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Becky Rowland (1st Grade) came to The Denver Waldorf School in September with great enthusiasm to guide our 1st grade class through the eight-year grades journey. She has been teaching in the field of education for many years in settings ranging from a traditional classroom to the deck of a historic sailing ship to an old-growth forest in Washington State. Before gaining her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science with a focus in Marine Ecology from Western Washington University, she spent a number of years teaching environmental science aboard historic sailing ships around the United States. She has been an AmeriCorps Volunteer and her classroom experience includes: Waldorf Early Childhood at Sophia’s Project in Oakland, California, kindergarten and elementary grades in public schools in Washington, Waldorf 4th grade at Madrona School outside of Seattle and Waldorf Practicum teaching experience in 1st, 2nd, 5th and 8th grades at Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School in Massachusetts, and 3rd and 6th grades at Taikura Rudolf Steiner School in New Zealand. Becky holds a master’s degree in Waldorf Elementary Education from Antioch University and state teaching licenses in Elementary Education in New Hampshire and Washington. Outside of school, Ms. Rowland enjoys practicing the piano, playing the banjo and getting outdoors. Past big adventures include cycling across the country, cycling down the Pacific Coast, hiking the Camino de Santiago in Spain and sailing down the Eastern Seaboard to the Caribbean. Having just moved to Colorado, Ms. Rowland looks forward to skiing, snowboarding, cycling and hiking as well as getting to know the DWS community. You may contact Ms. Rowland at beckyrowland@denverwaldorf.org or ext. 121.


brittney-gaillotBrittney Gaillot (2nd 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 brittneygaillot@denverwaldorf.org.

Keenan Hand

Keenan Hand (3rd 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 (4th 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 (5th 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 (6th 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 (7th 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 (8th 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.

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.