The governance of The Denver Waldorf School has been shaped by a partnership of trustees, teachers, professional administrative staff and parents. Waldorf education was founded with the impulse for creating social renewal. We believe that our consensus leadership is a governance model for the future that will, along with our curriculum, pave the way for social renewal.
Based on the existing governance structure, the College of Teachers oversees pedagogical policy, curriculum, program administration, faculty hiring and firing, professional development and admissions of students. They cooperate with the Trustees and school administration in yearly budget planning. The College includes the school Administrative Director, and together they function as a collective Head of School.
Parent involvement has contributed key participation and leadership in the Board of Trustees and its core committees that have worked steadily to envision, fund, manage and embody the school and its programs. Policy decisions of the Board have strongly shaped legal, fiscal, administrative, site development and fund development activities of the school. The Board is composed primarily of current and former parent volunteers, as well as one alumna.
The full staff of administrators, overseen by the Administrative Director, brings support to a wide range of administrative and business matters, including administrative oversight, the carrying out of administrative policies and procedures, day-to-day management, record keeping, fund development and fundraising, admissions procedures and practices, business and financial management, school-wide communication and publications, personnel practices, and building and site maintenance.
The Leadership Team meets bi-weekly and is comprised of the Administrative Director and one of the Chairs of the College, Board and Faculty. Their major responsibility is to act as a conduit of information among the governing bodies and to set agendas. As they meet and work together they balance responding to urgent needs and overseeing the strategic plan for the future.
The emphasis here is on a cooperative form of leadership that emerges out of identified capacities, conscious leadership selection, and the will to serve the school as a whole. Together the knowledge, talent and experience of individuals in the school community, committees and bodies they serve, must continue to work together cooperatively, guided by a clear and transparent governance plan.
If the question or concern is administrative in nature, parents are asked to bring them directly to the Administrative Director.
As a not-for-profit corporation, The Denver Waldorf School Association has a Board of Trustees that is legally responsible for the finances of the school. The Board of Trustees, made up of teachers, alumni, parents and community members, is responsible for the long-term direction of the business affairs of the school, ensuring proper legal counsel and insurance, approving the annual operating budget and tuition levels, including tuition assistance, long-range and strategic planning, and the purchase and maintenance of school property.
The Board of Trustees can have up to eighteen members, six of whom may be parents of children enrolled in the school and who are approved by the membership of The Denver Waldorf School Association. Three members represent the College of Teachers and up to six members are selected by the Board of Trustees from the membership of the association or from the community at large. There are ex officio members; the Business Affairs Director, the Enrollment Director and the Development Director, plus a recording secretary. Board terms are three years and are renewable. The Board meets monthly and as needed to conduct its business, meeting at least once a year with the College. Questions or concerns relating to Board work may be addressed to the Co-Chairs directly or through the Leadership Team.
Board terms are three years and are renewable. The Board meets monthly and as needed to conduct its business, meeting at least once a year with the College. Questions or concerns relating to Board work may be addressed to the Co-Chairs directly or through the Leadership
Parry Burnap – firstname.lastname@example.org
John Russell – email@example.com
Krista Douglass – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ryan Gregory – email@example.com
Steven Hill Jr. – firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlene Hunter – email@example.com
Michelle Ichazo-Vasquez – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tyler Lewark – email@example.com
Ron Lottridge – ron.lottridge
John Oppenheim – firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniel Opyd – email@example.com
Jeff Price – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Salfi – mary.salfi
Richard Trenholme – email@example.com
Betsy Doyle White – firstname.lastname@example.org
Lydia Fiser – email@example.com
HS Student Support Coordinator
Kelly Church – firstname.lastname@example.org
Craig A. Bond – email@example.com
Brie Kaiser – firstname.lastname@example.org
Laurie Thompson – email@example.com
Christa Gustafson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Main Office Manager
The primary purpose of The College of Teachers is to work with the meditative content given to teachers by Rudolf Steiner. In order for a teacher or staff member to join The College of Teachers, it is necessary to have been a faculty or staff member for at least one year; to recognize Anthroposophy as the guiding impulse of the school and of one’s own inner work; to commit to work at The Denver Waldorf School for the foreseeable future; to be able to work with one’s colleagues; to attend the weekly Pedagogical Meetings; and to be ready and willing to take on the responsibility for the school. The College meets weekly.
