“Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility—these three forces are the very nerve of education.”

— Marie & Rudolf Steiner

Faculty and Staff members at Maple Village Waldorf school bring a collective teaching experience of well over 100 years. They are gifted individuals who bring exceptional dedication to Waldorf Education and the freedom in which Steiner intended. They are committed to on-going self-development so as to be the examples to the students and bring engagement and inspiration to each lesson . Their vast experience from around the world allows them to present subjects with a greater panoramic view. They are a flexible group of individuals who work together to support and mentor one another with respect and appreciation.

Birth to 3 Program Faculty

Sprouts, Seedlings and Blossom Bridge

Tanya Comerford
Program Director & Lead Teacher

Tanya Comerford is thrilled that her Waldorf journey has come full circle and brought her back to Maple Village Waldorf School, where she first…

began as a new mother in the Parent/Toddler class with her 16-month year old. Enamored by the beauty, warmth, and care she received from this community, she quickly found herself sharing her gifts of food, herbalism, community organizing, and art with this beloved village. She now has returned as the Birth to Three Program Director and Lead Teacher at Maple Village. She can’t seem to get enough of Waldorf. She has completed the Curriculum Studies program at Waldorf School of Orange County this summer.

Tanya has been immersed in education, the arts, nature, health, and community development both locally and abroad over the past 30 years. As a doula and educator, she believes that one of the most impactful ways to create a better world is by uplifting and supporting the children born onto this planet and their families. She is developing her Mindfulness and Compassion practices to gain a deeper understanding and connection with herself and others.  

As a Certified Master Gardener, Chef, Nutritionist, Herbalist, Naturalist, Fire Performer, and Doula, you can find her gardening, reading, cooking, camping, traveling, making potions, dancing, and mostly spending time with her daughter and family.

Tanya graduated from UCI cum laude with a double B.A. in Psychology and Social Science with an emphasis in Cultural Anthropology. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mauritania and studied abroad in a rural village in the Yucatan and Mexico City. 

Early Childhood Faculty

Mele McCabe
Poppy Preschool Lead Teacher

Mele McCabe earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development and Family Studies from Cal State University of Long Beach.

Prior to that, she taught high school English in Tonga for six years and taught Tongan language to Peace Corps volunteers for three years. After three years working as assistant preschool teacher at Maple Village, she is now in her fifth year as the lead teacher of the Poppy Preschool class. She has three children and enjoys watching them grow. Her hobbies are reading, landscaping her home, having tea with her friends and neighbors, listening to music, and walking.

Kathy Striegl 
Poppy Preschool Assistant Teacher

Bio coming soon.

Mars Walker 
Rose Preschool Lead Teacher

Mars Walker, born in San Diego, California, has been a guide and nurturer of little folk for most of her life. After stepping into motherhood, Mars…

… found herself intuitively drawn to a gentler and more natural approach to parenting that centered on wellness and care, and she remains grateful to have found a school for her children that feels like an extension of their home. As a life-long learner and researcher, Mars immersed herself in Steiner’s philosophy and studied everything she could access on child development and parent education through books, articles, and practical applications. Mars’ innate gentle energy is something that cannot be taught and consistently provides warmth and comfort to the little ones in her care. Steadfast in dedication to her community as an organizer, birth worker, artist, and social justice parent, Mars is enrolled in the Foundation Studies program at WSOC as she continues her education. Outside of the classroom, when Mars is focused on self-care and restoration, you can find her reading and writing poetry in the early morning, taking care of her homestead (including her chickens) in Garden Grove, playing tennis, or antiquing with good friends. 

Germania (G) Egas
Lavender Preschool Assistant Teacher

Germania (G )Egas was born, raised, and educated in Ecuador.  She has always loved children and went to college to study…

… child development. She is passionate about nature and everything about this beautiful planet we call earth. She treasures the ocean; that’s why she moved to this beautiful city, Long Beach. She loves people, has visited many countries and enjoys traveling and meeting different people. While her first language is Spanish, she also speaks English and Portuguese. G loves animals, is a vegetarian, enjoys sports and exercise, and says her family and friends (the family she chooses to have by her side) are the biggest gifts she has. She is a happy and positive person, inspired by her mother. She is looking forward to learning more about this beautiful Waldorf School, working with new colleagues, and meeting the families. 

