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Faculty Profiles

  • Megan Bassett, Funds Development Coordinator

    Megan spent her childhood with her three siblings swimming in lakes and fishing in the Puget Sound. Struck by the diversity and richness of our world, Megan developed a passion for fostering understanding among people. Megan completed a bachelor’s degree in International Studies at the University of Oregon in 1992. This is also where she met her husband Matt Keenan and the two became founders of Eugene’s acoustic dance band The Sugar Beets. Megan began working as a bilingual assistant for the 4J schools’ Migrant Education program. Then while living in Portland she expanded her leadership skills through training in public speaking, event planning, volunteer recruitment and project management with Landmark Education Corporation. The Sugar Beets performed all over the Northwest during these years and Megan continued working in recruitment and volunteer management with Latino families in Northern Oregon before starting a family and returning to Eugene in 2004. Here she was introduced to Eugene Waldorf School where each of her three children have attended since 2005. In Eugene, Megan continues to create music and enjoys planning concerts that raise money for non-profit organizations. Working in Funds Development for EWS is a perfect way for her love of connecting with all people and her love of art to come together.

  • Valerie Perrott, PR and Enrollment Coordinator

    Valerie’s childhood included the urban wonders of the South side of Chicago, small town life in Minnesota and the delights of lake-filled Minneapolis, both summer and winter.  She graduated from Earlham College in 1993 with a B.A. in Peace & Global Studies.  After living in Chicago again for several years, she came out to Oregon where she met her husband, Jason.  They now have two girls who attend the Eugene Waldorf School.

    Valerie has been involved with the Eugene Waldorf School since 2001 when she enrolled in the Waldorf Teacher Education, Eugene program.  She co-taught for two years in kindergarten and then served on the board for a two-year term.  Since 2011, she has carried the role as the Public Relations and Enrollment Coordinator for the school. It is a welcomed and exciting blend of her love of people and Waldorf education.

  • Atta Turck, Site Coordinator

    See Specialists section for Atta Turck’s biography.

  • Morgan Vierheller, Faculty Chair

    Morgan grew up in the midwest cities of St. Louis and Chicago. After high school, she lived in the wilds of Wisconsin and Minnesota. Beginning college as a science major, she was convinced by her biology teacher to go to art school and so ended up in the lovely city of San Francisco and attended the San Francisco Art Institute. Graduating with an MFA in painting and sculpture, Morgan began a career in art that lasted for 7 years. At an Earth Day celebration, she found a booth for the Marin Waldorf School where she discovered a career that would become her passion. Completing 2 of the 3 years of grades training, Morgan was offered a position at Summerfield Waldof School teaching art and humanities in the high school and then completed her high school certificate work at Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento, CA.

    She has been a Waldorf high school humanities, art and drama teacher since 1998 in two schools, Summerfield Waldorf School in Santa Rosa, California and, most recently, Austin Waldorf School in Austin, Texas. Her recent experience as chair of the pedagogical committee and chair of the humanities department as well as college chair at Summerfield led her to consider the position of faculty chair as a natural progression. After discovering the work of Rudolf Steiner as a theosophist in the Wheaton society branch in 1973, she picked up the study again in 1996 as a student and is committed to the Waldorf educational philosophy. The support and development of community, both within and without the school, will be her focus at EWS.

    She is delighted to return to the West Coast with her husband of nearly 30 years, Erik, and their two dogs and one cat. She continues to paint, loves the mountains and being part of a vibrant community.

  • Molly Wilson, Administrator

    Molly grew up in Eugene, the second of two children and the daughter of two teachers, which is one of the reasons she loves being around teachers all day long.  After spending parts of junior high and high school in Turkey and Nigeria, she graduated from South Eugene High School in 1974. After a year abroad in Kyoto, Japan, Molly graduated from Williams College with a degree in comparative religions, and settled in Seattle.  After several years of working in a collective restaurant, where she was first introduced to the pleasures of accounting and bookkeeping, Molly returned to school where she earned a doctorate in computer science. 

    Molly has two children and two stepchildren, three of whom graduated from EWS.  Molly’s husband Jay has been a parent at the school since 1992.  In their free time, they love to explore the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.  Molly has been in the Business Office since 1996.  She loves the challenges and joys of serving parents, teachers and children, and is grateful to have found a profession that combines so many of her interests and that requires a passionate attention to social interactions.

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