Faculty

Anca received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and special education from Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Romania and a master’s in clinical psychology from Georgia Southern University. She completed the Waldorf Teacher training at  the Alkion Institute and joined our faculty in 2015.

Anca Baboi

Grade 4 Class Teacher

Anca received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and special education from Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Romania and a master’s in clinical psychology from Georgia Southern University. She completed the Waldorf Teacher training at the Alkion Institute and joined our faculty in 2015.

Andy studied philosophy and mathematics at the University of Illinois. After working with adults with special needs, he began Waldorf training at Sunbridge College and completed Consciousness Studies and the biodynamic apprenticeship at Rudolf Steiner College. Exploring the foundations of Waldorf’s science curriculum led Andy to earn a PhD from Oregon State University focusing on the history of science, philosophy, and literature. Before joining the faculty, he taught high school science, along with college courses for the history and biology departments in Idaho. Andy joined our faculty in 2021.

Andy Hahn

Science, Mathematics, and Humanities Teacher
Grades 6 - 12

Andy studied philosophy and mathematics at the University of Illinois. After working with adults with special needs, he began Waldorf training at Sunbridge College and completed Consciousness Studies and the biodynamic apprenticeship at Rudolf Steiner College. Exploring the foundations of Waldorf’s science curriculum led Andy to earn a PhD from Oregon State University focusing on the history of science, philosophy, and literature. Before joining the faculty, he taught high school science, along with college courses for the history and biology departments in Idaho. Andy joined our faculty in 2021.

Astrea holds a B.A. in Cultural Studies with an emphasis on creative writing from Empire State College. 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.

Astrea Ravenstar

Grade 8 Class Teacher

Astrea holds a B.A. in Cultural Studies with an emphasis on creative writing from Empire State College. 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.

Courtney Stanger

Little Acorns Preschool Teacher
Parent Child Playgroup Teacher

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Emily O'Donnell

Aftercare Teacher - Lower School

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Heather graduated from Austin College in Sherman, TX with a BA in Communication Arts and Tulane University in New Orleans, LA with an MFA in Theatrical Design. She completed her Waldorf Teacher Training in both Early Childhood and Grades Education at Waldorf Teacher Education Eugene in Oregon over a decade ago. She recently moved to Saratoga Springs where she assisted in the preschool before taking her own class. She has taught in multiple outdoor Waldorf Early Childhood programs, has tutored Waldorf middle school students, and has taken first through fifth grade at the Eugene Waldorf School.

Heather Kidd

Grades 2 & 3 Class Teacher

Heather graduated from Austin College in Sherman, TX with a BA in Communication Arts and Tulane University in New Orleans, LA with an MFA in Theatrical Design. She completed her Waldorf Teacher Training in both Early Childhood and Grades Education at Waldorf Teacher Education Eugene in Oregon over a decade ago. She recently moved to Saratoga Springs where she assisted in the preschool before taking her own class. She has taught in multiple outdoor Waldorf Early Childhood programs, has tutored Waldorf middle school students, and has taken first through fifth grade at the Eugene Waldorf School.

Jen holds a Bachelor’s of Social Work from Marist College and a Certificate in Waldorf Early Childhood Education from Sophia’s Hearth. She lives with her husband and three children who all attend the Waldorf School. She joined our faculty in 2018.

Jen Lutz

Birch Tree Preschool Teacher

Jen holds a Bachelor’s of Social Work from Marist College and a Certificate in Waldorf Early Childhood Education from Sophia’s Hearth. She lives with her husband and three children who all attend the Waldorf School. She joined our faculty in 2018.

Jessica Hindson

Strings Teacher - Lower School

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Karen received a BFA from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science in Education from Sunbridge College.  For the past nine years, Karen has been part of the summer faculty at Sunbridge as a lead teacher for the Summer Intensive Program for class teachers.  Karen began her class teaching career at the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs in 1993 and is currently in her fourth class cycle.

Karen Crandall

Grade 5 Class Teacher

Karen received a BFA from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science in Education from Sunbridge College. For the past nine years, Karen has been part of the summer faculty at Sunbridge as a lead teacher for the Summer Intensive Program for class teachers. Karen began her class teaching career at the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs in 1993 and is currently in her fourth class cycle.

Katherine received her BFA from The Cooper Union and her MFA from New England College, and has shown her artwork at various galleries in New York City and regionally. She studied drawing, painting, and photography and in so doing discovered her personal themes of landscape and memory.  Katherine lives in Glens Falls with her husband and two sons and is also an adjunct professor of art and design at SUNY Adirondack. Her work can be viewed at www.katherinempatterson.com.

Kate Patterson

Fine Arts Teacher - Grades 4 - 12

Katherine received her BFA from The Cooper Union and her MFA from New England College, and has shown her artwork at various galleries in New York City and regionally. She studied drawing, painting, and photography and in so doing discovered her personal themes of landscape and memory. Katherine lives in Glens Falls with her husband and two sons and is also an adjunct professor of art and design at SUNY Adirondack. Her work can be viewed at www.katherinempatterson.com.

