Administration

Lisa Bechman
Children's Garden Coordinator & Afterschool Program Lead Teacher

Cecilia Berg-Benson
Enrollment Associate

Virginia Commonwealth University, MSW-CS, Early Intervention Certificate; Natioanl Institue in Relationship Enhancement, Certification in Child and Family Play Therapy
NOVA Institute
Cecilia's background prior to joining the WWS faculty includes residential counselor in adolescent group home, social skills group therapy with school-age children, and play therapy private practice for children and families. Cecilia joined the Washington Waldorf community with her husband and two children through the Children's Garden. She soon became active in the Parent Organization. After finishing the Waldorf teacher training, Cecilia acted as an assistant in the second grade. Cecilia currently works as an Admissions Associate in the Enrollment Office. Cecilia enjoys spending time with her family, spending time outdoors, reading, and traveling.

John Cox
Facilities Manager

BA, History, Randolph-Macon College; MGA, University College, University of Maryland; 19 Year Member of the International Facilities Management Association. John, a native Washingtonian, has been a facilities management professional for 30 years, working for state and local governments and private industry. He has experience in building and grounds maintenance, lease acquisition, building construction, risk management assessment, and hazmat remediation. His construction management experience has included health clinics, classrooms and libraries, IT facilities, gymnasiums and playing fields, and marina and parking garage projects. John has "lived aboard" for 14 years, and currently lives on a motorboat in southwest DC with his wife Laura and their two daughters (both WWS students). He enjoys sailing, running, bicycling, and skin and scuba diving. He is a motorcyclist and a private pilot. Being a product of DC public schools he is entranced and inspired to be watching first hand the education his daughters are receiving here at WWS.

Shelly Hackman
School Nurse



Ildiko Horovitz-Balintfy
Lower School Coorinator

KMF, Hungary, BS and KFI, Hungary, BS; MS in Education, Sunbridge College, NY
Ildiko is a Budapest, Hungary native and Fulbright scholar with a Masters Degree from Sunbridge College in New York. Ildiko has a broad background including economics, engineering, and graphic design, as well as education. She taught handwork for a number of years at the Feszek Waldorf School in Hungary, and has taught Hungarian for the Foreign Service Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and DC-area non-profit groups. Prior to joining the WWS faculty, she enjoyed a jack-of-all-trades role at Acorn Hill. Ildiko's daughter Sara is an Acorn Hill alumna who has just started first grade at WWS.

Stacey Kornegay
Assistant to the Faculty Chair; Tuition Assistance

A fourth generation native Washingtonian, Stacey graduated from DC public schools and immediately went to work for government unions. Stacey then enrolled in the Catholic University of America and double majored in social work and psychology while working full-time. While studying educational philosophies, she “discovered” Waldorf education and was very fortunate enough to procure a position at WWS, thus fulfilling a life-long dream to work with children. She hopes to continue her education and acquire her remaining credits to receive her Bachelor’s degree in social work and psychology. Stacey is the proud Mom of a 8th grade WWS student. Her interests include reading, knitting, and traveling.

Lezlie Lawson
Enrollment Director
BFA, University of Tennessee; Education course work, University of New Orleans and Georgia State University; K-12 teaching certification in Maryland, Certificate in Waldorf School Administration and Community Development, Sunbridge College. Lezlie began her work in Waldorf education at the Green Meadow Waldorf School and is the parent of two grown daughters who attended four different Waldorf schools from kindergarten through 12th grade. Lezlie loves art and all kinds of music, especially bluegrass festivals. She also enjoys getting out into the country with her husband Rob, singing, berry picking, baking, and looks forward to expanding her vegetable garden every spring.

Christen Leonard
Front Office Manager

Craig Ludtke
IT Manager

Concordia College, BA Business Administration
Craig's background prior to joining the WWS faculty includes, running his own computer consulting business, being a Systems Engineer for a web hosting company and ISP, and farming in Montana. Here at WWS, Craig taught movement and technology courses for a year, helped coach the Middle school and High school baseball teams, served as the co-chair of the POSC for 2 years, and was the technology consultant for 9 years. Craig is currently the IT Manager. Craig and his wife Meghan have one high school student attending WWS. While not busy at school, Craig enjoys baseball, singing, travelling, working on cars, and spending time with his family and animals.

Caitlin MacKenzie
Development Director
BA, Self-Design Interdisciplinary Major: Structure, Method and Meaning in the Arts, Connecticut College. Master of Architecture, University of Washington. Foundation Studies Certificate, Center for Anthroposophy. Alumna, Washington Waldorf School, 8th grade Class of 1982. Prior to joining the WWS staff, Caitlin was involved for 15 years in non-profit affordable housing development, finance and grant writing, working for local and national non-profits in Maine, Maryland, and Washington, DC, including Coastal Enterprises, Inc., Housing Assistance Council, and Enterprise Community Partners. As a native Washingtonian, Caitlin became an avid whitewater kayaker and still enjoys teaching whitewater and sea kayaking and canoeing to children and adults. Her interests include sustainable green building design, and community building. She is a LEED accredited professional.

Marie Maurer
Business Manager
BS, Business Administration, University of Maryland. Marie grew up in Maryland, but moved to Pennsylvania for high school. She returned to Maryland after high school to attend college. Marie has three children and is married to Steve who works at the Kennedy Center. Before coming to the Washington Waldorf, Marie worked for 5 years as the Practice Manager at an orthopedic practice in Silver Spring. She is also a trained massage therapist from the Baltimore School of Massage. Before children, Marie and her husband enjoyed traveling to the Caribbean and became certified in scuba diving in the Cayman Islands. Her interests include yoga, reading and travel.

