Grades Teachers and Assistants

Jennie McArthur-Salyer, Kindergarten

Jennie fell in love with the Waldorf philosophy, especially its emphasis on meeting the developmental needs of the young child and started teaching in 1998. Jennie has a BA in Early Childhood Ed and a Waldorf certification in Early Childhood. She also has completed trainings in Waldorf therapeutic education and nutritional therapy. Contact Ms. Salyer

Anthony Neal, Kindergarten Assistant

Anthony (Mr. Ant) is an outdoors enthusiast. With over 15 years of passion and education with children of all ages, he continues to be a role model for children indoors and outdoors. Anthony thrives on continuing the education of the Waldorf philosophy in any way he can, in a manner that all people will enjoy. He is extremely blessed to be a part of this community and strives to make a positive impact in all lives he touches. Contact Mr. Neal

Simone Randazzo, Grade 1

Mrs. Randazzo is delighted to be joining the Mountain Sage community this year. For more than fourteen years she has been passionately involved in the world of project based education and arts integration. She holds a BA in English Literature, and is licensed in Elementary Education and Exceptional children. Outside of the classroom, her favorite pastimes are reading and hiking with her family. Contact Mrs. Randazzo

Gail Spinden, Grade 2

Gail is a Colorado native with over 30 years teaching experience all here in Fort Collins, she was a Tongass National Forest and Rocky Mountain National Park Ranger, and has been recognized in Who's Who Among American Teachers. Gail offers a caring classroom where students are empowered to assume responsibility for themselves and their learning. Her greatest joy as a teacher is to guide students so they will feel valued for their unique learning styles. Contact Mrs. Spinden

Hannah Socha, Grade 3

Originally from Michigan, Hannah is new to both Fort Collins and MSCS and thrilled to become a part of this wonderful community. As a child, Hannah lived in Switzerland for four years which sparked a love of adventure within her. She is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan’s School of Education. When not teaching, Hannah loves being outdoors, playing music, snowboarding, and spending time with friends and family. Contact Ms. Socha

Madi Wixson, Grade 3

As a Colorado native, I spent my childhood exploring the great outdoors of my backyard and the various wonders nature offered. I am a jack-of-all trades, loving everything to do with creating. I have written stories, painted elaborate pictures, and drawn and sung for as long as I can remember. The freedom and joy that comes from creativity still fuels my life, which is why I love teaching. I received my degree in Human Development and Family Studies and my master's in Education and have been teacing for 7 years. Contact Mrs. Wixson

Naama Levy, Grade 4

Naama is happy to be part of the MSCS community. She was born in Israel and moved to the U.S. as a child, and has grown into an avid traveler and appreciator of foreign languages. Naama holds a BA in fine art and a Master’s in Elementary Education. She loves playing music, creating all kinds of art, hiking with friends, and practicing meditation in the great and wondrous outdoors. Incorporating wisdom from a broad array of domains, Naama approaches teaching with a holistic philosophy, providing children an open-minded, warm, and joyful learning environment. She is endlessly grateful for the energy of children and the opportunity to share her passion for learning with them. Contact Ms. Levy

Annie Addington, Grade 5

Annie grew up in Eagle, Colorado, and has taught students from pre-k through 12th grade. She feels deep gratitude to be journeying through the grades alongside her class. Annie loves running, and her two sons and husband enjoy skiing, hiking, tennis and family basketball games in their free time. Contact Ms. Addington

Rachel Veach, Grade 5

Rachel is passionate about inspiring children with a life-long love for learning, creativity, and the world around them. She is in her fifth year of teaching at Mountain Sage. Rachel and her partner love backpacking in the mountains, playing music, reading, and traveling with their three children. Contact Ms. Veach

Jenna Martin, Grade 6

Jenna has a Master's degree in Elementary Education and is endorsed in Middle School Science. She has taught at both the elementary and middle school level. She is a kid at heart herself and loves hands-on, real world learning that is both problem and inquiry based. She looks forward to developing deeper relationships with her students and their families this year. Contact Ms. Martin

Dan Van Horn, Grade 7

Dan grew up in Ohio with a family who loved spending time outdoors. After completing his undergraduate degree in Biology, he traveled the country teaching Environmental Education. Before becoming a class teacher at Mountain Sage Dan taught Environmental Science, Games and Math. Dan is currently working toward his Waldorf teaching certificate and master’s degree in education. When he is not teaching Dan loves hiking, cooking, playing music, and exploring on his bike. Contact Mr. Van Horn

Judea Franck, Grade 8

I have been a middle school teacher at MSCS since 2016. I also coach the MSCS cross country team. I believe that learning is a lifelong journey driven by curiosity and that my job as a teacher and coach is to help you become exactly who you want to be. Contact Ms. Franck

