2017-18 Comings and Goings

2017-18 Comings and Goings

Throughout the 2017-18 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.


Welcome Jessalyn Hall, 2018-19 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.

Welcome Danielle Harrington, Rising 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.

Welcome 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.

Welcome 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, Oliver (5) and Finley (2).

 

Welcome Caroline Horner

As of January 3, Caroline Horner assumed the role of Acting Executive Director.

Caroline Horner earned her undergraduate degree at Hamilton College and her Masters from Lesley University with a focus on “Adolescent Education: Integrating Experiential Practices with a Traditional Classroom.” Caroline began her career teaching natural science and ecology at the Echo Hill Outdoor School and went on to become a 7th and 8th grade teacher, specializing in earth science, astronomy, meteorology and geology at North Yarmouth Academy in Yarmouth, Maine and Charles E. Brown Middle School in Newton Centre, MA. She has extensive experience in development, heading capital campaigns for private schools as well as working on several annual fund campaigns at Hamilton College, Phillips Academy, Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and North Yarmouth Academy.

Caroline has served on several committees at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, including the development committee, gardening committee, site committee as well as becoming board president in 2017. Caroline is passionate about gardening, American history and art, Chinese and Japanese literature, outdoor challenges and play. She has two daughters who currently attend WSMF.

Welcome Anita Haller-O’Neill

As of January 3, Anita Haller-O’Neill, serves as Operations Manager. Learn more about this position in this post. 

Anita has over 20 years of professional experience in leading youth-serving nonprofit organizations. She has a long and rich history of program design in both in-school and after-school settings. She has managed and executed large community events, and has recruited, trained, supervised and supported thousands of program staff and volunteers. She has developed and managed complex organizational budgets, crisis management systems, human resource operations and evaluation programs.
Before Anita 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.
Her background in youth programming, enrichment initiatives, innovative curriculum development, experiential learning, work with diverse and often underserved populations, and the importance she places on living a wholesome life, brought her to her current position at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm.

Anita and her family have been a part of the community at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm since attending Parent and Child classes four years ago. Her son Finn currently attends the Kindergarten program. Until recently, Anita served as Co-Chair of the Waldorf Community Association.

Anita Haller-O’Neill received a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management from the University of Nebraska.

Welcome Suzanne Cartreine as Chorus Teacher

Suzanne “Suzie” Cartreine has worked extensively in church settings, including nine years as the Director of Music at First Parish Church of Stow and Acton, where she grew a thriving music program involving 100+ volunteer musicians each year. By invitation, her youth choirs hosted and performed with The American Boychoir. Solo and chamber recital venues include Bach Around the Clock, Trinity Artist Series (New Orleans), the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Series, Bates College, MIT, Lincoln Laboratories, and SoHIP.

Suzie holds a DMA in Historical Performance/Harpsichord from Boston University, a MMus in Piano Performance from Temple University, and a BA in Physics from Macalester College. When not making music, Suzie enjoys yoga, swimming, cards, and spending time with her husband and two young sons.

Welcome Mara Bettencourt as Kindergarten Assistant

Mara was born and raised in the Azores, Portugal. She is fluent in both Portuguese and Spanish. Mara has extensive experience as a musician, educator and entrepreneur. Mara teaches music in her own studio in Beverly, MA, and she is also continuing her music studies at Berklee College of Music. Most recently, Mara worked as a music and early education teacher at the Cuvilly Arts and Earth Center in Ipswich. We are delighted to have Mara on board.

Welcome Rike Crimmin as Parent and Child Assistant

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 ECH and grades. She and her husband live in Beverly and have two young children at the school.

Welcome Jessica Hanscom as Daisy Nursery Assistant

Jessica Hanscom has a BFA from Montserrat College of Art and is currently pursuing an MS with a concentration in library services for children in the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College. Jessica has served as an assistant in the Sweet Pea and Goldenstar after-school programs, and has substituted in nursery and kindergarten classrooms at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm since 2014. In 2016, she completed the first year of Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy and the Arts. Jessica has worked as a nanny since her college days. She and her husband live in Manchester-by-the-Sea and have two children at the school.

Welcome Alex Smith, Games and Movement Teacher

Alex graduated from Gordon College with a B.S. in Recreation Sports and Wellness and is currently getting a masters degree in Athletic Administration at Endicott College. Alex has coached and taught students at all levels from preschool to college. Before joining the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, Alex taught at North Shore Christian School and was a basketball coach at St. John’s Prep. He also worked for the Beverly YMCA in the Afterschool and Sports programs. Alex is currently an assistant baseball coach at Gordon College.

