Tara Performing Arts High School

Tara provides each of its students with a highly personal educational experience that incorporates rigorous academics, artistic performance, and culturally enriching travel within a Waldorf curriculum. This uniquely powerful approach to education requires a substantial commitment of resources that cannot be fully covered by tuition alone. In addition, the school offers a number of families tuition assistance each year in order to make Tara accessible to students from a wide range of economic backgrounds. As a result, tuition covers only 70% of the school's annual operating budget. Please consider a gift to Tara as a way of offering this extraordinary, life-changing, educational experience.

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Staff

Part Time Staff:
28
Full Time Staff:
11
Contract Staff:
8
Volunteers Annually:
100
Retention Rate:
82%

Laurel Fisher, Co-Director/Founder, Artistic Director
Start Date: 1994

Laurel co-founded Tara out of a life-long passion for the arts and a vivid memory of what the arts can mean for the adolescent. She began singing and acting at the age of four, and in high school created a kind of conservatory for herself, studying outside of school with master teachers in acting and music. Laurel has directed over one hundred Tara productions including musical theatre, drama, and choral music concerts since Tara was founded in 1994. She combines inspired direction with enlivened dramatic instruction to produce semi-professional level performances that enable students to find hidden potential that often translates to many areas of their lives. In addition to her 30 years of teaching experience, Laurel brings to Tara a wide range of professional musical experience both as a performer and as a teacher. Her musicianship and interests cover such diverse musical forms as opera, folk, rock 'n' roll, musicals and classical choral music. Laurel received her higher education from both the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University. As well as being Tara's artistic director, Laurel teaches Shakespeare and literature and is an instructor for the New York and Europe cultural history trips. Outside of school, Laurel loves spending time with her nine grandchildren.

Gregory Fisher, Co-Director/Founder, Administrator
Start Date: 1994

Greg brings to Tara his rich background as a musician and professional actor. He first encountered Waldorf education as a parent, and he is excited by the combination of drama, music and a meaningful approach to education that is offered at Tara. Greg managed and was on the board of KGNU Community Radio in Boulder, administered a successful record company, and served a five-year term on the Boulder Arts Commission. He has a B.A. in Communications from Johnston College, University of Redlands, CA. In addition to being Tara's administrator, Greg has taught literature and set and lighting design/construction at Tara over the last twenty years. He is also an instructor on the New York and Europe cultural history trips. Greg is a devoted grandfather to his eight grandchildren; his favorite hobbies are organic gardening, carpentry and beekeeping.

Betsy Barricklow, Co-Director/Founder
Start Date: 1994

Betsy, a Waldorf graduate herself, taught kindergarten and took a class from first through eighth grade at Highland Hall Waldorf School in California. Subsequently, she taught high school for fourteen years before co-founding Tara. She has always recognized the enlivening and transformational effects of music and drama on young people. Betsy received her college education in literature and music at California State University Northridge, and her Waldorf training at Emerson College in England. In addition to her many responsibilities as a co-director of Tara, Betsy teaches Comedy and Tragedy, History through Drama, Communications and Russian Literature and is an instructor on the New York and Europe cultural history trips. Betsy is also Tara's college counselor.

Alison McCormack, Mathematics
Start Date: 1999

Alison earned a B.A. in Mathematics and an M.A. in Mathematics and Statistics from Washington University, Saint Louis, Missouri. She has nineteen years of teaching experience, sixteen of which have been at Tara. Her students believe she may be the best math teacher in the world. Alison is chair of the Tara's mathematics department, and this year she is teaching Algebra II, Advanced Geometry and Calculus.

Keir Hyatt, Mathematics
Start Date: 2013

Keir earned a B.A. in History with a minor in English from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. This is his twelfth year teaching high school mathematics; he has previously also taught English, history, and special education. Keir enjoys spending time with his wife and son, hiking and playing ultimate Frisbee. He teaches Algebra I, Geometry and Pre-Calculus at Tara.

