Subject Teachers

 

Bill Critchfield, Woodworking Teacher

Bill 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.

 

 

 

 

Dahlia Haberman, Handwork Teacher

Dahlia 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 (Lower School)

Alisa Haller 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 Juliao 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

Angela Kost started music ensembles at UCSD, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and the University of Washington during her twenty years working as a biology research assistant. These groups were comprised of 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 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 4-8 and after school fiddling classes. Our students 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

 

 

 

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.  

 

 

Kelly Fritsch, Gardening Teacher (Upper School)

Let's play in the dirt! I am grateful for the opportunity to share my love of gardening with the upper grades. I came to UC Davis in 1993 to study Botany. I developed an interest in Sustainable Agriculture and decided to pursue a Masters degree. During graduate school I had the opportunity to do an internship with USDA in the south of France researching biological control of insects.. My teaching experience is through Davis Farms to School and Community Alliance with Family Farmers. As the farm to school coordinator I helped to procure healthier, local farm foods in the school cafeterias in both Esparto and Davis. I own a landscape design company and I am keenly interested in permaculture and the creation of food forests. I am also a functional medicine health coach helping clients feel better through goal setting around nutrition, sleep, exercise etc. In my free time I enjoy visiting beautiful natural places where I can jump in the water and mountain bike with my son Landon. 

 

 

Gerry Rheault, Band & Percussion Teacher

Bio to come.

 

 

Samantha de Bie, Upper Grades Math Specialist

Bio to come.