Kindergarten Teachers


Jo Greer

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Jo has taught in public schools for 27 years.  She has taught several grades, from preschool through high school.  A graduate from BYU with degrees in both Elementary Education and Special Education, Jo also received her early childhood certificate from Utah State University.  After extensive reading and study as well as attending a summer institute at the Rudolf Steiner College in California, Jo became convinced that Waldorf Education is the best way to help children and families learn.  A mother of 12 and grandmother of 33, Jo is thrilled to help children and families discover Waldorf education!

Jessie Huish



Jessie Huish has been a student of the arts since she was a youth. Jessie attended the Waterford School from PreK-12th grade. She spent all of her spare time during middle and high school in the darkroom, working with black and white film photography.  After high school, Jessie went on to study photography at Brigham Young University, earning her Bachelor’s of Arts. Throughout her college years, Jessie began creating and selling handbound books, jewelry, paper goods, and other handmade goods. Alongside with her husband, Trevor, and a couple of friends, Jessie opened and ran an eclectic shop in downtown Provo, UT.

Almost four years ago, Jessie and her family moved from Provo to Salt Lake City. She has enjoyed spending the last three years being at home with her two kids, Hazel- 6, and Moon- 3.  In January 2015, Jessie began teaching Elementary Art at the American International School Of Utah. Jessie found that forging her passion for creativity, with her desire for instilling a sense of wonder into young minds has been immensely rewarding. For Jessie, Waldorf schooling is a fitting extension of her ideals, both at home and in the classroom. Jessie is looking forward to learning alongside her students as well as continuing on with them year after year.

1st Grade Teachers

Gwen Wahlquist  Gwen grew up in Washington State amongst the majestic evergreen trees.  As a child she enjoyed playing in the woods, writing poetry, and horseback riding.  Gwen’s love of traveling started early on.  She has been fortunate to visit many wonderful parts of the world and hopes to see more.  She completed her Foundation year for Waldorf Education many years ago at Emerson College in England.  She also has a Bachelor of Science Degree with a pre-med concentration from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.  Creative pursuits led her to sunny Los Angeles where she spent several years in theater, teaching, behavior work, and starting a family.  Gwen stayed home with her daughters and then spent a few years in the Waldorf early childhood setting as an involved parent.  After her eldest daughter left the Kinderhaus and moved on to 1st grade, Gwen decided to stay.  Gwen holds a Waldorf Teaching Certificate from Antioch University in New Hampshire.  She holds a Waldorf Early Childhood certificate from the Pleiades Initiative in Austin, Texas.  Gwen is finishing her thesis on festival puppet plays to gain her Masters of Education.  Gwen enjoys creative arts, writing, gardening, reading, wool fiber arts, and cooking mostly vegan food for her family.  She feels blessed to work in the kindergarten with the children and their families.

Brittany Harris


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 Brittany graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Utah.  While obtaining her degree, she had a unique opportunity to work with students, teaching science and assisting with the English as a Second Language program.  Eager to be involved, she worked with various after-school programs teaching journalism and Jazz/Ballet dance.  These experiences instantly ignited her love for teaching.  The spark continued after graduating from the University of Utah as Brittany moved to California and worked at a local elementary school as an assistant.  During this experience, she decided to obtain her Teaching Credential from California State University-San Marcos with an increased understanding of differentiating lesson plans and more importantly addressing various students’ needs and learning styles.  While learning classroom management, the program improved her appreciation of creating hands-on lessons.  After having her daughter, Brittany developed a true appreciation and understanding of child development and the need to embrace the individual child as a whole.  She further understood that each child progresses at his or her own developmental pace socially, emotionally, and physically while expressing his or herself in many forms.  After serving 10 years as part of a military family, Brittany and her family are returning to Utah.  Brittany is thrilled to be relocating back to the area and feels very privileged to be given this incredible opportunity with Wasatch Charter School.  In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, long walks, and going to see any theater productions.

2nd Grade Teachers


Corinne Gentry



Corinne is grateful to have found her pedagogical home at Wasatch Charter School, passionate about the nurturing of children through head, heart, and hands.  She has a background in teaching in a public school as well as informal education, and is certified as an environmental educator in Utah.  Corinne loves the mountains, the moon, making music, and adventuring with her husband and 3 year old little wildling Liesl Fern.

Even Barrett-Caston



Even’s Haiku:
Even, from west toEast, 15 years, many hats. Stays in the moment.I have degrees in both Philosophy and in the study of world religion. I am working toward a MA in special education. I am proud of my work launching the “building Blocks ” math curriculum in NYC and have worked as an early childhood music and movement specialist At Bank Street College. Pedagogical approaches that I have worked with include Montessori, Reggio Emilia and creating Special needs inclusive environments.   I grew up by the beach in California and love to swim. I love hiking and biking and studying the local flora and fauna. I enjoy carpentry and I love to cook, especially baking bread.