Betsy Kabrick, Mathematics, Science, Special Accommodations Director
Start Date: 2014

Helping students "get it" is a huge joy for Betsy; as a child she used to make up math problems for neighbor kids to do! She earned a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and did post-doctoral research for the Women in Science and Engineering Project. Betsy taught high school math, chemistry, and physics at Shining Mountain Waldorf School for several years. Currently, she loves working as a private tutor in math and science, and she also offers intuitive massage therapy in her private practice. Some of her other passions include dancing at the Avalon Ballroom, singing with the Boulder County Threshold Singers, hiking along creeks, and spending time with her two teenagers.

Kim Williams, Science
Start Date: 2015

Kim earned her Bachelor of Arts in Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education from Brevard College in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina. She served as a teaching assistant on two "Voice of the Rivers" expeditions, a source-to-sea interdisciplinary study of a river in which two college classes are conducted. She is excited to combine her interests in education and the natural world when teaching geology and geography as well as chaperoning the Native American trip

Catherine Barricklow, Nomad Playhouse Production Manager, Play Director, Humanities, Science, Communications
Start Date: 2001

Catherine is a Tara graduate, director, production manager and outdoor educator. She holds a degree in theater with a concentration in directing and stage management from Otterbein University, and she worked in stage management and production management at the Public Theater in New York City from 2008 - 2013. She served as associate director and co-author of the 2011 world premiere of Unnatural Acts, which received Drama Desk nominations for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Director. Catherine is guest director in the drama department of Brevard College in North Carolina and spends her summers leading month-long wilderness and service expeditions for high school students with Deer Hill Expeditions. At Tara, Catherine is directing the ninth grade commedia and tenth grade play, chaperoning the New York trip, and teaching Native American Traditions, History through Drama, Embryology and practical theatre. She is also bringing her considerable expertise to managing and upgrading the Nomad Playhouse, realizing our vision for it as a vibrant center for the arts.

Julie Moinicken, Civics
Start Date: 2013

Julie brings over thirty years of teaching experience, including twelve years in Waldorf education, to her work with students at Tara. She recently took a class from first to eighth grade at Shepherd Valley Waldorf School. Julie has a B.A. in Education from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota and completed her Waldorf Teacher Training at Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, California. Currently, she is a graduate student in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology at Naropa. Julie does rock climbing, practices yoga, plays flute and piano, gardens and writes poetry. Additionally, she enjoys spending time with her two adult sons, one of whom is a Tara graduate.

Matthew Witherow, History, Music, Assistant Choir Conductor
Start Date: 2008

Matt received no music instruction until he attended the University of Louisiana where he was awarded the Clara Freiburg Scholarship and the Florence Allbritton Award and was Outstanding Senior within the Division of Music. He obtained his master's degree in music from the University of Colorado. Matt currently performs as both a collaborative and a solo artist and has played for several Waldorf organizations. Last summer, Matt completed the second year of Waldorf High School teacher training at the Center for Anthroposophy in New Hampshire. Matt is Tara's assistant choir director, and he teaches history, music theory, handbells and History through Music II. He has shared his talents as an accompanist in Tara's Candlelight Festival and all-school musicals for several years; he became quite a hero when a wasp stung his finger during a performance of Guys and Dolls and he continued to play without a single missed note.

Adam Agee, English
Start Date: 2003

Adam is a Waldorf graduate and has a B.A. in Visual Art and Design from Rhode Island School of Design. He has taught a variety of subjects at Tara in the past and currently teaches Transcendentalism to the senior class.

Sorel Haruf, English
Start Date: 2014

Sorel holds a B.A. in French with a minor in Global Studies from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Having told her parents long ago that she would never follow in their footsteps and become a teacher, she has just completed her 27th year as ... a teacher. She has taught nearly all ages of students, from early childhood to adults, in a variety of subjects. Motivated by a yearning to effect change at a deep level, Sorel has also branched out into training and working in various healing capacities. She is thrilled to share her love of literature with the students at Tara.

Giada Shaver, English
Start Date: 2015

A Tara graduate and lifelong Waldorf student, Giada earned a B.A. cum laude from Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts in New York City, where she received the prestigious Bea Banu scholarship, held a fellowship and worked as a research assistant in performance studies. She has led school tours and taught in the teen programs at the Rubin Museum of Art and written archival entries and co-curated an event series at the Archive for Archetypal Symbolism. Though she lives in New York, where she recently became a lead teacher at Brooklyn Forest School, she returns each fall to Tara to work with the seniors on their college application personal statement and supplemental essays.

