Tara Katz serves as our Director of Education and is one of the morning Lead Teachers. She studied the principles of Rudolf Steiner and Waldorf Education at Emerson College in England. Prior to that, Tara completed a degree in Speech Communications with an emphasis in Theatre Arts at Oregon State University. She has taught kindergarten and first grade at Waldorf schools in Seattle, Whidbey Island, and England, playing founding roles in some instances, and active roles in all! Tara was the first teacher of preschool at FCS in 2001. We are pleased to have her enthusiasm and commitment serve as the heart of our school. Tara is the mother of Rachel, Phoebe and Alexander.
Teresa Donovan, School Administrator
Teresa Donovan is the School Administrator and has served as the gentle liaison between parents, staff, and the board since 2011. Formerly the Deputy Director for Seattle's Plymouth Housing Group which serves individuals who are homeless, Teresa also taught "Financial Management for Fundraisers" in the UW's Fundraising Certificate Program. While raising her family in Virginia, Teresa was Director of Planning and Budget for Virginia's largest residential school serving children with developmental disabilities. Her life-long commitment to volunteerism includes serving on school boards, co-chairing fundraising campaigns, and mentoring teenage girls. She also made periodic trips to South Africa and China where she taught women business skills, tutored children and college students, or nurtured infants who have medical complications. Teresa and her husband, David, enjoy spending time with their four adult children, six grand-children (a seventh due in December) and one great-grandchild (so far . . .).
Maria Jimenez, Lead Teacher
Maria Jimenez, our other morning Lead Teacher, joined FCS in 2007. Maria was born and raised in Spain where she earned the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in sociology at Universidad Complutense in Madrid. She also has a Master in Divinity degree from New York Theological Seminary and has studied Waldorf education at Sound Circle in Seattle and Rudolph Steiner College in California. She stays current through regular programs of continuing education offered throughout the Pacific Northwest. Extensive travel throughout Europe, Central America and South Africa has broadened her world view and given her passion for including marginalized voices. Maria brings her native tongue into the classroom through songs and stories. She enjoys reading, knitting, felting and gardening. She loves crafts, travel with her children Hugo and An,a and spending time with friends and family.
Melissa Koch, Assistant Teacher
Melissa, our Morning Teacher joined us at the beginning of 2016. Melissa is a visual artist with a background in architecture and arts education and has worked extensively with children as an artist in residence in many Seattle schools including The Children's Atelier, Seattle Waldorf School, Summit, and at Whidbey Children's Theater. She offers playful and exploratory art experiences for the children at FCS throughout the school year.
Willow Heath, Summer Art Instructor
Willow Heath is a teaching artist who loves teaching art as much as she loves creating it, and views her teaching as an essential learning tool in her artistic process. Says Willow: "As a visual artist I craft my paintings from my personal inspirations, and as a teacher I guide my students through the building blocks to create their own inspirations. "I feel that it is very important to enjoy the process of art as much as the outcome. With this in mind I design curriculums that reflect both the inspirational and academic qualities within the creative process. Through teaching I develop a greater understanding of my own creative process and am able to provide my students with a solid foundation to express their artistic visions."
Willow lives in Seattle Washington with her husband and son. She is currently working on illustrating and writing her childhood tales.