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Lower/Middle School Faculty

Daniel Bieber


Waldorf Teacher Certification, Sunbridge Institute; BA, Bard College

Daniel graduated from Green Meadow in 2003. He served as a Lower School assistant for two years before taking his current class in Fall 2017. Daniel also works at The Nature Place Day Camp, plays music, and likes to cook and garden.  He got married in October 2015 and welcomed a daughter to his family in August 2016.

Elizabeth Hall


MA, Education, Antioch University; Waldorf Teacher Certification; BA, Spanish Literature and English Literature, Minor in Art History, Earlham College; Certificate in Curative Education (Camphill Special Schools); New Hampshire Teaching Certificate, Grades 1-6

Elizabeth has been working in the field of Waldorf Education for over 20 years.  She began her journey working with children with special needs in a residential Waldorf setting in 1992; worked as a tutor, substitute, and handwork assistant at the Monadnock Waldorf School in Keene, NH while she was working on her advanced degree; and then took her first class, a First Grade, at the Waldorf School of Baltimore, carrying the class through Eighth Grade. 

In 2006, she joined the faculty of the Green Meadow Waldorf School and also began teaching teachers at Sunbridge Institute.  She is currently with her fourth Eighth Grade class at GMWS, and is a core faculty member of the Waldorf Elementary Teacher Education program at Sunbridge. 

In addition, Elizabeth has been asked to speak at local and international conferences on Waldorf Education and child development.  Most recently, she was invited to Buenos Aires in September 2016 to meet with the Ministry of Education about the possibility of bringing Waldorf elements into their national early childhood education programs. 

Elizabeth loves the Green Meadow community and all that the region has to offer: from Anthony's Nose to the Metropolitan Opera, from Michaelmas to May Day.

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Jana Hawley

LS Music (Grades 1-8) and HS CHorus

MSEd in Waldorf Elementary Teacher Education, Sunbridge Institute; BFA in Music, Cornish College of the Arts

Jana taught music and served as a class teacher at the Whidbey Island Waldorf School from 1992-2006.  She then joined the GMWS faculty, where she has been a class teacher, and has taught music and singing, music history, and math.  She has served as Chair of the Lower School and is co-Chair of the Festival Committee.  Jana has been teaching at Sunbridge Institute since 2002, and is currently the director of the Sunbridge Institute Waldorf Elementary Teacher Education Program.   

Jana began her professional life as a stage manager and member of a gamelan ensemble, and has brought this interest in both theater and multicultural music to her work.  She heads up the Rose Hall Stage Crew, and helps direct and produce middle school musicals and class plays.

Bonnie Johnson


MS, Education, Sunbridge College; BS, Resource Development, University of Rhode Island

Bonnie became acquainted with anthroposophy and Waldorf Education while managing a natural foods co-op just out of college. She later assisted in the Kindergarten at the Meadowbrook Waldorf School in Rhode Island. It was years later, when her eldest child graduated from Green Meadow and her youngest was ready to enter our First Grade, that Bonnie tired of living vicariously through her children's Waldorf Education and enrolled in Sunbridge College, completing the Foundation Studies and teacher training programs. She has also been an afternoon Early Childhood teacher at Green Meadow. Her three children are GMWS alumni.


Heather Kono


Waldorf Teacher Certification, Sunbridge Institute; BA, Theatre Arts, San Francisco State University, CA

After years of a theatrical career in NYC, Heather is joyfully entering her seventh year teaching in a Waldorf School. Before coming to Green Meadow, Heather spent a year at the Rudolf Steiner School in NYC with the Seventh, Fourth, and Third Grades and teaching in the aftercare program. Heather deeply values connecting with the students, discovering their individual gifts, and bringing them together through this rich curriculum. She lives with her husband and daughter in Nyack.

Gloria León

Fourth Grade Maternity Leave Replacement Teacher

Waldorf Teacher Certification, Eugene, OR; BFA, Art Studio, minor Art History; BA, Art Education (certified K-12), University of Kentucky; Psychology and Painting studies, Parsons and the New School for Social Research 

Gloria Susanna León grew up along the shore of southern New Jersey. She comes to us with a wealth of experience beyond her 20 years of Waldorf class teaching experience, including three years on a sustainable farm, where she studied midwifery, animal husbandry, herbalism, and stained glass. Her university studies include psychology, art history, ceramics, and painting and she is a certified art teacher, doula, and reflexologist.