Pamela Shaver, English, History, Costumer, Editor
Start Date: 2008

Pamela has a B.A. in Visual Design from the University of California at Berkeley. For nearly a decade, she lived in Italy, where she worked as a graphic designer, translator and baker, among other things; learning to speak English again upon her return to the U.S. led directly into her career as a writer and editor. A lifelong student of literature and social history - at age 14 she created her first costume and character as one of Queen Elizabeth's ladies-in-waiting at the Bay Area Renaissance Faire - Pamela brings that passion to dressing most of Tara's annual productions. She teaches writing to the tenth graders and assists seniors with the college application process, and this year she is also providing them with a whirlwind introduction to the monarchies of Britain and Austria as background for the Europe trip. As Tara's chief editor, she helps to curate the school's image and presence in print, advertising and on the web.

David Cooley, Spanish
Start Date: 2014

David is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and holds a degree in Religious Studies. He has worked as a professional chef for over 19 years, and in that time he has developed a love for the Spanish language as well as for the rich cultures that embody it. During the last few years, he has been transitioning out of the kitchen and into work focused on teaching Spanish and English, community outreach, and social justice. This shift in focus is ultimately the result of his many years spent side by side with predominantly Latino coworkers and his intense passion for crossing cultural boundaries. This year, David is teaching advanced Spanish in the twelfth grad

Olga Correll, German
Start Date: 2015

Olga grew up in Munich, Germany, and she lived and studied in the U.K. and Switzerland before moving to the U.S. She holds a dual master's degree magna cum laude in Philosophy and Computational Linguistics from Université de Genève, and her thesis on statistical machine translation was co-supervised at M.I.T. Fluent in English, German and French, Olga has worked as a journalist, editor, tutor and literary agent with a focus on literature in translation. Her true love for teaching starts at home, where she raises her four children bilingually, mindfully living their cultural heritage each day.

Claudia Hendricks, Spanish
Start Date: 2016

A native of Argentina, Claudia is passionate about Spanish language and culture. She holds a degree in Foreign Language Acquisition and Communication from Universidad Nacional de Rosario and has taught for 18 years both there and at CU Boulder. As a speech and language therapist, she has helped many students thrive in their language-learning experience. She has also directed and worked in many volunteer projects in Argentina, Mexico and Boulder County. She loves spending time with family and friends, cooking and learning new things.

Anna Poisson, Gerrman
Start Date: 2015

Anna does not believe in fixed boundaries. Having grown up during the system change in Poland, Anna crossed her first border as soon as she graduated from high school and headed to Germany to study comparative literature and USA-Studies. Very soon she discovered that living in the West and speaking and thinking in a different language allowed her to better understand her Slavic heritage. After fifteen years working as a translator, in public relations for a museum, and as a newspaper-journalist and author of a book on shipbuilding, she followed her husband to Boulder to be near her teenage stepchildren. Here she translates her current foreign experience into writing and black & white photography. At Tara she is guided by the thought of Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, "The limits of my language mean the limits of my world," and she hopes to equip her students with the keys to every world they wish to enter.

Ileana Barbu, Art
Start Date: 2011

Ileana became acquainted with Waldorf Education when she enrolled her ninth grade daughter in Tara years ago. She holds an M.F.A. from the Fine Arts Institute "N. Grigorescu" in Bucharest. Her professional artwork (some of which can be seen in Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Boulder) includes sculpture and iconography, and she is equally passionate about Romanian dance.

John Ehrhart , Surveying
Start Date: 2015

Registered land surveyor and owner of Ehrhart Land Surveying, John holds a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from Creighton University and an M.A. in Transpersonal Psychology from Naropa University. John is co-founder of the Colorado Center for Restorative Practices and has been a restorative justice facilitator for 10 years. He is also a program instructor for the Prison Mindfulness Institute at both the Boulder County Jail and Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center. John is the author of Restorative Parenting: 7 Ways to Transform the Parent-Child Relationship. He is a singer-songwriter and enjoys being in the wilderness and philosophizing. Two of his four children have attended or are currently attending Tara.

