Jenica Schevene is the K, 1st, and 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.
She has been an educator, coach and workshop leader. In addition to working with children she also leads PAIRS workshops, with her husband, to teach couples practical skills for successful relationships. Her husband grew up in Paonia and they returned to the North Fork Valley six years ago. As a mother of two and Colorado native, she loves to hike, ski, dance, and garden.
Last year Jenica was the 2nd and 3rd grade class teacher at Vision Charter Academy offering a similar curriculum. 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.
Lauren Ziccardi is the 3-4th 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 travelled extensively in Latin America, becoming proficient in Spanish. She is enthusiastic about sharing her love of Spanish language and culture to the students of NFSIS.
Over the past three years, Lauren has trained with Thesa Callinicos and the Valley Waldorf Initiative. She served as an elementary school teacher at the Blossom Valley Co-op as well as through Vision Charter Academy. She is also on the Board for The Learning Council, which strives to bring alternative educational opportunities to the North Fork Valley. 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.