Will Crane, Movement / Games / Physical Education and Athletic Director
Will has had a lifetime love and joy for movement. Growing up in Southern California, surfing and water activities were a big part of his life. The fluid movements of Aikido caught his eye and Will began training seriously in Aikido and Kenjutsu, later becoming an instructor at the San Diego Budokan.
When their first two children were still quite young, Will and his wife Denise developed an interest in Waldorf Education and Anthroposophy. After a season of living on the north shore of the island of Kauai, the family moved to Sacramento where Will was enrolled in the Foundation Year and Teacher Training at Rudolf Steiner College. While there, their third child was born.
In 1986, Will and his family moved to the Threefold community and Will joined the Green Meadow faculty as a first grade class teacher. While still a class teacher Will joined the first In-Service Training for Spacial Dynamics in North America. The work of Spacial Dynamics renewed, inspired and enlivened his love and joy for movement. In 1991, Will left class teaching and became the Director of Physical Education and Athletics at Green Meadow. He currently teaches grades 1-12 in movement/games and physical education, and coaches high school volleyball. Will also teaches adult courses and workshops in Spacial Dynamics for Sunbridge Institute, the Applied Arts Program, Creative Speech Spring Valley, and at the Spacial Dynamics Institute.
Mellie Mae Lonnemann, Assistant
BFA, Alfred University, concentration in ceramics and minor in dance
Mellie Mae Lonnemann comes to us from the mountains of North Carolina, where she has spent the last four years as a resident artist and educator. She has taught at art centers, an eco-camp, and homeschool cooperatives.
Mellie grew up in an active family, with three brothers participating in sports, and her love for movement was rekindled through modern dance at university.
She also studied ceramics for two years in Italy and received a certificate of professionalism at the State Institute of Art in Faenza.
Mellie became interested in Waldorf® Education during her undergraduate studies, as she explored diverse teaching styles. After various teaching experiences, she decided this year to begin the Teacher Training Program at Sunbridge Institute.
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