The Waldorf School at Moraine Farm Advisory Council is comprised of people who have been dedicated to the school and have supported it in a wide variety of ways. Many are former Board members, founders or long-time friends, and they meet 3-4 times per year to assist and advise the Board of Trustees. The Advisory Council brings their varied business experience, deep knowledge of the school, long history with this community and their informed perspectives to help the school grow and thrive. We are deeply grateful for their commitment and participation.
Tina Blythe is former board member and occasional guest block teacher at the school. Her daughter, Elizabeth, attended the school from age two until eighth grade (class of 2012). Tina began her career as a middle and high school teacher in urban public schools, then joined a research group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where, for sixteen years, she carried out research on curriculum, assessment, and teacher professional development. She continues to teach at the Harvard Ed School while also serving as a consultant to schools and organizations in the U.S. and internationally. She is the co-author of a number of books, including Facilitating for Learning (in press), Looking Together at Student Work, Teaching as Inquiry, and The Teaching for Understanding Guide.
Anita Brewer-Siljeholm began as a parent at Cape Ann Waldorf School, which would later become, Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, in the fall of 1999. Her daughter, Marian, graduated in 2008 and her son, David, was a member of the class of 2005. Anita graduated from Brandeis University in 1980 with a B.A. in literature and received an M.A. from Tufts University in environmental policy. She lives in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA.
Jenny Helmick has taught in various capacities in the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm middle school since 2000 (English, math, main lessons). She holds an A.B. from Harvard University in Social Studies and an M.S. from Tufts University in Environmental Health/Urban and Environmental Policy. Jenny originally came to Waldorf School at Moraine Farm in 1991 as a parent (her daughter Adrienne, Class of 1999, has completed Master’s degrees in Psychology and International Education). When she is not at the School, she works at an environmental consulting firm, where she specializes in making complex scientific information engaging and accessible. Jenny lives in Salem, MA.
Michael Higgins and his wife, Julia Elliott, have had three children attend this Waldorf School from 1998 through 2013. Michael served as a member of the Board, initially as the Development Chair and later as Treasurer. He founded Galatea Associates, LLC in 1996, a technology consulting firm engaged in the development of software applications for large broker/dealers on Wall Street. Previously, he spent ten years with Morgan Stanley and three years with Accenture working in their technology departments. Michael is a graduate of M.I.T. in the class of 1983.
Doug McGarrah is a partner at the law firm of Foley Hoag LLP in Boston. As Co-Chair of their Real Estate and Development Practice and past Chair of the firm’s Administrative Law Department, Doug provides expert services to clients navigating at the intersection of business and government. For over 25 years, his clients have relied on his strategic advice, helping them manage government regulations and complete major development and infrastructure projects. Doug is a trained mediator and has mediated a variety of real estate, environmental and construction disputes, and represented clients on large scale projects in multi-party mediations. In addition to his law practice, Doug has served on several boards, including the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, Boston Harbor Island Alliance, A Better City and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.
Karl Pulkkinen, a founding parent of Cape Ann Waldorf School, now Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, has served in the capacities of Board member, Board Chair, head coach for the girls basketball team and assistant coach for the boys basketball team. Karl is also a founding faculty member of the Landmark School. He currently serves as the Public School Liaison/Guidance person at Landmark’s Elementary-Middle School program in Manchester. Karl and his wife, Jane have two sons, Joel, who a graduate of the first class here at the school, and Erik who is also a graduate. Currently Karl’s granddaughter, Fiona, is in the fourth grade class at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm.
Carrie Schuchardt came to the School in 1990, enrolling her daughter, Ethna Riley, in First Grade. Prior to her arrival she was for many years a parent at the Kimberton Waldorf School in Pennsylvania, where she lived as a co-worker in a Camphill Village. With her husband, John, Carrie founded the House of Peace in Ipswich, Ma,. An intentional therapeutic community welcoming refugees and victims of war. Several children from the House of Peace have attended Waldorf School at Moraine Farm over the past 23 years.
Roswitha Trayes, a Waldorf School graduate, came to the United States from Germany in 1955. She was born in Danzig, Germany where her mother was a leader in the northern branch of the Rudolph Steiner Society. Toward the end of World War II, after fleeing south from the oncoming Russian Army, the family settled in Stuttgart so that the children could attend the Waldorf School. Roswitha credits the Waldorf School and its teachers with having a profoundly positive impact on her life and future. It prompted her to co-found the Cape Ann Waldorf School, which would later become Waldorf School at Moraine Farm. The school opened its doors in 1986 at her home in Gloucester, MA. Roswitha started as a Trustee and served on the Board during the formative years. She remains in close contact with the School and takes an active interest in its development. Roswitha and her husband, William, live in Rockport and built a successful real estate company in Gloucester.