Faculty Spotlight: Cara Olivenza

What was your path to MPCS?

After graduating from the University of Montana, I taught outdoor science education. When I met my husband, I moved to Fort Collins and worked as a librarian and instructional para, then taught at a science outreach program in Fort Collins while getting my certification in Elementary Education and my Masters. Then, I taught 6th grade Earth Science in Thornton. After my daughter was born, I worked part-time as a special education reading interventionist in Jeffco Schools. All my experiences came together when I became the Program Specialist at Jeffco’s Outdoor Lab. I wanted to return to the classroom, but not a traditional Jeffco classroom. I have worked with and in many schools in Jeffco and throughout Colorado. Mountain Phoenix has a greater authentic feeling of safety, positivity, and creativity than any other school I have seen and I knew I wanted to be there.

What is your job at MPCS?

First Grade teacher 

What are you looking forward to most this year in your job?

Building community and a love of learning in our classroom.

What excites you most about Waldorf Education?

The attentiveness to the development of the whole student; head, hands, and heart.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I love to be with my family and play outside. We like to bike, go skiing, and canoe together and I like to go running and spend a little time just being by myself.