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Administrative Staff

Karin Almquist, School Director, Middle School Block Teacher

After completing an 8-year loop as a Waldorf Class teacher, Karin has transitioned fully into her new role as School Director.  She will continue to teach humanities blocks in the Middle School. Karin attended the Alkion Center’s Teacher Training Program. She holds a B.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in International Affairs from the University of Washington, and an  M. Phil. in Religious Studies from Columbia University. Her teaching experience ranges from kindergarten to the university level, including teaching English at the Seattle Refugee Resettlement Program, and at the Telc Gymnazium in the Czech Republic.  Karin’s passion is teaching History and Humanities to all grade levels.  

 

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Amy Flaum, Administrator, Director of Enrollment

Amy Flaum Amy currently manages school admissions and enrollment and many other administrative tasks. She has worked at Hawthorne Valley for 16 years. In the Fall, Amy is also the girls’ volleyball coach. Amy earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Springfield College, and is a Hawthorne Valley alum. In her off time she enjoys children’s literature, gardening, and playing volleyball. Email Amy

Eileen Lee, High School Administrator, ESL and French Teacher, International Exchange Student Coordinator

 

Eileen Lee

Eileen Lee is a multicultural teacher of languages. Born in Ohio to Korean parents and raised in Pennsylvania, Eileen moved to Korea when she was eight. Having learned both English and Korean during her childhood, Eileen has a pristine accent in both languages and is completely bi-cultural.  Eileen understands first hand cross cultural issues and can identify the key cultural problems for students studying English and the American way of living. She loves languages and majored in French literature at Korea University.

Eileen has studied at Université Catholique d’Ouest in Angers France. She completed her Master’s in teaching English as a Second Language (MA TESOL) at SUNY Albany. Eileen taught EFL ( English as a Foreign Language) for over 10 years, and continued to teach  Korean, French, and ESL in the Capital Region for over 10 years from pre-K to adult learners. She has taught students from 48 different cultures. Eileen worked as a certified NY Agent and Co- Director for Empire State English in addition to being the Academic Director for the school. As a lead presenter, Eileen has delivered over 40 workshops training the teachers in the state of NY- topics covering Pragmatics, Connecting Content to Real Life, and Strategies for Mixed Levels in an ESOL Classroom. Prior to her teaching career, Eileen spent over a decade as a commercial and fine art photographer with work published in the Wall Street Journal.

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Linda Park, Community Relations, Lower School Admissions

Linda ParkLinda is the point person for Admissions in the Lower School (Grades 1 through 5) and oversees Community Relations. Her commitment to cultural and social renewal is rooted in her deep interest in human relations and the role of education as a foundational support for positive change. Linda studied art (sculpture) at Central St. Martin’s College of Art & Design in London, England then returned to her native Canada to complete her BA Honors in Art History. She landed in New York to do her MA in Curatorial Studies in Contemporary Culture at Bard College, and along the way discovered the work of Rudolf Steiner and Waldorf education. Linda completed her certification in Waldorf pedagogy at the Alkion Center in Ghent, NY. She co-chairs the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) group at the school and is involved in other social justice initiatives at Hawthorne Valley Association.  Email Linda

Julianna Potter, School Nurse

Julianna grew up in Camphill Village Copake, is a Hawthorne Valley School graduate, and is a Waldorf parent.  She took a winding path to her nursing career that included a B.S. in Environmental Biology and a M.S. in Biodiversity, Conservation, and Policy from the University at Albany.  She completed her nursing training at Columbia-Greene Community College and has worked the last three years in acute care at Columbia Memorial Hospital.  She is pursuing her M.S. in Advanced Practice Nursing in Family Practice at Sage College.  Her passions include fiber farming (angora rabbits and sheep), fiber-arts, bicycling, hiking, and spending time at the ocean.

 

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Marla Tolz, Main Office Administrator, Handwork Assistant, Middle School Elective Teacher

Marla Tolz

Marla Tolz brings a diversity of talents to Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, drawing from a life of art education and agricultural endeavors. Marla graduated from the School of Visual Arts (‘10) with a BFA in Photography, and has refined her administrative skills in the fields of hospitality, arts, and education. Marla was born and raised in the Hudson Valley, and is grateful for all that this beautiful area has to offer. She is the point person for any questions you may have regarding your students, their teachers, and any HVS happenings. Outside of Hawthorne Valley you’ll most likely find her exploring natural dyeing, cooking, gardening, and spending time with her family.

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Kelly McGiffert, Housekeeping Supervisor

Early Childhood Faculty

Somer Serpe, Parent Child Teacher

Somer Serpe trained as an artist and as a teacher, earning her BFA degree at Parsons School of Design and her Masters in Waldorf Early Childhood Education at Sunbridge College. Somer taught Nursery and Kindergarten at the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School for 15 years before leading the Parent Child Program at Hawthorne Valley School and Berkshire Waldorf School. Somer’s two daughters are Waldorf Graduates. Somer is the assistant program director and a faculty member at Sound Circle Center for Arts and Anthroposophy and is a Northeast Regional Representative for WECAN. She serves as a mentor for teachers and schools as well as an inspirational coach for parents. She leads workshops and parent education opportunities around the country. Somer enjoys biodynamic gardening, cooking, puppetry, singing, purposeful work with children and creating healing stories for children and parents.

