Early Childhood Faculty

Our faculty lead by example, for each other and for our students.
Our faculty bring a wide variety of life experiences and perspectives that 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.

  • Chloe Dowley
    Chloe DowleyKindergarten Assistant
    Chloe Dowley

    Chloe Dowley

    Kindergarten Assistant

    Joined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2016
    BA, Education & Sociology, Swarthmore College

    Chloe is a recent transplant to Freeport from the rural coast of Maine, where she spent a decade raising two children, farming, gardening, organizing mothers' support groups, coaching youth sports, volunteering at local schools and non-profits, and teaching Spanish and English to individuals of all ages. She is delighted to be joining a community working together to nourish and nurture children. Chloe enjoys practicing yoga, walking the neighborhood dogs, cycling, running, gardening, playing with her family, and travel, especially to Spanish-speaking countries.

  • Emily Kurucz
    Emily KuruczEC Afternoon Assistant
    Emily Kurucz

    Emily Kurucz

    EC Afternoon Assistant

    Joined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2017

    Emily attended Pine Hill Waldorf school as a kindergartner, this experience left strong memories and a lasting impression. When her twins were born she knew that Maine Coast Waldorf School was the right place for them. Her joy in life comes from traditional homemaking, raising her family, preparing meals, keeping the fire warm and the garden growing. She has pursued these pleasures by attending Rittners School of Floral Design in Boston and The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.

  • Hanna Graham
    Hanna GrahamFamily Programs Teacher
    Hanna Graham

    Hanna Graham

    Family Programs Teacher

    Joined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2018
    BS, Health Services and Holistic Health, USM; Lifeways of North America Certificate; Foundation Studies, Center for Anthroposophy (MCWS)

    Hanna came to Waldorf education in kindergarten and happily lived the life of a "Waldorphan" from that point on. She has always enjoyed children but it was her Gap year in Scotland living in a Camp Hill community where she realized she loved helping and caring for all ages. Before her own children came along, Hanna worked as an assistant in the kindergarten at Maine Coast and is delighted to be back working alongside such talented teachers. Hanna loves spending time with her family, working a garden or five, her husband's good food and being outside.

  • Jennifer McLeod-Marenghi
    Jennifer McLeod-MarenghiEarly Childhood Afternoon Assistant
    Jennifer McLeod-Marenghi

    Jennifer McLeod-Marenghi

    Early Childhood Afternoon Assistant

    Joined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2014
    BA, Musical Theatre, University of Southern Maine

    Jennifer served as an assistant in the nursery for four years.  She first came to MCWS after working with mixed ages at the Peaks Island Children's Workshop, both as a teacher and as a lifeguard. Jennifer has a background in educational entertainment, working with local organizations such as PORTopera and Portland Symphony Orchestra with their educational outreach.

  • Jenny Fitzpatrick
    Jenny FitzpatrickEC Afternoon Assistant
    Jenny Fitzpatrick

    Jenny Fitzpatrick

    EC Afternoon Assistant

    Joined Maine Coast Waldorf School in
    BA, English w/ Education Certification, SUNY Geneseo; Waldorf training, WISC; Foundation Studies, Center for Anthroposophy

    Jenny grew up in Upstate NY and Southern VT. After college, she headed to Los Angeles, CA where she began cultivating some life passions including Waldorf Education. After spending six years in international live-event TV and another six as a birth/postpartum doula and massage therapist, she started her own family and began working in the early childhood at Westside Waldorf in Santa Monica. Her family moved to Maine in 2006 and now both her daughters are MCWS alumni. As nurturing children and feeding people have been life-long themes for Jenny, she feels well-suited for her position at the school.

  • Jessica Gould
    Jessica GouldEC Afternoon Assistant
    Jessica Gould

    Jessica Gould

    EC Afternoon Assistant

    Joined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2017
    BA, Journalism, St. Michael's College; MA, Elementary Education, USM

    Jessica Gould grew up in Freeport but stayed in Vermont for several years after graduating from college. Through volunteer work she realized her true passion was working with children and moved back to Maine in 2010 to pursue her education degree. She comes to Maine Coast Waldorf after several years working as an elementary school librarian. When she is not in the classroom you can find her spending time with her family and working in her garden.

  • Jessica Moore
    Jessica MooreKindergarten Teacher
    Jessica Moore

    Jessica Moore

    Kindergarten Teacher

    Joined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2010
    BA, Humanities, New England College; MH, Master Herbalist, Australasian College of Health Sciences; Waldorf Early Childhood Teaching Certification, Sunbridge Institute, Foundation Studies, Center for Anthroposophy

    Since 2007, Jess has been teaching both Early Childhood and Handwork in Waldorf Classrooms. Originally at Seacoast Waldorf School, (formerly Tidewater Waldorf School, Eliot, ME), in 2010 Jess, her husband and daughter moved up to Freeport to join Maine Coast Waldorf School, where Jess has taught in Early Childhood and First Grade. She possesses a rich artistic background with an affinity for the fiber arts.

  • Kelly Smith Barham
    Kelly Smith BarhamNursery Teacher, EC Faculty Chair
    Kelly Smith Barham

    Kelly Smith Barham

    Nursery Teacher, EC Faculty Chair

    Joined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2012
    BA, Peace and Conflict Studies, University of California Berkeley; AAS Fiber Arts, Crafts and Production, Haywood Community College; MEd, Early and Elementary Childhood Education, and Waldorf Certification, Antioch University New England

    Born in North Carolina, Kelly inherited a love of fibers, children, and nature from her Scots-Irish grandparents who had their roots in the Appalachian mountains. Growing up during the turbulent times of the 1960s and 70s gave her flexibility of thinking, courage,  creativity, and inspiration to constantly seek ways to make the world a better place for everyone. She has worked with young people in a variety of settings, from intense work on race relations and shelters for homeless youth, to kindergarten classrooms. She has finally found her favorite classroom to be the outdoors with our nursery children! She continues to weave in her "spare" time, and is currently studying homeopathic medicine as well.

  • Lynn Wetterhorn
    Lynn WetterhornNursery Teacher
    Lynn Wetterhorn

    Lynn Wetterhorn

    Nursery Teacher

    Joined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2014
    BS, Plant and Soil Science, University of Vermont; MEd, Antioch University New England; Waldorf Certification in Early Childhood

    Lynn has worked in both Waldorf and non-Waldorf schools for the past 20 years where she taught Parent-Child Classes, Young Nursery, Nursery, Kindergarten and Handwork. She has also worked as a parent educator for families with young children. Her enthusiastic love of gardening and the outdoors permeates her work with children. She and her husband built and restored houses, raised sheep and chickens, and enjoyed outdoor activities while raising their two children in southwestern New Hampshire. They are happy to now be living near the ocean and are restoring yet another home. In her spare time, Lynn enjoys weaving, knitting, cooking, hiking, and kayaking.