High School Faculty

Our faculty bring a wide variety of life experiences and perspectives that inform our explorations and strengthen the richness of our school culture. Some have participated in Maine Coast Waldorf School life as parents of MCWS students, others as parents of children from other Waldorf Schools. The year after a name marks that person’s MCWS anniversary as a staff member.

  • Ann Coltman
    Ann ColtmanHigh School German and Humanities
    Ann Coltman

    Ann Coltman

    High School German and Humanities

    Joined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2016
    BA, Liberal Arts Honors, University of Texas; MA, ESL, University of Texas; Waldorf High School Teaching Certificate, Humanities, Center for Anthroposophy, Wilton, NH

    Ann grew up in Johannesburg (South Africa), Lusaka (Zambia), Lawrence (Kansas) and Austin (Texas). Chance took her to Germany for twenty years where she fell in love with the countryside, music, dances and language and lived in a big old house in a tiny village in the Franconian meadows of Northern Bavaria. There she taught ESL and English and Humanities at a local high school and raised three children who attended the Freie Waldorfschule in Erlangen before immigrating to the USA to graduate from the Austin Waldorf School where Ann taught German and Humanities. She is a rusty musician playing piano, cello and Hackbrett and loves folk dancing, gardening, reading, and doing genealogy.

  • Christopher Chasse
    Christopher ChasseMusic
    Christopher Chasse

    Christopher Chasse

    Music

    Joined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2012
    BA, Music Education, University of Southern Maine; AA, Liberal Arts, Southern Maine Community College

    Christopher grew up in northern Maine and spent most of his child learning to play musical instruments, playing in the woods and working in the potato fields. It was around fourth grade that he began teaching, starting with his fellow classmates on recorder and later on saxophone, trumpet, clarinet, and later the bass and guitar. Christopher is also a local musician and performs in a variety of musical settings ranging widely from rock 'n roll to Bluegrass, from Vivaldi trumpet concertos to the Beatles. Chris's position at MCWS draws from his love for shaping and harmonizing young voices, arranging music, and performing all types of music.

  • David Barham
    David BarhamHigh School Humanities
    David Barham

    David Barham

    High School Humanities

    Joined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2008
    BA, English & Religion, Tufts University; MEd, Waldorf Teacher Certification, NH State Teacher Certification, Antioch University New England

    David discovered the teachings of Rudolf Steiner and Anthroposophy through work as a Biodynamic farmer in California. His desire was to change the world and he felt that first Biodynamic agriculture and later life in Camphill Village and in Waldorf Education was the way to marry his professional, political and spiritual life. David loves to sing and play music as well as being outdoors, reading fantastic books and spending as much time as possible with his family. He still believes in the power of Waldorf education to change the world!

  • David Sloan
    David SloanHigh School Humanities
    David Sloan

    David Sloan

    High School Humanities

    Joined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2006
    BA, Harvard College; MFA, University of Southern Maine; Waldorf Teacher Training, Emerson College

    David taught at Green Meadow Waldorf School (NY) for 25 years before joining MCWS in 2006 as a founding high school teacher. He also helped to launch the Shining Mt. Waldorf High School in Boulder, Colorado. He has authored three books: Stages of Imagination—Working Dramatically with Adolescents, Life Lessons—Reaching Teenagers through Literature, and a poetry collection entitled, The Irresistible In-Between, as well as several articles for Renewal magazine. David is a faculty member of the Center for Anthroposophy, teaching humanities in the Waldorf high school teacher training summer program. He is also enjoying life's latest delight: grandfatherhood!

  • Ellen McCann Labbe
    Ellen McCann LabbeHigh School Life Sciences
    Ellen McCann Labbe

    Ellen McCann Labbe

    High School Life Sciences

    Joined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2012
    BSc, Environmental Science, University of Guelph; MS, Biology, University of Southern Maine; Currently enrolled in Waldorf High School Teacher Training Program, Center for Anthroposophy

    Ellen has been an active explorer of the living world since childhood. Working with others to understand the intrinsic connection between human beings and their environment inspires her work as both an experiential educator and ecologist. Her favorite fieldwork has included mountain meteorology, coastal wetland ecology, and most recently her thesis research on the population genetics of alewife in Maine rivers. Ellen is an avid naturalist, citizen scientist and homesteader. You can find her outdoors in all seasons with her husband and son.

