Middle School Faculty


125161Heather Ward

Classroom Teacher – 6th Grade

Allow me to introduce myself – I am a mother of two wonderful daughters who are all but grown up now (ages 19 & 22). Between six years of homeschooling them and teaching in the classroom, I have accumulated over 20 years of teaching experience. I suppose you could say I am wired to teach.

I’m inspired to search after deeper understandings, challenged by the individuality of learning and discovery, and motivated by the belief that all can learn and achieve greatness. I continually pursue expanding my understanding of learning, and have recently completed my Masters Degree in Curriculum and Development and Linguistically Diverse Education (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Colorado at Denver. My BA is in Elementary Education with and emphasis in Special Education and Hearing Impairments’ from t the University of Northern Colorado.

Over the years, I have served as Reading Specialist, Instructional Coach, Curriculum Designer, Special Education service provider, School Site Coordinator, Diverse Learning lab Director, Mentor, and also taught Colorado History, Sign Language, Math, Physical Education, Science, Writing, and ESL Instructor. Most importantly, I was a teacher at the core.

I have taught students ranging in ages from 4 to 34 and each grade or age has brought about new joys and treasures for me to discover. Therefore, it is with great anticipation that I look forward to the year ahead as we create a dynamic community, saturated with the joy of learning! I can’t wait to meet each of you and get started.


144783Brice White

Classroom Teacher – 6th Grade

Brice is a Colorado native, a rarity these days. He holds a bachelors degree in history from the University of Colorado at Denver. Brice is also an actor and director, having studied at Naropa University. He has only been a classroom teacher for two years, coming to Mountain Phoenix from the Temple Grandin School in Boulder, however, prior to teaching for TGS, Brice lead quests for Renaissance adventures, taught blacksmithing, drama, and martial arts. Brice loves spending time with his family, which is great because his two children are in 2nd and 4th grade at Mountain Phoenix.


AG_10000003Jenny Snyder

Classroom Teacher – 7th Grade

Jenny has been teaching for 15 years. She loves the attention Waldorf provides for the development of the whole child and appreciates the curriculum that is developmentally and cognitively appropriate, comprehensive, and interdisciplinary with an emphasis on world cultures and religions. She especially love the reverence for nature, ritual, and spirit within each of us.

 


 144583Joshua Anander

Classroom Teacher – 7th Grade

Josh graduated from the University of Washington with an emphasis in history and then earned his teaching credentials through a partnership with Regis University. He is entering his sixth year of classroom education, previously teaching second grade at Assumption Catholic School. He chaired the student government council and assisted in preparing and scoring the school science fair. Josh was instrumental in setting up data measures to verify student achievement and growth. He is most excited about incorporating the arts into everyday classroom learning. When not teaching, Josh likes to spend time with his wife and two young children enjoying the outdoors and taking in a baseball game.


 148834D.J. “Joe” Mason

Classroom Teacher – 8th Grade

Born in Billings, Montana and raised in Broomfield, Colorado, Joe’s journey to teaching has been a sinuous path. After taking a year off from college to live in Caracas, Venezuela, his educational pursuits stalled, and he worked in the construction industry for 15 years. In the early 90’s, Joe graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in secondary English education. After teaching middle school in the public sector for 5 years, he went to Sacramento, California and completed his Waldorf High School, Middle School and science training. This was followed by 12 years of teaching middle and high school at Shining Mountain Waldorf School in Boulder. Joe also worked as athletic director and middle school boys and girls’ basketball coach. Joe has 2 kids, one in 8th grade and one in 12th grade. When not teaching, Joe enjoys creating art and cycling.


101153Rob Erwin

Classroom Teacher – 8th Grade

Mr. Erwin is a former civil engineer but found his true passion in teaching. His education beliefs include whole person, experiential, and outdoor education, all in a nurturing community that empowers each child to discover their own special gifts and talents. Rob has taught for fourteen years, including kindergarten through sixth grade classrooms, and has taught many multi-age classes.  In the past year, he completed a rough cut version of his self-produced documentary about education titled Educating for Human Greatness. Rob has his Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado, Denver. He enjoys gardening, hiking, spending time with his two sons and daughter-in-law and travelling with his wife.


 

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