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Walli Zay, Robin's Nest Nursery Teacher

Walli ZayWalli has been with Hawthorne Valley School for more than twenty-five years, teaching German and Kindergarten. Before that, she was a Kindergarten teacher in Munich and Freiburg. Walli completed the Foundation Year at the Alkion Center and also attended the Rudolf Steiner Institute for Language Instruction. She received a certificate for Social Studies and Family Care, a certificate for Home/Family Helper, and was trained at Fachschule fur Sozialpadogogik (South Germany) for Educator and Kindergarten teacher. Walli is interested in Anthroposophical Medicine, was trained in Switzerland for Rhythmical Massage Therapy. Email Walli

Cara Stone, Robin's Nest Nursery Assistant

 Cara fell in love with and has studied Anthroposophy from 14 years of age. She then put her knowledge into practice as she raised her three beautiful children. Cara worked for several years in the kindergarten at the Ithaca Waldorf School before relocating the the Hawthorne Valley area six years ago to become a class teacher. She completed her Waldorf Teacher Training at the Alkion Center and is happy to be returning to her roots in Early Childhood.

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Anita Rodriguez, Peach Blossom Nursery Teacher

Anita grew up in a small town outside of Quito, Ecuador and moved to California after receiving a degree in Agricultural Engineering. She spent eight years working in Environmental Education and during this time she learned about Waldorf Education from friends who were both teachers and biodynamic farmers. She attended the Rudolf Steiner College and Sophia Institute for her Waldorf Teacher Certification and has completed the World Languages Teacher Training with Sunbridge Institute. During the past six years, Anita has been working at the Waldorf School of Tampa Bay in Florida as a Lead Kindergarten Teacher and Grades Teacher. Anita has a true affinity for the outdoors and enjoys long walks in nature, bike riding and yoga, and time at home with her family. 

Corinna Komenda, Peach Blossom Assistant

Cristan Vineis, Rose Kindergarten Teacher

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Cristan Vineis has over 12 years of experience in the Waldorf early childhood classroom. Beginning as a counselor at the Hawthorne Valley Farm camp and an assistant in the HVWS kindergartens, she received her teacher training from the Alkion Center. She spent the last ten years working as a lead in Waldorf kindergartens at both the Waldorf school of cape cod and the Waldorf school at moraine farm in Beverly MA. She has a degree in Psychology with a concentration in Women’s Studies from University of Vermont. Combining both her love of children and a passion for women’s health, she is a birth doula. Born and raised in the New England, she delights in all that the northeast weather provides and loves sharing that joy with her family and her students. In addition to outdoor fun, she enjoys handcrafts, yoga, meditation and studying child development and Anthroposophy.

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Judy Beck, Rose Kindergarten Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dorothea Davis, Trillium Kindergarten Teacher

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Allison Colwell, Trillium Kindergarten Assistant

Allison graduated from Bard College at Simon’s Rock in 2019 with a BA in Literary Studies and Cross-Cultural Relations. Her previous work in various childcare settings greatly informs her approach towards education and the childhood experience. Her interests are in crafting, cooking, and hiking. Allison is looking forward to sharing and learning with the Hawthorne Valley community as she joins the Early Childhood program.

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Janene Ping, Morning Star Kindergarten Teacher and Kindergarten Chair
 

 

janene pingJanene studied Humanities at San Francisco State University. Her Waldorf training includes a degree in Waldorf Early Childhood Education from Sunbridge College, attendance of yearly seminars at Rudolf Steiner Institute, and attendance of yearly conferences at the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America. She has taught Puppetry Arts at Antioch Center for Anthroposophy & Early Childhood and Puppetry Arts at Rudolf Steiner Institute. She is the Artistic Director at Magical Puppet Tree, attends summer seminars at Antioch’s Center for Anthroposophy Renewal Program, and attended the Canadian Conference for Early Childhood Teachers. Her interests include travel in Europe and the Northwest, gardening, herbal studies, craft curriculum study, researching world cultural myths, exploring world mystery centers, fairytales and folktales &    Anthroposophy.

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Renannah Weinstein, Morning Star Kindergarten Assistant, Kinder Camp Coordinator
Alessia Cutugno, Kindergarten Assistant, Grade 1 Playgroup Assistant

Lower School Faculty

Julie Scannell, Grade 1 Class Teacher

 

Julie grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 2002.  She taught abroad in China, Jordan and in public schools in the U.S. before finding her way to Waldorf Education.