Bonnie McClelland
High School Coordinator
Liberal Arts Coursework, Hampshire College, Montgomery College, Smith College; Foundation Studies Certificate, Center for Anthroposophy; Antioch Graduate School; alumna, Washington Waldorf School Class of 1988. Bonnie grew up on Overlea Road, just over the fence from the school playground. Bonnie and her younger brother graduated from WWS, and continuing the family tradition, her son did too. Before coming to work at WWS, she was a benefits specialist with the US Office of Personnel Management. Bonnie particularly enjoys swimming and the beach, a good cup of coffee, exploring around and beyond the DC area, and working in the high school. Her distinctive call of “Go Red” can be heard at many school sporting events.

Jennifer Page
Faculty Chair

Jennifer is a graduate of Northwestern University (BME) and the University of Georgia (JD), and received her Waldorf teaching certificate from Antioch University of New England. She is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia bars. In addition to practicing law in Maryland and DC, she is the former Director of the Simple Abundance Charitable Fund. Her teaching experience includes middle and high school music and history in the Chicago and Atlanta area public schools, Waldorf class and music teaching at WWS, and coaching track and field and softball. Jennifer chairs the College of Teachers and serves on the Trustees Council. Jennifer and her husband, Greg, have three recent post-college/graduate school aged children, all of whom attended WWS. Jennifer enjoys hiking, biking, scuba diving, music, reading, and attending to her dogs and cats.

Eron Picus
Executive Chef

Attended Culinary Institute of America; Head Chef Rudolf Steiner Institute; Chef Omega Institute; over 20 years of catering and restaurant experience. Chef Eron began his work at WWS recently after extensive experience in the restaurant and catering world. He brings his classical French training and fine dining skills to prepare delicious, healthy and organic lunches for the school community. In addition to running the food program at WWS, Chef Picus also runs a his own event catering company for more than 10 years. Chef Eron is an avid Maryland basketball fan and enjoys season tickets with his wife Sarah, but his favorite pastime is laying on the floor with his daughter Nora and son Isaac.

Marta Schley
Registrar, College Advisor, and Foreign Exchange Coordinator
BA, Drama and Speech, University of North Carolina, Greensboro; MAT, Museum Education, George Washington University; Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits in college counseling; Member National Association of College Admissions Counseling. Marta grew up on a federal trout hatchery in rural Vermont and moved to the DC area at age 10. After graduating from UNC-Greensboro in 1972 with a BA in Drama-Speech, Marta's work in local theatre lead her to the Smithsonian Institution where she worked several years on the annual Festival of American Folklife. Upon completing her MAT in Museum Education from George Washington University in 1979, she became Curator of Education for Hale Farm and Village, a living history museum set in the 1840's in northeastern Ohio for seven years. Upon returning to the East Coast, she and her husband Paul Squire discovered Waldorf education. While a mostly stay-at-home mom of daughters Cody and Becky, Marta worked part-time for several years for the Washington Revels as public relations director and associate producer. She has worked for 12 years as Registrar, Foreign Exchange Coordinator and College Advisor, and continues her interests in theatre, travel, history, animal and human behavior, and, of course, visiting as many colleges as she can find time for.

Steve Smith
Director Communications & HR Coordinator
BA in Geography, Syracuse University; MA in Geography, The Johns Hopkins University; Foundation Year Certificate. As Communications Director & HR Coordinator, Steve supports WWS internal and external communications initiatives, including the weekly bulletin, and manages WWS's HR work. Steve began his career working as a consultant to the US Department of Energy for 12 years. He then worked for a small government relations firm that specialized in supporting local governments in the USDOE complex. After further consulting stints supporting the US Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Defense, Steve transitioned to non-profit work, eventually becoming National Coordinator for Earth Charter USA. He then got into organizational development and worked as a consultant supporting fundraising and development at independent schools and non profits. This led him to the position of Development Director at WWS in 2005. Steve discovered Waldorf education through his three children, who first attended Acorn Hill, then WWS. Steve has three children who attend WWS from grades 1-12.

Susan Walsh
Librarian, Therapeutic Eurythmist
BA, German, Franklin and Marshall College; MLS, Library Science, Drexel University; Foundation Year, Sunbridge College; Artistic Eurythmy Training, Eurythmy Spring Valley; Pedagogical Eurythmy Training, Antioch New England Graduate School; Therapeutic Eurythmy Training, Peredur Centre for the Arts, East Grinstead, England. Member, Eurythmy Association of North America; Member, Association for Therapeutic Eurythmy in North America (ATHENA). Originally from New Jersey, Susan grew up in Arlington, Virginia, and, after many years away, returned in 2006 to the DC area. As librarian, she worked at the Art Institute of Chicago Library, the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York City, Sunbridge College Library, and several New York State public libraries. Her interests include bookbinding, swimming, walking, and travel. Travels have taken her around the United States and Europe, to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, to northern India and Katmandu, Nepal, and to Turkey where she has visited more than five times. Susan speaks German and has studied French, Latin, and Turkish.

Lelia True
Operations Manager
United States Military Academy, BS; MS, Business, Purdue University
Prior to joining Washington Waldorf, Lelia excelled in a variety of operationally challenging roles. She served on active duty in the US Army for 9 years and had the opportunity to command a tactical communications company during the Gulf War. After leaving active duty, she was worked as a consultant for McKinsey and more recently for Comcast. Lelia joined Washington Waldorf in 2017 as the operations manager. She has a son, William who started at Washington Waldorf in the childrens' garden in 2010. She is an avid athlete who enjoys competing, coaching and officiating many different sports.