Welcome to Waldorf School at Moraine Farm

At Waldorf School at Moraine Farm our mission is to help students discover and develop their individual capacities so that they can fully engage in the world and contribute meaningfully to society. We aim to cultivate clarity of thinking, compassion and moral strength, and purposeful action in our students.

Founded in 1986, Waldorf School at Moraine Farm strives to instill in our students a strong sense of community, a true enthusiasm for learning, and a deep reverence for nature. Our location at Moraine Farm, in the north shore city of Beverly, MA, allows our thriving Science in Nature Program to take full advantage of this amazing property. The campus also lends itself perfectly to our Kindergarten curriculum, giving students the opportunity to be outside exploring and experiencing nature on a daily basis. Our Early Childhood Program benefits from our location with a recently expanded campus, adding a Greenhouse for our Early Childhood Program for expanded hands-on science and gardening learning experiences. There is much that has grown in our 35 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 Faculty

Kate Hill

Kate Hill

Parent and Child Lead Teacher

Kate holds a B.A. from Emmanuel College. She received her Birth to Three Years training at the highly respected Sophia’s Hearth Center in Keene, New Hampshire and has studied at the Center for Anthroposophy. With over 15 years of development experience working with nonprofits, Kate has used this knowledge to grow our parent and child program. She was Vice President for Development at the Conservation Law Foundation and Director of the Harvard Medical School Alumni Fund. Kate lives in Magnolia with her husband Chris, her daughter Kat who is a 2016 graduate from Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, and golden retriever Winston. The Hill family joined the Waldorf community close to 20 years ago and the school has been an important part of their family life.

Stephanie Irvine

Stephanie Irvine

Daisy 3-Day Nursery Teacher

Stephanie Irvine was born and raised in New Zealand. She has a B.S. from Auckland University majoring in Physiology and Pharmacology. She has taken Foundation Studies and is currently taking courses at Sophia’s Hearth. Stephanie has been an assistant in nursery for many years and has also substituted in kindergarten and parent and child classes. She has two children who both attended Waldorf School at Moraine Farm. She lives in Salem with her husband and children.

Miranda Ovesen

Miranda Ovesen

Early Childhood Assistant

Since discovering her heart was worthy of its beat, Miranda has had a powerful calling to be, in many capacities, a loving light to those around her, while dancing with her inner healer, creator, and lover of all beauty that is life. Miranda’s passion and drive to improve the state of our schools and mental health institutions grew from her childhood hardships, awareness of the suffering of those around her, and a determination to wake the world up. Nannying and working at the remarkable Waldorf School on Moraine Farm fuels this passion, but having a full child care schedule alone is not fulfilling; continuing her education alongside her work is. The Birth to Age Three Certification Program offered by Sophia’s Hearth, has deepened Miranda’s understanding of children’s early years and has brought her closer to her dream of sharing a more heart-centered and holistic child care approach with the world.

Kierstin Hazzard

Buttercup Nursery Lead Teacher

Kierstin is an alumna of WSMF, attending from the school’s very first year as a nursery student through the 8th grade. She received her B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Human Development and Family Studies from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. While teaching at Rockport Integrated Preschool in Rockport, MA, she completed Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy at WSMF. She also completed various Renewal courses/Waldorf Class Teacher training through Antioch University while teaching at the Headstart program at Pathways for Children in Gloucester and Beverly, MA. After four years at Pathways, her daughter Everly (currently enrolled at WSMF) was born, and Kierstin became a stay-at-home mama. When her younger daughter was two, Kierstin returned to her second home at our school as an Early Childhood Assistant. Kierstin’s passions apart from teaching include theater and working with her hands: knitting and needle felting, gardening, and caring for the family chickens.

Cathy Nakano

Buttercup Assistant Teacher

Cathy has a B.A. from the University of New Orleans. After college she worked as a preschool teacher in Tokyo. Cathy recently attended foundation year and took 82 hours of EC course work from Sound Circle in Seattle. She was also an EC substitute for 3 years at Seattle Waldorf. Cathy first experienced Waldorf education when her son attended a Waldorf inspired preschool in California. She enjoys working with children and is thankful for the opportunity to continue her education and work alongside the EC staff and community at Moraine Farm.

