Nursery and Seedlings Teacher, 2011
MA in Child Development from Tufts University (2006); Steiner/Waldorf Teaching Certification from Emerson College, UK; BA in Art History from Smith College. 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.
Children's Garden Chair, Children's Garden Teacher, 2007
BA, French Studies, University of Santa Cruz, MA, Degree 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. Soviet Union. 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.
Parent/Infant and Parent Toddler Teacher, 2012
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.
Educational Support Teacher, 2010
BA in Educational Psychology and Middle English Literature, University of Sydney. Certified Educational Support Teacher. A third generation dancer and movement educator, Lani originally came to the US from Australia to pursue an MA in Modern Dance but then veered into graduate research in the field of Movement Behavior. After several years teaching at the University of Maryland, she trained as a body-centered therapist and went into private practice. Her children led her into Waldorf education and she was so grateful for the gifts that it brought to the whole family, she soon became more involved with the school and has worked in the Early Childhood department in a variety of capacities since 1999. She offers Educational Support to all the CG classes and has a consulting service in Comprehensive Family Support. She is the mother of 2 grown Waldorf educated children, and enjoys camping, visiting the beach, and sewing.
Children's Garden Coordinator, Children's Garden Afternoon Program and Aftercare Teacher, 2012
BA in Spanish, University of Maryland; Waldorf Teacher Training Certification from Nova Institute, Bethesda Maryland; Montessori Early Childhood Certification, Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies, Silver Spring, Maryland. Wendy got her start in early childhood education as a Montessori teacher for children age 3-6. She became interested in Waldorf education when her own daughter began the parent child class at WWS, and enrolled in the Nova teacher training. Wendy taught first through third grade at the Potomac Crescent Waldorf School in Arlington, Virginia. Wendy enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, hiking, camping and spending time outdoors with her daughter Lucy, a middle school student at Washington Waldorf.
Assistant Children's Garden Teacher, 2011
BA in English, Bowdoin College; MLS, Long Island University; Library Science with concentration in Children’s Literature, Licensed as a Public Librarian. Cindy went to Green Meadow Waldorf School in Spring Valley, New York. She attended from Kindergarten through 10th grade. Her children have been at WWS for 12 years, both started in the Children’s Garden. Cindy worked as a children’s librarian for 18 years the Palisades, Cleveland Park and Georgetown brances of the DC public library. She also spent 8 years downtown at the main library, MLK Library. She loves to spend any extra time in the Adirondacks at her cabin on a lake with no electricity. She’s been going there every summer for 45 years.
Parent Child and Substitute CG Teacher, 2012
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.
Children's Garden Teacher, 1988
AB, History, Ohio University; Continuing education coursework, workshops, and conferences. Jennifer became interested in Waldorf education when her children were at Acorn Hill. She worked as an assistant there for 5 years and was inspired by her colleagues to become a kindergarten teacher. She came to the Waldorf School in 1988 as a co-teacher in the Children’s Garden. She especially likes teaching in a full school where one has the opportunity to see the children grow, not just for a few years but, in many cases, throughout their school years, and beyond. Jennifer lives in the house where her late husband and she raised her son and two daughters (all WWS graduates). It is the same neighborhood where she grew up and later served on the Takoma Park City Council for two terms. She loves working in her garden, reading and her book club, bird watching and being outdoors. Jennifer also loves working at the WWS, navigating her way through two unusual but welcome situations: serving on the same faculty as her son, Taisto, and working past what was once thought of as retirement age! She thinks with the deep gratitude of the parents, past and present, who give WWS their support and trust, send their children, often at great sacrifice, and make it possible for the faculty to do the work they love.
Parent-Child Teacher, 2007
BA, Dickinson College (International Studies), 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.
Children's Garden Teacher, 1997
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 and canoeing and camping. She also enjoys handwork and is learning to spin. Her parents were two of the founders of WWS in 1969.
Waldorf In the Woods, Kindergarten