Smart, warm, hardworking teachers–given decent support and half a chance–change lives, nations, and human consciousness for the better.
Early Childhood and After School Faculty
♥ Kindergarten Lead Teacher – Julie FerreiraMiss Julie Ferreira has been passionate about holistic education for years. The seeds of her love for education were sewn as a young adult working to help people find health, happiness, and connection through community garden work. She has been an assistant in a Montessori classroom, school farmer, substitute, and child care provider for a Waldorf school. When she moved to Tucson in 2011 she knew she wanted to commit to Waldorf education and contacted Desert Sky immediately. She started in the Hummingbird Garden and the following year led her own Grade Two/Three classroom. After a year exploring wilderness education and developing her art she is happy to return to Desert Sky. Being in Kindergarten brings her back full circle to her intention to pursue early childhood education. How beautiful life is!
♥ Kindergarten Assistant & Hummingbird Transition Teacher – Margo Rochelle
Ms. Margo was raised in the Chicago area, where she visited museums and swam in Lake Michigan. She raised her two daughters in Tucson, and now has six grandchildren—all in the Midwest. Her past experience has been working in pediatrics, museums as gallery monitor, and as a volunteer. She once volunteered on an organic farm in Osceola WI, where she enjoyed milking cows and tractor riding. Six years ago she discovered Waldorf inspired education through Mountain Oak School. She enjoys Desert Sky because she can combine all the things she loves like, smiling children, flower gardens, and tea parties. Ms. Margo lives with her dog, Daisy—who inspires the Daisy Dog “Story-Tails.” In her free time she and Daisy hike and travel, and like the children, Daisy has a sun hat and a water bottle too!
♥ Hummingbird Lead Teacher – Anna Meilman
Ms. Meilman has a Bachelor of Arts from Prescott College. She has served two terms with AmeriCorps, one with the National Civilian Community Corps and one with a state program in Tucson. Her passions outside of teaching include performing as a hoop dancer with Tucson’s Orbital Evolution for Cirque Roots Studio. She’s been teaching in our Hummingbird program since 2011, as well as substitute teaching in all grades and subjects, and began developing and teaching Circus Arts as a new subject course in 2012.
♥ Grade 1 Teacher – Diane Crenshaw
Diane Crenshaw is a Tucson artist. She holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from University of Arizona College of Art as well as Associate Degrees in Liberal Arts and Commercial Art from Pima Community College and Art Center of Tucson. She’s an art instructor for Kidzart, a creative arts program, and has taught ceramics at Tucson Clay Co-op, Arts for All Inc, and City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department. She has been a Teacher Aide and Substitute Teacher at Desert Sky Community School since 2011.
♥ Grade 2 Teacher – Kindra Perea
Ms. Perea was raised in the desert of Tucson as well as on the coast of California. After many years exploring the globe, she has made her way back to beautiful Tucson. Who can resist the smell of the creosote on a rainy summer’s day? She feels passionately about and thoroughly enjoys: cooking nutritious and delicious foods, embracing cultures, and playing with the earth. She has spent time teaching abroad in Guatemala and Costa Rica, and took classes in Germany, China, and Thailand. She has taught in many different classroom settings over the past seven years which includes working in public education, ESL instruction, and working for educational non-profits. Her love for teaching germinated abroad and sprouted in Denver Co., where she taught for several years. Now in Tucson, working at Desert Sky, her love for the children, colleagues, and parents, get to blossom more and more each day.
♥ Grade 3/4 Teacher –Megan McAndrew
(Bio below – See Music & Violin Teacher)
Specialty Subject Faculty
♦ German Teacher – Frau Perea
Frau Perea was raised in Dusseldorf, Germany. She holds various degrees from three German universities. Her Master’s thesis is titled: Hansel and Gretel: Ovens and Cannibalism in the Gingerbread Houses of Our Imagination: Horror and Universal Morality in Stories for Children. She has taught elementary age children in Sweden, Switzerland, Austria and in California. Though currently in Germany, we hope she can make it out for special occasions this school year. She is very happy to have the opportunity to share teaching experiences with her “long lost” sister, Kindra Perea here at Desert Sky.
♦ Music & Violin Teacher – Megan McAndrew
Megan McAndrew has been teaching private music lessons in Tucson since 2009. She’s also taught choir and music in elementary, middle and high schools in Tucson, Marana, Chinle, and Douglas, Arizona. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Arizona and has studied at Dine College and Pima Community College where she completed SEI training for certified teachers. She is a current board member and player in the Civic Orchestra of Tucson.
♦ Handwork Teacher – Kristin Cuneo
Kristin Cuneo has a Bachelor of Arts from Evergreen State College as well as Waldorf and Handwork training from Rudolf Steiner College. She’s taught Grade Three, Four, and Five here at Desert Sky Community School. Teaching Handwork has always been her passion.
♦ Woodworking Teacher – Diane Crenshaw
(Bio above- See Grade 1 Teacher)
♦ Circus Arts Teacher – Anna Meilman
(Bio above- See Hummingbird Lead Teacher)
♦ Student Services Teacher – Kathi Lucey
Kathi Lucey holds degrees from Montana state University, University of Arizona and University of Phoenix. She’s been a consultant for the Arizona Department of Education. She’s also been an instructor for ESL students and special needs students in Marana, Sahuarita and Tucson. She is also an established professional musician, songwriter and performer.
♦ Speech Therapist – Susan Krantz
♦ Occupational Therapist – Sara Weber
Sara Weber has over four years experience in physical disability, geriatric nursing, general medicine and pediatrics. She’s been an independent contractor for Prescott Pediatric OT as well as three Home Health Agencies and rehab providers in the Prescott area. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science from University of Wisconsin, Madison in Occupational Therapy.