Alannah LeBlanc

Alannah LeBlanc

Sunflower Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Alannah holds a B.A. in Foreign Languages and Comparative Literature from UC Riverside. Upon graduating from university, Alannah sought various opportunities in Early Childhood Education, teaching in kindergartens in both traditional public and charter schools. In 2018, Alannah took a position as the lead teacher of a first grade class at a Waldorf-inspired charter school in Prescott, Arizona. This experience served to confirm her passion for Waldorf Education and led her to pursue her Waldorf Teacher Training in Eugene, OR with WTEE (Waldorf Teacher Education, Eugene) and a specialization in Waldorf Early Childhood Education with Sound Circle Center for Arts and Anthroposophy. Prior to joining the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, Alannah worked as one of the lead teachers at the Red Earth Waldorf Kindergarten in Sedona, AZ. In her free time, Alannah enjoys knitting, connecting with nature in all forms, and making bread.

Yesiana Pizarro-Rai

Yesiana Pizarro-Rai

Sunflower Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

Yesiana was born and raised in Colombia. Education is very important in her family and she was lucky enough to come to this country to do her undergraduate degree and post-graduate. She graduated from UMass Boston in International Relations with a minor in Political Science.  Yesiana also has a graduate Certificate in Management from Harvard Extension School, as well as a Masters in International Studies and development from Northeastern University.

Throughout her professional career, Yesiana has worked as an advocate for the well-being and health of children. After her son was born four years ago, watching him develop made her realize that she wanted to be more hands-on in the field of early childhood education. Yesiana strongly believes that education at home and in school is valuable in the early years of a child’s life when they absorb and repeat everything.  She quickly became very passionate about Waldorf education while attending parent and child classes at WSMF.

Brian Fizer

Brian Fizer

Sunflower Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

Brian Fizer has over a decade of elementary and early childhood education experience. A native of West Virginia, Brian has lived in New England for about 15 years. He earned a masters in Elementary Education from Northeastern University, where he also served as an adjunct faculty member. For most of his career, Brian taught in the Boston Public Schools where he taught students who were new to the country. 

Brian is excited to join a community committed to racial justice and inclusion. He is a baker, gardener, and an outdoor enthusiast. He lives in Beverly with his husband and daughter as well as their 2 dogs and 6 chickens.

Grade 1 – Grade 8 Faculty

Lisa Maynard

Lisa Maynard

1st Grade Teacher

It is not unusual to see Lisa running with the older children or crawling through a mystical  obstacle course with the younger ones. She loves creating pedagogical stories for the children and finding forgotten folk songs to teach in class. Lisa brings rich and lively lessons that are layered with many different opportunities for the children to develop their capacities of compassion, imagination, flexibility and persistence.  She is masterful in bringing math concepts and arithmetic to the children using the imagination, and mental math strategies.  She is dedicated to bringing the Waldorf curriculum to life and making math accessible to all children.

Lisa Maynard is an AWSNA certified Waldorf Teacher, receiving her credentials from Antioch University in 2015. She also holds a MA Ed in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelors of Science in elementary education from the University of Connecticut. Sight unseen, she relocated to Arizona for a teaching position in a public school and enjoyed teaching third grade for eight years. For the last nine years Lisa has been a grades teacher in a public Waldorf school in Arizona.

Lisa’s  two adult children graduated from a public Waldorf elementary and high school. Her eldest daughter is a marine biologist currently researching whales in Mexico, and her youngest daughter is studying nutrition and cooking at Johnson and Wales. Lisa is an avid swimmer and runner and has traveled internationally as a photographer for Tempe Sister Cities.  With enthusiasm, she continually strives to learn about different cultures and people everywhere she goes. Lisa has a calm, confident presence and a love for teaching children of all ages.

Branigan Reed

Branigan Reed

2nd Grade Teacher, SEL Specialist

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 with Boston Children’s Theatre, founding the Prospects Out-of-School-Time Summer Theatre Program for grades five through eight, Special Education Support, and Family Engagement. Branigan is a certified Yoga Instructor and Wellness Champion and is a member of the training team of Breathe for Change, the world’s only yoga teacher training program designed for educators. Branigan is also a new alumni parent and this year will serve as co-chair of the school’s Festival Life, DEI, and Education Support Committees. She is excited to continue to offer her passions for creativity, diversity, and social-emotional learning to the Waldorf Moraine community!

