Will Crane, Movement / Games / Physical Education and Athletic Director
Will has had a lifetime love and joy for movement. Growing up in Southern California, surfing and water activities were a big part of his life. The fluid movements of Aikido caught his eye and Will began training seriously in Aikido and Kenjutsu, later becoming an instructor at the San Diego Budokan.
When their first two children were still quite young, Will and his wife Denise developed an interest in Waldorf Education and Anthroposophy. After a season of living on the north shore of the island of Kauai, the family moved to Sacramento, where Will was enrolled in the Foundation Year and Teacher Training at Rudolf Steiner College. While there, their third child was born.
In 1986, Will and his family moved to the Threefold community and Will joined the Green Meadow faculty as a first grade class teacher. While still a class teacher Will joined the first In-Service Training for Spacial Dynamics in North America. The work of Spacial Dynamics renewed, inspired and enlivened his love and joy for movement. In 1991, Will left class teaching and became the Director of Physical Education and Athletics at Green Meadow. He currently teaches grades 1-12 in movement/games and physical education, and coaches high school volleyball. Will also teaches adult courses and workshops in Spacial Dynamics for Sunbridge Institute, the Applied Arts Program, Creative Speech Spring Valley, and at the Spacial Dynamics Institute.
Vanessa Lee, Gym Assistant
BS, Applied Economics and Business Management, Cornell University; MS, Organization Development, American University
Vanessa discovered Waldorf Education through her family’s anthroposophical doctor, and both her daughter (11) and son (7) started in the Parent & Child program. Prior to raising her children full-time, Vanessa’s career was in the Food Industry, where she held various positions in Sales Leadership. She then created her own consulting business, specializing in training and coaching sales professionals for enhanced personal and professional performance. Vanessa has always been passionate about health and fitness and currently serves on the Board of the Hungry Hollow Co-op. Her thoughts on nutrition are continuously evolving and she just completed the Pfeiffer Center’s Practical Training in Biodynamics. Vanessa enjoys playing sports with her children, gardening, yoga, hiking, and playing with energy as an Usui Reiki Master and Karuna Reiki® Master.
Amy Samson, Gym Assistant
BA, Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Growing up in New England, Amy was often found climbing trees, turning cartwheels, and playing neighborhood games. Her family hiked, biked and cross-country skied down a wooded trail behind their home, to a cluster of ponds where they skated on the ice or caught frogs and tadpoles, depending on the season. They swam on the beaches of Cape Cod every summer.
Amy spent many years practicing gymnastics and loved the camaraderie of her high-school gymnastics team in central Massachusetts. She lifeguarded and taught swim lessons during the summers in high school and college. After college, she studied meditation and helped guide retreats on the Big Island of Hawaii, exploring and visiting sacred spaces on the island and swimming with the wild dolphins.
Amy has been a Waldorf parent at Green Meadow for nine years. While her children were small, she had a home daycare and hosted many Waldorf playgroups. She and her husband Jeremy and their three children enjoy the rich community life they have found here in Chestnut Ridge.
When she is not assisting in gym, Amy may be found completing her Anusara Yoga Teacher Training at Shree Yoga, teaching Acrobatics and Circus Arts with Westchester Circus Arts and Amazing Grace Circus, or gathering eggs from her chicken coop to make dinner for her growing family.
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