Educator with Parents Place, Marin. Bonnie has taken many courses and workshops in Waldorf , she has been an early childhood teacher, preschool director, and founding member of the Great Oaks School in the Chicago area. Upon moving to California, Bonnie taught parent-tot at Summerfield and Marin Waldorf schools. Her work with parents and their children under three years of age led her to the Touchpoints and RIE I training programs, all compatible with the Waldorf approach. Bonnie has served on the governing body of both the Chicago Waldorf School and the Great Oaks School, and as secretary for Preschool Council of Evanston. Currently she is a mentor in the LifeWays Program. Bonnie worked with at-risk teens for the Youth-At-Risk community program, as well as with birth parents and adoptive parents. Parent education and support has always been a part of her work. Bonnie has been with Berkeley Rose Waldorf School from the very first year the school started.
Christina’s philosophy is inspired by the work of infant specialist Magda Gerber, who created the Educaring® Approach and founded Resources for Infant Educarers®, better known as RIE®. Christina became a RIE® Associate and joined the RIE® Alliance in 2017. She has been studying Magda Gerber’s Educaring® Approach since 2011, and she has worked as a caregiver for babies and young children since 1999. Christina is a founding member of the Bay Area Infant Toddler Network of RIE® students and professionals. She teaches Respectful Caregiving parent infant classes for infants and toddlers in the San Francisco Bay Area, and she also offers consulting, workshops, and nanny training. Christina uses her knowledge of the Educaring® Approach, and many years of experience working with children, to offer support that nurtures parents and infants alike.
Rosebud Lead Teacher
Jahlia is a graduate of the Early Childhood Waldorf Teacher Training at Steiner House, London. She has experience assisting in Waldorf Parent-Child, Preschool, and Kindergarten settings. Jahlia holds a BA from Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges in California and a Masters Degree from the London School of Economics. She is a child of two long-time Waldorf teachers, a Waldorf graduate (K-12 Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm in Sonoma County). She lived in England for 11 years and is a mother of two children. Prior to Waldorf teaching she worked in documentary film and charitable giving.
Rosebud Assistant Teacher
Mary Katherine Patterson
Mary Katherine taught high school English and Dance for several years. Her interest in Waldorf education led her to work in Summer camps; as well as, taking courses in Lifeways Waldorf-inspired early childhood practices. She has a B.A. in Humanities from Arizona State University and holds a M.A. in Social Services Administration from University of Illinois. She previously sat on the board of a developing Waldorf school and was involved with Washington Waldorf School where her children attended before joining Berkeley Rose. In addition to teaching and performing dance, she has a passion for integrated movement including yoga and Pilates.
Marigold Nursery Lead Teacher
Before joining our school as a parent in 2013, Megan worked as an Administrator helping to start Nevada Sage Waldorf School in Reno, NV. A graduate of the Bay Area Center for Teacher Training, Megan began her journey in our school as the Rosebud assistant, then moved up to kindergarten. The following year she was the school’s substitute teacher extraordinaire and then took on the responsibility as the Administrative Chair. Teacher Megan brings much experience, education and dedication to the children she will be caring for and holding. Megan has been working at Berkeley Rose since 2014.
Marigold Nursery Assistant Teacher
Monika was raised in Poland and came to the USA as an au pair in her early twenties. From then on her life was set on a path of working with children. Before she decided to commit herself to Waldorf education she was pursuing academic studies in International Relations in the USA and UK.
Nursery After School Lead Teacher
Leah is a teacher with great dedication and love. In 2016 she completed her three year Waldorf Teacher Training program at Rudolf Steiner College in San Francisco with a focus on Early Childhood. Before teaching at Berkeley Rose, Leah taught for three years at Golden Bridges School in San Francisco. Here she gained experience leading morning and afternoon programs. She continues to teach at Silver Bell Nursery School, in their outdoor summer program. In 2005 Leah received her bachelors degree from UC Santa Cruz in Environmental Studies. Through her work she holds a vision for all people to have the love and support to meet their dreams and goals in a fulfilling way. Art, poetry and walks in nature are some of Leah’s favorite pastimes outside of the classroom.
