MCWS Welcomes New Faculty for the 2021-22 School Year

We are excited to welcome an amazing group of new faculty members to our community. From the Early Childhood to the High School, we’re excited to better get to know them, and look forward to their many contributions to our community.

Kendall Grady joins our faculty as our violin teacher. Kendall has studied music around the globe and brings a depth of experience from different cultures to our music program. Most recently she was teaching at the University of Miami, where she also received her Master of Music degree in violin performance.

 

 

 

Michelle Keleher joins our faculty as a lead teacher in our early childhood branch. Michelle most recently was an early childhood teacher in the forest kindergarten at the Santa Fe Waldorf School. She earned her Waldorf certification from Hogeschool Leiden in The Netherlands and her Bachelors degree from the University of Kansas. 

 

 

 

Caroline (Callie) McMaster joins our faculty as an assistant in the Sunflower classroom in our early childhood branch. She is a recent graduate in Early Childhood Education from Massachusetts. 

 

 

 

Rebecca Rusoff joins our faculty as an interim lead teacher in our Sunflower early childhood classroom. Rebecca brings years of experience running a Waldorf playgarden to Maine Coast Waldorf School. She received her Waldorf teacher certification from Summerfield School and Farm and her Bachelors from Humboldt State University.

 

 

 

Clare Stansberry rejoins our faculty where she will assume the class teacher role for the second grade. Clare has recently been teaching at the Sandpoint Waldorf School in Idaho where she took a class from first through fourth grade. Prior to that, she worked as an assistant at Maine Coast Waldorf School in our early childhood branch. She graduated with her Waldorf Grades Teacher Training from the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto. Clare earned her Bachelor degree from Bowdoin College. 

 

 

Lisa Trafton joins our administrative branch as Early Childhood Office Manager and Bookkeeper. She comes to the Maine Coast Waldorf School looking to contribute to a community with a friendly, holistic constructive outlook on the world.

 

 

 

Gwen Wahlquist joins our faculty as the first grade teacher. Gwen brings to Maine Coast Waldorf School experience teaching in both Waldorf early childhood and grades programs, most recently at the Wasatch Waldorf charter school in Utah. She completed her early childhood training from the Pleiades Initiative and both her Masters degree and Waldorf Grades certification from Antioch College New England.

 

 

Alishia Wendtlandt joins our faculty after relocating to Maine. She will be assisting in the Bluebell classroom in our early childhood branch. 

 

 

 

Nicole Oware will be an afternoon EC Assistant and G1-5 After School Programs teacher.  She joins MCWS because she has a passion working with small children and wanted to make that a larger part of her life. She is interested in providing an environment where the children feel welcomed and cared for.

 

 

 

Sage Viets-Aughton joins MCWS as the EC afternoon assistant. A graduate of White Mountain Waldorf School, Sage most recently worked with children as an historical interpreter at Old Fort Western in Augusta. 

 

 

 

Ross Emerson joins the faculty as our G2-5 movement teacher. A parent of two MCWS students, Ross brings his training in spatial dynamics and a gymnastics certification to the Movement program.

 

 

 

Emily Jirsa joins as the High School Counselor.  She is a Certified School Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling. While Emily enjoys working with young people of all ages, her genuine passion is working with teenagers and young adults.

 

Dr. Helen-Ann Ireland joins our faculty as the Education Support Specialist in our high school. A long-time Waldorf class teacher, Helen-Ann has a specialist training in Educational support from the Association for Healing Education and has most recently taught at the college level in the areas of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies. She earned her Ed.D from UMass Amherst.