Kathleen Rinden
Larkspur Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Kathleen Rinden has been a Waldorf kindergarten teacher for 20 years. It is her passion to bring Waldorf principle and values everywhere, not…

 … just in Waldorf settings. In 2016 she expanded her focus to include parent coaching, consulting, and home visits to support the creation of organized spaces for families and children as well as leading storytelling workshops for parents and teachers. With her background in Child Development and Family and Child Therapy, she has the opportunity to work in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, family homes, counseling centers, and clinics. Lately, she has felt especially drawn to the art of storytelling and writing. She is delighted to be at Maple Village and to work with the Larkspur Class.

Aurora Dismukes
Larkspur Kindergarten Assistant Teacher and Morning Care Assistant

Aurora Dismukes is ecstatic to be part of the Waldorf community again as a graduate of Monterey Bay Charter school in…

…Pacific Grove, California. In her Waldorf Education, Aurora built lasting bonds and lifelong friendships, including with her kindergarten teacher who continues to bring her so much inspiration. Aurora grew up in a small town in Monterey County and received her B.A. in Gender Studies from UC Berkeley. She is currently working on her Master’s in Elementary Education through the University of Phoenix. She aspires to one day be a Waldorf kindergarten teacher. Waldorf brought so much magic, joy, and love to Aurora’s childhood and she wishes to give back to the community, and experience that joy again. Over the past year, Aurora has worked in a variety of jobs in education. She has worked as a substitute teacher, a teacher’s aide, and a paraeducator. She completed six months working in a special education preschool classroom. Aurora moved to Long Beach one year ago with her cat, Pashenka, and enjoys going to the beach every day.

Charlotte Guest
Sunflower Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Charlotte Guest will be returning to Maple Village this fall to teach as the Sunflower Kindergarten teacher. She fell in love with Waldorf….

 …education the moment she first stepped into a kindergarten classroom and knew this was the work she was meant to do. She chose to attend Emerson College, a Waldorf training center in England, after high school where she completed a year-long orientation program focused on anthroposophical studies. She then earned her B.A. in Early Childhood Education at Naropa University in Colorado, where she focused her studies on Waldorf Education. After teaching at a Waldorf inspired preschool, Charlotte and her husband relocated to her hometown of Encinitas, California, where she began working at the Sanderling Waldorf School. She worked as a kindergarten assistant and director/lead teacher of both Sanderling’s aftercare program and summer camps for five years. During this time, she had had her eye on Maple Village and when a lead Kindergarten position opened in the fall of 2012 she applied and was over the moon happy to be hired. Since that time she has had two children, completed her Waldorf certification, and has fallen more in love with Maple Village’s community. When she is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family, creating obstacle courses and imaginative games and stories with her son, singing songs with her baby girl, reading books, tending the garden with her husband, talking with friends, spending time with her parents, relaxing at the beach and continuing to explore Long Beach

Gehisa Avila
Sunflower Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

Gehisa Avila read about Waldorf Education prior to becoming a mother so when her firstborn was ready to start Parent/Toddler class, she…
… was ecstatic to have found Maple Village.
As her son went on to preschool and kindergarten, Gehisa began volunteering in his classes and attended workshops and talks to better learn about Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy.  She’s worked as EC Aftercare Lead and preschool assistant for the last three years at Maple Village. She is currently enrolled in Foundation Studies at WSOC to continue her education.

