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Administrative Staff

Karin Almquist, School Director

Karin is currently serving a dual role teaching the 7th 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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Kara Desiderio, School Nurse, Health Instructor

Kara Desiderio Kara serves as the school’s nurse. Originally from Columbia County, she holds a B.A. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a B.S. in Nursing from New York University. Kara has been a long time community healthcare advocate working for innovative harm reduction efforts in California and New York. Most recently she led a statewide transgender health program in California and worked in the Emergency Room at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. In addition to being a Registered Nurse, she is a certified sex educator, herbalist, and is passionate about school based healthcare. She strives to inspire young people to take care of their bodies and make healthy choices as they grow.

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Amy Flaum, Administrator, Director of Enrollment

Amy Flaum Amy currently manages school enrollment and many other administrative tasks. She has worked at Hawthorne Valley for 14 years, previously in the Admissions and Development Offices. 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

Marla Tolz, Main Office Administrator

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 passionate about exploring other cultures and cuisine. She has worked on vegetable and flower farms and is a freelance floral and plant designer. Outside of Hawthorne Valley you’ll most likely find her experimenting with new crafts techniques, cooking, and spending time with her family.

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Elizabeth Young, School Therapist

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Early Childhood Faculty

Dorothea Davis, Trillium Kindergarten Teacher, Kindergarten Playgroup Teacher

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Nancy Disbrow, Rose Kindergarten Teacher

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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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J'Mae Shemroske, Peach Blossom Nursery Teacher

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Walli Zay, Robin's Nest Nursery Teacher, Kindergarten Playgroup 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      

Lower School Class Teachers

Meaghan McKenna, Grade One Class Teacher

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 Two 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 Three 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 in 1993 with a        Bachelor’s Degree in Management and pursues other coursework that relates to his teaching. 

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Scott Esty, Grade Four 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      

Maria Acciani, Grade Five Class Teacher

Middle School Faculty

Meaghan McKenna, Grade Six Class Advisor

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 Six Homeroom Teacher
Andrew Sansone, Grade Seven Homeroom Teacher and Class Advisor

    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. Email Andrew    

Karin Almquist, Grade Eight Homeroom Teacher and Class Advisor

    karin almquist Karin did her teacher training at Hawthorne Valley 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.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. Email Karin    

EARTH Teachers (On hiatus for 2020-21)

Lisa Damian, EARTH Program Teacher

Lisa DamianA Waldorf educator for over 25 years, Lisa has worked with elementary and high school aged students and those with special needs, as well as mentoring.   She has a broad background in Waldorf education and pedagogy, phenomenology, Spacial Dynamics and environmental education; and has a deep interest in the relationship between the natural work and the development of the inner life of human beings. Surrounded by nature as a child and growing up in blue collar community, the natural world and practical life have figured heavily into her biography.  She homesteaded for 17 years in Vermont while Waldorf teaching and has been a founding faculty member for two Waldorf high schools.  

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Emily Kozakiewicz, EARTH Program Teacher and Gardener

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.  She feels blessed to be a part of the EARTH program, working with the soil, plants, animals, and children on such beautiful land.

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Allison Bradley, EARTH Administrative Support
Amelia Schaaf, EARTH Program Intern


Amelia Schaaf

Amelia Graduated from Green Meadow Waldorf School, and holds a BA in Art History. Amelia lived and worked at the Rudolf Steiner Fellowship Community for 7 years before coming to Hawthorne Valley in 2018 as an Education Intern at the Visiting Student Program. Amelia has worked on different organic and biodynamic farms in New York, California, and Italy, and is passionate about farm and nature education.

High School Faculty

Thomas Brown, High School Science and Math Teacher

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, Chemistry, Math, Lab Skills, and Practical Arts Teacher



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Simon Frishkoff, High School Chair, Science and Music Teacher

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


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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, Science, Math and Metalworking Teacher


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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Subject Faculty

Glen Burger, 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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Stephanie Murphy, Learning Support Teacher


Stephanie Murphy

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.



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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Bill Pernice, Lead Music Teacher and Music Program Coordinator


Bill PerniceBill’s passion for music began as a child when he was offered piano lessons at the age of four.  He trained and performed classically and studied music education at SUNY Fredonia.  Eventually the creative and improvisational genre of jazz offered an immersion into the satisfying complexity of deep listening, technique and co-operative musicality in the present moment, an art form that Bill’s classical roots have built upon and that he brings to his students and his performances.  Bill has conducted, composed, arranged and performed music for orchestra, band, chorus, theater and individual performers in various music styles.

Bill began his career in Waldorf education by accident when he volunteered to assist in his son’s preschool.  He holds a teaching certificate in Waldorf Education from Sunbridge College.  Bill was the founding teacher at Dayspring Community School in Warwick, NY and taught kindergarten there for four years.  Bill went on to teach both instrumental and choral music to students at Green Meadow Waldorf       School for 18 years.  He worked as Development Director for three years and Pedagogical Administrator for four years at Green Meadow and then returned to teaching music there until last year. Bill has served  in ASWNA and NYSIAS, community renewal and inclusion-based group work, as well as consulting for developing Waldorf Schools.

Bill has a passion for helping students to find joy, creative thinking and connection for themselves and with others through music.  In his spare time you can find Bill reading, writing music, doing yoga, hiking and traveling with his wife, Kate and playing jazz gigs. He has two sons who are Waldorf school grads.

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Martin Ping, High School Adjunct Teacher




Marianne Rannenberg, Reading Specialist


marianne rannenbergMarianne 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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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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Lynne Stolfo, Therapeutic Eurythmist

Lynne StolfoLynne 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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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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