From our Administrator

Celebrating our 30th year, the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm continues to strive to instill in our students a strong sense of community, a true enthusiasm for learning, and a deep reverence for nature. Now entering our fifth year at Moraine Farm, our thriving Science in Nature Program takes full advantage of this amazing property. The Kindergarten curriculum has students outside exploring for the majority of their day, every day. We’ve expanded our campus to better accommodate our Early Childhood Program, added a Greenhouse to support more science and gardening learning experiences. There is much that has grown in our 30 years as a school and so much more to come.

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“I wanted to be in a place where students really loved their teachers and were excited to go to school every day and where they got something bigger out of their class time....”

- Waldorf School at Moraine Farm Alumna -

Early Childhood – Grade 8 Faculty

Ana Coffey

Ana Coffey

Third Grade Teacher

Ana holds a Master’s Degree in Waldorf and Progressive Public Education from Antioch University New England, and a BFA in Theatre from NYU’s Tisch School of Performing Arts. Ana’s experience also includes teaching ESL and drama in New York City Public Schools as an employee of the non-profit Cypress Hills Development Corporation. In addition, she taught in the Portland, OR school district and managed and directed a non-profit professional children’s theatre troupe.

Kevin Doering

Kevin Doering

Fifth Grade Teacher

Kevin Doering comes to us from the Orchard Valley Waldorf School in Vermont. Kevin earned his middle school and elementary education licenses from the Upper Valley Educators Institute in Lebanon, NH in 2009. Prior to this, Kevin enjoyed a diverse career in environmental protection and public health, working for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Kevin holds degrees in atmospheric science and law, and has written a weekly column on the weather since 2003.

James Kennedy

James Kennedy

Nursery Assistant

James was an awestruck parent when he brought his first daughter to parent-and-child classes in 2005.  Soon after, James volunteered in the early childhood program and then began assistant teaching in 2013.  He recently entered a multi-year program of study to become a certified Waldorf Early Childhood teacher.  James’ prior career was as a daily environmental law reporter for Bloomberg BNA in Washington, DC.  He has a B.A. in English from Oberlin College and still enjoys writing on occasion for the school Newsletter.  James and his wife live in Byfield and have three children at the school.

Brian Macdonald

Brian Macdonald

Sixth Grade Teacher

Brian Macdonald, a graduate of UMass-Amherst, has taught here since 1993. He received his teacher training at Hawthorne Valley School in Harlemville, NY, where he taught physical education and high school English. Mr. Macdonald has over twenty years of experience in Waldorf schools, and has taught in the teacher training program of Antioch New England Graduate School in Wilton, NH.

Gretchen MacKilligan

Gretchen MacKilligan

Aftercare Teacher

Gretchen grew up in the Waldorf school community and has loved the education ever since. She taught Kindergarten in a Waldorf-inspired charter school and worked in the non-profit world of educational support. Gretchen has two children and watching them grow in this school and become a part of the community at Waldorf School Moraine Farm has been a joy.

Michael Mansur

Michael Mansur

Kindergarten Assistant

Michael Mansur has had a connection with Waldorf Education since he was a child in this school’s kindergarten. His passion for working with young children developed as a teenager substituting in the Early Childhood classes. He has a special connection with nature that was strengthened while studying Anthroposophy and Biodynamic Agriculture with Gunther Hauk at Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary. He is currently studying for a degree in Education.

Caroline Mercier

Caroline Mercier

Nursery Teacher

Caroline Mercier studied Early Childhood Education at Pfeiffer University, and discovered Waldorf Education when looking for a Nursery for her own daughter. Her career at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm began in 1995 as an assistant and aftercare provider, then she become a Kindergarten teacher for several years before becoming our Nursery teacher. Ms. Mercier is currently attending the Sophia’s Hearth Level 1 Professional Development Course in Keene NH.

Branigan Reed

Branigan Reed

First Grade Teacher

Branigan holds a Master’s Degree in Waldorf Education from Antioch University New England, and a BA in Theatre Education from Emerson College. Her experience also includes teaching and directing with Boston Children’s Theatre, and founding the Prospects Out-of-School-Time Summer Theatre Program for grades five through eight. Most recently, Branigan was a Special Education teacher and Family Engagement Campus Leader at Prospect Hill Academy Charter School in Somerville, MA.

Rebecca Rugo

Rebecca Rugo

Eighth Grade Teacher

Rebecca Rugo brings a strong background in science to her work as a Waldorf teacher. She is also a dedicated, engaging and caring presence in the classroom. A native of New York, Rebecca is an alumna of the Green Meadow Waldorf School. She holds a PhD. in cancer cell biology from Harvard University and previously worked as a research fellow at MIT. She has two children who graduated from Waldorf School at Moraine Farm.

