Subject Teachers

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Leah Bartell
Instrumental Music Director

Ms. Bartell earned a B.A. in music from Wesleyan University and an M.Mus. at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. While studying in Canada, she traveled to Calcutta, India, to teach violin and perform with the Calcutta Foundation Orchestra, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of orphans through music education. Ms. Bartell has performed with symphonies, ballets, and opera companies throughout New England. She is also the founder and music director of the Great Meadows Chamber Orchestra for children. Ms. Bartell’s two sons attend WSL.


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Tudor Bota
Chorus Teacher & Eurythmy Accompanist

Mr. Bota received a doctorate in piano performance from the Academy of Music Gheorghe Dima in Cluj, Romania, and an Artist Diploma in piano performance from the Boston Conservatory. He has appeared with soloists at the Metropolitan in New York and has won numerous prizes in international competitions. In addition to his role at WSL, Mr. Bota also serves as the music director at Trinity Covenant Church in Lexington.


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Ralph Brooks
Athletics Director

Mr. Brooks holds a B.S. from Westfield State College in K–12 physical education and is certified in Spatial Dynamics. He is also certified as a Waldorf high school teacher. Mr. Brooks joined WSL’s faculty as the elementary physical education teacher in 1990. In 1995, he developed the afterschool athletics program and was promoted to athletics director. In addition to responsibility for physical education and after-school athletics for grades 2–8, Mr. Brooks also directs three special events at WSL: the 5th grade Olympics, the 6th grade Medieval Games, and the Michaelmas Games.


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Christa Clark
German Teacher

Ms. Clark is a native of Germany, where she earned a B.A. in education in Cologne. She worked in Iserlohn, Germany, for 14 years as a handwork and physical education teacher and later earned her Waldorf degree as a foreign language teacher at the Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, CA. Ms. Clark also has a passion for dancing and leads the school’s beloved annual Viennese Ball.


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Adele Clements
English Skills Teacher

Ms. Clements received a B.A. in English from Emmanuel College, earned her M.Ed. from UMass Boston, and is certified in English Language Arts for grades 5–12. A voracious reader and passionate writer, Ms. Clements has designed and taught core curriculum units in literacy and created writing workshops in urban and suburban, public and private schools across diverse populations. Her student project, “Going For Broke,” was selected and displayed by the late Tom Menino in the Mayor’s Gallery in 2013. Ms. Clements hosts writing workshops for teens and also coaches novice teachers and facilitates symposiums on the joys of teaching and learning for the Boston Teacher Residency Program.


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Susan Cody
Librarian, Social Inclusion, 1st Grade Afternoon Teacher

Ms. Cody earned a B.A. in elementary and special education at Bridgewater State College. While looking for a school for her young children, she discovered Waldorf education and never looked back. Ms. Cody studied at Rudolf Steiner College and at Antioch University in the Waldorf Collaborative Counseling Program. She has worked to develop WSL’s social inclusion and community service program for the 8th grade.


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Megan Curtis
Afterschool Teacher

A graduate of WSL, Megan received her Waldorf Class Teacher Diploma from Emerson College in England, where she also trained in storytelling and art. Megan received her BA with a concentration in creative writing and philosophy from Sarah Lawrence College and studied for a year at Oxford University. She taught middle school English Skills at WSL for a decade, and currently also works as a librarian in the school library.


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Lynne Czysz
Aftercare Teacher

Ms. Czysz has 18 years’ experience as an educator at the Aurora Waldorf School, serving in a number of roles in early childhood education, but primarily as a lead kindergarten teacher. She also has a decade of experience as a yoga teacher, and has designed movement and music lesson plans and taught classes for grades K-8 in both public and private schools in western New York. Ms. Czysz earned an associates degree in early childhood education from Sunbridge College and pursued remedial/extra lesson training at the Association for a Healing Education.


Glenn Dickson
Wind Instructor & Orchestra Leader

Mr. Dickson has been leading student ensembles for all ages for over 20 years. Mr. Dickson has performed and/or written music for major motion pictures (Woody Allen, Sidney Lumet); performed at major jazz festivals in Europe and North America; produced a dozen of his own recordings and performed on many more; played with the Philadelphia Pops; and collaborated with Maurice Sendak and Ellen Kushner. He regularly performs Jewish and Greek folk music, chamber music, and jazz/swing.


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Amanda Drane
Resource Teacher

Ms. Drane joined WSL from the Aurora Waldorf School in New York, where she served as a Remedial Instructor and Extra Lesson Teacher as well as the summer camp director. Ms. Drane received a B.S. in childhood education with a concentration in English from SUNY Buffalo and an M.S. in literacy education from Medaille College. Ms. Drane has also studied Spacial Dynamics.


 

Kate Maholchic
Learning Specialists

Ms. Maholchic has an M.A. in Special Education (Mild to Moderate Learning Disabilities) from American University (D.C.) and a B.A. in Sociology from Manhattan College (NY), along with certifications for Wilson Reading System, Responsive Classroom and trainings in Mindfulness Meditation and Curriculum and Brain Gym. She has 17 years of experience working with K-12 students in groups and individually, as a learning specialist and reading specialist. Ms. Maholchic has served for the last seven years as a learning specialist for Skill Builders in Annandale, Virginia. She has also been an educational consultant for the US Department of Education and for reading organizations in San Francisco and Washington, D.C.


