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Isolda Atayde, Grades 9 and 10 Spanish

Public Accountant, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)

Isolda was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. She worked as a consultant in two tax firms until 2007. After her two daughters were born, she became interested in topics around diversity in children and young adults. Isolda has spoken in seminars and conferences about discrimination faced by children and teenagers in Latin American countries.

She admires and embraces the peaceful and welcoming atmosphere of Waldorf Education. She has two daughters at Green Meadow. Isolda enjoys spending time with her family, learning new languages and cultures, reading, riding horses, and going camping.

Raoul Cansino, Lower School German (Grades 1-6) and High School ESL

MA German, UCLA; MFA Film, UCLA; Certificate in TESL, UCLA; studied German and Spanish, Georg-August Universität, Göttingen, Germany.

Raoul has taught German at Green Meadow since 1996 and English and ESL at colleges and schools in California, Germany and New York since 1978. As Chair of the Service Learning Committee, Raoul encourages the multitude of service initiatives undertaken by, students, parents and faculty at Green Meadow. He is the founder and president of Helping Hands, a not-for-profit agency that works with our homeless neighbors in Rockland County, providing them with shelter, food, and many other services. He also spearheads Green Meadow's Midnight Run chapter, which has collected and distributed clothing and food to street homeless in New York City since 2002.

Raoul is the translator of The Light Course, a series of lectures by Rudolf Steiner on physics (Anthroposophic Press).

María José Fitzgerald, Lower School Spanish

BS, Ecology, The University of Georgia; MA, Education, Duke University.

María José Fitzgerald was born and raised in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She first moved to the United States in 1997 to attend the University of Georgia, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Ecology. She returned to Honduras, where she discovered her love of teaching at a small school in Tegucigalpa. She returned to the United States to continue her studies at Duke University. After teaching at a New York City public school for four years, Maria and her husband moved to North Carolina, where, while expecting their first daughter, Maria discovered Waldorf® Education and knew that this was the educational path for her and her children. Maria joined a Foundation Studies group in Chapel Hill, NC, and taught Spanish and Mathematics at the Emerson Waldorf School for two years. Her two daughters attend the Kindergarten and Nursery. Maria enjoys the outdoors, running, and traveling.  

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.

Jennifer Brooks Quinn, High School Spanish

BA Behavioral Sciences, Marylhurst University; Waldorf Teacher Training, Emerson College, England; Biography Training; Psychosynthesis Training.

Jennifer serves on the Green Meadow Listening Committee and is the International Exchange coordinator for Spanish-language exchange students.

In addition to teaching Green Meadow Spanish classes, she is very involved in parent education lectures and workshops at various Waldorf schools, as well as biographical counseling. Jennifer is a consultant for homeschool education in the United States and Mexico.

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