About Us

Olga Domokos
Olga Domokos

Olga is Sea Star’s Administrative Director and Language Arts Teacher in the Middle School. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Management and started her carrier in Marketing for high-tech companies. After the birth of her three children, she developed a keen interest in education, especially alternative education. In 2003 she founded a program for young children of Hungarian descent in Minneapolis, MN. She led classes teaching songs, finger play, and cooking among many things while building a community. After returning to her native Hungary, Olga taught English as a Second Language and soon became the director of a growing language school. She took on training in teaching methodology, mentoring and leadership. These skills lead to invitations to help corporations with their organizational development needs.

Olga’s two older sons have graduated from a Blue Valley Waldorf School in Hungary. Her youngest son is in fifth grade at Sea Star. In her free time, Olga enjoys swimming, inline skating, and translating poetry.

Jennifer Sarria
Jennifer Sarria

Jennifer was born in Peru and lived in Virginia for over twenty years before she and her family moved to Florida about two years ago. Jennifer has over 16 years of experience in office administration, health-care, customer service, and bookkeeping; she is also a certified medical and legal Spanish interpreter and has had the opportunity to work with people from all walks of life and age. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys reading, going to the beach, cooking and spending time with her daughter and husband.

Rena Osmer
Rena Osmer

Rena Osmer has been a Waldorf Educator since 1985 and has been training Waldorf Early Childhood teachers for over 20 years. Rena is a founding teacher of Sea Star School. She holds a Masters Degree in Education, is the former Director of the Early Childhood Dept. at Rudolf Steiner College in California, and is Co-Director of the LifeWays Early Childhood Teacher Training opening in Kimberton, PA, in summer 2017.

Charissa Johnson
Charissa Johnson

Charissa has a deep appreciation for Waldorf Education and the unique experience it provides children. Having grown up in a Waldorf community, attending Waldorf School from Kindergarten through Grade 12, Charissa felt well prepared to go on to attend Bennington College in VT. She graduated with a BA in Music/Songwriting & Voice in 2001, and graduated from Sunbridge Institute in NY in 2012 with a degree in Waldorf Early Childhood Education. Miss Charissa has been involved in teaching at Sea Star since 2009 and is the lead teacher of Sea Star’s Rosebud Nursery Class. Both her children attend Sea Star School.

Mindy Wecker
Mindy Wecker

Mindy has been involved in Waldorf Education and study since 1992 both at Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, California and Antioch University in New Hampshire. She has been an early childhood educator in settings inspired by Waldorf education since 1999. Mindy holds a BS in Art History and Fine Art from Brooklyn College, and a Masters in Education from Antioch New England. Mindy has taught dance and movement for over 30 years and she brings her love of creativity & beauty to all that she does. Miss Mindy is our Buttercup Nursery/Kindergarten teacher and the Director of our Early Childhood program.

Stacy Scheile
Stacy Scheile

Stacy Scheile serves as the Aftercare Lead Teacher of our Early Childhood Aftercare program and as Assistant Teacher for Miss Rena’s Kindergarten. She has been a teacher at SeaStar for 6 years, from the time her daughter, now a 4th grader, began attending the Nursery program. Stacy holds a BA from the University of Florida. She is currently in her third year of Movement Education at the Spacial Dynamics Institute. She has studied puppetry in the Waldorf pedagogical style with Connie Manson and completed additional studies in Waldorf Education at Sunbridge Institute. She looks forward to beginning her Waldorf Teacher training in the coming year.

Andrea Dencker
Andrea Dencker

Andrea was born and raised in Colombia. She holds a Doctors Degree in Dental Medicine from Javeriana University in Bogota, where she practiced for almost 10 years before moving to South Florida. It was after having her daughter that she learned about Waldorf Education and her interest and fascination for it, motivated her to change her career path to that of teaching the young child. Andrea is Ms. Charissa’s Assistant in the Rosebud Nursery class and she is also our Handwork Teacher for 1st., 2nd., and 3rd. Grade. and continues her dedication to Waldorf Education with the addition of Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy.

