Class of 2024: Penny Bravo
Penny Bravo brings a diverse educational background with over 20 years of classroom experience. She holds a Waldorf Teaching Certificate, a California Teaching Credential, and a Master of Fine Arts from Sacramento State University. Her teaching experience includes ten years of Waldorf grades teaching with additional years in public grades classes, art and science camps, and math remediation. She has generously served her Waldorf school communities in many areas including: Teacher Mentoring, as Faculty Chair, and has served on the Board of Trustees.
Class of 2023: Amy Roehl
With a family rooted in a love for traveling together and being in the wilderness, the Roehl’s joined our school community from Sonora, CA. Jim and Amy have been married for 15 years with sons Ryan (attending Sacramento Waldorf High School) and Ethan (attending Cedar Springs Waldorf School). They are excited to be living in Carmichael and be close to resaurants, farmer’s markets and an airport!
Amy has worked in the education profession since her teens. She began as a summer camp counselor and river guide. After graduating from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA with a BA in Experiential Learning she was an Instructor with the Voyaguer Outward Bound School in Minnesota and Texas. After tiring of living in a tent and cooking on campfires, she moved to Minneapolis and worked with adjudicated teens at an alternative school. Upon moving to CA in 2003, she ran a family learning center and preschool while going back to school to get her Adult Education teaching credential. As Ryan and Ethan became school aged, they tried public school for a few years and realized that it wasn't a good fit. When looking at other options, the family was drawn to Waldorf. Amy fell in love with the integrated curriculum, began studying anthroposophy and in 2011 enrolled in the teacher training program at Rudolf Steiner College. Soon after, she was hired by the Sierra Waldorf School in Sonora and brought a class from 1st to 4th grade. She graduated from RSC in 2014. In 2015, the Roehl's transitioned to Carmichael to carry forward Ryan’s (and in a few years, Ethan’s) Waldorf education at the Sacramento Waldorf High School. She joins us this year as our first grade teacher.
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: Christopher Scappaaticci
Christopher graduated with a BA in Studio Art from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa, (where his father taught for 40 years). He later returned to Pennsylvania to attended Kutztown University and become a certified art teacher. He taught art, photography, graphic design and architecture in public and private schools and received a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver Canada in 2009.
Christopher was married in 2003 to his beautiful wife Laura, and has two daughters, Renza and Valentina and one son, Marcello. Christopher became interested in becoming a Waldorf teacher when it came time for his daughter to start grade school and subsequently completed his formal Waldorf teacher training at Antioch University New England.
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: Sarajean Zocklein
Sarajean Zocklein will be joining the full faculty in July. She is a recent graduate of the Waldorf Teacher Training Program in Eugene, OR and a former graduate of Western Kentucky University with a degree in sociology and outdoor leadership. We are very excited to work with her as she shares her many gifts with the Class of 2019 and the community at large.
Sarajean has diverse interests and experiences: she has traveled the world, completed yoga teacher training in Rishikish, India, conducted YMCA nature camps, built and maintained trails, worked as a facilitator and advocate for students at Yale University and paddled for miles along rivers, lakes and streams. She spent her formative years playing in creeks and woods, and she felt it so right when she was called to visit our dear campus.
She is grateful and excited for the journey ahead. As many of us have felt when we were called to CSWS, this landing place feels like the culmination of her life experiences thus far.