Neal Ritter, Primitive Skills
Start Date: 2012

Neal has been inspired by nature since childhood. After graduating from Tara, he spent his wandering years hitchhiking through many foreign countries and studying tracking and primitive skills at wilderness schools and gatherings around the U.S. He spends a great deal of time working on bow-making, tracking and primitive hunting, and this passion led him to co-found the Laughing Coyote Project, a non-profit where he continues to teach the skills of our ancestors.

Gelsey Malferrari, Primitive Skills
Start Date: 2012

Gelsey was born and raised in Boulder on a community farm. Coming from a bilingual family, she spent many summers in Italy. Gelsey earned her B.A. in Integrative Studies from Warren Wilson College, and her passion for art was nurtured throughout her Waldorf education, which influences her to this very day. Co-founder of the Laughing Coyote Project, Gelsey teaches basketry, fiber arts and plant-based earth-living skills.

George Russell, Zoology
Start Date: 2001

George visits Tara each year to teach the senior block in zoology. An alumnus of Princeton (A.B. in Biology) and Harvard (Ph.D. in Biology), George has a wealth of teaching experience, first at Princeton and then at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY, where he is Professor Emeritus of Biology. He served for many years as an advisor to the science faculty at the Garden City Waldorf School and as a member and Chair of the Board of Trustees of that school. George has worked diligently over the years to develop a living approach to the study of biology and has written extensively on the subject of humane treatment of animals in science teaching. He is Senior Editor of Orion magazine, which has won many awards and was once cited by the Boston Globe as "the leading environmental magazine in the country." George has also been very active in the field of substance abuse and helped to form The American Council for Drug Education. George has taught every class that has graduated from Tara since the first class graduated in 2001.

Anne Starke, Humanities, Graphic Designer
Start Date: 2007

A Waldorf graduate herself, Anne has taught at Tara for ten years. Anne sang in the Eugene Opera Chorus for five seasons, and she has a B.A. in Music from California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, California. She also earned an A.S. in Graphic Design from Lane Community College, Eugene, Oregon, and a B.A. in Art from the University of Oregon, Eugene. Anne received her Waldorf Teaching Certificate from the Waldorf Teacher Education Program in Eugene, Oregon. Though she recently moved back to Oregon, she returns several times a year to teach History through Art, History through Music I and Parsival. As Tara's graphic designer, she is responsible for the school's visual presence in print, advertising and on the web.

Lenore Russell, Art, Waldorf Education Mentor
Start Date: 1999

Leonore has supported our work here at Tara with her extensive knowledge of Waldorf education for many years. After a long and rich career as chair of the high school and teacher of eurythmy and literature at the Garden City Waldorf School, Leonore began to mentor Waldorf teachers in the United States. She also created a program implementing "Eurythmy in the Workplace," which has benefited groups in business, healthcare, education, and social work as well as Waldorf teachers, parents and boards of trustees. With her husband George, she founded and continues to run the Foundation Studies program, which is offered for credit at Adelphi University. In addition to all of this, Leonore is an accomplished artist, a painter able to capture the essence of her subjects with a depth of insight into color, movement and composition.

Elizabeth Moran, Choreograpy
Start Date: 1994

Elizabeth has been Tara's dance choreographer since the school opened in 1994. Elizabeth has a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre with an emphasis in dance from Avila University in Kansas City, MO, and an M.F.A. in Dance with an emphasis in education administration from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has taught at the University of Colorado, Boulder and was Director of Dance and Professor of Musical Theatre at the University of Northern Colorado. She also acted as Director of Dance at Kansas State University. Elizabeth is a practicing attorney at a law firm in Kansas City, Missouri. She returns to Tara five times each year to teach the dance choreography for the all-school musical. Students eagerly anticipate her visits and appreciate the level of professionalism and creativity she brings to their work together. She has only been able to attend performances of three of the productions that she has worked on, and each time, as she made her surprise before-show visit to the students back stage, a whoop of excitement was heard throughout the theater. We are so appreciative of her ongoing dedication to Tara.

