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, 2019-2020
Xue has a BA in International Economics from the University of Jinan and a certificate in Waldorf Education from Antioch University. She is currently finishing her Masters in Waldorf Education at Antioch. Xue came to Waldorf education through her experience living and working in Camphill communities, residential communities supporting adults and children with special needs. Over six years, she worked in various capacities in two communities in Pennsylvania: serving as a classroom teaching assistant and as a resident assistant; working one-on-one with students; and earning a certificate in Curative Education through Camphill Academy. Xue grew up in Jinan, China. She enjoys painting, reading and contra dancing.
Second Grade, 2019-2020
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.
Third and Fourth Grade, 2019-2020
Deb holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Writing from Granite State College and received her Waldorf Teacher Certification from Antioch University New England in Keene in 2011. She taught in Grades 1-3 at Seacoast Waldorf School in Eliot, Maine for five years before moving back to the Monadnock region to live closer to her family. She joined the staff of Monadnock Waldorf School in September 2017 to substitute in the third grade for the class teacher on maternity leave. In addition to teaching Second Grade, Deb leads the Aftercare Program at the Grade school, and is the Director of the MWS Summer Program.
Fifth Grade, 2019-2020
Katie holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance with a minor in history from McGill University in Montreal, and completed her Waldorf education training through Antioch New England Graduate School. Between degrees, Katie led camps and programs in Manhattan, while playing violin and singing in jazz, rock, motown, Appalachian, and bluegrass groups. She is grateful to her colleagues at MWS for providing constant inspiration and beautiful dedication to students and families. In the coming years, Katie is is excited to work with her colleagues to further enrich the curriculum and to build strong connections between MWS and the greater Keene community. In her spare time, Katie enjoys spending time with her young family, singing shape-note music, knitting, sewing, drawing, painting, researching curriculum topics, and dreaming up projects for her class
Sixth Grade, 2019-2020
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 fourth grade and eighth 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.
French Language & Circus Arts
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 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.
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.
Movement & Games | Woodworking
Jan holds a Bachelor’s in fine arts and sociology from the University of Arizona, and a Master of Education in Waldorf Teaching from Antioch University New England. A native Vermonter, Jan formerly lived in Alaska, where she homesteaded with her family, and formed a Waldorf homeschool cooperative. This work inspired her to pursue Waldorf teacher training, and she fell in love with the warmth of MWS during her final year at Antioch. Jan is in her 5th year of training at the Spacial Dynamics Institute. She previously taught at Kroka Expeditions, Austine School for the Deaf, and the Garland School. When not working with children, Jan enjoys being active in nature by kayaking, hiking, running and gardening, and through yoga and meditation.
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Fine Arts & Handwork
Gretchen has a B.A. from the University of Delaware, and attended Oberlin College and Chelsea College of Art and Design. She completed the Waldorf HS Teacher Education Program at the 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. She also finds great satisfaction in making useful and beautiful things—whether through sewing, felting or house repairs. In her spare time, Gretchen loves to be outside backpacking, hiking, and canoeing. She and her husband have four children, either enrolled in or graduated from Waldorf Schools.
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.
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.
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.