Kelly Krieves, Grade 8

Ms. Krieves is delighted to complete this journey through the grades with the Class of 2022 after shepherding the students K-7th. She holds Waldorf Teacher Certification from the Center for Anthroposophy through AUNE and a B.A. in English Literature from OSU. Her teaching is grounded in the deep knowing that the students lead the way. Outside of the building, you can find her reading, singing folk songs in community, and creating an artful life with her partner Kyle and their baby, Ezra Sage. Contact Ms. Krieves

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Maria Gullo, Forest School Lead

Maria has a BS in Elementary Education, experience as an elementary classroom teacher, substitute teacher in K-8, and a paraprofessional in Special Education. She enjoys creating art with found objects and encouraging others to create their own art. In addition, she is a Laughter Yoga instructor, runs laughter sessions with children and adults, plays her mandolin at nursing/rehab facilities, and has an interest in American Sign Language. She loves going on adventures with her little dog, Dobby, and volunteering at a local community garden helping to feed her goat and chicken friends. Contact Ms. Gullo

Margaret Moody, Forest School and Afternoon Kindergarten Assistant

Margaret has a passion for being in the outdoors. She grew up in Vermont where her love for backpacking, skiing, biking and trail running began. She recently graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. She has loved working in the outdoor industry and in environmental education for the past 4 years, and is excited to join the Mountain Sage community for her first year! Contact Ms. Moody

Special Subjects Teachers and Assistants

Barbara Albert, Handwork and Practical Arts

As the 1-8 Handwork Teacher and the Middle School Woodworking Teacher, Barbara brings a broad range of practical skills with artistry and great care to students.  She serves on non-profit boards in the community, reads everyday and is an enthusiastic figure sculptor, weaver, and creator of beautiful things from cloth, yarn and needles. Barbara is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and received a master's degree from Colorado State University. Contact Mrs. Albert

Laura Anderson, Handwork and Practical Arts Assistant

Originally from the south suburbs of Chicago, Laura studied Art at Illinois State University before taking time off to travel and sell her handmade clothing. She started a knitting pattern design business in 2014, which allows people from all over the world to knit her designs. She enjoys gardening, knitting, playing/learning guitar, ukulele, and mandolin, concerts with her family and raising her four daughters. Contact Mrs. Anderson

Holly Bandong, Middle School Art and Librarian

Holly has an undergraduate degree in Art Education from Colorado State University and holds a Colorado teaching license. Holly is also a Holistic Health Practitioner and enjoys bringing creativity into her mindfulness practice. She recently earned her Yoga Teacher certification and looks forward to serving the school community in a new capacity for the 21-22 school year as the librarian.  Contact Mrs. Bandong

Kirsten Bolton, Spanish Grades 4-8

Kirsten has worked as an educator in Colorado, Oaxaca, Mexico and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador before becoming a founding teacher at Mountain Sage, where she strives to honor the complexity and uniqueness in each of her students. Her experience has come full circle as she now takes Mountain Sage middle school students on international trips to Spanish speaking countries. Kirsten has received Waldorf training at the Rudolph Steiner College in Fair Oaks, CA and El Centro de Desarollo Antroposófico in Morelos, Mexico. She enjoys photography, yoga, and exploring the Americas with her daughter. Contact Maestra Bolton

Sharon Docherty, Music

Sharon believes that all people are musical and is passionate about bringing people together through song. Sharon blends her experience as a long time Waldorf music educator and her training in mindfulness awareness for a deeply embodied musical experience in her workshops and in the classroom. Contact Ms. Docherty

Jilli Jackson, Gardening and Sustainability

Jilli has her Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in community nutrition. She is passionate about sharing the joy of planting, growing, harvesting, cooking, and eating real food to students of all ages. She believes the garden can make any subject come alive in a meaningful way! Contact Ms. Jackson

Sara Kathol, Spanish Grades 1-3

Sara Kathol has been drawn to travel and outdoor adventure since childhood. She taught bilingual and ESL middle school classes for 7 years in 3 different schools around the world before taking this job at Mountain Sage. Maestra Kathol has a passion for language learning and multicultural education and is thrilled to grow as a teacher and person in this position. Contact Maestra Kathol

Cary Klataske, Performing Arts and GT & 504 Coordinator

Cary hails from the beautiful prairie of eastern Kansas. Cary appreciates and loves the natural world, the diverse peoples that inhabit it, and the magnificent art and theatre created to tell their stories. With a background in theatre, drama therapy, and integrative education, he hopes to energize every child in finding and expressing their own story. Cary enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife and their miraculous new baby, as well as their golden puppy and mischievous cat. Contact Mr. Klataske

