Shea McGuire was born and raised in Vacaville. She went to Vaca High, played basketball, danced for the VHS Drill Team, and screamed “Who Ya Rootin’ For” with Herman every Friday night. She is now a mom of three boys, a small business owner, and passionate about our local education.
Shea believes Vacaville needs a variety of education, specifically a private school without religious affiliation, that will educate the whole child. After graduating from Loyola Marymount University, she joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and worked as a teacher in Central America and Africa for three years, eventually ending up in inner-city San Francisco working as a teacher for the remainder of the decade. Now Shea owns a real estate brokerage called McGuire Capital Group Realty on Main St. and has begun the process of planting roots. Vacaville is a unique hometown in that it instills a pride in community and a need for constant betterment, which is why she has such a passion for education - investing in the next generation is investing in a better future for our community. Her hope is to transform Vacaville into the community we know it can be by adding a new education option, one that aligns with our agricultural roots.
At the moment, Shea commutes with her three sons to Davis to a school called Waldorf. Their education philosophy is “to educate the whole child, ‘head, heart and hands.’” The curriculum balances academic subjects with artistic and practical activities, to allow the children to grow in all aspects during early development. The education is nature-based, with focuses on environmental education, gardening, and bio-dynamic agriculture, which is of course fitting for Vacaville.
Kristin Milliken was born and raised in Vacaville. She headed to Sacramento State to pursue a BA in English, minor in Psychology and certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Second Language Learners). The world was wide open for her. While finishing the TESOL program and working at REI, she met children, many children, but a handful stuck out. They had manners, such as making eye contact with adults, shaking hands and using magic words like please or thank you. What shocked and intrigued her most was that these children were excited about school. These children attended a Waldorf school.
After about a year, Kristin investigated this “Waldorf” more fully and went to Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks. She was forever changed by this visit. Rather than travel the world teaching second language learners, Kristin signed up for two years of the full-time Waldorf teacher training. It was magical. After training, she moved to Prescott, AZ where she taught second through fourth grade at a Waldorf-inspired charter school. She moved back to California to be close to family and was hired at the Davis Waldorf School, teaching third grade. She continued with the class through fifth.
Kristin stepped away from teaching to start a family and, even then, still kept her hands in it. She got a call one day from her former mentor who explained there was a group of mamas interested in bringing Waldorf to Vacaville. Five years later, we are ready to launch Pleasant Valley School inspired by Waldorf.
She looks forward to building community and sharing her passion for Waldorf with fellow Vacavillians!
Angie has three children all that attend Davis Waldorf. She serves on the Executive
Board for Pleasant Valley School and is also our school Treasurer. All questions
regarding tuition, payments, etc go to her at email@example.com.
Alex Campbell is a content creator, arts enthusiast, and community supporter with a passion for all that is local. She received her B.S. from Santa Clara University in Political Science with an emphasis in Pre-Law in 2016. SCU provided a backdrop for her first experiences with social media in the arts, where she ran the social media for the on-campus hip-hop crew.
Since returning to her hometown of Vacaville, Alex has become an active participant in the Vacaville community. She sits on the board for Pleasant Valley Preschool, and maintains relationships with several other charitable organizations by collaborating on their marketing and fundraising efforts.
Currently, Alex owns Little Goat, a social media management company with a focus on small, local business. Her goal with Little Goat is to create a strong network of local business owners that are supported by an active community through the utilization of local media outlets.
Alina Adams has been making the world a more beautiful place on a few continents for years. Although you may have a hard time getting her to toot her own horn...or play her own violin, so to speak...there are hundreds of people in Vacaville and across Northern California who have been influenced by her love of music and will sing her praises.
Alina began violin lessons at the age of six. She learned from several European masters while completing music school, Lentovich Music College, and Kotsubinsky State Pedagogical University in Ukraine. In 1995, she received her Masters degree in teaching music, performing arts and choral conducting. Before coming to America, she traveled all over the former Soviet Union as part of the Ukranian State Philharmony. She also performed and taught students privately, and even had a successful modeling career.
Alina recently celebrated her 15th anniversary in the United States. The native of Ukraine made a musical impact almost immediately, joining the Solano Symphony in 2002. She worked with the symphony for more than 12 years, and currently is an assistant concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra of Northern California. She also has taught violin, piano and voice from her private studio in Vacaville for more than a decade. Alina thoroughly enjoys her work as a faculty member at the International Chamber Music Festival in Europe. Today, she incorporates all of her gifts and training to teach students performance, stage and life lessons in a completely beautiful package.
Her love for Waldorf educational philosophy began during her time at the pedagogical university. Sometime later, Waldorf resurfaced while talking to a parent of one of her students. This will be the 7th year that her daughter Philadelphia will be attending Davis Waldorf School. And from time to time, Alina works as a substitute teacher there.
The idea of having Waldorf School in Solano county has been foremost on her agenda for years. Alina feels, now that she has found like-minded people, this is the time for that idea to develop and blossom into a Waldorf school here in Vacaville for the local children who’s parents desire this form of education.
Deb McGuire is a 40+ year resident of Vacaville. She and her husband, Paul, have four children who attended Vacaville schools and who work and live locally. Until retiring in 2013, she served as the Wellness Coordinator for Vacaville USD, a member of the Vacaville Youth Roundtable, the AWARE city team and the Solano County Reducing Rates of Alcohol, Tobacco, and other Drugs (ATOD) Coalition. Over the years, she has had a varied career as a property manager, a college non-credit and community service program coordinator, and domestic engineer. All along she has been involved with a variety of youth related activities including founding member of the Children's Network, Christmas Wish, Vacaville Public Education Foundation, VHS Grad Nite, Challenge Days, and Youth Takin’ On Tobacco.
She is currently working on improving her golf, tennis, and bridge games and enjoying the company of her six grandchildren, four of whom are Davis Waldorf students.