Faculty & Staff

Marcya Rosecrans, a team member at the Micha-el School, a Waldorf SchoolMarcya Rosecrans, Early Childhood Teacher
Marcya studied Waldorf Education at Rudolf Steiner College, where she obtained her Early Childhood Teaching Certificate. Ms. Marcya has taught Waldorf Early Childhood for many years, and comes to the Micha-el School from Corvallis Waldorf School where she served as a preschool teacher, and a member of the College of Teachers. Before Corvallis Waldorf School, Marcya served as the Early Childhood Director, and Preschool Teacher for The Waldorf School of Bend, in Bend Oregon.

Janet Ekeldson, Kindergarten Assistant
Janet holds a degree in Early Childhood Education and completed her Waldorf training at Micha-el Institute.

Lydia Hoffman, Class of 2028

Lydia started her Waldorf journey at the Waldorf Institute of Southern California and graduated in 2015. She comes to us after teaching aftercare at Portland Waldorf School and teaching Second and Third Grade at the Arbor School of Art and Science in Tualatin for the last two years while simultaneously working on a Masters of Arts in Teaching at Pacific University. Lydia strives to create a warm classroom environment that nurtures a community of learners willing to take risks, acknowledges their specific strengths, and encourages children to be advocates for each other’s success. We are thrilled to have her take on the rising Class of 2028 and welcome her to the Micha-el School community!

 


Brittina Gates, a team member at the Micha-el School, a Waldorf SchoolBrittina Gates, Class of 2027
Brittina is a native Oregonian. Her personal grade school experience with Waldorf Education led her to pursue Teacher Training at the Micha-el Institute after graduating with honors from Portland State University (with a B.A. in Sociology). Singing, stories, crafts and teaching math are some of her favorite aspects of working with children. Brittina enjoys reading and weekly visits to her local library. She also has a passion for cooking, finding new recipes in cooking magazines, gardening, playing Scrabble, crabbing and rock hounding. Her home and hobby farm is in Rickreall on 2.36 acres. This keeps her family busy nearly year-round with flowers, fruits, nuts, vegetables and a small flock. Brittina also enjoys getting out in nature while shed or mushroom collecting with her husband, daughter Willa, and her faithful chocolate Labrador Lila.


Molly Kenzie, a team member at the Micha-el School, a Waldorf SchoolMolly Kenzie, Class of 2026
Molly has always known she wanted to be a teacher. After 14 years of teaching in the Eugene School District, Molly went back to school and received her Waldorf teacher training credential at the Waldorf Teacher Training in Eugene. She currently holds her Oregon state teaching credentials in grades K – 12 as well as her Waldorf teaching credential for the grades. She was drawn to Waldorf education for its emphasis on a whole child approach, the developmentally appropriate practices and finding a community of like-minded and striving parents in the schools. After working as a class teacher at the Olympia Waldorf School, she joined the Micha-el School community to lead the class of 2018 through their eighth grade year. She then looped around and has taken on the class of 2026, thoroughly enjoying her students’ curiosity and compassion. Outside of school, Molly enjoys spending time at home with her wife and three children, the quiet of being out in nature, gardening, traveling, evening conversations over delicious coffee with friends, learning new things, and just about anything artistic.


Deborah, a team member at the Micha-el School, a Waldorf SchoolDeborah Markus, Class of 2025
Deborah was born and raised in New Jersey, and has also lived in San Francisco, Germany, and Thailand. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Studies from Rutgers University in 1993. Deborah worked for 10 years in the fields of marketing and event planning before moving to Portland, discovering Waldorf education, and completing her teacher training at the Micha-el Institute. Since 2005 she has held a variety of teaching and teacher support positions at Portland Waldorf School, Shining Star School, and Micha-el School. Deborah is passionate about traveling, good food, her family, and her work with a very special group of students. She likes to read non-fiction books when time allows, particularly those about history, anthroposophy, food and nutrition, comparative religion, spirituality, and gender studies.