 

Doc. Cristina Rose Smith
Sunflower Kindergarten Friday Assistant Teacher

Doc. Cristina, Queer, she/siya,ella, loves being the Friday assistant to Charlotte in Sunflower Kindergarten. She is mama to a Joshua Tree student…

… and began here at Maple Village when her child was two in the Parent-Child program. Her journey with Waldorf began before, though, visiting the Camphill Community in Soquel. She is a professor of Gender and Ethnic Studies at CSU, Dominguez Hills. She holds a PhD from the California Institute of Integral Studies and an MA from CSULB. Cristina is also a published writer and artist as well as co-creatrix of Las Doctoras with fellow MV parent, Renee Elisaldez. She loves to travel and live an adventurous and contemplative, Earth-centered life. 

 

Elementary School Faculty

Paola Schouten
Grade 1 – Oak Trees Teacher

Paola Schouten was born, raised and educated in the Netherlands. She was exposed to the Waldorf Festivals since childhood…

…which ignited her interest in Waldorf Education. After High School, she studied at the Vrije Pedagogische Academy (Steiner Teacher Training College) in Zeist, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. She then moved to the US and began her career as a Waldorf teacher in Pasadena. Over the past 40 years, she has contributed to the growth of many schools. She has carried three classes all the way through the grades and finished various classes through eighth grade. Paola likes to travel, camp, hike, read, and make jewelry. She plays guitar, writes songs, and enjoys singing. She also has a great appreciation for nutrition and cooking.

Amelia Handley
Grade 2 – Juniper Trees Main Lesson Teacher

Amelia Handley graduated from the Waldorf High School of San Diego before furthering her education at Agnes Scott College, where she…

…earned her B.A. in English Literature and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She has worked with children for many years, as a camp-counselor, a private tutor, aftercare teacher, substitute teacher, private aide, and recess supervisor! Outside of childcare and education, Amelia has primarily worked in theatre and has a deep love for performing arts. 

The past two years, Amelia has worked at Maple Village as an Aftercare Teacher, Recess Supervisor, and Substitute Teacher. Amelia is passionate about Waldorf education and everything that Maple Village has to offer. She loves the integration of nature and the arts into the classroom and is already thinking of the plays she’ll do with her class! Amelia is very excited to be the first grade teacher and to grow and learn alongside her students. She loves working with this community and is excited for the year ahead!

Pagan Urich
Grades 3 – Joshua Trees Teacher

Jessica Pagan Urich, aka Ms. Pagan, hails from New Orleans, which is to say that she has a deep love of food, music, and festivities. 

…She holds a BA from Columbia University, where she swam Division I, and a Master’s Degree from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Her work life has ranged from Broadway General Management to Hedge Fund Compliance to Tech Startup Management, but she has also been teaching and coaching children since she was 12. After starting a family she became a Teaching Artist creating curricula that combine English Language Arts, Science, and Social Emotional Learning with Visual and Performing Arts. In her very little free time, she performs, produces, and edits for film and television projects. She is very excited to learn from the wonderful teachers at Maple Village and to continue, along with her partner and young sons, to contribute to this community.

Grade 4 – Manzanita Trees
Teacher – coming soon

Coming Soon…

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Allison Stovall
Grade 5- Redbud Trees Teacher

Allison Stovall began her journey as a teacher in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky in theater education.

In wanting to expand her craft, she pursued a Master’s degree in teaching in elementary education. Her friends encouraged her to look into Waldorf Education since her interest was in integrating the arts into teaching. When she attended a showcase for teacher training in Kentucky, she immediately recognized the value and importance of Waldorf Education. As she finished her Master’s program, she began attending Waldorf workshops that eventually led to a teacher training program. 

Although she integrated Waldorf Education into her public school classroom, she decided she wanted more freedom within the curriculum so she decided to fully commit to the work of a Waldorf class teacher. She found her first class of spirited children with a vibrant love of learning at the Brooklyn Waldorf School and took them from 1st – 5th grade. From imaginative stories from diverse backgrounds, to active math lessons involving thousands of acorns that were ultimately turned into pancakes, to class plays in three different languages, to constructing an igloo, she has cherished every year for different reasons. While she was sad to leave the Brooklyn Waldorf School after five years, she is ready for the next adventure and looks forward to getting to know and work with all the families of the Redbud class.