Jessalyn Hall

Jessalyn Hall

3rd & 4th Grade Teacher

Jessalyn Hall attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst earning her B.A. with a dual focus in Anthropology and Comparative Mythology. She fell in love with class teaching at a Waldorf Charter School in Arizona, teaching grades 1-3, before moving to New York and continuing in grades 5-8. Jessalyn holds a MEd in Waldorf Education from Sunbridge College. In addition to Waldorf, Jessalyn has completed her Montessori teacher training and co-taught in Montessori elementary classrooms. In both Waldorf and Montessori schools, Jessalyn has worked as a math specialist, developing mathematics curriculum. She brings a sense of wonder and delight in learning to work with her students.

Rebecca Rugo

Rebecca Rugo

5th Grade Teacher

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

Danielle Harrington

Danielle Harrington

6th and 7th Grade Teacher, Learning Support Specialist

Danielle has her Masters in Education and Child Development from Tufts University from where she also earned her undergraduate degree with a major in French and studio art.  She studied experiential education with the School for International Training in Toulouse, France, where she lived for three years leading hands-on learning excursions for American college students as well as teaching English to French children and executives. Danielle brings a wealth of teaching experience as a lead teacher in both private and public schools and has worked professionally in the field of teacher education as well. She has special interest and expertise in teaching foundational reading, writing, and mathematics skills to a wide range of learners, and has special training in children’s social-emotional learning as well. Her goal is to help students see their own amazing strengths while building their skills and confidence step by step in areas that challenge them. 

Prior to joining us at WSMF, Danielle was a teacher at Glen Urquhart School where she served for eight years. She also taught for seven years in the Brookline public schools, including one year as an elementary math specialist. Danielle was first introduced to our school when she attended parent-child classes as a new mom. Her interdisciplinary teaching style, meaningful relationships with students, collaboration with parents, and desire to be part of a close-knit community all drew her back to WSMF. 

Ana Coffey

Ana Coffey

8th Grade Teacher

Ana is an AWSNA certified Waldorf Teacher, an M.Ed. candidate in Waldorf and Progressive Public Education from Antioch University New England, and a BFA in Theatre from NYU’s Tisch School of Performing Arts. She has performed in equity and semi-professional theaters from New York City to Portland, OR. Ana discovered her love of educating thirteen years ago in New York City Public Schools as an ESL teacher and teaching artist of the non-profit Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation. In addition, she taught in the Portland, OR public school district and managed and directed a non-profit professional children’s theatre troupe. She is a dynamic and creative teacher, whose students are engaged and hardworking. Ana’s son graduated from Waldorf School at Moraine Farm in 2018. She is trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid.

Subject Faculty

Heather Collis Puro

Heather Collis Puro

Handwork Teacher

Heather Collis Puro received her B.A. in Political Science and English from the University of Richmond in 1990. She received her handwork teacher certificate from the Applied Arts Program in Spring Valley, NY in 2015. Heather and her family discovered the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm in 2000 when she began Parent and Child classes with her son. Heather joined the faculty as the handwork teacher in 2017 and now teaches in Grades 1-8. Ms. Collis Puro learned to knit, sew and embroider at an early age and takes every opportunity to add to her repertoire of handwork. She is on the faculty of the Applied Arts Training Program, a four year certificate course for handwork teachers. Heather has served the school in many capacities over the years, including as Faculty Trustee on the Board, member and Chair of the Faculty Management Group (now the Leadership Circle) as well as serving as the Interim Director of Faculty and Administration for the 2019-2020 school year.

Deann Reyes-Wangh

Deann Reyes-Wangh

Middle School Math and Gym & Movement Teacher

Deann Reyes-Wangh has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Studies with an emphasis in mathematics from Arizona State University and a Masters of Education in Middle School Mathematics from Cambridge College in Charsletown, MA. Most recently, Deann taught math at the Waldorf School of Garden City in Garden City, NY.  Deann has 10+ years of teaching experience in middle school math. Growing up, Deann was an avid soccer player and continued her love for the sport at the college level.  She now thoroughly enjoys coaching soccer and softball. Deann resides in Beverly with her wife and 2 children. Deann is a member of the school’s Faculty Management Group.