Susan Sappia

Susan Sappia

Kindergarten Assistant

Susan discovered Waldorf Education when she was getting her degree in Early Childhood Education from UMass in Amherst. She continued learning about this education while she worked in the parent/child and parent/infant rooms at the Waldorf school in Hadley MA her son and daughter attended. She has enjoyed working with mothers and their newborns in and out of the school setting. Susan has also worked in the health field and enjoys continuing to learn about natural medicine.

Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith

Second Grade Teacher

Maggie Smith grew up in Keene, NH, where she attended the Monadnock Waldorf School as a student. After receiving her B.A. in anthropology from Hampshire College, she earned her Master’s Degree in Waldorf Education from Antioch New England Graduate School. Maggie taught at the Meadowbrook Waldorf School in Rhode Island for one year as a substitute teacher before joining Waldorf School at Moraine Farm.

Cristan Vineis

Cristan Vineis

Lead Kindergarten Teacher

Cristan Vineis graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Psychology. She received her Foundations Studies and Waldorf Teacher Training certificate from the Alkion Center at Hawthorne Valley in Ghent, NY, where she worked as an assistant for two years. Returning to her home town on Cape Cod in 2010, she started working at the Waldorf School of Cape Cod as a Parent Child teacher, early childhood assistant and extended day lead. She has 2 children, both enrolled at the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm. Cristan is also a certified birth doula.

Anita Warren

Anita Warren

Fourth Grade Teacher

Anita Warren has taught in Waldorf Schools for 20 years, beginning at the Santa Cruz Waldorf School, then the Davis Waldorf School. Anita attended the University of Colorado at Boulder for her B. A. in Anthropology, then moved to California where she obtained both single subject (Social Studies) and multi-subject credentials at the University of California in Davis. After several years of teaching, she decided to become a Waldorf teacher.

Vanya Yoors

Vanya Yoors

Seventh Grade Teacher

Vanya Yoors studied Environmental Education with the Audubon Expedition Institute and spent a year studying Tibetan language and collecting Tibetan folk songs in Nepal under a program sponsored by the University of Wisconsin. He then received his B.A. in Waldorf Education from the Rudolf Steiner College and taught for four years at the Eugene Waldorf School in Oregon. Mr. Yoors came to Waldorf School at Moraine Farm in 1996, and has spent many years as a class teacher and as a Movement Teacher.

Subject Faculty

Heather Collis-Puro

Heather Collis-Puro

Handwork Teacher

Heather Collis-Puro discovered the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm in 2000 when she began Parent and Child classes with her daughter and is now the handwork teacher in the grades. She received her B.A. in Political Science and English from the University of Richmond in 1990 and for 10 years she was employed by the Fund for Public Interest Research as an organizer, recruiter and Citizen Outreach Director. Ms. Collis-Puro learned to knit, sew and embroider at an early age and takes every opportunity to add to her repertoire of handwork.

Jenny Helmick

Jenny Helmick

Middle School Writing and Reading Workshop Teacher

Since 2000, Jenny Helmick has taught in various capacities at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, including English, math and main lessons. She holds a B.A. from Harvard University in Social Studies and an M.S. from Tufts University in Environmental Health/Urban and Environmental Policy and completed the three summer sessions of the Waldorf High School Teacher Training (Life Sciences). Ms. Hemlick is also part of an environmental consulting firm, where she specializes in science communication.

Marian Jamison Smith

Marian Jamison Smith

Gym, Sports and Games Teacher

Marian studies at Salem State College with her emphasis on teaching and specifically teaching Physical Education. Marian also completed three years to coursework in Nutrition Science at University of Nevada in Reno. She is an avid cyclist and raced bikes professionally for several years.

Dianne McGaunn

Dianne McGaunn

8th Grade Math Teacher and Math Mentor

Dianne McGaunn brings a diverse set of experiences and a high level of focus and enthusiasm to her work as a teacher. Prior to becoming a Waldorf educator in 2004, Mrs. McGaunn had careers in public and private accounting and in the computer industry. She holds a B.B.A. in Accounting and Business from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an M.S. in Computer Information Systems from Bentley University, and an M.Ed in Education from Sunbridge College. Dianne has been a class teacher for ten years and just graduated her second class in the spring of 2015.

Kati Manning

Kati Manning

German Teacher

Kati Manning has taught German at the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm since 1988. She received her BA from Bowdoin College and continued post-graduate studies in elementary and high school education at Salem State University. Ms. Manning is actively working in mentoring and training foreign language teachers in Waldorf schools across North America. She works with many of the local public schools as well as home schooled students and adults.

