Director of Operations
With 25 years of education experience split evenly between teaching and school administration, Dirk Angevine brings a unique and dynamic capability to school management and guidance. Dirk graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor’s in Public Policy; his Master’s in Education was earned at George Mason University and he received his Principal’s licensure from the University of Denver. He has worked with a wide diversity of students, at all age levels and with a range of learnig styles including experiential, alternative and traditional. Dirk moved to Evergreen from the Washington D.C. area in 1992 and worked as a Project Manager with his grandfather’s real estate development business.
Dirk has served as an administrator at metro area charter schools since 2000; his most recent position in Jefferson County was with Compass Montessori School, just down the street, where he was the Head of School. His wife was also a school social worker at the Golden campus and is currently working at Colorado Academy. They have two middle school age daughters. While growing up Dirk lived in Pakistan, the Philippines and Japan; he is also an avid tennis player.
Interim Director of Education
Karen Bailey will serve as Interim Director of Education. As former lead ECE teacher for the Skylark class, Karen is eager to bring her intimate knowledge of MPCS culture and extensive Waldorf and administrative skills to this new role. As a personal goal, Karen intends to learn the name of every child in attendance at the school. Her belief is that “all of our decisions and actions should be rooted in service to the children entrusted to our care.”
For those of you who do not know Karen, she moved from Tennessee to Colorado four years ago for one year of Eurythmy training, after which she worked at Shining Mountain Waldorf School and Boulder Waldorf Kindergarten. Karen has served as a kindergarten teacher for the last two years at Mountain Phoenix. Her credentials include four degrees earned while in Tennessee: two in Philosophy, one in Art and one in Architecture. She founded a Waldorf-inspired preschool center, where she taught and served as Administrator for ten years. Karen has two adult children and is looking forward to becoming a grandmother. She is a member of a steering committee forming a new Waldorf-inspired charter high school because she wants the children of Mountain Phoenix to continue receiving the wholeness and health that is the foundation of Waldorf education.
Kristi shares with Mountain Phoenix an expertise in Waldorf education, a passion for meeting the needs of children and the ability to make learning fun! She completed her Waldorf teacher training at Rudolf Steiner College in California in 2003 and has 20 years of experience teaching children from preschool to 8th grade. She enjoyed serving as the Campus Director at the original Mountain Phoenix Community School campus in Coal Creek Canyon as well. Making Waldorf Education available to families regardless of financial ability has been a dream of hers. Bringing together of the Waldorf philosophy, style, and rich curriculum together with public school opportunities has been (and continues to be) a wonderful experience for her!
Heidi brings years of teaching experience in mixed-ability classrooms and completed her Master’s in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado Denver in 2011. She believes in nurturing the whole child through their imaginations while developing compassionate, self-confident lifelong learners rich in appreciation of diversity, creativity, and respect. Heidi is a mother of a son and daughter, and enjoys reading, gardening, sketching, ice skating, and bicycling.