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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 2013, where she began work as Assistant Teacher in the school's magical Kindergarten Forest. Karina is really pleased to be part of the Office Team at WIWS, and brings her enthusiasm and care to this work in service.
Victoria comes to WIWS from both a business and a farming background. She has worked for non-profit art foundations, technology firms and international businesses. With a diverse background ranging from Chief Financial Officer, Operations Manager, Director of Human Resources to Chief Milkmaid, Victoria brings a broad set of skills and experience to her work here. Victoria spent most of her professional career in Southern California and moved to Whidbey almost a decade ago to pursue her micro-dairy, where she makes cheese and other nourishing products and manages a herd of milking goats and kids (the 4-legged variety).
Jason was born and raised in Palo Alto, California and spent the first several years of college in Pennsylvania.Returning to California, Jason earned a BS in mechanical engineering from University of California, Davis. After graduating, he spent several years working for Pratt & Whitney’s Space Propulsion organization, he moved to Colorado, where he married his wife, Sasha. After the birth of their two daughters, Chloe and Holland, he left engineering to study web design and teach CIS the community college to allow him more time with his family.
Jason’s Waldorf experience started with Chloe’s entry to First Grade in Sheppard Valley Waldorf School in Niwot, CO. Meanwhile, He and Sasha took an active role in setting up Mountain Sage Community School, a Waldorf inspired charter school in Fort Collins, CO. They first heard about WIWS while researching for Mountain Sage, and when an opportunity arose for Sasha to work for Boeing in 2013, they jumped at the chance to live on beautiful Whidbey Island and send their children to this magical school!
Jason brings his varied technical background to WIWS as the school steward, where he hopes to continue the history of the school’s symbiotic relationship with Whidbey Institute and the surrounding nature.