Conference Presenters

Rick Tan, MD — Keynote Speaker:
“Five Spheres: A Home Educators’ Trail Guide”
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Rick Tan is a Doctor of Medicine and holds a Waldorf Teaching Certificate as well as a BA in Biological Sciences. Rick is a professional artist, harpist, pianist, feng shui consultant, wedding officiant, educator and owner of Syrendell. He has taught at two Waldorf schools, and has been a K-12 public school teacher, gifted and talented facilitator, and school artist-in-residence. Rick has homeschooled his own children, and he consults in the areas of Waldorf curriculum, homeschooling, art, and music. Dr. Tan joined Wholistic Learning Resources fall 2015 and co-leads the Davis WLR satellite program with his wife, Jennifer Tan.

Kathy Anuszczyk — Self-Directed Learning / Unschooling / Natural Learning 

Kathy Anuszczyk is the mother of six children who have never attended traditional K-12 school.  Their interests have taught her so much about spontaneity, curiosity, and trust. They attended community college while in high school, danced across Europe, participated in the City Youth Commission, played music with the jazz society, rebuilt classic cars, rode horses, joined a fire crew, ran sound systems for concerts, and much more. Three are grown now: one created a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics and Foreign Languages, one is transferring to the University of California to study Wildlife Biology, and one has just completed his first year at an Ivy League Engineering College on a full-ride scholarship. Three teens are still home, caring for gardens and animals, playing music, reading and cooking, and volunteering in the community.

G’anna Burke Conscious Parenting
G’anna Burke is a certified Conscious Parenting Guide and a mother of two active children. She is committed to helping parents create a peaceful connected relationship with their children that will last a lifetime. She works with parents in one-on-one and group settings as well as in workshops. G’anna struggled as a parent to really connect with her children in the way she truly desired. She also knew that she needed to understand and heal from her own childhood in order to fully show up for her children and to be the mother she had dreamed. This led her to search for the answers to life’s toughest and most important job: Parenting.

Talib Huff — “Can We Talk?”
Talib Huff studied Interpersonal Communications at De Anza College, earned a Waldorf Teaching Diploma from Talib-131x138Rudolf Steiner College, and completed the five-year in-service training with the Spacial Dynamics Institute. Mr. Huff has over 25 years of teaching experience at public and private Waldorf schools as well as with special needs programs. He also worked as an Education Specialist at the Explorit Museum in Davis and the Discovery Museum in Sacramento. With his wife, Talib has developed, produced, and toured puppet shows in the United States and Italy. In addition to teaching at WLR, Talib is a certified presenter and mentor in Dynamic Dialogue and has completed the two year practicum in Contemplative Dialogue. Learn more about his work at Sacramento Dialogue.

Ciana Keller — Creating Your Homeschool Mission Statement AND Finding Balance
Ciana Keller (Zen mama) is a balanced health educator, teaching integrative health classes and how to find balance and growth in seven areas of life. She teaches individuals from pregnancy and beyond. Most classes have a focus on complementary health exploring essential oils, with a variety of tools for centering, calming and refocusing, using a heart-centered approach. Her training includes a BA in child development, a multiple-subject teaching credential and Bradley method natural childbirth teacher/Doula. Ciana is a Young Living essential oils educator and OOLA balance enthusiast.

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Christiana Quick-Cleveland — Morning Singing
Christiana started teaching music while she was still in elementary school, teaching her friends what she learned in her piano lessons. Now, 50 years later, teaching continues to be a passion. In those intervening years, she taught in classrooms starting as young as 2nd grade and going on through to high school.

Christiana graduated from college with a Bachelor’s degree in music, specializing in Vocal Performance. While singing has been the central thread in all of her work, it has taken her in myriad directions – not only as a music educator, but also as a performing artist, director, producer, composer, and arranger.

Christiana’s classes have always been noted for her enthusiastic, high energy style and for her capacity to inspire people of all ages to discover their unique capacity for song.

Sandi Russi — Kitchen Yoga
Sandi received her B.A. in Rhetoric & Communication from UC Davis, with a minor in English. While Sandi-white_sweater-cropped-139x113studying at UCD, she discovered Waldorf education and soon enrolled her son in a Waldorf preschool. In 2002, Sandi left the position of Publishing Manager to pursue a teaching credential at CSUS. Along the way she discovered home education.

In 2003, Sandi founded Waldorf-Inspired Sacramento Homeschoolers (WISH), and subsequently attended various programs at Rudolf Steiner College including Pentathlon Skills Training. Sandi has been a Guest Teacher at local public Waldorf schools and has also taught Business Writing Skills and Grammar to adults, and is a freelance copy editor/proofreader. She is a certified Ananda Yoga Instructor (RYT) and has been teaching yoga since 2000.

Audra Sterrett — Homeschooling 101
Audra Sterrett holds a Bachelor’s degree in Literature and has been credentialed to teach Audra-picin California public schools. In addition, Audra has been homeschooling her own children for seven years. Learning Spanish in high school piqued Audra’s interest in different languages. She subsequently studied French, Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL) while earning her degree at U.C. Santa Barbara. As a public school kindergarten teacher, Audra used sign language and other movement as a way to engage her students. ASL helped them actively engage in the learning process and improved their memory. Audra leads the Kindergarten Circle and teaches ASL and Beginning Knitting at Wholistic Learning Resources.

Jennifer Tan — Lucetting & Kumihimo
Jennifer Tan holds a Masters in Education-Administration and both California Teaching and Administration Credentials as well as a B.A. in Classical Civilization. Jennifer is a professional fiber artist, J.Tan-photoflutist, aromatherapist, wedding officiant, educator and owner of Syrendell. She has been a public school teacher, gifted and talented facilitator, school principal and organizational leader. Jennifer has homeschooled her own children both privately and through a charter school in a Waldorf-inspired environment. She consults in the areas of Waldorf curriculum, homeschooling, handwork and music and co-leads the Davis WLR satellite program with her husband, Rick Tan.

Brian Wolfe — Healthy Movement & Games
Brian Wolfe has spent his entire adult life playing music, teaching, drawing and coaching Waldorf students. This year he taught Art at Rudolf Steiner College to teacher trainees, Games Brian Wolfeand Movement (going on 12 years now!) at a local Waldorf school, and coached the girls Varsity basketball team at the Sacramento Waldorf School to their Sac-Joaquin section championship! Brian also loves traveling to teach, and has recently led teacher & parent workshops in Utah, California and China.