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.

Katie Hooper

Choral Teacher - High School

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.

Kristin Young

Little Acorns Preschool Teacher
Development Coordinator

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Kristyn comes to The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs after teaching in public schools for over six years. Before embarking on her professional teaching career she earned her Master’s of Education from Antioch University New England with a focus on early childhood education.  Most recently, Kristyn has had the joy and honor to spend the last two years home with her two young children, aged five and two.  Kristyn grew up in Saratoga County and just recently moved back to the area with her own family.

Kristyn Gibbs

Grade 1 Class Teacher

Kristyn comes to The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs after teaching in public schools for over six years. Before embarking on her professional teaching career she earned her Master’s of Education from Antioch University New England with a focus on early childhood education. Most recently, Kristyn has had the joy and honor to spend the last two years home with her two young children, aged five and two. Kristyn grew up in Saratoga County and just recently moved back to the area with her own family.

Laurence Delarbre

French Teacher Grades 2 - 12

Manon holds a master’s degree from the Université Paul Valéry, France and a certificate in Waldorf education from Sunbridge College.  She has also taught French in our high school as well as parent/child and preschool classes.  Manon joined our faculty in 2003.

Manon Sabatier

Maple Forest Kindergarten Teacher

Manon holds a master’s degree from the Université Paul Valéry, France and a certificate in Waldorf education from Sunbridge College.  She has also taught French in our high school as well as parent/child and preschool classes.  Manon joined our faculty in 2003.

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 is working towards his Waldorf training at the Alkion Center in Hawthorne Valley. Michael joined our faculty in 2014.

Michael Whitney

Practical Arts Teacher - Grades 4 - 12

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 is working towards his Waldorf training at the Alkion Center in Hawthorne Valley. Michael joined our faculty in 2014.

A Waldorf graduate from Sydney, Australia, Paul holds bachelor degrees in both engineering physics and English literature from the University of New South Wales. Paul worked in engineering and business development for approximately 15 years in the semiconductor industry and holds an MBA from the University of Texas.  Paul’s passion for scientific discovery and working with young people led him to become a Waldorf science teacher. Paul joined our faculty in 2017 and his two youngest children attend the school - which they love!

Paul Beasly

Science and Mathematics Teacher - Grades 6 - 12

A Waldorf graduate from Sydney, Australia, Paul holds bachelor degrees in both engineering physics and English literature from the University of New South Wales. Paul worked in engineering and business development for approximately 15 years in the semiconductor industry and holds an MBA from the University of Texas. Paul’s passion for scientific discovery and working with young people led him to become a Waldorf science teacher. Paul joined our faculty in 2017 and his two youngest children attend the school - which they love!

Scott holds a B.S. in elementary education and a B.S. in physical education from Cortland College. He completed his Master’s in Waldorf education at Sunbridge College. Scott joined our faculty in the autumn of 2008.

Scott Stewart

Movement Teacher and Athletic Director - Grades 1 - 12

Scott holds a B.S. in elementary education and a B.S. in physical education from Cortland College. He completed his Master’s in Waldorf education at Sunbridge College. Scott joined our faculty in the autumn of 2008.

Sophie attended the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs from pre-school until 12th grade. After graduating high school, she attended Bennington college where she was given the opportunity to be a student teacher in Brooklyn, New York as well as in Tokyo. After graduating from Bennington, Sophie moved to Japan to teach English. She then decided to enroll in the Waldorf teacher training program at Alkion and move back to Saratoga Springs to join our school, creating a full circle!

Sophie Ward

Grades 6 & 7 Class Teacher

Sophie attended the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs from pre-school until 12th grade. After graduating high school, she attended Bennington college where she was given the opportunity to be a student teacher in Brooklyn, New York as well as in Tokyo. After graduating from Bennington, Sophie moved to Japan to teach English. She then decided to enroll in the Waldorf teacher training program at Alkion and move back to Saratoga Springs to join our school, creating a full circle!

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.

Steve Balmer

Humanities Teacher - High School

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.

Susan holds a BFA from Skidmore College and an arts education teaching certification from Parsons School of Design. She completed her Waldorf teacher certification at Alkion in 2016 and joined our faculty in 2014.

Susan Gilman

Morning Glory Kindergarten Teacher

Susan holds a BFA from Skidmore College and an arts education teaching certification from Parsons School of Design. She completed her Waldorf teacher certification at Alkion in 2016 and joined our faculty in 2014.

Tamara received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health from SUNY Potsdam, where she also studied music at Crane.  She has substitute taught and assisted in our Early Childhood Program since 2018. She lives in Saratoga Springs with her husband and two children. 

Tamara Woolsey-Davis

Aftercare Lead Teacher, Drum Instructor - Lower School

Tamara received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health from SUNY Potsdam, where she also studied music at Crane.  She has substitute taught and assisted in our Early Childhood Program since 2018. She lives in Saratoga Springs with her husband and two children.