High School Faculty
MWHS 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.
High School, Co-Chair
Humanities, Department Chair / Drama
B.S., Empire State College; Princeton University; NYU Undergraduate Film School; Waldorf HS Teacher Education Program, New England Center for Anthroposophy
Since 2002, Karl has taught in Waldorf high schools and as an upper grades class teacher, primarily at Green Meadow Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge, New York. Over 30 years of self-employment in the film business in New York City preceded Karl’s Waldorf teaching career. He worked all over the US and in many parts of the world, including shooting the PBS documentary The World of Mother Teresa. He maintains a deep interest in cinema history, the French language, Native America and mystical Sufi poetry. He spent his own high school years in Brussels, Belgium. Three of his four grown children are Waldorf High School graduates and he hopes his grandson Ibrahima will be one as well. Karl studied at Princeton University and NYU Film School and earned his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Empire State College. He completed his Waldorf High School Teacher Education Program at the New England Center for Anthroposophy.
High School, Co-Chair
Mathematics & Science, Department Chair
Ph.D. in Psychology/Physics; M.S., B.S. with First Class Honors in Biophysics, University of Western Australia; Certification, Waldorf High School Teacher Education Program, New England Center for Anthroposophy
Mick has worked as a Research Fellow and Adjunct Lecturer in the Physics Department at UWA and completed more than three years of post-doctoral work at UCLA and UC/San Diego. His Ph.D. thesis was entitled Learning to See: Principles of Plasticity in the Early Visual System and he has published various papers since around the theme of the brain’s remarkable ability to learn from its environment. He has served on the board of a developing Waldorf school in California and done volunteer work as an English and Math tutor for underprivileged children in Malaysia. He and his wife have three young children.
M.A. in English Literature, Seton Hall University; B.A. in English Literature, Keene State College; Waldorf High School Teacher Education Program, Center for Anthroposophy
Before coming to MWHS, Hillary taught undergraduate English courses at Seton Hall University, where she also completed her graduate work and spent many days reading Middle English. She holds many varied interests in the humanities such as medieval language and literature, history of language, literary criticism and modern and contemporary fiction and poetry. Beyond academic interests, Hillary is also deeply committed to agriculture and animal welfare; you may find her at the local shelter or horse barn on the weekends.
M.A. in Philosophy & Religion, California Institute of Integral Studies; B.A. in Cultural Anthropology, Plattsburgh State University; California Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Science, National University
After completing a year of Foundation Studies and a summer teaching intensive at Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento, Chris taught AP psychology, world history, geography, and civics in California public schools since 2013. He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area from upstate New York in 2007 to complete a Master’s degree focused on the work of Rudolf Steiner. Prior to this, he spent a semester abroad studying Buddhism in Bodh Gaya, India. Chris and his wife have recently relocated to the Monadnock region and are interested in starting a small farm in the near future.
Humanities & Literature
M.A. folklore, Folklore Institute at Indiana University; B.A. cultural anthropology, Columbia University
A native of Central Massachusetts, John has lived in Manhattan, the Midwest, Queens and Japan, and is delighted to have finally made his way back to New England. He has taught English and world history at independent high schools in the United States and abroad since 1998. When he isn’t teaching, he enjoys writing fiction and poetry, singing and acting, vegetarian cooking and cartooning. John’s academic interests include modern Japanese history and literature, oral epic and improvisational storytelling, the poetry of William Butler Yeats and just about anything else having to do with traditional culture and artistry. He and his wife are both passionate animal rights advocates and are happy to be bossed around by nine rescue cats.
Economics Block Teacher
M.Ed., Antioch University with Certification in Waldorf Education, 1994
Following 13 years of class teaching at MWS, Katie returned to school in 2009 to complete her Waldorf High School Certification at the Center for Anthroposophy. After graduating her last elementary school class in 2007, Katie resumed work at her family company, the WS Badger Co., bringing to it innovation and a strong impulse for social responsibility. Katie has taken up leadership in numerous departments at Badger from marketing to product development and is currently COO, responsible for all aspects of this fast growing and successful company. She has gained hands-on knowledge of how to start and develop a healthy, sustainable and responsible business.
B.S.c. (Honors I), Applied Mathematics and Geophysics, University of Otage, Dunedin, NZ; MLit in Gaelic Poetry and Language, University of Edinburgh
Dan taught mathematics at the Community College of Vermont from 2011–2015 and has been a touring musician for well over a decade. Between degrees, he worked as a seismic research technician aboard Columbia University’s Research Vessel (RV Maurice Ewing) and taught English to aerospace engineers in Toulouse, France. Dan currently lives in rural New Hampshire with his wife, son, daughter, goats, ducks, cats and dogs.
Mathematics & Science
B.S. in Environmental Studies at Cornell University; M.S.T. in Environmental Studies at Antioch New England Graduate School; Certification in General Science Teaching; Endorsement in Gifted Education; completed Waldorf High School Teacher Education Program, Wilton, NH
The daughter of two microbiologists, Kim has had a lifelong love of science and the natural world. She has worked as regional director for Destination ImagiNation and spent two summers as a state park naturalist and lived on the summit of Mt. Greylock in the Berkshires. Although Kim became a public school teacher, her children attended the Charlottesville Waldorf School, where she was an active parent volunteer and came to understand the gift of a Waldorf education. When not teaching, Kim enjoys taking long walks, entertaining family and friends, and traveling—preferably to her native Pacific Northwest.