 

Middle School Faculty

Bobbie Gonzales
Grade 6 – Sequoia Trees
Teacher

Bobbie Gonzales was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She has a BA in Human Development with an emphasis on Child… 

…Development and has also received her Waldorf Teaching Certificate from the Waldorf Institute of Southern California. Bobbie has been teaching at the Pasadena Waldorf School for the past fifteen years, is bilingual in Spanish and English and has a true passion for Waldorf Education. She has four daughters, lives in Pico Rivera and loves to read and travel. Her Waldorf journey began nearly 20 years ago with the birth of her first daughter. Bobbie was raised in public schools, and while she enjoyed her school years and thrived academically, instinctually she knew something was missing. In an effort to ensure her children would receive a holistic education. She began to research different educational methods. She was thrilled to find Waldorf education, as this was exactly what she had envisioned. Her first experience with “Waldorf children” confirmed her beliefs. The education she had envisioned for her daughter soon became an education for herself. After many years of school with a focus in law and work experience in accounting, she was approached about the possibility of joining Pasadena Waldorf School under the tutelage of Master Teacher, Sam Glaze. Bobbie worked alongside him for grades 2, 3, and 4. While reading Renewal magazine, she chanced upon an article about the Waldorf School in Guanajuato, Mexico (Colegio Yeccan). The following year Bobbie moved to Mexico, enrolled her daughter at Colegio Yeccan and she became the foreign language teacher for grades 1-8. When circumstances beyond anyone’s control took the first grade teacher back to the States, Bobbie eagerly stepped into the role of interim first grade teacher. Her move to Mexico was always intended to be a one-year experience, and Bobbie returned to the Pasadena Waldorf School. After many years assisting, co-teaching and leading in grades 1 – 5, Bobbie is very excited to take her own class and become a part of our Maple Village community.

Cori Amendt
Grade 7 – Laurel Trees   Teacher

Cori Amendt is a Multiple Subject Credentialed Teacher, who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with a minor in Child Development. 

She studied Waldorf education at Steiner College in Fair Oaks, California. She enjoys spending time in nature with her family (hiking, biking, lounging), reading, writing, and traveling. Learning is a lifelong enjoyment and pursuit for her, particularly in her journey to bilingualism in the Italian language. Her professional career began as a Counselor for young children in crisis. Eventually, this work led her to the classroom, where she felt she could be of bountiful service to the youth in her community. She has been in education for over a decade, in public, private and charter schools. After she met her husband, an Italian national, she went on to teach in Italy at Lycee Francias for 2 years, as the English Department Coordinator and Foreign Language Teacher across the grades (K-8). Upon returning to the US, she found what she considers her truest calling, that of a Waldorf teacher. Under esteemed mentorships, she took a class through grades 1-3 at Ocean Charter School in Culver City before coming to Maple Village as the Laurel Tree teacher three years ago. After taking time to be home with her children, she is eager to return to the Laurel class to continue this meaningful work. 

Helen Zadourian
Grade 8 – Palm Trees Teacher

Mrs. Zadourian has a Master’s degree in English Language and Literature and a teaching diploma. She also has 20 years of…

…experience teaching in the private system in Lebanon where she taught elementary, middle, and high school for 10 years and worked another 10 years as a university instructor/coordinator teaching communication skills, business English and humanities courses. She also had the opportunity to teach history which she absolutely loved doing because she is just fascinated by it. She is proficient in four languages; Armenian, Arabic, French, and English. It is through her two daughters, aged 8 and 6, that the universe of Waldorf was revealed to her and she has been mesmerized ever since. Her children attended Waldorf Beirut where she also worked as a teacher training coordinator. Her whole perception of education widened with the spiritual aspects of child development as described by Steiner, and she found the perfect environment that would hold her children in love and reverence. It is now her desire and goal to put her 20 years of experience in the field of education in service of the Steiner/Waldorf philosophy in order to follow what she feels is now her purpose or higher calling in life for both her children and herself.