 

Welcome Back Marshunda Smith in her new role as First through Eighth Grade Instrumental Music Teacher.

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 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.

 

Welcome Larissa Mills in her new role as Admissions and Marketing Director

Larissa brings great energy and enthusiasm in everything she does. She has been highly involved with the school as soon as she became a parent two years ago. Larissa started working with the school as the Marketing Director in the spring of 2017. This summer, Larissa’s role expanded to lead both Admissions and Marketing. Larissa’s experience includes working for New York ad agencies, DMB&B and BBDO in media planning and public relations, the Ad Agency at Fidelity Investments, as well as being an entrepreneur starting her own high-end apparel business. She has extensive experience in blog writing and social media marketing. We are delighted to have Larissa on board.

 

Welcome Dirk Tiede, Cyber Civics Teacher

Dirk Tiede graduated with a B.F.A. in Commercial Art from Millikin University and has worked as a professional illustrator, independent comic book creator, web designer & developer, animator, video editor, musician, and lecturer throughout his career. He brings 25 years of experience with the internet as a media creator to the Cyber Civics program. He began teaching at the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm as a middle school elective instructor and substitute and is a certified Cyber Civics instructor.

 

 

Welcome Maria Reiss, Seventh and Eighth Grade Math Teacher

Maria Reiss has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and an M.ED. as a Math Specialist from Gordon College. She has taught all levels of math from 1st through 8th grade at private schools throughout the North Shore, either as a teacher or through private tutoring. Maria is an avid traveler and has lived in 2 provinces and 7 states. She currently resides in Danvers, MA where she has lived for the past 8 years. Maria has a desire to help others see the beauty of math in the world around them.

 

 

Welcome Amanda Wiederhold

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.

 

 

Welcome Back Coleen Ryan in her expanded role of Science in Nature Coordinator

Coleen grew up in western Massachusetts. After completing her bachelor degree at the University of Massachusetts in 1999 she found her niche as an environmental educator. Coleen knows the importance of children experiencing nature early and often, and feels there is no better path than to help guide and facilitate such experiences. She worked at several outdoor science schools in New Hampshire and California and then moved on to the education departments at the LA County Natural History Museum and the Los Angeles Zoo. In 2011, she returned home to Massachusetts and discovered Waldorf School at Moraine Farm. Since then she directs the school’s summer camp, Green Earth Art Camp, and coordinates the school garden which is now in its third year. Coleen couldn’t be more excited about the rich possibilities that the Moraine Farm property has to offer.

Welcome Back Sabrina Babcock

Sabrina has been with our school for 22 years, first as a beloved class teacher of three classes and then as an interim co-administrator last year. Her dedication and love for the school was always palpable through her wise teaching and work with students, parents, and colleagues; dedicated service on the Board for three terms; and selfless service on the College of teachers for many years. Although Mrs. Babcock is officially enjoying retirement, she will be joining us this year to teach some blocks in the third grade class. We are so grateful for her continued work in the classroom, wise guidance, and positivity that she brings to everything she does. Welcome back, Sabrina!

Welcome Stephanie Irvine as Lead 3-Day Daisy Nursery Teacher

Stephanie Irvine is a familiar face around our school. For several years, she has helped as an assistant with our Early Childhood programs. We are delighted to have her join our Faculty as the Lead 3-Day Nursery Teacher. Learn more about Stephanie Irvine in the next Newsletter, as we work on her bio for our website.

Welcome Signe Motter, 6th Grade Teacher

Signe was born and raised in Norway and received her Liberal Arts degree in Norway with a focus in Literature, History and Foreign Languages. Signe holds a Masters Degree from Antioch University New England and a diploma in remedial work from the Association for a Healing Education. Signe has extensive experience in Waldorf Education, both as an early childhood teacher and class teacher. Most recently, Signe was a class teacher at the Princeton Waldorf School. For twenty-five years, Signe also served as an adjunct faculty to the Antioch/Center for Anthroposophy Waldorf Teacher Training Program. Signe has two Waldorf educated daughters and three grandchildren, all currently in Waldorf schools.

