Phone: (831) 425-0519

Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

Krista Cook

President and 1st and 4th Grade Parent

My family and I live on the Lower Westside. My husband and I own and manage Lighthouse Realty and Property Management. My son, Carson will be entering the 4th grade for the 2018-2019 school year. My daughter, Penelope will be in 1st Grade with Angela Oswald. I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to be involved with the Board and to use my skills to assist the school to set a good foundation for the many years my children and niece and nephew (Sienna and Forrest Cook) will be attending there. In my free time I enjoy surfing, cooking, knitting, reading and working out at Studio 831.

Scott Olmsted

Board Vice President, 7th Grade Class Teacher

Scott received a B.A. degree in Human Biology from Stanford University and a Waldorf Teaching Certificate from Rudolf Steiner College.

Scott’s journey with the Waldorf Education began when he was in high school. He researched different types of education and as a result, committed himself to starting a school with a unique philosophical foundation. Then he found Waldorf Education and thought, “This is better than the school I envisioned creating!”

Scott has been actively involved in Waldorf teaching for more than 20 years. During that time he served as a class teacher at the Live Oak Waldorf School near Auburn, CA, successfully carrying a class from first through eighth grades.

He also worked in teacher training programs at the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training in San Francisco, and with the Sunbridge College in New York. For three years, Scott was on the executive management team at the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA).

Scott joined the Santa Cruz Waldorf School in 2006. His three children all attended Waldorf Schools.

Amanda McLeod

Secretary and Preschool Parent

Amanda has a professional background in psychology, having worked in community mental health for 10 years and in private practice with children and adults on the Autism spectrum for 13 years.

She and her husband, Bret, and their son, Renner, are excited to be in their second year of community with SCWS.  Amanda came to SCWS through the parent-child program, where she learned, almost immediately, that SCWS was where she wanted Renner to begin his educational journey.  She felt that if Renner could experience even a portion of the warmth, magic, intrigue, and respect she experienced, then he would begin his journey with an invaluable foundation.  The lovely and dedicated staff, faculty, and parents of SCWS drew her to desire a deeper connection with the community.  She was delighted when the opportunity to serve on the Board of Trustees arose and is honored to serve.

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Tom Harper

6th Grade Parent

Bio coming soon.


Christopher Sblendorio

Board member and 5th Grade Teacher

Christopher, after getting a university degree in education and training at Emerson College, taught his first year at the Rudolf Steiner School in NYC. He then led four classes, first through eighth grades, at the Rudolf Steiner School in Great Barrington, MA. He now is teaching a new first grade at the Santa Cruz Waldorf School. He is also known as professional clown, musician, country dance caller, published writer—in short a jack of all trades and master of none, except perhaps of teaching children how to have fun while learning.


Alexandra Woods

Parent Association Liaison and 5th Grade Parent

Alexandra has lived in Santa Cruz since 1994 and grew up in New York City. She is a UCSC graduate. Alexandra was introduced to Waldorf Education through her sister Kate, a trained Waldorf teacher, who started and ran a Waldorf-inspired farm and wilderness skills grade school in Idaho. Alexandra became a parent at SCWS in 2000 when her son Rowan started kindergarten. Her daughter Xanthe is in Mr. Sblendorio’s 5th grade class. Alexandra chaired the Parent Association from 2013-15, was May Faire Chair in 2013-14, and has served in multiple capacities for her 3 children’s classes over the years. She is an enthusiastic supporter of SCWS, and hopes her 15 years of experience at SCWS will bring a valuable perspective to the Board’s work.

Alexandra joined the BOT in 2015 and is currently serving as the BOT PA Rep.

Jodi Casey

6th Grade Teacher

Since stumbling upon a small Waldorf initiative for her three children in the deserts of Arizona in 1996, Jodi Casey’s passion has been Waldorf education. She has been a parent, board member, administrator, consultant and volunteer for Waldorf schools all over the world. Anticipating her children’s graduation from the San Francisco Waldorf High School, Jodi completed the three-year Waldorf teacher training program at the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training. After substituting and assisting at the San Francisco Waldorf School for two years, she took her first class at the Santa Cruz Waldorf School in 2013. Jodi’s favorite part of being both a Waldorf parent and teacher is watching children grow, develop, and discover themselves through the diverse, artistic, and edifying curriculum while continuing to grow and develop herself through the challenges of being a parent and teacher. Jodi has a bachelor’s of science degree in Journalism, and was the owner of her own consulting firm specializing in the community relations aspect of the redevelopment of contaminated urban sites and prior to that was the marketing director at an environmental consulting firm. When not contemplating how to best meet the needs of her current group of students, Jodi and her husband enjoy hiking, traveling, exploring food, and spending time with family and friends.



Margaret Rosas

Governance Chair and 3rd Grade Parent

Margaret lives on the Eastside with her husband and three children. Her daughters are in high school and her son Roman is in Mrs. Casey’s 6th grade class. Margaret works for Looker, a technology software company located in downtown Santa Cruz. She has worked extensively in the Santa Cruz community to develop the local tech ecosystem. Margaret received a Liberal Arts degree from The George Washington University.

Margaret joined the board in 2015 and is currently serving as governance chair.

Anya Hobley

Board Member

Anya joined the Board and the Development Committee in 2018 after her son, Octavio, graduated from SCWS.  Anya is originally from England and is a graduate of Summerfield Waldorf School in Santa Rosa, CA. She has studied Eurythmy in Spring Valley, and taught in Waldorf early childhood programs.

Anya has a B.S. in Health Education from Cal State University Northridge with an emphasis on Community Health and Health Disparities.  She currently works for Camphill Communities California as an Executive Co-Director and Director of Development. She is a member of the Camphill Board of Directors.  She is an experienced Supported Living Program Manager, and Certified Administrator, with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management industry.

Naomi Bayer

Development Chair, 3rd and 7th Grade Grandparent
Naomi joined the board in 2018, soon after her move to Santa Cruz from New York, to be closer to her children and grandchildren. She admits to being ‘wowed” by the Waldorf approach to education and especially to the way in which the SCWS delivers strong academic content with experiential learning.  She believes that with a SCWS education, we are preparing our children to be thoughtful leaders to take us forward into an uncertain future.
She retired from a 40+ year career in affordable housing finance and community development, including senior positions at the New York State Housing Finance Agency, Fannie Mae and Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.  She had held leadership roles in many nonprofit organizations and has served on a multitude of boards.  With extensive fundraising experience, she is now co-chairing the development committee with Nancy Park.  She lives close to the harbor and enjoys, yoga, biking, reading, drumming, folksinging and cooking.



Phone: (831) 824-2161
Address: 2190 Empire Grade
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Location: Next to UCSC,
10 minutes from downtown
Aftercare: After 1PM, Aftercare can be reached at (831) 425-0346
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