Julie did her Waldorf teacher training through West Coast Institute in Vancouver B.C.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in therapeutic recreation and earned an international teaching certificate from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

Julie previously worked at the Olympia and Seattle Waldorf Schools.  She is excited to be working at Hawthorne Valley and is grateful to have her daughter grow up on a farm and be surrounded by nature. When not spending time with her family, Julie enjoys felting, cooking, reading, being outdoors and running.

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Brittany Elia, Grade 1 Playgroup Teacher
Alessia Cutugno, Kindergarten Assistant, Grade 1 Playgroup Assistant
Meaghan McKenna, Grade 2 Class Teacher, Grade 7 Class Advisor, LS Chair

Meaghan McKennaMeaghan has been teaching in Waldorf schools since 2006 and at Hawthorne Valley since 2013. She has taught a vast age range from the youngest preschool children through adults in teacher training. Her favorite thing about Waldorf education is that it allows a teacher to look at each child as a deeply unique individual with varied gifts and challenges.

 Meaghan graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor’s degree in the Social Sciences. She has a Master’s degree in Education (with a Waldorf focus) from Antioch University. 

 Meaghan is interested in the arts, cooking, writing, meditation, and psychology. She takes long road trips each summer with her three children, when they enjoy beach camping, hunting down natural springs, and exploring the South.

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Rachel Loshak, Grade 3 Class Teacher

Portrait of Rachel LoshakRachel has lived in the U.S. since 1995 after being raised on an apple farm in the U.K. She has held a life-long love of nature and music, studying violin, piano, and voice. She holds a BA Honors degree in Creative Arts from Nottingham University, a certificate in Music Therapy from The New School in NYC, and a Waldorf Teaching Certificate from The Alkion Center.

Rachel’s previous work experience includes creative arts/music therapy, art photo retouching, administration, and performing arts management. Rachel has toured nationally and internationally, and has composed and recorded six albums as a singer/songwriter/bassist.

Prior to joining the Mountain Laurel Waldorf School as the first grade teacher in 2016, Rachel began her teaching career leading children’s choirs and singing groups for ages 3-14 years.

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Kevin Kilb, Grade 4 Class Teacher

kevin kilbKevin began teaching at the school in September 2000. He originally came to the community out of an interest in sustainable agriculture, but was so impressed by the children that he pursued the Waldorf teacher certification. After taking his first class through the eight years of elementary school, he taught for a year at Camphill Triform here in Columbia County, and a year at the Freiwaldorfschule in Karlsruhe, Germany before starting with his second class of students, who he also taught for eight years. In the summers, Kevin has enjoyed traveling to destinations relevant to the curriculum, including: China, Rome, Florence, Iceland, Norway and other parts of Europe, so far. In his spare time, he has enjoyed performing in shows at the Ghent Playhouse. Kevin graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program at Boston College with a B.S. in Management and Accounting and received an M.Ed. In Curriculum and Instruction from SUNY Empire State College.

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Scott Esty, Grade 5 Class Teacher

Scott EstyA Waldorf parent of over 16 years, Scott holds a B.A. in Music from Bates College, a Master’s degree in Violin Performance from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and a Master’s degree in Education from Antioch University, where he completed his Waldorf teacher training. As a professional violinist, Scott performed for over 15 years with orchestras including the Oregon Symphony, Portland Opera Orchestra, and the Oregon Ballet Theater, as well a diverse range of chamber music ensembles. Scott maintained a private violin teaching studio for nearly two decades. Inspired by what his sons were experiencing through Waldorf education, Scott brought his musical experience to the Waldorf arena, becoming a strings and orchestra instructor. He began class teaching at the Taos Waldorf School in New Mexico, and taught at the Waldorf School of Saratoga    Springs prior to coming to Hawthorne Valley. In his free time, Scott enjoys cooking, running, archery, acapella singing and playing chamber music.  Email Scott

Rebecca Conroy, LS Assistant, Student Intern

Middle School Faculty

Maria Acciani, Grade 6 Class Advisor, MS Humanities Teacher

Maria grew up locally in Chatham, NY, and attended Hawthorne Valley as a student from kindergarten through 8th grade. After high school, she attended St. John’s College, a small, rigorous liberal arts college in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Although she thoroughly enjoyed the entire Great Books program, she was particularly drawn to literature, philosophy, and languages. After graduating, Maria worked a wide variety of outdoor jobs in the southwestern U.S., culminating in becoming an instructor at Boulder Outdoor Survival School in Boulder Town, Utah, where she still occasionally teaches courses in the summer. Maria did her Waldorf teacher training through Waldorf Teacher Education in Eugene, Oregon. She is thrilled to return to Hawthorne Valley as a teacher and is grateful to call this place her home once again. Besides teaching, Maria loves spending time with her husband Matthew and their two cats, Mona and Heloise.