Welcome Back Christine Garcia-Akers as Sweet Pea Program Assistant

Chrstine is also a familiar face around our school. She is both a parent of an alumn and sixth grade student and served as an assistant in the Afternoon Program last year. Christine Garcia-Akers graduated with a degree in Fine Art from Fashion Institute of Technology and has an Associates in English Literature from Catholic University of America. She worked as a Fine Artist and elementary art teacher in New York City for several years before traveling to Mexico to study the language and culture. Upon returning she settled in Gloucester and worked as a children’s and reference librarian at the Sawyer Free Library. Christine became intrigued with Waldorf education when her children joined the early childhood classes. She has studied with master teachers from the Toronto Waldorf School, the Kimberton Waldorf School and Sophia’s Hearth.

Welcome Back Michael Mansur as Lead Afternoon Teacher (Sweet Pea and Golden Star Programs)

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 become 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.

Welcome Back Mari Yamaguchi as Lead Buttercup Nursery Teacher

Mari Yamaguchi was born and educated in Japan and graduated from the Tokyo University of Music and Fine Arts. She received her Waldorf teacher training at Antioch New England Graduate School and specialized in Early Childhood Education. Mari first came to Waldorf School at Moraine Farm as a Kindergarten teacher. She later pursued her diploma in Artistic Eurythmy at the Camphill Eurythmy School in England and returned to Waldorf School at Moraine Farm to teach Eurythmy full time for twelve years.

 


Farewell and Thank you

Mark Graziano

After careful consideration, Mark resigned his position effective January 2nd.

We appreciated the work and experience Mark brought to the school. His time working with us along with this new leadership structure has provided clarity about what is needed to succeed in this critical position.

We wish Mark the best in his future endeavors.

Beth Dowd

Words cannot express the gratitude we have for the many years working alongside Beth Dowd, a phenomenal educator, Extra Lesson Support professional, and dedicated colleague. Beth and her family came to our school twenty-one years ago, journeying through the early childhood program through to the eighth grade. Originally trained in education from Harvard University with concentrations in Risk and Prevention and Human Development and Psychology, through the years at our school Beth deepened her work as an educator to explore therapeutic education in its many forms. Inspired by her daughter with special needs, Beth trained in the Extra Lesson, a Waldorf-inspired discipline, as well as many other therapies and modalities for support, all in service of helping children with unique learning needs. Beth’s professional support at our school spanned nine years, during which time she was an instrumental member of the Education Support Committee, serving dozens of students and families with her unique ability to bridge the gap between the traditional worlds of remedial education and Waldorf education. During her time on the committee, she and team members developed protocols and processes for supporting students and their families, and provided invaluable support to teachers. Beth supported all students through her work with lead teachers through routine assessments in the kindergarten, second grade, and in the admissions process. Through Beth’s efforts with the committee and faculty members, it was possible to support numerous children and families, and her work had far-reaching effects. We are grateful for the many years of collaboration with Beth. We will miss having her in our midst and wish her the very best on her journey ahead.

Janet Damato

Janet Damato retired this year after close to 20 years working as part of our early childhood faculty. Janet worked in the Nursery, Kindergarten, and more recently in the Parent and Child Program. Janet and Kate Hill worked together for six years and created a beautiful gathering spot for families at the Gatehouse. Janet’s calm, gentle ways and practical approach to working with young children earned her a place in the hearts of countless children and parents. We are grateful to Janet for helping the parent and child classes get underway this school year. Rike Crimmin and Michael Mansur had the extraordinary benefit of Janet working with them for the first classes. Bread baking lessons with Mrs. Damato is something we would all love to do! We miss our dear colleague, but look forward to Janet visiting the Gatehouse with her granddaughter Nina to attend a class!

Marian Jamieson-Smith

Marian Jamieson-Smith was our Sports and Games teacher for the past two years. She was loving, kind, full of life and energy, and enjoyed working with all of the grades. Marian came to us as a substitute in November 2015, and stayed on through May of last year! During her time at our school, she also was a great support to the middle school sports programs. Marian left our school to have her second child and to spend time with family. We are grateful for her time with us and wish her and her family many blessings!

Susan Slowick

Twenty-eight years ago, Susan Slowick was asked to begin the string program for our very first third/fourth-grade class. Susan’s commitment was always to nurture the wellbeing of the students and to maintain the best musical education for them. Over the years, Susan supported the students in the orchestra as one of the sectional teachers, and then in the last few years as the Orchestra Director. Her care and commitment to the highest quality music in many performances over the years culminated in a unique and fabulous concert last spring, replete with organ and beautiful singing, led by Julia Elliott and chorus students in grades four through eight. This year, Susan has moved onto new endeavors, but we are grateful for her many years of service and dedication to her students and our school, and we wish her the very best.