Jen Dadek, a team member at the Micha-el School, a Waldorf SchoolJen Dadek, Class of 2024
Jen was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her B.A. in Russian History from U.C. Davis and a M.L.I.S. from San Jose State. She discovered Waldorf Education while searching for educational alternatives for her children. She then earned a LifeWays certificate and quickly determined that just wasn’t enough training. Shortly after, she enrolled in Foundation Studies and Grades Teacher training at Rudolf Steiner College and graduated in 2014. A mentor’s suggestion brought Jen to Portland in search of a school community for the whole family. She found it here at Micha-el School. Her four children attend or have attended Micha-el. Ms Dadek spends her free time chasing them, reading, square dancing with her husband, and of course, knitting.


Jen Davis, a team member at the Micha-el School, a Waldorf SchoolJen Davis, Class of 2023
Jen received her Waldorf Teacher Training certificate from the Micha-el Institute. Moving to Portland from San Antonio, Jen discovered her passion for Waldorf education through her experience homeschooling her children in grades 1 to 3. She delights in the new experiences gained daily from her involvement in the Waldorf community in Portland. In her free time, Jen enjoys training for races, reading good novels, and spending time with her family. Jen is a founding member of our College of Teachers.


Christina Drake a team member at the Micha-el School, a Waldorf SchoolChristina DrakeClass of 2022
Christina was born in Ohio and later attended a fine arts magnet school in Georgia where she studied oboe, theater, and voice. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in English Education, she entered the world of advertising for 12 years before having her daughter and entering the Waldorf teacher training program at the Micha-el Institute in 2008. She received her certificate 3 years later. Christina has worn many hats in our community, including 3 years teaching grades 2nd-4th, and 2 years as the school’s key administrative manager. Christina is a founding member of our College of Teachers.


Ivana Deletis, a team member at the Micha-el School, a Waldorf SchoolIvana Deletis, Class of 2021
Ivana was born in Croatia and emigrated to the USA when she was ten years old. After completing her studies at New York University, and working in private schools, she was delighted to learn about Waldorf Education. Ms. Deletis came to Portland to study at the Micha-el Institute in 2003, and obtained her Waldorf Teaching Certificate in 2006.  Ms Deletis has held several positions within Waldorf Schools in the Portland area including Cedarwood Waldorf School and Shining Star. In her free time Ms. Deletis can be found in her garden, painting, drawing, dancing, and getting lost in nature.

 Manuela MusolfGerman 
Manuela was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. She immigrated to the the United States after she was married in 2001 and taught German at a Saturday School in California.  All three of her children are students at Waldorf schools.  This is her sixth year teaching German at Micha-el School where she feels very lucky to be part of the wonderful and supportive community.

Wade Cavin, Middle School Math 

Haley MichelleMiddle School Choir

Brandi Grahek, Strings

Jolanda Frischknecht, Eurythmy Grades 4-8
Jolanda was born and raised in Switzerland where she attended a Waldorf School through 10th grade. She finished her studies in public school, focusing on languages. Her love of movement and music led her to study Eurythmy at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland. After training, Ms. Frischknecht completed Post Graduate Studies at the Eurythmy School in Spring Valley, New York and moved on to teach and perform in Switzerland for five years before moving to Austin, TX in 1996. Ms. Frischknecht taught Eurythmy to students in 3rd through 8th grades at the Austin Waldorf School for over 8 years before teaching high school for three years. Ms. Frischknecht is a founding member of the Austin Eurythmy Ensemble which tours annually in North America, Canada and Europe. Ms. Frischknecht is also a trained Therapeutic Eurythmist.

Amanda Leonard, Eurythmy Early Childhood – Grade 3

Jeff Katzman, Handwork Middle School
Jeff taught handwork to middle and high school students at Garden City Waldorf School in New York. He’s biked across America, walked across Spain and was deployed to Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne. He and his wife recentely returned from Nepal where they founded a clothing company and adopted their daughter.

Heidi Vorst, Folk Dance 

Rachel Hitchcock, 4th Grade assistant, Aftercare Teacher

Kelly TidrickAdministrative Coordinator
Kelly began her journey in Waldorf education in 1997 when a friend introduced her to the work of Rudolf Steiner. When Kelly had her first son, she had no doubt he would attend a Waldorf school. Both of her children have attended Waldorf school since preschool, with her oldest graduating from Portland Waldorf High School in 2017. Before motherhood, and after traveling in Europe, Kelly returned home to study psychology at the University of Oregon.