After encountering anthroposophy at 21, she began engaging in study groups and attending conferences in Ann Arbor, which was the closest anthroposophical community to her family's farm. She has many rich stories of her childhood, growing up as the middle child of six.

Gloria has two grown daughters, Camille and Sophia, who attended the Washington Waldorf School, where Gloria brought two classes through their eight-year journey. Gloria also completed the very first SENSRI training for physics teaching in Saratoga Springs, NY. Gloria loves all of the arts and sciences, but her greatest joy comes from being a class teacher and bringing the fullness of the Waldorf curriculum to the children in her care.

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Mellie Mae Lonnemann

FOURTH Grade Teacher

Waldorf Teacher Certification, Sunbridge Institute; BFA, Alfred University, concentration in Ceramics and minor in Dance

Mellie came to us from the mountains of North Carolina, where she spent four years as a resident artist and educator. She has taught at art centers, an eco-camp, and homeschool cooperatives. Mellie grew up in an active family, with three brothers participating in sports, and her love for movement was rekindled through modern dance at university. She also studied ceramics for two years in Italy and received a certificate of professionalism at the State Institute of Art in Faenza. 

Mellie became interested in Waldorf Education during her undergraduate studies, began the Teacher Training Program at Sunbridge Institute in 2014, and spent the 2014-15 school year assisting at GMWS before taking her current class in Fall 2015. 

Suzanne Lynn

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.



William Minehart


MS Education, Elementary Waldorf Education, Antioch University of New England Graduate School; BS, Environmental Studies, Bucknell University

William often finds himself reflecting on much of his youth in the woodlands of Pennsylvania. A lifelong love for birds and the outdoors led him to researching birds in the tropical rainforests of Australia and the Peruvian Amazon. While living in these places, he also began to explore ways to heal the relationship between humanity and the rest of the natural world. William discovered his passion for education through working in the mountains of Colorado and Washington, where he focused on creating positive experiences for youth in the wilderness. It was at one of these institutes that William met his wife and started a family.

William taught high school science for four years in a public high school in New Jersey and shared a classroom with his wife. He took the Class of 2022 from Grades 5-8 at Green Meadow. 

Angela Nusbaum

Middle School English

BA, St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM

Angela has taught high school English and history at the San Francisco and Chicago Waldorf schools. Previously, she worked with young adults at Job Corps, teaching math, and led interdisciplinary seminars for grades 6-12 in Anchorage, AK. She has two children at Green Meadow.    

Ruth Olson


MEd., Waldorf Teacher Certification, Antioch University of New England Graduate School; BA Psychology, McGill University Canada; ECE Montessori Teacher Certification, Canadian Montessori Academy 

Ruth began teaching very young, when she summoned up the smallest neighbors on her street, handed out the books and pencils, and her teaching career was off. Since then, Ruth has pursued her own love of learning through her undergraduate studies in Psychology at McGill and Simon Fraser Universities. She has received training as both a Montessori teacher and Waldorf educator. For Ruth, the main goal of teaching is to reflect the gifts each child innately carries and to be joyful in her work. Waldorf Education connects Ruth to what she loves best: time in nature, making music, and being with children. Ruth lives with her husband, children, two cats, and big yellow dog in Chestnut Ridge. Her eldest son graduated with the GMWS Class of 2017.

Winnie Stern


MA, Philosophy and Education, Columbia University Teacher's College; BA, Education & BA, Philosophy, Brooklyn College; NYS teaching license, Childhood Education, Grades 1-6; Waldorf Teacher Certification, Sunbridge Institute

The year her Class of 2025 students were born, Winnie went back to school to follow a calling into education. She soon became interested in exploring the foundations and goals of education through a philosophical lens. Winnie discovered Waldorf Education while seeking to answer the question “What kind of education helps to create a happy and healthy human being?” She is happy to be part of the Green Meadow Waldorf School community.

Suchitra Swift

THIRD grade teacher

MS, Education, Hunter College; Waldorf Teacher Certification, Sunbridge Institute; BA, Sarah Lawrence College 

Suchi began teaching in the New York City public school system in 2002, and after eight years working across a variety of grades, decided to pursue Waldorf Education professionally.  She taught at New Amsterdam School, a Waldorf initiative in lower Manhattan, as well as The Brooklyn Waldorf School. Suchi has three young children and is thrilled to be part of the Green Meadow community. She enjoys crafting, cooking, and spending time near the water.