Grade Seven Teacher-Beth Kreiger-Fritsch
Beth moved to Taos from the midwest in 2007; her son, Oliver, is in the third grade and her daughter, Mae, is a middle Gnome in the kindergarten. Her husband, Tom, can be seen from time to time fixing or building things around campus, in between his work as a chiropractor in town. Beth has a degree in English and Spanish and is currently working on her Waldorf Teacher Training certificate through Great Lakes Waldorf Institute and a Masters of Education with a Waldorf Emphasis from Mount Mary College. She is so happy to be entering the exciting middle school years with her class, and, while not at school, Beth enjoys running, skiing, reading, jumping on the trampoline, and spending time with her family, friends and garden.
Silke Marjkowski (First Grade Teacher)
Silke Markowski arrived in Taos in 1991 where she started a playgroup and became one of the founders of the Country Day School, known today as the Taos Waldorf School. Both of her children attended the school from Pre- K through 8th grade. Silke brings a love for community from her upbringing in a small German Village and is dedicated to an Early Childhood Education in an Environment where children can experience multi cultural growth and have a sense of belonging throughout their schooling years. The combination of farming and education is a dream come true for Silke, having been raised on a farm and understanding the importance of the connection to the land in relationship to the development of the intellect. Waldorf education is her choice of teaching which arises out of a deep love for humanity and is expressed to her commitment to the Taos Waldorf school after 18 years of teaching in Taos and 27 years of teaching as an Early Childhood educator.
Native American Ceremony, music , local geography, stones and building labyrinths bring joy to her life outside of school.
Gnomes/EC Director – Claudia Pfiffner
Claudia Pfiffner arrived in Taos in 2011 where she taught the Blossoms preschool class at the Taos Waldorf School. She has teaching degrees from Switzerland, Canada, and the United States. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Management from City University in Bellevue, WA and her Master’s in Waldorf Education from Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, CA.
Rudolf Steiner and the inspirations he gave through Anthroposophy and Waldorf education have provided her with long-sought answers about child behavior, stages of development, and appropriate curriculum for young children. For her Master’s thesis she researched early brain development and Waldorf early childhood education and found the two to be very compatible.
After two years of teaching kindergarten at the Tucson Waldorf School Claudia is back in Taos and happily taking on the role of early childhood director and Gnomes kindergarten teacher.
Besides teaching, she loves hiking and bicycling, and attending silent retreats.