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Class Teachers

Winnie Jamieson, First Grade Teacher

MA, Philosophy and Education, Columbia University Teacher's College; BA, Education & BA, Philosophy, Brooklyn College; NYS teaching license, Childhood Education, Grades 1-6; Waldorf Teacher Training, Sunbridge Institute (completion in 2014).

The year her Class of 2025 students were born, Winnie went back to school to follow a calling into education. She soon became interested in exploring the foundations and goals of education through a philosophical lens. While seeking to answer the question “What kind of education helps to create a happy and healthy human being?”, Winnie discovered Waldorf® Education.

She is excited to transition with her son into the Green Meadow Waldorf School community. This for them means more time in nature, painting, singing, and playing.  

 

 

 

 

 

Judit Gilbert, Second Grade Teacher

Undergraduate study of theology, Theological University of Szeged (Hungary); certificate in Waldorf Education, Emerson College (UK); Eurythmy diploma, Eurythmy Spring Valley (New York); BA in Eurythmy Education (anticipated in 2013), University College of Eurythmy (Oslo, Norway)

Judit  has taught in elementary schools in Hungary, her birth country, and helped launch a Waldorf school in her home town. A trained eurythmist who has performed with the Eurythmy Spring Valley ensemble, she is also a craftswoman, specializing in felted wool pictures depicting fairy tales, using plant-dyed colors. She has been an assistant teacher at Green Meadow in the handwork department and First Grade.

She is married to Harlan Gilbert, a high-school math teacher at Green Meadow. Their two sons are middle- and high-school students at Green Meadow.

 

Ruth Olson, Third Grade Teacher

BA Psychology, McGill University Canada. ECE Montessori Teacher Certification, Canadian Montessori Academy. MEd., Waldorf Teacher Training, Antioch New England Graduate School.

Ruth began teaching very young, when she summoned up the smallest neighbors on her street, handed out the books and pencils, and her teaching career was off. Since then, Ruth has pursued her own love of learning through her undergraduate studies in Psychology at McGill and Simon Fraser Universities. She has received training as both a Montessori teacher and Waldorf educator. For Ruth, the main goal of teaching is to reflect the gifts each child innately carries, and to be joyful in her work. Waldorf education connects Ruth to what she loves best, including time in nature, making music, and being with children. Ruth lives with her husband, three children, two cats, and a big yellow dog in Chestnut Ridge.

 

 

 

 

Jane Wulsin, Fourth Grade Teacher

Bio coming soon!

Dania Guido, Fifth Grade Teacher

BFA, Illustration, Minor in Art History, Manhattanville College; Certificate in Waldorf Education, Sunbridge Institute.

Dania attended the Rudolf Steiner School in NYC, Grades K-12. After receiving a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Manhattanville College, she moved to the sunny state of Florida and began a career in education. Dania taught art for Grades K-12 over the next six years, while completing coursework in general education at the local community college. In 2006, Dania welcomed her son, Elijah, into the world. She continued to work with children through after-school tutoring and summer camps. In 2008, Dania joined the Suncoast Waldorf School Community, in Palm Harbor, FL. She attended the Parent & Child program and became involved with the school community. Her work at the school rekindled her love and appreciation for Waldorf® Education. This love led her to begin Waldorf teacher training at Sunbridge Institute. Dania completed her training in summer 2011. At Suncoast Waldorf School in Florida, Dania taught Grades 1-3 and Grade 8.

Dania loves bringing the beauty of the world to young minds. She is eager to continue her teaching career at Green Meadow Waldorf School.  

 

Shannon Baer, Sixth Grade Teacher

BA, Liberal Arts, Hampshire College; MS Earth and Planetary Science, University of New Mexico; Waldorf Elementary Teacher Education, Sunbridge Institute.

