Wishing a warm welcome to Shining Mountain’s new faculty members


1st Grade Class Teacher

Stacie Schaefer has been hired as our 1st grade Class Teacher to lead the class 1st through 5th grade. She has served as a grades teacher at Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork and as an early childhood teacher at Shepherd Valley Waldorf School. In her early teaching career, prior to meeting Waldorf education, she helped to pioneer the Crestone Charter School, while serving as a grades teacher. Stacie currently operates a Farm/Forest Kindergarten in Niwot.

6th Grade Class Teacher

Michael Janzen has been hired as our 6th grade Class Teacher, and will take the class 6th through 8th grade. He taught grades 4-8 and grade 1 in Taos, New Mexico, before moving to the SMWS community to join our middle school faculty. Michael will complete a 6th-8th grade rotation at Shining Mountain this year, and we are very pleased to have him turn around to take the rising 6th grade class. He currently serves as Chair of the school’s Governance Counsel.


Emily Anne Bowman has been hired to be our grades 3-12 Strings Teacher. She is a former faculty member at both Shining Mountain and Shepherd Valley Waldorf Schools, and is currently the conductor of the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestra Philharmonic Group, as well as being a faculty member of Boulder Suzuki Strings.


Cobus DuToit has been hired to be our grades 4-12 Choir Teacher.

High School Humanities

Josh Lytle has been hired to be our High School Humanities Teacher. He is coming to us from the Saratoga Springs Waldorf School, where he has been a High School Humanities Teacher there for over 10 years, and a leader on their faculty.