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Meaghan McKenna, Grade 7 Class Advisor, Grade 2 Class Teacher, LS Chair

Meaghan McKennaMeaghan has been teaching in Waldorf schools since 2006 and at Hawthorne Valley since 2013. She has taught a vast age range from the youngest preschool children through adults in teacher training. Her favorite thing about Waldorf education is that it allows a teacher to look at each child as a deeply unique individual with varied gifts and challenges.

 Meaghan graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor’s degree in the Social Sciences. She has a Master’s degree in Education (with a Waldorf focus) from Antioch University. 

 Meaghan is interested in the arts, cooking, writing, meditation, and psychology. She takes long road trips each summer with her three children, when they enjoy beach camping, hunting down natural springs, and exploring the South.

Indigo Ocean, Grade 7 Homeroom Teacher
Andrew Sansone, Grade 8 Class Advisor, MS Chair

andrew sansoneAndrew holds two B.A. degrees, both from the University of Vermont, one for European Studies and one for German Language. Andrew received his Waldorf Teacher Training certificate from Eugene Waldorf in Oregon. He is a member of the Anthroposophical Society. Prior to joining the faculty at Hawthorne Valley School, he taught at the Corvallis Waldorf School in Oregon and the Rudolf Steiner School in Massachusetts. Andrew’s interests and hobbies include tennis, squash, meditation, camping, music, and carpentry.

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Karin Almquist, MS Block Teacher, School Director

Karin is currently serving a dual role teaching the 8th Grade class, and serving as School Director. She did her teacher training at Hawthorne Valley Alkion Center’s Teacher Training Program. Karin holds a B.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in International Affairs from the University of Washington, and an M.A. and M. Phil. in Religious Studies from Columbia University. Her teaching experience ranges from kindergarten to the university level, including teaching English at the Seattle Refugee Resettlement Program, and at the Telc Gymnazium in the Czech Republic. Prior to joining the faculty at Hawthorne Valley School, Karin was a substitute teacher at Mountain Laurel Waldorf School in New Paltz.

 

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Candace Christiansen, MS Block Teacher, HS Math, Science, and Art Teacher
Simon Frishkoff, MS Block Teacher, HS Faculty, High School Chair

An alum of Hawthorne Valley, Simon is the high school’s chairperson and biology teacher. He studied at the Waldorf High School Teacher Education Program with a Science track at the Center for Anthroposophy. His prior education includes a B.A. in Theater from Oberlin College and a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University. Simon has taught the sciences (primarily biology) and music classes at Hawthorne Valley School in both the lower and high schools. Previously he guest taught at the Lake Champlain Waldorf School and Burlington College. He practiced naturopathic medicine in Vermont for seven years. Simon’s interests include natural medicine, music, writing, and performing.

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Abraham Madey, MS Block Teacher, HS Math, Science and Arts Teacher, Grade 10 Advisor

Abe has a B.S. in Meteorology and Oceanography from SUNY Maritime and did Masters work in Atmospheric Sciences at SUNY Albany. He taught Meteorology at SUNY Albany and Sailing and Navigation at Sea at the Education Association. He has studied at the Alkion Center and attended Bring Science to Life –  a professional development program at The Nature Institute. His interests include watercolor painting, computer layout and graphic design, baking and electronics.

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Michael Pewtherer, Practical Arts Teacher, MS Block Teacher

Mike studied Adventure Education at Prescott College, Biology at SUNY Columbia-Greene and received a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Minor in Wilderness Education from SUNY Empire State. He has received Waldorf teacher training at Alkion Center. He taught the Naturalist Program at Hartsbrook. His is a director at Woodland Ways, a Wilderness First Responder and author. His interests include SCUBA and free diving, hunting & tracking.

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Brian Scannell, MS & HS Humanities Teacher

Brian Scannell teaches humanities classes in both the high school and the middle school. Brian grew up in Georgia and from a young age was drawn to literature, the arts and music. He felt called out west for college and earned his B.A. in English literature from Montana State University. After graduation he worked for a number of years in outdoor education before moving to Portland, Oregon. There he worked for many years at educational non-profits until he eventually turned his focus to photography and journalism. He followed that dream out to Amman, Jordan where he worked for a variety of magazines. Brian and his wife Julie also worked on Semester at Sea, a university that circumnavigates the globe. Brian went back to graduate school in 2014 to earn his Master’s in Teaching degree from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. and has been in the classroom ever since. He also holds a Waldorf teaching certificate from the Center for Anthroposophy. When he is not teaching Brian enjoys camping, reading, repurposing old furniture and spending time with his family.

 

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Helen Suter, MS & HS Arts Teacher

Helen has lived in Switzerland, Peru, and South Africa, where she attended the German School and made her first acquaintance with Anthroposophy. She received a B.A. with honors in Fine Arts at the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Arts. She went on to earn an Advanced Diploma and M.F.A. in Sculpture, both summa cum laude, while teaching History of Art Seminars and Foundation Year Sculpture at Michaelis.

