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 Teacher
    Chloe Dowley

    Chloe Dowley

    Kindergarten Teacher

    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.

  • 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 Melillo
    Jennifer MelilloEarly Childhood Assistant
    Jennifer Melillo

    Jennifer Melillo

    Early Childhood Assistant

    Joined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2018
    BA, Theatre & Sociology, University of Notre Dame

    At university Jennifer studied Theatre and Sociology - the art and the science of humans interacting with one another. Upon graduation, a passion for sustainable agriculture led her to farms from Washington to Delaware. Fueled by an interest in how humans relate to the earth and their food, Jennifer has spent the past few years on organic farms, managing farmers markets around NYC, and most recently working with children at Brooklyn Forest school and Hawthorne Valley Farm. These latter experiences introduced her to the beauty of Waldorf early-childhood education, and the vital importance of nourishing the whole child through strong relationships and nature-based play. In addition to communing with nature, Jennifer enjoys connecting with her community through contra dancing.

  • Jenny Fitzpatrick
    Jenny FitzpatrickEarly Childhood Assistant
    Jenny Fitzpatrick

    Jenny Fitzpatrick

    Early Childhood 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, College Chair
    Jessica Moore

    Jessica Moore

    Kindergarten Teacher, College Chair

    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

    Jess Moore has been a grades and early childhood teacher, board member and College chair at both Maine Coast Waldorf School and Seacoast Waldorf School. This year marks more than twelve years as lead teacher in the kindergarten. Her professional interests include studying and innovating the Waldorf curriculum and meeting the changing needs of today's children and their families. Jess has a rich artistic background in graphic design, marketing, and performance theater, and considers herself a maker and doer.

  • Johnna Ossie
    Johnna OssieEarly Childhood Assistant
    Johnna Ossie

    Johnna Ossie

    Early Childhood Assistant

    Joined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2019
    BA, Women and Gender Studies & Holistic Health, University of Southern Maine

    Johnna was born and raised on the coast of Maine. Growing up, she spent every summer at 4H camp where she learned a great appreciation for the outdoors and fostering a connection between humans and the natural world. Two of her greatest loves in life are caring for children and spending time in nature. She has spent the last 12 years working with children, and is thrilled to be at Maine Coast Waldorf where she can continue to support children in fostering a great love for the earth. When Johnna isn’t exploring nature with her smallest friends, she enjoys riding her bicycle, baking, traveling throughout New England and beyond, and spending time with her dog.

  • Kelly Smith Barham
    Kelly Smith BarhamEarly Childhood Teacher, EC Faculty Chair
    Kelly Smith Barham

    Kelly Smith Barham

    Early Childhood 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 WetterhornEarly Childhood Teacher
    Lynn Wetterhorn

    Lynn Wetterhorn

    Early Childhood 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.

  • Michael Fenderson
    Michael FendersonFrench Teacher, EC - Grade 8
    Michael Fenderson

    Michael Fenderson

    French Teacher, EC - Grade 8

    Joined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 1998
    BA, International Affairs/Political Science and French, University of Maine; MA, French Literature, University of Massachusetts

    A love of travel and adventures abroad, beginning with a high school exchange to Brazil led Michael to study and then teach both French and Spanish. He has enjoyed living and teaching in France and leading student trips to Central America and Quebec; experiences which have inspired a strong passion for world cultures that he brings to his students in stories, songs, and games. His favorite pastimes include spending time with family and friends, working outdoors building and landscaping, playing guitar, and singing songs late into the night.

  • Oliver Kinzer
    Oliver KinzerGerman Teacher, EC - Grade 8
    Oliver Kinzer

    Oliver Kinzer

    German Teacher, EC - Grade 8

    Joined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2005
    BA, German Philology, German as a foreign language, Philosophy University of Cologne, University of Salzburg, University of Vienna

    Oliver is a native of Germany who came to Maine in 2001. Since 1990, Oliver has been working with children and teenagers in various settings in Europe and the US. Through his many years of experience in arts, language, nature studies, athletics, social work, culinary arts, crafts, and music—as well as being a father—Oliver feels at home in creating exciting, inspiring, and versatile activities for children of all ages. Oliver has been the German teacher for Kindergarten through 8th grade at Maine Coast since 2005. His many tasks at the school have included teaching high school German, woodworking, cooking and coaching middle school cross-country.