Jamie Lloyd | Administrator
In 2016, Jamie Lloyd became Administrator at Woodland Star with a strong background in Waldorf education. Trained and certificated in both mainstream public and Waldorf education, he is well-versed in the pedagogy of our school. He began his teaching career at Tomales Elementary School in Tomales, California before living abroad in Cuernavaca, Mexico. He became a Waldorf educator upon returning, teaching first and second grade at SunRidge Charter School. In 2013 he completed an eight year journey with a class at Sebastopol Independent Charter School. His administrative career began as Lower School Coordinator at Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm in Santa Rosa, where he was involved in almost every aspect of school governance. He lives in Petaluma with his wife Sarah, and has two grown children (“Waldorf Lifers”) in their early 20’s. In his downtime he is an avid tennis player.
Robert Bucher | Education Director
Mr. Bucher received his BA from the Hutchins School of Liberal Arts at Sonoma State University and his Waldorf training at Highland Hall in Los Angeles. In May of 2013, Mr. Bucher graduated Woodland Star’s eighth grade class which he began teaching when they were in grade 5. Mr. Bucher spent 12 years as a class teacher at the City of Lakes Waldorf School in Minneapolis where he took a class through grades 1-8. In addition to his class teaching experience, Mr. Bucher has developed Waldorf curriculum and authored research papers on spelling and grammar approaches in independent Waldorf schools. He has traveled extensively and spent several years overseas teaching English at the elementary and high school levels. He joined Woodland Star in 2009.
Janis Lynne | Business Manager
Janis Lynne served as the Business Manager of the Petaluma Charter School from 1997-2004, where she also served on the Board of Trustees. She has extensive experience in managing all aspects of school finance and worked for Woodland Star in 2004-05 as a consultant before joining our administrative staff.
Susan U’Ren | Office Manager
Susan U’Ren is a graduate of Santa Rosa Junior College and worked many years in bookkeeping and business administration. Ms. U’Ren spent seven years as a licensed childcare provider before becoming a public school business and office manager in 2001.
Becky Traum | Payroll Technician
Ms. Traum studied English and Business Administration at the University of Oregon. She also has a culinary degree from CCA! In her early career, she worked at the SF Chronicle in the HR Department. Becky has worn many hats at Woodland Star since her son Merle was a kindergartener. She began as a handwork assistant, and then moved to aftercare before becoming a classroom assistant and then to her current roe as payroll technician. She also served on the WS Ed Foundation Board for 5 years.
Evelin Sanchez | Bilingual Office Assistant
Evelin Sanchez, our multi-talented, bilingual office assistant is new this year. She has three children at Woodland Star in 1st, 5th and 8th grades. You will see her smiling face when you come into the office.
Rachel Jones | Development Director
Rachel was born and raised in Sonoma County and currently lives in Santa Rosa. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from UC Santa Cruz and a Master’s Degree in Public and Nonprofit Management from Sonoma State. With a deep commitment to the nonprofit sector, Rachel has spent over 7 years working in fundraising for local organizations. It’s with great excitement that she begins her work with the Woodland Star Educational Foundation. When she isn’t working, Rachel spends time caring for her son and family. When she does get a bit of free time, she plays indoor soccer and enjoys cooking.