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
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 first 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.
Board of Trustees, Co-Chair
Mary was introduced to Waldorf education ten years ago through Parent and Child classes with her daughter Ella, who is now a seventh grade student at MWS. These early experiences left a deep impression, both as a parent and as a teacher educator, that Waldorf’s foundation in a deep reverence for children and cultivation of the unique skills and gifts of every child was a truly remarkable approach. For over 25 years, Mary has been a trainer and independent consultant for both public and independent schools in diversity and social justice education and progressive school reform. She is highly skilled in facilitation and working with racially, culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Mary serves on numerous boards including the National Association of Multicultural Education, The Winchester Learning Center, Monadnock Family Services and Brattleboro School of Dance. Mary joined the MWS Board in 2016 and is working to cultivate a deeper awareness and understanding of diversity knowledge and practice at MWS.
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
Sandy has served as a member of the MWS Board since 2012 and currently serves as Chair of the Personnel Committee. She was introduced to Waldorf education by a co-worker and friend whose children had attended MWS, and she enrolled her daughter at the nursery kindergarten in its wonderful setting. After attending a tour of the Elementary school, Sandy and her husband were immediately impressed with the knowledge, poise and well-roundedness of the students and decided to continue on in Waldorf education. Their two children are now students at the high school. In her day job, Sandy works as an actuary for Liberty Mutual Insurance in Keene and enjoys bringing her methodical thinking and spreadsheet skills to as many MWS Board tasks as possible. In her free time, Sandy enjoys cross-country skiing and playing the pipe organ. Sandy is a graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont and lives in Keene.
Board of Trustees
Jeff came to MWS as a somewhat reluctant parent in 2005. Since then, after studying the effectiveness of educational systems in the United States and other countries, he has recognized that Waldorf education brings an excellent mix of challenge, development and environment for students to succeed and be happy in school, as well as in a demanding world. Jeff’s eldest daughter graduated from the 8th grade in 2013; his youngest daughter is a current MWS student. After a 26-year career with Markem Corporation in Keene, Jeff retired as Markem’s President in 2008. Jeff has served on numerous non-profit boards, including the Monadnock Conservancy, Monadnock United Way and Impact Monadnock. He is also a Director of three for-profit companies. Jeff has been a Trustee of MWS since 2012, where he contributes his management and leadership experience. Jeff is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Business School and lives with his family in Marlborough.
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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