Michael Ludolph, Games/Physical Education

Michael grew up in Northern Wisconsin, but has resided in Colorado five years now. He received an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Northern Michigan University, and completed his Post Baccalaureate teaching degree at the University of Northern Colorado. He loves teaching and sharing his knowledge of physical education, while making a lasting impact on his students. He also shares a love and passion for music and coaching. In his spare time, Michael enjoys backpacking, hiking, snowboarding, and anything that involves travel and adventure! Michael is excited to be part of the Mountain Sage community where he can share his passion for movement with students. Contact Mr. Ludolph

Jody Swigris-Winner, Middle School Math

Jody has been involved with Mountain Sage since the beginning. After being on the founding board of directors for 3 years, she became the schools gardening and sustainability teacher. As the school grew, the need for a middle school math teacher became apparent and Jody stepped into the role. She has been happily teaching math to the middle school students ever since. Jody feels blessed that she, as well as her children Eli and Hannah, is at such an amazing school. Contact Ms. Swigris

Student Support

Michell Dollentas, Paraprofessional

Throughout my life, I have always been very passionate about teaching children. I have taught in a variety of schools, after-school and summer programs, and in the community. My hobbies and interests include gardening, fossil hunting, traveling and card making. Contact Ms. Dollentas

Jennifer McKinley, Literacy Interventionist

2021 marks Jennifer’s 10th year as an educator and her fourth year in Waldorf-inspired education. She is enjoying learning more about the Waldorf life and supporting student education. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Teaching. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, listening to music, attending concerts, and spending time with her 3 children. Contact Ms. McKinley

Anna Murphy, Integrated Services Lead Teacher

Anna is a Colorado native who has spent her life in the field of education. She started out as a sign language interpreter where she discovered her love of working with students with disabilities. She loves spending time on the water with her husband, her four children and two grandchildren. Contact Ms. Murphy

Logan Nance, Educational Support

Logan has been at Mountain Sage since 2014. During this time, she has served as interim Kindergarten teacher, Gardening Assistant, Gardener, and since 2018 as Waldorf Educational Support. Prior to being at Mountain Sage, Logan taught Pre-Kindergarten at River Song Waldorf School and then in her own Waldorf-inspired Home Pre-K. In between teaching Pre-K and coming to Mountain Sage, Logan worked full time on her family's small farm, raising chickens, goats, pigs, bees, and hay. She holds a BS in Occupational Therapy (1989), a Waldorf Early Childhood Therapeutic Educator Certificate (2001), and a Waldorf Educational Support Certificate (2021). Contact Ms. Nance

Megan Nelson, Math Interventionist

Megan is very excited to be joining the MSCS community. This will be her 9th year teaching. She is very excited to be taking on the role of Math Interventionist. She has a Master's in Special Education and also has her Educational Specialist Degree. She has lived in Colorado for 11 years and is outside any chance she gets. She has two young boys that also love the outdoors. When she is not teaching she is hiking, skiing, swimming, biking and much more. She also loves to travel. Contact Ms. Nelson

Kate Vanderleek, Social Worker

My name is Kate Vanderleek, and I am part of the support staff and serve as the school social worker at MSCS. My passion has always been working with children, therefore I hold both Bachelors/Masters degrees in social work. Like many Coloradans, I enjoy the outdoors with my family as much as possible. Lucky to live and work here! Contact Ms. Vanderleek

Facilities

Lamont Chatman, Head Custodian

Lamont Chatman grew up in Blue Springs Missouri about 20 miles east of Kansas City and has spent the last 21 years or so in NOCO. He enjoys spending time with his son, family & friends. His son keeps him pretty busy with school & sports. Lamont recommends learning Pickle Ball, a game he learned while vacationing in Arizona a few years ago. Lamont also enjoys exploring the great Colorado hiking trails, traveling & shopping. He's excited to be a part of MSCS! Contact Mr. Chatman

Carolina Yengle, Custodian

Administration

Sarah Cooper, Receptionist and Volunteer Coordinator

Sarah is thrilled to be joining the team at Mountain Sage this year! She holds a BA in Ethnic Studies and has a long history of working with children and families in a customer service capacity. Sarah enjoys connecting people with resources and cultivating community. In her free time you can find Sarah hiking and gardening with her family, or reading a good book! She is passionate about social justice, sustainability, and children's literature. Contact Ms. Cooper

