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, 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, 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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Support Teacher, Marigold Kindergarten
Casey holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Masters of Education in School Counseling, both earned at Keene State College. She has worked in many different classroom and school settings throughout her education, bringing with her an understanding for warmth and rhythm. She enjoys learning with young children in the natural world and sharing in the joy and beauty that is early childhood. Casey lives in Keene and appreciates the earnest lifestyle that this area provides for people and families.
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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Parent & Child Program
Jennifer completed her Waldorf Training Certification at Antioch New England University and holds an undergraduate degree in Art History from the University of Cincinnati. Jennifer is a dedicated nurturer who generously brings her love of children, animals and puppetry into her work with the Parent and Child Playgroup. Jennifer was lead kindergarten teacher at the Evergreen Garden Playschool in Devens, MA for 6 years and previously worked as an assistant nursery teacher at Pine Hill and Monadnock Waldorf School. A gifted puppeteer and puppet-maker, Jennifer performs folk tales for young children across New England with the Cobb Meadow Puppeteers. She is also a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and works with children and adults with disabilities in the care and handling of horses at Touchstone Farm and Plowshare Farm Lifesharing Community.
Parent & Child Program
Dove is a veteran MWS parent and has taken part in numerous Waldorf Education courses at Sophia’s Hearth in Keene and the Center for Anthroposophy in Wilton, NH. For over four years, Dove has worked as an assistant in our Early Childhood and Parent & Child classes. She is also a childbirth educator and works intimately with families throughout pregnancy, birth and early parenting. Dove’s many interests include reading aloud, household sewing projects, photography and dance.