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Emőke Antal-Schultess

Early Childhood Assistant 

BS International Business, Berkeley College, NY; East West School of Planetary Herbology

Emőke grew up in a Hungarian family in Transylvania, where she spent her early childhood years gardening, caring for animals, knitting, and playing outside in nature. She is passionate about herbal medicine and loves foraging for herbs with her husband and three young children. She has been a Waldorf parent since 2014.


Leslie Burchell-Fox 

KINDERGARTEN

MS, Waldorf Education, Sunbridge College; BS, Speech Pathology, Kent State University

Leslie began her Waldorf teaching career in 1996 at the Waldorf School of Baltimore. She joined Green Meadow in 2002 and she serves on the school's Teacher Development Committee and Collegium. She is Co-Director of the Part-time Early Childhood Teacher Education at Sunbridge Institute, a member of the core faculty there, and a mentor to enrolled students.

Prior to becoming a Waldorf teacher, Leslie worked as a speech pathologist for several years before becoming a full-time fiber artist. She exhibited her work at major craft shows and museums for 10 years before uniting her artistic skills with her love of working with young children and becoming a Waldorf teacher. In her spare time, she is a Lazure artist and enjoys gardening.


Marieke Duijneveld

KINDERGarten, SIMPLICITY PARENTING COACH

Hochschule, Stuttgart, Germany; coursework in Remedial/Therapeutic Education, certification as a Simplicity Parenting Group Leader; Certificate in The Child and Family in the First Three Years, Sophia’s Hearth Family Center, Keene, NH

Marieke grew up in the Netherlands and attended a Waldorf School from Kindergarten through high school. She has worked with children and their parents in the Netherlands and Germany, first as a social worker, and later as a Waldorf class teacher, music teacher, and remedial teacher (inspired by the "Extra Lesson" method developed by Audrey McAllen) for special-needs children.

After moving to the United States in 2008, Marieke was trained to become a Simplicity Parenting Coach and leads ongoing courses and workshops. She also completed the course in Early Child Development at the renowned Sophia’s Hearth Institute. Marieke lives in Chestnut Ridge with her husband and their four children, and she enjoys singing and hiking (preferably at the same time).


Andrea Gambardella

KINDERGARTEN

MS, Remedial Education, Sunbridge College; Waldorf training, Towson State University; BA, Human Development, Antioch College

Andrea began Waldorf teaching in 1977 as a founding faculty member at The Waldorf School of Baltimore. She has 40 years of experience as a Waldorf Early Childhood educator and involvement in every aspect of school life, including Board membership and Parent Council work. She is a former board member of WECAN (Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America) and Leadership Council representative for AWSNA (Association of Waldorf Schools of North America). Andrea loves being outdoors with young children, friends, and family.  She is the mother of three children, all Waldorf alumni.


Carol Grieder Brandenberger

KINDERGARTEN

MS, Waldorf Education, Sunbridge College; MS, Nursing, Women's Health, Rutgers University; Registered Nurse and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner; Lactation Consultant

Carol has over many years worked with women, infants, and children as a maternal-child health nurse. Before joining Green Meadow as a nursery teacher in 2006, she taught art classes and Parent & Child classes in a Waldorf-inspired nursery school in New Jersey. She is currently teaching in the Kindergarten. Carol has been a member of various school-wide committees including the Media Resource Group and has taught at Sunbridge College as an adjunct faculty member.

As a native of Switzerland, she is multilingual. She enjoys doll making and puppetry as well as work on the farm and in the garden and spending time in nature with her family. Carol is the mother of a GMWS high-school student and an alumna.

Carol's publications include "Michaelmas in the Nursery: A Celebration of Courage" and "Bringing Easter into the Nursery: A Universal Celebration of Spring" in Early Childhood: Seeking the Universally Human, The Gateway Series, edited by Nancy Foster. Tell Me a Story, edited by Louise DeForest, includes a number of Carol's original stories.


Toni Kreusch

meadow's nest

MA, Art Therapy, NYU; BA, Humanities, Dominican College; University Trier, German as a Foreign Language; School of Visual Arts, NYC

Over the years, Toni has worked as a Kindergarten assistant and a German teacher at Dayspring Community School, as well as a Handwork assistant and a Kindergarten assistant at Mountain Laurel Waldorf School, both in Warwick, NY. Most recently, she worked as an Afternoon Lead Teacher in the Kindergarten at Mountain Laurel. As a way of enriching her understanding of Waldorf Education, Toni has attended Waldorf Early Childhood conferences. She has over 12 years of teaching experience and is fluent in German.

She enjoys spending time with her husband and their two daughters, a current GMWS student and an alumna. She likes painting, sewing, and photography. 


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Martine Littlewood

Early Childhood Assistant

BA, Psychology, Macquarie University, Sydney; BA, Communication, Napier University, Edinburgh; Introduction to Waldorf Early Childhood Education, Sunbridge Institute; Certificate in Biographical Counselling and Social Art (in progress), Centre for Biography and Social Art

Growing up in beautiful Scotland, Martine was aware early on in her childhood of the soothing benefits of nature from the vast forests and breathtaking lochs. After graduating and travelling across Europe, she began a 13-year career in business marketing across the UK.

After having her first child, Martine enjoyed attending Parent & Child classes at the Rudolf Steiner School in Edinburgh. She also went on to serve as a member on the Edinburgh Childrens’ Panel, a governmental structure that supports disadvantaged children in the city. 

