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Faculty and Staff Profiles

Kay Alexander

Kay became a parent at Kimberton Waldorf School in 1987 and has been the Lower School Secretary since 1993. Her children, William (winner of the 2012 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature), Bethany, and Kelly, graduated in 1995, 1997, and 2002.

"What I like best about Kimberton Waldorf School is being part of an institution that believes strongly in protecting childhood, and witnessing the healthy development of children as they go through the grades."

Patricia Blench

Patricia is a Class Teacher for grades one through eight and has been teaching at Kimberton Waldorf School for over 20 years. She was educated in several countries including England, Belgium, and New Zealand. She studied English literature and history at Auckland University, drama at the Nola Millar Drama School, and special education in Northern Ireland. Patricia has attended many seminars and workshops in Waldorf Education and has completed three years of training in Spacial Dynamics.

"What enthuses me most about teaching at Kimberton Waldorf School is the children - their delight in learning about themselves, others and the world around them. Having the possibility to be with these young people and their parents is a great honor."

Sally Boyd

Sally is a Class Teacher for grades one through eight and has been at Kimberton Waldorf School for over 24 years. She attended Portland State University where she studied Arts and Letters and obtained 12 hours towards a Masters degree in English. At Sunbridge College, Sally did her Foundation Year in Waldorf Education and obtained her Teacher Training Certificate in Curriculum Courses Grades 1-8. She also attended Steiner Seminars in British Columbia and studied Curriculum Course 1-8 and received a Goethean Studies Certificate from Rudolf Steiner College. At the Waldorf Institute, she took Curriculum and Anthroposophy courses. Sally has special training in computer programming, systems analysis, and Extra Lesson.

"I love the children! They bring refreshing qualities of innocence, openness, and a desire to learn."

Ann Buki

Ann’s children, Alison and Christopher, attended the Washington Waldorf School in Bethesda, MD. During the 14 years while they were students, she was deeply was involved in the life of the school, and contributed to service activities with children and parents. She handled publicity for the school’s annual bazaar, and is a Waldorf doll maker who has created dozens of dolls. She has a Master of Arts degree in English from Temple University, and a Master of Science degree in Library Science from the Catholic University of America.

“Being part of the Washington Waldorf School community enriched me and profoundly influenced my life. Joining the Kimberton Waldorf School faculty has been a homecoming for me. I love being a member of the beautiful Rosebud Garden family. It is a joy to, once again, contribute to the vital work of Waldorf Education.”

Elisabeth Burgess

Elisabeth teaches German to students in grades six through twelve and is the High School Foreign Exchange Coordinator. She received her Masters degree in French and English Literature and Linguistics from the Free University of Berlin, Germany. Elisabeth has participated in the Waldorf Renewal Training program for Foreign Languages.

“I particularly like the flexibility of teaching at Kimberton Waldorf School, the ability to make individual connections to students and have them make connections between the subject and the world they live in, and the collaboration between teachers, students, and parents to create the environment students need to learn.”

Elizabeth Cuesta Clough '96

Liz teaches physical education and Spanish, and is also the Athletic Director at Kimberton Waldorf School. She graduated from KWS in 1996 before attending Bowdoin College, where she received a degree in Government/Legal Studies, and a minor in Spanish.

"I enjoy teaching at Kimberton because I love my students, and believe strongly in the power and practicality of Waldorf Education."

Lia Dancey

Lia attended Waldorf schools in California as a child. She has worked at Kimberton Waldorf School since 2011. Respect and care for human development are very important to her. She is glad to be with the very young children. She also loves to work in the woods and gardens, and to play with wool fiber and sticks. She has three children who attend Kimberton Waldorf School. 

Andy Dill '72

Andy teaches biology, physical education, and outdoor education, and has been at Kimberton Waldorf School for over 33 years. He received his BA in Classics from Dartmouth College and did his Waldorf Teacher Training at Rudolf Steiner College. Andy has additional training in Spacial Dynamics. 

“What I like best about teaching at Kimberton Waldorf School is being able to follow the students through the grades to their senior year and graduation.”

Mary Echlin

Mary teaches English and humanities and has completed over twenty years at Kimberton Waldorf School. In addition to receiving a BA in English and Business, she has also obtained an MA in English and a Lifetime Credential for Teaching English at the Secondary and Adult Levels. Mary completed extensive Waldorf training with Moana Bowron, Betty Staley, and spent four years with the Bay Area Waldorf High School Initiative. Her three adult children graduated from KWS.

