Mary Cole, Office Receptionist
Mary Cole was raised in the green hills of Vermont, where summers were spent chasing fireflies, barefoot and wild, and winters were filled with snowy days and evenings curled up near a woodstove. Tapping maple trees to make syrup, playing in babbling brooks and on moss-covered paths through the woods are early experiences that formed a great love and appreciation for nature in her heart.
Mary began playing music professionally in the early 90’s and continued to do so until the birth of her son Ethon, in Seattle Washington in 1999. This experience awoke a passion in her for the study of midwifery and women’s health, and rekindled a desire to study herbs as healing plants and learn about homeopathy.
Having been introduced to Rudolf Steiner’s work through a social ecology class taken years earlier, a Waldorf education was a natural choice when the time came for Ethon to attend school where they lived in Prescott AZ. Mary has eagerly pursued the insights that Rudolf Steiner shared, as the study of spirituality has always been a passion throughout her life.
Mary, her husband Anton and two sons have lived in Eugene for over three years. Ethon is in the grade five class and Aaron is in the Starflower Kindergarten here at EWS.
Lara Colley, Site Coordinator
Lara Colley grew up in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains in Washington state. She spent her childhood engaged in a deep love of nature, playing in forests and creek ravines, and collecting rocks and other treasures on the wild beaches. While earning her degree in Horticulture and Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University, she started her own family and welcomed her twin children, River and Rosemary, into the world. This began a time of new adventures in life as a mother, doula and homemaker, and a move to Oregon.
Once in Eugene, Lara discovered her place in the world as a modern homesteader and handcrafter on a small piece of land outside of town, and both her children’s place of learning and her family’s community in the Eugene Waldorf School. Waldorf education profoundly resonates with her, and she has gained tremendous inspiration and deep nourishment from her involvement as a school parent. Sense of place is very important to her. Lara enjoys taking care of the school site and grounds, and maintaining a vibrant, well-loved space for the students, teachers, and community to occupy.
Amy Green, Administrative Assistant
Amy Miller was born in Dallas, TX and grew up in a suburb of the city. She graduated from Texas Christian University in 1996 with a B.S. in Advertising and Public Relations. While living and working in the corporate world, Amy met her life partner, Jason. They quickly realized that they shared a common desire to move out of the Dallas area. So, the search began for the perfect place to call home - one that would fulfill their desires - to learn about organic gardening, environmentally conscious living, nearby access to the outdoors and a place that supports a holistic lifestyle. Amy knew she wanted to move to Oregon before they even stepped foot into the state! After selling Jason’s lawn maintenance business, their home, and buying a VW EuroVan, they set out with their best pal, Ranger, on an adventure that landed them in Eugene in 2002.
In 2005, Amy and Jason welcomed their son, Jayvyn, into their family. They were first introduced to Waldorf education by their midwife, when looking for an environment that resonated with their spiritually-based lives. Jayvyn and Amy began Rainbow Bridge in the fall of 2007.
Amy is committed to family, spiritual growth, healing, gardening and conscious co-creation of a healthy, joyful and abundant life for all. Amy is grateful for the gifts that allow her to serve in a wide range of capacities to her family, school, community and humanity.
Valerie Perrott, PR and Enrollment Coordinator
Valerie’s childhood included the urban wonders of the South side of Chicago, small town life in Minnesota and the delights of lake-filled Minneapolis, both summer and winter. She graduated from Earlham College in 1993 with a B.A. in Peace & Global Studies. After living in Chicago again for several years, she came out to Oregon where she met her husband, Jason. They now have two girls who attend the Eugene Waldorf School.
Valerie has been involved with the Eugene Waldorf School since 2001 when she enrolled in the Waldorf Teacher Education, Eugene program. She co-taught for two years in kindergarten and then served on the board for a term. She remains on the Finance Circle for which she served as Treasurer through her tenure as a create-a-home mom. Her role as the Public Relations and Enrollment Coordinator is a welcomed and exciting blend of her love of people and Waldorf education.
Molly Wilson, Business Manager
Molly grew up in Eugene, the second of two children and the daughter of two teachers, which is one of the reasons she loves being around teachers all day long. After spending parts of junior high and high school in Turkey and Nigeria, she graduated from South Eugene High School in 1974. After a year abroad in Kyoto, Japan, Molly graduated from Williams College with a degree in comparative religions, and settled in Seattle. After several years of working in a collective restaurant, where she was first introduced to the pleasures of accounting and bookkeeping, Molly returned to school where she earned a doctorate in computer science.
Molly has two children and two stepchildren, three of whom graduated from EWS. Molly’s husband Jay has been a parent at the school since 1992. In their free time, they love to explore the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Molly has been in the Business Office since 1996. She loves the challenges and joys of serving parents, teachers and children, and is grateful to have found a profession that combines so many of her interests and that requires a passionate attention to social interactions.