- Chloe DowleyKindergarten Teacher
Kindergarten TeacherJoined 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.
- Coco ReinhartEarly Childhood Assistant
Early Childhood AssistantJoined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2019BA, Vocal Performance, Duquesne University MEd, Waldorf Certificate, Antioch University Nurturing the Roots Certificate: Advanced Therapeutic Course in Early Childhood Education
Coco grew up in Vermont on the shores of Lake Champlain where she developed a deep affinity for the waters that shape New England. Music was her favorite moment in the school day, and a desire to share this joy with children first led her to the classroom. A passion for therapeutic support and education for special needs has kept her there, because adversity embraced as opportunity, and supported with love, can become the source of our individual genius.
Coco joins Maine Coast Waldorf after many rich years of tending the home sphere as a mother of three children, and educating fellow parents through workshops, study and individual consultation.
- Hanna GrahamFamily Programs Teacher
Family Programs TeacherJoined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2018BS, 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 MelilloEarly Childhood Assistant
Early Childhood AssistantJoined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2018BA, 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 FitzpatrickEarly Childhood Assistant
Early Childhood 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 MooreKindergarten Teacher, College Chair
Kindergarten Teacher, College ChairJoined 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
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 OssieEarly Childhood Assistant
Early Childhood AssistantJoined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2019BA, 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 BarhamEarly Childhood Teacher, EC Faculty Chair
Kelly Smith Barham
Early Childhood Teacher, EC Faculty ChairJoined 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.
- Lynn WetterhornEarly Childhood Teacher
Early Childhood TeacherJoined 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.
- Michael FendersonFrench Teacher, EC - Grade 8
French Teacher, EC - Grade 8Joined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 1998BA, 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.
- Nicole ReEarly Childhood Assistant
Early Childhood AssistantJoined Maine Coast Waldorf School in
- Oliver KinzerGerman Teacher, EC - Grade 8
German Teacher, EC - Grade 8Joined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2005BA, 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.
- Ruth AldenEarly Childhood Assistant
Early Childhood AssistantJoined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2019BA, Contemplative Psychology, Expressive Arts and Healing; Minor in Religious Studies, Naropa University, Boulder CO; Waldorf Teaching Certification, Rudolf Steiner College, Sacramento CA
Ruth joins Maine Coast Waldorf School after teaching for six years in the San Francisco Bay Area, both at Marin Waldorf School, and Berkeley Rose Waldorf School. After studying art therapy as an undergraduate, Ruth was drawn to Waldorf education because its therapeutic approach benefits the developing child. For two years she led the Sunflower Kindergarten in Berkeley before joining the Sunflower classroom at MCWS. Ruth enjoys exploring the intersection of neuroscience and Waldorf education. Her treasured childhood memories center around the gardens and forests of Ann Arbor, Michigan, with summers spent in Midcoast Maine, immersed in play amidst the mossy, rocky landscape. Last year Ruth settled in Portland after almost ten years living in California. In addition to the natural world, Ruth loves dancing, reading, creating art, writing letters, studying holistic medicine, and traveling as much as possible.
- Tabitha GouldEarly Childhood Assistant
Early Childhood AssistantJoined Maine Coast Waldorf School in 2019Associates, Early Childhood Education, Greenfield Community College
Tabitha grew up in Western Massachusetts in a mixture of both farmland and a tri-college area instilling in her the value of both being in touch with the land and a love of education. This background greatly influences her work with children. She has spent most of her career working with the Reggio Emilia philosophy, where the 100 languages of children are explored. Her love of the ocean drew her to Maine. In her spare time, she loves to do photography, paint and explore the coast with her family.