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Arts and Humanities

InaIna Jaehnig – Humanities, Arts, Waldorf Teacher Training
Co-founded DWS – August 1974 and DWHS – August 1994
As the co-founder of The Denver Waldorf School, Ina has been teaching at DWS for over thirty years. She received her Waldorf Teacher Training at the Munich Waldorf School and prior to that earned her certification as an arts teacher at the Academy for the Arts in Stuttgart. In addition to sharing her knowledge with the High School students and the entire faculty of DWS, Ina consults for Waldorf schools across the U.S. and spends her summers training Waldorf teachers. You may contact Ina 303-777-0531 x182.

Susannah Moghbel – Eurythmy Teacher
Joined DWHS  – August 2016
Susannah joined DWS in August 2016 after moving to Denver from Mt. Shasta in northern California where she lived for 11 years. She grew up primarily on the West Coast and says the best part of her childhood was spent on Orcas Island in Washington. The daughter of a Waldorf teacher, Susannah graduated from with the first 8th grade class at San Francisco Waldorf and feels she has been teaching her whole life. Her vision for the DWS Eurythmy program is to make it a strong and vital part of the school with adult classes, annual performances and perhaps a future high school performing group. During personal time, Susannah loves to garden, bake and work on art and crafts projects. Her husband Bobak Moghbel also loves to bake bread and has a small bread business. Their 14-year old daughter Tara is a high school freshman. You may contact Susannah at susannahmoghbel@denverwaldorf.org.

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Joined DWHS – August 2002
After working in professional theater and construction for 30 years, David completed his Waldorf High School Teacher Training in Wilton, NH. A Waldorf School graduate, David, along with his siblings, is now the fourth generation in the Johnson family to become a school teacher. You may contact David at davidjohnson@demverwaldorf.org.

Kevin Gwinn – High School Chorus Teacher
Joined DWHS – October 2016
An active music educator and singer, Kevin Gwinn has a passion for music that he loves to share and instill in students of all ages. Along with teaching at The Denver Waldorf School, Kevin teaches at the The Colorado Springs Conservatory while maintaining a private voice studio. As a singer, Kevin regularly appears in the Denver area in operas, musicals and concerts. National highlights include Cosi fan tutte in York, Pennsylvania and Don Giovanni in Yakima, Washington. Local engagements include the role of Parpignol in Colorado Symphony’s production of Puccini’s La Boheme and as Uriel in the Lakewood Chorale’s production of Haydn’s Creation. He has twice been named a finalist in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild’s Competition for Young Singers. When Kevin is not singing or teaching, he enjoys watching Ole Miss sports (Hotty Toddy!) and traveling to warm places. You may contact Kevin at kevingwinn@denverwaldorf.org.

Sara Fierer – Strings Teacher
Joined DWS – August 2000
Sara has been teaching at The Denver Waldorf School since 2000 and in the high school since 2014. She is thrilled to work with the strings students in the high school orchestra as well as with students in our lower grades – she loves sharing her joy of music with children, inspiring them to have a great time playing instruments. She maintains a private studio and plays with her string trio as well as with the Boulder Philharmonic. Prior to moving to Colorado, Sara taught as an orchestra director for three years near New York City. Sara earned a Bachelor of Music in cello performance from Oberlin along with a Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin in Environmental Studies. Additionally, Sara earned a master’s degree in cello performance and completed coursework in music education from The University of Texas at Austin. You may contact Sara at sarafierer@denverwaldorf.org.

Mike McHenry – Director of Student Services, History, College Advising

Joined DWHS – August 2002
In his role as Director of Student Services, Mr. McHenry provides counseling for high school students and advises students on the college process. Mr. McHenry also teaches humanities and social science classes to Grade 9 through Grade 12. Mr. McHenry holds an MDiv and an MA in Theology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Counseling (Fuller Theological Seminary). He also has a BA in Speech Communications (California State University, Fresno). Mr. McHenry has experience in marriage and family therapy and has extensive experience as a school counselor. You may contact Mike at 303-777-0531 x111.
Passion: Volleyball, family and reading
Favorite Quote? “The grass is green enough.”
What Other Occupation Would You Like to Try? Professional Athlete

John Reinhart – Language Arts
Joined DWHS – August 2007
John is a graduate of The Denver Waldorf High School. He earned a BA in political science from Hampshire College, specializing in social and political movements. He completed his Waldorf teacher training at Antioch University in New England, and received his Master’s in Education in December 2007. His teaching experience includes assisting at the undergraduate level, one year in the kindergarten at the Albany Free School in Albany, NY, and various fiddle and knitting lessons. John is an accomplished fiddle and guitar player with a penchant for chess. He is also the 2004 Northeast Regional, 16 and Older, Beginner Division Yo-yo Champion. You may contact John johnreinhart@denverwaldorf.org.

