Silke Marjkowski (Gnomes, EC Director)
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 Kindergarten Teacher Assistant-Elissa Rookey
Blossoms Teacher-Alina Bain
Grade Two Teacher-Allison Bradley
Allison Bradley has three sons and has been a Waldorf parent for thirteen years. She has a Ph.D. in Social Psychology and background in crisis intervention, corporate consultation, and outdoor education. She had a private practice in holistic counseling for 12 years. She is in her third year of Waldorf teacher training, and is currently enrolled at Antioch. She is deeply committed to Waldorf education and its potential to make the world a better place, build community, and strengthen the creative potential of individuals.
Gaia moved to Taos in 2012 and worked at TWS as an intern in the gnomes, 1-2 grade and 4-5 grade. This year Ms. Gaia is taking the role as head teacher for our beloved 3rd grade class. She has a degree in Liberal Arts and is working toward her certification in the Waldorf Grades through the Micha-el Institute in Portland, Oregon. Her son, Talon, can be seen skipping around in the kindergarten. Ms. Gaia comes to us with a strong background in the healing arts and indigenous ceremony. Both avenues being the foundational work and development guiding her to step into the role as a Waldorf teacher. Gaia is an avid lover of art, nature and physical movement.
Grade Six 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.
Music- Jenna Paulden
Jenna Paulden has a BA in theater and literature from Grinnell College. Her liberal arts education as well as years of Waldorf Teacher training at Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento, CA, has well prepared her to be a Waldorf teacher. Jenna has lived in Taos for 30 years. She raised her children in a Waldorf home environment and home schooled her oldest child with a Waldorf curriculum before Taos Waldorf School was born. Her two younger children graduated from Taos Waldorf School. Jenna has been involved with our school since 1997. She has served on the Festival Committee for many years, and was a parent rep. many times over. She has directed, co-directed, and costumed numerous plays for our 7th and 8th grades – and Shakespeare is her favorite! She was a main class teacher who took her class from 1st to 4th grade. Currently she teaches singing, music theory, and recorder to all of the grades, and it brings her much joy. She is a passionate believer in sharing the delight of singing with young people because it is a gift that will enrich their entire lives.
Beatrix, our handwork teacher is from Switzerland, where she taught kindergarten in small villages and was involved in the local music schools. She moved to CA in 1996 with her husband Jade and baby Ryan. Gardening and landscape design have been passions of hers, as well as cooking, and you can find her in the garden, out hiking, or knitting away.
She has worked for a preschool, later started an outdoor program for a ranch, where the kids could explore nature and animals rain or shine.
In 2011 her family moved to Taos, it is her 2nd year at TWS.
Trix enjoys working with children of different ages, and hopes to spark a passion for handwork and crafts of all sorts.