“The things I like best about teaching at Kimberton are: the students--their enthusiasm for learning, their creativity and openness; my colleagues--their dedication and creativity; and the parents--SO supportive.”

Angie Foster

Angie teaches drama in the high school and has been at Kimberton Waldorf School for more than 14 years. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, and is also a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Angie is the Clowning Facilitator with Nose to Nose of North America, and also worked as a professional actress both regionally and on and off-Broadway. Additional training credits include Spacial Dynamics with Jaimen McMillan, voice work with Kristin Linklater, Gestalt Therapy Training, and 25 years of yoga!

“I like the openness and enthusiasm of the students who think and feel so deeply. I like the strong sense of support I feel from the wonderful community of the school.”

Bob Godshall

Bob manages the maintenance department and has been at Kimberton Waldorf School for more than 12 years.

“What I like best about working at Kimberton Waldorf School is the family-type atmosphere.”

Heather Gustafson

Heather has been coordinating the health records and supporting the office staff part time at Kimberton Waldorf School since 2010. She also works as an RN and Yoga Instructor. Heather earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Bloomsburg University and an MBA at St. Joseph's. Heather is a lifelong student who enjoys working in this collaborative and compassionate educational environment.

Sudha Gutti

Sudha is a Class Teacher for grades one through eight at Kimberton Waldorf School. She grew up in a small town in India, where education was a strong family value. She completed a Bachelor's degree in Science and Journalism and a Master's degree in Social Work. Sudha is also a Licensed Social Worker in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She has spent several years in social and human development field, gathering rich life experiences. 
In her search for a meaningful education for her daughter, Jharna ‘15, Sudha discovered Waldorf Education and found her “calling.” Sudha completed her Waldorf teacher training from Antioch University, New Hampshire. Prior to joining Kimberton Waldorf School in 2007, she taught at the Three Cedars Waldorf School (WA) and the Waldorf School of Princeton (NJ).

Hezi Haut

Hezi teaches Physics and Math at Kimberton Waldorf School, and has been at the school since 2005. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a BS in Software Engineering from the Technion Israel Technical Institute in Haifa, Israel. Additionally, he received his Masters in Science Management from the New York Polytechnic University, and completed his Waldorf Teacher Training at the Center for Anthroposophy in Wilton, NH.

“What I like best about teaching at Kimberton Waldorf School is working with students, colleagues, and parents who create an environment that supports true learning, and---of course---teaching on our beautiful campus.“

John Holmes

John is the Lower School Eurythmy instructor at Kimberton Waldorf School and has been at the school for more than 20 years following 17 years of teaching in England. He received his Diploma in Eurythmy and Therapeutic Eurythmy from the London School of Eurythmy.

“What I like best about teaching at Kimberton Waldorf School is that it's K-12 school with open spaces, a strong and supportive faculty and parent body, and children who are ready to learn.”

Therese Hubbell

Therese is the White Rose Kindergarten teacher, and was previously the lead kindergarten teacher in both private and public Waldorf schools in Arizona and Idaho. Therese has many years of experience as a lead Waldorf Kindergarten teacher, beginning in 1988. She holds her Waldorf Early Childhood Education Training and Certification. Therese also holds a B.A. in Alternative Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education from Prescott College.

Therese grew up on a forty-acre farm in Idaho, where she developed a deep love and appreciation for nature. In her early twenties she began to help out in a Waldorf-based school near her hometown, and there she found her passion. She soon began her Waldorf Early Childhood training, and has been teaching Waldorf Preschool and Kindergarten ever since.

Kevin Hughes

Kevin became Dean of School in 2013. Prior to this appointment, he spent 27 years at Kimberton Waldorf School teaching drawing and painting to grades six through twelve, History through Architecture, and History through Art, as well as spending seven years as a Class Teacher. He received his BS in Environmental Science from the University of Michigan, and studied filmmaking at the University of Colorado. Additionally, Kevin has received a Certificate in Waldorf Education from Waldorf Institute of Mercy College, and a Certificate in Holistic Health Counseling from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Kevin’s art training comes from Rudolf Steiner College, where he studied Art and Goethean Science, and the Tobias College of Art. 

“What I like best is the students, and being able to participate in an education that truly nurtures young people to develop capacities for life.”

Emily Jones

Emily is an assistant teacher in the Rosebud Garden. She received a BS in Art Education and a BS in Fine Arts from Kutztown University in 2013 and is also taking the upcoming 2015-2016 LifeWays North America Training. Emily is dedicated to the youth in her Kutztown community, where she currently resides, serving preschool age children to college students.  Emily is passionate about the arts from painting, to film making to drama.  She is a practicing artist and culminates her expression through her watercolor painting.

