Waldorf Institute of Southern California 

WISC Student Biographies, Los Angeles Campus Following are biographical sketches and resumés of WISC Los Angeles 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.
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Sarah Marie Elisabeth Bachelier Sarah Marie Elisabeth Bachelier: I am a true believer in the power of art to teach any subject, and I have fallen in love with the unique approach we have as Waldorf teachers to use this power daily. My fascination with artwork began in early childhood while spending time at museums like the Louvre in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Right away, I could see that these sculptures and paintings possessed much more than just the subjects they were depicting. There was so much magic in each subject illuminated, so many stories to tell. The creative process is essential to our human way of communicating and learning about ourselves and the world.

Loving art led me to a BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA in Curatorial Studies. Before training to become a Waldorf Teacher, I’ve worked as a Museum Educator at various prominent museums around the globe, including the Louvre and Pompidou Museums in Paris as well as Dia Art Foundation, and Storm King Art Center located in New York. As fulfilling as this work is, I knew I wanted to work more closely with students on a daily basis, and childhood fantasies of becoming a school teacher became quickly realized.

As a third-year student at WISC I am also going into my third year of working at Highland Hall Waldorf School, where I began in the Enrollment Department, then working as the Lower School Assistant last year, and now as their current Second Grade Teacher. I can tell you first hand, that this is a very exciting time to be a Waldorf Teacher!

sbachelier@gmail.com   |   914-475-4340

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Mary Lee Gorman

Birthplace:
Los Angeles, California

Certificates & Degrees:
B. S. in Business with a minor in Marketing.
M. A. in Education Multiple Subject Teaching Credential K12 (in California and Oregon)
I am in my 3rd year of Grades teacher education at the Waldorf Institute of Southern California.
I have done 4 modules of Waldorf Practical Arts Training.

Experience:
Elementary public school teacher from 1999 to 2014 Substitute teacher from 2015 to Present

Interests:
Music, Dance, Arts, Anthroposophy, Self-Improvement, Family: I have two daughters and two grandchildren!

I am becoming a Waldorf Grades teacher because Waldorf schools include the Arts and address our children on a Spiritual level. Most importantly we teach children concepts and ideas when they are developmentally ready.

mlroses@dslextreme.com   |   626-827-0279

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Maria Haddad My name is Maria Haddad, and I was born and raised in sunny southern California. I am a wife and mother to three children; Ian is 14 and my twin girls Bella and Lily are 11 years old. With the birth of my son, and the moment I held him, I knew that I wanted to give him the type of upbringing I never had as a child. I grew up in an unstable one-parent household with a mother who had mental issues. Therefore, with my own children I vowed to give them a life of stability and the type of education that would nurture their potential and uniqueness. This is how I found out about Waldorf education. One quote that I remember reading in my research about this type of education was:
"Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility-- these three forces are the very nerve of education."
-Rudolf Steiner

I knew that this was the type of education I wanted for my children. As my children grew, I also felt a calling to learn more about Early Childhood Education and discovered WISC. As an Early Childhood educator, WISC has given me the understanding of the human being in body, soul, and spirit. Along with WISC I am also currently working on my BA in Early Childhood Special Education. Now I am working as an assistant at Highland Hall in the Early Childhood Center. It is amazing to see my children walk up that hill to their classes as I enter the Early Childhood Center.

mariahaddad79@gmail.com

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Miriam Jones Miriam Jones: My BA is from Bryn Mawr College in English and my MFA from CalArts in Puppetry and Integrated Media. Through all my teenage and adult years I have regularly worked with children in some capacity. At times I designed arts programming for museums or non-profits. At other times I worked with at-risk populations in ancillary after-school programs or outreach programs. I also nannied for several years to supplement my art gigs.

I am transitioning to Waldorf education because as an unexpected single mom to a five-year-old I need a community that supports our growth and health. I worked for two years at Pasadena Waldorf School as an assistant in 2nd grade, and 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. In the fall of 2020 I took a first grade for the wild pandemic year at Maple Village Waldorf School in Long Beach, CA. I am very proud of how I handled the beginning of the year when distance learning was in place as I effectively brought 1st grade to students while also bringing joy and ease to parents without using Zoom. I have found I thrive on the invention and art required in the Waldorf grades classroom. Now that I am teaching in person completely outside, I also learned that I want to stay outside, and indeed cannot picture being in a classroom with walls all day. My pipe dream in Waldorf is to be a woodworking teacher, but as the sole breadwinner of my family I know that will likely never happen. My achievable dream is to join an admin team, as I have seen how crucial it is to have knowledgeable, trained, and dynamic thinkers to really support and build community and healthy schools.

mimsyjones@gmail.com

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Petra Liati Petra Liati: Growing up in southern Germany in a small village surrounded by forest mountains, I spent a lot of time in nature, going for long walks exploring, and playing with friends by the creek. The seasons are harsh on the border to the Schwaebischen Alb. I remember rainy autumns and snow-white winters.

When it was time to go my own way, the far away unknown land was calling me. From Cologne, Germany, where I worked for a kids' TV show, I decided to move to Los Angeles where I set roots. But after four years I went back with my two little children to study at the University of Cologne. There my third child was born and enjoyed the Waldorf kindergarten while her siblings attended the Waldorf School in Cologne.

Miracles made it happen that after 12 years we're all back in LA. I started as an aftercare and substitute in Pre-K and Kindy at a nearby Waldorf School while assisting a Waldorf teacher at another Waldorf-inspired school. After five years of assisting, I finally have the opportunity to teach a kindergarten class as soon as schools reopen.

I like to sing and craft, do hand work and wood work, and still love the outdoors.

petraliatis@yahoo.de

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Denitsa Yordanova Denitsa Yordanova: Nineteen years ago I came to Los Angeles from Bulgaria to continue my education in architecture at UCLA. Soon after that I found myself surrounded by Waldorf teachers. It was not until I became a Waldorf parent though, when I experienced the deep healing of this education and decided to become a Waldorf teacher myself. Healing has always been a key in my path. As an architect I sought bringing healing to our environment, and recently it brought me to the Curative Education training with Robyn Brown.

I studied architecture for about 7 years which led to two masters degrees - one from Bulgaria and the second from UCLA. I earned my Early Childhood Education certificate from Santa Monica College and worked as an Early Childhood assistant at Westside Waldorf School for about two years. I also have deep interest and understanding of math and taught an after-school Math Olympiads program for middle school at Ocean Charter School. Kindergarten was a turning point in my own life, and because of that I feel especially attracted to working with kindergarten children. However, my background makes me well-equipped to teach the grades too.

In my free time I love to be in nature with my family - road trips and camping are our favorite. I also enjoy the arts of cooking, drawing, and writing for children. Yoga and meditation have been a part of my life for many years. Visiting my homeland and family in summer is always especially soul nourishing.

dkform@yahoo.com   |   310 936 9042

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