Faculty

 

2015-rose-ceremony-13Anca Baboi – Lower School Class of 2027 Teacher.  Anca received a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Special Education from Al,I.Cuza University, Iasi, Romania and a Masters of Science Degree in Clinical Psychology from Georgia Southern University. She completed the Foundations Studies in Anthroposophy and she is currently completing the Teachers’ Training Program at the Alkion Institute, Hawthorne Valley. Anca joined our faculty in 2015

Stephen Balmer-High School Humanities.  Steve was an English teacher from 1980  to 1983 before acquiring a J.D. degree from SUNY Buffalo in 1987. He was a practitioner of law from 1987 to 1999. Steve joined our faculty in 2000 after completing his Waldorf teacher training.

Kristine Bohn – Lower School German.  Kristine holds a BA in German and Secondary Education and Master’s degree in German from SUNY Albany.  She joined our faculty in 2015.

Allison Bradley – Middle Grades Art Teacher and Grade 6 Math Assistant.  Allison graduated with a B.A. in Psychology with minors in Art and Biology from Kalamazoo College in 1989.  After professional involvement with Human Services and Crisis Intervention, she completed a Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the Union Institute.  Allison’s additional experience in the realm of human development includes consulting and facilitation with corporations, schools, non-profit agencies, law enforcement and health care organizations, as well as 16 years of teaching meditation.  Allison been a Waldorf parent for 14 years, and has worked in Waldorf schools since 2011.  She was our handwork teacher in 2014 and re-joined our faculty in 2016.

Holly Brashares-Middle and High School Eurythymy. Holly  received her Waldorf teacher certification at Taruna in New Zealand and her professional Eurythmy certification from Dornach at Eurythmy Spring Valley. She holds training certificates in Pedagogical Eurythmy from Emerson College in England, and Therapeutic Eurythmy  from Dornach in Switzerland. Holly joined the faculty in 1996.

Will Bristol – Accompanist / High School Recorder Teacher.  Will holds a BA in Music from University of Southern Maine where he specialized in piano performance and French. As a musician, Will has performed both as a soloist, chamber musician, and accompanist. As a former Waldorf student himself, Will decided to work in France during the 2014-2015 school year at the Waldorf School of Avignon, where he co-taught chorus, English, and gave piano lessons. Will also teaches private piano lessons on the side.  He joined our school in 2015.

Karen Crandall-Lower School Class of 2024 Teacher. Karen received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s of Science in Education from Sunbridge College. Karen began her class teaching career at Waldorf Saratoga in 1992 with the class of 2004.  She picked up her second class cycle in 2006 and is currently in her third class cycle for the class of 2024.

Amanda Damjanovic – High School Math / Science Teacher.  Amanda received a B.A. in Zoology at Miami University, a Masters Degree in Biomedical Sciences at the Medical College of Ohio, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology at Clemson University. She completed postdoctoral training in Neuroimmunology at Loma Linda University, and postdoctoral training in Immunology at the National Institute on Aging. She has teaching experience in the Biology Departments at Bowling Green State University and Boise State University. She has lower and middle school teaching experience at the Montessori School of Bowling Green, OH and a year of math instruction at Middleton Elementary in Sherwood, OR.  She joined our faculty in 2016.

Francelise Dawkins – High School French Teacher. Born and raised in Paris, France with French Caribbean ancestry Madame Dawkins studied at The House of the Children of the Arts for 11 years (between 9 and 20 years old). Yet, after 2 years of literary English studies at the University of ParisX, she studied  an additional two years to become an English Commercial translator in France.  She came to the US over 3 decades ago, where she began a career in fiber-arts (see her website: francelisedawkins.com).   She also has been teaching French for adults and in school programs for gifted children since coming to this country.  Her relationship with the Waldorf High School started in 2006 as a tutor for Madame Morel’s students. Francelise joined our faculty in 2013

Susan Elmore – Lower School Eurythmy Teacher. Susan Elmore attended Oberlin College and the Waldorf Institute of Mercy College (Detroit). Since earning her 4-year diploma at the London School of Eurythmy in 1979, she has also become certified in eurythmy therapy and pursued further training in theater arts.  She has performed in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom and taught children and adults of all ages for nearly four decades.  Susan rejoined our faculty in 2013

Scott Esty-Lower School Class of 2028 Teacher.  Scott holds a BA from Bates College and a Master of Music from the University of Michigan. He taught previously at the Taos Waldorf School before moving to Saratoga. Scott received his Waldorf training from Antioch University in New England and joined our faculty in 2014

Deborah Frahme-Lower School Strings Teacher.  Deborah received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. She has served as our Lower School strings instructor since 2005.

Richard Fron-Lower and High School  Music Director/High School Humanities.  Richard studied music at Oberlin Conservatory and received a Bachelor’s of Music degree from Boston University. He has served as a Waldorf class teacher as well as a Waldorf music teacher. He has been part of our faculty since 1995.

