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Mountain Song Administration

Administration

Jen Toci

School Secretary

Jen Toci comes to MSCS with three years experience working in a charter school as a health aid and office assistant. Previous to that she completed training in basic nursing skills at Centennial Nursing Aide Training and Goodwill. In her earlier career she served as administrative assistant to the VP of marketing in the toy and building industry as well. She has eleven years experience homeschooling her ten children in all twelve grades graduating two from the accredited PA Homeschoolers Program. In her leisure time, Jen enjoys drawing, painting, landscaping, sewing and interior design.

Raj Solanki

Administration, Executive Director

If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.  Chinese Proverb

I grew up right here in Colorado Springs, and I was drawn back to this beautiful city in 2010. While working on my masters degree in teaching in a small town in Iowa, I discovered Waldorf education. My son’s preschool teacher at the time was Waldorf trained. Fortunately, by the time my son was in kindergarten, we lived in a town in Oregon with a Waldorf school. As I watched him blossom, I fell more and more in love with Waldorf education. It gave validation to the child-centered approach I worked to create in my teaching experiences. I’ve had the opportunity to teach elementary, middle school and high school age students. Most recently, I’ve had the opportunity to work with at-risk teens teaching, advising and developing curriculum.

It has been challenging and rewarding working with Mountain Song Community School since the beginning. I’ve learned a great deal helping to form the charter, championing the school with parents, district board members and the state authorizer, serving as vice president of the founding and governing board, and now continuing my service as director. I believe this school and community is set to truly excel as we work together to solidify a vision of child-centered, holistic education at MSCS.

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Elise Basescu

Student Support Coordinator

My heart is filled with joy to become part of the Mountain Song team this year. I grew up in Aurora, while spending the weekends running around the woods in Granby on my family’s land. I have a Bachelors in Health Ed. from Baylor University. Education has always been a passion of mine and I have been able to work with children in many diverse settings. While in college, I taught Outdoor Programs at the YMCA of the Rockies, assisted in the Therapeutic Recreation Department at Denver Children’s Hospital, and lived and worked at an orphanage in Vilnius, Lithuania.

After graduating I moved onto the World Hunger Relief Farm, an organic training farm in Waco, TX. At the farm I learned how to live off the land. I managed the medicinal herb garden, often teaching herb and native plant workshops, as well as assisting in the vegetable CSA, raw goat dairy, grass fed goat and steer pastures, chicken coops, and honey hives. In the afternoons I taught two after school urban gardening programs in the poorest communities in Waco. My Waldorf soul was captured when I got to experience what it meant to live with such simplicity and purpose in those years at the farm.

I left the farm and moved to Chattanooga, TN where I was an AmeriCorps VISTA at a GED® Adult Learning Center. I collaborated with the local farmers market and published a cookbook for their Mobile Food Trailer, a van that carries fresh produce to areas of the city with inadequate access to fresh food. My cookbook contained simple meals that emphasized using local produce in season with southern inspired recipes. I also worked as a birth Doula and on my husband’s CSA farm.

In 2012 we moved to Fort Collins where I spent two years as a Paraprofessional in Special Education, assisting students with a range of learning needs and challenges in grades k-12. This past year I was able to work at Mountain Sage Community School, a k-6 Waldorf Charter school, as the Administrative Assistant and Games teacher. I have realized that Waldorf Education is my true teaching niche and I am thrilled to watch the children entering Kindergarten this fall experience the gift of Waldorf inspired learning.

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ElizaBeth Wildemaan

Pedagogical Director

ElizaBeth earned her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 1993.  In 2001, she completed her Waldorf certification at Antioch New England Graduate School, and in 2013, she earned a Masters degree in Organizational Psychology from the University of the Rockies.

ElizaBeth began her Waldorf adventure by taking the lead class at Four Winds Waldorf School outside of Chicago for their seventh and eighth grade years.  She then took a class from grades one through eight at Oakland Steiner School in Rochester Hills, Michigan, and upon their graduation took a fifth grade class.  When her class was combined with another due to low enrollment at the end of sixth grade, she moved to Arizona and spent a year as the Administrator at Mountain Oak School, a Waldorf-methods charter school.  She then taught third grade at Desert Star Community School, another Waldorf-methods charter school.  She is very pleased and excited to join Mountain Song Community School.
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Dan Kurschner

Business Manager

A Wisconsin farm boy by heritage, Dan struck out for the Rocky Mountains soon after high school where his heart and sense of adventure were captured.  As a lifelong learner, he entered the teaching field teaching sixth grade in Tampa, FL after receiving his B.S. in Social Studies Education from Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown, Wisconsin. He’s also had the opportunity to work with students of all ages through sports camps and a wilderness backpacking program.

Previously, Dan taught Junior High and High School history for University Schools of Colorado Springs as well as assisting with their outdoor canyoneering program. The idea of having the opportunity to teach in a ‘nontraditional’ Waldorf school is an absolute dream come true. His life experiences include ranching, farming, and a collection of other experiences he’s looking forward to sharing with his students.

He’s an avid trail runner and hiker. So, when he’s not off on an in adventure in the mountains, you may find him volunteering with the Pikes Peak Road Runners.
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Sarah White

Registrar, School Performance Manager

Sarah is the Registrar/School Performance Manager at Mountain Song Community School.  Prior to work at Mountain Song, she worked for four years as a Military Impact Planner II at the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) and served as Regional Sustainability Coordinator for the agency.  At PPACG, Sarah worked on the Fort Carson Regional Growth Plan and helped develop the Pikes Peak region’s first long-term sustainability plan – Looking to Our Future: Pikes Peak Region 2030 (PPR 2030).

For over 10 years, Sarah has served the environmental community in the Pikes Peak region.  She’s worked for Sustainable Fort Carson, served on the Board of Directors for Southern Colorado Clean Cities Coalition, and help start two local environmental efforts: the Colorado Springs Conservation Corps and the Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future.  In 2013, she received a Community Sustainability Champion award from Fort Carson at the annual Colorado Sustainability Conference.

Being a fifth generation native to Colorado Springs and avid nature and history lover, Sarah’s passion is to preserve the natural and cultural resources in the region for her children and future generations to enjoy.  When she is not working at Mountain Song, Sarah enjoys gardening, baking, beekeeping, making art and music, hiking, and playing with her children.

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