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 the Teachers’ Training Program at the Alkion Institute, Hawthorne Valley in 2016. 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.

Paul Beasly  High School Science and Mathematics.  Paul grew up in Sydney, Australia and attended a Waldorf school grades K-12.  He received his BS in Engineering Physics and BA in English Literature from the University of New South Wales, Australia.  After working for a number of years as an electrical engineer designing microcircuits for the telecommunications industry, Paul moved to the USA and pursued various technical and business roles in the semiconductor industry as well as earning an MBA from the University of Texas, Austin.  Paul’s passion for scientific discovery and working with young people led him to become a Waldorf science teacher and he is currently in his third and final year of Waldorf high school teacher training with the Center for Anthroposophy. Paul joined our faculty in 2017.

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

Will Bristol – Lower School Music and Chorus Teacher / High School Accompanist. 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.

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

Jennifer deVincenzo – Middle Grades and High School Dance Teacher. Jennifer received a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education PreK-6 with a concentration in Spanish and a Masters of Science Degree in Curriculum and Development. She has extensive experience with various grade levels ranging from kindergarten to college Spanish. She also holds a Biodynamic Certification from The Pfeiffer Center. She completed her Foundation studies in Anthroposophy this past year and is in her final year of the teacher training at the Alkion Institute (Hawthorne Valley). She has studied, coached and performed Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, and Ballroom since she was three and is excited to share the passion of dance and movement with the students, faculty, and community alike. She joined our faculty in 2017.

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 and Orchestra 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 Winds and Orchestra Teacher / High School Humanities and Orchestra Teacher. 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 – Morning Glory Kindergarten 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 and completed the Waldorf teacher certification at Alkion 2016.  Susan joined our faculty in 2014.

Sam Godsey – High School Science, Mathematics and Humanities / Lower School Science. Sam received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Biology, and English from Ball State University. He completed his Waldorf teacher certification at Center for Anthroposophy and taught with us during the 2013/2014 school year. He is a past member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) and has attended and presented research in multisensoryintegration at conferences for the CNS in Chicago, Illinois. Sam has also worked with helping to restore native Hawaiian rainforests on Kaua’i and creating seed banks for endangered plants on Moloka’i. In the summer of 2017, he was given the honor of being the commencement speaker for the WSSS graduation. Coming from the Honolulu Waldorf School, Sam joins our faculty once again in 2017.

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 BS in Water Resources Management from the University of Maryland and performed graduate course work in French Studies from the University at Albany. She has been part of our faculty since 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 has been either a lower school or high school teacher since 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.

Therese Lesser – Rainbow Bridge Preschool Teacher/ ECC Aftercare Teacher. Therese has her AAS Degree in Crafts Management. She has attended Birth to Three Training at Sophia’s Hearth and has a foundation of courses in Early Childhood Education. Therese has been a preschool teacher for over 30 years. Working at both Katrina Trask Cooperative Nursery School as lead teacher and holding several assisting and teaching positions at the WSSS since first becoming involved in 1993.

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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 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.

Rachel Morgan – High School Life Science, Seventh and Eighth Grade Mathematics. Rachel received her B.S from Plattsburgh State University with a focus in Outdoor Education. She has taught in Independent schools since 2004; three years at North Country School in Lake Placid NY and ten years with Doane Stuart in Rensselaer NY. Her love of the environment goes hand in hand with experiential learning. She joined the faculty in 2017.

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 – Faculty Advisor and 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.

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 a Registered Nurse. She joined our school in 2005.

Madeline Selby – Lower School Class of 2029 Teacher. Madeline holds a B.A. in Music with anemphasis in flute performance from Westmont College. She completed her Foundation Studies at Waldorf Teacher Education Eugene in Eugene Oregon and her Waldorf teacher’s certificate from the Alkion Center. Madeline joined our faculty in 2017.


Thaddeus Sipe – First Grade Afternoon Teacher. He is currently completing a BFA in Graphic Design from The Sage College of Albany, and a Masters in Education with a Waldorf concentration from Antioch University. Thaddeus is a 15 year graduate of Waldorf Education. He joined our school in 2017.

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 – Movement Teacher and Director of Afterschool Sports Program.  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.

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. He completed his Waldorf training at the Alkion Center in Hawthorne Valley in 2016. He currently lives in Schuylerville and hopes to continue singing with the Skidmore chorus. Michael joined our faculty in 2014.

Anna Witt – Lower School German Teacher. Lower School German teacher: Anna was born and raised in the south of Germany. Original trained as a dancer, she continued her studies at the School for Body-Mind Centering® in Amherst, MA, working with pioneers in the field of somatic movement and its application to pyscho-physical integration and self-discovery. Anna has taught dance to a wide range of population; children with physical disabilities/limitations, infants to adults, and dancers of different social and cultural backgrounds. As a Movement Therapist/Somatic Movement Educator and Embodyoga® teacher Anna currently works in Saratoga Springs raising her two boys. She looks forward to teaching and sharing her native language. For her the German language is a discovery of a vibrant and diverse inherent possibility of personal expression and change. Anna was first on our faculty as an ECP Teachers Assistant in 2008 and rejoins us in 2017.

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.