Monadnock Waldorf School utilizes a collaborative structure of governance that strengthens our organizational integrity, as it requires us to be thoughtful in how we organize the day-to-day administrative and educational life of the school. The governing branches of MWS — College of Teachers, Board of Trustees and Administrative Team — work in partnership to proactively manage all matters concerning the health, sustainability and development of the school.
Lead by Tiffany Nichols, the Administrative Team is responsible for all non-teaching functions which keep the school operating smoothly. These tasks include office administration, fundraising, financial management, enrollment, outreach and facilities upkeep. Administrative staff members coordinate closely with faculty, students, parents and board members on much of their work.
Tiffany started her career as a teacher in a public school and began to search for a different kind of education. She moved on to teach at St. John’s Parish Day School, an independent school in Ellicott City, Maryland, that gave teachers the space to create their curriculum in a more creative, hands-on teaching environment. Tiffany left teaching in 2008 to take on a leadership role that allowed her to combine her passion for education with her interest in the business elements of running a school. She has now spent 9 years in school leadership, the last four as Head of School, and in that time she also received her Masters in Administration and Supervision. Tiffany’s educational quest ultimately led her to Waldorf education, which she enthusiastically describes as genuinely “child-focused education."
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Bridget has a PhD in anthropology from the University of Michigan and joined MWS in 2017 with a background in higher education and outreach. As an anthropologist, she taught as faculty at the University of Oklahoma for a decade. Bridget also conducted fieldwork spanning fifteen years on rural depopulation and community sustainability in Japan. Bridget brings to her work a love of writing and community engagement, and looks forward to showcasing MWS as a dynamic place of learning in her communications and marketing role. When not at school, Bridget helps operate her family’s bakery Fire Dog Breads with her husband Sam.
Main Office Coordinator
Ginny graduated Mount St. Mary College in New York with a Bachelor's in English and a minor in Communications. She worked in publishing for the next five years, doing project management and editing. After staying at home with her two sons, Ginny rejoined the work force part time as a registrar at YMCA Camp Takodah, until becoming part of Wheelock Elementary's daily classroom routine as a tutor. Ginny first became a part of Monadnock Waldorf School when her son enrolled here. She found the culture so warm and inviting that she jumped on the chance to join the school as the Office Assistant in December 2017. Ginny is looking forward to remaining part of that delightful culture in her full time role as Main Office Coordinator.
Business Office Coordinator
Justin Somma has a Bachelor’s in Literature & Rhetoric and Philosophy from Binghamton University in New York. He brings the MWS Business Office a wide range of skills and experiences: Justin owned and operated businesses, including a hardware store, for nearly a decade. He was part of the management team that started the Monadnock Food Co-op, and most recently worked as a data analyst at C&S. Justin joined MWS in 2018 eager to support a mission-driven organization and work closely with our families to provide high quality customer support. He is also an MWS parent and husband to our Main Office Coordinator.
college of teachers
A core organizing principle of Waldorf education is that decisions about the education of our students are best made by the teachers working directly with them every day. The College of Teachers is responsible for recruiting, training, supervising, supporting and reviewing all faculty members as well as supporting students and families who may require special care. The College develops, monitors and reviews the curriculum as well as the daily schedule and future planning. Made up of dedicated MWS teachers who have demonstrated a long-term interest in serving the whole school, the College works very closely with the Board of Trustees to successfully fulfill our educational mission for every student and family.
College of Teachers
Fifth Grade, 2018-2019
Jennifer became a member of the MWS community when she moved to New Hampshire in 2003. Previously, she was a class teacher for 5 years at Kimberton Waldorf School in Pennsylvania. Jennifer enjoyed working at our Nursery-Kindergarten as an aftercare assistant and supporting teacher. Her two children attend MWS in second grade and sixth grade and her family resides at Camp Glen Brook, a Waldorf camp in Marlborough. Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Empire State College.
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College of Teachers
Movement & Games
Jan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in studio arts and sociology from the University of Arizona, a Master of Education in Waldorf Teaching from Antioch University New England and she is entering her 4th year of training at the Spacial Dynamics Institute. A native Vermonter, Jan lived and taught in Homer, Alaska for 13 years where she formed a Waldorf homeschool cooperative and helped to establish the local Farmer's Market. Since her return to New England in 2006, Jan has taught at Kroka Expeditions, Austine School for the Deaf and the Garland School. When not working with children, Jan enjoys her lifelong love of being active in nature by kayaking, hiking, biking, running and gardening, as well as through yoga and meditation. Her two sons attend high school at MWS.
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College of Teachers
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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College of Teachers
Choir & Music
Nell began leading others in song as a teenager at summer camp, and has been doing so ever since! She is an enthusiastic and experienced youth/children’s choir director and choral arranger and has played the viola in the Keene Chamber Orchestra, the Wellesley-Brandeis Orchestra and the Pioneer Symphony Orchestra in her hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan. In her ninth year at MWS, Nell is delighted to be able to spend time at both the elementary and high school campuses, teaching chorus and strings/instrumental music to grades four through ten. She maintains a private studio offering instruction on the violin, viola and music theory. A well-rounded Waldorf alumna herself, Nell also enjoys cooking and playing Ultimate Frisbee. Nell holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Wellesley College where she studied music theory and history and completed coursework in conducting with Dr. Lisa Graham.
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board of trustees
Working in collaboration with the MWS administration and College of Teachers, the parent-led Board of Trustees is responsible for the stewardship of the school’s mission, reputation and resources. The Board and its committees (Finance, Development, Personnel, Marketing and Enrollment, and Governance) have primary responsibility for the ongoing financial and legal health of the school. The Governance Committee of the Board is responsible for identifying prospective Trustees (parents, faculty or community members) who bring specific experience and expertise to the Board. Trustees are nominated, vetted and elected by the Board and serve three-year terms, with eligibility for a second term.
