Meet Our Alumni

Stefan Schaefer

Filmmaker, Class of 1989

Stefan’s films have premiered and won awards at festivals such as Berlin and SXSW, and have been successfully released theatrically and on TV channels like PBS, HBO, and Sundance Channel.

He has over 15 feature film credits to his name, including "My Last Day Without You" and "Arranged." In April 2016, his feature documentary on poet laureate and environmental activist W.S. Merwin, entitled "Even Though The Whole World is Burning," was broadcast nationally on PBS. He currently has film and TV projects in development with The Weinstein Company, Big Beach Films/AMC, and Abominable Pictures.

Stefan graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University, and studied as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Kiel in Germany. He and his family live on Maui, Hawaii, where he serves on the Board of the Haleakala Waldorf School.

"As a Waldorf lifer, I ventured out into 'the real world’ with some trepidation. The feeling didn’t last long. I soon learned I was able to tackle college and graduate work with ease. More importantly, the breadth of curriculum I’d been exposed to gave me a sense of curiosity and willingness to take risks in my learning that many of my peers lacked. These are traits that have served me well in my career and private life.

Perhaps the strongest endorsement I can provide for Waldorf Education is that my wife and I now elect to send our two children to a Waldorf school. It’s wonderful to experience the curriculum again through their eyes."

 

Dan Feldman

director, verizoN, CLASS OF 1989

Dan Feldman graduated from GMWS in 1989 and went on to attend Alfred University for Engineering.  He switched to the Business school in his sophomore year, and graduated with a BA in Business in 1993.

After graduation, Dan worked in the small retail/wholesale and mail order business, mortgage sales in Westchester, and then for Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Bardonia, NY.  In 1995, he joined NYNEX Mobile as an inside sales representative in Orangeburg, NY, selling a new product to the market - the handheld cellular phone.  The business grew quickly, and NYNEX evolved through several acquisitions into the Fortune ranked #13 company Verizon, where Dan works today, 15 positions and 21 years later.

Two and a half years ago, Dan was tasked with building a new product development team within Verizon, with a focus on developing IoT (Internet of Things) Smart Cities solutions. He was responsible for developing and delivering innovative products for cities that leveraged Verizon's various platforms, including telematics, cloud, security, professional services, and wireline/wireless networks. Dan helped build Verizon’s portfolio to include energy saving and sustainable interconnected solutions in the areas of parking, lighting, congestion management, air quality, citizen enablement, and numerous public safety solutions tied to video surveillance. The newly labeled “Smart Communities” team is one of the fastest-growing and innovative groups within Verizon, having added 175 new positions in 2016. Dan travels throughout the world working with city leaders on projects that help communities become more resilient, sustainable, and livable.  

"In Waldorf Education, we were guided to solve problems creatively vs. memorizing facts taught to take tests. I can see reflections of the education in my sons: how curious they are about life, and creative in sharing perspectives on philosophies and world issues. They question, digest, and come up with their own views about anything teachers, parents, or the media present to them. With well-rounded backgrounds in multiple subjects, and allowed to have an individual voice, they have been encouraged to trust themselves.

In this age of distractions and constant media, I will quote Mr. Wulsin snapping me out of a daydream in English class, saying, 'Be here now'.  A reminder I think of often, to be fully awake in daily interactions with our families, friends, and co-workers.  It is this curiosity, creativity, confidence, and awakeness that allows Waldorf students to excel at just about anything they choose to take on."

 
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Agamemnon Otero

ceo, repowering, CLASS OF 1995

Agamemnon is the CEO of Repowering, co-founder of Brixton Energy, Clean Marine, Energy Garden, and Community Energy England. He has been awarded an Honorary Member of the British Empire (MBE) by the Queen for his service to community energy and has been made a "London Leader" by the city for his work with sustainable low-carbon economies. He sits on the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Community Energy Contact Group and Engineering Exchange Board of University College London.  He has previously been Director of Renewable Energy Project Finance and Social Responsibility at a financial institution and Chief Financial Officer of a renewable energy trading company. Agamemnon has a master’s degree in Architecture in Advanced Environment & Energy and a bachelor's degree in pre-medicine, Literature and Fine Arts.

"I remember painting, drawing, sculpting, book-binding, eurythmy, acting, and poetry with fondness, and math, biology, history, and orchestra with fits of frustration. But my teachers, including David Petit and John Wulsin, supported my development by finding the bits of me that glowed. They helped me to kindle those parts, knowing full well that once a passion for learning is lit, it will burn for a lifetime." 

 

The Chapin Sisters

musicians, CLASSes OF 1998 & 1999

Raised in New York’s Hudson Valley, Abigail and Lily Chapin are third-generation musicians: their grandfather was the jazz drummer Jim Chapin, their uncle the late folk icon/humanitarian Harry Chapin, and their father is three-time Grammy Award-winner Tom Chapin. They started singing professionally at ages 6 and 8.

They formed a band, initially with their third sister, Jessica, in Los Angeles right out of college. A friend passed their demo onto KCRW, and almost instantly their dark, moody cover of Britney Spears’s "Toxic" became one of the most requested songs at the station.

