Our Staff

Mindy UptonMindy Upton – Executive Director, Sun & Morning Glory Group Teacher
Being a mother and teacher has been my life/work for the past 37 years. I have been so fortunate to be able to be in the presence of “little people” in the most magical and fascinating years of early childhood. I began Blue Sky Kindergarten here at 3046 11th Street 25 years ago. Before that I had a small home kindergarten in my home for many years. When I first walked into Blue Sky and heard the sound of the water bubbling down under the bridge and heard the birds sing high up in the cottonwoods, I knew I was home. The fact that children had been coming to this school since 1954 was clearly “felt in the air” as one walked through the gate. I am happy to say I have been teaching in my sweet classroom since the first day I walked into the school 22 years ago.I began studying movement, music, and singing at Boston Conservatory of Music as an undergraduate. Then moved on to the New School for Social Research and SUNY to begin early childhood training, and intensive movement theory training with Betty Meredith Jones, a former student of Rudolf Laban. I then began to research Rudolf Steiner’s work, and studied at Rudolf Steiner College, and Bottmer Gymnastic training in Spring Valley New York. I appreciate and admire many Waldorf teachers that I have mentored with in the past especially Beth Sutton, creator of the Enki approach, and Joan Almon who I admire for her work and devotion to children all over the world, and Suzanne Down’s puppet mastery.I am presently on the board at The National Institute for Play, headed by Stuart Brown, author of “Play.” I have been an adjunct faculty member of Naropa University since 1980, where I have been teaching “Kindergarten Magic” a hands on course in the practice and application of early childhood pedagogy, and mentoring new teachers. I have recently written a chapter that has been published by Springer publishing Spirituality In Education, a collection of writings on how spirituality can be integrated in different educational environments. My quest is to nurture and embrace the magic of the early childhood years with love and attention to each individual child.

jen mackJen Mack – Office Manager/Director 
Jen was born and raised in Wisconsin and made Colorado her home in her early 20’s. She graduated from Metro in Denver with a BA in Behavioral Science and a minor in Business. She then discovered her love of teaching young children and went back to complete 15 credits in early childhood education, obtaining her CO director qualifications. She worked in a preschool director’s role for several years, during which time she also became director qualified in Florida and Wisconsin. Becoming a mother soon took over, and the next five years were spent at home caring for her two sons, who are now 11 and 9. During that time, Jen also earned her Master’s in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She has always been drawn to Waldorf education, and has witnessed the magic of this experience with her own children. When not working, Jen enjoys being active with running, yoga, keeping up with her boys and their love of hockey and baseball, traveling and exploring new places. She feels truly blessed to be a part of Blue Sky Kindergarten!

Gabriella Cervin

Gabriella Cervin – Star Group Teacher
I grew up in the northern part of Sweden, surrounded by the vast nature and its magical beauty. I was raised with respect for nature and an active outdoor life. I love the outdoors; hiking, sailing and skiing. I am a passionate skier, love back country skiing.I grew up in a very artistic family, art in many forms; music, all sorts of handicrafts. I lived in Stockholm for thirteen years, where I did my teacher training and also studied dance, photography and music. I started to teach Early Childhood Education, 1978, in Stockholm Sweden.Traveling has always been part of my life, since young age. 1987-1988 I took one year off and traveled all over the world, to study Native tribes and different healing arts. Visited many special places like; Burma, Thailand, Nepal, Bali, Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia, and many, many other exotic places.Moved to San Francisco from Sweden 1989, where I lived for eight years. I studied at a Massage School and became a Massage Therapist while pregnant with our son. Some years later I started a Swedish School for children ages 6 – 12. I arrived in Boulder in 1997. I taught at Shepherd Valley Waldorf School for seven years, both as a Kindergarten assistant and as a lead teacher. I had a Handwork Group at Shining Mountain Waldorf School for some years, teaching handwork for both parents and teachers.I have an Art Business; I design and hand make Nordic Fiber Art from organic and natural fibers. I have a son, Christopher 23 yrs. old, who went through the Waldorf Education. I feel very grateful to be part of The Blue Sky Community and to spend time with all the wonderful children.

Debby WilsonDebby Wilson – Assistant Teacher
I was born in Buffalo, New York and moved with my family to Hawaii at the age of 9. After graduating from high school in Honolulu, I attended Oklahoma State University, obtaining my BS in Elementary Education. The following year I graduated with a Masters in Education from San Francisco State University. I then moved back to Hawaii where I taught school for sixteen years, married and gave birth to my first son, James. My second son, Jacob, was born in Tucson where we lived for three years before moving to Boulder in 1994. I have been involved in education since I was a teenager wearing many hats: teacher, administrator, trainer, aid, parent and volunteer. Both my sons attended Blue Sky where I became involved in the initiative to start the Boulder public school, BCSIS. As an Admissions Director I worked at Shining Mountain Waldorf School and Bridge School in Boulder. I keep busy with my own business, Debby Gets It Done, along with gardening, family, and of course teaching. It is a joy and a pleasure to spend time with the children at Blue Sky who fill my day with fun and surprises.

kimeri lowellKimeri Lowell – Assistant Teacher

 

 

 

 

Tehya McIntoshTehya McIntosh – Assistant Teacher
Tehya McIntosh is a long-time participant in the Waldorf movement. She currently works as president of the consumer products company Now & Zen. She is married to author Steve McIntosh, and the mother of sons Peter (8) and Ian (21). Tehya grew up in Sonoma County California and attended the University of Santa Barbara. She has lived in Boulder since 2000.