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Ms. Lemesh has worked in education for 18 years and spent 14 years at a Waldorf Charter school cycling through grades 1-5. In addition to her Waldorf teacher training and her public teaching credential, Mrs. Lemesh has a Masters in Education and has just completed her preliminary Administrative Credential. She has experience teaching in diverse settings throughout Sonoma County. Ms. Lemesh has two children that attended grades 1st through 8th at a Waldorf charter school to round out her experience with the curriculum to include both teacher and parent insight. Ms. Lemesh spends a lot of time outside riding bikes, hiking with friends or family, walking her dog Toby, and enjoying the county and state parks. She also created her own sourdough starter during COVID and has become an amazing bread baker!
Mr. McDonald was born and raised in Santa Rosa. He graduated from Carleton College in Minnesota where he played on the soccer team and worked in the arboretum. After college Kevin spent four years in Tokyo teaching English, studying Japanese, and learning karate. He then returned to California, where he has been teaching for twenty years, most recently at the French-American School in Santa Rosa and Terra Linda High School in San Rafael. Kevin holds a multiple-subject credential and single-subject credentials in science and math. He believes that the key to teaching is making connections to the real world, whether it is wildlife conservation, economics, or sports statistics. Kevin still plays soccer, and on the weekends he enjoys attending concerts and art shows with his wife. He has been to six of the seven continents, and he plans on adding Antarctica to the list in the near future.
Rick Betz holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing/Literature from UC Santa Cruz and a Masters Degree in Education. He joined the Novato Charter School in 2003.
“Looking back down the road of my life, I am currently in my 18th year as a, primarily, middle school teacher here at NCS. Before that I spent 17 years at the Marin Waldorf School, completing two runs through the grades with a “sabbatical” year in which my wife and I ran a preschool. Along the way, Judy and I raised a family. We have three children, now 33, 30 and 26! Oh, my! I did my Waldorf training and received my Master’s in Education at Antioch, New England. Prior to leaving for the east coast my wife and I married in Ben Lomond, California. There we both graduated from USCS. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Literature via San Francisco State and UC Berkeley. Looking back to high school I met and fell in love with Judy. And me, I was born in LA, the result of my parents selling my mom’s engagement ring to flee the Broadway scene in New York in order to pursue careers in Hollywood. Before that, well, that is no longer my story, so for further details, give me a holler. I’m happy to oblige!”