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, Chickadee Nursery
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.
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Lead Teacher, Marigold Kindergarten
Sondra brings a love for being in the outdoors with children, a commitment to beauty and rhythm in the classroom and compassionate insight into the development of the young child.
She has been a park interpreter at Denali National Park in Alaska,
a teacher for Nature’s Classroom in Ohio and a volunteer on organic farms in New Zealand. Sondra holds a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Worcester State University. Sondra completed her Waldorf Early Childhood Training at Sunbridge Institute in Spring Valley, New York.
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Lead Teacher, Afternoon & Summer Program
Thia is a well-known and respected teacher with over 23 years of experience teaching young children. She has served as Director/Head Teacher at Cobb Meadow School in Dublin, NH, as Grades Teacher at Monadnock Waldorf School and as Director/Head Teacher at Helping Hands Preschool Center in Marlborough, NH.
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Lead Teacher, Buttercup Kindergarten
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 is thrilled to return to MWS this year, 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, Parent & Child
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.