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1st Grade Teacher
Jennifer Grahnquist

Jennifer joined The Denver Waldorf School in 2017 as a 2nd Grade Assistant and became the interim 2nd Grade Teacher in January of 2018. Prior to earning a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Chatham University, Jennifer danced professionally with several ballet companies across the country including the Colorado Ballet. While attending college, she was an intern at the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh working with first through eighth graders. Jennifer is completing her Waldorf teacher certification at the Sunbridge Institute and expects to graduate in 2018.

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2nd Grade Teacher
Magally Luna

Magally joined DWS in August of 2000 and 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. 

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3rd Grade Teacher
Charlie Orphanides

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4th Grade Teacher
Ben Reynolds

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5th Grade Teacher
Keenan Hand

Keenan 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 Keenan HandCollege 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.

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6th Grade Teacher
Vernon Dewey

Vernon 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.

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7th Grade Teacher
Jessie Cartwright

Jessie 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.

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8th Grade Teacher
Darlene Gilchrist

Darlene 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.

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Class Assistants

Megan Beruldsen


Beccy Cochran


Tracy Gonzalez

Tracy came to DWS in 2017 after having worked as an Assistant in the Kindergartens at The Waldorf School of Bend in Oregon as well as Mountain Song Community School in Colorado Springs. She also enjoyed teaching a Waldorf-inspired parent/child class after she and her family moved to Colorado Springs in 2012. Tracy loves witnessing how Waldorf education nurtures not only students, but the families of students as well. Tracy studied art, sustainable living and consciousness at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa. She also studied and practiced massage therapy in Austin, Texas before her son was born. She is passionate about healing arts, GROW BIOINTENSIVE mini farming (which has roots in Biodynamic growing), permaculture, singing, meditating, storytelling and spending time with her family. She makes and sells beeswax candles in her free time.


Angela Martinelli

Angela began assisting in the classroom during February of 2016, bringing a wealth of experience to the students. Angela is also the Games Teacher at DWS. After earning an art and Italian language degree in 2008 from Colby College in Maine, Angela went to work as a ski instructor, trainer at REI, guest service assistant at Denver Art Museum, course advisor at Outward Bound, health care records specialist at a bustling medical practice and as a graphic designer at Monty Nuss Photography. Outside of work, Angela shows and sells her oil paintings and giclée print reproductions and volunteers her time teaching art.




Middle School Assistant
Joni Anderson

Joni joined The Denver Waldorf School as our Middle School Assistant in 2017 after having worked in education as a teacher’s assistant and music teacher in the Denver area for nearly 10 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell College in Iowa and a Master’s from the Lamont School of Music at The University of Denver. Joni is a Denver native and enjoys biking and hiking with her daughter when she isn’t teaching.