In her free time, she enjoys painting, reading, and meditating. She also happens to have a degree in Culinary Arts and she is a certified chef. She absolutely loves cooking and baking.

She is looking forward to an amazing year full of adventures with the 6th grade students and their families.

 

Specialty Teachers

Ririko Oshiro
Handwork Teacher

Ririko Oshiro was born and raised in Okinawa, Japan. She earned her BA in communications at Regis College in Massachusetts…

…and her MA in Asian American Study at San Francisco State University. She recently graduated from the Teacher Training program at Waldorf Institute of Southern California (WISC). While being in the training, she taught Japanese Language to Grade 1 to 5 at Waldorf School of Orange County from 2016 to 2018. She joined Maple Village Waldorf School as a parent in 2010 when her son started kindergarten. A few years later, her daughter joined the kindergarten program. Her study of anthroposophy led her to develop a passion for working with children with the Waldorf curriculum. She is grateful and excited for the continuing journey to teach handwork here at MVWS!

Patrick York
Woodworking & Djembe Teacher

Patrick York was born and raised in Long Beach. He is a Multiple Subject Credentialed Teacher, which he earned from Cal State Long Beach…

…and he has a degree in Liberal Studies from Cal State Dominguez Hills. Patrick has worked in education and with children for the last decade; as a teacher, an instructional-aide in a special needs classroom, a tutor, and as a camp counselor at the Alpert JCC. Before he changed paths to pursue education, he worked as an EMT and was on track to become a firefighter.

Patrick enjoys working with his hands and creating items both practical and artistic. He has completed many woodworking projects over the years and continues to hone his craft. He is excited to share his passion for woodworking and creation with the students of Maple Village.

Patrick is new to Waldorf Education, but is eager to learn all that he can. He is under mentorship and guidance from the Maple Village staff, and is studying Waldorf theory. When not at Maple Village Patrick enjoys spending time with his wife, Sé, and daughter, Indigo. He also enjoys camping, drumming, surfing, and playing board games and D&D.

 

Hiromi Koyanagi
Japanese Teacher

Hiromi Koyanagi was born, raised, and educated in Japan. She has been a Waldorf Language Teacher for 17 years, most recently…

…at the Waldorf School of Pasadena. In Japan, she was a nutrition science teacher for two years and a Japanese teacher for 10 years. She earned a Teacher of Japanese as a Foreign Language Certificate in 1997 and an Elementary Waldorf Education Certificate in 2005.

When Hiromi was seven years old, her grandmother’s uncle, who was an American immigrant, visited her home, and said, “It’s big in America. You should see it.” That inspired her to come to the United States in 2001. While her family and relatives did not have any background in Waldorf education, Hiromi became a Waldorf teacher because she experienced, first-hand as a young child, how important it is for teachers to understand children. After graduating from school, she continued to seek out a teacher training course to find a place where that relationship is taught. In 2003, she arrived at the Waldorf teacher training course in New York.  

She is very grateful to Maple Village Waldorf School for starting the Japanese language program. She is very excited to share the Japanese language and culture through many activities with the children and instill the Japanese soul into their hearts. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her two grandchildren and a Chihuahua dog.

 

Emma Holm
Music & Chorus Teacher

Emma Holm graduated from California State University, Long Beach where she earned two B.A. degrees

in Music Education and Vocal Performance.

She has worked with children at summer camps in her hometown of Gilroy, California, and is excited to begin her teaching journey at Maple Village Waldorf School. Outside of teaching, Emma loves performing with choirs. You can find her singing in professional groups in the Southern California area such as the Long Beach Camerata Singers and Catalyst Chamber Ensemble. She is eager to share her deep passion for music and singing, and she hopes that her students will feel inspired after each class. Emma loves to read, hike, paint, and play beach volleyball. She is excited to be working with the Maple Village community and cannot wait for the year ahead!

