Meet Our Faculty
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.
Maile Class, Kinderhale
Auntie Gladys is our new Kinderhale teacher!
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Lilikoi 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 Course.
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
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 in her fourth 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 has joined the full-time Malamalama Waldorf School (MWS) faculty as the 3rd and 4th Grade teacher for the 2022-23 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 has recently received Waldorf Teacher Certificate and is excited to continue the eight-year journey with his class.
Kimberly Thomley Menard
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 the 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 2022/23 school year, her students will be entering the Fifth/Sixth Grade, and will continue with her class through grade eight.
Vernon moved to Hawaii in 2022. He taught for 14 years at The Denver Waldorf School, first as an assistant, then serving as a class teacher for two classes, one from grades 1-8 and another from grades 6-8. He then served as Education Director for the 2021-22 school year. He received his Waldorf Teaching Certificate and Master's in Education from Antioch University of New England. Vernon also serves as a member of the Pedagogical Section Council of North America.
Outside of teaching, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, doing most anything outside, or sitting with a book or a pad and pencil.