Enrollment & Outreach
Karina was born and raised in Ottawa, among 15-foot high Canadian snowdrifts. She earned a B.A. in International Development followed by an M.A. in Journalism out of Halifax. It was from there she flew to Hong Kong, where she spent the next 20 years. She worked for 10 years as an award winning documentary maker, then trained to become a Somatic Movement Educator and worked for a youth-focused NGO where she taught workshops on, among other things, body image and self-esteem in Hong Kong's International and Local schools. After having her son Jonah, she spent three years as Administrator of a small Waldorf-inspired pre-school on her beloved island of Lamma. Karina moved with family to Whidbey in 2014, where she began work as Assistant Teacher in the school's magical Golden Forest Kindergarten while her son entered the beautiful Sunflower Kindergarten. Karina is really pleased to be part of the Office Team at WIWS, and brings her enthusiasm and care to this work in service. Building community is her passion, working for this at WIWS is her joy.
Michael first became part of WIWS when he enrolled as a second grader in 1989, and has had a love for Waldorf education ever since. His children were the first legacy family to attend WIWS, and now attend Whatcom Hills Waldorf in Bellingham. He has pursued teacher training at Sound Circle Center and enjoys substitute teaching here at the school. He has a passion for theater, and loves to act and direct with children and adults alike at Whidbey Children's Theater, WICA, and more. Michael is excited and enthused to be part of the school in which he and his children fostered their love of learning, and truly enjoys answering parents' questions and making the financial process a healthy and nutritious part of everyone's experience.
Brian came to WIWS when his oldest son joined the early childhood program. His three children have attended WIWS and Prairie Moon Waldorf School in Lawrence, Kansas. Brian grew up helping his father build their house and worked in the maintenance department for his work study job during seminary. He has worked in restaurants and retreat centers often troubleshooting issues around maintenance or repair. Brian's focus is on making sure the WIWS buildings and grounds are maintained with an eye toward the future.
Xan Sowell, Lead
Xan Sowell, Lead
Arwen Norman, Support