In 2008, the family moved to Australia and after the birth of her second son, they joined the community at the Kamaroi Steiner School in Sydney. She completed a second degree in Psychology at this time and worked on a volunteer basis as a counsellor for Autism Spectrum Australia, Cystic Fibrosis NSW, and Family Drug Support Australia, and as a support assistant with The Causarina School, which works with elementary students with behavioral difficulties.

Martine, her husband Andrew, and their two sons moved to New York in 2015 and joined the Green Meadow Waldorf School and community. She is an active member of the Parent Handwork group, Parent Council, and Development Committee.


Jeanette LoPinto

EARLY CHILDHOOD ASSISTANT

AAS, Early Childhood Education, Bergen Community College; Introduction to the Waldorf Kindergarten, Sunbridge College

Jeanette began her career as a Nursery assistant at a daycare center. After receiving her AAS degree in Early Childhood Education, she began teaching a preschool class and then became lead teacher for the three-year-old class. While attending a National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) conference, she was introduced to Waldorf Education.

Soon after the birth of her two children, Jeanette and her husband began research for a school: Waldorf was the answer. Jeanette took a leave from education some years ago and began helping her husband run the Threefold Cafe. She is very happy to be working with young children again.


Hiromi Niwa

Parent & Child

BA, Comparative Culture, University of Tsukuba, Japan, with licenses to teach English as a Foreign Language and Social Studies; Certificate in The Child and Family in the First Three Years and Waldorf Early Childhood Education, Sophia's Hearth Family Center, Keene, NH

Born and raised in Japan, Hiromi's first job was teaching Kindergarten, then she came to New York to study dance, following her other childhood dream.  After becoming a mother, she started reading about Waldorf Education and applying it in her parenting. She went on to deepen her study and completed the Sophia's Hearth one-year training course, The Child and Family in the First Three Years, in 2010.  While being challenged by her full-time work at the United Nations in New York City and balancing it with home life, she was supported by the Waldorf philosophy in her parenting and personal growth. She went back to join the pioneering Level 2 class at Sophia's Hearth and became certified in Waldorf Early Childhood Education in 2014.

She has taught dance, yoga, English, Japanese, calligraphy, abacus, and workshops on self-healing based on applied kinesiology. Prior to joining Green Meadow, she taught at the Waldorf School of Garden City as a Nursery assistant teacher and afternoon care teacher. Her daughter attends Green Meadow. 


Jessica Oswald

kindergarten

BA, English, St. Francis College

Jessica was raised in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The neighborhood was not aesthetically beautiful, but its lively atmosphere and childhood street games provided colorful memories. In college, she discovered a love for English literature and published creative writing of her own. As a mother considering schools for her kindergartner, she became curious about the education her husband (a GMWS alum) received. Soon after, the family was living on Hungry Hollow Road and their first daughter was enrolled at Green Meadow.

An avid knitter and gardener, Jessica studied biodynamic gardening at the Pfeiffer Center. She loves teaching in the Kindergarten, a place where children find joy in the simple rhythms of the day. Jessica and Brendan have two children in the school; their eldest daughter graduated with the Class of 2017.


Dorothy Rosano Walden

MEADOW'S NEST

Early childhood training course, The Child and Family in the First Three Years, Sophia’s Hearth Family Center, Keene, NH; Introduction to the Waldorf Kindergarten, Sunbridge College, Chestnut Ridge, NY; Dental Radiography License, Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ; Liberal Arts major, Los Angeles Valley College, Van Nuys, CA

Dorothy has worked as the afternoon Kindergarten teacher at Green Meadow, as well as a Parent & Child playgroup leader. She has served in the Early Childhood section at Green Meadow since 2006. Dorothy carries an afternoon Kindergarten, and serves as the Kindergarten cook for the afternoon children. 


Jessica Rowe

Early Childhood Assistant

BS, Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, University of Cincinnati

Jessica Rowe has been a stay-at-home mother of three for the past eight years. Previously Jessica worked as a designer in the fashion industry after studying at the school of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. As a mother, Jessica’s interest and self-education in the wellbeing of children and families began with her children’s home births, and grew as she discovered Waldorf Education. Last year, Jessica volunteered as an occasional substitute in Handwork classes in the lower grades at Green Meadow, served as co-chair of the Parent Handwork group, and acted as class parent for the First Grade.

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Rebecca Ruof

nursery

Waldorf Early Childhood Certification, Sunbridge Institute; BM, Mannes College of Music; Certificate in The Child and Family in the First Three Years, Sophia’s Hearth Family Center, Keene, NH; Foundation Studies, Sunbridge College, Chestnut Ridge, NY

Rebecca grew up in Germany and attended a Waldorf school from Kindergarten through high school. Before becoming an Early Childhood teacher, Rebecca taught various subjects at Waldorf schools in Chestnut Ridge, Budapest, and Baltimore. She has been teaching in the Nursery at Green Meadow since 2006. Rebecca is a member of the Early Childhood Outreach and Enrollment Committee and has taught as adjunct faculty at Sunbridge Institute. She has two children attending Green Meadow.


Ayako Yanagi

MEADOW'S NEST

Waldorf Early Childhood Education, Sunbridge Institute, Chestnut Ridge, NY; BS, International Business, US International University-Europe, United Kingdom

After working in human resources of Japanese banks in NYC for eight years, Ayako became a mother of two daughters. She assisted Waldorf Kindergarten teachers and served as an administrative assistant at Linden Hill School and Apple Blossom School and Family Center in Wilton, CT. 

Since 2005, she has been in this community and been involved in fundraising for Green Meadow, the Fellowship Community, and the Fiber Craft Studio.  She is also working as a lead Kindergarten teacher and Taiko Drumming teacher at the Saturday Japanese program at the Brooklyn Waldorf School.