The Administrative and Office Staff is dedicated to running the business and operational side of the school and to providing service and support to our teachers so that they can focus their energy and attention on what is most important – the children’s education.
Patrick Ebel has had a varied career prior to living in Grand Junction. He grew up in Nebraska and left at an early age for a stint in the US Air Force. After leaving the Air Force, he worked in non-profits helping kids and explored a career in food service before deciding to finish college and become a teacher. He started teaching in the Tucson, Arizona area where his first son, Aidan, was born. Looking for a great place to raise a family, Patrick moved to Grand Junction in 2004, where his second son, Zane, was born. He worked as a 6th grade math and science teacher at Bookcliff Middle School until leaving the school district to homeschool his boys using Waldorf methods and to work on his dream of opening a school that meets the needs of all children. He is one of the founders of Juniper Ridge Community School and its first Administrative Director.
(Director of Curriculum and Instruction)
Donald Samson is our Director of Curriculum and Instruction. He 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 is very proud to be a member of Juniper Ridge helping to guide the faculty in establishing a Waldorf School. Donald has always felt drawn to the Colorado Plateau and feels like he’s come home when walking in the Monument. 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.
Tammy has lived in the Grand Valley since 2005 with her husband of 18 years and their two boys, ages 8 & 9. She loves to knit and crochet and with the help of our Handwork Teacher she has learned how to spin wool to create her own yarn. She enjoys camping, fishing, cooking, and lending a hand where ever needed. Both her boys attend Juniper Ridge Community School and love helping out in the office when they get the chance.
Crystal was born and raised in Florida and relocated to colorful Colorado in 2010 with her husband and two children.
She loves spending her free time in nature and exploring all the beautiful places that surround us.
(Communications & Development Director)
Brenda is a native of Colorado. She was born in Grand Junction, raised in Moffat County, and came back to the valley to attend Colorado Mesa University. She has a Bachelors of Business Administration with majors in Marketing and Business Management and a minor in Computer Information Business Systems.
As a mom of four, she spends most of her free time shuttling her kids around and most of her evenings and weekends at the soccer fields. She also loves to read, hike, camp, travel, go to concerts, and work on her side project greenishpink.com.
Lisa Bond made the Grand Valley her home in 2007. She is a mother to four wonderful children. She has a passion for music, art, and nature.
Leah was born in New York, grew up in Kentucky, and planted herself in Grand Junction in 1998. Former neighbors with the Ebels, Leah fell in love with Waldorf education. She’s one of JRCS’s founding families and two of her boys attend. Leah prides herself on pairing volunteers with the perfect opportunities to warm their hearts and create a school-wide community.