Magally Luna – Spanish Program Director
Joined DWS – August 2000
Magally 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 magallyluna@denverwaldorf.org.

McKenna Day – Spanish Teacher
Joined DWHS – August 2016
Mckenna joined DWS in August 2016 as our second High School Spanish Teacher and also teaches 6th grade math. Having attended The Denver Waldorf School from pre-K through emckenna-day-headshotighth grade, Mckenna went on to graduate as valedictorian from Smoky Hill High School and later earned a degree in Spanish from the University of Colorado, Denver. She taught at Bruce Randolph Middle School before finding her way back to DWS. Her loves include taekwondo, volleyball and travel – she has studied abroad in the Dominican Republic and has visited Costa Rica multiple times. During the summer of 2016, Mckenna is spent time in Thailand working at the Elephant Refuge and Education Center. Mckenna can be reached at mckennaday@denverwaldorf.org.

Michael Baker – Woodworking
Joined DWS – August 1983
Michael 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 seventeen years. You may contact Michael at 303-777-0531 x196.

clay_5Tom Clark – Practical Arts and Science
Joined DWS – August 1985
Tom has been teaching at DWS since 1985. He attended the Los Angeles Art Center College of Design. He first began working with children at the Parzival Shield Waldorf School’s Summer Camp. In 1985 he took on the teaching position with DWS’ 3rd Grade class. Since then he has taken two other classes from 1st Grade through 8th Grade. He also teaches arts and science in the Middle School. You may contact Tom at 303-777-0531 x167.

Science and Mathematics

Caroline Heberton, Ph.D. – Math
Joined DWHS – August 1996
Caroline received a BA in Math (Grinnell College) and a Doctorate in Applied Math with an emphasis in computational math and the mathematics of science and engineering (University of Colorado, Denver). Her experience includes teaching at UCD, research work for USGS and programming for United Airlines . She began her work with children as coordinator and counselor for the Parzival Summer Camp from 1990 to 1994. You may contact Caroline at carolineheberton@denverwaldorf.org.

Alexa Krakauskas, DVM – Life Science & Chemistryalexa-cropped
Joined DWHS  – August 2016
Dr. Kraukauskas came to DWS with a strong science background, having graduated from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine with a doctorate degree in veterinary medicine in 2001. Following graduation, Dr. Krakauskas worked in a veterinary hospital prior to delving into Waldorf education. She launched her teaching career at The Waldorf School of Philadelphia and also taught at Mountain Phoenix Community School in Wheat Ridge. Dr. Krakauskas moved to Colorado from Pennsylvania with her husband and four children in 2015.

 

Dan Prendergast – Computer Science
Worked with DWHS since 2006
Dan received a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Engineering from Stanford University. After ten years working as an engineer, Dan became a consultant and trainer in personal computers. He has worked as an independent consultant, providing a broad range of computer support including user training, database development, financial modeling, programming, and IT services for businesses throughout the Denver metro area since 1985. You may contact Dan at danprendergast@denverwaldorf.org.

Mark Shepard – Math
Joined DWHS – August 2003
Mark’s education includes an MA in Philosophy (University of Colorado, Boulder), Colorado Teacher Certification (UC, Denver), a BS in Math, magna cum laude, (UC, Denver), and a BA in Psychology (University of Central Florida). Mark has taught at Kearney Middle School in the “Gear Up” program, managed the GED/ABE program at Curtis Park Community Center, worked as a Chapter I Math Teacher at Denver Children’s Home and provided one-to-one tutoring on a wide range of subjects. You may contact Mark at markshepard@denverwaldorf.org.

Connor Gallagher – Math
Joined DWHS – August 2014
You may contact Connor at connorgallagher@denverwaldorf.org.

Physical Education & Sports

Michael Quinn – Athletic Director, Head Men’s and Women’s Basketball Coach

Joined DWS – August 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 five to fourteen. He is a Colorado native, graduating from South High School, then attending Metropolitan State College. You may contact Michael at athletics@denverwaldorf.org.