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 was a teacher at the Upper Valley Waldorf School in Quechee, VT before arriving here at MWS. She has also been an interpreter at Denali National Park in Alaska, and volunteered on organic farms in New Zealand, where she discovered Rudolf Steiner, Anthroposophy, and Waldorf Education. 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. She is currently attending an advanced Waldorf early childhood teachers training in Denver, CO, called Nurturing the Roots.
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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.
Associate Teacher, Afternoon Program
Naomi completed her BA in Women's Studies at the University of Maine and is in the process of earning of her Master's in Elementary Education at Saint Michael's College. She is passionate about education that goes beyond mainstream methods. Naomi brings great warmth, compassion, deep commitment and love to the children she works with. She has a great appreciation of the outdoors and loves to spend her free time hiking throughout New England. Naomi lives in Keene with her partner and their three cats, Ein, Vera and Cypress.
Associate Teacher, Afternoon Program
Perin is a graduate of Monadnock Waldorf School. For almost as long as he can remember, Perin has wanted to be an educator, believing that a warm, caring, structured education is essential to both the health of individuals and of society. He draws inspiration from the many wonderful teachers he has had over the years and strives to bring the same care and enthusiasm to his students. Perin holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Antioch College and in his spare time loves to write, play music, go for long, meandering walks, and bake bread.
Assistant Teacher, Buttercup Kindergarten
Masaki moved to Keene about 2 years ago with her husband and her twin children. Soon after moving, she started her own business in clothing design and alteration. Through local connections, she learned of the opportunity to become a part of Waldorf community. She works as an assistant teacher in the morning with the Buttercup class. Masaki is happy to be a part of this miracle time in the children's human development.
Assistant Teacher, Marigold Kindergarten
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 MWS students.