- Educational Program
Golden Valley Orchard School Staff and Faculty 23-24 school year.
Becky Page became the principal of Golden Valley Orchard School after 19 years in the classroom. She taught Kindergarten for more than ten years before taking on this role. Becky completed her Waldorf teacher training at Rudolf Steiner College and completed her Master’s in Waldorf Education with a focus on the benefits of music in kindergarten. Becky has been a presenter at The Early Childhood Symposium as well as taught at Rudolf Steiner College during the summer.
Brianne Hidden is in her 12th year of teaching, 9 of which were as a Waldorf teacher. She led the Willow Tree class through 2nd _ 8 th and is currently leading the Magnolia Tree class to 5th. She is an accomplished actress and active in Sacramento theater. She received her certification in Waldorf Education from Rudolf Steiner College and holds a teaching credential from CSU Sacramento. She was recently awarded Teacher of the Year 2022 by the Orangevale Chamber of Commerce.
Taylor DeSilva – B.A., Liberal Studies with a concentration in Human Development, CSUS, CA; California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, CSUS, CA. Taylor has just started her 3rd year at GV, working as the Fine Arts Teacher at the Orchard Campus. Taylor finds daily joy in the classroom watching students develop skills while expressing themselves using colour.
Emily Jacobson has been working in k-8 education since 2015 and began her journey as a classroom assistant. Her passion for working with special needs students lead her to become a paraprofessional, specializing in Social Emotional Character development. She has worked with kids living with ADHD, Autism, Down Syndrome, Anxiety and Trauma. Her gift of connecting with both students and staff led her to running her first “Zen Zone” at a Rocklin charter in 2019. She loves creating safe and welcoming spaces for students and staff to be heard, validated, supported and even have a warm cup of tea. She guides students in conflict resolution, teaches them healthy coping strategies, and helps with emotional resetting. She received a BA at the University of Puget Sound and her Social Emotional Learning certification at Rutgers University. She found her way to Golden Valley Charter in 2022 where she is honored to run the Orchard Mindfulness Room.
Zachary Phillips has taught as a class teacher at Golden Valley for 13 years and has graduated two classes. After finishing his teacher training at RSC, he entered the Master's in Waldorf Education program under the advisement of Edmond Knighton. Zachary currently is the curriculum specialist and grades mentor for Golden Valley River and Orchard campuses. Zachary was the first teacher to take a class all the way from first through eighth grade at the Orchard campus and was awarded Teacher of the Year for 2018 by the Orangevale chamber of commerce.