Her work includes large-scale welded and assembled steel and mixed-media constructions, as well as textile and installation works. Her art has been exhibited internationally in more than 80 gallery and museum shows, including the Cape Town Biennial, the Newark Museum and the Norman Rockwell Museum grounds. To see some of her work, visit her website.

She attended the Alkion Center at Hawthorne Valley and received a certificate in Foundation Studies. Taking up teaching in the Waldorf school environment and sharing her passion for art with her students, is a hugely rewarding and inspiring experience for Helen.

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High School Faculty

Thomas Brown, Science and Math Teacher, Grade 11 Class Advisor

Thomas started his career as a Mechanical Engineer for the Port Authority of NY and NJ. His teaching career started at the Kolburne School where he taught Math to high school students. He then taught Math, Science, and Language Skills at the Kildonan School to dyslexic students from second grade through twelfth grade. He enjoys empowering students by getting them to increase their confidence and to find their voices when it comes to education. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Science degree in Martial Arts.

Thomas is also a Grand Master of Taekwondo. He is a certified seventh degree back belt, Master Instructor and Judge in Taekwondo by the Kukkiwon (one of the certifying bodies in Korea). He runs two martial arts schools, one in Great Barrington, MA and the other in Pittsfield, MA.

 Thomas enjoys traveling around the world with his wife and three children, learning about different counties and cultures and sharing his experiences and what he has learned with his students.

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Candace Christiansen, HS Math, Science, and Art Teacher, Grade 9 Class Advisor, MS Block Teacher

 

 

 

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Simon Frishkoff, HS Chair, Science and Drama Teacher, Grade 12 Class Advisor

Simon FrishkoffAn alum of Hawthorne Valley, Simon is the high school’s chairperson and biology teacher. He studied at the Waldorf High School Teacher Education Program with a Science track at the Center for Anthroposophy. His prior education includes a B.A. in Theater from Oberlin College and a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University. Simon has taught the sciences (primarily biology) and music classes at Hawthorne Valley School in both the lower and high schools. Previously he guest taught at the Lake Champlain Waldorf School and Burlington College. He practiced naturopathic medicine in Vermont for seven years. Simon’s interests include natural medicine, music, writing, and performing.

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Jennifer Kenyon, Language Arts and History Teacher, Grade 12 Advisor

 

 

Jennifer Kenyon

Jennifer Kenyon’s undergraduate experience was at Bates College. She did graduate work in American Studies at Hood College. She loves teaching high school students, thinking, talking, listening, walking, working on her house, having great conversations, and being with her family.

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Abe Madey, Math, Science and Arts Teacher, Grade 10 Advisor

 

 

abe madeyAbe has a B.S. in Meteorology and Oceanography from SUNY Maritime and did Masters work in Atmospheric Sciences at SUNY Albany. He taught Meteorology at SUNY Albany and Sailing and Navigation at Sea at the Education Association. He has studied at the Alkion Center and attended Bring Science to Life –  a professional development program at The Nature Institute. His interests include watercolor painting, computer layout and graphic design, baking and electronics.

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Yuuki Metreaud, Math and Chemistry Teacher

Yuuki is coming back to Hawthorne Valley after many years and experiences outside of Upstate NY after graduating from HVS.  He Graduated from Earlham College with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and has worked as a wilderness expedition leader, project manager and carpenter, a beekeeping business owner, and a bee researcher among other things.

In his spare time he enjoys reading, building things, spending time outdoors with his family, cooking and tending to his bees.  He is excited to return to the Hudson Valley and particularly to HVS to start a new chapter in his life.

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Brian Scannell, Humanities Teacher

Brian Scannell teaches humanities classes in both the high school and the middle school. Brian grew up in Georgia and from a young age was drawn to literature, the arts and music. He felt called out west for college and earned his B.A. in English literature from Montana State University. After graduation he worked for a number of years in outdoor education before moving to Portland, Oregon. There he worked for many years at educational non-profits until he eventually turned his focus to photography and journalism. He followed that dream out to Amman, Jordan where he worked for a variety of magazines. Brian and his wife Julie also worked on Semester at Sea, a university that circumnavigates the globe. Brian went back to graduate school in 2014 to earn his Master’s in Teaching degree from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. and has been in the classroom ever since. He also holds a Waldorf teaching certificate from the Center for Anthroposophy. When he is not teaching Brian enjoys camping, reading, repurposing old furniture and spending time with his family.

 

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Subject Faculty

Glen Berger, High School Adjunct Teacher
Maria Jimena Concha, Spanish Teacher
 

 

 

maria jimena conchaJimena has extensive experience teaching Spanish in all grades. She taught at several private schools, including Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School in the early 2000’s and Housatonic Valley Waldorf School. She also worked as a private tutor for both Spanish and English language learners. Jimena received a B.A in Modern Languages from the Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia, and has participated in education and language workshops at universities in Germany, Canada, and the United States.

