Administrative Staff

Michael Soule

Administrator


Michael Soulé is a Waldorf educator, administrator and organizational manager with more than 30 years’ experience working for, advising and advocating for Waldorf schools throughout the US, Mexico, Canada and other parts of the world. He completed training in Spacial Dynamics and Waldorf Teaching, holds an MA in Waldorf Education and studied at the Social Development Centre at Emerson College. He has been a class teacher, movement teacher, school administrator, board member, regional repressentative, Leader of Programs for AWSNA and is currently the lead facilitator at LeadTogether, a web-based community for Waldorf Leaders. He’s a founding member at Sound Circle Center in Seattle. Michael earned degrees from Northwestern University and UC Berkeley and helped found and lead several non-profit organizations earlier in his career. Michael first came to visit Whidbey Island in 1979 and worked with the school as a consultant over the years before being hired as our new School Administrator. 


Victoria Brown

Business Manager 


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). 


Sheila Weidendorf

Enrollment Director
Though born "out East" near Washington D.C., Sheila grew up in rural north central Minnesota. She spent her adult life in Minneapolis, MN  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. She moved to  Whidbey Island in 2010. The mother of five children, Sheila is also a performing pianist, and the Artistic Director and keyboardist for Island Consort, the early music ensemble she founded here on Whidbey Island.





Administrative Assistant


Marcie Costello brings her passion for Waldorf Education to WIWS.  Marcie has had four years of experience working in various Waldorf Schools.  Her interest in Waldorf Education began 13 years ago, following the birth of her first child.  She navigated through motherhood as a Massage Therapist, Yoga Instructor, Homeschool Teacher and Early Childhood Assistant Teacher.   Marcie and her husband have three children, all currently attending WIWS.  







Site Steward

Jason Cranch

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.

 

Faculty Administrative Assistant

Bekah Zachritz

Born in Georgia, Bekah moved to Kansas with her family for her high school and college years. There she received her B.A in Theater with a specialty in Children's Theater. She began teaching and directing in 2000 right after graduating high school. 

 

In 2007, she began providing childcare for a German family and found their values and lifestyle fascinating. She began studying Rudolf Steiner and soon after began working at Prairie Moon Waldorf School in Lawrence, KS, where she wore many hats from Kindergarten Assistant to Music Teacher to Director of Aftercare. She has joyfully been working with Waldorf Schools and Families ever since.

 

Bekah moved to Whidbey Island with her son in the summer of 2012. When not at WIWS she can be found playing her original music and playing upright bass with her band in Bellingham, WA. She is a 5Rhythms dancer and loves bringing her love of movement, theater and music into her time with the children.



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