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This profile was last updated on 12/3/11  and contains information from public web pages.

Penni Rich Sparks

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Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Take Heart


  • BA
    Ohio University
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Web References
Faculty, 3 Dec 2011 [cached]
Penni has over 25 years of experience as a Waldorf teacher and is a national teacher of teachers. In addition to being a trained, certified classroom teacher, Penni has seved as the pedagogical advisor, evaluator and mentor teacher for both private and public Waldorf schools around the country. She is the founder of Take Heart, a consulting and coaching firm helping educators be more effective with children, and has developed Ennobled Solutions(TM), an innovative parenting program. After years of providing parent and teacher trainings, Ms. Sparks returns to the classroom out of her dedication to igniting a child's passion for learning. Throughout Penni's rich professional career she has demonstrated a commitment to 'ennobling excellence rather than enabling mediocrity' for children and adults.
Woodland Star Charter School - Faculty and Staff, 7 Mar 2009 [cached]
Penni Sparks: Curriculum Director Penni Sparks earned her BA at Ohio University and her Waldorf training at Rudolf Steiner College. She has worked as a Waldorf class teacher in grades 4 through 12 and as a specialty subject teacher in grades 1 through 12 at schools including the Sacramento Waldorf School, Shining Mountain Waldorf School and Live Oak Waldorf School. She has mentored teachers in numerous Waldorf and Waldorf-inspired schools, and has been an instructor of teachers at Rudolf Steiner College. She is founder and president of Take Heart, Inc., a consulting, coaching and mentoring firm based on her child development and parenting strategies called Ennobled Solutions. She joins Woodland Star in 2008.
Faculty and Staff of Live Oak Waldorf School, 19 June 2011 [cached]
Penni Sparks, our SixthGrade Teacher, met Rene Querido in Denver in 1982 and fell instantly in love with Waldorf education.
In 2005, Penni established Take Heart Inc, a mentoring, evaluating, and consulting firm, and worked in private and charter Waldorf schools across the country. In addition to being passionate about teaching, Penni loves working with adults. Every month, Penni meets with the 2nd Saturday Club and shares her inner-work games for bringing out the best in our children and ourselves. Last year she was Education Director for Kona Pacific Public Charter School, and now has returned to the classroom, her true passion, as the sixth grade teacher. Penni is delighted to be back home at Live Oak where education is child-centered, inspired, and truly free!
Penni ..., 21 Mar 2012 [cached]
Penni Sparks Educational Program Director, Kona Pacific Public Charter School
Penni Spark's proprietary ..., 23 May 2007 [cached]
Penni Spark's proprietary methods that ennoble with the use of three questions have inspired thousands of teachers and parents to greater confidence, consistency, and clarity.
Penni is an adjunct faculty member at Rudolf Steiner College and 20 year educator who has taught in classrooms from the 4th to the 12th grade as well as teaching at adult education levels.Penni has been honored repeatedly for "Who's Who Among America's Teachers."She is a nationally sought after speaker and workshop facilitator and recently filmed "The Penni Sparks Show" for network television based on her life-changing work.
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