Faculty

Shawn Atkins-Assistant Teacher Forest Kindergarten/Summer Camp Lead Teacher. Shawn has been an award-winning Teaching Artist since graduating from Columbia University in 1992.  She is the recipient of numerous artist grants from New York Foundation for the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts, among other.  In 2007, Shawn received a Guggenheim Fellowship for her creative work.  Shawn joined our school in 2012.

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.

Allison Bradley-Lower School Handwork Teacher.

Holly Brashares-Lower and High School Eurythymy. Holly  received her Waldorf teacher certification in New Zealand. She holds training certificates in Eurythmy, Pedagogical Eurythmy, and Therapeutic Eurythmy. Holly joined the faculty in 1998.

Karen Crandall-Lower School Class 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 WSSS 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.

Scott Esty-Lower School Class Teacher.

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.

Irene Gilb -High School German and English. Irene received a B.A. with a minor in German from Skidmore College.  In addition to German, Irene teaches English in the high school and accompanies the Chorus on piano. She has been teaching at the high school since 2009.

Susan Gilman-4 Day Preschool Teacher. Susan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fine Arts from Skidmore College and an Arts Education Teaching Certification fro Parsons School of Design.

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 31 years ago.

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-Lower School Class Teacher. 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. Gina joined our faculty in 2004.

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-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-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.

Joshua Lytle-High School Humanities.  Josh received a degree in Philosophy and Creative Writing from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He completed his certification in Waldorf High School Education with the Center for Anthroposophy.  Josh spent several years teaching English in Japan before coming to WSSS in 2001.

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

Dan Moise-High School Science and Math

Manon N’Dolo-Forest Kindergarten Teacher.  Manon holds a degree from the Universté of Paul Valéry, France and a certificate in Waldorf Education from Sunbridge College.  Manon taught French in our High School for three years and began as the teacher of the four-day Preschool class in 2012.

Debra Nicastro-3 Day Preschool Teacher. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and an M.S. in Reading Education from State University of New York at  Albany. Debra joined our staff in 2012.

Michael O’Donnell-Lower School Class Teacher.  Michael holds a B.A. in History from the University of California, 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 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 and joined our faculty the same year.

Abigail Reid- Special Dynamics 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-Lower and 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 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 is also  Registered Nurse. Katherine 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 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 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 joined our faculty in the 2011.

Michael Whitney-High School Practical Arts Teacher

Mandy Vanderwarker-Aftercare Coordinator.  Mandy’s extensive work with young children includes experience as an Aftercare Assistant, Waldorf Summer Camp Lead Teacher and Preschool Assistant.  She joined the Waldorf School in 2008.

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.

 

2014-2015 High School Guest Teachers

Karen Arciero-High School Physiology.  Karen holds a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Springfield College. She is currently an Associate Teacher of Health and Exercise Sciences at Skidmore College.

Michael D’Aleo-High School Physical Science and Mathematics. Michael is a co-founder of the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs High School. A former engineer, Michael lectures widely on the topics of science and education and co-authored the book Sensible Physics, a teaching guide for sixth, seventh and eighth grade educators.

Lisa Damian-High School Life Sciences. 

Alexandra Siy-High School Life Science.  Alex earned a B.A. in Biology with Chemistry and Writing minors from State University of New York College at Plattsburgh. She alsoholds and M.A. in Science Education and a Waldorf Teacher Certification from the Center for Anthroposophy.

Ondria Wasem-High School Mathematics.