Class of 2022: Matt Taylor
Matt wasn’t particularly motivated to learn in school, unless there was a connection and a passion that came from the teacher. After leaving high school, he was happy to work into a career at a podiatry lab and as a training officer in a volunteer fire department, where he found that studying and constantly learning new skills added breadth to his work. When he was ready to seek a formal education, he became a math and English teacher, hoping to share his passion for learning practical and meaningful skills with Junior High students. Eventually, Waldorf Education became the avenue for him to find value in his life’s work, while giving his own family the benefits of this educational experience. Beginning in 1999, he taught Upper Grades math at Cedar Springs, completed his training at Rudolf Steiner College, and eventually joined the faculty full time.
Class of 2021: Christine Snow
Born and raised in a small New Jersey town, Christine grew up within a close community of friends and family and developed a deep connection to the outdoors. Her innate love of music and learning led her to Westminster Choir College where she majored in music education with a vocal primary. Many of her summers were spent working at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in New York’s Hudson Valley where she lived in a tent and was able to study yoga and meditation. After hearing about Waldorf education and attending an open house at the Waldorf School of Princeton, Christine was hooked and felt the call to be a Waldorf teacher. She spent the next year teaching voice and piano lessons at a performing arts studio for kids. Finally able to follow her California dreams, she packed her bags and took off for Rudolf Steiner College. Christine graduated in May of 2013 and is overjoyed to find herself teaching her first grade class at Cedar Springs.
Class of 2020: Sarah Shaver
Sarah lives with her family in the lovely area of Somerset where they are building a ranch. She and her husband Guy met while she was finishing her BA in Anthropology at the University of Oregon. Her greatest passions are traveling, gardening, and being in the great outdoors.
Sarah came to Cedar Springs in 2005 after finishing her training at Rudolf Steiner College. A friend suggested she come to see the 'little school in the foothills' as they were looking for a First Grade teacher. "The only thing that could go wrong," Sarah was warned, "is that you could fall in love and want to stay forever!" And so it was. Sarah went on to teach First and Second Grade before becoming pregnant with her first child, Calendula, followed by her second child, Anara.
Sarah has spent the last four years at home supporting the foundation of her children's growth. She has been a parent in the Parent-Infant Program as well as the 3-Day Program at the school, and is delighted to be returning once again to the Faculty of Cedar Springs.
Class of 2019: Nicole Deutsch
Nicole grew up exploring the woods, wetlands and orange groves of Florida's west coast, where she enjoyed catching snakes, lizards, crawfish and any other critter she could surprise her mother with. After graduating from the University of South Florida with a Communications degree, she worked as a writer and editor with various print publications in Florida and then New Mexico, where she learned to love roasted green chile and discovered Waldorf education. In 2008, she and her family relocated to Northern California so she could attend Rudolf Steiner College, where she completed her teacher training in 2011.