Michael Mansur

Michael Mansur

Sweet Pea Nursery Aftercare Teacher

Michael Mansur was a student at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm. Michael developed an interest in childhood education while working first as a substitute teacher in the early childhood classes. Michael then became a kindergarten class assistant at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm in 2016. Michael has studied Biodynamic Agriculture with Gunther Hauk at Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary and is currently studying for a degree in Education.

Marshunda Smith

Marshunda Smith

Instrumental Music Teacher, Homeschool Program Coordinator, Administrative Assistant

​After obtaining her B.A. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Marshunda began teaching and discovered a love of conducting and teaching music! She earned a Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting with an emphasis in Music Education at the University of Southern Maine.

While in Maine, she conducted the Odeon Youth Orchestra as well as guest conducted at various music festivals. She was inspired to help co-found and conduct the No-Name Orchestra of Boston, granting musicians a chance to play a concerto or other solo work with a full orchestra. The conductor, soloist, and orchestra perform a work for the first time upon meeting each other with no rehearsals. No-Name Orchestra is now in its 6th year since being founded and gives at least 3 performances each year around the Boston metro area.

In February of 2018, Marshunda guest conducted the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra and made history by becoming the orchestra’s second female conductor in 20 years and the first African American to conduct the orchestra in its 70-year history! In the same year, she created the Coquettish Dances program and recorded and released the Coquettish Dances album.

​Currently, Marshunda is working on several musical endeavors titled “The Marshunda Project presents”. The first Marshunda Project premiered on October 5, 2019. She conducted and premiered new works by a local composer as well as brought forth works for chamber orchestra from composers who aren’t well known. Because of the success of the first project concert, Marshunda is creating a series of concerts. “Il Violoncello Italiano” and “Second-Hand Melodies” are two concerts that are coming up in the near future

Jennie Cain

Jennie Cain

German Teacher

Jennie is a “Waldorf lifer” and attended Waldorf schools from kindergarten through twelfth grades in Chicago and the D.C. area.  Her interest in German was first sparked as an elementary student at the Chicago Waldorf School and ended up extending through many years of study and multiple years living in Germany.  Jennie has taught German since 2008, first at the university level while completing her PhD in German Studies at the University of Michigan and then at local colleges.  Four years ago, she began substitute teaching in German at the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor and received mentorship from the veteran teacher there.  The past two years she was the lead K-8 German teacher at RSSAA until her partner’s job took her family to the Boston area.  She is excited to be joining the community here at the beautiful Waldorf School at Moraine Farm.

Hannah Yeager

Hannah Yeager

Science, Nature, Engineering, and Design Teacher

Hannah joined the WSMF community in January 2021 as our after-school STEM Club teacher; she also led the homeschool students in an “Outdoor Engineering” class and taught “Animal Engineers” as a middle school elective. Hannah is excited to continue sharing her love and knowledge of science with students at our school as our Science, Nature, Engineering, & Design Teacher!

Before coming to work at WSMF, Hannah worked as a science educator at the New England Aquarium and the Museum of Science in Boston. She received her bachelor’s degree in Ecology from Susquehanna University. While at Susquehanna, she completed research in the fields of geology, paleontology, environmental science, and animal behavior.

In her free time, Hannah loves spending time outside hiking, camping, and exploring the beach. She also loves cuddling up with her many pets: a dog, two cats, and a tortoise!

Jennie Yoors

Aftercare Teacher

Jennie is a WSMF alum who is happy to remain engaged with the community as an adult. Jennie has served as an assistant teacher and a camp teacher, so her face is familiar around campus! 

Administration

Coleen Ryan

Coleen Ryan

Admissions Director and Interim Leadership Team

Coleen received her bachelor degree in History from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, and has extensive training in science and natural history. Through her time at Boston University Sargent Center for Outdoor Education, Program directing for Blue Sky Meadow Science Institute in Big Bear City in California, and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, Coleen’s expertise enlightens her hands-on inquiry-based science lessons here at Moraine Farm. Her most recent experience as curator of educational programs for the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens and her ongoing work in Zimbabwe as a Workshop Facilitator and Curriculum Writer for the Children in Wilderness program, bring a dimension of insight and creativity to our Science in Nature programming. This year Coleen has 2 periods weekly with each class where she brings hands-on experiential lessons that supplement and enhance the existing Waldorf curriculum.