  • Jeffrey O’Brien
    Jeffrey O’BrienHigh School Math and Physical Sciences
    Jeffrey O’Brien

    Jeffrey O’Brien

    High School Math and Physical Sciences

    Joined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2007
    BA, Mathematics, Colby Colleg;, M.Ed, Antioch University New England; Waldorf High School Teacher Certification, Center for Anthroposophy

    Jeff grew up six miles south of Freeport in Yarmouth. Jeff has been teaching high school math and science since 1987. He is a founding faculty member of MCWS's high school and has been teaching math and phenomenological science since its inception. Prior to that he taught at North Yarmouth Academy, The Academy at Charlemont, Northfield Mount Hermon School, and The White Mountain School. He also plays bass and sings in an adult "garage band". At one time he was a fly fishing guide in Montana.

  • Johanna Flath
    Johanna FlathHigh School Art
    Johanna Flath

    Johanna Flath

    High School Art

    Joined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2010
    BFA, Rhode Island School of Design

    Johanna grew up on the island of Bermuda and had an active and creative childhood. She moved to Maine in 2001, along with her husband, to restore a 225 year old house, a place to live out their artistic ambitions. She has shared her joy of painting with children and adults for over a decade, teaching in many different private schools and institutions, both in Maine and Bermuda. She loves working with the high school students at Maine Coast Waldorf School, inspiring them to look deeper into the beauty of the natural world. She feels passionately that art-making is a vital skill of communication and self-expression for young people. She has two young children of her own and spends her time with her family cooking, playing, painting and in nature as much as possible.

  • John Saccone
    John SacconeMovement Education
    John Saccone

    John Saccone

    Movement Education

    Joined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 1995
    Spacial Dynamics® Institute - Level I, Spacial Dynamics® Institute - Movement Therapist, Spacial Dynamics® Institute - Level III Trainer Bothmer Gymnastics® - International Bothmer Certification Board

    John toured in Tony Montanaro's Celebration Theater Ensemble. He is a resident guest artist with the Portland Ballet Company and has performed for over 20 years as Drosselmeyer in the Nutcracker. He is a past host of the Portland Symphony Kinderkoncerts. He taught for many years at the Rudolf Steiner Institute, and presently is an instructor at the Spacial Dynamics® Institute. He is a founding boardmember of Seeds of Independence, where he continues to facilitate in their Jumpstart program for first-time youth offenders. He performs a duet show with his wife.

  • Julie Yeo
    Julie YeoHigh School Art
    Julie Yeo

    Julie Yeo

    High School Art

    Joined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2016
    BA, studio Art, Connecticut College; AA, Classical Animation, Sheridan College of Applied Arts and Technology; MEd, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Colorado, Foundations Studies, Center for Anthroposophy

    Throughout her life Julie has always been a maker. She is motivated most when using her hands to create, She has worked in many media including wood, clay, glass, metal, stone, painting, drawing Teaching has always allowed her to learn and share her enthusiasms. Julie will always seeks out the opportunity to make something over buying it. She finds her greatest inspiration spending time with her family in the outdoors actively engaging in every season. She also loves to cook and share meals with friends, xc ski, and pick blueberries. Julie considers Maine her home where she lives a busy life with her husband and their daughter in a house they built on a little farm they created.

  • Karyn Kurland
    Karyn KurlandEducational Support
    Karyn Kurland

    Karyn Kurland

    Educational Support

    Joined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2014
    BA, French and Special Education, University of Vermont; MA, Special Education/Consulting Teacher, St. Michael's College

    Karyn became acquainted with the MCWS community through her private tutoring practice, and grew to appreciate and admire the values inherent in the Waldorf approach to teaching and learning, as well as the high level of commitment MCWS teachers have to their students. She has been working part-time at the high school as a student support teacher since the fall of 2014. Prior to joining the faculty at MCWS, Karyn taught in a variety of public and private educational settings, worked as a consulting teacher/learning specialist, and lectured at educational conferences about the positive impact of collaborative planning teams on students with unique learning needs and on educational institutions as a whole. In addition to teaching at MCWS, Karyn co-owns a learning cooperative called STARS (Students Taking Action Reach Success) in Freeport.

