Children's Garden

Lisa Bechman
CG Coordinator and Afternoon Program Lead Teacher

Vanessa Chang
Nursery and Seedlings Teacher
BA in art history, Smith College; MA in child development,Tufts University; Steiner/Waldorf Teaching Certification from Emerson College, UK. Before coming to WWS, Vanessa worked as an Aftercare teacher at Acorn Hill Waldorf Kindergarten and Nursery for three years, as well as a full-time daycare teacher in Virginia. Nessa has also worked in the DC public schools, at a Tufts University lab school, and also in her own home-based childcare program, as well as leading a pre-Kindergarten class at River Song Waldorf School in Colorado. Vanessa is an alumna of the WWS, along with her two sisters. When she is not at school, Nessa enjoys cooking (mostly vegetarian food) and going on "adventures" with her son, who is also a Waldorf student. Other interests include practicing yoga, martial arts, and dance and enjoying time with family and friends.

Tara Fathabadi
Songbirds Assistant Teacher

Jody Grossman
Sunflowers Teacher
BA, French studies, University of Santa Cruz; MA, spiritual psychology, University of Santa Monica, California; Foundation Year, Washington Waldorf School; MA in Waldorf early childhood education, Sunbridge College, New York. Continuing Education Course in Puppetry, Sunbridge College. Born in Kansas, Jody is the oldest of a boisterous family of five children. Her father's medical training took the family to Panama, Hawaii, and Madrid, Spain, before settling in Northern California when she was in high school. She received a BA in French Studies at the University of Santa Cruz, California, and paid her way through college working on salmon and albacore fishing boats during the summers. After a year of studying in France, she lived in a 16th century stone farm house in Brittany with dirt floors and an out door well for drinking water. She worked in San Francisco as a bilingual tour guide before returning to school for a Master's Degree in Spiritual Psychology at the University of Santa Monica, California. She and her husband moved to Washington, DC in 1989. They have two children who attended Washington Waldorf school for many years. Jody taught at Potomac Crescent school in Arlington, Virginia. She loves handwork, plant-dyeing, raising silk worms, and taking long bicycle trips with her family.

Liz Hagerman

Liz Hagerman
Parent/Infant and Parent/Toddler Teacher

Liz Hagerman MA, BC-DMT, is a board certified dance/movement therapist with a MA degree from Goucher College(1990). She has studied motor development and the relationship of motor development to the development of sense of self. She has taken both level I and II Pikler courses in Budapest (2007, 2010), and Level III in the U.S. with Anna Tardos and Agnes Szanto (2012). Liz studied at Sophia's Hearth Family Center with Susan Weber and Jane Swain, and is a Mentor in their teacher training program. Working from the insights of both Rudolf Steiner and Emmi Pikler, Liz developed, in 2007, the Birth to Three Parenting program at Acorn Hill Waldorf Kindergarten and Nursery, where she has worked since 2001. Liz is a certified infant massage instructor. In addition to Acorn Hill and WWS, Liz teaches parent infant classes at the Potomac Crescent Waldorf School in Arlington, Virginia. Liz offers adult education in the DC metro area on motor development --including supporting free, self initiated motor development . She is the mother of two sons both of whom attended Acorn Hill and WWS. In the summer, with her husband and sons, Liz works on her commercial salmon boat, the F/V Omar in Cook Inlet, Alaska.

K. Kiley
Waldorf In the Woods Assistant

Linc Kinicutt
Children's Garden Chair, Waldorf In the Woods Lead Teacher

BA philosophy, Boston University, Waldorf high school teacher training certificate, Center for Anthroposophy, Early Childhood Teacher Training Certificate, Sunbridge College. After extensive work in various social justice initiatives, Linc became a Waldorf teacher some 11 years ago, and now leads our Waldorf in the Woods class.

Meg Royce
Parent/Child and Substitute Teacher

BSN, nursing, University of Florida; MPH maternal child health, University of California,Berkeley; OB/GYN NP from University of Colorado, Denver. Meg has dedicated her life to women’s health and education. For over 30 years she worked as a GYN Nurse Practitioner.The past several years she also worked as a school nurse and last year as a hospice nurse. Meg now is focusing her energy on Waldorf early child development and education. She first became involved in Waldorf education in 1996 when she enrolled her oldest son into the parent-child class at Acorn Hill. Over the next 16 years she experienced and participated in the unique Waldorf approach to teaching and learning as both of her children attended Acorn Hill and WWS through the eighth grade. Meg knows firsthand how the Waldorf education gave her family the foundation and knowledge to raise their children to grow into thoughtful, healthy teens and adults. Meg loves the water; swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking with family and friends. She also enjoys reading, gardening, jogging, and hiking.

Chrissie Sant
Parent/Child Teacher
BA, international studies, Dickinson College; MA, history, Wake Forest University. Waldorf early childhood coursework at Sophia's Hearth Early Childhood Center, the Rudolf Steiner Institute, and Lifeways Early Childhood Program. Chrissie made her way to Waldorf education when her children were very young. She is a parent of two current WWS students. Along with home-making and teaching, she has served on a variety of non-profit boards including the WWS Trustees Council. Her other interests include bird watching and exploring outdoors, piano, yoga and playing a variety of sports.

Colleen Taliaferro
Sunflowers Assistant Teacher
BS, early childhood education, University of Maryland; Waldorf Kindergarten Teacher Training, Acorn Hill Waldorf Nursery and Kindergarten. After receiving her BA from the University of Maryland, Colleen worded as an assistant teacher at Acorn Hill Waldorf Nursery and Kindergarten while completing her Waldorf Teacher Training. She was a stay-at-home mom while her children were young. Her three sons graduated from WWS in 2008 and 2009. Colleen and her husband enjoy time together gardening, biking, canoeing,and camping. She also enjoys handwork and is learning to spin. Her parents were two of the founders of WWS in 1969.

Lynn Turner
Songbirds Teacher

Kristina Wyatt
Nursery Assistant Teacher