The faculty is a community of teachers whose sole intent is to serve the developmental needs of the children by awakening their intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual capacities by offering the children experiences that inspire reverence for humanity, nature and community, and by teaching to the whole child (head, hands and heart) so that the children can meet their greater purpose with confidence, love, and a passion for learning. This intention is inherent in the Waldorf-methods curriculum and philosophy. It is not only essential that the faculty impart the Waldorf curriculum creatively, with enthusiasm, and knowledge of the content but what is most vital is who the teachers are. What our teachers know is not what truly educates but who they are as people and as a faculty community.
Jennifer Dawes – Huckleberry Kindergarten
Jennifer Dawes is the Huckleberry Kindergarten teacher at Stone Bridge School. She has a great passion for teaching and a love of children. Jennifer holds a Master of Arts in Waldorf Education from Touro University and Rudolf Steiner College. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in humanities/psychology and her teaching credential from Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nevada. Jennifer has been teaching kindergarten at Stone Bridge School since 2007 and working with children for over 20 years.
Jennifer Medaris – Mulberry Kindergarten
I graduated from UC Davis receiving a BS in Genetics in 1989. After several years of laboratory research at Davis and then University of Washington, I came back to California in 1993 and earned my California teaching credential. I taught high school biology in the very classroom that I had first learned and loved biology, and then taught middle school science for several years. We found Apple Garden in 1998 when our first daughter was 3 and we began our study of Waldorf Education and our involvement with the families who would come together to create Napa Valley Charter School, now Stone Bridge School. I began teaching in a Waldorf classroom as a Kindergarten assistant to Catherine Schlesinger at Apple Garden and then as the Wednesday teacher in our own Mulberry Kindergarten.After several great years working as a grades Support Teacher here at SBS, I was very happy to return to the Mulberry Kindergarten as the lead teacher in the Fall of 2011 .
Michele Conyers – 1st Grade Teacher
Born in Hawaii but raised in the coastal desert of southern Orange County, Michele Conyers-Bennett graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a BFA in dance and from the Waldorf Institute of Southern California with a certificate in Waldorf education. She then completed an 8-year journey with a class at Journey School, a Waldorf-inspired charter school, and concurrently earned her California Teaching Credential. She continued her academic strivings and earned a Master’s Degree in Waldorf Education from Touro University through Bonnie Rivers, Dr. William Bento and Eugene Schwartz and is currently completing her certificate in Remedial Education from Rudolf Steiner College through Ingun Schneider. She thoroughly enjoys the flora, fauna, and community of the Napa Valley.
Adam Stopeck – 2nd GradeTeacher
Mr. Stopeck grew up on Long Island, NY, and enjoyed a childhood steeped in ocean and beach experiences. He attended the University of Colorado where he majored in Philosophy and completed his Waldorf Teacher Training at the Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento. Mr. Stopeck is now in his 18th year of class teaching at Waldorf schools. Waldorf curriculum is a passion for him, and he brings his particular loves of drama and physical education to his teaching.
Vanessa Cudabac – 3rd Grade-Teacher
Mary Cassidy – 4th Grade-Teacher
Ami Mautner – 5th Grade Teacher
Christine Waskowiak – 6th Grade Teacher
After ten years as our Mulberry Kindergarten teacher, Christine took the First grade class in Fall 2011. Born in San Francisco and raised on the Peninsula, Christine earned her bachelor’s degree in marine biology at U.C. Berkeley. From there, she worked at Genentech in cell culture, and later as a technical writer. After six years at Genentech, in an effort to get “closer” to the sciences, Christine found herself farming oysters in Tamales Bay and then teaching environmental science to elementary students in the Marin Headlands. This latter experience spurred her to pursue her California teaching credential at Sonoma State University. Marriage followed and lots of travel with her husband, Mike, and an eventual move to Napa. In 1999, while exploring kindergarten options for her oldest son, she connected with individuals working on a Waldorf-methods charter school. Joining the Development Group for what would become Napa Valley Charter School (and later Stone Bridge School), Christine deepened her understanding of Waldorf education as she helped define the curriculum and bring the school to fruition. She joined the faculty of the school in its second year as a kindergarten teacher and is now in her fifteenth year of teaching at Stone Bridge. She particularly loves welcoming new families into the school community and watching the children she has cared for in Kindergarten continue to blossom as they move through the grades and develop into compassionate, productive and creative individuals.
Amy Zurowski – 7th Grade
Megan Wright – 8th Grade