We encourage direct communication throughout the school community. If a parent has a program question, or wishes to discuss a concern in the class, the first person to approach is the Class Teacher, Class Sponsor, or the Subject Teacher. If an initial discussion is unsatisfactory, or if a parent is reluctant to address the teacher directly, the Pedagogical Director may be asked to participate. If the question or concern still remains unresolved, or is of a more serious nature, it may be referred to the Professional Development Committee and College.
Each of the three Governing Bodies has committees that carry specific responsibilities within the school. Many of the following committees are standing committees, and are accountable to The College of Teachers and The Board of Trustees. Board-mandated committees include representatives from the parent body, The College of Teachers and from The Board of Trustees. College committees are staffed by faculty and staff. Each is staffed by a member of Administration. Parents interested in volunteering for a Board-mandated committee should contact Administrative Director Kelly Church at email@example.com or 303-777-0531 x108.
The Board Development Committee identifies necessary skill sets and selects candidates accordingly to fill the offices of The Denver Waldorf School Association. Additionally, this committee oversees the annual approval of parent trustees to The Board of Trustees.
The Building and Grounds Committee makes recommendations to The College of Teachers and The Board of Trustees regarding the purchase and improvement of property, and maintains all school property, considering code and safety requirements.
Craig A. Bond, Development Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Tamara Mahoney Kneisel, Board of Trustees email@example.com
Debbie Krenz, Board of Trustees firstname.lastname@example.org
The Development Committee supports the vision for the future of The Denver Waldorf School by generating powerful financial support and is responsible for supporting the development process, building community participation and generating financial support for the school.
The Diversity Committee and Inclusivity Committee believes that diversity and inclusiveness strengthen education and foster the essential element of respect that prepares students to live and work in a global environment, and contributes to the well-being of all life. This committee provides a forum for discussion, education and exploration of issues of age, ancestry, color, creed, disability, family composition, gender, gender-identification, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation and socio-economic status. It is committed to making The Denver Waldorf School a place where families, faculty and staff of different backgrounds feel welcomed and valued.
The Finance Committee sets financial policies, ensures that those policies are carried out and provides the information required for sound financial decision making.
This committee provides The Denver Waldorf School with an orderly method of hiring, training and dismissing employees; provides corrective guidance and benefits to employees; and is responsible for ensuring that in personnel matters all candidates and all employees are treated fairly and with due process in accordance with both Federal and State laws. Additionally, this committee is charged with the responsibility of reviewing the salary and compensation models for all faculty and administrative staff of The Denver Waldorf School and ensuring the accuracy in implementation of the salary model as well as recommending changes and improvements.
Kelly Church, Administrative Director email@example.com
This provides a nexus for communication and coordination between the Board, College, Faculty and Administration regarding issues related to governance, strategic plan development, implementation, accountability, communication, crisis management and oversight of policies and policy development. This committee is staffed by the Administrative Director.
The Marketing Committee is responsible for supporting the process of conveying the vision of Waldorf education to prospective members of the community to facilitate a healthy, fully-enrolled school. The committee creates marketing strategies and materials to bring new families into the community. Through the work of this committee, the tenets of Waldorf Education can become more widespread throughout the Denver Metro area.
This committee provides an opportunity for parents to communicate with each other and to bring a unique and coordinated effort to the vision of the school. Monthly meetings are open to all parents and are supported by two Co-Chairs who support members working on ongoing projects.
The Tuition Adjustment Committee oversees the allocation of tuition adjustment, merit scholarships, remissions and community-funded scholarships towards our goal of making Waldorf education accessible to all.