As we expand programming to better serve our growing student body, we’re excited to welcome new faculty and staff members for the 2021–22 academic year!
“A primary concern for the coming year has been increasing our staffing to accommodate larger class sizes safely, and to continue to utilize our outdoor spaces as learning environments,” said Karin Almquist, school director. “We also recognize that many students will need increased access to academic and therapeutic support as they continue to process the trauma of this past year.”
These educators will join HVS’s faculty for the school year beginning September 1:
Anna Harris joins HVS as a Therapeutic Support Coordinator to work with children who need more therapeutic support, oversee assessments, and provide some foreign language support in Grades 1 and 2. Harris comes to HVS from the Camp Hill School in Pennsylvania where she has worked for many years as a Curative Educator.
Yuuki Metreaud, an alumnus of Hawthorne Valley School, has returned with a BA degree in chemistry from Earlham College and work experience as a wilderness expedition leader, project manager, carpenter, beekeeping business owner, and bee researcher, among other things. He will be joining the high school faculty as a chemistry and math teacher and will work on building a development apiary program for the school.
Brian Scannell will join the school as a middle school and high school humanities teacher. He taught high school history most recently at the Seattle Waldorf School. Scannell brings an interest in civil rights, international travel, and journalism/photography to his experience teaching English and history blocks.
Julie Scannell will be the rising Grade 1 teacher. Scannell has experience teaching in China and Jordan, as well as in Waldorf classrooms in Olympia and Seattle.
Anita Rodriguez will join the Early Childhood department as a lead nursery teacher. Originally from Ecuador, she will also help to develop Spanish circles for the mixed-aged kindergarten classes.
Paul Rix, an experienced carpentry and farming teacher, joins the middle school faculty to teach practical arts classes in farming and shop, as well as working as an academic tutor and mentor for middle and high school children who need extra support.
Cristan Vineis returns to HVS, where she had her introduction to Waldorf Education, to join the Early Childhood department as the lead kindergarten teacher of the Rose Kindergarten. With 10 years teaching experience at Waldorf kindergartens, Vineis will bring valuable gifts to the larger and more extensive Early Childhood program.
Ilan Ben Sira will join HVS as the PE and Games instructor to strengthen the physical education program. Originally from Israel, Sira previously worked at an international school in China.
Jim Gibbons will join the HVS staff as athletic director and lend his extensive experience as coach and administrator to a variety of sports teams for HVS. A former competitive soccer player, Gibbons has officiated and coached for a variety of club soccer and travel basketball programs over the years and is a past board member with the Red Hook Soccer Club and administrator with the Southern Columbia Soccer League.
Julianna Potter will serve as the school nurse. Corina Komenda, Ally Colwell, and Cara Stone will join the Early Childhood faculty as class assistants for the Peach Blossom Nursery, Trillium Kindergarten, and Robin’s Nest Nursery. J’Mae Shemroske will serve as the movement/games teacher for Grades 1–3.
For more information about Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School’s programs for early childhood through Grade 12, contact Amy Flaum, Director of Enrollment, or 518-672-7092 x111. There is rolling admission for grades 7-12.