Specialists

At the high school level, students may special­ize in an area or explore a differ­ent art form each year. Elec­tives offered include: drama, creative writing, art, music ensem­ble, and film­mak­ing. In addi­tion, the well­ness seminar is built into the weekly sched­ule, and trips to the farm occur with science classes for special study.

Barbara Ayers 19 20

Barbara Ayers

Barbara has managed the farm for more than a decade, first as a volun­teer. Barbara loves to collab­o­rate with her colleagues to create farm curricu­lum that is mean­ing­ful to the students. In the short-term, Barbara wants our chil­dren to spend a little time connect­ing with the natural world and the seasons.” In the long-term, her goal is that they remem­ber the idea that you can grow your own food, and that it tastes better, looks better, smells better, and it’s fun, too!” Barbara’s two chil­dren, Joe and Katie, are Waverly grad­u­ates of the class of 2020. (Email)

Jim Reynolds 19 20

Jim Reynolds

Jim teaches the music elec­tive. Jim studied jazz guitar, vocal perfor­mance, and philos­o­phy in college at Oberlin, Ohio. He also has a back­ground in sound engi­neer­ing, working in the Los Angeles studio scene for over 10 years. A working musi­cian today, he has had expe­ri­ence touring in bands, working in sound studios, manag­ing live concert sound events, and song­writ­ing. His music has been licensed for film and tele­vi­sion, most notably on the tele­vi­sion show Sons of Anarchy. Currently, you can see Jim locally and on tour as The Jim Reynolds Band. During his time at Waverly, students have formed rock bands, wood­wind quin­tets, string quar­tets, and several incar­na­tions of a jazz band. Focused primar­ily on partic­i­pa­tion, Waverly students have a chance to explore all aspects of music and have many oppor­tu­ni­ties to get on stage and perform. (Email)

Amy Sedivy 19 20

Amy Sedivy

Amy teaches English and creative writing at the high school. She received a B.A. and M.A. in English, with an empha­sis in writing from Cali­for­nia State Univer­sity, North­ridge. Amy taught for over six years at the college level. Her fiction has been published in several liter­ary jour­nals, includ­ing Calyx and The Louisville Review. Amy’s son, Rylan, grad­u­ated from Waverly in 2010. (Email)

Faculty Bio Alyssa Sherwood

Alyssa Sher­wood

Alyssa teaches art in the upper elemen­tary, middle, and high schools. Alyssa has a B.F.A. in paint­ing and sculp­ture from Syra­cuse Univer­sity School of Visual and Perform­ing Arts and an M.F.A. in anima­tion from the Univer­sity of South­ern Cali­for­nia School of Cine­matic Arts. Alyssa’s animated films have screened and won awards at festi­vals in the U.S. and inter­na­tion­ally. Prior to coming to Waverly, Alyssa taught video art, drawing and paint­ing, and photog­ra­phy for almost eight years at Harvard-Westlake’s Middle and Upper Schools. (Email)

Amy Sloboda 19 20

Amy Sloboda

Amy teaches film­mak­ing and is the middle school dean. Amy has an M.F.A. in film and video from Cali­for­nia Insti­tute of the Arts and a B.A. from Univer­sity of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she studied English and film. She spent seven years at Wild­wood School in West Los Angeles, where she was the admin­is­tra­tive direc­tor and taught the film elec­tive. Prior to working at Waverly, Amy was a consul­tant for Cal/​West Educa­tors, guiding inde­pen­dent school board members through the process of hiring heads of school. Amy has two chil­dren, Nola and Kanaan (Kanaan attends Waverly and is in the 2nd grade), and two lovable rescue dogs, Josie and Katie. (Email)

Bio photo Sydney

Sydney Walsh

Sydney teaches drama at all divi­sions. Syd grad­u­ated from Williams College with a B.A. in theatre and English. An expe­ri­enced actor, direc­tor, and educa­tor, Syd says, I am constantly inspired by the group work ethic I see and feel in every class at Waverly. Students are inter­ested in creativ­ity and kind­ness, and they work from a place of loving support for each other’s creative processes.” Syd’s son, Harry 19, grad­u­ated from Waverly. (Email)