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 – Barbara Lee Ball
Ms. Barbara is from the beautiful state of Maryland and has come to Tucson to enjoy all that the desert has to offer! She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies with certification in Early Childhood Education from the University of Maryland. Ms Barbara is a member of WECAN, Waldorf Early Childhood of North America, and has been involved with Waldorf education since 1987.
♥ Kindergarten Assistant – Stephanie Peterson
Ms. Stephanie hails from Chicago, Illinois. Her family moved to Tucson in 2013 to join our community here at Desert Sky. She has a Bachelor of Science received from Illinois Wesleyan University and has extensive experience with young children and the Waldorf way via Da Vinci Waldorf School in Illinois. Stephanie has a way with the young minds in kindergarten that encourages imagination and play while learning everything they need to know to prepare for their school career.
♥ Afterschool Teacher – Bea Cameron
♥ Grade 1 Teacher – Tiffany Aguilera
♥ Grade 2 Teacher – Gina Wycoff
♥ Grade 3 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. Diane has been an instructor for Kidzart, Tucson Clay Co-op, Arts for All Inc, and City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department. She has been with Desert Sky Community School since 2011. Her passion for teaching shows through her caring manner with her students and she guides them on their educational path!
♥ Grade 4 Teacher – Emily Bowen
Ms. Bowen received her Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of Arizona and is currently pursuing her Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Non-Fiction. Originally from Southern California, she enjoys the culture of Tucson and has also lived in Oregon. Ms. Bowen connects with her class in a caring way that encourages learning, open-mindedness, and kindness towards others.
Specialty Subject Faculty
♦ American Sign Language Teacher – Gina Wycoff
(Bio above- See Grade 2 Teacher)
♦ Gardening Teacher – Jack Davidson
Jack Davidson is an expert in bio-dynamics and has been gardening and farming in Tucson for several years. He has worked with children in summer camps over the years and looks forward to getting to know all our students at Desert Sky!
♦ Movement Teacher – Emily Bowen
(Bio above- See Grade 4 Teacher)
♦ Music Teacher – Tiffany Aguilera
(Bio above- See Grade 1 Teacher)
♦ Speech Therapist – Susan Krantz
Susan has lived and worked in Tucson for several years. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Disorders and a Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology; both from the University of Utah. Her rapport with the students is amazing, and the students she works with make great strides in their learning and education!
♦ 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.
♦ Violin Teacher – Megan McAndrews
♦ Woodworking Teacher – Diane Crenshaw
(Bio above- See Grade 3 Teacher)