LEADERSHIP & COLLABORATION
Portland Waldorf School is a self-governing, private school that works under a collaborative leadership model. The College of Teachers and the Board of Trustees are the two primary bodies that oversee the governance of the school.
The College is the body of faculty members which has agreed to take on the leadership of the pedagogical and spiritual life of the school. The Board is responsible for the legal and financial health of the school, and strategic planning. Each body designates an individual to ensure that their respective policies are implemented. The Faculty Chair works on behalf of the College while the Administrative Chair works on behalf of the Board. These two Chairs serve the school together in a dual-leadership model.
While the College and the Board provide broad oversight and school leadership, smaller Committees conduct the daily business operations of the school. These committees work collaboratively to accomplish their mandated tasks, and report to the Faculty and Administrative Chairs. Committees are comprised of faculty, staff, and parent volunteer members, and facilitate functions such as Finance, Teacher Search, Curriculum, and Campus Grounds.
The Stewardship Group is a team of faculty that serves to make daily school decisions and acts in a consultative manner to the Faculty and Administrative Chairs. The group addresses issues and makes decisions that do not fall within the broad purview of the Board and College or within the specific mandates of any other Committee. Stewardship reports to both the College and the Board through the two Chairs.
MEET THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Jeff Rice, President
Andrew Cohen, Treasurer
Jeffrey’s family started at PWS in 2016 with Penelope and Adeleine enrolled in the Lower School and his wife, Annagrace, working in the main office. Jeffrey works as Chief Technology Officer for Centerlogic, Inc. where he provides technology and information security solutions for over 200 small businesses. He has performed as percussionist, timpanist, composer, or conductor with groups as varied as Oregon Symphony, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Big Horn Brass, Portland Symphonic Choir, and Sheldon High School’s Theatre. He has produced music and arts festivals, officiated weddings, been an invited speaker for conferences and webinars, and acted as master of ceremonies. Jeffrey consults for many non-profit organizations and has served on the boards of many, including Baden-Powell Service Association, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and Bike Clark County. Jeffrey holds a Master of Science in Arts Management and a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance, both from University of Oregon.
Maya Muir, Vice President
Genevieve Angle, Secretary
Kimberley and her family joined the PWS community when her son entered Trillium Kindergarten in 2009. She discovered Waldorf education while traveling in Ireland and sharing time with two uncommonly engaging and confident teenagers, both Waldorf students. Kimberley grew up in the Boston area and moved to Portland in 1987. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Southern Methodist University in 1982, and her J.D. from San Diego School of Law in 1987. She has served as a public-sector lawyer since 1988, working for Clackamas County. Kimberley joined the Board of Trustees inspired by the opportunity to participate in preserving and growing the wellbeing of PWS.