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Lower/Middle School Faculty


Daniel Bieber

THIRD GRADE TEACHER

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.


Claudia Borbolla (Diaz)

Second Grade Teacher

MEd. in Transdisciplinary Healing Education, Antioch University New England (in process)

A native of Mexico City, Claudia is an experienced Waldorf teacher and co-founder of a thriving Waldorf school in Queretaro, Mexico. Claudia shepherded a class from grade two through eight and worked as the school’s administrator. Claudia comes to us most recently from the Monadnock Waldorf School located in Keene, NH. Claudia also serves as a translator for the Waldorf Research Institute, where she thrives being of service to her Spanish-speaking colleagues from around the world. 

Claudia sees her work as a Waldorf educator as an opportunity to deepen her understanding of and reflections upon humanity and to share her enthusiasm and joy for Waldorf education.


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Audrie Brown

First Grade Teacher

Audrie was a founding member, lead teacher, and homeschool coordinator at Crystal Springs Educational Association, a Waldorf initiative in Michigan, and has been a class teacher at several other Waldorf schools, including Monadnock Waldorf School in New Hampshire. She was most recently working as a nutritional guide and cooking instructor at Inner Fire Residential Therapeutic Community. 

Audrie wishes to contribute to the well-being and creative spirit that lives in each child. She loves working in an educational environment that strives to uphold the highest moral, aesthetic, and academic standards.


Dania Guido

Fifth GRade TEacher and 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.

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Elizabeth Hall

EighTH GRADE TEACHER

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.


Jana Hawley

Fifth grade teacher, 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.

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Bonnie Johnson

first GRADE ASSISTANT

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

SIxTH GRADE TEACHER

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.


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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.


Winnie Stern

SevenTH GRADE TEACHER

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

Fourth 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.