FACULTY - Early Childhood

FACULTY - Lower and High School

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.

Therese Lesser

Early Childhood Aftercare Teacher. Therese has a degree in crafts management and has studied early childhood education at Sophia’s Hearth. Therese has been a preschool teacher for over 30 years at both Katrina Trask Cooperative Nursery School and at WSSS.

Jennifer Lutz

Rainbow Bridge 2-Day Early Childhood Teacher. Jennifer received a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Marist College. She is currently pursuing her Waldorf teaching certificate at The Early Childhood Teacher Education Center at Sophia’s Hearth. She resides in Greenfield with her husband and three children. 

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 faculty in 2008.

Hannelore Petteys

Hannelore began her Waldorf teacher training in the Netherlands and completed her training at the Alkion Center, earning her certificate in 2019.  She is originally from the Netherlands, and has worked as a vegetable farmer on organic farms both overseas and in New York.  Hannelore joined our faculty at the Forest Kindergarten in 2019.  

Manon Sabatier (N'Dolo)

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.

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, is a Simplicity Parenting family life coach and serves as Director of the Early Childhood Education Center at Sophias Hearth. Katherine is also trained in the Pikler approach and is a registered nurse. She joined our school in 2005.

Anca Baboi

Lower School Class of 2027 and 2028 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 is working towards completing the foundations studies in anthroposophy and the teachers’ training program at the Alkion Institute and 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 and Middle School Science.  A Sydney, Australia native and Waldorf graduate, Paul holds bachelor degrees in both engineering physics and English literature from the University of New South Wales. Paul worked for many years in the telecommunications and semiconductor industries 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 and he is currently in his 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.

Leah Brown

Leah was a middle school special education teacher both in New York City and Westport, Connecticut before returning “home” a few years ago after the birth of her 2nd child. She spent the last year working on the middle grades scope and sequence and currently teaches 6th grade math. She lives in Saratoga with her husband, 1st grade daughter, kindergarten son, and their Pomeranian pup. 

Jacqualine Burk

High School and Middle School Fine Arts, High School Orchestra and Middle School Winds. Jacqualine earned her Bachelors in Music Performance at Baylor University and Masters of Oboe Performance at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Curiosity drove her to Germany, where she enjoyed a career as chamber musician, soloist and educator throughout Europe. Earning a Bachelor in Fine Arts at the Alanus University in Alfter, Germany, Jackie concentrated on visual and acoustical perceptions, turning to photography, video and sound-installations in her work. She completed an apprenticeship with the Swiss pigment and color expert Stefan Muntwyler and has completed her Masters in Waldorf education from Alanus. She joined our faculty in 2018 and is honored to share the joys, mysteries and beauties of art and music, while bringing far-away lands a bit closer to home. 

Karen Crandall

Lower School Classes of 2024 and 2025 Teacher. Karen received a BFA 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 and is currently in her third class cycle for the classes of 2024 and 2025.

Laurence Delarbre

Lower School French Teacher. Madame Delarbre is a native of France with master degrees in both international affairs and Russian language and civilization. She has taught French in public schools as well as through private lessons. 

Susan Elmore

Lower School Eurythmy Teacher. Susan Elmore attended Oberlin College and the Waldorf Institute of Mercy College (Detroit). She holds a four-year diploma from the London School of Eurythmy in 1979 and is also certified in eurythmy therapy. She has performed in the US, Canada, and the UK and taught children and adults of all ages for nearly four decades. Susan rejoined our faculty in 2013

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.

Nellie Lovenduski

High School Mathematics. Nellie received a B.A. in both mathematics and secondary education as well as a master’s 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.

Sally McQuade

Lower School Class of 2029 Teacher. Sally has been teaching various grades from kindergarten through 8th for over 12 years at independent schools in the Northeast and has completed a number of trainings including Wilson Language Level One and the Orton/Gillingham one year training. Sally has also participated in a course with David Sobel on "Place Based Education" and with Richard Louv (Last Child in the Woods) on "Nature Deficit Disorder." Sally joined our faculty in 2019 will begin her Waldorf teacher training in the summer of 2019.

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 including North Country School in Lake Placid and Doane Stuart in Rensselaer. Her love of the environment goes hand in hand with experiential learning. She joined the faculty in 2017.

Michael O'Donnell

Lower School Class of 2030 Teacher. Michael holds a B.A. in history from UCLA, a master’s of history and a Waldorf teacher’s certificate from the Alkion Center. He joined our faculty in 2013.

Astrea Ravenstar

Lower School Class of 2023 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.

Mikaela Salem

Lower School through High School Music Teacher.  Mikaela earned her Bachelors in Music Education from The Crane School of Music.  Her degree has an emphasis in choral studies and vocal technique. Mikaela joined our school in 2020. 

Linda Stallard

Lower School Aftercare Coordinator. Linda received her BS from the University of Wisconsin. She has worked in Waldorf education since 1986, including six years at High Mowing School in New Hampshire where she worked as a dorm counselor. Inspired by training with Danish early childhood educator and outdoor kindergarten founder Helle Heckman, she developed and directed outdoor summer camps for early childhood and elementary students at WSSS. She has coordinated 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 master’s in Waldorf education at Sunbridge College. Scott joined our faculty in the autumn of 2008.

Sasha Tobin

Sasha Tobin studied Creative Writing at Warren Wilson College, where she focused primarily on poetry, playwriting, and Shakespearean Literature. During her studies of creative writing and literature, she spent a semester abroad in South Africa studying multiculturalism and social change. Her studies abroad and passion for social justice have led her into in-depth studies of world cultures and world literature She later studied high school humanities and grades school Waldorf education at Rudolf Steiner College and graduated in 2015.

Sophie Ward

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!

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

Hannah Zlotnick

Hannah Zlotnick is a Saratoga Springs native who studied Human Development and Theater at Cornell University. She began her career as an Assistant Teacher in two Waldorf Preschools and then as a Lead Kindergarten teacher at a Public Waldorf School in Colorado. Ms. Zlotnick served as an Environmental Conservation Educator with the Peace Corps in Paraguay, where she mainly taught Pre-K through 6th grade as well as offered Steiner inspired trainings for Paraguayan teachers and fellow Peace Corps Volunteers. She is currently enjoying her Waldorf Teacher Training with the Alkion Institute. She feels deeply honored and immensely grateful to be a part of this inspiring community.

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