2018-19 Comings and Goings

2018-19 Comings and Goings

Throughout the 2018-19 school year, we’ll add to Comings and Goings as we continue to welcome and thank our growing and evolving faculty and staff.

This week, new entries are highlighted in orange text. Please scroll down for our latest Farewell and Thank you.

Previous Comings and Goings of the year are also included below in black text.


Jessalyn Hall
First Grade Teacher

Jessalyn Hall attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst earning her BA 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.

Danielle Harrington
Four Grade Teacher

Danielle recently joined us from the Glen Urquhart School where she taught for 8 years. She has her Masters in Education and Child Development from Tufts University, where she also earned her undergraduate degree. Danielle has taught students from 1st grade through middle school with diverse economic backgrounds, first languages, and learning profiles. Danielle brings a wealth of teaching experience in various subject matters including, math, social studies, French, and literacy. She has special interest and expertise in teaching writing and elementary mathematics. Danielle was first introduced to our school when she attended parent-child classes. Danielle’s interdisciplinary teaching style, meaningful relationships with students, and collaboration with parents and colleagues have drawn her back to Waldorf education. When she’s not with her students, her greatest pastime is exploring the natural and rugged beauty of Cape Ann with her family. Her son, Nick, will join the 5th grade class this fall.

Rachel Rothe
Development Coordinator

Rachel holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of New Hampshire with a minor in psychology. After participating in a French exchange program and living in France in high school and studying a semester at Cambridge University, she transitioned to working in education travel for several years after college. Rachel then worked in the creative departments at Simon & Schuster and the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington DC. After that, she was recruited to work on the sales team at Robert Half and continued a successful career in sales at Aquent and an IAC company. Taking her creative and sales experience, Rachel started working independently as a social media marketing consultant and blogger. Recently she created the first ever online fundraiser for a local preschool achieving record breaking results. Rachel and her daughter Skylar attended Mommy and Me classes at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm and enjoy all the community events.


Deann Reyes-Wangh
Middle School Math Teacher

Deann Reyes-Wangh is joining us from the Waldorf School of Garden City in Garden City, NY. She will be teaching 6th and 7th grade math here at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm. She has been teaching math for 10 years. There she taught math in grades 6 through 8 as well as in the high school. Born in Lafayette, Indiana where her father was a Marine, Deann moved around a bit as a young girl and even lived in Okinawa, Japan for a few years. She finally ended up in Arizona and later went on to get her Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice Studies with an emphasis in mathematics from Arizona State University. Deann is currently enrolled in a Masters of Education program with a focus on middle school math at Cambridge College. She was Inspired to begin her teaching career by her father (who had a second career as a math teacher). Prior to her working in NY, she taught and tutored math for several years at both the middle and high school levels in Arizona and in Florida. Growing up, Deann was an avid soccer playing, continuing her love for the sport at the college level. She now thoroughly enjoys coaching soccer and softball. “I look forward to cheering on Waldorf athletics from the sidelines”. Deann resides in Beverly with her wife and 2 children. Her oldest, Oliver, will join the kindergarten class this fall.

Farewell and Thank you

Mara Bettencourt

Mara joined the school last fall as a kindergarten assistant. Mara will be spending more time with her music studies both as a teacher in her studio in Beverly, MA, and as a student at Berklee College of Music. Thank you Mara for the great work you did this past year.

Suzanne Cartreine

Suzie joined the Faculty for the 2017-18 school year as the chorus teacher. She taught grades fifth through eighth each week. On May 29 we were fortunate to hear the students in song at the music concert at the Second Congregational Church. It was a beautiful culmination of the year’s work. We wish her all the best moving forward!

Olga Kaminsky

Olga and her family joined the school with their older daughter for parent and child classes in the fall of 2012. She started working in the Goldenstar Aftercare Program in November 2017. She and her family will soon be focusing on settling in and acclimating to their new life in Ann Arbor, Michigan where they are joining a Tibetan Buddhist community on a large organic farm. She will be splitting her time between starting a wellness practice there and coming back to Beverly to work at her practice here. Olga will very much miss everyone at the school, from kids, to parents, and staff. It has really become one of their favorite places to be.

Christina Moore

Christina Moore and her lovely family are returning to the Lake Champlain Waldorf School. After two years attending Parent & Child classes, Christina began assisting the Monday Parent & Child class this spring and substituting for other assistants when needed. We wish Christina and her family the best.

Karl Pulkkinen

As one of the school’s founding parents, Mr. Pulkkinen has a long history with the school and has been the head basketball coach for 18 years. He enjoys helping the students develop both the fundamentals and love for the sport. Seeing players improve on their individual and team skills while building self-confidence is particularly rewarding for Karl. He has served on the Board and continues to serve on various committees, always giving generously of his time and expertise. Karl has two sons who graduated from Waldorf School at Moraine as well as a granddaughter Fiona who graduated from eighth grade last June.

Maria Reiss

Maria joined the Faculty for the 2017-18 school year as a middle school math teacher. Next year she is hoping to teach math full time and will also be working as an assistant bookkeeper at her church. She has truly enjoyed her time at Waldorf and loved learning more about Waldorf education. She has seen that this school truly cares for one another deeply: staff, teachers, students, and families. She feels blessed to have been a part of that for this past year.

Susan Sappia

Susie joined the school in 2009 as a parent when her son Lucas started first grade and daughter Sabina was in parent and child classes.  She had come from the Hartsbrook Waldorf School in Hadley, MA where she was working in the parent and child classes.  She started there when Lucas was a baby. Next year she is looking forward to teaching Pilates and Yogalates classes again. She will be teaching in the area, in studios and privately.  This is something Susan had done many moons ago, but has kept close to her. She cherishes all the dear families that have been a part of her years in the kindergarten and will be looking on with a loving eye to see them grow.

Anita Warren

Anita joined the school in 2015 when she took on the third grade class when the current teacher was going out on maternity leave. While she did not plan to stay with us for so many years, the caring community and beautiful campus setting helped her make that decision. Next year Anita will be spending time in Pennsylvania where her mother resides. Anita served on the diversity committee and was a dedicated member of our community. 

Mari Yamaguchi

This summer, we said goodbye to Mari Yamaguchi, a long-time and beloved community member. Mari brought her deep understanding and appreciation for Waldorf education and children in 1994 when she joined as a kindergarten teacher. She taught kindergarten through 1999, and then pursued her eurythmy certification in England for five years. Returning to us in 2004 as our eurythmy teacher, Ms. Yamaguchi brought her craft and artistry to all grades students through 2017. This year, Mari circled back to the early childhood department as our full-time Nursery teacher, and she brought her love and care for the children into her classroom. Over the years, Mari has shared her generosity of spirit, devotion to students and Waldorf education, and in countless ways has inspired us all, gifts that will continue to bear fruit. We are incredibly grateful for her dedication and service through the many years, and we send her much love and blessings on the journey ahead.