Why Choose Waldorf Education?
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Lavender Preschool Classroom
How do Waldorf teachers, parents and graduates view Waldorf education? This evening will be sure to be a lively discussion with insights that only those who have experienced Wadorf education can share. Joining us will be Karen Roos and Cindy Toy, Davis Waldorf teachers who are passionate about Waldorf education and have 20 years combined teaching experience. They will give an overview of Waldorf education and speak about their experience teaching. We will also have Ezra Beeman, current Davis Waldorf parent of three children, whose own experience in Waldorf education led him and his wife to choose this educational path for their children. Also present will be Vatrena King, current Davis Waldorf parent of a Davis Waldorf of an 8th grader as well as a graduate. We also hope to have a DWS alumni student join us. This evening is sure to be informative and warm. Open to all, adults only please.
Karen Roos, 4th Grade, Class of 2022
After graduating from college, Ms. Roos joined the Peace Corps and lived in Niger, West Africa. Upon her return to the United States, she began a successful 12-year technology marketing career in the Silicon Valley. As her sons began their schooling, Ms. Roos discovered Waldorf education, and knew that her dreams of teaching creatively and holistically would be fulfilled.
Ms. Roos’ teaching career began in 2006. She has taught at both Camellia Waldorf School in Sacramento and at the Santa Cruz Waldorf School. While living in Santa Cruz, she initiated the Poppy Mountain Waldorf Home School Program, serving as a teacher and enrichment director for elementary and middle school grades.Ms. Roos strives to build connected community through warm enthusiasm and respect for each individual, and is dedicated to fostering a deep love of learning and living. Her talents and passions include storytelling, history, geometric and form drawing, creative writing, handwriting, and natural sciences.
B.S. Business Administration, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA; Waldorf Elementary School Teacher Education Diploma, Rudolf Steiner College, Fair Oaks, California
Cindy Toy, 5th Grade, Class of 2021
Ms. Toy’s background is richly diverse and includes a B.A. in English Literature with teaching as an emphasis from UC Davis. In addition, she has her degree in nursing, is an RN, and worked at Sutter Davis Hospital in the Medical/Surgical department and at Sutter Davis Women's Health.
She attended the Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento and has completed the Waldorf teacher training program. Ms. Toy has taught at the Davis Waldorf School for nine years, teaching one class from grades one through eight and also serving as our upper grades mentor.
Cindy is married and the mother of 3 boys - 29, 27, and 18 years old. She notes that being a mother has been her greatest educational experience. Her family owns and operates an organic farm in the Little Applegate Valley near Ashland, Oregon. Every moment not spent teaching or traveling to basketball games with her son, Max, is spent gardening. During the summer, Ms. Toy holds environmental camps at the farm for children. Her additional interests include music, textile crafts, creative writing, cooking, Ultimate Frisbee, backpacking, Shakespeare, and especially Golden Retreivers.
Ezra Beeman was born in Woodland, CA. His father was a fourth generation Yolo county farmer, Vietnam veteran and UC Berkely educated mechanical engineer, who had attended Holy Rosary, Douglas Junior High and then Woodland High School. His mother was from NC, educated at Bryn Mawr, Colombia (Masters) and UC Berkeley (post graduate) in Political Science. Ezra attended the Woodland Montessori preschool and then Plainfield Elementary School for kindergarten before his parents decided to enroll him in the Sacramento Waldorf School (SWS). Ezra carpooled with 4-6 children about an hour each way from Davis to Fair Oaks, CA.
Ezra's father was among the first certified organic farmers in California, and had been attracted to the education through his interest in Rudolf Steiner's 'biodamnic' farming philosophy. Ezra was the class President of his graduating class, and went to Claremont McKenna College as a mathematics major, but ultimately graduated with degrees in Economics and Philosophy (honours). He also holds a Masters in Applied Finance, from the Maquarie University, in Sydney Australia. His professional career has largely been in the management consulting sector, where he has worked in the Bay Area, Paris, France and Sydney Australia. After 5 years at the Sydney, Australia electricity utility, Ezra started up his own practice, which is now the largest in Australia.
He returned to the area in 2015 to spend more time with his family, raise his 3 kids here, and to send them to the Davis Waldorf School, which his father and mother helped found.