Waldorf Institute of Southern California 

WISC Student Biographies, San Diego Campus
Following are biographical sketches and resumés of WISC San Diego students who are working toward graduation this year.

This page may be especially helpful to Waldorf schools looking for qualified potential teachers to hire in the near future.
For inquiries, e-mail: sdoffice@waldorfteaching.org

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Priscila Abreu Priscila Abreu: I was born and raised in Mexico City. In 2010 I received my bachelor's degree in pedagogy and started working right away in different schools and grades. During my teaching experience, I realized that the higher purpose of education was missing in all of the schools I worked in. I was searching for an education of the soul.

Four years ago my family moved to Tijuana, shortly after I met the founders of Semillero, the first Tijuana Waldorf initiative. They introduced me to WISC and gave me the opportunity to work in early childhood.

WISC presented me with my true purpose in life, eurythmy. After my first year at the program, I decided to begin the eurythmy part-time training. In addition to music and movement, I also love spending time with my family, camping, being outdoors, traveling and getting to know different cultures.

priscila.ykt@gmail.com   |   (00152)551-011-3365

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Vidhya Aravamuthan I am Vidhya Aravamuthan and I love the Waldorf teacher training experience. Although I received my Master’s degree in Engineering from Penn State and am a trained vocalist in Indian Classical music, I can now confidently say that I have found my passion: education! My life is very much influenced by the teachings of Bhagavad Gita and I hope to apply the Waldorf Principles in imparting Gita and other Vedic teachings to my children and others.

vidhya.aravamuthan@gmail.com   |   832-583-6847

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Raychell Budd Raychell Budd: I am a striving human.

I enjoy playing and writing music, doing all things handwork, and nurturing a new found love of Eurythmy. I love my job as a grades and handwork assistant at the Waldorf School of San Diego, where I've been volunteering or working for the last three years.

Although I wish I had more time for handwork hobbies and my musical projects, my priorities are completing college and my Waldorf teacher training.

Time always brings change and new opportunities.

raychellbudd@yahoo.com   |   619-415-6146

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Ana Marbella Hernandez My name is Ana Marbella Hernandez Contreras and I became a worldwide traveler at a very young age.

I was born in Mexico City 1971, my little sister was born two years later. I was lucky to be able to attend a bilingual school in which I spoke English half of the time, and I learned all subjects except math in both English and Spanish.

While I attended a catholic high school I excelled in athletics. After finishing high-school, I moved to France for six months to study French and sociocultural learning. After that I started working towards my marketing degree in Tecnologico de Monterrey, specializing in international commerce in Paris. In my last year of college I began working for Glaxo Wellcome pharmaceutical laboratory. I worked the next 10 years at the family business creating a new market department. During this time I was working mornings, and in the afternoon I took care of my two boys. Now I am on the path to become a Waldorf Teacher.

I like to cook, sing and do eurythmy. I just came back from a practicum in Spain, working in primary grades in two different Waldorf schools, and I also did a three-week practicum in Cancun in early childhood. I also completed summer programs in Waldorf teacher training schools in Canada, and Argentina. I really want to work with children.

awa1112@ymail.com   |   777-284-5505

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Sheila Salmeron Sheila Salmeron: My name is Sheila, and I was born by the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea in Southern Spain. After earning my B.A. in Educational Psychology, I moved to Barcelona. There I started my career as a preschool teacher in an alternative-based preschool while getting my M.A. in Social Education. One of my passions is cooking. I usually spend my Sundays cooking and trying out new recipes. Another of my passions is puppetry. I have several trainings on puppetry and I enjoy performing puppet shows to little kids! I love travelling as well. I have travelled to many places in Europe, North Africa, Central America and Asia. And I’m always looking forward to my next destination! I moved to San Diego in 2011, and I have worked in public and private schools. But there was something missing, and that is when I found Waldorf Education. I went to visit the WSSD and I fell in love with Anthroposophy and the Waldorf approach. I felt that this was my place, I felt at peace with my beliefs. I’ve been working as an assistant in the Early Childhood department and this year I got hired as a lead teacher in one of the nursery classes. A dream come true!

sheilasalmeron@hotmail.com   |   619-508-6358

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Angela Sarich Angela Sarich: Studying with my colleagues at the Waldorf Institute of Southern California this past three years has changed me as a teacher, as a mother, as a woman, and as a human being. I only wish there were more hours in the day for study. When not studying or teaching, I can be found exploring in nature with my son, playing flute, singing, painting, laughing with friends, worship and being in service. I look forward to continuing my studies and creating more awareness of Waldorf around the world.

angela.spiritmountain@gmail.com   |   808-276-4122

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Sandra Torre Sandra Torre: I grew up in a small town in Florida, a world completely different than the city life of San Diego. Attending college at USD majoring in Elementary Education, I got my first taste of what the public school system in California was all about. Several divergent methodologies were mentioned, including Waldorf, in my course studies but always as a side note, ideas always insinuated to be long gone notes of the past. I began my teaching career in Chula Vista, eight miles from the U.S. border, almost twenty years ago. It wasn't until I looked into a preschool for my daughter that I found a Waldorf school and realized the education I had so admired could be a real possibility for her. It wasn't until I had had a meeting with an administrator at my daughter’s school that I first began to think I could be teaching differently, with children truly at the forethought of my instructional intentions. It wasn't until I had my own children and began looking into their best interests that I truly learned to become a better teacher for the best interests of all children.

c_red_dance@yahoo.com   |   619-405-4552

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