Subject Teachers & Aftercare

Supporting Cast

Carmen Gunn

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Movement & Gardening Teacher

Carmen Gunn is a graduate of the Spacial Dynamics Institute and earned her associate’s degree in physical science from the Collegio Alessandro Manzoni in Monza, Italy. Ms. Gunn is a certified personal trainer, strength coach, group fitness instructor, and archery instructor. She is also certified in pilates and yoga. Before joining Camellia’s faculty, Ms. Gunn had worked for 20 years as a teacher in the health and fitness industry.


In her role as gardening teacher, Ms. Gunn leads elementary and middle school students in planting, growing and harvesting fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers, and in building projects and campus care.


Ms. Gunn is a parent of two Camellia alumni students.

Ms. Gunn joined Camellia in 2010.

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Timothy Stanley


Strings and Ensemble Teacher

Timothy Stanley has a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Nevada and a master’s degree in music from California State University Sacramento. Mr. Stanley is a senior teacher with the Sacramento State String Project, a not-for-profit that provides low cost music instruction to Sacramento elementary school children. He also teaches private music lessons in Sacramento and Davis.


As a performer, Mr. Stanley plays cello with numerous local symphonies and orchestras as well as area baroque ensembles. He is a founding member of City Water, a contemporary music ensemble, and Ensemble Confluences, a baroque quartet.

Mr. Stanley joined Camellia in 2008


Shane Jewell

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Choir Teacher and Math Specialist

Shane Jewell holds a bachelor of arts degree in Music Performance from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, with concentrations in physics, mathematics, and environmental studies and has completed an International Honors Program in the study of climate change, economics, anthropology, social justice, and sustainable development.

With over 20 years of teaching experience, including nine years as a Waldorf teacher, Mr. Jewell has taught both in the grades and at the high school level. For three years, he specialized in teaching middle school math, and for two years he taught math and science at the Seattle Waldorf High School. Mr. Jewell grew up attending Waldorf schools as the child of two Waldorf teachers.

In addition, Mr. Jewell is the founder and musical director of an approximately 70-member professional choral ensemble, a position he has held for the last 13 years. He has hiked 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, bicycled more than 100,000 miles in countries around the world, and is passionate about sustainable living and organic farming.

Mr.  Jewell joined Camellia in 2021

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Alice Stamm


Early Childhood Eurythmy Teacher

Alice Stamm has been teaching eurythmy since 1975. She began her eurythmy training in Eckwalden, Germany, and finished at Else Klink in Stuttgart, Germany. Ms. Stamm also has a degree in therapeutic eurythmy from the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland.

Having a wealth of experience in teaching and performing eurythmy in Europe and the United States, Ms. Stamm’s most recent positions include teaching eurythmy at Rudolf Steiner College, kindergarten eurythmy at Davis Waldorf School and professional mentoring of eurythmysts.

Ms. Stamm is the president and a founding member of the Eurythmy Association of North America. She also helped to form the Section Collegium for the Performing Arts in North America.

Xochitl Aida Lakomy 


Upper Grades Spanish Teacher

Xochitl Aida Lakomy has a master's degree in Industrial Design from the University of Guadalajara, a certificate in Organizational Development from the Universidad del Valle de Atemajac, and an associate of arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Cosumnes River College. Maestra Xochitl has also taken the “Waldorf en casa” workshop and is passionate about Waldorf education, child development, and Spanish language and culture.


Born in San Francisco, CA, and raised in different towns throughout Mexico, Xochitl’s childhood was rich in multicultural experiences and diversity. Maestra Xochitl has taught children in both Mexico and the United States and is excited to teach Spanish at Camellia Waldorf School. Xochitl believes that learning a second language opens students’ minds to new ideas, helping them to see the world differently. 


When Maestra Xochitl is not teaching, she loves spending time outdoors with her family. Some of her favorite activities include camping, hiking, and biking. Additionally, Xochitl enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures, she has explored Mexico, Canada, Spain, Peru, France, Germany, Italy, and many states here in the U.S.

Maestra Xochitl joined Camellia in 2021

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Lulú Flores

Lower Grades Spanish Teacher


Lulú holds a Bachelors degree in Nutrition from Universidad del Valle de Atemajac. In college, Lulú’s interest in child development and maternal health grew and after giving birth to her son, she became a became a Certified Lactation Educator and accredited La Leche League Leader. Maestra Lulú worked at the Mexican Consulate in San Jose, offering nutrition education for families and later became the coordinator of the Parents cook with Heart program with the Latino College Academy parents.


After attending the Waldorf en casa" with Oswaldo Alvarez Pedroza, a Mexican Waldorf teacher, Lulú fell in love with Waldorf education. Maestra Lulú continued on with The Art of Teaching Spanish the following summer and later a curriculum workshop for Waldorf Spanish teachers with Michelle Jarvis. Additionally, Maestra Lulú is a 2nd-year student in the Maternal and Child Nutrition Masters program at University California Davis. When Lulú isn’t teaching Spanish, you will find her spending time with her son and husband, singing, writing, playing the guitar and dancing. She enjoys bike riding with her family, taking care of her quails, hiking, baking and cooking homemade Mexican food.

Maestra Lulú joined Camellia in 2021

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Claudia Gibson

Cozy Cottage Lead Teacher and After Care Coordinator. 


Claudia holds a bachelor’s degree in Child Development from California State University Sacramento as well as a Child Development Site Supervisor Permit from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. She has been working in early childhood education for over 14 years, having served in a multitude of positions, including as a preschool teacher, advocate for children and families, preschool director and coordinator, and as a coach and mentor supporting early childhood educators and high quality early learning experiences for children in Sacramento County.


Ms. Claudia is passionate about providing all children with a safe, warm, loving, and responsive early childhood experience that nurtures their joy of learning. Additionally, she enjoys working with teachers, helping to enrich their work with children and their families. When Claudia isn’t working, she enjoys time off with her two daughters and husband. Some of their favorite things to do together are cooking, traveling, and exploring nature. 

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Ms. Claudia joined Camellia in 2021

Aftercare Staff


Natalie Foster

Megan Ferrian

Lead Preschool Aftercare

Lead Kindergarten Aftercare

Denise Zhuang

Nicole Guslistov

Grades Aftercare

Grades Aftercare

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