Lower School

The class teacher is the primary teacher for children in grades 1-8. He/She teaches the main lesson and typically stays with a class for all eight years of lower school.

Lynn Adelmann
First Grade Assistant

St. Clair Co. College, RN; Wayne State University, BSE; University of Colorado, Boulder, MFA; Laban/Bartenieff Institute, CMA
Nova InstNova Institute, Waldorf Teacher Training Program
Lynn's background prior to joining the WWS faculty includes serving on the faculties of Creighton University, University of Colorado, George Mason University, George Washington University, The University of Maryland and The Laban Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies as a dance/movement specialist/professor as well as dancing and choreographing nationally . She homeschooled her 18 year old daughter through 7th grade and her 10 year old son through 2nd grade. Here at WWS she has served as an Assistant Teacher in the Waldorf in the Woods Program, as First Grade Assistant and Handwork Assistant. When not outdoors gardening or jogging in the woods with her dog, she loves knitting, crocheting, sewing and quilting.

Clare Andre
Class Teacher

Clare was born in New Zealand, but has spent most of her life traveling. She feels most at home where her family is, and is therefore now contendly at home in Bethesda. She has worked as a personal trainer, dance teacher, swim teacher and coach in countries as diverse as Australia, Oman, England, and France. Clare began teaching games and movement in the WWS lower and middle schools, then worked as the substitute teacher before taking first grade in 2013. Clare's favorite pastimes are running and dancing with her husband, reading great books with her children, and spending time at home or out and about and camping with her expanded family of six.

John Brauer
Class Teacher
BA, University of Maryland; Year In-Service Training in Spatial Dynamics, Certificate, Waldorf Institute of Mercy College. Waldorf teacher training at the Waldorf Institute of Mercy College of Detroit from 1973-75. Graduate of the first Spatial Dynamics In-Service Training Program. John has guided several classes through the lower school, taught history blocks in the high school and served as a movement teacher, athletic director, and coach.

Michele Coleman
Class Teacher

University of Maryland, BS Business and Management
Nova Institute, Waldorf Teaching Certificate
Michele's background prior to joining the faculty includes, working in the advertising department of a retail chain, starting and running her own graphic design business, and raising four children. Here at WWS, Michele worked as an assistant in the lower school for six years and taught middle school art for two years. She also spent many years prior to that co-chairing the Holiday Bazaar and the Parent Organization. She is currently the third grade teacher, the co-chair of the lower school and a member of the College of Teachers. Michele and her husband Fred have three sons and one daughter. Three of her children have graduated from WWS and her fourth child is currently in the tenth grade. When not busy at school Michele enjoys doing yoga, hiking, bike riding, reading and gardening.

Laura Cox,
Class Teacher
BA and MAT program, Johns Hopkins University; Waldorf teacher Training, NOVA Institute. Laura comes to Waldorf education after first teaching grades 3, 4 and 5 in Prince George's County, Maryland, public schools and a long hiatus from teaching after becoming a mom. Prior to taking this class, Laura directed a youth education program for a Unity Church. While completing teacher training, Laura worked with several homeschool cooperatives, tutored middle school students and taught Middle School English Skills. Her two daughters have attended WWS since Children's Garden. During the school year, the Cox family lives aboard a 52' motor boat at the Gangplank Marina on the Potomac River. In the summer, they return to their house in Galesville, Maryland, about 15 miles south of Annapolis.

Mercedes Estevez
Grade 1 Aftercare

Wendy Jackson
Class Teacher

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. Most recently she was the WWS Children's Coordinator and Afternoon Program Teacher. She will be the WWS First Grade Teacher for the 2017-2018 school year. Wendy enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, hiking, camping and spending time outdoors with her daughter Lucy, a middle school student at Washington Waldorf.

Ksenia Lake
Class Teacher

BS Mathematics, University of Maryland; MEd Secondary Mathematics, University of Maryland; MA Theology & Liturgical Music, St. Vladimir’s Seminary; Waldorf Teacher Training, NOVA. Ksenia is an avid reader, speaks many languages, and appreciates children of all ages. She also enjoys singing and soccer. She attended Waldorf kindergarten at Acorn Hill as a five-year-old, and returned to her roots to teach middle school math at WWS in 2003.

Annette Leland
Grade 2 Assistant
BS in Economics, Occidental College; MBA Marketing and Entrepreneurship, University of Southern California; Waldorf Teacher Training, Nova Institute. Annette brings a varied background to WWS, including stints as an econometric forecaster for Central Telephone of California, and a product manager at Rediken Hair Care. At WWS she co-chaired the Parent Organization Steering Committee, interned as a reading support teacher, and taught painting, as well as being the assistant in several classes. She also taught knitting at the Waldorf school in Trento, Italy. Annette's three children all attended WWS.

Dawn Tanner
Class Teacher
BS in Elementary Education, Towson University; MEd Antioch University New England 2010; Teaching Certificate in Waldorf Education, Antioch University New England 1996. Prior to joining us she taught at the Waldorf School of Baltimore for eight years. Dawn completed coursework with the Coming of Age project with Tamara Slayton, and developed and led workshops for adolescent girls and their mothers in the Baltimore area. In addition to her class teacher duties at WWS, she has served as the lower school department chair, as an AWSNA delegate, on the college of teachers, and is currently the Student for Social Action advisor. She completed the AWSNA Mentor’s Colloquium in 2009, and completed several of the Collaborative Counseling Training sessions with Kim John Payne. Her interest in social health issues prompted her to write her master’s thesis on the topic, and she has been the chair of the Social Health committee since its inception. While not at work, she enjoys traveling, cycling, gardening, singing, hiking, kayaking, and spending time with family and friends.

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Specialty Teachers