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, 2016-2017
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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Second Grade, 2016-2017
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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Third Grade, 2016-2017
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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Fourth Grade, 2016-2017
Monica has been a Waldorf teacher for 37 years, with 20 years at MWS. This is her fifth trip through the grades. Monica also teaches in the Waldorf Teacher Training Program at Rudolf Steiner College in California and has served as mentor in other Waldorf schools, including two summers spent in South Africa training Waldorf teachers before the fall of apartheid. Music, hiking, travel, gardening, cooking and crafts are some of Monica’s many outside interests. Monica received her Master of Education degree with Public and Waldorf Teacher Certification from Antioch New England Graduate School.
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Fifth Grade, 2016-2017
Anna grew up in Northern California, where she received a master's degree in Waldorf Education. From a young age, Anna knew that she wanted to be a teacher and took every opportunity to work with groups of children, even as a child herself. This passion led her to Mills College where she received a bachelor's degree in Child Development. After college, Anna spent seven years working as an early childhood educator, most notably as a preschool director at a Waldorf charter school in her hometown. In 2012, Anna packed up her car and with the company of her dog made the long trek across the United States to settle in New England, a move that ultimately landed her at Antioch University here in Keene. At Antioch, Anna received a Masters Degree in Education, completed her Waldorf teacher training and fell in love with the Monadnock region. When she is not reading books on education, Anna enjoys swimming, walking her dog, camping and traveling.
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Sixth Grade, 2016-2017
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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Seventh Grade, 2016-2017
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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Eighth Grade 2016-2017
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 25 years with three years as a Kindergarten Assistant and 22 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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French, Grades 5-8
Madame Bellamy has taught for over 22 years, beginning as a Kindergarten Assistant. She has taught her native language of French at MWS for 20 years. Jacqueline also contributes to the success of our school plays by serving as prompter and director of make-up. Jacqueline holds a bachelor’s degree from Vermont College and is a master doll-maker. She spends time outside of the classroom reading literature, crafting dolls and gardening.
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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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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 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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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 Lyndes holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in studio arts and sociology from the University of Arizona and a Master of Education in Waldorf Teaching from Antioch University New England. Her background includes deaf education and early childhood teaching at the Garland School, in West Brattleboro, Vermont.
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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.