Shannon Baer is an alumna of Green Meadow and is thrilled to be back on her old stomping grounds. After graduating from GMWS, she went to Hampshire College, where she completed a BA with a concentration in Geology. For graduate school, she attended the University of New Mexico, where she obtained a MS in Earth and Planetary Science. She began her teaching career in a charter school in Central New Mexico, where she taught Third Grade. She moved to Arkansas to live and work on a farm as a cook, gardener, and teacher within the community. Then she returned to her family home in Rhode Island, where she became a mother, created a nature-based home daycare, and taught children's yoga. Finally, after years of dancing with the idea, she became a Waldorf Class Teacher.

Shannon brings to GMWS her enthusiasm for nature-based, hands-on science education, movement, and a deep love and appreciation for children. 

 


 

Elizabeth Hall, Seventh Grade Teacher

BA, Spanish Literature and English Literature, Minor in Art History, Earlham College; MA Ed., Antioch University; Waldorf Teacher Certification; Certificate in Curative Education (Camphill Special Schools)

Elizabeth has been a Waldorf class teacher for Grades 1-8 for several years.  Prior to joining Green Meadow, she served as an elementary school chair and on the College of Teachers at the Baltimore Waldorf School. Elizabeth is a former summer camp director and holds a New Hampshire state teaching certificate for grades 1-6. She has been teaching at Green Meadow since 2006.

 

 

 

 

 

Heather Kono, Eighth Grade Teacher

BA, Theatre Arts, San Francisco State University, CA; Waldorf Teacher Training, Sunbridge Institute 

After 15 years of a theatrical career in NYC, Heather is joyfully entering her third year teaching in a Waldorf School. Heather spent a year at the Rudolf Steiner School in NYC with the Seventh, Fourth, and Third Grades and teaching in the aftercare program. Last year, she assisted in the First Grade at Green Meadow and taught Second, Fifth, and Sixth Grade Music. Heather deeply values connecting with the students, discovering their individual gifts, and bringing them together through this rich curriculum. She lives with her husband and daughter in Nyack.


 

 

 

 

 

Teaching Assistants & Interns

Bonnie Johnson, First Grade Assistant

BS, Resource Development, University of Rhode Island; MS, Education, Sunbridge College.

Bonnie became acquainted with anthroposophy and Waldorf Education while managing a natural foods co-op just out of college.  She later assisted in the Kindergarten at the Meadowbrook Waldorf School in Rhode Island.  It was years later, when her eldest child graduated from Green Meadow and her youngest was ready to enter our first grade, that Bonnie tired of living vicariously through her children's Waldorf® Education and enrolled in Sunbridge College, completing the Foundation Studies and teacher training programs. She has also been an afternoon Early Childhood teacher at Green Meadow. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lower School Specialists

Deborah A. Renna, Lower School Educational Liaison

BA, Elementary Education, Westminster College; Early Childhood Training, Sunbridge College; MS Ed., Special Education, College of New Rochelle; coursework in Remedial/Therapeutic Education and Waldorf Collaborative Counseling.      

Before becoming the Lower School Educational Support Liaison at Green Meadow Waldorf School, Deb taught in the Green Meadow kindergarten for 14 years.  She has chaired the Early Childhood Section and the Care Group Committee, been a member of the Listening Council, and most recently developed the Social Inclusion Committee.  In addition to her many years of teaching and service at Green Meadow Waldorf School, Deb weaves together her wisdom and experience as a special education teacher in the Ridgewood public schools, with her recent training as a collaborative counselor.  She is the mother of two Green Meadow alumni, plays golf, and has competed in the New York City Marathon. 

 

 

 

Middle School

 

Brigitte Bley-Swinston, Grades 8-12 Fine Art

Brigitte received her BA in Art Education in Berlin, Germany, and her MS Ed as a Waldorf teacher at Sunbridge College. She taught for two years at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan before coming to Sunbridge College as the resident art teacher for all programs. She taught at Sunbridge for 12 years while she continued her own artistic education at the Art Students League, The National Academy of Design, and the New York Botanical Garden. She frequently taught courses at the Rudolf Steiner Institute and is co-director of the Foundation Studies Program in Anthroposophy at the Brooklyn Waldorf School. Her daughter attended GMWS from Kindergarten through Grade 12.