Sher Dulany, Health Technician

Sher comes to Mountain Sage with years of clinical laboratory experience under her belt. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska, but later moved here with her family and graduated from Poudre High School. Sher strives to create a warm environment that encourages open communication and allows for students to feel safe and validated. In her free time she likes spending time in nature and snuggling up with her cats to watch documentaries. She is so excited to be part of the Mountain Sage community! Contact Ms. Dulany

Amanda Griffith, Business Administrator

A native Texan, raised with family heavily influenced by the arts, she obtained a degree at TWU. She found her way here via a 15-year journey in New Mexico pursuing a career in purchasing. Her family’s blessed to have found MSCS, supporting an arts-integrated education. She enjoys exploring and sharing Mother Nature’s beauty with those she loves. Contact Ms. Griffith

Liv Helmericks, School Director

Inspired to create a school that would nurture a nature and art-filled childhood, Liv served as the Mountain Sage Community School’s Founding Director in the years prior to the school’s opening in 2013, and has served as School Director ever since. Her belief in the power of Waldorf-inspired education stems from a rich background in the arts (fine arts, design, and dance). She holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Colorado State University, and has been dedicated to following a path of sustainable living for many years. Liv is trained in Waldorf Collaborative Leadership, Appreciative Leadership, and is currently completing her certification in Waldorf School Administration through the Center for Anthroposophy. She and her husband are the proud parents of two children, ages 14 and 17.  Contact Ms. Helmericks

Anna Hoag, Business Office Assistant

As a Colorado native, Anna loves spending time in the mountains camping, hiking and canoeing with her husband and four children. Anna holds a BS in Business Management and has enjoyed various roles supporting local charter schools over the last eight years. She is excited and honored to be a part of the Mountain Sage family. Contact Ms. Hoag

Kirsten Hundley, Registrar and Tech Coordinator

Originally from northern Illinois, my family settled down in Fort Collins in 2016. I have a B.S. in Psychology: applied behavioral analysis, and a teaching certificate in Art Therapy. You can find me outside enjoying our beautiful state of Colorado during my downtime! Contact Ms. Hundley

Hillary Mizia, School Administration Manager

Hillary joined the Mountain Sage community in 2012, before the doors had even opened. In 2020 she left her role on the board to join the administrative staff, bringing with her decades of experience as a communicator, facilitator, sustainability leader, and working with nonprofit organizations. Hillary holds a MA in Environment and Community, and a BA in Experiential Education. She and her husband are the proud parents of an MSCS grad and a current middle schooler. Contact Mrs. Mizia

Stephanie Powers, Administrative Coordinator

Stephanie has been involved in the Waldorf community in Fort Collins since the inception of Mountain Sage. Stephanie is thrilled to combine her administrative skills and love of children with her passion for sustainability in being a part of the Mountain Sage administrative team. Contact Ms. Powers

Nancy Sexton, Faculty Support Administrator

Nancy is a founding board member and now serves to help every teacher do their best. She has served the Waldorf education movement since 1996 when she took her first class at River Song Waldorf School. She has been a class teacher, special subject teacher, and held many administrative positions in several Waldorf schools. Contact Ms. Sexton

Beau B. Bump, President

Beau currently serves as President of the Board. He is an attorney with Cline Williams Law Firm in downtown Fort Collins. Beau counts himself lucky to be part of the Mountain Sage community and appreciates the opportunity to serve on the Board.

Stephane Cosby

Stephane moved to Fort Collins with her family in order to participate in a sustainable and socially conscious community, and supporting Mountain Sage is a significant part of that. She is currently finishing her master’s degree in medicine and building a tiny urban homestead with her partner and son (who attends MS, of course!).

Ashley Haas

Ashley is a native of Colorado who loves to travel and enjoys the outdoors with her two kiddos, husband, and two dogs. Professionally, Ashley has many years of experience in business operations and since 2014 has been helping fast growing businesses streamline their operations to grow more sustainably. She loves MSCS and is excited to bring her knowledge and energy to the Board.

Bryan Kimbell, Treasurer

Bryan has participated on a number of advisory boards for startups and community organizations. Bryan has a B.A. in Communication from the University of Arizona, and an M.S. in Management from the University of Denver. He and his wife have twin boys currently attending Mountain Sage.

Eric Richardson, Secretary

Eric is a Software Engineer and Technical Manager with a B.S. in Computer Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He and his wife were drawn to Colorado in 1999 by Fort Collins and its active lifestyle. Their two children attend Mountain Sage.

Rachael Sudhalter, Vice President

Rachael has been active in several private and charter Waldorf schools thru the years. She hopes her creative and fiery energy brings great discussion and balance for a healthy social life. In her free time, she and her family enjoy playing Catan, traveling and rocking out to music.