We are thrilled to welcome four new faculty/staff members who have recently joined our community:
Laura Bonarrigo is our new Development Director. She started out as an actor in New York City where she had a successful career on Daytime Television and Off-Broadway. She is a mom of two young adults and recently returned to Portland, Maine, to be near family. Laura holds a BA in Theater Arts from Rutgers University, is an ICF Credentialed Coach, a CDC Certified Divorce Coach and an experienced public speaker. When her children were young, Laura was an active parent with the Rudolf Steiner Waldorf School in New York City.
Vanessa Romanoff is our new Grades School Office Manager. She has spent the last ten years teaching in Maine classrooms and working as an educational program coordinator, and also has experience in public relations, event planning, and program development. She is a Maine native and after some time in New York and New Hampshire she returned to pursue her passion for community education. Vanessa holds a B.A. in English Literature from UNH, and a Master’s in Education from USM. Other interests are cooking, live music (when possible!), and being outdoors year-round. She lives in Brunswick with her partner and their 3-year-old rescue pup. Be sure to stop by and say hello if you see her around campus!
Toben Cooney-Callnan is our new Grades 1-5 After School Program teacher. Toben studied Elementary Education and English. Toben loves working with children and he is absolutely built for it. He is kind, compassionate and fun and is always coming up with creative and interesting ways to work with children. In addition to serving as an After Care Teacher for Maine Coast Waldorf School, Toben oversees the family programming at two local churches. Toben is an amateur poet and his most prized material possession is a signed copy of “Dog Songs” by Mary Oliver.
Samantha D’Onofrio is assisting in the Early Childhood and has worked and trained mostly in the Waldorf Early Childhood classroom as an assistant for many years. She also worked with children of all ages leading nature-based and art activities in a variety of settings including Farm to School, public art workshops, women’s groups and group nannying. She studied painting at the Maine College of Art and has a Bachelor’s from College of the Atlantic where she studied intercultural education, botany, and romance languages. She also spent several years training in early development with the Neufeld Institute. Sharing wonder with children in a playful and compassionate setting brings her great joy.