Susan Gilman-Preschool Teacher. Susan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fine Arts from Skidmore College and an Arts Education Teaching Certification from Parsons School of Design.  Susan joined our faculty in 2014.

Katie Hooper-Choral Music Teacher.  Katie received a Bachelor of Music degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and also studied at The Cummington School of the Arts in western Massachusetts. She has been a Suzuki piano teacher for 26 years and has taught choral music at our school since its inception in 1981.

Patricia Hrebenach-Lower School French.  Patty  holds a B.S. in Water Resources Management from the University of Maryland and performed graduate course work in French Studies from the University at Albany.  She joined our faculty in 2008.

Gina Gutierrez Karp – High School Humanities. Gina graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a joint degree in English and Anthropology. She taught widely in public school settings (including ESL) before attaining a Masters degree in Waldorf Education from Antioch College in New England. Gina joined our faculty in 2004.

Krystina Konanec – Lower School Handwork Teacher.  Krystina holds a Bachelor of Psychology degree from McGill University and a Masters of Counseling in Education degree from University of British Columbia.  She recently completed her Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy at Alkion Institute (Hawthorne Valley) and is currently completing her Applied Arts certification from the Fiber Craft Studio (Threefold Educational Center). Krystina joined our faculty in 2015.

Rodimir Kovatchev – High School German

Marc Largie – Movement Teacher and Director of Afterschool Sports Program. Marc has a degree in Recreology as well as Physical and Health Education. He has also received training in Spacial Dynamics. Marc joined our faculty in October 2011.

Nellie Lovenduski

Nellie Lovenduski – High School Mathematics.  Nellie received a B.A. in both Mathematics and Secondary Education as well as a Masters Degree in Education from SUNY Potsdam.  She completed her certification in Waldorf High School Education with the Center for Anthroposophy. Nellie joined our faculty in 2009.

 

Carly Lynn – Birchtree Forest Kindergarten Teacher. Carly received a Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Potsdam in K-6 education, and holds a Master’s degree in Waldorf Early Childhood Education from Sunbridge College. She joined our school in 2005.

Mary Maschal-Rose Kindergarten and Middle School Art Teacher. Mary holds a B.A. in Women’s Studies from San Diego State University. Mary completed her Waldorf Teacher Certification at Waldorf Teacher Education Eugene in 2006.  She joined our Early Childhood faculty in 2008.

Manon N’Dolo-Maple Forest Kindergarten Teacher.  Manon holds a Masters degree from the Université Paul Valéry, France and a certificate in Waldorf Education from Sunbridge College.  Manon taught French in our High School for three years, then Parent-Child classes in 2008 and preschool-kindergarten since 2012.

Michael O'DonnellMichael O’Donnell-Lower School Class of 2025 Teacher.  Michael holds a B.A. in History from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), a Masters of Art in History and a Waldorf teacher’s certificate from the Alkion Center.  He joined our faculty in 2013.

 

Astrea Ravenstar-Lower School Class of 2022 Teacher.  Astrea holds a B.A. from Empire State College in Cultural Studies with an emphasis on creative writing. She completed her Waldorf Teacher training in 2009 from Antioch University New England and joined our faculty the same year. In 2016, Astrea graduated from the five-year Spacial Dynamics Level I training.

Abigail Reid- Academic Support Teacher.  Abigail holds a B.A. from Skidmore College and completed her Waldorf teacher training in 2001. She joined our faculty in 1999.

Mary Roberts-High School Painting. Mary was trained in Art Education at the State University of New York at New Paltz, and has done graduate work at St. Rose College, SUNY Albany, and Skidmore College.  She began teaching at our school in 1999.

Elizabeth Sabatella-Lower School Class of 2023 Teacher.  Elizabeth earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from Wilkes University and an Education Degree from Old Dominion University. Elizabeth received her Waldorf Teaching Certificate from Antioch University and joined our faculty in 2011.

Katherine Scharff – Preschool Teacher/Parent Child Teacher.Katherine reaped the rewards of a Waldorf education, having graduated from the Green Meadow Waldorf School in 1979. She holds a certificate in Waldorf Early Childhood Education and is a Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach.  Katherine is also  Registered Nurse. She joined our school in 2005.

Linda Stallard – Lower School Aftercare Coordinator. Linda holds a B.S. in Health and Physical Sciences from the University of Wisconsin.  Linda has been working in our aftercare program since 2002.

Scott Stewart – Lower School Class of 2021 Teacher.  Scott holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and a B.S. in Physical Education from Cortland College. He completed his Masters of Science in Waldorf Education at Sunbridge College. Scott joined our faculty in the autumn of 2008 taking a new first-grade class.