Karl Pulkkinen

Karl Pulkkinen

Girls' Basketball Coach

Karl has been the head coach for the Hawks girls’ basketball program since its inception 18 years ago. He enjoys the teaching aspects of the game, helping to develop both the fundamentals and an overall love of the sport. Seeing players improve on their individual and team skills while building self-confidence, is particularly rewarding. Mr. Pulkkinen has a long history with the school. As one of its founding parents, he has had two sons graduate from Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, has served on the Board and continues to serve on various committees, always giving generously of his time and expertise.

Susan Slowick

Susan Slowick

Music Teacher

Susan Slowick holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Boston University School for the Arts, where she received the Music Education Award. A student of Roman Totenberg and George Neikrug, she has performed with the Concert Opera Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of the Commonwealth, the Nashua Symphony, the Vermont Symphony, Symphony by the Sea, and the Cape Ann Symphony. Ms. Slowick has been a member of the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm music faculty since 1989.

Marshunda Smith

Marshunda Smith

Strings Teacher & Middle School Movement

Marshunda Smith, is originally from Tennessee, and she comes from a family tradition of music. She started playing cello in 6th grade because of a teenage crush, but ended up falling in love with the cello instead. After obtaining both her Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting and Music Education, she founded the No-Name Orchestra: an orchestra which gives musicians a chance to play a concerto with a full orchestra. Currently one of the two strings teacher at the Waldorf School at Moraine Farms in Beverly, MA, she has a private music studio of violin, viola and cello student as well as a founding member of Vermillion Strings of Greater Boston.

Mari Yamaguchi

Mari Yamaguchi

Eurythmy Teacher

Mari Yamaguchi was born and educated in Japan and graduated from the Tokyo University of Music and Fine Arts. She  then trained as a Waldorf kindergarten teacher at Antioch New England Graduate School. She taught at the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm for several years and then went on to receive Eurythmy training at the Camphill Eurythmy School in England, earning her diploma in Artistic Eurythmy. In 2005, Mari returned to Waldorf School at Moraine Farm and to teach Eurythmy.

Administration

Sabrina Babcock

Sabrina Babcock

Co-Administrator

Sabrina Babcock is a highly experienced educator who brings a great deal of energy and understanding into the school. Her history with Waldorf School at Moraine Farm extends over 20 years, and she has also taught in public elementary school classrooms. She received her B.S. from Sargent College, Boston University, her Massachusetts elementary education certification from UMass-North Dartmouth, and her Waldorf Certification from Antioch New England Graduate School.

Kristen Fehlhaber

Kristen Fehlhaber

Business Manager

Kristen Fehlhaber graduated from Stanford University and has a Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Radcliffe Seminars.  She has worked at a variety of non-profits in the fields of social services and financial services. She became interested in Waldorf Education some years ago when her son began Parent & Child classes at the school.

Jack Hogan

Jack Hogan

Facilities Manager

Jack Hogan brings more than twenty years of world-wide experience in the construction industry to the school.  Prior to joining the school, Jack worked as a volunteer coordinator and site supervisor for Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston and as an energy advisor with a home energy solutions company. Jack was drawn to the school through his admiration for the Waldorf philosophy and how well it complements his family life. Jack was born and raised in Kilkenny, Ireland. He now lives in Marblehead with his wife and two daughters, both of whom are students at the school.

Erin Milner

Erin Milner

Admissions Director

Erin is both the Admissions Director and a parent here at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm — her two children are current students. Her professional background ranges from social work to corporate management, so Erin brings a varied set of experiences to her work today. When she’s not at work, she enjoys time outside in the woods and on the water, cooking, reading, and spending time with her big extended family. 

Coleen Ryan

Coleen Ryan

Camp Director & Assistant to Administrator

Coleen grew up in Western Massachusetts, and after completing her bachelor degree in History at the University of Massachusetts, headed further west. Coleen spent the next decade in California, teaching in various environmental education settings, including at the Natural History of LA County and the Los Angeles Zoo. Her passion for the earth, the joy she finds in being creative and her gentle approach to education makes Waldorf School at Moraine Farm a great fit.

Miriam Silva Preas

Miriam Silva Preas

Communications and Outreach Director

Miriam Silva Preas joined the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm community first as a parent. Her professional background in Marketing and interest to Waldorf education brought her to this position. Miriam is bilingual, born and raised in Venezuela. She received a bachelors degree in Marketing and Information Technology from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. Miriam has two children, both students at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm.

Jane Walsh

Jane Walsh

Development Director

Jane Walsh started her fund-raising career unofficially at age 10, organizing a two-day outdoor carnival in her neighborhood for a Citizenship fund.  She initially pursued a career in public service, but while attending an MBA program decided to use her fund-raising skills on behalf of many worthwhile non-profits and educational institutions in Massachusetts. Jane has worked steadily to help more than a dozen worthy non-profit organizations raise millions of dollars and recruit long term donors and trustees.

Susan White

Susan White

Co-Administrator

Coming soon