Raquel Callis is the handwork teacher and garden assistant. She lives on a farm with goats, sheep, geese, chickens and more! Raquel's hobbies include hiking with her family, spinning, weaving, knitting, natural dyeing, growing food and flowers! She loves story telling and Waldorf education methods. Raquel is so excited to meet her students! She hopes they fall in love with handwork!
Oliver Callis is an artist and a designer specializing in ecological home, garden, and farm design. He finished his Bachelor of Fine Art in 2004 from the University of Utah with an emphasis in painting, sculpture, and photography. In the same year, he and his wife Raquel planted their first joint garden, which was also when he started an intensive study of permaculture design and biodynamics. In 2005 they purchased a house sitting on a 1/4 acre urban lot in Provo, UT, and resolved to turn it into an urban homestead.
Oliver has been working professionally as an ecological architectural designer since 2005, working with a variety of architects in Provo and Salt Lake City, and with a variety of clients who were looking to reduce or eliminate the fossil fuels needed for their homes or facilities. He has worked on a variety of projects ranging from a "net-zero energy" passive solar home built in Provo in 2006, to designing and remodeling a large ranch in Idaho in 2014, to the permaculture master plan of the USU Moab Campus with EDA Architects in 2016. His Masters of Architecture studies which ran from 2011-2015 focused on the intersections of architecture, ecology, permaculture, and the architectural designs of Rudolf Steiner, the founder of the Waldorf movement.
Oliver is a builder as well as a designer and loves to work on his designs when he can - engaging in everything from carpentry to masonry, metalwork, and plumbing. Raquel and Oliver have been planning to educate their son Ezra with the Waldorf approach since before he was born in 2010, and have taken much inspiration from it and the local Waldorf community. They have been homeschooling him together since they sold their urban homestead in 2016 and moved onto a small goat farm in the river bottoms of the Spanish Fork River. Oliver has a love of nature and thoroughly enjoys incorporating the teaching of literacy and numeracy with "naturacy" - a literacy of the natural world.
Aspen Meek is a recent graduate from the University of Utah with a BA in Environmental Sustainability. She is a lover and learner of organic gardening, permaculture and Biodynamics. She enjoys roller skating, frogs and the color purple. Her dream is to run her own sustainable/regenerative farm where there are lots of mini cows and all the produce that grows is purple (orchid purple to be exact).
Merrium is a seamstress, pianist, theatre fanatic, and fluent Spanish speaker. Though she is young she has studied Spanish for just over a decade. She started her formal study of Spanish in 8th grade and either has been in a Spanish class or lived in a Spanish-speaking country until she received her Bachelors of Art in Theatre Arts and Spanish from Southern Utah University in April 2020.
She attributes her beginning success in learning Spanish to her fabulous middle and high school teachers. She contributes her continued success to her LDS mission to Lima, Peru and her desire to keep her Spanish fluent to continue to communicate with her Peruvian friends. Recently her biggest Spanish-related accomplishment has been reading half the Harry Potter series in Spanish. She hopes to finish the rest of the series in Spanish this summer. As for her teaching, she has always been a big advocate for teaching her nieces and nephews Spanish whenever she can. She also is grateful that teaching gives her the opportunity to combine her theatrical training and her love of Spanish. In the end, she is very excited about teaching her students to love Spanish and all the culture related to it.
Jennifer Williamson is a multi talented professional musician, singer and teacher. She comes from a musical family. Her mom and grandmother both were in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for 20 years, and her father was a professional acoustic guitarist for a Mariachi band in Mexico.
Jennifer has been teaching private voice, piano, and violin for 25+ years and directed and taught many music classes for 6 years in the Charter/Public school systems for grades K-12. She has taught choir, orchestra, band, theatre, and general music classes at 3 different schools in the span of 6 years. She directed/taught all the middle school music/theatre at charter schools for 4 of the 6 years. She has directed productions including Annie, Aladdin, Peter Pan, and The Sound of Music. All productions received a standing ovation. Her choirs received a Level 1 (the highest rating of Superior) at the Music Federation Festivals in Utah and regional competitions. Her private vocal studio students compete each year in Northern Utah for the NATS Vocal competition, and her students all placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd each year for the last 15 years. She is a sought after Soprano soloist with 30 years of performance/solos for stage and religious events. Jennifer holds a current Utah Teaching license and a Bachelors of Music Education degree from the University of Utah. She is currently in the process of beginning an online Masters of Music Education degree.
Jennifer enjoys working out, cooking, comedy movies, concerts, spending time with her 4 children, any outdoor motorized sports, and her man Bo.