Christa Therrien- Lower School Class of 2026 Teacher.  Christa earned a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology and holds her Master’s Degree in Waldorf Education from Antioch University. She has over ten years of Waldorf teaching experience as an early childhood and class teacher. Christa was first on our faculty from 1997-2005 and returned to our faculty in 2011.

Michael Whitney-High School Practical Arts Teacher.  Michael graduated from Pratt institute in 1994 with a BA in Industrial design. He worked for many years fabricating cabinets and furniture in Brooklyn. During those years he found time to have three kids and create hundreds of one of a kind functional products using found objects. This year he will be completing his Waldorf training at the Alkion Center in Hawthorne Valley.  He currently lives in Schuylerville and hopes to continue singing with the Skidmore chorus.  Michael joined our faculty in 2014

Cynthia Wright -High School Fine Arts Teacher and Guidance Coordinator. Cynthia holds a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from Houghton College and a Masters in Arts Education from the University of Illinois.  A painter, sculptor, and puppet maker, she completed her Waldorf Teacher training certification from the Center for Anthroposophy. Cynthia joined our faculty in 2000.

 

2016-2017 High School Guest Teachers

 

Michael D’Aleo – Science.  Michael D’Aleo lectures nationally and internationally on the topics of science, education and environmental issues and is a founding member of the Saratoga Experiential Natural Science Research Institute (SENSRI) in Keene Valley, New York as the Director of Research.  He was a co-founder of the high school at the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs where he taught physical science and astronomy.  Mr. D’Aleo is also an instructor of Waldorf School physical science teachers at The Center for Anthroposophy in Wilton New Hampshire as well as a guest teacher at various teacher training institutions and Waldorf Schools.  He is the cofounder of, and leads the successful 6th, 7th and 8th grade science teacher training, Teaching Sensible Science.  Mr. D’Aleo has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Rutgers University where he graduated Summa cum Laude.  He also holds a Masters degree in education from Sunbridge College.

Karl Fredrickson – Humanities

Renate Kurth – Science

Anne Maguire – Science

Burcu Mello – Science.   “I am Burcu Demiralp Mello, a Waldorf parent, as well as an education enthusiast coming from generations of education focus. I was born into quite an academic family; an Applied Mathematics Professor dad and an Applied Chemist mom, and grew up breathing research institute and university atmosphere. My origins are from Istanbul, Turkey and the island of Cyprus in the Mediterranean. I am currently pursuing a PhD degree in Education in the Claremont Graduate University, up in LA. And, I am in the dissertation phase of my research, investigating “Conditions of the Flow Experience in Inquiry based science education”.  I am absolutely in love with learning and bringing what I discover to practical life. My Bachelor is in Physics, and I also have a Masters in Physics education and a second Masters in Cognitive Psychology. Work wise, I have over ten years experience teaching science and physics grades 6-12, including AP levels. I also have experience founding and managing my own Science tutoring center preparing students for AP, SAT and IB exams. As of this moment, I have a strong interest in  “phenomenological science teaching” which is in tie with my personal interest in Mindfulness. I am a “nature” and “natural” lover with an enthusiasm for life, learning, art, and adventure. My hobbies are sailing, diving, glass blowing, sculpting, wind surfing and travelling. However, due to my full time motherhood adventure, PhD work, and Mindfulness interest, lately I have been sailing, diving, sculpting, surfing and travelling more in the inner worlds, which is as awesome if not more!”

Julie Niles – Math

Eric Sabatella – Science.  Eric Sabatella joins us from the IT consulting industry, where he has spent the last twenty years working for small, medium, and large sized consulting and software companies, including IBM and KPMG.  Eric has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Physics from Wilkes University.  During his career, he has held positions a software developer, integration architect, implementation consultant, and professional services director.  Eric has had some corporate training responsibilities throughout his career, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring his interest in computing technology to the next generation of innovators.

Alexandra Siy – Science.   Alex’s first Waldorf teaching job was as a classroom teacher at the Winterberry Charter School in Anchorage.   After leaving Alaska in 2007, she taught high school science and math at the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs, and then at the Shining Mountain Waldorf School in Boulder, CO. She returned to teaching at WSSS in 2013, and is currently teaching several science blocks in the high school. Alex received Waldorf teacher training through the Rudolf Steiner College and the Center for Anthroposophy. She earned a B.A in biology and a M.A. in science education from the State University of New York, and in 2016 received an advanced graduate certificate in children’s literature from Stony Brook Southampton. Alex is also a science writer for children. Her books have been honored with many awards including the American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award. Her newest book, Voyager’s Greatest Hits: The Epic Trek to Interstellar Space will be published in 2017, to celebrate the 40-year anniversary of the Voyager mission. Alex is the mother of four children who currently live in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Boston. The youngest, a junior in high school, lives with her in their home in the Town of New Scotland outside of Albany.You can visit Alex online at www.alexandrasiy.com.