Integrates art, music and movement
into a classical academic education

Provides active and creative learning

Where education is considered a journey - not a race

Fosters healthy social development

Reinforces a child's connection with nature

Faculty and Staff

Positionsort ascending BIO

Tom Cadigan
Woodworking & Games Teacher

Myakka Hutchins
Spanish Teacher

Donna Sturgis
Kindergarten Teacher

After graduating from college with a major in fine arts and a minor in education Donna began her teaching career as a handwork teacher in Green Meadow Waldorf School.  She and her husband then spent four years in London, England where two of their three children were born.  Returning to the United States the family settled in Kimberton, PA where Donna worked at Kimberton Waldorf School as a handwork teacher, a kindergarten assistant and as a kindergarten lead teacher.  She also ran a waldorf home day care for 12 years.  After 30 years in Kimberton Donna and family (husband, daughter and 2 grandsons) have relocated to Sedona to join the joyful faculty of Desert Star.  Donna enjoys hiking, reading, handwork and spending time with family.


Karen Boehm
Handwork Teacher

Karen was born and raised in New York City and graduated cum laude from Queens College C.U.N.Y with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a minor in secondary education. In the arts her areas of concentration were in oil painting and black and white photography. Karen loves working with children and has a great deal of experience in various educational settings. She has worked at Morningstar Childcare, a Waldorf early childhood program, as well as at the Headstart preschool as a teacher’s aide, Red Rock high in the special education department and is currently at Integrated Preschool working with both general population as well as special needs children. She has also taught art to both children and adults. She is a great supporter of the Waldorf education and her eldest children attended Terra Rosa for several years. Karen’s daughter Emma will be in fourth grade at Desert Star and she feels fortunate that her life will be enriched by the things a Waldorf education has to offer.

 


Cheryl LeBlanc
Administrative Director

Linden Sturgis
7/8th Grade Teacher

Linden was born in Oregon and spent his youth in Los Angeles.  At age thirteen he and his family moved to Connecticut and he would remain an East Coaster until his recent move to Arizona.
After graduating from college, where he earned a BA in Earth Science, Linden's interest turned to acting, gardening and Waldorf Education.  He and his wife, Donna, then moved to London, England where he did a four year training in Artistic Speech and where the first two of their three children were born.  Returning to the U.S. Linden taught in the high school at Kimberton Waldorf School for eleven years and then became a Class Teacher for another nineteen years.

Linden is excited to be in the west again and looking forward to contributing to Desert Star.


Joseph Giulietti
6th Grade Teacher

Joseph Giulietti has enjoyed teaching school for 12 years in Connecticut, Hungary, the Netherlands, China, and Ireland.  He has also visited over 20 other countries.  Mr. Giulietti is a big fan of the arts: visual, dramatic, music, and the martial arts. He has brought play and art activities to orphanages in Romania and Hungary.  Joseph is a certified elementary grades teacher. He has a B.A. and a M.A. from Connecticut College. As a teacher, Joseph strives to motivate students to honor and care for themselves, other people, nature, and our planet as a whole.  He lives here in Cornville with his amazing wife and children.


Steven Cook
5th Grade Teacher

Steven has moved here from Utah.  He has four lovely children.  He likes hiking, taking pictures, and fishing in his spare time.  Steven has been teaching for 13 years.  He has taught both upper and lower grades.  Coupled with his certification as an elementary teacher, he also has a master's in educational leadership and a bachelor's in political science.  Steven is excited to explore the beautiful scenery of Arizona and teach in this wonderful Waldorf inspired school.

Marc Bruehl
Marc Bruehl
4th Grade Teacher

Marc received his BA degree at Franklin & Marshall College and his M.Ed. and Waldorf Certification degrees at Adelphi University, in Garden City, NY. Marc began his teaching career at The Waldorf School in Lexington, MA. In 1981, he took his first class at the Pine Hill School in Wilton, NH, where he was a class teacher for 12 years. Marc returned to Lexington School to graduate his second class. In 1999, lured by the red rocks and former colleagues, Marc joined the Terra Rosa Charter School. In 2005, Marc became the Pedagogical Director at the Desert Marigold School in Phoenix. After two years, he returned to private Waldorf education, joining the Cedarwood Waldorf School in Portland, Oregon as the 6th and 7th grade teacher. For over twenty years, Marc has enjoyed working closely with teachers as a mentor and evaluator through Antioch, ARRTEC, and the Sacramento Training Programs. Over the years, Marc has lectured on the Waldorf curriculum and child development. Outside of the classroom, Marc enjoys hiking and canoeing with his wife Pam.
 

Pam Bruel
Pam Bruehl
3rd Grade Teacher

Pam was introduced to Waldorf education 30 years ago, when her oldest daughter entered first grade in the Pine Hill Waldorf School in Wilton, New Hampshire. As an active parent, Pam assisted in handwork and painting classes, chaired a Winter Faire, organized a ski program, and helped to raise funds as a Development Committee member. Her participation also included Waldorf education study groups. This led Pam to Antioch New England Graduate School where she received her Waldorf Teacher Training Certificate. Pam received her B.A. in Elementary Education at Prescott College. She holds an Arizona State Certification.

Pam began her work in Waldorf education in 1993 at The Waldorf School in Lexington, Massachusetts, where she taught grades 3 through 7. She taught at Terra Rosa School in Sedona, Desert Marigold School in Phoenix, and Cedarwood School in Portland, Oregon. Pam is entering her fifth year at Desert Star Community School and is currently teaching Second Grade, a class with whom she began in Kindergarten.

At Desert Star, Pam is currently a Board member, Parent Council liaison, and Admissions Chairperson.

Pam has mentored teachers to support Antioch New England graduate students, Arizona Red Rock Teacher Education Center students, and the Center for Anthroposophy students in their foundation studies. Pam is currently mentoring a Prescott College student.

Pam enjoys the outdoors, particularly gardening and hiking.

 

 


Dru Smith-Crain
2nd Grade Teacher

Dru has been a class teacher at the Desert Marigold School in Phoenix for 5 years. She is a Waldorf Certified teacher. Dru is not only an accomplished teacher but artist as well.


Megan Rosker
1st Grade Teacher

Megan recently worked as the second grade teacher in Gallup, New Mexico, where she has been working closely with the Native American community. Megan is the founder of "Let Children Play," a website which advocates for project based learning and the importance of play at home and in school. In 2011 she was the winner of the Daily Points of Light Award for her work as an advocate of play and education. Megan has a B.A. from KenyonCollegeand New Mexico Teaching Certification.