Subject & Other Teachers
Bill Critchfield, Woodworking Teacher
Mr. Critchfield studied Biology (BS, UC Irvine) and Nutrition (MS and PhD, UC Davis) in college. Following a career in laboratory research, he pursued a desire to teach and joined the faculty at DWS. Mr. Critchfield aspires to create a teaching environment where students develop confidence, enthusiasm, and creativity. He believes that crafting with wood offers the rewarding experience of creating objects that are both beautiful and useful. Outside of teaching, Mr. Critchfield is a garage inventor. He also cherishes time with family, friends and nature.
Samantha de Bie, Upper Grades Math Specialist
Bio to come.
Dahlia Haberman, Handwork Teacher
Mrs. Haberman has been the Handwork teacher at DWS since 2005. Before coming to the U.S. in 1985, she trained in Art Teaching and Handwork Education in Israel. In 2008 she completed her Handwork Subject Teacher training at Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks.
Mrs. Haberman’s passion is passing the joy of making things of beauty on to children and adults. She has been involved in the life of the school as a parent volunteer, member of the College of Teachers, editor of the yearbook, chair of Winter Craft Day, as well as having taught handwork to DWS parents and served on several committees.
Her daughter Ella graduated from DWS in 2009. Mrs. Haberman loves to be in nature, spend time with family, and, of course, sew, knit, and learn and teach crafts from different cultures.
Alisa Haller, Gardening Teacher
Alisa has been involved in school gardens since 2013, first as a classroom parent volunteer, then as a Garden Coordinator at Cesar Chavez Elementary School in Davis, and now as the Gardening Teacher at Davis Waldorf School. Alisa’s passion for bringing fresh and seasonally-inspired foods from the garden into the kitchen began while working in several local and Bay Area restaurants. She is dedicated to providing nutrition, garden, nature and ecology education to children of all ages.
BFA, Sonoma State University; MFA, Mills College.
Marta Juliao, Spanish Teacher
Marta has been a Spanish Teacher at Davis Waldorf School for the past 16 years and currently teaches First through Eighth Grade. Marta was born in Colombia and moved to the United States in 1993. She has attended several Spanish training classes at Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento. Marta is also an interpreter and a translator, and has mentored other Spanish teachers in the area. Marta is an artist and has had several landscape exhibitions in the Sacramento region. She currently teaches art lessons as an after school activity at DWS. Marta loves traveling, painting and learning from other cultures. She is married and has two daughters.
B.S. Economics. Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia
Angela Kost, Strings Teacher
During twenty years working as a biology research assistant, Angela started music ensembles at UCSD, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and at the University of Washington. These groups comprised scientists from academic departments and ranged from bluegrass bands to chamber music orchestras. She also played in university symphonies at Stanford, UCLA, and UCSD.
Angela enjoys fiddling and has won numerous fiddling contest awards, including first place in twin fiddling with her daughter at the 2016 and 2019 California State Fiddle Championships. Angela began teaching strings at DWS in 1993 and currently teaches strings in grades 4 to 8 as well as after school fiddling classes. DWS strings classes and fiddle groups perform at school and community events. Angela also enjoys performing with her family and friends at nursing homes, weddings, and special occasions. When she is not playing her violin, Angela farms a 13 acre organic walnut orchard in Rumsey in the beautiful Capay Valley.
B.A. Biology, Stanford University; M.S. Ecology, UC Davis; Post-graduate studies in Music, UC San Diego
Natalie Oltjenbruns, Games Teacher
Alice Stamm, Preschool and Kindergarten Eurythmy Teacher
Alice Stamm has been teaching eurythmy since 1975. She began her eurythmy training in Eckwalden, Germany and finished with Else Klink in Stuttgart. Alice also trained in therapeutic eurythmy, receiving a diploma from the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland.
Having moved back to the States in 1978, she has taught in trainings, Waldorf schools, and did performing work in Spring Valley, Kimberton, Chicago, on the west coast in Los Angeles, and now in Fair Oaks. For the past 12 years until she retired, she built up both pedagogical eurythmy and remedial work at a Highland Hall Waldorf school in L.A. and since 2004 has been teaching at Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks as well kindergarten eurythmy at Davis Waldorf School and several public schools in the Sacramento area. She does mentoring of colleagues as well.
She is president of the Eurythmy Association of North America which she began with six other colleagues in 1979. She also helped to form the Section Collegium for the Performing Arts in North America in 1988.
Miyoung Schoen, Eurythmy Teacher
Bio to come.
Andrew Taylor, Band Teacher
Andrew Taylor grew up in Australia playing Jazz Big Band music with his Mum. He gained a Bachelor of Music, and a Bachelor of Drama, from the University of New England (the Aussie one). He then re energized the Young Regional School of Music, a regional conservatorium in the Aussie Bush, from four private students in 1994 to over 500 students in five towns and 15 schools by 1997, a growth that was rewarded by the government with an Australia Day Cultural Medal.
Andrew then traveled to teach music in schools on Kangaroo Island, in Vietnam, Turkey, Romania, and then Washington DC for many years, where he taught at Capitol Hill Day School and Alexandria Country Day School. This gave him the opportunity to work with the National Symphony Orchestras of these countries, bringing professional musicians from these ensembles into his schools each week to give instrumental lessons to school students. While on his travels, Andrew was able to complete an Honors in Musicology at the University of Adelaide and an MA in International Education at the Westminster Institute of Education at Oxford Brookes University in the U.K. He plays Trombone, Trumpet, Sax, Bass Guitar, and a little Flute (but not the piccolo, though...). Andrew’s wife is from Sacramento and they met in Turkey, of course. She brought his Aussie cat with her from Turkey to Sacramento, and now they have 4 cats to herd and wrangle in the beautiful California sunshine.