Our Core Faculty

LeeAnn Ernandes

LeeAnn has been involved in WTEE since its founding in 1990.  She brings a love of Waldorf Education and Anthroposophy to her teaching, spicing it with a natural humor and a good dose of practicality. LeeAnn  was involved in the beginnings of Eugene Waldorf School, EWS, as a parent of two boys and eventually as a teacher in the grades.  She gradually found her way into teaching adults and happily continues on that path today. LeeAnn received her BA in Public Administration from University of Oregon quite a few years ago.

Katherine Stewart

Katherine teaches the movement art of eurythmy and Foundation Year seminars. She is the principal coordinator of the Foundation Year. Katherine received a BA in Anthroposophical Studies from Rudolf Steiner College and subsequently trained as a eurythmist and therapeutic eurythmist. Katherine has also taught eurythmy to kindergarten and elementary grades school children in four Waldorf Schools.  

Marcia Seymour

Marcia began her teaching in WTEE in 2011 after seeing a group of children through their 8 grades and co-teaching and mentoring in the Eugene Waldorf School for a number of years following.  She teaches seminars in both Foundation and Education Years, as well as sharing her talents teaching the visual arts, handwork, and recorder playing. She is the principal coordinator of the Education Year and the visual arts program for both years.   Marcia completed her Waldorf teacher training in Eugene in 2000 and continues supporting teachers in EWS.    Marcia graduated with a BA in Fine Arts in 1975.

Lourdes Smyth

Lourdes has been the teacher / coordinator of the Early Childhood component of WTEE since 2002. She came to Waldorf Education as one of the founding parents of the Eugene Waldorf School following a career in nursing.  Lourdes taught kindergarten for over 20 years and brings a wealth of experience and love of kindergarten work to share with the adult students at WTEE. Lourdes completed her Waldorf teacher training in Eugene in 1992 with the first graduating class of WTEE.  Lourdes continues to mentor in regional kindergartens.

Linda Marooney

Linda Marooney began teaching in WTEE in 1994.  Currently she teaches music, art, and curriculum classes in Foundation and Education Years.  Her 37 years of classroom experience includes early childhood and grades classes, and mentoring at schools in the western United States.  Linda brings enthusiasm toward individual development, enlivened teaching and working in the Waldorf Community.  She appreciates following the unfolding lives of students and working collaboratively with colleagues.  Her path has been imbued with anthroposophy and enriched by her family. Linda received her BA in Fine Arts in 1971 and completed Waldorf Teacher Education at Rudolf Steiner College.

Erika Finstad

Erika completed her Waldorf training here in Eugene in 1996.  She has been teaching grades at Eugene Waldorf School ever since. Erika began teaching beginning recorder and seminars in the education year in 2009.   She is also proficient in Spacial Dynamics® which she teaches to WTEE students.  Erika brings a sunshine into all of her teaching and shares generously with WTEE  students volunteering in her classroom or completing practicums or apprenticeship with her.   Erika has an MA in education.

Wade Cavin

Wade travels from Portland several times a year to teach in both foundation and education years of WTEE.  His 'hands on' approach makes learning the math, science and book studies he teaches engaging and fruitful.   Wade did undergraduate work in Art and Biology, and worked in university labs before becoming a Waldorf teacher. Following teacher training in 2000 at the Center for Anthroposophy, he received his MA in Goethean Studies at Prescott College in 2015. Wade is presently a member of Center for Contextual Studies which presents Waldorf Teacher conferences in math and science and general developmental philosophy throughout the United States.  

Visiting and Guest Faculty

Our work of teaching future Waldorf teachers involves many other teachers, including: 

Atta Turck - Woodwork

Beth Daly - Early Childhood

Ian Stearns -  Seminars

Jelena Jaehnig -  Seminars

Dr. Lisa Del Alba - seminars

Helen Lubin - Artistic Speech 

Ina Jaehnig- Seminars 

Tim Marsden - Remedial Education

Wali Via - Biodynamic Farming


Waldorf Teacher Education, Eugene is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in Eugene, Oregon, USA.

WTEE is non-sectarian and non-discriminatory.


1350 McLean Blvd.

Eugene, OR 97405

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