Sunflower Kindergarten Lead Teacher
Theresa has been involved with Waldorf education for 35 years as a parent and a teacher. She has been a class teacher (grades 1-5) in Milwaukee, WI and in Los Angeles, as well as a lead and assistant Kindergarten teacher. She has received her Waldorf teaching certification, public school certification (K-8) and Masters in Education. Theresa has worked as a Parent-Child teacher and a Nursery lead teacher at Berkeley Rose. She is well-known to the children through these classes. Theresa has been working at Berkeley Rose since 2015.
Sunflower Kindergarten Assistant Teacher
Maya has been a parent at Berkeley Rose since 2012. She has been playing piano for our Eurythmy classes since 2016, has been a substitute teacher in all of our programs and has worked in our administrative team. She is a trained Waldorf grades teacher and studied at Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, CA and Emerson College in England. Maya loves teaching Zumba, singing, gardening, dancing, and hiking.
Dandelion Kindergarten Lead Teacher
Karina has been an early childhood educator for many years. She received her BA in child development from UC Berkeley and her Waldorf teaching certificate from Rudolf Steiner College in San Francisco. Karina enjoyed teaching preschool for many years before becoming a lead kindergarten teacher at Davis Waldorf School. After her own children were born, Karina created a Waldorf-inspired preschool program in her home. Karina brings energy and joy into her classrooms and is delighted to be a part of the growing Berkeley Rose community.
Dandelion Kindergarten Assistant Teacher
Daniel Gorsten Schunemann
Daniel has experience as a preschool and Kindergarten assistant and has worked as a substitute grades teacher and with children on the autism spectrum. He attended Waldorf schools himself and was an intern for several years at a Camphill community in Germany working with the adult special needs community. He taught ESL in Sao Paulo, Brazil and is fluent in four languages including German, Portuguese, and Spanish. In addition, he has worked as a professional bread baker specializing in slow fermentation processes and handcrafted/artisan methods.
Kindergarten After School Teacher
Daniel Gorsten Schunemann
Grades 1-6 (growing a grade a year up to grade 8)
Class One Teacher
James comes to Berkeley Rose after having taught grades one through five at Linden Waldorf School in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to that, he was an English subject teacher in grades one through eight for several years at Scuola Steineriana Cometa, a Waldorf school in Milan, Italy. Mr. Striby has always worked with children in urban schools, including elementary-aged children in San Francisco. During that time, he also studied voice at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Mr. Striby has a Bachelor of Arts in Education, History, and Political Science from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. His Waldorf teaching certificate was earned at the Scuola Carlo Rizzi in Italy. Mr. Striby is excited to return to the Bay Area and call it “home” again.
Class Two Teacher
Tracy has been with Berkeley Rose since 2015, starting as the Games teacher, Afternoon Program teacher, and go-to substitute while she completed her teacher training. A graduate from the Bay Area Center for Teacher Training, she was the Steiner scholar which allowed her to apprentice and observe in all the classes at our school and in other Waldorf schools in the area.
Class Three Teacher
Evangeline has followed the growth of Berkeley Rose with fondness since the beginning. She first started with the school in its earliest home on Rose St., where she was an aftercare teacher while completing her training at the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training. Evangeline is a Waldorf graduate herself, and has taught kindergarten and grades at established Waldorf schools from the East Coast to the West Coast. She is an accomplished concert musician, and will no doubt take this class’s deep interest in music to a whole new level!
Class Four Teacher
Erika completed her Waldorf certification at the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training in 2015. She graduated from Mills College in 1998 and became a California credentialed teacher in 2004. As an Oakland native, Erika remained close to home teaching in Oakland public and private schools before becoming a mother. She then transitioned to a mentoring role in the school district. She has also worked privately with students K-12 in need of additional academic support for the past seven years. Erika has lived in Zurich, Switzerland, where she studied German language and culture. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, knitting and crafting of any kind. Erika has been working at Berkeley Rose since 2013.
Class Five Teacher
Aparajita has known many of the children in this class since her daughter was their classmate in Kindergarten. When Aparajita found Waldorf Education she enrolled her two daughters at Berkeley Rose and, along with her sister, started a Waldorf school in Delhi, India. Ukti Waldorf school continues to flourish with her help and guidance. Aparajita is an accomplished academic with a masters and a doctorate in Economics. As she helped bring Waldorf Education to her children and many children in India, she began to yearn for this education for herself. She enrolled in the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher training, and experienced the growth and benefits of this education for herself. She now, eagerly awaits joining this wonderful group of children on their journey.
