Meet Our Faculty

Allyson Anthony
Kukui Class, Kinderhale

Allyson moved to Hawai’i Island after teaching at the Eugene Waldorf School for ten years. Allyson received her Waldorf Teaching certification from Waldorf Teacher Education Eugene, WTEE. Both of her children, Haegen and Maya, graduated 8th Grade from Eugene Waldorf School. Before moving to the west coast, Allyson grew up in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western State College. Allyson enjoys time spent in nature, hiking in the mountains, swimming in the ocean or reading in the shade of a wondrous tree.

Daniel Smith
Lilikoi Class, Kinderhale

Daniel transitioned from gardening work, including mixed orchards and botanical gardens on Kauai, to working with children in the kindergartens of Eugene, Oregon. During his time working with the Aina in Kauai, a lifelong friend of his that he went to kindergarten with, introduced him to Waldorf education, his future Waldorf training, the wonders of fairytale puppet shows, and his passion for children’s books. 


Originally from the Midwest, Daniel achieved his BA in English and writing poetry from Loyola, Chicago. After five years in Kauai, he completed his two-year Waldorf Early Childhood training at the Waldorf Teacher Training College in Eugene, Oregon. During his training, he began working as a kindergarten assistant teacher at the Eugene Waldorf School, while also teaching grade school children at the school’s after-care program. Later, Daniel worked for two years at the Hazelwood House Outdoor Waldorf Mixed-Age Kindergarten, also in Eugene.


Daniel loves to play music, sing, learn new songs, hike, bike, write, exploring new heights and sights. He is inspired to live more sustainably and harmoniously with the Earth and loves gardening. He welcomes the opportunity to embrace sustainable living on the Big Island. 

Evan Ragland
Maile Class, Kinderhale

Raised in Cascadia, Evan has always had a deep appreciation for interdisciplinary learning, particularly Arts and Humanities. Drawn to the enthusiasm children have for life, as a teenager, Evan's first job was teaching children’s swimming lessons. Evan earned a bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College in Olympia Washington and later attended the Sunbridge Institute in New York where he completed the Waldorf Education Grades Teaching Coarse.   


Evan arrived on the island of Hawai’i in 2013 upon accepting the grades teaching position at Mālamalama Waldorf School. Evan enjoys an active life that is centered on joy including swimming, drawing, dancing, and family time. He has found teaching to be humbling and an inspired path of learning.

Karen Rose Jenkins
Grade 1

The Big Island of Hawaii has been home to Karen Rose Jenkins since 1979. She came to Malamalama Waldorf School with her three children in 1994, fell in love with Waldorf Education, and was inspired to become trained and certified through the Kula Makua teacher training program. 


Karen Rose has been a class teacher here at Malamalama Waldorf School since 1998. She is currently completing her third cycle of teaching a class through grades 1-8. Karen Rose also serves on the school’s Executive Team.


She loves the joyful, openhearted approach to learning that Waldorf Education provides and recognizes the importance of an education that fosters compassionate world citizens filled with confidence, clear thinking, and a life-long love of learning. When not teaching, she enjoys caring for her organic fruit tree orchard, her ducks and dancing.

Eric Cox
Grades 2-3

Eric Cox has joined the full-time Malamalama Waldorf School (MWS) faculty as the 1st and 2nd Grade teacher for the 2020-21 school year. Eric has a long history with MWS. He began as the Math Specialty Teacher shortly after arriving on the Big Island in 2005. After four years of teaching math, Eric became an MWS board member and the school’s board president. Leaving the board to expand his bakery in Hilo, he continued his involvement with the grades class plays for many years. He recently began his Waldorf Teacher Certificate training and is excited to start an eight-year journey with his class. 

Kimberly Thomley
Grades 4-5

Kimberly was raised in Hawaii and is a Honolulu Waldorf School graduate. When she was ten years old, she moved to England and attended middle school at Elmfield Rudolf Steiner School in the United Kingdom, before completing high school at the Kings Langley Waldorf school.


After working and training in therapeutic education and color therapy at the Shieling School, Camphill in England, she went on to work at A.S. Neil, Summerhill School in Leiston, Suffolk in England for eight years. She returned to the Hawaiian Islands and completed an Associate’s Degree from the University of Hawaii. 


Kimberly joined Malamalama Waldorf School in 1990 as a class teacher. During this time she trained with Diana and Noel Bell, and Elsa Gurttkins. In 1994, she worked as a long-term substitute teacher at Waiākea and Hilo High School. Kimberly also taught for a year at Hawaii Academy of Arts and Science (HAAS) and was voted “teacher of the year”. She returned to Mālamalama in 1996 as a 5th Grade teacher and continued as their class teacher through the 8th Grade. Kimberly also taught specialized mathematics and was a class assistant for two years. 


In 2017 Kimberly became the First/Second Grade teacher at Mālamalama, and, in the 2021/22 school year, her students will be entering the Fourth/Fifth Grade, and will continue with her class through grade eight.

Victoria Gold
Grades 6-7

Victoria is a founding teacher of Malamalama Waldorf School and worked with Donna Newberg-Gradwhol and David Gradwhol on their Opihikao farm to establish a Waldorf school in the Puna District on the East side of the Big Island. The school outgrew the farm and relocated to Hawaiian Paradise Park after prominent Honolulu philanthropists from the David Watamul Foundation and the Milton Cades Foundation provided a place for the community children to receive a creative education.


Before settling on the Big Island, Victoria graduated from Bradley University in Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a minor in Special Education, and a certification in Montessori Education. She met her husband in Hawai’i, where they later bought land in Opihikao not far from Donna and David Gradwhol’s property. As Donna and David endeavored to pursue Waldorf Education for their children and the community, they asked Victoria to learn about Steiner Education and teach in the fledgling school. 


Victoria immediately started her teacher training at the Honolulu Waldorf School’s program, traveling to Honolulu to take classes and observe Waldorf classrooms and teachers. Teachers from the Honolulu school also mentored her at MWS in the classroom setting. Steiner Education fit her spiritual and practical journey and supported a passion for providing developmental and creative learning experiences for children.

In addition, she completed a master's degree in Therapeutic Waldorf Education in 2002 from Gradalis Waldorf Teacher Training in Colorado.


She has traveled through grades 1 through 8 twice, classes 3 through 8 twice, and classes 5 through 8 three times. She is currently the class 6/7 teacher and looks forward to a year of heartfelt joy and learning with these children and their amazing families.