Julia Elliott

Julia Elliott has been a cherished member of our school community for over two decades, first as a dedicated parent. Over the years, she has enriched our community with joy through music, in so many ways. In her generous spirit, she has shared countless hours of musical gifts: she provided exquisite piano accompaniment in eurythmy classes for many years; she served as a member of the music committee; and she brought beautiful music to many special events at our school including the Shepherd’s Play, the Spiral of Light, and many knighting ceremonies. In addition, Julia has brought her musical gifts to countless plays at our school, each time creating a magical experience for actors and audience. Her musical sensitivity and deep commitment to Waldorf education led her to pursue musical training connected to anthroposophy and Waldorf education, and this has been such a gift to our school!  Julia brought choral music to many classes for many years before she became our chorus teacher last year and again created many memorable experiences for the entire community. While Julia is not teaching chorus this year, she still remains very connected to our school through mentoring the music teachers, continuing as a member of the music committee, and supporting class teachers with their musical endeavors. We are so grateful for all she has brought, and continues to bring, to our school.

Yoko Yeaton

Thank you and best wishes to Yoko Yeaton who has been a hard working and dedicated presence at our school over the last 20 years. Yoko just finished two years as a nursery assistant and has had several other roles in our early childhood program over the years, including as a lead nursery teacher and as a parent-and-child teacher. Her loving care of the young children was always recognized and much appreciated by families. Yoko went to great lengths to find Waldorf education for her three children, and she became an active parent in our school community, including as an engaged member of the parent association that we now know as the Waldorf Community Association. As a part-time teacher, she was always committed to also finding ways to voluntarily support the early childhood program and school in general. We thank her for all that she has done over the years, including that which was done quietly and so may have gone unnoticed at the time. Her unique presence will be missed, but we wish her the best as she assists three days a week in the nursery at the Waldorf School of Lexington, and we look forward to seeing her around our campus this year as a substitute teacher in the early childhood classrooms!

Caroline Mercier

Caroline Mercier leaves teaching after more than 21 years at our school. Many families have had the privilege of her calm, loving, and thoughtful care in the kindergarten and nursery programs; teachers have valued her wisdom, hard work, and commitment to the school. After many years in the early childhood program, Caroline took two years to work privately as an aide to one of our middle schoolers. She then returned to the early childhood classroom and spent the last three years leading the nursery. We will miss her greatly but we are so thankful for her presence over these many years.

Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith was a dedicated, loving teacher of the current third grade for their first two years at our school. In addition to the care she brought to her teaching, she was a supportive colleague and great friend. She is also remembered for her great sense of humor, warm spirit and joyful laugh. In addition, Maggie is known as an avid reader, cat-lover, and talented knitter – we also hear that she is becoming an incredible artisan bread baker! We are grateful to Maggie for her two years of service at our school and wish her the best in her future endeavors.

Kevin Doering

Kevin Doering took on the role of fifth grade class teacher with gusto and enthusiasm. He found and brought to life the great depth and wisdom of the fifth grade curriculum, and created unending learning opportunities for his students as he tied in many aspects of the world to his classroom teaching. His students benefitted from his wise counsel and care and several decades as an environmental lawyer, meteorologist, and educator. Although the intention was for Kevin to stay with his class, being apart from family in Vermont was challenging and in the end, the choice was between the love for his school family and the love for his family in Vermont. Although he guided the class only for a year, his love and dedication to the students, colleagues and the school leaves lasting effects on us all.

Kristen Fehlhaber

Kristen Fehlhaber joined the staff of our school right after we moved to Moraine Farm in 2011. As her role as the Business Manager, she was instrumental in transitioning our school to take on all its new responsibilities in our new home. A fan of technology, Kristen helped in many other aspects such as maintaining the school website and staff emails – but those of us who know her also know she likes to draw and paint as well! A true Renaissance woman, Kristen has not only brought her talents to the Business Office, but she has graced us with many bread making workshops held at the outdoor oven that she helped build! And, if that was not enough, she has taught Math and Geology in her spare moments. All the faculty and staff wish her the best as she moves on to her next adventure – with all of her interests it truly could be just about anything. Kristen is spending most of the summer with her family in Vermont.

