Middle School Staff

masonD.J. “Joe” Mason

Classroom Teacher, 6th 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.


erwinRob Erwin

Classroom Teacher, 6th 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.


wardHeather Ward

Classroom Teacher, 7th 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.


david-smithDavid Smith

Classroom Teacher, 8th Grade

Dave comes to us from Coal Creek Campus where he taught a multi-aged classroom.  After having spent many years studying and working in much of Europe, Dave Smith discovered the sublime soundness of Waldorf education.  With a B.A. in Germanic Languages and Literature, coupled with extensive graduate research in Medieval Literature and history, Dave was certified as a Waldorf Elementary School teacher after completing studies at the Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento, California.  His work developing a unique approach (NeuroReactivation™) for identifying and overcoming language learning disabilities in the classroom and his understanding of multiple learning styles strengthen his ability to gain the confidence and trust of the children in his classroom. Dave was raised as a “space child;” growing up with a rocket scientist for a father and a librarian for a mother.  Being an avid reader, he believes that exemplifying in the classroom his love of learning is the greatest gift that he can give to a child.  In his spare time, you might find Dave building and launching High-powered rockets, camping with his four children, or relaxing with his guitar.  Ultimately, Dave’s history makes him a passionate storyteller and a persistent seeker of knowledge.


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