Grade School Faculty

Brittney Gaillot (1st Grade) graduated from The Denver Waldorf School in 2006. She went on to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder and graduated with a BA in Humanities with an emphasis in Political Science and Linguistics. She rowed crew as a member of the CU crew team. Brittney returned to The Denver Waldorf School in the spring of 2011 as assistant in the first grade class as well as the games teacher in grades one through three. She also assisted our reading specialist, Mary Spotts. Brittney continued onto the second grade as assistant the following year, and took over the class as the main teacher very successfully for half a year during the class teacher’s maternity leave. She also served as Lead Assistant in the Morning Glory Preschool/Kindergarten. She can be reached at

Keenan HandKeenan Hand (2nd Grade) joined The Denver Waldorf School in 2013 as a Games teacher and assistant in the 3rd Grade class. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Art from Humboldt State University and his Waldorf Teacher Education from Emerson College in England. He also has taken courses in Consciousness Studies at Rudolf Steiner College, focusing on inner transformation and initiation studies, collage, painting and drawing. He was a Waldorf Grades Teacher at the Olympia Waldorf School, taking a class from 6th to 8th Grade. He has many passions, including backpacking, hiking, rock climbing, fly fishing, surfing, painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture, soccer, basketball, Ultimate Frisbee, running and cycling.

Faustina Pfister (3rd Grade) started at The Denver Waldorf School as an assistant in the Preschool Kindergarten. She returned to DWS in 2005 to take her first 1st grade after completing her Waldorf Teaching Certification in Eugene, Oregon. She also received her B.A. in Political Science and History from Austin College and a French Baccalaureate at the French Lycee in Kuwait. This is Faustina’s second time serving as a Grades Class Teacher at DWS. She is fluent in French, Spanish, and Italian and equally skilled in pottery, handwork, cooking, and printmaking. You may contact Faustina at ext. 163.

Jessie Cartwright (4th Grade) 1st Grade Class25has been teaching at DWS since 2003.  She was the games teacher for two years before taking her first class as a lead teacher from 2nd Grade through 8th Grade. Jessie attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Humanities. She graduated from Antioch New England Graduate School, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Waldorf Education in the summer of 2006. Jessie is a graduate of The Denver Waldorf School. You may contact Jessie at ext. 191.

Darlene Gilchrist (5th Grade) 2nd Grade Class4has been a part of DWS since 1994. She enrolled at Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, California, then began her teaching career with a Preschool Kindergarten teaching position in Texas before moving to Denver. As well as working for one year in our school’s administration, she worked in our Preschool Kindergarten for three years before moving into the role of a class teacher. She earned her Waldorf teaching certificate from Sunbridge College in March 2006. Darlene has taken one class from 1st through 8th Grade. You may contact Darlene at ext. 193.

Vernon Dewey (6th Grade) 3rd Grade Class1has been working at The Denver Waldorf School since 2008, assisting in the 1st and 2nd Grades before taking on the 1st Grade as class teacher in 2010.  He attended Evergreen State College and graduated with a Master’s in Education and a Waldorf Teaching Certificate from Antioch University of New England in 2010.  In addition to teaching at The Denver Waldorf School, Vernon also serves as a founding member and co-chair of the school’s Diversity Committee.  You may contact Vernon at ext. 125.

BetsyBetsy Doyle White (7th Grade) has been teaching at DWS since 1995. She attended San Jose State College and received her degree in Humanities from New College in San Francisco. After receiving her Waldorf teacher training at the Rudolf Steiner College in San Francisco, she took her first class at DWS from 1st grade to 8th grade, then followed with her next class from 5th through 8th grade. Betsy has served on the DWS Leadership Team and as our school’s 1st Delegate to the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America. You may contact Betsy at ext. 176.

Brianna Kaiser (8th Grade) 5thgrade-34 has been teaching at DWS since 2010. Brianna joined our school after teaching 1st Grade at Olympia Waldorf School in Washington. Brianna has a BA in Business Management with a minor in Art from Fort Lewis College. She completed her Waldorf Teacher Education at the Teacher Training Program in Eugene, Oregon. Brianna has also worked with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Emerald Valley, where she served as Education Coordinator working with children ranging in ages from 6-18. You may contact Brie at ext. 121.

Vicki HindesVicki Hindes (Middle School Math and Language Arts) has been teaching at the school since 1985. She taught three years in the Preschool Kindergarten before taking a position as class teacher, graduating four 8th Grades. Ms. Hindes is the Middle School Support Teacher teaching math, language arts, Latin and social dance. Ms. Hindes has a BA in Speech Communication at Metropolitan State College, and an MA in Speech/Language Pathology at the University of Denver. You may contact Vicki at ext. 165.