Marissa Wicklund, Office Manager & Accommodations Coordinator
Start Date: 2017

Marissa has a B.S. in Human Services from Metropolitan State University in Denver and an M.A. in Education from the University of Missouri. She has eight years of teaching experience and was a 2011 Teach for America member.

Cathlin Hendricks, Development Coordinator & Office Assistant
Start Date: 2017

Cathlin holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Victoria

Bobak Moghbel, Science
Start Date: 2017

Eurythmy & Anthroposophy Diploma, American Eurythmy School
Goethean Consciousness Studies Diploma, Rudolf Steiner College
Waldorf Teaching Certificate, San Francisco Teacher Training;
B.A. & M.A. in Science in Electrical Engineering;
14 years teaching experience. 

Courtney Nicoletti, Enrollment Coordinator, Marketing, Fitness
Start Date: 2009

Courtney holds a B.A. in Spanish and Fine Arts. She has spent significant time abroad, studying at Universidad Veritas in San Jose, Costa Rica, and traveling through Guatemala, Venezuela, London, France and, most recently, the southernmost countries of Africa. In 2015, Courtney returned to Tara after a year of living Zambia, where she taught IB and IGCSE Visual Art at the International School of Lusaka. Formerly Tara's Spanish teacher, she is now our full-time enrollment coordinator, marketing director and student liaison. She felt that it was her job to spread the word about this wonderful school! She also shares her passion for fitness with the students in movement classes. In her spare time, Courtney loves to be outdoors, running, biking, and climbing

Scott Leslie, Fight Choreography
Start Date: 2013

Scott received his B.F.A. in Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He always loved the martial arts, and when he found he could merge combat and acting, it was a dream come true. Scott is currently a standing member of the Society of American Fight Directors, certified in many different styles of theatrical combat. Scott has had the pleasure of working as both an actor and a combat instructor with Opera Colorado and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and his work can also be seen in local award-winning film. Although Scott recently moved to L.A. to pursue his career, he returns periodically to teach and to choreograph at Tara.

Terryann Stillwell, Eurythmy, Props
Start Date: 2014

Terryann has a B.S.N. from the University of Phoenix. She did her Waldorf teacher training at at Sunbridge College and holds a Eurythmy diploma from Sound Circle Eurythmy in Boulder. She has ten years of teaching experience.

Colette Lennon, Senior Seminar
Start Date: 2014

Colette holds a B.S. in accounting from San Francisco State University. She is a CPA and is the Controller for Western Cultural Resource Management Inc. She is also a certified addictions counselor. Colette has eight years of teaching experience.

Greer Galloway, English/Admin. Specialist
Start Date: 2015

Greer has been involved with Waldorf education for sixteen years. She was a founding parent and faculty member of a start-up initiative in southwest Colorado, and she recently led a class fourth through eighth grade at Shepherd Valley Waldorf School. Greer has a B.A. in International Relations from American University in Washington, D.C. where she also studied literature and public education. She completed her Waldorf Teaching Certificate at Antioch University, New England, and she is currently working on her Master of Education degree. Greer is teaching literature, writing and grammar to the eleventh and twelfth grades this year. In the office, Greer contributes to the smooth running of the school, from the daily schedule to State Historical Fund grant applications. Greer loves to dance, backpack, knit, ski, and seek out hot springs. Two of her three sons are current Tara students.

Boards

Board Type:
Local
Meetings per Year:
6
Term Length:
3
Term Limit:
0
Total # of Board Members:
11
Clients on Board:
No
# of Client Board Members:

Board Demographics:

Female:
0
Male:
0
Transgender Female:
0
Transgender Male:
0
Gender Other:
11

Black or African American:
0
Asian:
0
White:
0
Hispanic or Latino:
0
Multiracial:
0
American Indian or Alaska Native:
0
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander:
0
Other Ethnicities:
0

Average Number of Years Current Board Members Have Served on Board

5

Attendance Percentage for Board Meetings

82%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute Dollars

100%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute In-Kind

100%

Percentage of Board Members that have Completeted the Colorado Secretary of State's Nonprofit Board Member Course:

0%

Nonprofit completed the Colorado Nonprofit Association's Excellence in Principles & Practices Recognition Program?

No

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