Katharine Woods

Katharine Woods

Contact 720-4883 kwoods@themountainschool.info

Katharine Woods, born and raised in New York City, is the founder of The Mountain School and the owner of the property upon which the school is located. With the support of her mother and father, Priscilla and Ward Woods, Katharine was able to create the school of her dreams. In 2005-2007, with the business mentorship of her father she developed a business plan, received a Conditional Use Permit for the school, envisioned, designed and facilitated the building of the green school house, farm and gardens. From 2007-2015 For the next 8 years she was a classroom teacher, teacher trainer/mentor, board of directors member, and co-administrator. Katharine obtained her Waldorf teaching credential from The Rudolf Steiner College in San Francisco in 2000, and is credentialed to teach Waldorf Education Kindergarten through 8th grade. She is also a certified permaculturalist and spent two years apprenticing in biodynamic farming before opening the school and it’s farm. She has taught school since 1997 when she began teaching kindergarten at The San Francisco Waldorf School. She has taught Kindergarten for a total of twelve years at The San Francisco Waldorf School from 1997-1999, The Santa Cruz Waldorf School in 2000-2002, and then The Mountain School from 2002-2010. She has taught elementary school grades 1-4th at The Mountain School, having taught a dual-curriculum each year for six years, she has taught 1st-2nd grades for three years, 3rd grade for two years, and 4th grade for one year each. Katharine is the mother of a 22-year-old daughter, India. Her passion for education is combining the brilliant insights and indications of Rudolf Steiner and Waldorf education through experiential learning of Whole Systems Practical Arts (which includes farm to table, animal to clothing, minerals to metal work, wilderness skills, wild harvesting, woodworking and nature crafting skills) according to the principles and practices of Permaculture and Biodynamic agriculture. In September of 2012 Katharine Woods hired Mary Gervase to apply for a public charter from the state of Idaho for the families of TMS, which was granted in 2013, and opened in September of 2014. Katharine continues to direct The Mountain School as a Whole Systems Practical Arts Education Center, which offers after-school programs, summer camps, public school field trips, and permaculture workshops and hunter education for both children and adults. Katharine will be consulting with the Yuba River Charter School in Nevada City, California, as they build, develop curriculum and open their Waldorf-methods Elementary Charter Farm School. She is available for consulting with schools both nationally and internationally that wish to develop permaculture, farm and wilderness education programs.


 John Delorenzo, Primitive Wilderness, Animal Husbandry and Woodworking Teacher.

Contact: 721-7783 jdelorenzo@themountainschool.info

 John DeLorenzo was raised on a homestead in Arizona with his 9 siblings.  His father was a well-known saddle maker and horseman.  The Hopi Indians that worked with his father inspired John to explore native skills from an early age.  He went on to live in the Philippines for four years and Japan for eleven years, building international schools and teaching during this time.  He raised six sons and one daughter.  He has studied and practiced survival arts from the jungles of the Philippines to the frozen Taiga of the Yukon territories.  Back home in the U.S., John worked on Idaho ranches as a cowboy and also as a master carpenter in the Wood River Valley.

John worked directly with Katharine Woods and The Mountain School from early on in 2006and oversaw the construction of the farm, play yard and classrooms.  He has taught practical arts to the students in animal husbandry, wilderness skills and woodworking throughout the school years from 2007 to the present.  His summer camps are highly sought after by returning students and fill up quickly with youth coming in from all over the country. John lives on the Mountain School farm, maintains the site, and caretakes the animals.

Tammy Jane Prosper

Contact 481-2423 cottonfields44@gmail.com

Raised in Texas, Tammy comes from a family well steeped in ranch and rodeo heritage.  She grew up alongside her brother and cousins caring for the horses and brahma bulls and pretending to be one of the wild peacocks gliding through her grandparents bountiful organic gardens in East Texas.  Her love of learning from nature led her to study with the Lama Foundation in New Mexico on Permaculture principles and The Pfeiffer Center for Biodynamic studies in Chestnut Ridge, New York.  She has studied naturopathic healing modalities from clinics in B.C. and Toronto Canada and has been a student of traditional folk and plant based medicines from her teenage years to the present.  Tammy attended foundational Waldorf studies at the Austin Waldorf School in central Texas before moving to Idaho in 2006 where she began working with The Mountain School in Bellevue as a founding parent and board member, settling in to the cozy and joy filled position of Preschool teacher from 2009-2013.  Summer courses at Rudolf Steiner College in California have inspired her efforts to share this life enriching knowledge with all students of Blaine County by working as Education Director for the Sawtooth Botanical Garden in 2013-14.  She loves exploring the hills and effortless beauty of Idaho with her fella and her two children every chance she gets! Tammy lives  on the Mountain School farm, manages the biodynamic-inspired organic gardens, teaches children, develops collaborative efforts with other non-profits organizations, and writes grants for the school.

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Kelly Siemon

Contact 720-6759 kellysiemon@yahoo.com              

As a native of the Wood River Valley, Kelly is very familiar with the environment, culture and small town values the community offers.  After college and years of travel she returned to the valley where she owned and operated a summer outdoor camp as well as a retail store for a number of years. Kelly holds a BA in Elementary Education, a BA in Visual Arts,  K-12 Certification in Art Education and is training to obtain Waldorf teacher certification through Rudolf Steiner College and the Kenthathen  Institute. She is currently the After School Teacher for grades K/1 at Syringa Mountain School.  Prior to working at SMS she was the Handwork, Farm and Garden and Spanish instructor at the Mountain School and a Kindergarten teacher in Twin Falls for one year. Kelly has been a children’s ski-instructor for fifteen years as well as a mentor in the Big Brother/Big Sister program. .She has been an artist, gardener, sports enthusiast, and community advocate for many years. Last summer Kelly was the Administrator for the TMS Summer Camp. She is very excited to contribute to the future of The Mountain School and devote herself to administrative duties and teaching at the upcoming TMS Summer Camp .