Faculty & Staff

Early Childhood

Jesica Vivancos Porras

Chickadees Preschool

Bio coming soon!

Anne Marie Cole

Willow Wind Kindergarten

Anne Marie grew up just outside of Boston as the oldest child of professional classical musicians. She played music and attended many ballets, operas, and concerts. After graduating from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 1997 and having her daughter, she discovered Waldorf Education. She then attended the teacher training program in Eugene, Oregon, and began working in the kindergarten at CWS in 2004. Anne Marie now lives on a farm in Monroe with her family and an assortment of animals. She continues to lead a culturally rich life: singing, playing the piano, gardening, spinning wool, working with clay, cooking, and deepening her spiritual practice.

Sophie Perillo

Morning Glory Kindergarten (Full-Day)

Sophie was born in Central Oregon and raised in the Willamette Valley. As a child she cultivated a deep love of nature picking wild blackberries, building forts and finding creatures in the farmland hedgerows surrounding her childhood home. She graduated with a BA in Environmental Studies and a focus in Environmental Education from the University of Oregon and spent the majority of her career teaching and playing with children outdoors. Sophie took a four year “sabbatical” to live in Northern India where she explored traditional Indian agriculture, biodiversity, ayurveda, Tibetan Buddhism and meditation. She returned to the US to complete her Waldorf Teacher training at Waldorf Teacher Education Eugene with her specialization in Early Childhood. She currently lives in Philomath with her beloved farmer, Eric.

Katie Martens

Willow Wind Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Amy Carnahan

Morning Glory Assistant

Amy Carnahan grew up a few miles outside of Tangent in the middle of grass seed field country. Growing up in this environment instilled in Amy a deep love and respect for nature on many levels. In addition to the wildlife surrounding her childhood home, Amy grew up with many animals from birds of prey to pigs. When reflecting upon her childhood, most of her memories involve being outdoors, whether it be playing in the ditches around the fields and catching bugs with her older brother, or camping and fishing trips with her dad. She graduated from Oregon State University in 2008 with her BA in Liberal Studies and Pre-Education option. In 2011, Amy received her Master’s in the Art of Teaching in the area of Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Pacific University. She spent 2 years working at the Children’s Farm Home before accepting her first teaching position, where she taught third grade for six years at a public charter school. Amy joined the Corvallis Waldorf community last year as the Early Childhood Extended Day provider. She is excited to continue to learn and grow within the Waldorf community and fulfill her new roll as one of the Morning Glory assistants. Amy lives in Corvallis with her husband, young son, two dogs, cat, and chickens. She enjoys singing, dancing, yoga, being outdoors, and animals of all kinds.

Janet Eskeldson

Chickadees Preschool Assistant

Janet Eskeldson and her son moved to Corvallis in 2021 for Janet to take a Kindergarten Assistant position.  She graduated from OSU with a degree in Early Childhood Education and although the town has grown, she still remembers the main parts of Corvallis. She’s thrilled with the smaller town lifestyle and the proximity to so many trails for hiking.  Janet and her family spent most of their time in Wilsonville. She has three children with her youngest currently in Mr. Nelson’s classroom. In addition to her degree in Early Childhood Education, Janet has a Holistic Health Practitioner Certificate and completed her Waldorf teacher training at the Micha-el Institute in Milwaukie, Oregon. She loves working with kids. Before discovering Waldorf education she worked in daycare, tutoring and has taught grades 1 & 2 in public and private schools. It was through homeschooling her older children that she found Waldorf education. With Waldorf, she loves the effort that goes into creating well-rounded individuals and she appreciates all the art that the kids get to experience throughout the Early Childhood (EC) and Grades programs. In her spare time Janet loves crafting, gardening and hiking. 

Grades 1-8

Chris Highfield

Second Grade

Chris has been a Class Teacher at the Corvallis Waldorf School since 2007. He received a BA degree in history/secondary education from Westminster College in Pennsylvania, a MS from the University of Oregon in geography, and is currently receiving mentoring from the Waldorf teacher training program in Eugene, OR. He spent ten years in various teaching positions in the public school system in different regions of the country before coming to CWS. Drawn to the strength of curriculum and emphasis upon art found at Waldorf schools, Chris truly appreciates the opportunity to learn and develop along with his students. On his time away from school, Chris enjoys various outdoor activities, running, gardening, playing music and spending time with his family.


