Combined with the strength of our Faculty and the classroom experience we provide, we owe much of our school’s vitality and success to the Board’s know-how and commitment.
Working collaboratively with Faculty, Administration and current parents, our Board helps us achieve our mission in many ways. As a group they meet once per month, while they are also continually active in committees. Members come from a variety of backgrounds, as a result they bring a wealth of professional expertise to our organization. Several current PCWS parents are members. In addition, the Board also includes alumni parents, Washington Waldorf parents, teachers and community members. Members also sit on various school committees and working groups.
Our Board Chair is Brett Mayer and Treasurer is Michael Nakamoto.
Brett Mayer is an adventurer and teacher specializing in environmental and adventure education. He currently serves at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia. He is a professional whitewater kayaker and an ambassador for Dagger Kayaks, Mountain Khakis, and Larabar. He is an avid outdoorsman and holds expert levels of competency in mountain biking, skiing, surfing, and rock climbing. He grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia wandering the woods and fields of the Blue Ridge Mountains before attending the University of Virginia where he majored in Environmental Studies and played Division I men’s soccer for the Cavaliers. His passion for environmental education and love of the outdoors led him to many adventures in his early teaching career. He traversed twelve thousand miles through the United States in a waste vegetable oil powered car, led international service trips to Peru and Belize, participated in an expedition to the Antarctic continent, and kayaked and climbed in Ecuador, Mexico, Costa Rica and other locations. Brett believes in an educational philosophy that emphasizes the pursuit of sustainability through regenerativity and resiliency. He is dedicated to creating and participating in experiences that widen people’s circles of knowing about themselves and the world. He is currently finishing an M.A. thesis in how the natural world has agency in transformational intrapersonal change in the lives of whitewater paddlers, as part of a path toward a Ph.D. in Sustainability Education from Prescott College in Arizona. He comes to Alexandria, Virginia from Lakeville, Connecticut where he taught Environmental Science at the Hotchkiss School. He lives with his wife Kerry, daughter Aoife, son Stokes, dog Mogul, and a few crazy backyard chickens.
Fourth Grade Teacher
Lark Bergwin-Anderson holds an M.Ed from Antioch University, a Waldorf Certificate and a B.A. in Anthropology from Wheaton College (MA) with an exchange scholar year at Dartmouth. Ms. Bergwin-Anderson is the mom of 3 Waldorf Lifers. She has traveled extensively and speaks several languages. Her three children attended Acorn Hill and Washington Waldorf Schools, where she has volunteered in numerous capacities over the years (and still does). She encountered the works of Rudolf Steiner upon her graduation from college and has been a Lifelong student. An avid gardener and lover of the arts, Ms. B-A has represented anthroposophical artists including a large art show at the NIH.
Director, Government Programs, responsible for working with federal executive and legislative branch officials on a variety of government program, business development and federal policy matters. Prior to joining Cray in 2004, Mr. Guiton served as legislative director in the U.S. Congress from 1999 to 2003 with a focus on appropriations and technology matters. From 1995 to 1998, he served as a technology policy advisor working closely with the House Government Management, Information and Technology subcommittee from 1995 to 1998. Before working in Congress, he was a computer programmer/analyst for Shared Medical Systems Corporation (now Siemens). He has two daughters enrolled at PCWS.
Nick Hampton has spent 15 years serving both the private and public sectors. The last 5 years he has been dedicated to serving the public sector. Nick most recently served as the Enterprise Performance Lifecycle (EPLC) Team lead for the Department of Health and Human Services. In this role he was responsible for overseeing and managing the entire department’s IT Enterprise Systems Development Lifecycle framework (EPLC) for 11 HHS Agencies. He oversaw the governance of more than 1600 IT investments across HHS. He also managed the IT budget in the allocation of resources totaling more $3.9 billion, for a 700-plus item IT portfolio. Nick has a 4-year old daughter named Skylar attending the Waldorf School. He loves being in nature, taking hikes and camping.
BS in Commerce, University of Virginia. MBA with focus on Social Value Creation, University of Maryland. Michael is a business management professional with nearly 20 years of experience. He currently works at The Nature Conservancy where he leads cross-functional teams of conservation, development, and operations staff to realize organizational strategies and design supporting business processes. Prior to The Nature Conservancy, Michael was the Chief Financial Officer of a retail flooring business where he helped secure the financing and scale the operations to support the company through a significant growth phase. He joined the PCWS Board in January 2015. He is a parent of Koh in the Oak Tree Kindergarten and Rio in the Parent-Child Class.
Mixed-Age Kindergarten Lead, Faculty Chair
Anna has a BA in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences with an emphasis on culture, literature and the arts from University of Washington, and a Waldorf Teaching Certification from Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training. Before arriving at PCWS Anna was a lead Kindergarten teacher at the Waldorf-inspired Monterey Bay Charter School. Prior to that she was a Kindergarten Assistant at Marin Waldorf School. She has volunteered at San Francisco Waldorf School and she has taught Pre-K in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Anna has also worked in After Care and has taught Games in Monterey. Anna grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and the rich culture and natural beauty in that part of the country instilled in her a sacred appreciation for nature and the arts. In her spare time Anna loves cooking with her husband, running with her rascally pup, and hiking with both of them.
Jason Turim was born and raised in the Washington, DC metro area, and returned to the area when his son was born. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Northeastern University, and is currently the Vice President of Software Development at Signal Vine <https://www.signalvine.com>, a local tech startup that focuses on building tools to help young people attend and succeed in a post-secondary education.
He and his family decided on sending their only son to a Waldorf school for a number of reasons. “As a parent, I want to ensure that [my son] has the tools to live a happy, thoughtful and fulfilling life, and we feel that the pedagogy of Waldorf Education is better suited to bring that out in young learners. I can’t help but feel that when my son attended a public school he was on an assembly line, while at PCWS he is learning what it means to be a person in the world.”
Jason is a newcomer to the PCWS Board, having joined at the tail end of the school year, June 2016. Aside from his family and his job, Jason enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, music, and exploring new surroundings by foot or by bike–either in nature or city settings.