Jenica Schevene is the a 2nd grade teacher for the North Fork School of Integrated Studies. As a child, she attended the Shining Mountain Waldorf School in Boulder from its inception and experienced that new program develop into one of the largest and most successful alternative schools in the country. She graduated from Colorado College with a degree in Political Science and spent extensive time traveling and living abroad, primarily in Latin America and Africa.
Her husband grew up in Paonia and they returned to the North Fork Valley eleven years ago. As a mother of two and Colorado native, she loves to hike, ski, dance, and garden.
As a founding teacher of NFSIS, Jenica has taught grades kinder-third grade multiple times. She is a master at building a loving social structure in her class. She strives to bring that enthusiasm and engagement to the students so that each day in school reflects the beauty and mystery of the world while developing strong academic foundations.
She has been dedicated to bringing this public, arts-infused, multicultural school inspired by Waldorf methods to our valley. She is thrilled with the opportunity to offer this model of education to our valley.
Chelsea Bookout is honored to be the first grade teacher at NFSIS.
She graduated with a degree in Child Psychology and later taught at an infant through pre-K program in Boulder in her early twenties. She was the lead teacher of the toddler room at Boulder Day Nursery for several years before she moved to Paonia after her first child, Jackson, was born. She worked on several farms when she arrived in Paonia, and continued my education through the Horticultural Therapy Institute/Colorado State University earning a certification in Horticultural Therapy.
She taught first and second grade Main Lesson for the Blossom Valley Homeschool Co-Op and was very involved in the charter application for Blossom Valley. She was on the team that went through the appeal process for that charter and in the formation of NFSIS with the district. During that time she completed her foundation studies for Waldorf teacher training through the Center of Anthroposophy. She also ran several gardening camps for children in the North Fork Valley until her second son, Spencer, was born and she took a break to be home with him. She then ran a very successful restaurant and bar - Remedy - for 4 years in Paonia before returning to teaching.
She loves the way that NFSIS explores literacy with children. She loves the way that letters are introduced through story and have found this so meaningful for her own children, both of whom are excellent readers who have a love of the written word because of the way it was presented to them in this gentle, connected way. She is equally excited about the exploration of numbers, learning the quality of numbers as well as going on the journey to discover all of the operations that rule the world of numbers is great fun for everyone.
She is so happy to be actively engaged in nature, as this is such an important part of education to her. She loves to have children gardening and going on many adventures to experience the world around us.
Andrea Thompson is a 2nd grade teacher at NFSIS. This is her ninth year of teaching in a Waldorf-inspired classroom. She loves to share the wonders of the natural world with children and believes deeply in Waldorf philosophy. She feels honored to work with children in this beautiful and developmentally healthy way.
In 2019, Ms. Thompson completed the three year training, “Nurturing the Roots.” This deepened her sense of how to create an environment and curriculum in which the young child can wholly develop and thrive. Prior to Nurturing the Roots, Ms. Thompson completed a two-year Foundation Studies through the Center for Anthroposophy. Before “coming home” to Waldorf education, Ms. Thompson received her Masters in elementary education at CU Boulder, and taught first grade and kindergarten in mainstream classrooms.
Ms. Thompson loves to knit, hand-sew, needle-felt, watch birds, play guitar, and see live music. She loves to spend time with her partner, two daughters, and her shaggy dog; and she is the very happiest when she is walking in the forest.
Lauren Ziccardi is the 3rd and 34th grade teacher for the North Fork School of Integrated Studies. She earned a Bachelors Degree of Liberal Arts at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. As part of her education, she studies performance art for social change. She strives to bring alternative educational opportunities to the North Fork Valley.
Over the past eight years, Lauren has trained with Thesa Callinicos and other master Waldorf teachers while teaching grades two through seven. She served as an Elementary School teacher at the Blossom Valley Co-op as well as through Vision Charter Academy, before she became a founder of the North Fork School of Integrated Studies.
Lauren's mission is to bring a sense of jubilation to the classroom and instill enthusiasm for learning. When not teaching, Lauren is passionate about climbing mountains and organizing large community art projects such as the Paonia art wall.
"If we are to teach real peace in this world, we shall have to begin with the children." Mahatma Gandhi
Tricia Tittle (Mrs. T) is the 5th and 6th grade Main Lesson teacher for the North Fork School of Integrated Studies. She graduated with a B.S. in Recreation, Parks and Tourism from University of Utah and has a Master of Arts in Education from Colorado Mesa University. Before moving to NFSIS, she taught 5th-grade at Hotchkiss K-8.
Before moving to the North Fork Valley, she taught 4th grade in Grand Junction and owned a cherry, peach and apricot orchard in Palisade. Tricia has completed Waldorf Teacher training at Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento, California and Gradalis in Denver, Colorado.
Tricia and her husband Marc and have been married for over 20 years and have a daughter in 8th grade at Paonia Jr/Sr High in Paonia. She loves spending time with family and friends, skiing, rafting, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking and camping.
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