Early Childhood Faculty
MWS faculty is passionate about teaching and leading early childhood students by example. Faculty work together in a collegial approach to carry out the school's educational vision and best meet the unique needs of each student. All faculty complete an internationally recognized Waldorf teacher training program that supports teachers as they discover ways to inspire learning.
Lead Teacher, Buttercup Class
Sarah holds a Masters degree in Education and a Waldorf Teaching certificate from Antioch University New England. She first fell in love with Monadnock Waldorf School when she worked here as an Early Childhood Support Teacher from 2010-2012. Since then, Sarah has held positions as the Director of Davis Public Library and the founding Childcare Director/Lead Teacher at Calendula Garden Children's Center in Gilsum, NH. She was thrilled to return to MWS in 2017, sharing with the children her love of handwork, singing and working with the rhythms of nature. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys baking and spending time in nature with her husband and two children, both students at MWS.
Lead Teacher, Chickadee Class
Eliza completed her Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Training through Sophia’s Hearth in Keene. She also holds a Master’s Certificate in Nature-based Early Childhood Education from Antioch New England University. Eliza has 10 years of experience as an early childhood educator and especially enjoys nurturing young children's connection with nature. Before joining our faculty in 2015, Eliza was an assistant teacher in the Monadnock Waldorf School nursery and parent-child programs, led a forest preschool program for toddlers and provided child care through her home-based program, Little Pear Tree Children’s Garden. Eliza and her husband Jeff are co-owners of Brewbakers Café in Keene and are parents in the school.
Lead Teacher, Marigold Class
Sondra brings a love for being outdoors with children, a commitment to beauty and rhythm in the classroom, and compassionate insight into child development. Sondra previously taught at the Upper Valley Waldorf School in Quechee, VT. She has also been an interpreter at Alaska’s Denali National Park, and volunteered on organic farms in New Zealand, where she discovered Anthroposophy and Waldorf Education. Sondra holds a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Worcester State University. She completed her Waldorf Early Childhood training at Sunbridge Institute in Spring Valley, NY. She currently attends advanced Waldorf teachers’ training called Nurturing the Roots in Denver, CO.
Lead Teacher, Afternoon Program
Pat first joined MWS in 1981 as a class and singing teacher, then as support in the early grades for some twenty years. She is happy to be back. Pat has a Masters of Waldorf Education from the Garden City Institute. A Long Island native, her love of New Hampshire grew out of summers spent working at Camp Glen Brook. Pat has taught in Waldorf and mainstream settings, most recently at Cobb Meadow School and Sophia’s Hearth Family Center. Young children are a source of joy and wonder to Pat. She feels fortunate to be working with them in community with such earnest colleagues and parents. Pat lives with her husband Ralph on Forest Lake in Winchester.
Parent & Child Teacher
Sara leads the Parent & Child program at Monadnock Waldorf School, a weekly playgroup for parents and their young children. She brings years of experience as a support teacher and parent educator, most recently at the Waldorf-inspired Winterberry Charter School in Anchorage, Alaska. She is also a facilitator of parent groups based on the book Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne. Sara is a certified Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach and is currently enrolled in Sophia’s Hearth Early Childhood Teacher Training program. She holds a BA in Spanish from James Madison University. Sara lives with her two children in Windsor, VT and enjoys hiking, camping, running, knitting and reading.
Assistant Teacher, Chickadee Class
Laura holds a B.A. in Classics and English from Temple University, and a Waldorf Teaching Certificate from Antioch University. She taught 1st and 2nd grades at the Waldorf School of Princeton. Trained as a class teacher, Laura is drawn towards work with younger children: she loves witnessing their joy and curiosity, and helping them grow in their understanding of the world. Previously, Laura has taught at Sophia’s Hearth and at MWS Early Childhood. She was excited to return this year! The mother of a soon-to-be one year old, Laura lives in Vermont with her partner Perry. She loves to read and do all manner of handwork.
Assistant Teacher, Buttercup Class
Stephanie’s joined MWS in 2017 as an Early Childhood Assistant. She has an extensive background working to improve the lives of young people. Previously, Stephanie served as actor and facilitator for TIGER, a theatre company that provides education on bullying and respect, as a counselor for Wideko Children’s Services, and as staff for the Mayhew Project, a non-profit serving at-risk boys in NH. She brings to MWS a great passion for children. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from Plymouth State University, and is an MWS parent. She enjoys woodworking and crafting, and is a student of all different forms of dance and music.
Assistant Teacher, Afternoon Program
The son of a Montessori preschool founder, Shea has been in love with early childhood education since age 12. He has taught the Washington Market School in New York City for over a decade, then for a year at the Reggio Bigelow Cooperative school in Somerville, MA. This is Shea's first foray into Waldorf education, and he has been excited and deeply nourished by what he has learned so far! A certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher, Shea is passionate about mindfulness education, and has taught mindfulness to children of all ages (and parents!) with non-profits Mindful Harlem, Inward Bound Mindfulness Education, and the Lineage Project.
Assistant Teacher, Marigold Class
Tina holds a Master’s of Education from Bank Street College of Education, and has been a teacher of many ages, from early childhood through adults, for 20 years. She is happy to have joined the Monadnock Waldorf community for her first experience teaching in a Waldorf environment. She especially loves the rhythms of the days and seasons, and being outdoors with the children. In her free time, Tina loves to read, garden, dance hula and spend time adventuring with her husband and 2 children, both Waldorf students.