Heather Allred/Carrie Watts

3rd Grade Teachers Nicole Denison

 Isabel Stearns



Joan Baugh



4th Grade Teachers



Emily Cox


Emily is very excited to be teaching at Wasatch Charter School.  She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Educational Studies and studied special education and dance as well.  Emily and her family have lived in Salt Lake City for 5 years and enjoy hiking, gardening, and traveling together.


Robert Macdonald


Previous to his work at Wasatch Charter School, Robert taught for 8 years in college and high school classrooms.  He also spent 2 years assisting in a Waldorf preschool in Utah County.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Folklore and a Bachelor’s Degree in Literature

Michelle Simmons


I am a fifth generation educator. My father was a college literature professor and the greatest storyteller I’ve known. He took us from Grand Junction, Colorado where I was born, to Idaho, Minnesota, Ohio, Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee as he taught and studied. When I entered 6th grade, we moved to Oxford, Mississippi. I later met my husband while attending college there.  In college, my mother created a gourmet deli and gift shop. I spent many, many hours preparing delicious food. I began catering during that time. My husband and I moved to Birmingham, Alabama and then to Memphis, Tennessee before we moved to Taos, New Mexico. We lived in the mountains of Taos, NM for 15 years. We helped to build an earthship in which we lived for 5 years. We had 11 milk goats and 42 chickens as well as a large garden, full of yummy beets and carrots. I still love to grow food and prepare it. I love working with my hands, creating art and craft. I love to be in mountains. I love animals. I love to learn.I have been teaching for 25 years, licensed in Tennessee and New Mexico. I have been teaching using Waldorf methods for more than 8 years.  I have been married for 33 years and have one amazing child. We share our home with two sweet, small terriers and one large orange cat.My father’s brother lives in Provo with his wife. I have cousins scattered in the West.  My sister and her family live in Arizona. My brother lives in Poland and my mother lives in Minnesota.We are thrilled to be joining Wasatch Waldorf Charter School. We look forward to exploring Utah again and in greater detail than we have before.

5th Grade Teachers


Susan McDonald 


Mrs. McDonald grew up in Petaluma and Meadow Vista, California.  As a child, she loved the majestic pines of the Sierras and the beautiful red soil of Grassvalley, where her grandfather lived.  She also loved the crystals her grandfather collected from his days as a miner.  The nearest thing for her to the enchantment of her grandfather’s forest/home was the description created by Professor Tolkien of Middle Earth.  His writings inspired a life-long love of learning, languages and great literature.  
Mrs. McDonald is married to her ideal Scotsman in Michael Scott McDonald and has five bonny children and 4 grandchildren with one on the way.  She graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Elementary Education and a Minor in English and then went on to graduate studies at Sacramento State University, California, pursuing a certificate in “Literature and Language”.  She has worked as a 4th Grade Classroom Teacher, as an English as a Second Language Teacher (she speaks Spanish), and as a Special Day Para-Educator.  
She believes all children need to EXPERIENCE the wonders of life and then APPRECIATE them through the arts and education.  Raven Garland

6th Grade Teachers



Bri Boertman

Sean McKelvie 3rd or 5th Grade ?


 Sean McKelvie


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7th Grade Teacher


Roel Op t’Ende


8th Grade Teacher


Arthur Morris


Arthur Morris has a passion for teaching and learning, particularly outdoors. He loves reading, art, water sports, animals, good food, good friends, and generally exploring nature. He does not like lima beans, saying goodbye to friends, or pollution. He has taught students of all ages in a variety of settings. He received a PhD in Natural Resources (the Ohio State University, 2005), master’s degree in ecology/biology (Utah State University 2002), and bachelor’s degrees in biology and mining engineering (University of Utah 1996). He also earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education (Utah State University 2002) with a middle school math emphasis. His professional career includes independent consulting, specializing in applying science principles to adaptive management and structured decision-making processes. He worked for 9 years as Conservation Stewardship Director for Utah’s statewide land trust, Utah Open Lands Conservation Association. He has taught as adjunct faculty for Westminster College, Salt Lake Community College (teaching pre-algebra and elementary algebra) and Brigham Young University–Idaho online (teaching environmental stewardship). He enjoys challenging students with pertinent problems and exploring ideas with them. Currently he lives in Salt Lake City with his beautiful wife and five daughters.