Korina Williams
Strings Teacher

Korina Williams started playing the violin at five years old. She studied classical music and later learned to improvise and grew confident…
… playing several genres ranging from fiddle tunes to hip hop. She started teaching private violin, viola, and cello lessons in college and fell in love with sharing her knowledge and joy for music with others. 
Korina earned her bachelor’s degree in Classical Violin Performance from Cal State Long Beach and her Master’s degree in Contemporary Performance and Production from Berklee College of Music. In addition to teaching private and group classes for over a decade, she has performed with several artists including J. Cole, Ariana Grande, Smokey Robinson, and Anderson Paak; played at festivals such as Coachella and the Nublu Jazz Fest; has been seen on television playing for the Academy Awards, the Ellen Show, and Jimmy Kimmel Live; and has performed in 8 different countries and 30 states. All of these experiences have come with many lessons and have drawn Korina back to teaching and guiding her students through the infinite ways to express themselves through music. She aims to show her students that music is not about competing to be better than your peers but expressing the best version of yourself wherever you are today.
When she is not playing music, Korina loves to read, create tea blends, and spend time with her family. She is so excited to join the Maple Village community and connect with the students through music!

 

Ciana Lee
Games, Gardening & Grades Support Teacher

Ciana Lee has actively sought being part of educational and creative environments from the beginning. As the eldest of five, a dancer…

…an active musician, visual artist, writer and educator they seeks to engage and nurture others to express their freedom and confidence. Spending their high school summers as a camp counselor triggered their passion to guide children and peers to their greatest potential with a sense of fun and imagination. Throughout their education at Ventura Community College they volunteered as an art director with City Corps and facilitated community service engagement for troubled youth. While earning their degree in Art Education from California State University of Long Beach, they gained classroom experience with all ages of students in various Long Beach programs. Ciana is a recent graduate of WISC Teacher Training program and is honored to be back at Maple Village Waldorf School for their seventh year.

Hilda Kale
Grades Extended Care Lead Teacher,Yard Duty & Games Support

Hilda Kale has heard about Maple Village for many years, and was hoping to find a position that matched her skills and desires. She will be our grades

yard supervisor for snack and lunch recesses, work directly with Kumu Ciana for support in off-site Games classes, and will be our Grades Aftercare Assistant Teacher. Hilda brings much energy and joy to our Village! Hilda Kale has previous experience working yard duty, before and after school care and classroom assistance at the elementary school level. She is new to Waldorf Education and is looking forward to learning all about it. She is excited about joining the Maple Village family and is ready to assist in any capacity. Hilda is an avid reader and a fan of theatre and cinema. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and her daughter.

 

Administration

Lisa J. McCarthy
Head of School

Lisa Jordan McCarthy has been a Waldorf educator since the mid-90’s. She followed advice from many, walked onto a Waldorf campus…

…to investigate and was so inspired, she decided to scrap her plans to be a college professor and stay. She has found so much joy and fulfillment in her role as Dean, working with teachers, students, parents, administration, the Board and the community. She has a Masters degree in Literature from the University of Kent at Canterbury England and a BA in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine. She started her Waldorf journey as an Early Childhood education teacher and then focused on teaching Language Arts in elementary and middle school. Lisa founded Maple Cottage Retreat (Waldorf-inspired parent/toddler class) and taught this program out of her home before co-founding Maple Village Waldorf School. Lisa continues to enjoy teaching Language Arts to the middle school as well as reading with our elementary students. She is passionate about parent/caregiver education and continues to lead classes for MVWS families and the community. She also puts great importance on having strong connections with students and will stop everything to help a child through a hard day. Dedicated to the environment, Lisa has been instrumental in several Long Beach schools (including MVWS) receiving the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon award. She loves to run, garden, bake, sing and write.  She has delighted in raising three boys in a home where they still grow food, make great use of their wood-fired oven, entertain, create, build, and dream.