Jenny Helmick

Jenny Helmick has been at our school almost from the beginning, first as a parent, and then as a teacher, eventually participating in Waldorf high school teacher training and supporting our school in various capacities. Over the past twenty five years, she volunteered countless times and for the last seventeen years, she has been teaching in many ways. Several years ago, she took a class through grades seven and eight, and during that time became an amazing support for the school and community following the tragic loss of a student in the class, David Siljeholm. Jenny has shared her love of and expertise in writing with her students and with our community, in many different ways. For several years now, she has taught language arts skills classes, helping to inspire and prepare students for high school by working with them on their research papers and graduation speeches, to name just a few projects. Through the years, she brought her fine eye and kind heart into the classroom as she assisted students in the writing process. She is known for being a wonderful listener and collaborator. She was one of our first administrators during a time of transition many years ago, put many important systems in place, and over the years has been a Board member, College member, and Advisory Council member. During the majority of these years, she was also working full-time in her position as a science writer at an environmental consulting firm. She has been incredibly generous with her time and support for students, teachers, and the entire community. We will miss her regular presence and are incredibly grateful for all she has given to the school.

Brian Macdonald

Brian Macdonald ends his time at our school after a quarter of a century of commitment and dedication to Waldorf education and to his many students and colleagues. Brian was the inaugurator of our school’s Games and Movement program; he established the Language Arts Skills program in the middle school; and he helped start the basketball program. Brian stepped forward in 2003 to teach the remainder of that same year’s class when their teacher did not return after the winter break; he graduated that class in 2011. Most recently, Brian carried his last class from first through sixth grade. He continued with his other school commitments with his committee work; particularly in Early Childhood and Education Support, and as a member of the College of Teachers. Over the years, Brian also served on the Management Team and the Board of Trustees. We would like to thank Brian for his many years at the school, leaving us with memories, including many excellent student theatrical productions, his own performances in The Shepherds’ Play, his quiet and wise mentoring of several teachers, and his unswerving dedication to his students and Waldorf education. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors and we would like to thank him for his many years of service.

Gretchen MacKilligan

Under Gretchen’s direction for the last few years, the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm After School Programs have grown immensely. A graduate of the Lexington Waldorf School, she has a knack for working with the diverse age group that is accommodated by the Goldenstar Afternoon Program. Whether playing house on the Nursery playground, or shooting hoops on the Grades students’ basketball courts, Gretchen worked tirelessly to meet the needs of students and families in this new program area for our school. Despite her challenging afternoon schedule, Gretchen is always willing to bend over backwards to help her colleagues when she can. Her determination and willingness as a teacher will be missed. Gretchen will be enjoying her newly renovated home and well-deserved family time this summer in Beverly, MA.

Erin Milner

Erin Milner has been the Admissions Director for the past four years. Erin has brought a professionalism and warmth to her role in admissions and in her work on the Diversity Committee. She has been a great support to incoming families and current ones alike and her laugh lights up a room. She has a wonderful sense of humor and is able to connect with people on all levels. We thank her for bringing her dedication, love, and talent to our school, parents and colleagues. We are fortunate she will remain with our community as a parent to her two children at the school.

Laura Quayle

Laura Quayle has been a part of our school community for the past seven years. She served our school first as a class teacher and, more recently, as a Spanish teacher. Laura is a very talented and capable teacher and her students and colleagues have benefited time and time again when Laura shared her interests and abilities with us. She is a gifted foreign language speaker and used her ability to speak both French and Spanish in the classroom. As a musician and singer, Laura delighted us with her fiddling and led both students and teachers in singing. She is a dancer, play director and writer and we enjoyed the plays and skits she wrote for both faculty and students. In September, Laura and her family will be moving; we are deeply grateful for the many gifts Laura has given us, and send her off on her new adventure with blessings and much love.

Mark Retallack

Mark Retallack brought beautiful piano music in our eurythmy classes for three years. He is an accomplished jazz pianist with classical piano training, is a gifted pentatonic improviser, and is dedicated to good quality music with many gifts to play it all well. Mr. Retallack brought a musical sensitivity for the lower grade students and he joyfully accompanied and helped the eighth grade students’ music offerings at the spring concerts. Surely, Mr. Retallack greatly enjoyed being a part of bringing students into movement in all eurythmy classes! He was also a member of the Music Committee. Through his work at our school, he became interested in Waldorf education, and we look forward to his continued support of our community in various ways. We are so thankful for his joyful spirit and his support in Eurythmy, and for all the memories of the beautiful musical gifts he shared with us.  

Jane Walsh

Jane Walsh served as our Development Director last school year. Jane worked closely with the Development Committee to strengthen and expand the school’s development work. We thank her for her work here.