Educational Support Faculty
Brigida Baldszun, an independent working eurythmist, was born and educated in Europe where she began her career. She has taught eurythmy in Waldorf schools in Europe, the US, South Africa, Russia, and India. She also performs, both as a soloist and with the Mystery Dramas by Rudolf Steiner. Her background also includes training in therapeutic eurythmy.
occupational therapist ms otr/l
BS, Russel Sage College; MS, Occupational Therapy, the Sage Colleges, 2002. Trained in sensory integration (SI), neurodevelopmental therapy (NDT), Developmental Individual Differences
Galilee’s childhood in Canada was influenced by immersion in wilderness. She entered Green Meadow during middle school when her family moved to Chestnut Ridge, and her parents have been active in the community ever since. Upon graduation, she spent time at Camphill Village in Portugal, where she both reconnected with her Portugese heritage and was inspired to her vocation through individuals with special needs. After receiving her master's in Occupational Therapy, she worked in a specialized sensory integration clinic in Rockland County, and worked at the Center for Discovery in the Catskills. There, she was involved in developing pilot programs in sensory integration and fine arts for individuals with severe developmental challenges, and training professional staff.
Galilee feels blessed to rejoin the community as an occupational therapist with Green Meadow and at the Otto Specht School. Her husband, also an occupational therapist, and her two current Green Meadow students are thrilled to be in the neighborhood as well.
ls/MS Educational Support Specialist
BA, Psychology, minor in Dance, SUNY Fredonia; MA, Special Education, George Washington University
Jenna graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a bachelor's in Psychology and Dance, then she worked in New York City as a para-professional and kindergarten teacher in schools that primarily served students with disabilities and learning differences. In 2013, Jenna worked at Green Meadow Waldorf School as a Kindergarten assistant and at the Otto Specht School as an afternoon lead teacher. She then enrolled in a one-year intensive program at George Washington University, where she received her master’s in Special Education, working with students with emotional and behavioral disabilities (EBD), learning disabilities and autism.
While getting her Master's, she worked as a lead teacher in a Baltimore school for students with EBD. Jenna is happy to be back in Chestnut Ridge and to share her skills and passion for the work she does.
ENGLISH AS A NEW LANGUAGE (ENL)
BA, Psychology, SUNY Buffalo; MAT, ESL, Fairleigh Dickinson University
David retired from teaching ENL at Ramapo High School after 32 years. He was also an adjunct professor at Bergen Community College for over 15 years. David enjoys martial arts movies and practices Tai Chi. His two children are Green Meadow graduates.
LS/ms educational support COORDINATOR
MS Education, New York University; BS Elementary Education, Elmira College; AAS Early Childhood Education, Dutchess Community College
Suzanne has a Master’s degree in Education from New York University and is a fully certified NYS teacher. She has been an educator since 1982 with experience in lead teaching, team teaching, and administration. Suzanne holds a Waldorf Therapeutic Educator Certification through the Association for a Healing Education (AHE) and has additional training in Bal-A-Vis-X, Brain Gym, and Orton Gillingham, and is a certified Health Coach and HANDLE screener.
Suzanne lives in Chestnut Ridge with her husband and is a parent of a Green Meadow graduate and a current middle schooler.
HIGH SCHOOL guidance
BA, Therapeutic Recreation, Theatre, San Francisco State University; MA, Educational Theatre, Emerson College, Boston; MS, School Counseling, Long Island University
Joanne has worked as a counselor, theater director, drama teacher, and recreation therapist for the past 24 years. She began her career in San Francisco, working as a recreation therapist in both educational and clinical settings with various populations, including youth at risk, brain-injured patients, and AIDS patients. Her work in the theater includes both professional and academic directing credits, and she also worked as an adjunct professor of drama. She has also worked as an assistant editor on Youth Theatre Journal and has co-authored drama education curricula.
Joanne received her Master's degree in School Counseling in May 2010. She is an active member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the Westchester, Putnam, Rockland County Guidance Counselor Association (WPRCA). She is the chair of the Green Meadow Drug and Alcohol Committee and oversees senior internships and senior projects, in addition to continuing her study of anthroposophy.
HS EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT COORDINATOR
BS, English, SUNY Oneonta; MS, Special Education, CUNY Hunter
Through the New York City Teaching Fellowship, Sarah worked as a special education teacher at The High School of Arts and Technology in New York, NY for three years. She also taught music theory and music history. Before joining the Green Meadow faculty, Sarah worked as a private tutor for students with learning differences in grades 5-12 and offered workshops and trainings for tutors on working with students who receive testing accommodations.
Sarah serves as High School Educational Support Coordinator and 9th Grade Math Teacher. She serves on the Service Learning Committee and the Social Action Committee. Her daughter attends Nursery at Green Meadow.