"I am currently in a place in which I can follow my calling and serve the children of Rosebud while, myself, being nurtured.  I never would have imagined that I could grow so much as a teacher in such a short time.  I greatly look forward to the continuation of that growth, and finding new capacities within myself that will allow me to better serve the children I love.  It is an honor to be here." 

Chinyelu Kunz

Chinyelu is a lead teacher in the Parent-Child and Rosebud Garden programs. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the New York Institute of Technology, and her Master of Fine Arts from California Polytechnic University in Pomona, California. Chinyelu has also received Waldorf Training in Early Childhood, and works with LifeWays North America to develop healthy childcare, parent-infant, and parent-child programs, and training programs for caregivers, parents, and parent educators. 

“What I like best about teaching at Kimberton Waldorf School are the amazing children, the wonderful colleagues, the beautiful campus, and the incredible curriculum.”

Peter Lehman

Peter is a Class Teacher for grades one through eight, and has been at Kimberton Waldorf School since 1977. He received his BA from Millersville University and his MA from Adelphi University in New York. 

“It is important to me that I can teach out of an understanding of the developing human being that allows for a real connection and a deeper relationship with the children and their parents.”

Tjitske Lehman

Tjitske teaches handwork for grades one through five and has been at Kimberton Waldorf School for over 25 years.

“I love my subject and the children!”

Gerry LoDolce

Gerry is a Class Teacher and also teaches various science subjects, sports and games, and educational support. He received his BA in Elementary Education, Early Secondary Science Education, and Biology from the State University of New York at Cortland, his MA in Liberal Studies from the State University of New York at Stonybrook, and an additional MA in Waldorf Education from Adelphi University. Gerry also has Level Three Spacial Dynamics training and his Remedial Teacher Training Certificate. 

“I like working with our experienced and knowledgeable faculty, and the beautiful facilities and land that surrounds us.”

Carmen Maciarello

Carmen is a Class Teacher for grades one through eight. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and Master of Education in Waldorf Education from Sunbridge College.

"What I like best about teaching at Kimberton Waldorf School is singing, laughing, and sharing with the children!” 

Kristen McDowell

Kristen is the assistant teacher in the Red Rose Kindergarten. Kristen moved to Pennsylvania after serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer for two and a half years in a rural village of Senegal, West Africa. She has a B.A. In Philosophy and is a certified holistic health coach. She was introduced to Waldorf education while volunteering at Camphill Soltane and fell in love with learning as much as she could about it. After the birth of her daughter, Kristen began her career at KWS.

"I love working at Kimberton Waldorf School. It is a blessing to learn so much each day from such amazing teachers and beautiful children. I am so grateful to have found KWS at this point in my life. I feel that my home life and my work life are perfectly harmonized at this moment."

Celia Martin

Celia teaches Gardening and Botany at Kimberton Waldorf School. She studied Agricultural Education at Penn State and has also taken courses in beekeeping, herbalism, and permaculture. She completed the two-year Foundations course in Anthroposophy, as well as a one-year biodynamics training course at the Pfeiffer Center in New York.

“I love my job and I am doing what I have always wanted to do. This community has a unique appreciation for agriculture and the natural world. I enjoy the great sense of community here and the way people are so willing to support the garden program.”

Eileen O’Meacham

Eileen attended Antioch University where she earned her BA in English Literature and Elementary Education training. Additionally, she received her Waldorf Teacher Training in 2009 from Antioch University, and is a regular WECAN Early Childhood Conference attendee. 

“Kimberton Waldorf School's Early Childhood program is a dynamic one due to our physical environment and to each teacher’s dedication to Waldorf Early Childhood Pedagogy. I enjoy witnessing the preservation of childhood in our curriculum, care for self and others, free-play held classrooms, practical arts (i.e. baking, cleaning, chopping etc.), fine arts such as watercolor painting, love of nature, and preparing each child for the abstract thought which will be needed later in his or her development. I appreciate our faculty's dedication to Waldorf Pedagogy and each family’s courage to support healthy human development.” 

Lisa Platt

Lisa received her Waldorf Early Childhood Teaching Certificate from the Waldorf Teacher Education Center which is located at the Eugene Waldorf School in Eugene, Oregon. She has been working at KWS since 2012 in the mornings as a kindergarten assistant and in the afternoons as an afternoon lead kindergarten teacher. She enjoys working with all ages of children and has spent several years working in outdoor summer camps.

