From our Administrator

We are proud to be re-introducing ourselves as Waldorf School at Moraine Farm. 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’ve introduced a Science & Nature Program that takes full advantage of this amazing property. As part of this initiative, we’ve developed a new Kindergarten curriculum that has 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.

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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

Sabrina Babcock

Sabrina Babcock

Fourth Grade Teacher

Sabrina Babcock is a highly experienced educator who brings a great deal of energy and understanding into the classroom. 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.

Jessica Hanscom

Jessica Hanscom

Afternoon Program Assistant

Jessica Hanscom is the classroom assistant in the Sweet Pea and Golden Star after-school programs. She is a graduate of Montserrat College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Ms. Hansom is the mother of two boys who are currently students at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm.

Brian Macdonald

Brian Macdonald

Fifth 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.

Connie MacLeod

Connie MacLeod

Eighth 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, an Applied Arts certificate and has completed high school teacher training at the Center for Anthroposophy in Temple, NH.

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.

Lindsay Miles

Lindsay Miles

Kindergarten Teacher

Lindsay Miles is an experienced early childhood educator with an amazing ability to connect with young students. She received her B.S. in English and Communications at Southern Vermont College, then completed her Early Childhood Training at Sunbridge College. Before becoming a Kindergarten teacher at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, she worked as a Kindergarten Assistant at the Seacoast Waldorf School in Eliot, ME.

Ana Reiselman

Ana Reiselman

Second 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.

Rebecca Rugo

Rebecca Rugo

Seventh 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

First 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 went on to study Waldorf Education at Antioch New England Graduate School, where she is currently a Master’s candidate. Maggie taught at the Meadowbrook Waldorf School in Rhode Island for one year as a substitute teacher before joining Waldorf School at Moraine Farm.

Anita Warren

Anita Warren

Third 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

Sixth 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.

Daniel Foster

Daniel Foster

Spanish Teacher, Soccer Coach

Daniel Foster comes to Waldorf School at Moraine Farm after having completed his U.S. Peace Corps service in Ecuador and spending two years in the Andes teaching environmental education and music education. Originally from New York, Mr. Foster graduated from The Waldorf School of Garden City. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Scranton, 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

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. Hemlock is also part of an environmental consulting firm, where she specializes in science communication.

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

Ms. Marshunda Smith earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her time with the Oak Ridge High School Orchestra and her private cello studio made her realize that she wanted to work with kids. She attended the University of Southern Maine, receiving her Masters degree in Orchestral Conducting. While in Maine, she served as a guest conductor at music festivals for young musicians and amateur orchestras throughout New England. She has been a section cellist with the North Shore Philharmonic since 2006, and recently formed The Vermillion Quartet.

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

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 became interested in Waldorf Education many years ago, and her son is currently a Waldorf School at Moraine Farm student.

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.

Scott Smith

Scott Smith

Development Director

For more than 30 years, Scott has worked in independent schools. He graduated from Trinity College, Hartford, CT, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, and he earned a Master of Arts degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. Scott began his career in education as a middle school English teacher, and has held a number of administrative positions, including Director of Secondary School Advising, Director of Admissions, Head of Upper School, and Director of Development, where he has led annual giving, capital and endowment campaigns and major gift programs.

Susan Viets

Susan Viets

Administrator

Susan Viets has worked in education for 25 years, and for the past 15 years has been teaching at the White Mountain Waldorf School. A philosophy major from Kenyon College, her early work with Outward Bound and managing environmental programming for the Appalachian Mountain Club led to a position as Development Director for the WMWS. While there, she recognized the need for trained teachers within a developing school and attended Antioch NE Graduate School where she earned her MEd in Waldorf Education. Susan has two daughters — one is a Waldorf graduate now in college, and one is a student at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm.