Dr. Woods brings to Mountain Song her extensive experience in, and a love for, both Waldorf education and public education. She earned her B.A. in environmental education from Prescott College in Arizona, and her Waldorf certification from Emerson College in England. She taught in private Waldorf schools in Oregon, New Hampshire, and New York, as well as teaching in the Waldorf training program at what is now Antioch University New England. In 2003, she pursued graduate school, leaving New York for her childhood hometown of Manhattan, Kansas (known as “The Little Apple”). At Kansas State University, she earned her Master’s in biology, with her plant ecology research receiving award recognition from the Botanical Society of America and Sigma Xi. She then earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction focusing on science education, also at K-State. Later, she joined Fort Hays State University, designing and instructing science methods courses for elementary teachers, and gained recognition by both students and colleagues for outstanding teaching. Her research has been presented and published in national and international forums, allowing her to cultivate a wide network of diverse professionals whom she greatly values. 

During her time in higher education, she received a number of grants and coordinated several programs that partnered public school districts and teachers with scientists, that fostered alternative teacher licensure pathways, and that provided rigorous professional development training for in-service teachers. She worked closely with the Kansas State Department of Education for years and is a recognized trainer for the Next Generation Science Standards, which Colorado recently adopted. 

In 2011, she married her wonderful husband in Estes Park, and they have made many sojourns to the Rocky Mountains, which they are now delighted to call home. Dr. Woods always knew she would return to Waldorf education, as she believes “it is the best pedagogy around.” She also is committed to making Waldorf approaches available for all students through public schools. She is proud to be realizing these ideals at Mountain Song.


Sarah has worked with Mountain Song since its beginning starting in May 2013.  Being a part of the initial development of the school and helping the school grow these past years remain to be her proudest professional and personal accomplishments.

In her role as the Director of School Performance, Sarah serves the school in coordinating, scheduling, and administering assessments, oversees enrollment and the school’s data systems, and submits data reports to the state.  Prior to her work at Mountain Song, she served for four years as a Military Impact Planner II at the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) and served as Regional Sustainability Coordinator for the agency.  At PPACG, Sarah worked on the Fort Carson Regional Growth Plan and helped develop the Pikes Peak region’s first long-term sustainability plan – Looking to Our Future: Pikes Peak Region 2030 (PPR 2030).

For over 10 years, Sarah has served the environmental community in the Pikes Peak region.  She’s worked for Sustainable Fort Carson, served on the Board of Directors for Southern Colorado Clean Cities Coalition, and help start two local environmental efforts: the Colorado Springs Conservation Corps and the Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future.  In 2013, she received a Community Sustainability Champion award from Fort Carson at the annual Colorado Sustainability Conference.

Being a native to Colorado Springs and avid nature and history lover, Sarah’s passion is to preserve the natural and cultural resources in the region for her children and future generations to enjoy.  When she is not working at Mountain Song, Sarah enjoys gardening, baking, beekeeping, making art and music, hiking with her finance, and playing with her children.


For many years, Kim Butler has been associated with Mountain Song as a parent and a part-time employee, joining the team as the Director of Operations in 2021.  She brings to her role extensive operational and administrative experience at senior and health centers, having served as Executive Director, Human Resource Director, and other related administrative positions.  She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English – Creative Writing, and a Master’s degree in Leadership and Humanities.  She has completed extensive additional training in organizational administration.  Most recently, Kim has been working in the clinical mental health counseling field, and her interests in supporting and cultivating a healthy and healing school culture are vast.  She knows and loves Mountain Song deeply, and intentionally sought this school as a center to which she can bring her outstanding skill set and wise practices. 


Donald Samson has taught both children and adults for over thirty years.  He has been teaching the Waldorf curriculum since 1989.  He was a grades class teacher for nineteen years.  Following that, he taught history, geography and literature in high school.  Donald has mentored fellow teachers for many years, and spent the last four years serving as the curriculum director at Juniper Ridge Community School in Grand Junction.  Donald is very proud to join Mountain Song Community School to support the teachers and help guide the faculty in using the Waldorf curriculum.  When he can steal time out of a week, he writes fantasy novels for young readers that the whole family can enjoy.  His fantasy chronicle, The Star Trilogy, was inspired from stories he originally told in his class.



Ms. Cori Karasiuk serves as the Dean of Students, bringing her rich expertise as a child, adolescent, and family therapist to the role.  As we transform the position of Student Support Coordinator to Dean of Students, we think she is the perfect fit and are excited about her stepping into this position.

Communication and Development


Lauren Ferrara brings a wealth of expertise to her role at Mountain Song.  She is founder and owner of Why Wait Stories & Lauren Ferrara Storytelling.  She was Evening Anchor for over 5 years with KXRM-TV FOX News, producing daily news stories and directing the newscast.  She conceived of and launched the #girlcrush series, and produced the Cybersafe Community segments.  She also served as reporter and anchor at news stations in Tennessee, Nevada, and Texas.  Lauren’s journalism and reporting has been recognized by the Colorado Broadcasters Association with Best Feature & Best Feature Runner Up in 2017, and Best Regularly Scheduled Newscast in 2016.  She was an EMMY nominee in 2010 for Journalistic Enterprise for “Innocence Sold.” 

Lauren attended Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and earned her B.A. in Psychology and Kinesiology from Rice University in Houston, Texas.  Throughout her career, she has participated in, and spearheaded events for, organizations such as the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, the Air Force Association, the Children’s Literacy Center, Goodwill’s Chic Boutique, The Success Collective, Junior League, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and others.  Among her many duties, Lauren creates and curates Mountain Song’s social media feed that can be found here at this link

Health & Front Desk Assistance


Building and Facilities


Kyle McCabe works as janitor and manager of building maintenance.  He grew up nearby as the son of two teachers.  Kyle has been a part of the Mountain Song Community since 2014 with his family, teacher Alisia McCabe and their daughter.  Along with spending free time with his family, Kyle enjoys mountain trails, music, basketball, biology, and engineering.

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