B.S., Vermont College, World Language Teachers of Waldorf Schools
Madame Bellamy has taught for twenty-two years in Waldorf Schools, beginning as a kindergarten assistant. She has taught her native language at Monadnock Waldorf School for over twenty years and her love of literature has inspired her to teach at the high school level. Outside of the classroom, Jacqueline enjoys reading literature, making dolls and gardening.
Monique grew up in France. She studied Pre-Med at the University of Rhode lsland and completed her Physical Therapy training at the University of Connecticut. She worked as a physical therapist while her children were growing up and her three daughters attended Monadnock Waldorf School from kindergarten through eighth grade. Alas, there was no MWHS yet in those days! firstname.lastname@example.org
M.Ed,, Lesley University
Liz is the Director and Founder of Gogi Abroad and is a seasoned trip leader and avid traveler. In 2016, Liz traveled the world with her husband and two sons. Over eight months, they traveled to thirteen countries with the intention of connecting with new cultures and people all over the world and paying special attention to water and natural resources. They experienced firsthand how climate change is impacting cultures and tribes worldwide, and the travel experience was transformative and expansive on many levels. Liz’s passion for teaching Spanish, traveling and experiential learning is rooted in her own experiences studying abroad as a teenager. She brings together the compassion of a mother and the clarity and knowledge of an educator, with over fifteen years’ experience teaching in Waldorf schools and other educational settings. Liz resides in Vermont with her husband and two young sons.
M.A. in Education, Adelphi University; Waldorf Certificate, Waldorf Institute at Garden City, NY; B.A. in German Language and Literature, Beloit College; Oxford Seminars TESOL Certificate, San Francisco State University
Dorothy grew up in New Hampshire, where she attended the Meeting School, a Quaker high school in Rindge. As an adult, Dorothy trained horses, taught folk dance and discovered the collective wisdom of Goethe and Rudolf Steiner while studying in Germany. Following her Waldorf Teacher Training, Dorothy helped co-found the Waldorf School of Lexington, as well as Monadnock Waldorf School and numerous charter schools in the Bay Area of California. She retired last year from Lagunitas Valley School District, where she directed a Waldorf program, and now lives in Nelson, NH, where she enjoys swimming, studying Chinese, gardening and playing music.
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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Marcy is a tapestry weaver, soft toy maker and community person with over 36 years of experience as a weaver and teacher. She believes that the knowledge that each one of us is an artist, a crafts person, and an apprentice in our own capacity, and that each of us has special gifts and needs, is central to our lives and work. Central also to the success of her work is the core belief in the continual balance of each person’s creativity with the energy they draw from working together. She sees this process as vital to being a crafts person and also important as a social model. Her art builds bridges between people. Marcy’s Pear Tree Studio in nearby Harrisville has been written up in The Boston Globe and Fiberarts magazine.
A Capella Ensemble & Chorus
Matthew is known as a versatile conductor, baritone, clinician and stage director. His performing experience in the USA, Canada, Asia, Europe and in his native country New Zealand includes dozens of solo and ensemble performances and recordings. Dr. Leese received degrees in Voice from the University of Otago in New Zealand, the Longy School of Music, Indiana University and holds the Doctorate in Choral Conducting and Literature from the University of Illinois. In addition to directing the choirs at Monadnock Waldorf High school, Matthew is a core member of the medieval quartet LIBER and Kansas City professional choir Spire, Artistic Director of the Monadnock Chorus, Music Director of the Chamber Singers of Keene, Conductor-in-Residence of Voices of the Bay in St. Andrews, NB, Artist in Residence with the Boston City Singers, a volunteer for the Keene Music Festival and serves as a Lecturer in Music at Keene State College. Matthew and his husband Dan love living in Keene with their two mischievous cats, Jack and Gus.
Jazz & Modern Music Ensemble
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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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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American & Pop Music Ensemble
Jason attended Pine Hill Waldorf School, where his love of music began. He started teaching in high school and continued while studying at music at Keene State College. Jason is the founder & director of Elm City Music and teaches Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute and Improvisation. Jason performs regularly as a freelance artist and with the Ben Carr Music Project, the Half Diminished Swing Band, Nouveau Swing and the Jacksonville Blues Band. He is also a former member of The Keene Chamber Orchestra, The Keene Jazz Orchestra, the Tom Foolery Band, the Josh Evans Trio and the funk band Giza. Jason has appeared as a soloist with the KSC Chamber Orchestra and with the Pink Floyd tribute band Liquid Floyd. He has also performed with the Raylynmor Opera Company, The Hugh Keelan Ensemble and The Monadnock Chorus and Orchestra. Jason taught saxophone and clarinet at Vermont Academy, The Putney School and The Open Music Collective in Brattleboro. Jason has studied saxophone with Scott Mullett, Harvey Kaiser, Mario Bernardo and Craig Sylvern, clarinet with Richard Sanders and Mario Bernardo and flute with Robin Matathias.
Movement & Circus Arts
Associates in Specialized Education/Modern Dance, Cegep du Vieux Montreal; Biodynamic Herbalism, Herbart, Ham-Nord, Quebec; In training for Spacial Dynamics Certification
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. 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.
B.A. History/Theater, Keene State College
Richard has been involved with the Performing Arts since his formative years. Starting as a musician, then moving to acting, and finally to dance, he has been teaching Social/Ballroom Dance in the Keene area since 1986. He is comfortable with the smooth dances such as Foxtrot and Waltz, the Latin dances such as Cha Cha and Rumba, and Club dances such as Swing and Salsa. Rich strives to give students the tools to enjoy and express themselves to music individually and in partnership.