Fine & Applied Arts Faculty

 

Brigitte Bley-Swinston

GRADES 8-12 FINE ART

BA, Art Education, Berlin, Germany; MS Education, Waldorf Education, Sunbridge College

Prior to coming to Green Meadow, Brigitte taught for two years at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan before leaving for Sunbridge College, where she served as the resident art teacher for all programs 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 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 also participated in the Applied Arts program at the Fiber Crafts Studio. Chieh attended the Culinary Academy of Long Island and was a four-star chef in New York City. She 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 from Grades K-12. After receiving a BFA from Manhattanville College, she moved to sunny 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. Then Dania welcomed her son, Elijah, into the world and 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 increased her appreciation for Waldorf® Education, and led her to begin Waldorf teacher training at Sunbridge Institute. Dania completed her training and taught Grades 1-3 and Grade 8 at Suncoast Waldorf School before coming to Green Meadow.


Maureen Satriano

HANDWORK ASSISTANT

MS, Family Nurse Practitioner/MPH, Population and Family Health, Columbia University; BSN, Regents College; Nursing Diploma, St. Vincent's Hospital School of Nursing

Maureen is a graduate of Green Meadow, where she has played a variety of roles since her graduation. She led an annual summer wilderness canoe trip for 10 years, taught health education, lectured on public health issues, and works as the school nurse. She received her graduate degrees in Nursing and Public Health and worked in NYC and Africa in the field of HIV/AIDS for 10 years.

After becoming a mother, Maureen realized that the best thing for her health was to knit, sew, and crochet, and she eventually enrolled in the Applied Arts Program at the Fiber Craft Studio. Her four children attend Green Meadow.


Sandy Volpe

HIGH SCHOOL APPLIED ARTS

School of Visual Arts, NYC; Livingston College, Rutgers University; Applied Arts training, Fiber Craft Studio; 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 co-advisor to the Class of 2017 and is the director of the GMWS equestrian program. Her two daughters are alumnae of Green Meadow.


Michael Witri

WOODWORK AND BLACKSMITHING

BA, Theater

Michael studied at the University of Maryland and Wayne State University. He was a professional singer for many years, and 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 three children are all alumni of Green Meadow.


Madeline 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 School. She is also the handwork teacher at the Otto Specht School. All four of her children are GMWS alumni.