Grade School Faculty
MWS faculty is passionate about teaching and committed to helping each student reach their highest potential. 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.
First Grade 2017-2018
Maggie received a bachelor's degree in Special Education from the University of Georgia and Waldorf Teacher Training at Antioch New England Graduate School. Maggie has worked in MWS classrooms for over 25 years with three years as a Kindergarten Assistant and 23 years as Class Teacher. Perhaps her warm classroom atmosphere reflects her past work as an Innkeeper! Spatial Dynamics movement education is one of Maggie’s many interests.
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Second Grade, 2017-2018
Sarah holds a Master of Education degree with Public and Waldorf Teacher Certification from Antioch University New England, as well as a B.F.A in Theater Arts from Cornish College of The Arts. She completed a year at The Santa Reparata International School of Art studying Italian Renaissance Art History in Florence, Italy. Sarah has worked as a handwork teacher at The Pine Hill Waldorf School, an assistant teacher at The Brooklyn Waldorf School and at Sophia’s Hearth Family Center in Keene. She has toured the world teaching theatre with The Missoula Children’s Theater and has worked on several Agritourismos in Italy. She greatly enjoys fiber arts, farming and hiking in her free time.
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Third Grade, 2017-2018
Katie holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, as well as a Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) degree from St. Michael’s College in Vermont. She completed her Master of Education degree in Waldorf education through Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene. Katie has experience as a camp director, child care professional and violin teacher.
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Fourth Grade, 2017-2018
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 third grade and seventh 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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Fifth Grade, 2017-2018
Claudia holds a Masters in Business Administration from EDHEC Business School in Lille, France, and a bachelor of science from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) in Queretaro, Mexico. Claudia is a cofounder of Escuela Libre Lîlâ K’erendarhu, a preschool-9th grade Waldorf school in Queretaro where she served as class and English teacher, pedagogical chair, and administrator. Over the past decade, Claudia has engaged in training in Anthroposophy and Waldorf pedagogy in Switzerland, Canada, the US, and Mexico. She is currently earning a Masters in Education degree from ITESM University, where she also has served as Summer Camp and Youth Sports Director, and taught high school and college business classes. Claudia joined MWS in 2017, relocating from Mexico with her husband and two sons, Mauro and Matias--both Grade School students. She loves languages, traveling, and hiking. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sixth Grade, 2017-2018
Alison earned her bachelor’s degree with honors from St. John’s College in Maryland, a Master's degree in Education from Indiana University and a certificate in Waldorf Education from Antioch University New England. Alison has taught at MWS since 2006, first as an afternoon assistant and then as Class Teacher from first through eighth grade. In addition to teaching at MWS, Alison is completing a doctoral degree through Antioch University's Ph.D. in Leadership and Change Program. She lives in Keene with her husband and daughter.
Seventh Grade, 2017-2018
Catlin holds a Master of Education degree with an emphasis in Waldorf Education from Antioch New England Graduate School. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University and a minor degree in Fine Arts from the University of Montana in Missoula. Prior to class teaching, Catlin was a Waldorf Kindergarten teacher for three years as well as a high school running coach and Special Olympics swim coach. Originally hailing from Portland, Oregon, Catlin is known for her love of the outdoors and vigorous activity, and is a former competitive athlete in swimming, alpine skiing and running. Her interests include hiking, camping, gardening, snowshoeing with her dogs and snuggling with her cats and a good book. She and her husband have a daughter in high school and a son in college.
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Eighth Grade, 2017-2018
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.
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French, Grades 1-4
Mademoiselle Dorion earned a degree in Specialized Education at le Cégep du Vieux Montreal in Quebec, Canada. After living for 7 years in the Mexican jungle where she taught circus arts at her son's Waldorf school, Marie-Douce and Ozyen came back to establish themselves in the state where he was born. Marie-Douce is now combining her passions of French and circus by teaching the lower grades her native language through rhythm and movement. She is currently pursuing Spacial Dynamics training and enjoys Eurythmy, aerials, tight rope, surfing, dirt biking, herbal medicine and moving in any way with her son.
Handwork & Art Enrichment
Co-chair of the College and one of the founding teachers of MWS, Janet has taught at our school for 36 years. She supports all class teachers in handwork and painting activities. Janet forms a special bond with children in grades four and up, working with them in many art mediums. She earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of South Florida and a Master of Education degree from Antioch New England Graduate School.