  • Katy Stetson
    Katy StetsonAccompanist
    Katy Stetson

    Katy Stetson

    Accompanist

    Joined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2006
    BA, Music, Amherst College

    Katy has been accompanying choirs in the greater Portland area for more than 20 years. She regularly works with several schools in the area, as well as many private choirs, ranging in age from elementary school through high school and beyond. Katy also teaches piano to students of all ages.

  • Nancy Roderick
    Nancy RoderickClassroom Music, Strings, Chorus
    Nancy Roderick

    Nancy Roderick

    Classroom Music, Strings, Chorus

    Joined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2002
    BM, University of Miami School of Music

    Nancy is a violinist and teaches strings, classroom music and chorus.  She has served as principle violinist for the Maine State Ballet Orchestra and has performed with the Portland Symphony, the Bangor Symphony, the Maine Chamber Ensemble, the Portland Opera Repertory Theater Orchestra and the trio Musica Sorrella. Nancy has served as a conductor with the Brunswick Regional Youth Orchestra, the Southern Maine String Academy and at several District Festivals across the state. Nancy is the founder of the Coastal Youth Orchestra and conductor of CYO's Fiddleheads and Coastal String Ensembles. Nancy is well known for her enthusiasm and sensitivity in working with young string players and for her dedication to music education. In her free time she enjoys running and spending time skiing at Sugarloaf with her husband and two children, Alexandra and Christopher.

  • Nathan Doan
    Nathan DoanHigh School Math and Physics
    Nathan Doan

    Nathan Doan

    High School Math and Physics

    Joined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2013
    BS, Math and Physics, Tulane University; Currently enrolled in the high school teacher training program, Center for Anthroposophy

    Nathan grew up in Pennsylvania where he graduated from the Susquehanna Waldorf School in Lancaster County. Living in New Orleans, Nathan developed a passion for long-distance bicycling and bicycle repair, eventually becoming the manager of a community bike-education program. Nathan's interests include juggling, playing music, and having good conversations.

  • Regine Routier Whittlesey
    Regine Routier WhittleseyHigh School French
    Regine Routier Whittlesey

    Regine Routier Whittlesey

    High School French

    Joined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2007
    BA, Université de Nantes, France; MAT course work, University of Maine, Orono; Certificate, School for International Training Certificate, Foreign Service Institute

    Régine, born and educated in Nantes, France, came to Maine as a teaching intern in the 1970s where she met her husband who became a diplomat. They embarked on an international life that took them to Iceland, Morocco, Switzerland, France and Bangladesh in addition to Washington, DC. While teaching for 35 years in International Schools and raising four bilingual, bicultural children, Régine did volunteer work in the slums of Morocco and Bangladesh, where she ran the UN Women's Association Welfare Program. She still helps Buddhist schools in Nepal and India, such as the Siddhartha School in Ladakh, India, where she started MWHS sponsoring of one of their students. It is no surprise that she established our International Exchange Program!

  • Sarah YanniCounselor

    Sarah Yanni

    Counselor

    Joined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2014
    BA, English and Education, Mount Holyoke College; MA, Counseling Psychology, Lesley University

    Sarah grew up in southern New Hampshire and attended the Pine Hill and High Mowing Waldorf schools. As an undergraduate, she studied secondary education and completed the Teaching Certification Program at Mount Holyoke College. Sarah has worked in several independent schools and educational programs offering one-on-one support to middle and high school students with learning differences and psycho-emotional challenges. In addition to her work at MCWS, Sarah is a part-time clinician at the University of New England Counseling Services where she specializes in issues relating to adolescence and emerging adulthood. Sarah brings a compassionate, strengths-based approach to supporting students and their families through these rich and sometimes challenging years.

  • Whitney Bruce
    Whitney BruceCollege Counselor
    Whitney Bruce

    Whitney Bruce

    College Counselor

    Joined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2016
    BA, International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

    Beginning with her experience as a college senior interviewing prospective first year students, Whitney has spent more than two decades working with students as they make the transition from high school to college. She has worked as a college admissions officer, a high school counselor, and an independent counselor. She visits several dozen colleges each year and is always amazed by the diversity of higher education opportunities available in the United States and abroad. Whitney currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Higher Education Consultants Association.