Lawrence Mathews

Sixth Grade

Lawrence joined the Corvallis Waldorf School in 2021. He has a BS in Chemistry from Stanford, a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Washington, and worked as a biomedical researcher and professor at the University of Michigan before starting a Waldorf teaching career. He completed his Waldorf teacher training in Detroit and taught at the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor for 14 years, taking two classes through 8th grade. Following the completion of the second class, he moved to Boulder where he taught high school science and math for eight years at Shining Mountain Waldorf School before coming to Oregon. He enjoys playing music, practicing the art of photography, and exploring the natural world with his wife, Robin.

Laura Young

Third Grade Co-Teacher

Laura has served in various support roles at CWS since 2015. She is currently co-teaching third grade. She has taught ceramics to middle schoolers at CWS for over five years. Laura brings a strong artistic background to her teaching. She holds a master’s degree in arts management from the University of Oregon and undergraduate degrees in studio art and art therapy from Webster University – St. Louis. On the side, Laura is raising three teenagers and running a small business teaching mobile pottery lessons.

Eileen Chanti

Third Grade

Eileen was raised by a civil rights attorney and a social worker just outside of Eugene. From an early age Eileen knew she wanted a career that would be of service to her community. She attended St John’s College, a small Liberal Arts “Great Books” college in both Santa Fe, NM and Annapolis, MD. After college Eileen chose to pursue a career in education by first attending Antioch University where she received her Waldorf Teaching Certificate and then the University of Chicago where she received a Masters in Teaching with a focus on urban education and teacher leadership. Eileen has taught in both Waldorf schools and public schools, bringing Waldorf pedagogy to children who would otherwise not have access. Eileen shares her days with her husband, four children, and giant goofy dog named Josephine. She loves camping, hiking, and spending as much time outside as possible.


Melanie Sorenson

Math Specialist

Melanie grew up in Troutdale, Oregon at the mouth of the Columbia Gorge. She moved to Corvallis to pursue her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Oceanography with a minor in music. She discovered a passion for teaching and went on to earn her Master of Science in Education degree from Oregon State University as well. Melanie taught middle school science for several years, and even owned a local beekeeping company for a time, before returning to the classroom in 2018 to specialize in helping students build their math skills at CWS. Melanie plays her flute and piccolo in several musical ensembles throughout the valley and is an avid gardener who loves to travel, hike, and play board games.

Kristi Hager

Extended Day Teacher

Bio coming soon!

Shaen Germain

Seventh Grade

Shaen was born in Santa Cruz, California and was raised most of his life in rural Hawaii. He attended Lewis & Clark College, where he met his wife, and studied political science, history, literature, and theater arts with extensive work in play productions. He has been an educator for over sixteen years and is proud to have been a Waldorf Class Teacher for eleven of those years. He has served in leadership roles during these times as well. He firmly believes in the values of Waldorf education, Anthroposophy, and biodynamic agriculture. Shaen believes that serving as a Waldorf Class Teacher is a wonderful vocation because the curriculum meets the children in a synchronous and developmentally appropriate way. Shaen and his wife, son & daughter all really love Oregon and are excited to live in Corvallis where they will be near family and friends. His favorite activities are theater production, reading, writing, doing art, and all types of outdoor sports and adventure including surfing, snowboarding and playing team sports like basketball, flag-football and ultimate frisbee.

John Nelson

Fifth Grade

John received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Community Health from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. He then completed the Waldorf Teacher Education program in Eugene, Oregon. In 2010, John and his family happily moved to Corvallis to join the faculty at the Waldorf School as a Class Teacher. John graduated his first class in June of 2018 after leading them through the grades curriculum. He is looking forward to the new journey with his current class of first graders. When he is not at the school teaching his class, he enjoys bird watching, coaching basketball and eating popcorn. Go Beavs!

Mario Chavarin

Eighth Grade

Mario grew up in McKenzie Bridge, Oregon, along the McKenzie River. He had six siblings and the Willamette National Forest outside his back door, always having something to do and someone to play with. His high school was small but close, with 20 kids in his graduating class. After a few years trying a few different things, Mario moved to Portland and began studying Music at Portland State University. Passionate about the environment, he was pulled towards additional schooling for a Renewable Energy Program in The Dalles. It was during this time that Mario was introduced to Waldorf philosophy. While it mirrored many aspects of his outdoor upbringing and the small schools of his youth, he also appreciated how grounding it is. Without emphasizing technology as a priority it keeps kids solid in their understanding of their role on this planet. In time Mario and his family moved to Eugene, where his children were able to begin their Waldorf education. In 2019, Mario completed his Waldorf teaching certificate in Eugene and began working at the Eugene Waldorf School until the pandemic hit in March of 2020. When CWS was hiring for a 7th grade teaching position, Mario happily applied. He appreciates that Waldorf education’s emphasis is on allowing students to express themselves in many mediums. Mario currently lives in Eugene. He enjoys the outdoors, reading, singing, cooking, traveling, and spending quality time with his children