Susan Schwaneflugel

Susan teaches German in the lower school and History through Music to the eleventh grade. She received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, her MA from the University of Delaware, her Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory, and her Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College.

“I love seeing the young children learn a foreign language so quickly and joyfully at Kimberton Waldorf School. Our approach to educating the whole child here also feeds the whole of myself as a teacher and a spiritual being.  We also work so collaboratively and supportively as colleagues---it is truly unique!”

Emily Shaker
Emily is the enrollment director at Kimberton Waldorf School and has been managing the school's marketing efforts since 2013. Before moving to Kimberton, she worked in admissions, fundraising, and communications at several other independent schools. She discovered Waldorf Education while researching educational options for her own daughter---who has been enrolled at KWS since toddlerhood---and knew that it was the perfect fit for her family.

Emily is enthusiastic about making more people aware of this philosophy, as she believes strongly that every child deserves to be educated in a way that is developmentally appropriate, from birth through adulthood.

Elisabeth Tarsio

Elisabeth received her Bachelor of Music, focused in voice and clarinet, from Erane School of Music, and her Master's degree in Elementary Education from Sunbridge College.

“There are many reasons I like teaching at Kimberton Waldorf School, but one is the gentle calling of cows mooing that wafts through the school grounds. I can’t imagine a more exquisite setting in which to learn.”

Laura Turner

Laura teaches Spanish, and in her more than 25 years at the school, has also taught lower school games. She received her BA in Spanish and Elementary Education with Certification from Rutgers University, and her Special Education Certification at the Master’s Level from West Chester University. Laura additionally has five years of training in Spacial Dynamics. 

“I loved having my children here, but better are the strong connections to the students and families that have endured. I also feel that our students give so much to the world because of this education.”

Raymonde van der Stok - Fried

Raymonde teaches eurythmy for the upper grades. She received her Eurythmy Diploma from the Lea van der Pals Eurythmy Academy in Dornach Switzerland and has since then attended numerous master classes throughout the USA and Switzerland. She is a founding member of the Pennsylvania Eurythmy Ensemble and has toured extensively though North America, Canada, and Great Britain.

Raymonde finds the work with adolescents stimulating, rewarding, and challenging and is excited to be involved in helping these individuals discover their unique gifts and qualities.

Esther Walser Walsh '86

Esther teaches music to the first through fifth grades. She received a BS and BM from Temple University in Music and Music Education. Esther also received a Master's in Waldorf Music Education from Sunbridge College, and received extensive training in music therapy. 

“The children are absolutely beautiful and unique human beings. We are given the freedom as teachers to bring what they need every year in our curriculum. This is exciting, creative, challenging, and inspiring.”

Melanie Warwick Cunningham

Melanie has been interested Waldorf Education since the arrival of her two children, who attended pre-school at the Waldorf School of Philadelphia. She worked there as a nursery assistant and has enjoyed exploring the world of computer applications and administrative work for the last several years. Having started in the KWS Development office in 2013 (and occasionally helping out in the kindergarten), she is now thrilled to be part of the team of staff and faculty as High School Office Manager. 

Ona Wetherall

Ona is the oldest of nine children from northeastern PA. She was home schooled K through 12th grade and has traveled through out the US and Europe. Ona has been a Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher since 2009. She completed her Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Training at Sunbridge Institute. She has two children who attend Kimberton Waldorf School. In addition to teaching, Ona immensely enjoys being a mother, traveling, woodworking and construction, farming, gardening, cooking, singing, dancing, and any adventures that come her way!

“My work with the children, my colleagues, and in the community brings me so much joy every day. I feel there is no better vocation then to aspire to be the best model of a person inside and out, everyday, for the youngest of our society. I love my job!”

Kim Wolfram

Kim is Kimberton Waldorf School's yearbook advisor. Kim owns and operates L&W Group, a graphic design and printing company located in Spring City, PA.

“I enjoy the opportunity to work with the students in creating their yearbook memories.”

Anna Zay

Anna teaches History, Government, and is the Director of College Guidance at Kimberton Waldorf School. She received her BA from Haverford College, and her Master's of Education from Antioch University New England Graduate School. Anna’s Waldorf Teacher Certification was received from the Center for Anthroposophical Studies.

“What I like best about teaching at Kimberton Waldorf School is the students’ creativity, curiosity, and interest; and the love of learning they bring to the classroom.”