Ed Eadon
Interim Administrative Director

Ed Eadon is excited to return to the private Waldorf school environment as he joins the Maple Village community and helps the school…

…continue to thrive. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Governance Committee at Ocean Charter School, a public Waldorf school in Del Rey. As the Administrative Director at Highland Hall Waldorf School, he helped create a strategic plan, initiate a capital campaign, complete AWSNA & WASC accreditation, and establish a retirement program for employees. While there, he studied at Sunbridge College where he received a Certificate in Waldorf Administration and Community Development. He received a BS in physics at the University of Alabama, studied meteorology at San Jose State and earned an MS in Astrogeophysics at the University of Colorado. He retired as a Colonel from the USAF after a career in meteorology and space physics. He has taught high school physics in Watts at a charter school, Pasadena at the private Waldorf school and a public school, and was recruited to teach part-time at a private school in Beverly Hills. Ed looks forward to utilizing his experiences and knowledge as he transitions from a Board member at Maple Village to Interim Administrative Director and building upon the foundation that has been laid.

Kari Rahni
Outreach Coordinator & Admissions

Kari Rahni started the Parent Toddler program at Maple Village with her first child. Through the years she became interested in learning

…more about the Waldorf philosophy and approach to education and completed the Foundation Studies course at WSOC. She is passionate about Waldorf and Maple Village in particular. From the very beginning, she felt the “heart” of this school and she has brought her various experiences and skills to nearly every volunteer committee to help support that “heart”. One of her biggest volunteer commitments has been Chair/Co-chair for the school’s annual Cultural Harvest Faire. With a Design background, she has worked for major companies as well as start-ups. Working with new companies gave her the chance to be involved in every aspect from concept to production, to marketing and building the brand. After becoming a mother, her design interest shifted to baby needs. She designed and patented a baby carrier and started her first business, bibiJun. As she was introduced to Waldorf and its handwork, she was drawn to needle felting, as it allowed her to reconnect with her artistic side. She teamed up with fellow parent, and now MVWS teacher, Francesca Prepois to created needle felted artwork and started her 2nd business, Mirth Designs. Through her own businesses, she has learned how to brand oneself to attract and keep the perfect customers. She is thrilled to use this knowledge and leverage her design background to attract potential families to Maple Village Waldorf School.

Carver Scott
Front Office/Administrative Assistant

Carver Scott was born and raised in a small New England town and has made her way west, living in several cities in the Midwest, the U.K., and western…

Canada, along her route.  She graduated from Smith College with a Bachelor’s degree in sociology and has worked in social services with adults and children as well as human resources and administrative endeavors. Carver’s family has been a part of the Maple Village community since 2013 when she and her husband took a tour and felt the magic of the Early Childhood program. She is passionate about Maple Village’s growth and the strength of its programs. Carver has volunteered for various fundraising campaigns, hospitality committees, and as a room parent several times. Carver enjoys daily movement, getting to know other people, talking with older adults about their life experiences, finding treasures at a thrift store, live music, and exploring Long Beach on foot.

Patrick York
Facilities & Administration Support

Patrick York was born and raised in Long Beach. He is a Multiple Subject Credentialed Teacher, which he earned from Cal State Long Beach…

…and he has a degree in Liberal Studies from Cal State Dominguez Hills. Patrick has worked in education and with children for the last decade; as a teacher, an instructional-aide in a special needs classroom, a tutor, and as a camp counselor at the Alpert JCC. Before he changed paths to pursue education, he worked as an EMT and was on track to become a firefighter.

Patrick enjoys working with his hands and creating items both practical and artistic. He has completed many woodworking projects over the years and continues to hone his craft. He is excited to share his passion for woodworking and creation with the students of Maple Village.

Patrick is new to Waldorf Education, but is eager to learn all that he can. He is under mentorship and guidance from the Maple Village staff, and is studying Waldorf theory. When not at Maple Village Patrick enjoys spending time with his wife, Sé, and daughter, Indigo. He also enjoys camping, drumming, surfing, and playing board games and D&D.