 

 

 

Defne Caldwell, Middle-School and High-School English and Drama

BA, Literature, Boston University; MA, Teaching, Fairleigh Dickinson University. Defne completed an independent Foundation Studies under Signe Schaefer at Sunbridge College, and is a certified high-school English teacher.

Before joining the Green Meadow faculty full-time in 2006, Defne taught English and Humanities for six years at Ramapo Indian Hills High School in Franklin Lakes, NJ, and taught literature, college writing, and creative writing courses at Ramapo College in Mahwah, NJ, for four years.  

Defne teaches high-school English and Drama and is the co-advisor to the class of 2015. She serves on the Collegium, the Board, the Curriculum Development Committee, and the HS Social Health Committee. She is the advisor of The Burning Bush, Green Meadow’s literary and art journal. Her two daughters attend Green Meadow.



 

 

Alix Christofides, Middle-School and High-School Humanities and Drama

BS, Art History/Design/Film, Empire State College, NY; MAT, English, Manhattanville College. Alix has taken various courses and trainings at Sunbridge College, Bard College, NYSAIS, and AWSNA, and is certified to teach art and English in New York and New Jersey.

Alix has taught English and reading in Grades 3-12 at GMWS. She also has the great privilege of teaching the high school art history and architecture blocks. A member of the Collegium, the Teacher Development Committee, and Chair of the High School, Alix is co-advisor for the class of 2014. Alix has obtained seven arts grants for the Green Meadow High School. She has been teaching at Green Meadow since 1998, and is the parent of two GMWS alumni.

Alix has been reading at least one book a week since the age of six. She likes to cook huge feasts, take pictures, and ponder poetics.

 

 

 

 

Lisa Krogh, Middle-School and High-School Mathematics and Computer Science

Lisa began her professional journey after achieving her Honors BMath (Computer Science) degree at the University of Waterloo. She designed and developed business computer systems for corporations (introducing new technology to adults) while living in Canada, Europe, and the US, eventually launching her own consulting practice.

While raising her 3 children, she entered the world of Early Childhood Development and attained her MSc in Education from Niagara University. She taught at Montessori, public, and private schools before beginning her journey into Waldorf Education. She is a graduate of Foundations of Anthroposophy, and the certificate for Waldorf High School Teaching, from the Center for Anthroposophy in Wilton, NH.

Lisa began Waldorf teaching as the Third Grade class teacher at the Aurora Waldorf School in West Falls, NY, and most recently taught middle-school and high-school mathematics and life science for five years at the Emerson Waldorf School in Chapel Hill, NC.

Lisa joins Green Meadow to be part of strong and well-established faculty, and help grow the middle-school and high-school math and computer science offering. Her son Niels is completing high school in Europe while Sophia and Ana attend Green Meadow.

 

Brigitte Marten, Grades 7-12 German 

 1st and 2nd Staatsexamen (German state examinations), Freie Universität, Berlin; Waldorf Teacher Training, Sunbridge Institute

In 1984, Brigitte started teaching German as an assistant teacher in London during a gap year, while still studying German and English at the Berlin University. Since 1989, she has taught German in such varied places as Berlin, London, and San Francisco and has tutored students in all levels of the language.

She joined the Green Meadow faculty in 2009 and embraces the creative, friendly, and rural atmosphere of this unique school. In fall 2010, she started her Waldorf teacher training at Sunbridge Institute, and completed her training in summer 2013.

 

 

Angela Nusbaum, Middle-School English

BA, St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM.

Angela has taught high-school English and history at the San Francisco and Chicago Waldorf schools. Previously, she worked with young adults at Job Corps, teaching math, and led interdisciplinary seminars for grades 6-12 in Anchorage, AK. She has two children at Green Meadow.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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