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Kristen Daley, Handwork Teacher
 

 

 

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Kristin Madey-Pilgrim, German Teacher
 

 

 

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Eric Muller, High School Adjunct Teacher, Alkion Teacher

Eric was born in Durban, South Africa, and double majored in literature and history at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He attended Emerson College in Sussex, England, where he completed the Foundation Year, with emphasis on drama and creative writing. He studied Waldorf pedagogy at the Waldorf Institute in Witten-Annen, Germany, where he specialized in music education. Together with his family he moved to Oregon, where he became a class teacher at the Eugene Waldorf School, carrying a class through the eight year cycle. During this time he also taught German and music (orchestra, chorus, and individual  classes). He was a co-founder of the Eugene Waldorf Teacher Training Program.

Currently he teaches English and Drama in the High School. The blocks he teaches include Eschenbach’s Parzival, Goethe’s Faust, Homer’s The Odyssey, History through Music, and Comedy and Tragedy. He is a founding member of the Alkion Center, and the director of the education department. Over the years he has served as both faculty and college (council) chair, and sat on numerous committees, such as the Teacher Development Committee, which holds a special interest for him. He has written two novels as well as acollection of poetry. To learn more about Eric’s work, please visit his website [http://www.ericgmuller.com].

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Bonnie Nordoff, Piano Accompanist
 

 

Bonnie recieved a BA in Music from Bard College at Simon’s Rock. She has accompanied Eurythmy and choruses at Hawthorne Valley for the past nine years, prior to that she was at the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School for many years.  Bonnie also teaches piano privately in Great Barrington and is currently the music director at two churches.

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Sylvia Nordoff, Lower School Eurthmy Teacher
 

 

 

Sylvia Nordoff

Sylvia Nordoff was born in New York. Her parents were Paul Nordoff, the famous composer, and Sabina Zay, a Broadway eurythmist and choreographer. Sylvia showed an early interest for movement, performing eurythmy for the first time 12 at Spring Valley Auditorium.

Sylvia studied at the Theater of Arts at New York University. She carried out her formal studies in eurythmy with Marjorie Spock and Sabina Nordoff of the Zucholi School of Eurythmy in Switzerland. As well, she trained in modern dance at the Martha Graham Dance School in New York City and in Flamenco with Margaret Flores in Woodstock, NY.

Sylvia has spent over 25 years teaching movement to children at the kindergarten, elementary, and high       school levels at the Ottowa & Parsifal Waldorf Schools, and the Santa Fe Waldorf School, to name a few.

Sylvia’s goal is to bring the beneficial effects of meaningful movement into today’s challenging daily life.

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Caroline O’Neill, Handwork Teacher
 

 

caroline oneillCaroline has taught all lower school grade levels, and also serves as manager for the school store Turose Craft & Gift Shop. She received her certification for Handwork at Sunbridge College and a Bachelor’s of Science in Urban and Environmental Planning from Worcester PolyTech. She has both attended and taught at Handwork conferences. Caroline’s hobbies include hiking, canoeing, traveling, craftwork and natural dyeing.

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Sara Parrilli, Middle and High School Arts Teacher
 

 

Sara ParrilliSara Parrilli is an alumna of the Green Meadow Waldorf School in Spring Valley, NY. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, with a BA cum laude in Fashion Design, Specialization Knitwear. She spent a college semester abroad at Nottingham Trent University in the UK, where she expanded her knowledge of both manually-operated and computerized knitting machines. Prior to joining Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, Sara completed two years of anthroposophical painting training at the Free Columbia Art Course in Philmont, NY. She is currently in the final stages of completing her Waldorf Teacher Training at the Alkion Center. When she is not teaching, Sara works as an artist, pursuing her many creative interests. She is often found painting, drawing, sewing, gardening, hiking, dancing and experimenting in the    kitchen. Examples of her artwork can be found on her website at saraparrilli.com.

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Michael Pewtherer, Practical Arts Teacher
 

 

mike pewthererMike studied Adventure Education at Prescott College, Biology at SUNY Columbia-Greene and received a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Minor in Wilderness Education from SUNY Empire State. He has received Waldorf teacher training at Alkion Center. He taught the Naturalist Program at Hartsbrook. His is a director at Woodland Ways, a Wilderness First Responder and author. His interests include SCUBA and free diving, hunting & tracking.

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Martin Ping, High School Adjunct Teacher

 

 

 

Natalia Shevchuk, Piano Accompanist
 

Natalia ShevchukNatalia Shevchuk, a native or Ukraine, had graduated from Kyiv State Conservatory named after P. Tchaikovsky, now known as the National Academy of Music. She was among the winners of Kyiv Rachmaninoff Piano Competition in 1993. Over the past seven years she performed in NH, Maine, NY, and released her first CD, “Schubert Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960.” She’s the organist/choir director at Calvary UMC in Latham, NY, and also an accompanist at Hudson Valley Choral Society. Natalia and her husband Chris Young moved from Conway, NH to New Lebanon, NY in July, 2016. For more info please visit: http://www.nataliashevchuk.com

Natalia also has a channel on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCtM96yJ7fTt9aJz7Ro173w

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Patrick Stolfo, High School Adjunct Teacher, Alkion Teacher
 

 

 

 

Patrick Stolfo

Before coming to Harlemville in 1987 from Detroit, Michigan, Patrick had completed undergraduate studies in fine art at Wayne State University, four years of specialist training in the sculptural arts at Emerson College, England, and his M.A. in Waldorf Ed. from Mercy College of Detroit. During his 22 full time years at HVS he taught across the grades in clay modeling/sculpture, woodworking, stone carving, drawing, and the high school history blocks in art and architecture. In addition, he served in numerous administrative              and governance roles including faculty chair, high school chair, and the school board of trustees.