Andrea Faber
Math Skills Teacher

Ms. Faber received an M.Ed. from the University of Heidelberg, with a focus on math, geography, and biology for grades 5–10. She taught in Germany for ten years before moving to the U.S. After enrolling her two daughters at WSL, Ms. Faber joined the faculty as a Math Skills Teacher. Ms. Faber supplemented her training with Foundation Studies and numerous math workshops. Andrea helps prepare students for high school math curricula and builds their math skills and problem-solving abilities. She also helps students develop good organizational skills and a strong work ethic.


Andy Freeburg | Woodworking & Gardening Teacher

Mr. Freeburg patiently guides students in grades 5–8 through a woodworking curriculum that requires increasing levels of skill. Students produce signature projects each year including carving a wooden spoon from a solid block, building a 3-masted model schooner, and designing and constructing their own stools. Mr. Freeburg's skill and artistry as a master carpenter are on display throughout the school. He is also the school's gardening teacher and bee keeper, and has served in a number of capacities in school governance and leadership, including the Governance Council.


Irina Goncharov
Math Skills Assistant

Ms. Goncharov graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology with an M.S. in physics and mathematics. She worked in the field of theoretical physics, occasionally giving math and physics classes to advanced high school students. Ms. Goncharov went through the two-year Foundation Studies program in Moscow and has been affiliated with WSL for the past twenty years, first as a parent and later as a Math Skills Assistant. She continues her deep involvement in anthroposophy through study groups and classes.


Elizabeth Lacasse
Aftercare Assistant

Ms. Lacasse has a diverse background in education and child care, having served in a number of teaching and nanny positions. She earned a B.A. in early childhood education with a secondary major in math from Bennington College, followed by an M.A. in teaching, also from Bennington. Ms. Lacasse has worked as a student teacher in preschool and third grade classrooms at Molly Stark Elementary in Bennington, VT.


Magnolia Rios
Spanish Teacher

Sra. Rios has a degree in pedagogy and fine arts from the University of La Sabana in Bogota, Colombia, and a degree in early childhood education from the University of San Buenaventura, in Cali, Colombia. She received her Waldorf teacher training with a specialization in foreign language education from Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, California. Sra. Rios has over 26 years of experience teaching Spanish and the arts in a variety of educational settings. She also has an extensive background serving the needs of culturally and racially diverse populations.


Alana Scopa
Aftercare Assistant

Ms. Scopa graduated from North Middlesex Regional High School and attended a cosmetology program at Mansfield Beauty Academy. She is an experienced teaching assistant, having worked for the past nine years at a local preschool. Prior to that Ms. Scopa provided clerical support and customer service in a busy allergy and asthma physician’s office.


Jane Sheena
Cello Teacher

Ms. Sheena graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London and spent several years playing with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. While in Hong Kong, she was also a member of the well-known Melody Quintet, which performed for prestigious social functions, including concerts on the QE II. Ms. Sheena later played with the San Antonio Symphony and was very active as a chamber music player. Ms. Sheena has also been a member of the Lexington Symphony since 2005.


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Catherine Steiner
Developmental Movement Teacher & Educational Support Dept. Chair

A native of France, Ms. Steiner received a B.A. in physics. Her early work included conducting research for a French pharmaceutical company and teaching math and movement at a French school in Saudi Arabia. Ms. Steiner earned an M.Ed. in elementary education and her Waldorf teaching certificate from Antioch University, as well as a certificate in Spatial Dynamics. She came to WSL as a parent (her two sons graduated from the school) and began working as a substitute teacher. She later developed a movement program and an early elementary classroom assistant position. More recently, Ms. Steiner has pursued certification in the Waldorf Extra Lesson.


Shari Yudis
Reading Specialist

After graduating from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in economics and a minor in mathematics, Ms. Yudis decided that education was her passion. She was offered a full scholarship at B.U., where she earned an M.Ed. in elementary education. Ms. Yudis went on to earn her certification as a K–12 reading specialist from Lesley College. She then spent six years working in the Lincoln public schools. Ms. Yudis brought her son to WSL when he was 2 ½ and began volunteering in the early childhood program. She was later recruited to support reading skills in the elementary grades and has continued to expand her role as a reading specialist at WSL.


Liaat Zehavi
Eurythmy Teacher

Liaat holds a four-year eurythmy training degree from Eurythmy Spring Valley and a therapeutic eurythmy degree from Camphill Academy. Liaat is a longtime explorer of movement and stillness, and what it takes to be fully present in a body. Prior to her Waldorf trainings, Liaat was a professional dancer with a background in classical ballet, modern dance, and flamenco. Liaat also meditates and is deeply interested in mindfulness somatic practices, which color her teaching of eurythmy.