Laura Freysinger

Laura Freysinger

Main Office Support, First and Second Grade Afternoon Teacher

Laura received her BFA from Tufts University and The Museum School of Fine Arts and for 30 years has worked in the clothing design and manufacturing industry.
She completed two courses of Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy and studied at Emerson College, England with master Waldorf teachers. Laura was a Co-Chair of the Waldorf Community Association, has served on various committees and has been a handwork assistant for 8 years.
Laura came to Waldorf School at Moraine Farm as a parent in 2002 and has volunteered and/or worked at the school in various positions since 2006. She enjoys yoga, gardening, all sorts of handwork and sailing with her family. Her son is a 2016 graduate from Waldorf School at Moraine Farm.

Gretchen MacKilligan

Gretchen MacKilligan

Main Office Manager

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 nonprofit world of educational support. Gretchen has two children who’ve attended this school.

Jack Hogan

Jack Hogan

Facilities Manager (Sabbatical 2021-2022)

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 Beverly with his wife and two daughters, both of whom are students at the school.

Vanya Yoors

Vanya Yoors

Interim Leadership Team

Vanya Yoors spent his first two years of college studying Environmental Education through the Audubon Expedition Institute, a program then affiliated with Lesley College. After meeting and studying with a Tibetan Buddhist teacher in NYC  he transferred to The University of Wisconsin and spent a year in Nepal studying Tibetan language. His thesis focused Tibetan folk songs. He then received his B.A. in Waldorf Education from The Rudolf Steiner College and later participated in a Masters in Waldorf Education program at Antioch University. He taught for four years at the Eugene Waldorf School in Oregon before coming to Waldorf School at Moraine Farm in 1995 where he has taught movement, science as a served class teacher for the past  26 years. He has represented our school with the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America for over a decade and has served on the College of Teachers, Site Search Committee, Development committee, Finance Committee, and Board of Trustees.

Mike Massicotte

Mike Massicotte

Director of Finance and Operations

Mike Massicotte began his career building financial, operating, compliance, and risk management capabilities for Harvard Management Company, Harvard University’s endowment management team.  Mike subsequently founded two organizations with Harvard colleagues and friends – Adage Capital Management and Tremont Energy Partners – managing assets for nonprofit clients, with a focus on long-term performance, sustainable energy, and environmental conservation.  Recently, Mike was the Director of Finance and Administration for Tufts University’s New Entry Sustainable Farming, an organization dedicated to strengthening local and regional food systems by supporting new farmers.

Mike received his B.S. in accounting from Bentley University and his M.B.A. from Babson College with a concentration in entrepreneurial studies.  Mike was selected for The Douglass Foundation Entrepreneurial Prize and for membership in Beta Gamma Sigma, an honor society for exceptional business school graduates.

Active in the Greater Boston community, Mike serves as  Treasurer of the Community Dispute Settlement Center, a not-for-profit mediation and training center dedicated to providing an alternative and affordable forum for resolving conflict for underserved populations.

Mike lives in Weston, Massachusetts and enjoys spending time with his three children and their significant others.

Kelsey Burns

Director of Marketing, Communications, and Development

Kelsey Burns holds a B.A. in Economics from Barnard College of Columbia University and a M.S.Ed. in Teaching Learning and Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to receiving her master’s degree, Kelsey worked in consulting for Higher Education and Healthcare institutions in Washington, D.C. and marketing for a Fortune 500 company in Boston. She has experience with various marketing channels including email and social media marketing and specializes in print and direct mail marketing. As a strong proponent of data-driven insights, Kelsey is especially interested in how marketing campaign impact is tracked and quantified.

After Penn, Kelsey joined the teaching faculty at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia where she had the opportunity to explore pedagogical issues and work with a school community passionate about social justice. She serves on the Alumnae Board of Miss Porter’s School where she chairs the Advancement Committee helping reach Annual Fund goals each year and cultivate alumnae engagement with the school. Kelsey is excited to join the team at WSMF where she can bring her marketing, consulting, and development experience to bear in a role that champions educational opportunities.

Al Masone

Al Masone

Facilities Manager

Al Masone will be filling the role of Facilities Manager for the 2021-2022 school year while Jack Hogan is on sabbatical. Al was previously a WSMF parent with two children enrolled in the homeschool program. Al specializes in carpentry and was previously a facilities manager for nursing and rehabilitation facilities on the North Shore.