They have been featured in Rolling Stone, Nylon, Spin, Paper, The New York Times Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Washington Post and have toured the world multiple times on their own and twice with the band She & Him. Their most recent album, "Today’s Not Yesterday," came out in October 2015.

"Of all the many things that Waldorf Education gave us, maybe the most important to us both is the community of passionate, engaged people that we are still part of today. Many of our closest friends are people we met in elementary and high school at Green Meadow, and while they may have diverse careers (in the arts, in sciences, academia, business, and even the military) the common thread among our Waldorf schoolmates is a genuine love and interest in their work, and a passionate and compelling life."

 
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Kirstin Wolfe

dds, CLASS OF 1999

Kirstin attended Green Meadow (in Jane Wulsins class) from 1986-1999. Her mother, Jill Wolfe, was the high school crafts teacher from 1981-2008. Kirstin majored in Sculpture and Pre-dentistry at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and then got her dental degree at SUNY Stony Brook in 2008. Following dental school, she attended a four-year residency to become a prosthodontist, specializing in restorative, implant, and esthetic dentistry, as well as treatment of complex dental cases. She lives in Brooklyn and has her own practice in Brooklyn Heights. Her website is brooklyndentalstudio.com.

"Waldorf Education taught me to solve problems. I attribute that to my ability to be both analytical and compassionate. I also am so grateful for the lifelong connections I have with friends and members of the Waldorf community."

 
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Zaria Forman

artist, CLASS OF 2001

Zaria creates large-scale pastel drawings depicting Earth’s shifting landscapes due to the effects of climate change. She travels to the poles to document the unfolding story of melting ice and to the equator to capture the subsequent rising seas. Her drawings describe in detail the sublime beauty of remote areas, allowing viewers a chance to experience a place they may never see firsthand. If we can experience the sublimity of these landscapes, perhaps we will be inspired and empowered to protect and preserve them.

Zaria Forman’s works have appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and The Huffington Post. Zaria was featured on "Good Day New York" and "Fox News" and was interviewed on "ABC7 Eyewitness News." Her drawings have also been used in the set design for the Netflix series "House of Cards."

Zaria’s most recent achievements include participation in Banksy’s "Dismaland," a solo exhibition at Winston Wächter Fine Art in New York City, and a four-week art residency in Antarctica aboard the National Geographic Explorer. Zaria delivered a TEDTalk at the Town Hall Theater in NYC that also aired on PBS. In October 2016, Zaria gave a presentation and showed drawings at the opening ceremony for Harvard University’s Center for the Environment.

"I value so much about my Waldorf Education, it's difficult to chose one thing! The enduring friendships I made, how art was woven through every subject, the attention and care given by the teachers. I will be forever thankful for those very formative years of my life."

 
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Phil Constable

dj hardwerk, CLASS OF 2005

Grammy-nominated DJ/producer Hardwerk was born Philip Constable in Bronx, New York. The son of a classical pianist from Jamaica, he followed in his mother’s footsteps when he developed an interest in the arts. Hardwerk’s mother recognized his budding potential and enrolled him at Green Meadow Waldorf School to study music theory.

Today, Hardwerk plays several instruments, including the piano, bass guitar, and cello. He has produced records for platinum-selling and Grammy award-winning recording artists such as Fergie, Sean Paul, Monica, Damian Marley, Stephen Marley, Prince Royce, Estelle, and Akon. Hardwerk also created the musical composition for “Gerber Graduates,” one of the most successful Gerber commercials to date. He is also the co-founder of clean energy solutions initiative DJs Against Darkness.

Hardwerk is one of the music industry’s hottest new performing DJs. His unique style of fusing EDM, reggae, hip-hop, and many other genres of music is groundbreaking.  Hardwerk’s inventive techniques have been compared to that of innovative DJs like Diplo, Skrillex, and David Guetta. Similar to David Guetta’s path to success, he has paired up with an international superstar on his debut single. Hardwerk’s single “Tell Me We’re Ok,” featuring Akon, dropped in Spring 2016.

"One day I told our beloved class teacher and friend, David Blair, I didn’t want to attend GMWS anymore because I didn’t feel the school was diverse enough. (I was the only African-American student at the school at the time.) David sat me down and talked to me about the value of never giving up on something because it gets difficult or because you don’t like it, or just because it’s an inconvenience. He taught me that seeing your goals come to fruition after you have faced obstacle after obstacle makes the victory that much sweeter. Mr. Blair returned for our high school graduation in 2005, after our class had not seen him since Eighth Grade.

Shortly before the graduation ceremony began, he pulled me aside to have a word with me. ‘I’m surprised you’re here,’ he said, with his unmistakable laugh. He then began to tear up as he told me how important it was and how proud he was that I didn’t quit and saw my education through at GMWS. Then we probably talked about sports or the Phillies. That was the last time I saw Mr. Blair [who passed away in 2013]. His words of encouragement that day have resonated with me throughout the years. I can testify to their truth."

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