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B.A., Oberlin College, Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of Delaware; Waldorf HS Teacher Education Program, New England Center for Anthroposophy
Gretchen began her teaching career at the Kimberton Waldorf School where she taught practical and fine arts from 2013 to 2016. Her first love has always been drawing and painting. From a young age, one could always find her scribbling in a sketch book of some sort, and later painting in a variety of mediums. Another love of hers is the practical arts, and she has always found a great deal of satisfaction in making her own useful and beautiful things—whether it be through sewing, felting or house repairs. In her spare time, and when she is not making art, Gretchen loves to be outside backpacking, hiking, canoeing and spending time with her family. She and her husband Andrew have four children who are either enrolled in or graduated from Waldorf School.
Daniel’s deep commitment to the practical arts and Waldorf education has been an enduring theme in his biography and it is this passion that he brings to MWS as Co-Chair of the College of Teachers. Daniel has over 30 years of teaching experience in both public and Waldorf elementary and high schools in Switzerland, Germany and the United States. He was also a founding member of a Waldorf apprentice-praktika-oriented high school in Basel, Switzerland. He has worked as an independent carpenter, a facilities manager and a farmer. He is married to a Waldorf teacher and their son is a Waldorf-lifer. When he is not at school, preparing firewood for winter or working on independent building projects, Daniel enjoys water sports, archery and a good book. Daniel holds a Chemistry Technician degree from Ciba-Geigy (today Novartis) in Switzerland, as well as a Practical Arts Teacher degree from the Goetheanum Switzerland.
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Choir & Music
Nell holds a Bachelor's Degree from Wellesley College, where her studies focused on music theory and conducting. She brings the perspective of direct Waldorf experience to the classroom, having attended the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor as a student through 8th grade. Nell came to the Monadnock Waldorf School in 2007 and has enjoyed 10+ years of working with the school's students in partnership with the class teachers. In addition to leading the music program and teaching choral music and strings at the grade school, Nell has supported the school in a variety of ways, including serving as Grade School section co-chair; taking responsibility for communications, including publishing The Weekly newsletter; teaching the High School String Ensemble and All-School Chorus; serving as an active member of the Festivals, Marketing, and Calendar committees; serving as a member of the High School Leadership Group; and coaching Ultimate Frisbee at the middle and high schools. Nell also serves as a member of the College of Teachers. As a teenager and young adult, Nell spent her summers working at summer camps––experience that is visible in her work with students and in the strong sense of community she fosters in the classes she teaches. In her spare time, Nell enjoys arranging music and playing viola in the Keene Chamber Orchestra, baking bread, playing ultimate Frisbee, and knitting sweaters. She lives in Keene with her partner as well as one cat, two dogs, and many musical instruments.
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Choir & Music
Bruce received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School of Music, where he was invited to join the National Music Honor Society. He received a Master of Education degree with Waldorf Certification from Antioch New England Graduate School. Bruce has played his saxophone around the country and around the world. As a music teacher, Bruce has offered individual music instruction to students of all ages, including as an adjunct faculty member at Hartt School of Music. Bruce was a class teacher with Monadnock Waldorf School and we are delighted to have him with us now in our music program. Bruce lives in Keene with his wife and three children.
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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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Eurythmy, Grades 1-4
Carol first discovered the joy and wisdom of Eurythmy in a class offered for MWS parents in 2007. She earned her diploma in 2013 and has been teaching and performing ever since. Carol’s teaching experience began in college as an instructor in German and French language immersion programs at Dartmouth College, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree. She also worked for several years as a Speech-Language Pathologist in public schools after completing her Master’s degree in that field from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Before joining the faculty, Carol served for 6 years on the MWS Board of Trustees. She enjoys singing, hiking and cooking with her husband and three children.
Susan holds undergraduate degree from Clark University in sociology and education and a Master’s degree from Boston University School of Social Work. Susan has served students as a class and special subjects teacher at Chesterfield School and at South Meadow School in Peterborough. She has specialized training in student support for both reading and mathematics. Susan enjoys sewing, gardening, reading and art activities.
Grace holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts and a Master’s in Education from Antioch New England Graduate School with a focus in special education. Grace was a reading tutor at Keene High School for 21 years and joined the faculty at MWS when she “retired.” While at Keene High School she developed a highly successful specialty in student reading support. Grace was also the Coordinator of Adult Basic Education for the Keene School District. At MWS, she works closely with class teachers to support individual students in language arts.