Sarah Robicheaux, Handwork
Ms. Sarah Robicheaux, Winterberry’s handwork instructor, grew up outside of Boston, and has made her way West and North through the years; from Colorado to Oregon and finally to Alaska with her husband, Todd, arriving in 1990. She holds an Associate of Science degree in Solar Engineering Technology from Colorado Technical College, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Oregon. A licensed architect for 20 years, she made a rewarding and refreshing change by becoming the Handwork Instructor at Winterberry in 2012.
Having practiced handwork since the age of seven, she is skilled in knitting, spinning, felting, weaving, clothing sewing, embroidery, dying, crochet and quilting. She is happy to share these skills with the students of Winterberry as handwork is both a gift to the individual in the form of useful and meaningful skills and a gift to the community in the form of shared cultural tradition and connection. Throughout her life she has been drawn to visual composition and aesthetics, with fibrous materials being her primary means to express her love of pattern, color and the appreciation of the richness and beauty of natural materials.
Both of her children, Max and Mary, are Winterberry graduates. They attended Winterberry from its first year of operation through 8th grade. During that time, Sarah had an active role as a parent volunteer. Sarah loves her family, likes to ski, hike, grow veggies and pet her cats.
Emily Baker, Spanish Teacher
Emily Baker, Winterberry’s Spanish Teacher, was born in Anchorage and attended public education in the Anchorage School District. After graduating from Chugiak High School, Emily attended college at Western Washington University in Bellingham to study Spanish language and Humanities. As part of her undergraduate studies Emily spent six months in Cádiz, Spain with the University of Washington and traveling Europe.
In 2008 Emily enrolled in the University of Alaska’s Masters in the Art of Teaching program and graduated in 2011. Her first teaching position with the Anchorage School District was teaching Spanish and Language Arts at Bartlett High School. Emily was at Bartlett for four years teaching elementary and advanced Spanish classes. When Emily saw that Winterberry was starting a Spanish program she was eager to learn more about Winterberry and its students.
Emily is excited to begin her journey in Waldorf education. In her free time she enjoys horseback riding, walking her dogs, hiking, singing, and reading. Emily currently lives with two dogs, and a cat.
Ricky Lind, Music Teacher
Lorrie Miner, Special Education
Lorrie taught special education for 24 years in Southern Maine. (13 years elementary school, 2 years middle, 9 years high school) She also served as an Interim Special Ed. Director for MSAD 57, Waterboro, Maine.
During those years she met her husband, Eddie, who was a Lieutenant in the Coast Guard, stationed in Portland, Maine, and his two daughters Emily and Rachel. After Eddie retired from active duty, they all moved to Gakona, Alaska. There, she taught special education at Glennallen Elementary, was the sole regular and special ed teacher for grades K-12 in Chistochina, and when Chisto closed due to having less than 10 students, returned to teaching middle and high school at Glennallen Jr/Sr High School. She taught in the Copper River School District for 8 years. They also opened up Gakona Brewing Company which is currently alive and well, back at their home in Gakona.
Eddie returned to work for the Coast Guard as a civilian. They both moved to Anchorage and Lorrie became a special education teacher at Winterberry. She is starting her 6th year here and loves it as Winterberry supports the development of each student as a whole person – head, heart, and hands. Each student is supported to develop at their own pace, which is always a goal of Special Education.
She also adores her family’s two boxers Barley and Cody, Fuggles her ½ Boston Terrier, ½ Pug, knitting, cross stitch, quilting, reading, baking, sailing, swimming, bunnies, playing her guitar and is especially looking forward to becoming a Grandmother in January!!e Miner was born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up on the island of Nahant in Boston Harbor. Her family later moved to Kennebunk, Maine. She graduated from Kennebunk High School and the University of Maine, Farmington where she earned a B.S in Special and Elementary Education. Six years later she received her M.S. Ed. in Exceptionality from the University of Southern Maine.
Jill Krueger, Movement Teacher
"Hi, I'm Jill, your Movement Teacher.
"I’m super excited to be a part of the Winterberry family! I hail from the east coast and was raised in New England. Lucky enough to be born at a time when my youth could be spent sans direct adult supervision, my brothers and I spent endless hours with the neighborhood kids exploring the woods, swamps, and each other’s backyards. After graduating with a B.S. in Sociology I spent the next 10 years exploring outdoor recreation through seasonal guiding across the United States. One of my favorite experiences was serving adjudicated youth in a therapeutic wilderness program for 45-65 day hitches in the magnificent Utah backcountry. I came to Alaska through my guiding pursuits in 2004 and spent four summers based out of majestic Cooper Landing. Meeting my soon-to-be husband “slinging chairs” (we were fellow lifties) on the slopes of Alyeska, we quickly pursued homesteading our owner-financed acre in Girdwood. A process that is still on-going! In 2011 we began to build our family through OCS’s foster program. A beautiful leap of faith that bore us two beautiful sons, beyond our dreams come true.
In the “professional” aspect of life, my interest in earning a Master’s in Elementary Education came from my passion to connect and contribute to the youth experience. I believe in equal access to education for children of all abilities. One of my professional goals has been teaching Movement as it marries my two interests in supporting youth development and encouraging healthy physical foundations. I served a few years as a P.E. Specialist at Rilke Schule, a German immersion school in Anchorage, Alaska. Previously I had been a substitute-teacher and a SPED T.A. with the Anchorage School District since 2006. At first full time, then concurrently along with a career in Social Work. After two years as a Care Coordinator for people who experience disabilities, I worked as a grant officer (Community Wellness Coordinator, RurAL CAP) coordinating state, private, and federally funded programs that support Alaska Native youth in areas of substance abuse prevention, youth development, energy efficiency education, and subsistence activities. I loved this work as it afforded me the wonderful opportunity to travel and collaborate with many Alaska Native communities throughout this vast state. I earned my Graduate teaching certificate and Masters of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education through the University of Alaska Southeast.
I am excited that as an educator at Winterberry I am afforded the flexibility to deliver a holistic approach to movement concepts/physical fitness. We will be providing a wide range of skill building activities that promote collaboration, communication and critical thinking. Skills will align with the Waldorf curriculum and students will explore practical activities that nurture positive values and attitudes providing a good foundation for a healthy lifestyle. I am thrilled to be serving the Winterberry community and can’t wait to connect with each of you!"