Whidbey Island Waldorf School is led through a collaboration between Administration, Faculty and the Board of Trustees. Each part of the school has its areas of focused responsibility, and these three bodies come together periodically to forge a common vision and strategy for the thriving of the school.
Our current 2018-2021 Three-Year Plan can be summarized as follows:
become more financially sustainable and sustaining
strengthen the school’s position in the Whidbey Island and greater Waldorf community
maintain and enhance the school’s facilities and grounds
By focusing on the following:
decreasing employee workload (through increasing programming, such as eurythmy and handwork) and increasing compensation
cultivating our school’s capacity for diversity, equity and inclusion
growing and nurturing the volunteer community who upholds our mission
maintaining and developing existing facilities, including Huckleberry Hall
improving the image, visibility and engagement of the school in the greater community
increasing our fundraising success and capacity
completing the AWSNA (Association of Waldorf Schools of North America) accreditation process
Rudolf Steiner, when teaching the first Waldorf teachers in 1919, emphasized the importance of the character, inner life, and striving of the teachers as having far greater impact on the quality of the education and depth of learning of the students than subject matter or methodology.
We are fortunate at Whidbey Island Waldorf School to have faculty members in Nursery through 8th Grade and in our Special Subjects who are inspired and inspiring, active life-long learners, highly qualified, and devoted to the success of their students.
Robyn Calvin, Assistant
Brian Kenney, Orchestra
Lori Barian, administrator
Lori found her way to Waldorf education as a reporter 30 years ago in Wisconsin. Her professional work has been in Waldorf and other nonprofit administration, marketing and fund development, as well as teaching Forest Kindergarten. She has been actively involved in the Anthroposophical Society as a volunteer at local, regional, and national levels. She loves Waldorf education and WIWS and is enthusiastic about the future.
BS and MA degree in English
Certificate in Waldorf Education
Enrollment & Outreach
Karina was born and raised in Ottawa, among 15-foot high Canadian snowdrifts. For 20 years of her career, she worked in Hong Kong, first as an award winning documentary maker and then as a Somatic Movement Educator of youth. She spent 3 years as Administrator of a Waldorf-inspired preschool, moved with her family to Whidbey in 2014 and now enjoys bringing new families into the school.
BA degree in International Development
MA degree in Journalism
Certificate in Somatic Movement & Expressive Arts
Carol was born and raised in Whittier, California. Her 25 yr. career in business management has allowed her to work in a variety of interesting industries from dentistry to retail to fire science to nonprofits. During a program at the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland in 2007, she was first introduced to Waldorf education, and she has been a strong proponent for the Waldorf approach ever since. Her financial management is detail-oriented and warm-hearted; an ideal combination.
BS in English
Findhorn Certificate in Eco-Village Design
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.
BA degree in Religion
Master of Divinity
MA in Religion
Lori Barian, School Administrator
Other Affiliations: Board member, MaaViva: The Institute for Interconnectedness
Michael Swenson, Board Member
Other Affiliations: MS, OTR/L Occupational Therapist serving students with special needs ages 3-21 in South Whidbey School District.
Leigh Bloom, President
Other Affiliations: Goosefoot Community Fund Board Member, Sound Water Stewards Trained Volunteer (Pigeon Guillemot Survey w/ Whidbey Audubon & Island County Marine Resources, SWS Digging 4 Dinner Classes, SWS Sound Water University, UW Coastal Observation & Seabird Survey Team), Hearts & Hammers Volunteer.
Dyanne Harshman, Faculty Representative
Other Affiliations: M.S. Ed in Waldorf Early Childhood Education from Sunbridge College, NY; adjunct faculty for Sound Circle Center for Anthroposophy in Seattle, regional representative and mentor, Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America.
Pam Engler, Treasurer
Other Affiliations: Sole Proprietor, Engler Accounting Service; former Board member for Seattle Waldorf School, Hazel Wolf High School (now the Seattle Waldorf High School) and the Seattle Branch of the Anthroposophical Society.