Her children also attend Sea Star and are currently in 3rd. and 5th. Grade

Estuardo Javier Bonilla
Estuardo Javier Bonilla

Estuardo is a New York State Certified Art Teacher with a BA in Visual Education from SUNY at New Paltz, NY. He is a graduate of Mountain Laurel Waldorf School, and attended the Alkion Waldorf Training Center in Hawthorne Valley. He has over eight years of teaching experience in the Newburgh Enlarged City school District, and he has also worked with The Milstreet Loft Art Institute, The Boys And Girls Club, and The Rural And Migrant Ministry overnight camps through the years. His most recent teaching experience was last year as a specials teacher at Primrose Waldorf Initiative. He expresses his strong community commitment through extensive volunteer activities, including work at the Newburgh Ministry homeless shelter and food pantry, Liberty View Farm, and the New Paltz Reuse Center. Estuardo is also an exhibiting Visual Artist. When he is not teaching he can be found playing in a nearby basketball court.

Lila Cleveland
Lila Cleveland

Second grade teacher, Lila Cleveland loves working with children, teaching according to Waldorf principles and making her lessons creative and fun.  Lila’s parents were both University Art professors who encouraged her to practice yoga and meditation from childhood. She began higher education studying the Vedas (Ancient Indian texts) and Ayurveda (natural Eastern health care). She spent two years in India, assimilating the culture while learning traditional bronze sculpting and miniature painting. Having completed three yoga teacher trainings, she has been teaching yoga since 2013. She recently graduated as a Waldorf teacher from Antioch University, New England. Lila is the mother of two teenage boys who spent their early years being raised and at times, home-schooled according to Waldorf principles.

Carmen Manon
Carmen Manon

Carmen studied violoncello at the National School of Music of the National University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City. She completed her training as a Waldorf grade teacher at the Anthroposophical Development Center (CDA) where she returns during the summer to train teachers in music and crafts.
Carmen has over 20 years’ experience as a music teacher and choral conductor.
She began her career as an elementary school Waldorf teacher at the Waldorf Education Center in Turrialba, Costa Rica. She continued her teaching at the Cuernavaca Waldorf School, Mexico, leading a class for three years. One of her daughters currently attends Sea Star. Carmen will be the 3rd Grade teacher for the 2017/2018 school year.

Edwin Ladaga
Edwin Ladaga

Edwin Ladaga has been a Waldorf Teacher for the last fifteen years. He trained at the London Waldorf Teacher Training Seminar in the UK. Having previously worked as an agricultural science researcher and lecturer, he brings his love of experimental science and learning in the classroom. He is the fourth and fifth grade main lesson teacher.

Joan Hourican
Joan Hourican

Joan holds a Masters Degree in Elementary Education with Waldorf Elementary Certification from Antioch University in New Hampshire. After serving as Program Coordinator at Pine Jog Environmental Education Center of Florida Atlantic University for 18 years, Joan is pleased to bring her love of nature and experiential learning to the classroom. She finds that Waldorf education meets and nurtures the souls of her students. In the 2017-2018 school year, Joan serves as the 6th grade class teacher at Sea Star.

Marco Spindola Barron
Marco Spindola Barron

Marco was born in Mexico City. He studied music at The National School of Music and Drama at the Theater Research Center. He worked seven years at the Cuernavaca Waldorf School. He has taught music and drama to children, teenagers and adults for more than fifteen years. Marco continued his professional development for Waldorf teachers at the Rudolf Steiner Center in Toronto, Canada. He is committed to Waldorf Education and its anthroposophical principles. Marco is the seventh and eight grade teacher, and the Orchestra’s conductor.

Yeletzy Garzon
Yeletzy Garzon

Yeletzy is from Colombia. She holds a Bachelor Degree of Arts in Foreign Languages (Spanish and French) from La Salle University in Colombia. After finishing her studies, she worked for two years as a Spanish Teacher Assistant in Rennes, France. Yeletzy also has eight years of experience as a Spanish and French teacher with elementary, middle and high school kids. She’s been teaching at Seastar as the Spanish teacher in 1st through 8th grade since April 2013.

Karen Maestrales
Karen Maestrales

Karen Maestrales discovered Waldorf education as a parent in 1982, via the “Yellow Pages”!  But, it was her oldest son, Peter, now 37, who truly ‘led’ her to the Boca Raton Waldorf School Nursery and Kindergarten.   In 1983, Karen was invited to join the board of the Waldorf School Assoc. of Florida, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization, founded by Patricia Moreell in 1972.  Karen remains a WSAF, Inc. board member to date.

