Office & Administration

Administrative Director - Cheryl LeBlanc

Cheryl came to Desert Star School from a managerial background, with more than twenty years experience in business environments. She joined the School's administrative staff in 2009 and served in a variety of administrative and business roles since that time, helping to shape the operational aspects of the school in its younger years. Through her two children enrolled at Desert Star, Cheryl has connected to the pedagogy and classroom culture of the school across all grades K-8. As Administrator, Cheryl holds the role of principal and spokesperson for the school's operations and relationships. She holds a BA degree in Accounting and Business Management from Northeastern University.


Educational Specialist - Janis Williams
Registrar/Receptionist - Katie Anderson


2017 - 2018 Faculty

Kindergarten - Donna Sturgis
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, 2 daughters 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.

First Grade - Armida Cervantez
Born in California, with strong roots in Arizona; Ms. Cervantez came to Arizona with an eager heart. Ms. Cervantez joined Desert Star Community School in the Spring of 2017 and fell in love with teaching again. She has worked in Waldorf classrooms as an assistant and lead teacher. She has experienced two journeys through the grades with her older children, and strongly believes that every family deserves this rich soulful education. She has served as a festival representative,  class parent and as a board member at her children’s Waldorf methods charter school in Northern California. She is the mother of three beautiful children and married to a wonderful, supportive husband. She has a B.S. in Child Development and Waldorf training from Rudolf Steiner College and the Micha-el Institute.

Second Grade - Kelly Morrow
Kelly Morrow has been a Waldorf class teacher and educational administrator for 18 years in both private and public Waldorf schools.  She is a certified Waldorf Class Teacher grades 1-8 with additional training as a Waldorf Therapeutic Educator.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from SUNY Geneseo with a Master’s degree as a Reading Specialist from Nazareth College in New York State.   During the summers, she enjoys teaching courses for teachers at Rudolf Steiner College in CA.  In her time outside of schools, she likes to travel, hike, cook and spend time with her daughter. 

Third Grade - Julia Kartman
Julia is originally from Philadelphia, PA. After receiving her BA in Fine Arts from Guilford College in North Carolina, Julia moved to San Francisco where she obtained her teaching certification in Waldorf education.  During her 6 years in San Francisco, Julia studied at the local community college, taking courses in Child Development, Spanish and Ceramics.  Julia has taught preschool for many years as well as worked individually with children of special needs. She has traveled extensively through South and Central America, and taught at a small Waldorf Inspired School in Costa Rica. Julia is a lover of the arts and is passionate about bringing joy into education through movement, laughter and creativity. In her free time, Julia enjoys hiking, and is looking forward in practicing ceramics in the Verde Valley. 

Fourth Grade - Frank Plucker
Frank grew up in Winslow, Arizona and also spent time in Tucson and Prescott before leaving the State to attend school at The Evergreen State College in Olympia WA. After completing his bachelor's degree he moved to California where he spent many years pursuing a career in Biodynamic gardening and landscape maintenance. Frank became involved in Waldorf Education as his two older children attended a Waldorf charter school in Northern California. He volunteered in many ways at the school both in and out of the classroom. This experience inspired him to obtain a Master's Degree in child and adolescent development and he soon found himself teaching in a Waldorf kindergarten. He then completed California State teacher training through CalState TEACH at the University of Fresno. Frank was excited to return to his home state to work at Desert Star Community School. Frank currently lives close to the school with his wife and family which includes two daughters, one son, a dog, a cat and a fish.

Fifth Grade - Jovan Rameau
Jovan is a graduate of the MFA Acting Program at the Art-Harvard University.  He also studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from USC School of Drama In Los Angeles. Jovan holds a Screenwriting Certificate from the UCLA Writers Program.  Since then he has played in numerous acting roles in Los Angeles, New York City, Washinton D.C. and Moscow.  Due to his love of teaching, Jovan worked at Harvard University Derek Box Center for Teaching and Learning, providing feedback to Graduates Teaching Fellows.  He also taught three years as a Home-school Special Education Teacher in Malibu and as a S.A.T. Test Prep Teacher with New York City Board of Education.  Jovan is a photographer, dancer, fencer and classically trained thespian who loves reading and reciting poetry.  He has a passion for learning and teaching.  His Credo:  To inspire integrity and honor, to hold fast to intuitive knowledge.  "I want to leave this planet better than I found it.  I want to leave my students better than I found them.  Courageous and ambitious."

Sixth Grade - Joseph Giulietti
Joseph grew up in Connecticut and attended the University of Connecticut where he earned a Masters of Arts in Education.  He taught elementary school in Connecticut for five years before moving to Europe.  He taught elementary grades at International Schools in Hungary and The Netherlands for another five years.  He returned to Connecticut to teach elementary and middle school for two years before joining us here in 2013 at Desert Star Community School.  Joseph is happy to be a member of this community currently lives in Cornville with his wife and two children.

Seventh Grade - Pam Bruehl
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 has mentored teachers to support Antioch New England graduate students and Prescott College students, Arizona Red Rock Teacher Education Center students, and the Center for Anthroposophy students in their foundation studies.

Eighth Grade - Marc Bruehl
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 thirty 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.


Specialty Teachers

Handwork/Art- Karen Boehm
Woodworking/Upper Grade Games-Tom Cadigan
Myakka Hutchins- Spanish
Lower Grade Games- Rhonda Bierman
Intervention Specialist- Barbara Lasinski
Intervention Specialist- Danette McAfee
Support Teacher- Linden Sturgis


 

Support Staff

Kindergarten Assistant- Connie Calhoon
First Grade Assistant- TBD
Handwork Assistant- Suzanne Lovejoy
Bus Driver- David McCullough
Bus Driver- Hiro Yabuuchi