From our Administrator

We are proud to be re-introducing ourselves this year as Waldorf School at Moraine Farm. What is more important than our new name and new website are the deeper changes they signify. We strive to instill in our students a strong sense of community and a deep reverence for nature. Now that we’re settled into our new home, we’re implementing our vision for a science and nature program that will take full advantage of this amazing property. As part of this initiative, we’ve developed a new kindergarten curriculum that will have students outside exploring for the majority of their day, every day. We’ve also expanded our campus to better accommodate our Early Childhood Program. Yet while there is much to celebrate that is new, what remains unchanged is our commitment to helping students develop a true enthusiasm for learning.

“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

Sabrina Babcock

Sabrina Babcock

Third Grade Teacher

Sabrina Babcock is a highly experienced educator who brings a great deal of energy and understanding into the classroom. She has a long history with Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, and is now in her 20th year with us. 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. Mrs. Babcock has taught public elementary grades in Attleboro, MA, and has taught at the Bay School, a Waldorf school in Blue Hill, Maine. She now lives in Newburyport, MA with her husband and two sons.

Brian Macdonald

Brian Macdonald

Fourth 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. He received his Bothmer and Spacial Dynamics training with Jaimen McMillan, Co-Director of the Bothmer Gymnastics School in Stuttgart, Germany. 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. He resides in Salem with his wife, a former Waldorf kindergarten teacher, and is the father of three children.

Connie MacLeod

Connie MacLeod

Seventh Grade Teacher

Connie MacLeod, as both a teacher and an artist, continually inspires her students. She began teaching at Waldorf schools in 2001, and has completed her Master of the Art of Education in advanced Waldorf Studies through Touro University and Rudolf Steiner College. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tyler School of Fine Art at Temple University and has an Applied Arts certificate from her work with Michael Howard. She has also completed high school teacher training at the Center for Anthroposophy in Temple, NH.

Dianne McGaunn

Dianne McGaunn

Eighth Grade Teacher

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 left the corporate world to raise her two young boys during which time she gratefully discovered Waldorf Education. She holds a B.B.A. in Business from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an M.S. in Computer Information Systems from Bentley University, and a Masters in Education from Sunbridge College. Mrs. McGaunn currently resides in Topsfield with her husband and their two sons.

Caroline Mercier

Caroline Mercier

Nursery Teacher

Caroline Mercier knew from a young age that she wanted to teach young children. She attended Pfeiffer University, where she studied Early Childhood Education and discovered Waldorf Education when looking for a Nursery for her own daughter in 1991. Her career at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm began in 1995 as an assistant and aftercare provider, which led to her becoming a Kindergarten teacher for several years. Now, she is happily at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm as a Nursery teacher. Ms. Mercier is currently attending the Sophia’s Hearth Level 1 Professional Development Course in Keene NH. She has four children of her own who have all attended our school.

Lindsay Miles

Lindsay Miles

Kindergarten Teacher

Lindsay Miles is an experienced early childhood educator with an amazing ability to connect with the young students in her classroom. She received her B.S. in English and Communications at Southern Vermont College, then completed her Early Childhood Training at Sunbridge College. Ms. Miles has been a Kindergarten teacher at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm for several years, and has also worked as a Kindergarten Assistant at the Seacoast Waldorf School in Eliot, ME. Currently, she has a daughter in our fourth-grade classroom and twins at home. Ms. Miles lives at a farm in Ipswich, MA with her husband, children and all their animals.

Laura Quayle

Laura Quayle

Second Grade Teacher (on leave for Fall, 2014)

Laura Quayle grew up in the Adirondack Mountains of New York and received her B.A. in Government at Dartmouth College and her Master’s Degree in Waldorf Education from Antioch College. She has taught Spanish at the Rassias Foundation at Dartmouth and the Desert Marigold School in Phoenix. Ms. Quayle has a strong academic background, is an experienced educator and an accomplished musician. We are fortunate that she returned to the East Coast in 2007 to become a class teacher at the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm.

