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Arts and Humanities

InaIna Jaehnig
Humanities, Arts, Waldorf Teacher Training
Co-founded DWS in August 1974, DWHS in August 1994

As the co-founder of The Denver Waldorf School, Ina has been teaching at DWS for more than thirty years. She earned certification as an arts teacher at the Academy for the Arts in Stuttgart and received her Waldorf Teacher Training at the Munich Waldorf School. In addition to sharing her knowledge with High School students and the DWS faculty, Ina consults for Waldorf schools across the United States and spends her summers training Waldorf teachers.

inajaehnig@gmail.com
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Eric Mills
Humanities

Eric Mills joined the DWS in the Fall of 2018 after having been involved with education in some manner for more than 14 years. An award-winning, internationally-experienced teacher and researcher, he has designed and taught courses for universities in New York, China, and Colorado. Prior to teaching, Eric was a classically trained pianist, and it is his love of music and art that made him aware of The Denver Waldorf School for his charming son and wonderful daughter. He enjoys strumming chords on the guitar and taking a nightly walk with his children around their neighborhood. If you see him dashing in or out of the building, it’s because he is in year two of earning his doctorate in English and Literary Arts from the University of Denver. Students can find his website here, which is where he lists all his readings and homework.

ericmills@denverwaldorf.org
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tom sculpting davidDavid Johnson
Humanities, Drama

After working in professional theater and construction for 30 years, David completed his Waldorf High School Teacher Training in Wilton, New Hampshire. A Waldorf school graduate, David, along with his siblings, is the fourth generation of the Johnson family to become a school teacher. He began teaching at DWS is 2002 and has been building sets and directing plays ever since.

davidjohnson@denverwaldorf.org
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Mariko Murase
Chorale

 

marikomurase@denverwaldorf.org

Sara Fierer
Strings Teacher

Sara has been teaching orchestra students in grades 3-12 since her arrival at DWS is 2000. 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 BA from Oberlin in Environmental Studies. Additionally, Sara earned an MA in cello performance and completed coursework in music education from The University of Texas at Austin.

sarafierer@denverwaldorf.org
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Mike McHenry
High School Chair, College Advising, History

Mr. McHenry came to DWS is 2002 with extensive experience as a school counselor as well as in marriage and family therapy. He serves in several positions at DWS, including as a teacher, counselor, college advisor, coach and High School Chair.  Mr. McHenry teaches Humanities and Social Science classes to Grades 9 through 12 and coaches Middle School volleyball. He holds an MDiv and a MA in Theology with an emphasis in marriage and family counseling from Fuller Theological Seminary and a BA in Speech Communications from California State University in Fresno.

mikemchenry@denverwaldorf.org
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Passion: Volleyball, family and reading
Favorite Quote? “The grass is green enough.”
What Other Occupation Would You Like to Try? Professional Athlete

Mckenna Fuentes
Spanish

Mckenna joined DWS in 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 BA in Spanish from the University of Colorado in 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.

mckennaday@denverwaldorf.org
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Kimberly Martin
Arts

Kimberly is an artist through and through, having earned a BFA and a minor in graphic design from Auburn University, followed by careers in advertising along the Eastern coast as well as the Midwest and work as a People’s Choice Award-winning artist in Alabama where she was born and raised. In about 1999,  she made her way to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and then Denver, launching her career as an event planner. She came to DWS as a volunteer as her daughters Bella and Tallulah joined the school—both have since graduated from the high school and are in college. Kimberly helped develop the school’s Holiday Fair Artisan Market, has managed events such as the Galas, has lazured walls, been a class volunteer, painted school murals and worked as a substitute teacher as well as a high school art teacher. In the Fall of 2017, she took on a more official role at the school as a high school art teacher and event planner for the school’s Development Committee. Aside from art, Kimberly loves to splash in the pool, enjoying the athleticism and therapeutic benefits of swimming, which has been her sport of choice since as long as she can remember and even earned her a college scholarship.

kimberlymartin@denverwaldorf.org
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clay_5Tom Clark
Practical Arts & Sciences

Tom has been teaching at DWS since 1985. He attended the Los Angeles Art Center College of Design and began working with children at the Parzival Shield Waldorf School’s Summer Camp. He began teaching 3rd Grade at DWS and has since taken two other classes from 1st through 8th Grade. Tom teaches arts and sciences in both our Middle School and High School.

tomclark@denverwaldorf.org
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Science and Mathematics

Caroline Heberton, Ph.D.
Math

Caroline earned a BA in Math from Grinnell College along with a PhD in Applied Math with an emphasis in Computational Math and the mathematics of Science and Engineering from University of Colorado in 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. Dr. Heberton joined DWS in 1996.

carolineheberton@denverwaldorf.org

Sarah Meyer
Math

Sarah earned an MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MA in Adolescent Education in Mathematics from Hunter College in New York City. She worked as an environmental engineer in the Bay Area for five years and taught math in New York City for six years. Her daughter was born in 2010, and in 2011, Sarah and her family moved to Denver to enjoy the great outdoors.  Sarah delights in making green smoothies, reading memoirs and family dog walks. Sarah began teaching at DWS in the Fall of 2019.

saraymeyer@denverwaldorf.org
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Dan Prendergast
Computer Science

Dan earned 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. Dan brought his expertise to DWS in 2006.

danprendergast@denverwaldorf.org
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Mark Shepard
Math

Mark’s education includes an MA in Philosophy from University of Colorado in Boulder, BA in Math, magna cum laude, and Colorado Teacher Certification from University of Colorado in Denver, and a BA in Psychology from University of Central Florida. Mark 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 tutoring on a wide range of subjects. Mark came to DWS is 2003.

markshepard@denverwaldorf.org
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Dr. Wayne Mayer
Life Sciences

Dr. Mayer came to DWS in the Fall of 2019 after having spent much of his career in Latin America and offers more than 25 years of international Sustainable Development experience. He has taught for the Duke University Environmental Leadership Program and the University of Denver’s Master of Environmental Policy and Management and Global Community Engagement Programs. Dr. Mayer’s proactive, whole-systems approach to teaching and learning transforms Life Science into “Fun with a Purpose.” He engages students in critical-thinking, emotional intelligence and problem-solving, enlivening the study of science through integrated methods and techniques. His goal is to bring environmental science to students in a holistic study of the world. Dr. Mayer holds a BA in Environmental Science from the University of Denver, a MS in Forestry from the University of Washington and a PhD in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University.

waynemayer@denverwaldorf.org
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Physical Education & Sports

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

Michael joined DWS in 2003 after having worked for eight years as a Recreational Instructor in Youth Sports and Arts at Harvard Gulch Recreation Center in Denver where he taught children ranging in age from five to fourteen. He is a Colorado native and graduated from South High School, then attended Metropolitan State College.

athletics@denverwaldorf.org
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