Administrative Staff

Maureen Marklin


Maureen MarklinMaureen was born in a suburb of Detroit into a large family and spent her happiest childhood days camping around the Great Lakes. She went to college at the University of Michigan and subsequently studied medicine at Michigan State University, graduating with an MD in 1991. This was followed by an internship and residency in Anatomic Pathology at Washington University in St. Louis, where she met and married her husband Tom. Although she loved being a pathologist, Maureen left medicine when her first son was born in 1997. Children and study of alternative methods of early childhood education brought about a paradigm-shift that led to involvement in the Waldorf movement. Maureenís focus since then has been Waldorf administration, and she has completed two-thirds of the Waldorf Administration and Community Development program at Sunbridge College in New York State. Maureen, her husband Tom, and their two sons Troy and Brad have been delighted to be so warmly embraced by the WIWS community and are exquisitely happy living on South Whidbey Island.

Paul Arand

Financial Manager

Paul ArandPaul, our Financial Manager, is a CPA who hails from a small town in Illinois.  He completed his bachelorís of Arts at Cornell University and his masterís in Business at University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.  He earned the coveted Presidentís award while attaining an associateís degree in Computer Networking from Skagit Community College, and did further study to attain a certificate in technical writing from the University of Washington.  Paul started his accounting career as an auditor with Grant Thornton in Chicago.  After his family moved to the Seattle area, he continued as a personal tax accountant before joining the Waldorf School staff in 2002.  Paul has a strong connection to sports and the arts.  He has served for 10 years as the South Whidbey Parks and Recreation Commissioner, has been the South Whidbey High School girlís varsity soccer coach since 1997, is the acting Director of Coaching for the South Whidbey Youth Soccer Club, has performed trumpet for local church services, and plays/composes music on the piano.  Paul and his wife Betsy have 3 children all of whom have attended the WIWS beginning in the 3-day kindergarten.  Two are graduates and the third will be in 7th grade in 2009-10.

Sheila Weidendorf

Enrollment Director
Though born "out East" near Washington D.C., Sheila grew up in rural north central Minnesota. Her best friends were the rivers, creeks, lakes, forests, and meadows, her music and books. She devoted herself at an early age to deepening her awareness of the world around, to truth and discernment, as well as to her piano studies.

She moved to Minneapolis, MN in 1983, where she earned a B.A. in Music from the University of Minnesota's School of Music in piano performance and musicology, and later her M.A. in Feminist Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary in New Brighton, MN. Along her life's trajectory, she has also become a writer, an organic foods chef/caterer, an herbalist and a practitioner of the energetic healing arts. In addition to her work here at Whidbey Island Waldorf School, she performs broadly here on the Island as a pianist and vocalist.

Sheila is the mother of six children, ranging from age 7 to 24.  She lives in the woods on Whidbey Island with her husband and two youngest daughters, both students here at WIWS.

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