Rebecca Martin

First Grade

Bio coming soon

Sarah Monroe

Fourth Grade

Sarah first moved to Corvallis in 1988 at the age of 11. After graduating from Corvallis High School, she attended Portland State University & Universitat Stuttgart, graduating in 2000 with a degree in German. She then attended a graduate teacher education program at Oregon State. Sarah found her way to the Corvallis Waldorf School in 2003. In her time at the school, she has worn many hats: German Teacher, Willow Wind Kindergarten Assistant, Extended Day Program Director and Grades Teacher. Sarah received her Waldorf Teaching Certification in June of 2011 from the Waldorf Teacher Training in Eugene, Oregon and taught through the Waldorf Grades Curriculum 1-8, with her first class graduating from CWS in 2019. She is currently journeying with a new group of travelers that began first grade in the Fall of 2019. Sarah enjoys being anywhere out in nature, traveling, being at the ocean, seeking out live music, and spending time with her family. She lives in Corvallis with her husband and cats.

Integrated Subject Teachers

Erin Zaremba


Erin grew up in a family of musicians on the central coast of California. She began violin lessons at age 7 and has practiced, performed, and taught on the instrument continuously throughout her life. She served as the concertmaster of the San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony and as the youngest member of the San Luis Obispo Symphony. Making music with her dad (guitar/mandolin) and sister (cello) cultivated her appreciation for many genres outside the classical world and she spent several years performing and recording with an acoustic rock band in San Francisco. Erin holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of San Francisco, where she focused her work on the creative arts in elementary classrooms and spent time as a volunteer teacher in Belize. After graduating, she received a fellowship from USF to teach at the Tibetan Transit School in Dharamsala, India. Before moving to the Northwest in 2012, Erin worked as a first grade teacher in San Francisco. When not teaching or playing music, she loves to be outside with her family.

Sadie Lifton


Bio coming soon!

Seán Brennan


Seán grew up in a large family in Montana and moved to Oregon in 2012. He has had a lifelong love of moving, and has sought out opportunities to move and teach movement to others in the many places he has lived. With a background as an educator, Seán spent time teaching elementary school in New England and Montana, then transitioned to being an at-home parent. Sprinkled among the years of teaching, Seán became a dance fitness instructor, and brought a Montana-made dance fitness program to San Francisco and Portland. With his kids now in school, he felt called to come back to his teaching roots. Seán is excited to bring his classroom experience, love of movement, and growing knowledge of developmental movement and brain/body connection into his work as games/movement teacher at CWS. Outside of school, Seán enjoys spending time with his husband and two children, caring for their garden and farm stand, hiking, reading, and moving and playing in many different ways.

Marta Capriles

Agriculture & Woodworking

Marta grew up in Northern Virginia and was homeschooled until college. The only child of activist parents, she got a hands-on education in local government, community organizing, and event production. Marta always felt an affinity for plants and became interested in organic agriculture as a career as a teenager. She attended Warren Wilson College in the mountains of Western North Carolina and received her degree in Sustainable Agriculture. Marta has worked on and apprenticed at farms in Virginia, North Carolina, California, Italy, France, and Thailand. After traveling, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where she worked as a school gardener, received her elementary teaching certificate, and taught Kindergarten and 1st grade for a decade. Drawn to Waldorf education by wanting her own children to have a childhood full of wonder, community, and nature, Marta was thrilled to become the Agriculture Teacher at Corvallis Waldorf School in 2017. She lives in Corvallis with her parents and two young daughters.

School Office

Diane Bishop Martin

Director of Business Operations

Diane grew up in the Willamette Valley and enjoys all this area has to offer – coasts, mountains, forests, rivers and lakes. She spent some formative years in Germany, Sweden and Denmark but has always considered Oregon home. She joined the staff at CWS in August of 2011 after spending many years as an active parent volunteer at the school. Diane studied nursing, has a BS in Clinical Nutrition and an MPH in Health Care Policy & Management. She has always been drawn to work with families and children. She has three daughters and three grandchildren and lives in the country with her husband and a menagerie of horses, chickens, dogs and cats. In her leisure time she gardens & travels and always loves to come back home to Oregon.

