Primary School Faculty

Alexa Krakauskas

Classroom Teacher – 1rst Grade

Alexa completed her Waldorf Elementary Teacher training program in 2014 and has been the coordinator and lead teacher of the Parent & Child program at the Waldorf School of Philadelphia this past year. Alexa’s interest in Waldorf Education was sparked ten years ago when her oldest child entered the Early Childhood program at the Waldorf School of Philadelphia. Over the last several years Alexa has taught in a homeschool setting and a therapeutic Waldorf Education program, pursued therapeutic training in HANDLE (Holistic Approach to Neurodevelopment and Learning Efficiency) and Bal-A-Vis-X (Balance Auditory Vision Exercises), and has been an active community member at her school as a substitute teacher, Parent Association Representative, and faculty. In the spring of 2014, she wrote an article for Lillipoh entitled Parzival Academy: Waldorf Education for the Struggling Child.

Eliza Bethany

Classroom Teacher – 1rst Grade

Eliza graduated from the Antioch Waldorf Teacher training program in July of 2013. She has been a class teacher assistant in third grade with a master Waldorf teacher at Shining Mountain Waldorf School in Boulder this past year. Eliza first learned of Waldorf education when her oldest daughter was an infant and she joined a parent group that evolved into what is now the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School in Newtown, CT, where she then became a founding board member.

Eliza has been an instructor with the National Outdoor Leadership School and has a BFA from New Mexico State University. She also has a life-long passion for multi-cultural studies and human development. Waldorf Education provides a lively context for all her interests.

AG_B94H2RKZLydia Koprowski

Classroom Assistant – 1rst Grade

Lydia and her family moved to Colorado in 2013 from Cleveland, Ohio. Waldorf came into her life when her oldest daughter started attending The Spring Garden Waldorf School and Lydia worked in the school store. She has an Arts and Sciences degree from Tri-C as well a theater background having taught after school theater programs for kids in North East Ohio. Last year Lydia had the opportunity to assist in the first grade as well as substitute teach almost every grade and specials class at Mountain Phoenix.



Elizabeth De Money

Classroom Teacher – 2nd Grade

Elizabeth has had over ten years as an educator and social worker in the Boulder Valley School District where she has also employed her skills in mindful mediation and curriculum writing. For a month this summer, she will be attending the Summer Teacher Education program at Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, California where she will focus on the curriculum for grades 1-3 in Waldorf Education. Elizabeth has a passion for developing healthy relationships between children and adults and has had a longtime interest in Waldorf Education.

Jennifer Wendland-Diaz

Classroom Teacher –  2nd Grade

Jennifer is a Nationally Board certified teacher and has a Master’s degree in Bilingual Education. She has been involved in the field of education for 11 years including teaching in a small community school in Mexico for three years that integrated festivals, nature experiences, and the arts within the curriculum. She also will attend the Art of Teaching Grade Two in Waldorf Education at Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, CA this summer. Jennifer has a passion for developmentally-appropriate and arts-integrated education and looks forward to bringing Waldorf Education to the charter school movement.

Melissa Kacel

Classroom Teacher – 3rd Grade

Melissa has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and has been a teacher for six years. She discovered Waldorf Education while looking for a school that resonated with her parenting style and philosophy and was soon led to Mountain Phoenix Community School. This summer, she will attend the Art of Teaching Third Grade in Waldorf Education at Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, CA.

147980Cristina Drews

Classroom Teacher – 3rd Grade

Cristina has thirty-eight years of experience working in both public and Waldorf education. Her Master’s Degree in Education specializes in Curriculum Development, Reading Instruction and Children’s Literature. She is a graduate of the Remedial Education teacher-training course at Rudolf Steiner College. She taught public elementary school in New York and California, as well as teacher education and adult literacy classes. S

he maintains an extensive private library of classic children’s literature, and books on Waldorf Education. She was a cofounder of the Waldorf School of Orange County, now thriving in Costa Mesa, CA. Cristina was a class teacher at the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School in Newtown CT, and at Shepherd Valley Waldorf School in Niwot, CO.

Cristina loves singing, flower gardening, nature, dogs, cooking, children’s books, studying Anthroposophy, and talking to people about Waldorf Education.

 150534Christa Valdez

Classroom Teacher – 4th Grade

Christa was born and raised in the Northern New Mexico area. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education through Prescott College and holds a teaching license in Oregon. Christa completed her Waldorf Certification through Antioch University New England with an emphasis on Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Currently she is working on a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Teacher Leadership through Concordia University. She has experience teaching in both private and public Waldorf schools and is happy to bring Waldorf Education to all children. Christa loves photography, painting, gardening, handwork, African Dance classes, classical music, theatrical plays, and spending time with her son and her dog Jupiter. Her favorite aspect of being a Waldorf teacher is that every school day the teachers and the students are co-creating an inspiring and enriching learning experience together.

103109Michelle Hollandsworth

Classroom Teacher – 4th Grade

Michelle comes to Mountain Phoenix with twelve years teaching experience, ten of which are in Jeffco Public Schools as a teacher librarian, most recently at a bilingual school. Her path to Waldorf education has been a recent one, but she feels that many of her life experiences have been leading in this direction. She brings a love of storytelling, nature and music, which includes singing and playing the piano, guitar, electric bass, recorder, and pentatonic flute. Michelle is receiving her Waldorf Teaching Training at Rudolf Steiner College in California. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and her Master’s degree in Library Science from Syracuse University. She has her teaching license in New York and Colorado. Michelle is married and has two grown children. She enjoys doing yoga, reading, bicycling and gardening. She is excited to be joining Mountain Phoenix where she can combine her experience in public education with her love of Waldorf education.

145920Eric Ebert

Classroom Teacher – 5th Grade

Eric holds a B.A. degree from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, and an M.A. in Waldorf and Integrated Day education from Antioch New England Graduate School. His transformative experience at St. John’s convinced him of the value of a liberal arts education. He has worked to bring that sort of experience to children in a number of settings, including private and public Waldorf-methods schools. A strong believer in the lessons Nature has to teach, he is particularly happy to return to the mountain west.


CJ Hawk

Classroom Teacher – 5th Grade

CJ has a Colorado State Teacher license in Elementary Education and has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology with a minor in Environmental Studies. She has been an educator for over 10 years and was a founding teacher of a cooperative charter school in San Diego. During this summer, CJ will be taking the Art of Teaching Grade 5 in Waldorf Education at Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, California.

CJ has a passion for helping her students develop a lifelong love of learning, stewardship for the environment, and respect for diversity. She looks forward to bringing this through Waldorf Education in the charter school movement.

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