Since going part time at HVS in 2009, he has been able to focus more on teaching and co-directing at the Hawthorne Valley Alkion Center for Adult Education, mentoring teachers and teaching guest blocks at numerous Waldorf high schools, and working freelance in sculpture and drawing. Patrick has also been an adjunct instructor at the Center for Anthroposophy and the Antioch New England Waldorf Teacher programs in New Hampshire since the early 90s.

Patrick’s artwork has been exhibited and/or commissioned in New York, Massachusetts, California, Michigan, England, and Sweden.

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Helen Suter, Middle School & High School Arts Teacher

 

Helen SuterHelen has lived in Switzerland, Peru, and South Africa, where she attended the German School and made her first acquaintance with Anthroposophy. She received a B.A. with honors in Fine Arts at the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Arts. She went on to earn an Advanced Diploma and M.F.A. in Sculpture, both summa cum laude, while teaching History of Art Seminars and Foundation Year Sculpture at Michaelis.

Her work includes large-scale welded and assembled steel and mixed-media constructions, as well as textile and installation works. Her art has been exhibited internationally in more than 80 gallery and museum shows, including the Cape Town Biennial, the Newark Museum and the Norman Rockwell Museum grounds.To see some of her work, visit her website.

She attended the Alkion Center at Hawthorne Valley and received a certificate in Foundation Studies. Taking up teaching in the Waldorf school environment and sharing her passion for art with her students, is a hugely rewarding and inspiring experience for Helen.

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Learning Support Staff

Anna Harris, Lower School Therapeutic Support Coordinator, Foreign Language Teacher

Anna was born in Germany and grew up in Arlesheim, Switzerland. Both her parents are originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Anna attended various Waldorf schools from kiga to 12th grade in Germany and Switzerland until graduating from Kimberton Waldorf School in 2003.

Anna has been living and working at The Camphill School, an AWSNA approved Waldorf School for children with intensive learning needs,  for 17 years. She graduated from The Camphill Academy with a Diploma in Curative Education. She received her BA in Curative Education through Prescott College and received a Masters in Educational Leadership and her Teacher Certification in Elementary and Special Education from Immaculate University.

In addition to being a curative educator in the boarding program of The Camphill School, Anna has been active as an academic support in reading and math as well as teaching the practical arts through animal / horse care and various outdoor education based programs. Furthermore, Anna uses a variety of creative methods and approaches derived from her  experience as well as from the content provided by Rudolf Steiner, Karl Koenig, Audrey McAllen and others to create healing learning environments so that children can unfold their path of learning with joy and purpose.Anna carries a great love for the performing arts and crafts and tries to ensure that each lesson is consciously imbued with artistic and therapeutic elements. Anna is married to Joe Harris and together they live in Ghent, NY with their three children: Albert, Rosa and Isabella.

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Emily Kozakiewicz, Therapeutic Horseback Riding Instructor

 

Emily Kozakiewicz

A trained Waldorf teacher, Emily has worked with children in many different settings over the last ten years, including early-childhood programs, public school programs, and children with special needs at Camphill Special School Beaver Run. She has been a farm-based educator at Hawthorne Valley for the last four years, working with children in the garden, caring for the horses and honeybees. Prior to this, she apprenticed on a number of biodynamic farms.  

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Stephanie Murphy, Learning Support Instructor

 

Stephanie brings 25 years of teaching experience in preschool through collegiate level to Hawthorne Valley School.  She holds a Masters degree in Special Education with a provisional certification in Reading (NYS Certification MSEd, Sage Graduate School, Troy, NY K-12).  Her undergraduate degree is in photography and journalism.

Stephanie is also a New York State licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant and co-owner of On Track Occupational Therapy, PLLC.  Her company specializes in pediatric sensory integration therapy and  sensory learning, and adult stroke rehabilitation.  Through On Track, Stephanie has combined both of her vocational passions: literacy and occupational therapy.  She brings a therapeutic approach to teaching and a holistic view of each child to her teaching.

In her free time, Stephanie runs a seasonal antique shop, donating a portion of all sales to individuals and families affected by epilepsy, a cause dear to her heart.  Stephanie’s interests include mediation, yoga, reading and writing, and spending as much time as possible enjoying nature with friends and loved ones.  She has two children, one of whom graduated from Hawthorne Valley School in June 2018.