WSAF, Inc. sponsored Karen’s Waldorf teacher training from 1984-1987.  During this time, Karen also assisted in the school’s early childhood program.  Teacher training ignited a passion for the arts, particularly, color and painting.  Karen continues her arts training to date and recently spent two weeks working with Laura Summer at Free Columbia, an arts initiative in Philmont, NY.

Karen has been actively involved in Waldorf Education development in the South Florida area from 1987- 2010.  Her work teaching children and adults has encompassed a broad spectrum. She has taught in tri-county Waldorf Education initiatives. In 1989, she was a founding member of “Imagine That…” an arts studio in Boca Raton, which housed a Waldorf Early Childhood program, and after school arts for older children, through 1993.

There have also been many opportunities for community outreach.  From 1995-2006, Karen did consulting and led workshops in Waldorf Education and curriculum development with students and teachers at FAU’s Education and Nursing Departments, as well as Palm Beach County’s Public School Pre-K Arts Program.  Karen also developed and taught a traveling Waldorf enrichment program named “Pathways”, which brought arts-integrated educational experiences to students, grades K-12, in South Florida public and private schools, such as Saint Andrew’s School, Boca Raton, and Bak Middle School of the Arts, West Palm Beach, as well as, homeschooling groups.

In 2004, a ‘seed’ for Sea Star was planted through a parent education course, “Honoring Life’s Journey”, led by Karen and Pat Moreell.   The course was attended by parents, who in years to come went on to found the Sea Star Initiative (Amy and Barkley Garnsey were enrolled in the course!)   In 2006-2008, Karen consulted with the founding parents, taught a 2-day per week early childhood program, and presented Waldorf Education workshops for children and adults to build enrollment and support for Sea Star.  When Sea Star formed their first grade, in 2009, Karen taught painting, form drawing, and games through third grade.

Presently, Karen is an adjunct faculty member at Sea Star.  She has taught painting to Ms. Hourican’s class since 2014 and prior to that mentored two early childhood teachers at Sea Star.  Since 2008, Karen works full time with her son, Peter, to develop and operate Airstream Jets, Inc., a private aviation company.

Jamie Hawk
Jamie Hawk

Jamie has the great pleasure of teaching gardening and practical arts to the children in first through third grade. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Elementary Education from FAU in 2006 and has worked with children in and outside of the classroom setting ever since. Jamie has spent 5 years homesteading in the mountains of western North Carolina, raising her family, plants, and animals and practicing the skills of compassionate communication and community collaboration. She brings her love and knowledge as an herbalist and earth skills enthusiast to the children, supporting them in fostering love and connection with the natural world.

Adriana Abbade
Adriana Abbade

Adriana Abbade has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and spent many years working in business and marketing, tracing a successful career managing leading brands for large companies.  Upon the birth of her twin sons almost 18 years ago, began a new journey. She became a “professional parent”, constantly studying and learning about education, volunteering in the classroom, mentoring special education students, teaching healthy cooking and nutrition, and Portuguese among other things.  The more involved she became with education, the more she realized the need for a holistic approach in education and the more she felt compelled to take on that mission. Since then, she has worked with Aromatherapy, Energy Healing, Reiki, and other subtle therapies.  After receiving her third child, Adriana became a student of Anthroposophy and undertook formal training in Waldorf Educational Support with the Association for a Healing Education and Impulse Entelechy, with Dr. Jean Schweizer. Adriana is now an honored mother of three, step-mom of one, aunt and godmother, and a guide and mentor to many children and parents, all of whom have continuously been her truest teachers.

Grandma Valerie (Valerie Bell)
Grandma Valerie (Valerie Bell)

Grandma Valerie Woodworking (Valerie Bell)

Grandma Valerie was born in the Manitoba section of Canada on the Northern end of the Hudson Bay, and has lived in Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Missouri and now Florida. Since the day she was born she has had a love and respect of nature.
Grandma Valerie has been involved in Sea Star since 2007 either in the volunteer, working positions, or providing her woodworking expertise to the school. She has also been teaching at Palm Beach County schools now for 20 years, both private and public. She worked with the Miami Waldorf School providing Waldorf crafts as well as woodworking in 2012 and 2013. She also took a Rudolf Steiner Waldorf course on educational support in the classroom and home in 2012.
Grandma Valerie loves and embraces creativity with hands-on choices along with the nurturing of each child and reinforcing their strengths!