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 30 years as a school and so much more to come.
Please scroll to view our faculty and staff below.
“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
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.
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.
Buttercup 5-Day Nursery Teacher
Caroline Mercier may be a new face to some, but a dear friend to many others in our community as she rejoins the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm as lead teacher in the five-day nursery.
Caroline has been a member of our community — as a parent or faculty member — for more than 25 years.
Caroline attended Pfeiffer University and Endicott College majoring in Early Childhood Education. She is completing her Birth–7 Early Childhood Waldorf training at Sophia’s Hearth next July.
Sunflower 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. Cristan is a member of the school’s Faculty Management Group.
Friederike (“Rike”) was born and raised in a historic village in Germany, first arriving in the Boston area as an Au Pair. She has been working with young children most of her adult life. Most recently Rike enrolled in the Sophia’s Hearth teacher education program to become a certified Early Childhood Waldorf Teacher. She has worked as an assistant in the Sweet Pea and Goldenstar after-school programs and substituted in the early childhood and grades. She and her husband live in Beverly and have two young children at the school.
Floating Early Childhood & Aftercare Assistant
Lucy grew up in the woods of Lyme, CT, and received her BA in Visual Art and English Literature from Bowdoin College. Though she enjoyed her more mainstream education in many ways, she longed to be in a learning environment that was more curious, heart-centered and creative– and so she is inspired to be here at WSAMF. Lucy is a painter with a fondness for portraiture. For the past five years she has taught art to children and adults, and mentored adult artists with intellectual differences
Early Childhood Assistant
Since discovering my heart was worthy of its beat, I’ve had a powerful calling to be, in many capacities, a loving light to those around me, while dancing with my inner healer, creator, and lover of all beauty that is life. My passion and drive to improve the state of our schools and mental health institutions grew from my childhood hardships, awareness of the suffering of those around me, 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 my education alongside my work is. Being accepted into the upcoming Birth to Age Three Certification Program offered by Sophia’s Hearth, has deepened my understanding of children’s early years and has brought me closer to my dream of sharing a more heart-centered and holistic child care approach with the world.
Grade 1 – Grade 8 Faculty
1st 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 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. Branigan recently received certification as both a Yoga Instructor and Wellness Champion through an innovative educator-training program offered by Breathe for Change, and is excited to share her learning around self-care, wellness, and SEL to the Waldorf Moraine community! Branigan also serves as a member of the school’s Faculty Management Group and Board of Trustees.
2nd & 3rd 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.
4th 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.
6th 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.
7th 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.
8th Grade Teacher and Lower Grades Gym & Movement 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, movement and science teacher.
Heather Collis-Puro received her B.A. in Political Science and English from the University of Richmond in 1990 and for 10 years was employed by the Fund for Public Interest Research as an organizer, recruiter and Citizen Outreach Director. Heather discovered the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm in 2000 when she began Parent and Child classes with her son and is now the handwork teacher in the grades. Ms. Collis-Puro learned to knit, sew and embroider at an early age and takes every opportunity to add to her repertoire of handwork. Heather is the chair of the school’s Faculty Management Group.
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 actively works on 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.
Science in Nature and After School Lead 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.
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.
Instrumental Music Teacher, Homeschool Program Coordinator, Administrative Assistant
Ms. Marshunda Smith earned her B.A. 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 Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting with a concentration in Music Education. In 2018, Marshunda will be the first female to conduct the North Shore Philharmonic in its 70 year history. She co-founded and conducts the No-Name Orchestra and holds a private music studio of violin, viola cello students in the North Shore area. Marshunda has been teaching music and other non-musical classes at Waldorf since 2014.
Middle School Language Arts Teacher
Amanda received her B.A. in English from Yale University and her MAT in Secondary English from Boston University. Before joining the Waldorf community, she taught English at Phillips Andover Academy and The Winsor School in Boston. A certified yoga instructor, Amanda loves to practice yoga, garden, travel and spend time with her family. She lives in Beverly with her husband and two daughters.
Urvi brings high-caliber organizational leadership blended with educational experience –both in the classroom as a middle school teacher and as a member on multiple private school boards.
Urvi was the CEO and Founder of Strategic EdTech, a company providing services and leadership to institutions responsibly developing their educational technology. She also served as President and Founder of SET Lab, a nonprofit 501c3 organization fostering the next evolution of educators.
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.
Anita Haller-O’Neill has over 20 years of professional experience in leading youth-serving nonprofit organizations. She has managed and executed large community events, and has recruited, trained, supervised and supported thousands of program staff and volunteers in both in-school and after-school settings. Her experience developing and managing complex organizational budgets, crisis management systems, human resource operations and evaluation programs, brought her to her current position at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm..
Anita Haller-O’Neill received a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management from the University of Nebraska. Before she became a full-time parent, she was the Co-Executive Director of Camp Fire USA, Eastern Massachusetts Council, where she spent 8 years. Before that, she spent time in leadership roles at a number of Girl Scout councils across the U.S.
Anita and her family have been a part of this community since Parent and Child classes in 2014. She has also served as Co-Chair of the Waldorf Community Association for two consecutive years.
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.
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.
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.