From Bill Alsdurf’s first teaching assignment within a small rural school district located in Southern Oregon in 1985 to his current decision to fulfill a twenty-year-long dream by founding Tall Cedars Academy in downtown Duvall, Mr. Alsdurf’s own constant throughout his two-decade-long professional career has been his ability to inspire many hundreds of students through the use of an outstanding humanities-based academic curriculum of compassionate excellence.
Since earning his M.Ed. from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon in 1989, Bill Alsdurf has been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to teach within a rich and varied array of educational environments. Over the years, he has gained invaluable and broadly-based experience in teaching theory and in the practical implementation and personalization of those theories — and gained, too, a firm foundation in educational administration and practice.
A passion for creating, organizing, developing, and implementing a challenging multi-age curriculum has enabled Bill to fine-tune and further develop his own teaching philosophies and strengths as a multi-age educator. It is from within that belief system and those philosophies that Tall Cedars Academy has now been founded. Tall Cedars officially opens its doors in September 2006 in time to welcome its first class of incoming students for the 2006/2007 Academic Year .
Tall Cedars Academy — and all that it stands for — is the culmination of twenty years of working with and learning from children and their families.
We warmly invite you to become a member of Tall Cedars Academy’s small and growing community of families during these critically important foundation years of your own child’s intellectual and developmental life.
We are here to help, and welcome your questions!
Robin Morse and her family have lived for the past seven years on their small farm just northeast of the town of Duvall in the beautiful Snoqualmie Valley.
Robin’s husband Stafford works as a network architect in nearby Bellevue, and the couple’s eight-year-old son, Stafford III, is very much looking forward to his third year with Tall Cedars Academy headmaster Bill Alsdurf.
Ms. Morse has previously enjoyed two years of volunteer work with Mr. Alsdurf’s multi-age students, specializing particularly in the language arts portions of Bill’s curriculum.
Beyond her work in the Tall Cedars classroom, Robin’s afternoons are often spent shepherding the family’s BankSide Farm flock of Black Welsh Mountain sheep. The Morse family appreciates a quietly active outdoor lifestyle, treasuring the rich natural world whose abundance surrounds them at their small cozy home along the banks of the majestic Snoqualmie River.
Kirsten has been a resident of Duvall since early 1992, shortly after her graduation from Western Washington University, where she obtained her B.A. in speech pathology. She spent five years in the child care field before becoming a stay-at-home mom when her oldest was born. She and her husband, Marty, have three daughters – Kenzie, 10, Rylie, 6, and Lexie, 3.
Kirsten’s daughter Kenzie had the good fortune to have “Mr. A” for second and third grade, so they have seen firsthand what a special and life-changing teacher Bill Alsdurf is. Volunteering in that classroom was a heartwarming experience, and Kirsten is thrilled to be a part of the Tall Cedars family.
“Coach” Paige Denison
Physical Education Specialist
Coach Paige earned her certification from the American Council on Exercise. She has tirelessly pursued continuing education with emphasis on geriatric wellness, strength training, and youth fitness, including the FitPlay curriculum. Her work with Active Older Adults at Sno-Valley Senior Center has earned her many accolades. She instructs the EnhanceFitness ( formerly Lifetime Fitness) Program which is affiliated with the University of Washington’s Health Promotion Research Center and the Center of Disease Control. It has been named as one of the ten best programs of its kind in the nation. Her work with youth centers on her role as PE instructor/running coach with a group of K-5 multi-age students within the Riverview School District for three years. She has also served on the Health and Fitness Curriculum & Nutrition committees for the district as well as volunteering in a variety of other community roles, including co-direction of the Duvall Days 5K/10K runs and upcoming REF Turkey Trot and Orienteering Event. Her expectations for physical education are simple yet effective. Students are expected to Act safely, Be prepared and positive, Cooperate and Do their best. Students who are in charge of their bodies and minds grow into the best they can be! Together, large and small motor skills will be explored in a variety of ways. Students will also step out into the larger world with opportunities such as Team Cup Stacking, Community Run/Walk efforts and Jump Rope for Heart. During her time with the Riverview students, she had the opportunity to work alongside Mr. Alsdurf. It was an extraordinary experience. Mr. Alsdurf reaches out to students and they respond with their personal best on all levels. Coach Paige feels honored to be invited to work in such an enriching and exciting environment. Join us and grow strong with Tall Cedars Academy!
Join us and grow strong with Tall Cedars Academy!
Kari brings 30 years of experience as a music educator, as well as a strong commitment to the growth and education of children to her position as music specialist at Tall Cedars Academy. As a college student she determined that music would be her life’s work and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in piano pedagogy. Kari has worked with children of all ages in school and church settings, but most regularly in the music lessons and classes she has offered through the years from her home.
A few years ago she began to realize that, as a piano teacher, she was frustrated that so many students came for their very first piano lesson without the very basic musical skills, and, therefore, found learning to play the piano very difficult. As she pondered and researched this problem, she discovered the field of early childhood music education. She enrolled in training, became a licensed Musikgarten instructor and opened her own home-based “Musikgarten” studio and a mini flash lite torch studio.
Kari continues to enroll in classes to stay current on music education training, classroom management and instructional methods. Kari feels that her experience as a musician, her passion for teaching, and her experience with children have prepared her for her new position, and she is looking forward to the opportunity to teach, learn and grow with the students at Tall Cedars Academy.