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Marianne Rannenberg, Reading Specialist

Marianne brings over 25 years of teaching experience in a variety of settings to her work at Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School. With a strong background in humanistic, student-centered education (Ecole d’Humanité, Switzerland) and early music and music education (Schola Cantorum, Musik Akademie, Basel, Switzerland), as well as a degree in developmental reading (MS, University at Albany; NY State certification K-12), she brings a creative, individualized approach to her work. Her long-standing involvement with Waldorf education since 1980, together with her strong interest in learning differences help her to integrate a holistic vision of each child with instruction that is carefully tailored to address specific needs. Marianne currently teaches both in her home in Harlemville and at Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School.

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Paul Rix, Farming Teacher, Middle and High School Academic Support

After an undergraduate degree in English linguistics, a master’s degree in education along with a teaching credential in teaching English, I have worn many hats as an educator through the years in various educational institutions: high school English, ESL environmental science, woodworking, academic support. And the last six years I have had the great privilege of working with the Visiting Students Program along with supporting Matt Davis with the Hawthorne Valley farming classes. I have enjoyed connecting with HV students and staff through the farming classes and am so excited to be more integrated into the school this fall as I teach more farming classes, woodworking, and provide academic support. My wife, Anna Duhon, also works for the HVA at the Farmscape Ecology Program and we are both so excited for our daughter, Adrianna, to be starting Kindergarten in the fall.  

Lynne Stolfo, Therapeutic Eurythmist

Lynne Stolfo joins the learning support team as Therapeutic Eurythmist. Lynne has been a long time teacher, performer, and therapist of Eurythmy. She is a founding core faculty member of the Alkion Teacher Training Program.

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Music Program Faculty

Rachel Loshak, Grade 3 Class Teacher, Music Program Coordinator

Portrait of Rachel LoshakRachel has lived in the U.S. since 1995 after being raised on an apple farm in the U.K. She has held a life-long love of nature and music, studying violin, piano, and voice. She holds a BA Honors degree in Creative Arts from Nottingham University, a certificate in Music Therapy from The New School in NYC, and a Waldorf Teaching Certificate from The Alkion Center.

Rachel’s previous work experience includes creative arts/music therapy, art photo retouching, administration, and performing arts management. Rachel has toured nationally and internationally, and has composed and recorded six albums as a singer/songwriter/bassist.

Prior to joining the Mountain Laurel Waldorf School as the first grade teacher in 2016, Rachel began her teaching career leading children’s choirs and singing groups for ages 3-14 years.

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Scott Esty, Grade Five Class Teacher, Lower School Strings Teacher

Scott EstyA Waldorf parent of over 16 years, Scott holds a B.A. in Music from Bates College, a Master’s degree in Violin Performance from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and a Master’s degree in Education from Antioch University, where he completed his Waldorf teacher training. As a professional violinist, Scott performed for over 15 years with orchestras including the Oregon Symphony, Portland Opera Orchestra, and the Oregon Ballet Theater, as well a diverse range of chamber music ensembles. Scott maintained a private violin teaching studio for nearly two decades. Inspired by what his sons were experiencing through Waldorf education, Scott brought his musical experience to the Waldorf arena, becoming a strings and orchestra instructor. He began class teaching at the Taos Waldorf School in New Mexico, and taught at the Waldorf School of Saratoga    Springs prior to coming to Hawthorne Valley. In his free time, Scott enjoys cooking, running, archery, acapella singing and playing chamber music.  

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Alison Eldredge, Music Teacher (Strings)

Alison Eldredge, born in New York city, graduated in violin performance from the University of British Columbia, studied chamber music at the Banff Center School of the Arts, and was graduate assistant to Mauricio Fuks at McGill University, Montreal. As a violinist she was a founding member of I Musici de Montreal, and has served as Concertmaster/Assistant Concertmaster for orchestras in Canada, Spain and Mexico. A trained Suzuki teacher, Alison has taught strings from beginners to university entrants. Fascinated by how children learn, in Guanajuato Mexico she formed a study group for a new Waldorf initiative, did teacher training at the Cuernavaca Waldorf School, and later sought out Waldorf education for her two children. She taught French and Music at the Upper Valley Waldorf School in Vermont 2000 – 2004 and again, after four years in Mexico in the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra, from 2008 to 2010.  

Over the last decade Ms. Eldredge has been living in Wellington NZ, where she founded Arohanui Strings, a Sistema youth orchestra program which grew from one class at one school to four music centers serving 500 children each year. Her honors include a  Lifetime Achievement Award from Suzuki Mexico and Wellingtonian of the Year for Education 2017. She and her husband David Moonan are delighted to be once again in their native land, to join the anthroposophical community at Hawthorne Valley, and be near their daughters in western Massachusetts.

 

 

 

Vera Kemper, Music Teacher (Woodwind and Brass)