Deb Peterson, SecretaryEmail
Deb has always had a hands-on approach to the education of her daughters. While working in their school on a volunteer basis, she continued to study and learn about different learning methods, techniques, and philosophies, realizing that their education was only addressing one aspect of her children. She is passionate about life-long learning and personal growth. Deb loves nature and being outdoors, finding beauty in all that surrounds us. You will often find her family on hikes and bike rides, collecting rocks, shells, and sticks along the way. She likes to incorporate natural elements into her creative projects and artwork around her home. She has 4 beautiful, fun-loving daughters and 2 busy grandsons. She is excited to join the Wasatch Charter School team and to be a part of the development of not only her own daughters, but also other children and their unique individuality. Deb is looking forward to being in the school office where she can get to know the students and parents of the Waldorf family.
Megan Kennedy, SecretaryEmail
Megan is a Licensed Massage Therapist and has a love for holistic health and healing. She practices Transitional Therapy Bodywork part-time, assisting her clients in intuitive physical, emotional and energetic healing. Megan understands the importance of teaching children stewardship and sustainability at an early age, as one of her biggest influences was her 5th grade teacher. Megan has also worked at Apple as a Business Specialist helping companies utilize technology to streamline their workflows. She ‘s looking forward to helping support sustainability education in the Waldorf community as well as helping the children understand what it means to have a healthy relationship with technology. She is thrilled to be a part of Wasatch Waldorf Charter School while she works to finish her undergraduate degree at the University of Utah.
Rachael Lauritzen, Handwork Assistant and SecretaryEmail
Rachael holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Language and Literature, with a minor in music, from Brigham Young University. She has worked for financial and technical businesses as an analyst, editor, writer, and general office support. She has also volunteered for a variety of community and non-profit organizations, focusing on fiber arts, gardening, choral music, youth programs, and city planning. She has been involved in several Waldorf-focused community groups, planning festivals and leading children’s programs. She loves the Waldorf focus on a holistic, gentle, and joyful approach to both life and learning, and its priority of making true community an integral part of everyday life. Rachael enjoys hiking, yoga, singing, drama, knitting, piano, reading, gardening, watercolor painting, and artisan chocolate. She is passionate about living harmoniously and respectfully with nature and all people. She lives in South Salt Lake City with her husband, daughter, dachshund, and 2 cats.
Erin Arrigo, Kitchen ManagerEmail
Erin has happily worked in the foodservice and café industry for many years: her first job at 13 in the camp kitchen, and then her first “real” job at a coffee shop at 16. She has worked for delis in natural foods stores and also waited tables at restaurants. In her 20’s, she moved to Portland, Oregon, where she was able to continue her venture into the foodie world, working in more food environments, her favorite being a locally-renowned Mediterranean café. In the mid-90’s, she made her way back to the Salt Lake valley, and shortly after began her family. When her 2 children were young, she ventured out into the world of hair dressing and had an enjoyable, creative time, appreciating the flexibility the industry provided a young mother. When her kids were school age, they attended the Open Classroom, a local charter school, where as a parent she participated in the co-op classroom from 3 to 6 hours per week, and welcomed the community and learning that a small charter school provided. In August of 2010, Erin had the amazing opportunity to open her own café. Café Solstice has been so far a wonderful adventure full of learning, love, and accomplishment. Her years of being in the food industry created a strong base of knowledge in daily operations, and the opportunity of ownership gave her the freedom for creative expression in menu development. Erin has been given valuable lessons in learning how to manage staff, organize and order inventory, and generally see the big picture. She is still committed to keeping Café Solstice a thriving business in the Salt Lake community, and she is also looking forward to new opportunities that will help her continue to learn and grow.
Monica Faux-Kota, Kitchen AideEmail
Monica Faux-Kota is the mother of 2 incredible children, a life partner to an amazing man, a private practice, licensed massage therapist, and is excited about being a super-cool lunch lady in the Wasatch Charter School. Monica has dedicated her life to slowing down, being present and embodied, and enjoying life more. She feels that being part of the Wasatch community is the perfect complement to this venture and is honored to assist in nourishing the wholeness of the students and staff via delicious, healthy food.
Emalia Tillotson, Kitchen AideEmail
Emalia Tillotson is originally from Vancouver, Washington. She came to Utah for college in 2001 and it became her home. She has her BA in Dance Education from BYU and has taught in public schools in WA and dance studios all over Utah. Emalia has danced on tour state-side and internationally with BYU’s Kinnect & Dancers’ Co. (now CDT). She was raised as a vegan meditator by her fabulous hippie yogi parents who gave her a great appreciation for good healthy food, the arts, traveling, nature and family. She’s thrilled to be working with kitchen staff at Wasatch Charter as this will be a new adventure for her. Emalia lives in Sandy, UT and enjoys life with a loving husband of 13 years and three crazy, wonderful kids.
Jen Hyde, Kitchen AideEmail