Maggie Seldera-Bahnson

Enrollment Director

Maggie was born in Brooklyn, NY but spent her childhood playing in the lakes and maple forests of southeastern Wisconsin. After graduating from Reed College with a degree in Psychology, Maggie taught 2nd/3rd grade in a private school, earned her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Lewis and Clark College and then taught 1st grade in the Gresham Barlow School District. In 2007, Maggie and her family moved to Santa Barbara, where she worked for the University of California Education Abroad Program and served as the Campaign Coordinator for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training Program. Maggie and her family moved to Corvallis in 2012 and found their home in the peaceful setting of Soap Creek Valley. When she is not at school, you will find Maggie teaching classes at the barre3 Corvallis studio, biking, hiking or walking with her two doodles and trying to spend as much time as possible with her husband and two teenage daughters, both CWS graduates.

Jeffrey Parker

Pedagogical Administrator

Jeff grew up in the forests and creeks of Northeastern Pennsylvania. He later moved to Tucson, Arizona
where he completed high school and received an BA in English Literature from the University of Arizona.
In 2003, he moved to Eugene, Oregon to attend Waldorf Teacher Training Eugene. After finishing the
two-year program, Jeff took a job at Corvallis Waldorf School where he would teach for the next 18
years. He guided a 7 th grade class through their final two years, and then took two groups of children
through their 8-year journeys. Along the way, Jeff worked frequently in various administrative and
leadership capacities. After his third group of students graduated, he took a year off from the school
and worked with his wife to help run her dance school. Jeff has now rejoined the school as the
Pedagogical Administrator. He loves working with students, teachers, and parents to help our school
function with as much creativity, engagement, consistency, and kindness as possible. Jeff lives in
Corvallis with his wife and two cats. He has two step-children who attended Corvallis Waldorf School.
In his spare time, Jeff plays guitar in a local rock band and plays as much golf as he possibly can.

Tim Love

Facilities Director

Tim has served in the field of facilities management and operations for over two decades. He joined the Corvallis Waldorf School community in 2014 to lead Oregon’s first SAGE building project through to completion, following with a second SAGE classroom building while overseeing maintenance and development of our 12-acre campus and 34,000 square feet of building space. Tim is a trained Waldorf teacher and an experienced Bio-Dynamic farmer, prep maker, beekeeper and avid hockey player. Past projects include multi-million dollar renovations at the Seattle Waldorf School and satellite campuses.

Karim Hafizov

School Administrator

Karim was born and raised in Azerbaijan, a small country situated between Europe and Asia. He spent his childhood in a small village nestled in the Caucasus mountains. His childhood was colored by very distinct seasons and changes in activities that followed the seasons. Summers were filled with farm work, playing soccer, fishing, and swimming. Winters brought snowball fights and game nights after long dark days. The community harmoniously adjusted to these changes, and the village felt like one. College years were a massive transition for Karim, as he moved from a small farm village to an ever-awake and vibrant city, Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. After college, Karim served a compulsory year in the Azerbaijani military. He then pursued a career in banking until he moved to the USA in 2014. He found his passion in education at a Montessori school in Washington, DC. While serving as the Assistant Director of the school, Karim explored various education methods and practices and completed a Master’s degree in Education Administration at George Washington University. He sees value-based, multifaceted alternative education as advantageous over traditional education methods. The value of community in education was always essential for Karim, who dedicated time and effort to community building. In Corvallis Waldorf School, Karim discovered a community of lifelong learners with shared values and dedication to Waldorf education. He believes the Waldorf pedagogy touches all aspects of human development and focuses on the fundamental functions of education. Karim enjoys family time with his wife and two children, playing soccer on weekends, and visiting places in Corvallis and the beautiful surrounding areas.

Shawnde Bausch

Communications Coordinator

Shawnde lived in a variety of places as a child, but spent most of her younger years in Sebastopol, California. She graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Psychology and has held many different jobs over the years. She and her husband moved to Corvallis in 2002. Shawnde joined Corvallis Waldorf School as an employee in 2021 after many years volunteering in different roles as a parent, including board service. She’s been impressed with the impact the education has had on her children and enjoys being part of the daily life at the school. In her role as Communications Coordinator, Shawnde produces the weekly All School Announcements and the quarterly newsletters. You’ll find Shawnde in the front office – helping anyone who stops by or calls with questions. Shawnde is grateful every day to be in the beautiful Willamette Valley and loves spending time with her husband and two children.