Sheila Willms, M.Ed.
Assistant Professor of Education
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership (2000) – Drake University
B.A. in Teaching (1978) – Northwestern College
Professor Willms believes students must be highly ‘engaged’ in order to learn effectively and you will often see students actively participating and engaging in activities or discussions while in her classes.
Prior to teaching at Waldorf, Professor Willms served in the public school sector in the following capacities: preschool teacher, ESL tutor, K-12 Art teacher, curriculum coordinator and instructional services consultant at Northern Trails Area Education Agency. While consulting, she supported 22 school districts in various initiatives and teacher training, particularly in the following areas: facilitator training, assessment, conflict resolution, restitution, behavior management and the creation of caring climates /cultures for learning. She also helped develop the Behavior and Discipline website used by School Administrators of Iowa as an introduction for new administrators.
While teaching at Waldorf University, she has helped develop its teacher training programs. She’s taught courses for Waldorf students in: elementary and secondary behavior management, assessment, elementary and secondary methods, educational psychology, language development, ethics and religious diversity; she has also supervised student teachers in the field. Professor Willms has been nominated for “Professor of the Year” seven times by Alpha Chi, has served as sponsor for the Waldorf Education Club (ISEA-SP) from 2003 to 2014, receiving the “Sponsor of the Year” award from the Iowa State Education Association in 2005. She also represented ISEA-SP sponsors on the national writing team in Washington D.C. in 2006. Professor Willms is currently a member of the Iowa Association of College Teachers of Education (IACTE) and has served on the Assessment for Learning (AFL) Committee of that same organization.