- Chloe DowleyKindergarten Assistant
Kindergarten AssistantJoined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2016BA, 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 KuruczEC Afternoon Assistant
EC Afternoon AssistantJoined 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.
- Jennifer McLeodNursery Assistant
Nursery AssistantJoined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2014BA, Musical Theatre, University of Southern Maine
Jennifer McLeod comes 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 FitzpatrickEC Afternoon Assistant
EC Afternoon AssistantJoined Maine Coast Waldorf School inBA, 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 GouldEC Afternoon Assistant
EC Afternoon AssistantJoined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2017BA, 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 MooreKindergarten Teacher
Kindergarten TeacherJoined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2010BA, 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 BarhamNursery teacher, Parent-Infant, Parent-Toddler Teacher
Kelly Smith Barham
Nursery teacher, Parent-Infant, Parent-Toddler TeacherJoined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2012BA, 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.
- Kristina Färm-MorrillKindergarten Teacher
Kindergarten TeacherJoined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 1986Elementary Education and Therapeutic Education, Teachers Training College, Sweden, Remedial Teacher Training, Association of Healing Education, U.S.A
Kristina grew up in Finland and moved to Sweden to study. After Graduating in 1978, she moved to Washington State for five years, giving birth to three daughters. In 1983, her family moved to Maine and in 1984, Kristina joined the Board of Directors of Brunswick Waldorf School. She started helping in the existing kindergarten class and in 1986, became the Nursery Teacher. Kristina has been a Kindergarten teacher since 1990 and continues to treasure the earnestness of the young children as they still teach her something new each day.
- Lynn WetterhornNursery Teacher, EC Faculty Chair
Nursery Teacher, EC Faculty ChairJoined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2014BS, 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.
- Tania ZuckermanNursery Assistant
Nursery AssistantJoined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2017BA, Creative Writing/Philosophy, Loyola College; MS, Environmental Education, Lesley University/Audubon Expedition Institute K-8, Elementary Education, Teacher's Certification, Lesley University
Tania grew up in Southern Vermont where she developed a deep connection to nature. She has years of experience in the fields of education, the environment, and the healing arts and is excited to be part of such a vibrant and creative school experience as Maine Coast Waldorf School. Tania is also a yoga teacher and Somatic Breath Therapist and leads a nature-based Waldorf-inspired summer program on her family's 13 acres in Durham.
Over the years, Tania's love of working with children has led her to teach in a variety of settings including the Creative Playhouse pre-school, nature programming at Maine Audubon, summer camp at Friends School and most recently as a substitute in the Early Childhood classrooms of Maine Coast. She has been in Maine since 1998 when she moved here for a teaching job at the School Around Us in Arundel.
Tania is currently in the 2-year Foundations Studies Course through the Center for Anthroposophy and is excited to be more involved in a Waldorf school about which she feels very passionate and inspired. Tania is actively trying to learn fiddle and loves gardening and spending time with her husband, who works in the alternative energy field, and their son, who is in the grades at MCWS.