Sylvia Nordoff (Eurythmy) was born in New York. Her parents were Paul Nordoff, the famous composer and Sabina Zae, Broadway performer and choreographer. Sylvia showed an early interest for movement, performing eurythmy for the first time at age 12. She studied Theatre Arts at New York University. She carried out her formal studies in eurythmy with Marjorie Spock, NY, and with Sabina Nordoff of the Zucholi School of Eurythmy in Switzerland. As well, she trained in modern dance at the Martha Graham Dance School in New York City and in flamenco with Margaret Flores in Woodstock, NY. Sylvia has spent over 25 years teaching movement to children at the kindergarten, elementary and high school levels, at the Ottawa and Parsifal Waldorf Schools, and the Santa Fe Waldorf School. You may contact Sylvia at ext. 152.
Jeff McClendon (Music Director) leads chorus and orchestra instruction at DWS, along with teaching Recorder and Vocal Music in 3rd through 5th Grade. He studied voice, bassoon and composition at West Georgia College where he received his B.A., and received scholarships for his M.A. studies in vocal performance at the Julliard School and the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts. He has sung with many symphony orchestras and opera companies, including the Atlanta Symphony, the Birmingham Symphony, the Atlanta Ballet, the Atlanta Opera, and the American Symphony in New York City. He has toured Europe as a recitalist, he is a cantor and choir member at the St. Augustine Orthodox Church, and he plays bassoon in the Denver Philharmonic. In addition, he completed the two-year teacher training course in Waldorf Education at Sunbridge College in New York (SUNY). You may contact Jeff at ext. 169.
Mary Spotts (Reading Specialist) has been teaching at DWS since 1997. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in education from Rhode Island College. She is certified in the F.A.S.T. remedial program from Denver Academy and has her reading and writing certification from the Cherry Creek School district. Wilson Barbara Wise, Language! and Orton Gillingham are among the many remedial reading courses she has completed. Mary regularly attends Reading in the Rockies, Courage to Risk and Colorado International Reading Association conferences to remain current in her field. She serves on the educational committee of the Rocky Mountain International Dyslexia Association. Mary is constantly amazed by the creativity and warmth of the students she teaches. She feels a deep sense of gratitude for the parents that share their children with her. You may contact Mary at ext. 186.
Deborah Wolf (Handwork) has been teaching at DWS since 1990. She was born in New Orleans and moved to Colorado to attend Colorado College and the University of Denver School of Social Work, where she earned her Master’s degree. She taught in the DWS Preschool Kindergarten for three years, and then studied class teaching at Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento, California. In 2005 she graduated her second 8th Grade class, and since then has held the handwork program. Deb completed the Handwork Training at Sunbridge College in 2010. You may contact Deb at ext. 174.
Passions: Weaving, crocheting and knitting.
Favorite Saying: “Never, Never, Never Give Up!”
Career You’d Like to Attempt Other Than Teaching? Nothing!
Magally Luna (Spanish Program Director)
Magally joined The Denver Waldorf School in August 2000. She is a native speaker whose family hails from Colombia and Mexico. She received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has had the privilege of sharing Latin dance and music in Asia and Europe. She continues to sing with the Afro-Caribbean band Kizumba and she acts occasionally in plays at El Centro Su Teatro, one of the few bilingual theaters in the United States. You may contact Magally at ext. 159.
Tatyana Nevolina (Russian)
In 2012, The Denver Waldorf School hired a new Russian language teacher, Tatyana Nevolina. Tatyana brings a great deal of enthusiasm and joy to her classes. With degrees from both the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and the Metropolitan State College of Denver, and four years of classroom experience, Tatyana blends her background in education with her native language skills in Russian. Former colleagues and teachers praise Tatyana for her care for the children, diligence in planning, storytelling skills and passion for her subject. You may reach Tatyana at extension 120.
Michael Baker (Woodworking)
Michael Baker has been teaching at DWS since 1983. Michael has served in the United States Air Force and worked as an electromechanical engineer before coming to DWS. In addition to teaching woodworking, he taught gym for nine years, and he founded the unicycle and archery clubs. He helped start a gym program in the Redwood City, California Waldorf school and he has helped several woodworking teachers start Waldorf woodworking programs. He has served on the College of Teachers and he was a member of the Board of Trustees for over 20 years. You may contact Michael at ext. 160.
Michael Quinn (Athletic Director, Head Boys and Girls Basketball Coach) joined DWS in August of 2003. His recreational history includes eight years as a Recreational Instructor in Youth Sports and Arts at Harvard Gulch Recreation Center in Denver. He taught children ranging in age from 5 to 14. He is a graduate of South High School and attended Metropolitan State College. You may contact Michael at ext. 112.
Nancy Blanning (Therapeutic Support) has been teaching in Waldorf settings since 1982. After 17 years in the Waldorf Preschool Kindergarten, she began to offer therapeutic support lessons for children in our school. Her education includes a BA degree from CU Boulder in English, with teaching credentials, and a four-year therapeutic education training. She also serves as a board member with the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN). You may contact Nancy at ext. 164.
Passions: Studying child development, reading good fiction, gardening and wildflower hiking in the summer, cooking everything from scratch, baking bread, canning fruits and vegetables from the garden. “My greatest joy is being a grandparent to four additional Waldorf students.”
Other Occupation You’d Like to Try? “If I had come to Waldorf Education earlier, I would have wanted to become a therapeutic eurythmist. Otherwise I would have loved to study music!”
Annamaria Leighton (Therapeutic Support) offers therapeutic support lessons for children in our school. She has a Master of Science degree in Education from Sunbridge College in New York. Annamaria may be reached at extension 161.
Keenan Hand (Games Teacher) earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Art from Humboldt State University and his Waldorf Teacher Education from Emerson College in the UK. He has also taken courses in Consciousness Studies at Rudolf Steiner College, focusing on inner transformation and initiation studies, collage, painting and drawing. He has been a Waldorf Grades Teacher at the Olympia Waldorf School, teaching a class from sixth to eighth grade.
Passions: backpacking, hiking, rock climbing, fly fishing, surfing, painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture, soccer, basketball, Ultimate Frisbee, running and cycling.
Sarah Delevoryas (Strings) has been teaching violin and viola at The Denver Waldorf School since 2010. She is a violinist with 30 years experience as a teacher and orchestral performer. Mrs. Delevoryas lives in Broomfield where she maintains a private Suzuki studio. She also teaches violin and viola at the Colorado Christian University. She plays professionally with the Boulder Philharmonic. Mrs.Delevoryas held orchestra positions with the Fremont Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, Monterey Symphony and was Concertmaster of the Livermore Symphony. Her degree is from the University of CA, Santa Cruz.
Sara Fierer (Strings) Sara Fierer has been teaching at the Denver Waldorf school since 2000. She is thrilled to work with the cello students in grades 3 and 4 as well as orchestra in grades 5-8. She loves sharing her joy of music with children and inspiring them to have a great time playing their instrument. She maintains a private studio as well as playing with her string trio and in the Boulder Philharmonic. Before moving to Colorado, Sara taught as an orchestra director for three years outside of New York City. She received a Master in cello performance and completed course work in music education from the University of Texas at Austin. Sara has a Bachelor of Music in cello performance from Oberlin along with a Bachelor of the Arts from Oberlin in Environmental Studies.