Ana Reiselman

Ana Reiselman

First Grade Teacher

Ana grew up in Peabody, MA, and is very happy to be retuning to the area after spending time on the West Coast and in New York City. She holds 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 taught ESL and drama in New York City Public Schools as an employee of the Cypress Hills Development Corporation, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of the residents in the East New York/Cypress Hills neighborhood. She also taught in the Portland, OR school district and managed and directed a non-profit professional children’s theatre troupe called the Portland Theatre Brigade.

Rebecca Rugo

Rebecca Rugo

Sixth 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. Currently, she and her family live in Ipswich.

Vanya Yoors

Vanya Yoors

Fifth 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. He taught for four years at the Eugene Waldorf School in Oregon before coming to Waldorf School at Moraine Farm in 1996. Mr. Yoors has spent many years as a class teacher and has also served as the Movement Teacher, leading the children in outdoor games, sports, gymnastics, and cross-country skiing. Currently he is the fifth-grade class teacher.

Subject Faculty

Heather Collis-Puro

Heather Collis-Puro

Handwork Teacher

Heather Collis-Puro’s family first discovered the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm in 2000, when she began Parent and Child classes with her daughter. Her daughter is now in eighth grade, allowing Ms. Collis-Puro to give back to the school as a handwork teacher in the grades. Ms. Collis-Puro 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. She learned to knit, sew and embroider at an early age and takes every opportunity to add to her repertoire of handwork. She and her family live in Lynn, MA.

Daniel Foster

Daniel Foster

Spanish Teacher

Daniel Foster comes to Waldorf School at Moraine Farm after having recently completed his U.S. Peace Corps service in Ecuador. He spent two years in the Andes, where he taught environmental education and music education. Originally from New York, Mr. Foster graduated from The Waldorf School of Garden City. After earning his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Scranton, he volunteered for a year at a conservation corps for inner-city youth in Oakland, CA. He studied biodynamic farming at The Pfeiffer Center in Chestnut Ridge, NY, and worked at Camp Glen Brook to help develop its farm program.

Jenny Helmick

Jenny Helmick

Science and Nature Program Coordinator; Eighth Grade English

Jenny Helmick has a long association with Waldorf School at Moraine Farm. Since 2000, she has taught in various capacities in the middle school, 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. Helmick originally came to Waldorf School at Moraine Farm in 1991 as a parent. She is also part of an environmental consulting firm, where she specializes in science communication. Ms. Helmick lives in Salem, MA.

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. Ms. Manning lives in Gloucester, MA with her husband and their three children.

Karl Pulkkinen

Karl Pulkkinen

Girls' Basketball Coach

Karl has been the head coach for the Hawks girls’ basketball program since its inception 17 years ago. He especially enjoys the teaching aspects of the game of basketball, helping the girls develop both the fundamentals of the sport and an overall love of the game. Seeing all the girls 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. He has served on the Board and continues to serve on various committees within the school, 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 lives in Magnolia and has been a member of the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm music faculty since 1989.

Mari Yamaguchi

Mari Yamaguchi

Eurythmy Teacher

Mari Yamaguchi-Allen is a trained flautist, Waldorf early childhood teacher, and eurythmist. Before teaching Eurythmy here at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, she was an early childhood teacher for many years. She is a gifted artist and teacher who loves to sing, bringing joy and humor to her work with everyone.

Administration

Kristen Fehlhaber

Kristen Fehlhaber

Business Manager

Kristen Fehlhaber graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Geology.  She received a Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Radcliffe and has worked at a variety of non-profits, including the AIDS Action Committee and the Boeing Employees Credit Union. She lives in Georgetown, MA with her partner Sophie, and their son, who attends Waldorf School at Moraine Farm.

Erin Milner

Erin Milner

Admissions Director

Erin is both the Admissions Director and a parent here at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm — her 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. Erin lives in Gloucester, MA, with her husband, two children and three chickens.

Susan White

Susan White

Administrator

Susan White has worked in the field of Education and Administration for 35 years and has been involved with Waldorf School at Moraine Farm over the past 14 years as Administrator, teacher and parent. Ms. White is a gifted educator and a leader with vision for the school and its future. In addition to her role as Administrator, Ms. White also serves on the Board of Trustees, the College of Teachers, and the Management Team. She and her husband have a daughter who is a Waldorf School at Moraine Farm alumna, and who now attends High Mowing Waldorf School.