ABOUT

Robin Theiss

mstheiss@gmail.com
(831) 247-7648

Robin Theiss

EDUCATION

Former entrepreneur and business owner who found a passion for teaching adolescents, I have been involved in the Waldorf education movement for 18 years. During this time,  I have heightened my passion for adolescent development through high school teaching, parenting classes, individual tutoring, mentoring and teacher education. As a pioneering teacher in two Waldorf high schools, I have drawn on my business experience to learn the value of adaptability and setting intentions for future sustainable growth. I currently teach high school humanities classes and courses in adult teacher training. I have also been involved with the CASA program in Orange County for the last 4 years, mentoring at-risk youth and helping them transition into adulthood. For the last 5 years, I have travelled internationally to speak at conferences and lead workshops in cultural perspectives and the purpose of education in 21st century. 

EDUCATION

2013

Waldorf High School/Grades Training Certificate

Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training

1992 - 1994

Claremont School of Theology

Master of Religious Studies course work

1992

Pendle Hill

Quaker Community of Study

1991 (Magnum cum laude)

BA Philosophy

University of California, Riverside

1991 (Magnum cum laude)

BA Cross-cultural Religion

University of California, Riverside

High School Courses Developed/ Taught

English Writing and Literature

Cultural Perspectives, Tragedy and Comedy in Contemporary Film, World Mythology, Short Story, Poetics, Sacred Writing as Literature, Iliad/Odyssey, Parzival, Dante’s Divine Comedy, Faust, Transcendentalism

History

Ancient History, Native American History, Colonial American History, Greco/Roman History , Medieval History, Modern American History, Constitutional Law, Symptomatology, Music History

Other Courses

Non-Violent Communication for Teens , Monologues Writing and Performance, Health, Communication Skills

Adult Education Courses Developed/Taught

Adolescent Course, Parzival, Faust, Dante, History of Literature, History of Music, Ancient History, Clay Sculpture, Speech, Theosophy, Social Three-folding, Philosophy of Freedom, Rosecrucian Wisdom

International Conference Presentations

“Google It- How Technology is Changing Language” Kassel 2018
“Theosophy”- Southern Asia Teacher’s Conference 2018
“Cultural Perspectives through Literature”- International Conference, Kassel 2016
“The American Transcendentalists and the Obedience of the Spirit” International Conference, Kassel 2015
“Exploring Cultural Ethos through Literature” International Conference, Kassel 2014
“Waldorf Education in the Future” Westside Waldorf School 2013
“Threefold Social Working” Waldorf School of Orange County Board of Trustees 2012

Guest Teaching/Workshops

“Comparative Literature Across Cultures” Kassel 2018
“Reading Sacred Texts from Different Traditions as Literature” Kassel 2018
“How the lower senses in early childhood develop in adolescents.” South Asia Teachers Conference 2018
“How Music History cultivates the Inner Life of the 11th grader” Kassel 2017
“Adolescent Course” Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training 2016/2017/2018
“Encountering the Other- Themes in 9th grade Literature” International Conference, Kassel 2016
“Understanding Cultural Perspective” International Conference, Kassel 2016
“Practicing Storytelling” International Conference, Kassel 2016
“Preparing the Adolescent for the Ego” AWSNA Conference- 2015
“Multiple Perspectives on History” International Conference, Kassel 2015/2016/2017/2018
“Modern Myths Literature in the 20th and 21st Century” International Conference, Kassel 2015/2016/2017/2018

EXPERIENCE

2009 - Present

High School Humanities Chair

Waldorf School of Orange County

-Carry full-time teaching load
-Represent the school as 1st delegate to AWSNA
-Member of College of Teachers
-Student advisor/Class Sponsor
-Oversee the development, implementation, and monitoring of a comprehensive subject area
-Mentor/support teachers in the department with planning and assessment
-Facilitate conversation in high school faculty regarding changes to the curriculum or scheduling and take recommendations to the College of Teachers for approval
-Gather and analyze evidence about the quality of the school program with respect to the criteria and the expected school-wide learning results per AWSNA self-study
-Oversee the budgeting process during the budgeting cycle and report to the College of Teachers
-Authored several course descriptions for approval of the A-G requirements for University of California

2010 - Present

Adult Education Teacher
(Course List Attached)

2003 - 2009

Lead/Founding Teacher

Santa Cruz Waldorf High School

-Taught humanities full time for grades 9-12
-Developed high school humanities curriculum grades 9-12
-Wrote/oversaw approval process of UC course descriptions
-Participated in the AWSNA/WASC Accreditation Team
-Developed college counseling program
-Served as primary student advisor/ sponsored Class of 2009
-College of Teachers/Management Team
-Prepared budgets for approval to Board of Trustees
-Organized daily scheduling and block rotations
-Recruited/mentored Waldorf trained teaching faculty to support pioneering high school
-Represented school as 1st delegate to AWSNA
-Led successful team for five consecutive years at the World Affairs Challenge in San Francisco

2014 - 2018

Private Tutor

-Work individually with students struggling with socio-emotional issues and learning differences
-Tutor in ACT/SAT Test Prep
-Lead writing workshops for high school students

International Speaker/Workshop Leader (Presentations and Workshops attached)

Volunteer/Service

CASA Volunteer

Mentored youth “aging out” of Social Service Program and represented their best interest in the courtroom and other settings.

AWSNA/WASC Accreditation Team

Anthroposophical Prison Outreach

Poetry project with APO and WSOC – 2014

Stop Hunger Now

Stop Hunger Now gets food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable people, and works to end global hunger in our lifetime.

Joyful Foundation

Cut and sew fleece blankets to be given to children and adult cancer and infusion patients, as well as others in need of comfort and warmth

**References available on request**