Board of Trustees, Co-chair
A Waldorf graduate, Michael attended Great Barrington Waldorf School , followed by Hawthorne Valley Waldorf High School. He studied Environmental Science and Human Development at Prescott College, pioneering some of Prescott’s first classes on developing sustainable communities. Michael has lived and worked in several communities, including Camphill Minnesota and Camphill Triform in upstate NY. He lived as a Buddhist monk for seven years in Plum Village, France, where he worked closely with Zen Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. He is a lineage holding Dharma Teacher in the Order of Interbeing and offers mindfulness and meditation retreats around the country. With high school sweetheart, dearest friend and partner in all things, Fern Dorresteyn, Michael founded the MorningSun Mindfulness Center in East Alstead. They have three children who attend MWS. Michael finds great joy weaving Buddhism and Anthroposophy together. email@example.com
Board of Trustees, Co-Chair
As a member of the 8th Grade graduating class of ’94, Emily knows from personal experience how fun and rewarding it is to be a student at MWS, and she is happy to be the parent of a third grader. After attending Northfield Mount Hermon, Emily earned a liberal arts degree from Oberlin College. She went on to work for her family’s business, W.S. Badger Company, and has held various management positions in Customer Service, Marketing and Sales. She diversified her experience with two years spent as the General Manager for Baudelaire where she learned the elements of Purchasing, Human Resources and Accounting. Emily then returned to Badger and is currently the VP of Sales & Marketing and part of the family leadership team. Emily has served on the MWS Board since 2014 and she also chairs the Enrollment & Outreach Committee and serves on the Governance Committee and Strategic Planning Committee.
First Grade Teacher, 2018-2019
Daniel originally hails from New York where he, like his five siblings, graduated from The Waldorf School of Garden City. After earning his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from The University of Scranton, he volunteered for one year in Oakland, CA at a conservation corps for inner-city youth. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in Waldorf Education at Antioch University. Daniel comes to MWS after recently completing his U.S. Peace Corps service in Ecuador. For two years in the Andes, he taught environmental and music education and led a composting latrines project in his community. He studied biodynamic farming at The Pfeiffer Center in Chestnut Ridge, NY, and worked at Camp Glen Brook to help develop its farm program. In his free time Daniel enjoys playing music, biking, gardening and chopping wood.
Board of Trustees
Dan Goldstein, together with his wife, Laura Williams, are recent New Hampshire transplants. Two of their children, Ruth (an Ass’t Professor, UC Irvine Department of Int’l Studies) and Ben (an attorney in Los Angeles) are graduates of the Waldorf School of Baltimore and Dan credits Waldorf education with nurturing their compassion, imagination, integrity and intelligence. He was chair of the Waldorf School of Baltimore from 1992-1997. He was a co-founder of Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP a Baltimore Maryland firm known for its civil rights work and is happily retired to Lake Spofford.
Board of Trustees
Anny was first introduced to Waldorf education by her husband, who is a member of the MWS 8th grade graduating class of ‘95, by his siblings and parents, who all attended a Waldorf school, as well as by his late grandmother, who was a teacher at The Waldorf School of Garden City. As a result, Anny has come to learn and appreciate the many benefits of a Waldorf education. Her daughter just completed her first year of kindergarten at MWS, making her a third generation Waldorf student! Anny holds a B.A. in Arts and Humanity in History from Keene State College and a Masters degree in Business Administration in Human Resources Management from Franklin Pierce University. She is an experienced human resources professional in the areas of employee relations, talent acquisition and talent management.
Board of Trustees, School Administrator
Tiffany started her career as a teacher in a public school and began to search for a different kind of education. She moved on to teach at St. John’s Parish Day School, an independent school in Ellicott City, Maryland, that gave teachers the space to create their curriculum in a more creative, hands-on teaching environment. Tiffany left teaching in 2008 to take on a leadership role that allowed her to combine her passion for education with her interest in the business elements of running a school. She has now spent 9 years in school leadership, the last four as Head of School, and in that time she also received her Masters in Administration and Supervision. Her wealth of administrative experience includes development, enrollment, strategic planning, budgeting and marketing. Tiffany’s educational quest ultimately led her to Waldorf education, which she enthusiastically describes as genuinely “child-focused education."
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Board of Trustees
Gabrielle is finally getting the Waldorf education she never had as child by living vicariously through her 10 year old daughter. Originally from Chicago, she graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in philosophy and psychology and spent 2 years teaching English in rural Japan after which she earned a M.Ed. from Smith. After 8 years of teaching biology and molecular genetics at The Putney School, she moved to Seattle, where she earned a ND from Bastyr University and an APRN from Seattle University. She returned Keene 10 years ago to practice family medicine at the Cheshire Medical Center. Gabrielle has served on the Enrollment and Outreach Committee and as a class parent. She is also a member of the Parents in Partnership Group at the school. In her free time she enjoys hiking, singing, gardening and trying to knit. firstname.lastname@example.org
Chorus & Music
Nell came to Monadnock Waldorf School in 2007. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from Wellesley College, with focus on music theory and conducting. Nell was a Waldorf student herself at the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor. At MWS, she leads the music program and teaches choral music and strings. Nell is a former member of the MWHS Leadership Group and taught the High School String Ensemble and All-School Chorus. Currently, Nell serves as chair of the MWS College of Teachers. In her spare time, she enjoys baking bread, playing ultimate Frisbee, and knitting sweaters. She lives in Keene with her partner, one cat, two dogs, and many musical instruments.