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Fine and Applied Arts Faculty

Brigitte Bley-Swinston, Grades 8-12 Fine Art

MS Ed., Sunbridge College; BA in Art Education, Berlin, Germany

Brigitte 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.

Chieh deJong, Handwork Assistant

MS in Education, Pace University (cum laude); BS, Communications Arts, Oral Roberts University

Chieh studied filmmaking at the School of Visual Arts and the New School, and fine arts at Georgetown University, the Arts Students League, and the National Academy School. She is currently enrolled in the Applied Arts program at the Fiber Crafts Studio. Chieh also attended the Culinary Academy of Long Island and was a four-star chef in New York City. Chieh taught film editing at the New York Film Academy, and has also taught at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan and in New York City public middle schools, as a New York City Teaching Fellow. A working artist, she has also led parent handwork workshops at the Rudolf Steiner School. Her daughter attends Green Meadow.

Dania Guido, Lower-School Handwork

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.  

April Kornberg, Middle-School Clay

April studied fine arts at SUNY Oswego. An experienced beading artist, she has also assisted in the handwork classes. Her daughter graduated from Green Meadow, Class of 2012.

Mercedes Gruebler, Handwork Assistant

Mercedes is currently studying in the Applied Arts Program at the Fiber Craft Studio and will be finishing this coming spring. Prior to this course of study, she earned a Master’s degree in Family Therapy and a BS in Business.

Mercedes assists in the handwork classes for the lower school and leads the Parent Handwork Group. Her two daughters are students at Green Meadow.

Sandy Volpe, High-School Applied Arts

Sandy studied fine arts at the School of Visual Arts in NY, and at Livingston College, Rutgers University. Applied Arts training, Sunbridge Institute. Waldorf Teacher Training Certification, Sunbridge Institute.

Sandy taught art to Grades 4-12 at the Clearview School in Wayne, NJ for eight years before coming to Green Meadow in 2000.

Sandy teaches coppersmithing to the 9th grade, geometric floorcloths to the 10th grade, bookcraft to the 11th grade, and leather bookbinding to the 12th grade. Sandy serves on the Collegium, Social Health Committee, Social Inclusion Committee, Athletics Committee, and Costume Committee. She is also co-advisor to the Class of 2016 and is the director of the equestrian program. Her two daughters are alumnae of Green Meadow.

Michael Witri, Woodwork and Blacksmithing

Michael studied at the University of Maryland and Wayne State University. He received a degree in theater. He was a professional singer for many years, and then came to work at Green Meadow in 1989. 

Michael teaches woodwork to grades 6, 7, and 8, and blacksmithing to grade 9. He serves on the Collegium. His hobbies are music, singing and woodwork. His children are all alumni of Green Meadow.

Madeleine Wuergler, Lower-School Handwork

Madeleine Wuergler completed the Applied Arts Program at Sunbridge Institute. She was involved in the GMWS Parent Handwork Group for many years before starting to teach handwork in the lower grades. She is also the handwork teacher at the Otto Specht School at the Fellowship Community. All four of her children are alumnae.

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