Class Six Teacher
Elisa Saltet has been a class teacher for the past five years at the East Bay Waldorf School, where she led a class from first grade through fifth grade. Prior to that she was a grades assistant, math tutor and cello teacher at the San Francisco Waldorf School while completing the three years at the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training. Elisa received her BA from Oberlin College, where she majored in Environmental Studies and also studied cello at the Oberlin Conservatory. Elisa has been connected to Anthroposophy and Waldorf eduction for her whole life, first in Massachusetts as a Waldorf student and child of two Waldorf teacher parents, later as a Biodynamic agriculture apprentice in Spring Valley, NY, and since 2010 as a member of the Waldorf community in the Bay Area. Along with engaging in this work, Elisa loves to play the cello, sing, learn languages, hike, swim, garden and cook. Past adventures include summers at Greenwood chamber music camp in Massachusetts, teaching English as a foreign language in France, and building hiking trails around Lake Baikal in Siberia. Elisa is happy and thankful to be a member of the Berkeley Rose faculty as class teacher.
Grades Specialty Teachers
A native of Romania, Vasilica received her eurythmy diploma from Akademie fur Eurythmische Kunst, in Dornach, Switzerland, followed by a post graduate diploma from the Eurythmy School Spring Valley. From 2001-2007 she taught eurythmy in grades 5-12 at Garden City Waldorf School, Long Island, NY. In the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training, she teaches weekend eurythmy classes in all 3 years. After serving as a substitute teacher for ages 2.9 to 6 at Berkeley Rose Waldorf School for two years, she joined the Early Childhood program and led the Rosebud Nursery for four years. Vasilica has been working at Berkeley Rose since 2011.
Masumi Maei Hayashi-Smith graduated from Brown University where she spent three years as a board member of the student opera production company and directed a fully orchestrated production of Cristoph Willibald Gluck’s “Orpheo ed Euridice.” After college, she took a break from classical music doing education research in Sri Lanka on a Fulbright grant, and living in Bali. Upon re-entry to the United States, she began the Kodály Masters program at Holy Names University. Masumi teaches classes for 4-5 year olds at Vivace Youth Chorus in San Jose, teaches private voice and musicianship lessons at her home, and sings in the choir for St. Lukes Episcopal Church in Los Gatos. Masumi has been working at Berkeley Rose since 2015.
Natalya comes to us from the New York fashion and costume-making scene. A Parsons School of Design grad, she worked at Ralph Lauren and Met Opera before launching De Plume, a high-end girls dress line in 2007. As her focus shifted to organically and fair-trade produced children’s wear, the mother of two girls discovered Steiner’s teachings. She is currently completing the Applied Arts program for Waldorf handwork teachers at the Fibercraft Studio, Sunbridge Institute, NY. As an avid sustainability advocate she plant-dyes yarns for our students and is pleased to offer Garment Upcycling and Handwork classes to all Berkeley Rose parenting adults.
Mandarin Language Teacher
Xia (Joy) Chen
Joy was raised and educated in China and is fluent in all aspects of Mandarin. She has been teaching Chinese privately for many years and is married with two wonderful, bilingual children. Joy likes to continuously learn and enjoys teaching many aspects of Chinese culture, such as stories, games, poetry, calligraphy, food, herbs, traditional medicine, acupressure, and music. Joy has been working at Berkeley Rose since 2015.
Spanish Language Teacher
Maria del Mar Damany
Señora Damany joined Berkeley Rose in 2018. She brings her native Argentinean culture and 14 years of experience teaching in Waldorf schools – including many years in Phoenix, Arizona, and more recently at Singing Stones in Walnut Creek, CA. She is passionate about world languages and the impact that being multilingual has in fostering world peace. Her curative education training and her childhood musical repertoire of traditional songs come into play in every lesson. Señora Damany has 4 children spanning in ages from 5 to 19 years old. She enjoys going on outings and learning things with her family, painting, and baking fresh sourdough bread every week.
Violin & Orchestra Teacher
A native of Berkeley, Cybèle studied violin with Anne Crowden, David Dalton and David Abel. She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in music performance from Brigham Young University and Mills College. While living in Italy for seven years, she taught violin and chamber music at the Accademia Musicale Mediterranea in Leporano. She now runs her own private teaching studio in North Berkeley, performs with local orchestral groups, and composes music for small ensembles. She recently collaborated with the Central Works Theater Company to compose, arrange and perform the musical score for their production of “The Yellow Wallpaper.” She currently serves as the Solo Competition Chair of the San Francisco section of the American String Teachers Association and was honored to receive their national Kudos award in May 2015. Cybèle has been working at Berkeley Rose since 2014.
Grades After School Teacher
Iona has been working with children since graduating high school. She has worked in alternative classrooms primarily with underprivileged students. She herself is a Waldorf graduate and has attended many of the Waldorf schools here and in Germany. She has traveled much of the world, recently returning from Australia where she played semi-professional women’s baseball and worked at a school with Australian Aboriginal children.
Jessica graduated from Brown University in 1991, where her studies and work focused on education and social justice, especially for immigrants and refugees. She moved to the Bay Area in 1992 to pursue a career in education, but after earning an emergency credential and teaching in East Oakland she became disaffected with the current state of public schooling and took time off to reconsider her career path. She decided to follow her passion for food and cooking, and graduated from The Natural Gourmet Cookery School in New York City in 1996. For the next four years she served as the chef at the Headlands Center for the Arts, followed by work as the Director of Education for the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA), the non-profit organization that runs the San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.
In 2006 Jessica published Full Moon Feast: Food and the Hunger for Connection (Chelsea Green Publishing), a book which mythopoetically explores the connections between the environment, human communities, and traditional cycles through food. That same year, she co-created The Local Foods Wheel and co-founded Three Stone Hearth, a local food business dedicated to sustainability, nourishment, and community. Her work at Three Stone Hearth over the past 12 years has led to a deep interest in organizational development and collaborative leadership.
In 2009 Jessica became a mother, and discovered Waldorf Education when she took parent-child classes at Berkeley Rose. As a parent at the school she has been immensely impressed with the developmental pedagogy Rudolph Steiner introduced, which has led to a deep interest in Anthroposophy. She is very excited to bring her diverse interests and skills to this position, and to continue to serve the community at this wonderful school
Karen comes to us from work as a stay-at-home parent and long-time volunteer within many charitable organizations in the United States and abroad. She has always held an active role within her local community and has especially enjoyed leadership roles within each of the schools that her three children have attended, including the Waldorf School in Whistler, BC. Karen has lived internationally in London, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and the Philippines. In Manila, she worked with a Moving Specialist Company that worked exclusively with newly arriving expatriate families providing them with local tours and lectures of Filipino customs and culture. She holds a BS in Business Administration from Cal State Chico. Karen loves being in nature, playing tennis, and is learning to master the French language.
Kim KnittelKim and her family found Berkeley Rose in 2012 after moving to the Bay Area from Brooklyn, NY. She studied English literature and film studies at Smith College, receiving a B.A., and did further studies in film at New York University. She held parallel jobs in independent feature film production offices and as a waiter, assistant sommelier and floor manager at three star restaurants in Manhattan, and at Chez Panisse here in Berkeley. She also ran the production office of a small television commercial production company where she held many roles. She has been trained as a Bach Flower Essence therapist and is passionate about making flower essence remedies for friends and family. She also loves to bake, and specializes in accommodating food allergies. She began working in the Administration in 2017.
Robert Schorlemmer is the Treasurer and Director of Finance at Berkeley Rose. Robert studied physics and finance in Munich, Tokyo and Berkeley. He is also a Waldorf teacher training graduate (Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teaching Training). Robert worked as a CPA for Ernst & Young across the United States. With Black & Decker, he carried out audits in Europe and the Americas. He also served as a lecturer and foreign expert in China. In his spare time, Robert runs a small nonprofit that supports a village in Colombia, South America. Robert was born in Barcelona and grew up in Rome and Hamburg. He speaks seven languages.