our faculty

deborah duke
Administrative Chair
deborah duke
Administrative Chair

Deborah Duke arrived to SWS in 2007. To her work she brings her experience from both the corporate and closely held, in sectors profit (exhibit and merchandising design & production) and non profit (community arts organization). Deborah attended the Penn State and Oregon State Universities and is our resident "out of the box" thinker and solution finder. She is the mother of three children (the youngest graduated SWS in 2010). 

tracie couch
Administrative Coordinator
tracie couch
Administrative Coordinator

Miss Tracie first came to the Susquehanna Waldorf School in 2004 and quickly established herself as a trusted member of the school community with her warmth, humor and eagerness to help. After being led astray and wandering the wilderness in a desperate search to find her way, she fell gratefully back into the loving arms of the SWS in 2012. She's overjoyed to be back amongst so many beloved and familiar faces and has taken such pleasure in getting to know all the new ones, too. Miss Tracie brings with her years of administrative and school-based experience, as well as a particular handiness with crafts, sewing, cooking and entertaining. She also has spent almost 30 years honing her patience, wit and big-heartedness in her career as a mother to an adult daughter, now based out of Brooklyn, NY.

salvatore martino
Class Teacher
salvatore martino
Class Teacher

Salvatore is now teaching his twentieth year at the Susquehanna Waldorf School. Through these many years he has learned more from his students than he has taught them. Salvatore's life long love of learning, his dedication to his students and their families and his familiarity with Anthroposophy has sustained him through the many years he has been of service to the school. Salvatore has had many varied experiences, jobs and training over the years. He has marked timber and fought forest fire in the Cascades; has sat long meditation retreats with Zen Master Philip Kapleau and with Tibetan lamas, particular His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, in Boulder and Upstate New York on his way to earning a Master’s Degree in Religion; he has studied Anthroposophy and Waldorf pedagogy with the likes of Eugene Schwartz, Georg Kühlewind, Jack Petrash, Kim Payne, Roberto Trostli, Robert McDermott, Hans Schuberth, Else Gottgens, Leo Klein and others. With this year's Class of 2014, he completes his third cycle at the Susquehanna Waldorf School.

Sal has learned this from his years of teaching: the moral capacity and intellectual striving of the students are firmly grounded in the rich feeling and cultural life that Waldorf education offers. It is one of the few antidotes to the ills of our modern time.

University of Rochester—B.A. in English
Naropa University—M.A. in Buddhist studies

elizabeth curtis
Class Teacher
elizabeth curtis
Class Teacher

Elizabeth Curtis has honed her keen skills of discernment through years of immersion in art, mathematics, craft and community. She holds a B.F.A. from Millersville University and has completed graduate-level coursework in textiles, weaving and papermaking, as well as the Waldorf Teacher Training Program at Sunbridge College. After following an early calling toward entrepreneurship as owner of a frame shop, a handwork shop and an at-home sewing business, Elizabeth was recruited to the SWS Early Childhood faculty in 2000 by founding teacher Linda Heywood. Elizabeth led her first class through the Grades with style; together they built bridges, gained perspective and found beauty in the world and in each other, graduating in 2010.

As proud parents of daughter Lillie, who graduated from SWS in 2009, Elizabeth and her ever-supportive husband Lance are as present on the bleachers of the basketball court and poolside as they are in their other own varied elements. When not practicing the next incarnation of her penmanship, puttering in her garden, or knitting very warm socks, Elizabeth can be found inspiring her colleagues to search for truth, good humor and her coveted stash of chocolate. She is honored to be leading the Class of 2016 through their fourth-grade year.

Millersville University—B.F.A.
Pennsylvania Private School Certification
Sunbridge College:  Waldorf Teacher Training Certificate
HANDLE Therapy—Intro training

melissa mcintyre
Class Teacher
melissa mcintyre
Class Teacher

It was during her adventures abroad that Melissa first heard about Waldorf Education. Having Art History and Elementary Education degrees from Rollins College tucked into her backpack, Melissa and her husband, Jim, set off to teach and travel in Europe. Only after she returned to their hometown of Orlando, finished her Master’s degree and became the mother of three boys—Max, Thomas and Colin—did the topic of Waldorf re-emerge. Their oldest son was ready for school, so the McIntyre family headed north to Pennsylvania for their next great adventure. It was upon entering the doors of the Susquehanna Waldorf School that these two parents/teachers fell in love with education as an art and immersed themselves in all things Waldorf. When the youngest son entered SWS, Melissa seized the moment and became the Morning Glory kindergarten teacher. Four years passed and, feeling adventurous again, she said yes to becoming the new class teacher for this past year’s graduating class of 2011. Melissa’s adventurous journey continues as a class teacher for the SWS class of 2019.
Rollins College—B.A.
University of Central Florida—M.Ed.
Sunbridge College: Summer Intensive Studies
Center for Anthroposophy: Summer Renewel Courses

leilani richardson
Class Teacher
leilani richardson
Class Teacher

Leilani completed the three year Waldorf Teacher Certification program at Antioch University and continues to work toward her Masters in Education.  Her first degree is from Rutgers University, a B.S. in Ecology.  She worked for many years in this field, until she came to know Waldorf education more deeply.  Deciding to pursue her long held interest in education she enrolled at Antioch University and completed the internship portion of that program here at SWS.  In her spare time she enjoys yoga, games, knitting/crocheting, reading, herbs and flowers, laughing, music, and being in the company of kindred spirits. 

Leilani and her family moved from the Lehigh Valley to Mount Joy, Pa in order for their son Kevin to join the Rosebud Kindergarten; they feel quite at home in Lancaster County and with the SWS community. 

Meredith Fisher
Class Teacher
Meredith Fisher
Class Teacher

Meredith has embodied the spirit of a lifelong learner, graduating from Messiah College with a double major in history and English, earning a Master of Arts in Teaching from Duke University with a concentration in English education, and pursuing graduate studies in poetry, literacy, and composition and rhetoric.
With 17 years of middle school teaching experience behind her, Meredith begins a new journey this year with Class 6/7.  She discovered the beauty of a Waldorf education when her three daughters (now grades students) first attended Parent/Child classes at SWS.
When she is not spending time on the more solitary pursuits of reading, writing, and photography, Meredith enjoys spending time outdoors with her family—camping, hiking, and toasting the occasional marshmallow.

Messiah College—B.A. in History and English
Duke University—M.A.T. in English Education

Pennsylvania Level II certification in Secondary English
Sunbridge Institute- Summer Intensive Studies in Waldorf Education

Susan Korsnick
Class Teacher
Susan Korsnick
Class Teacher
Michelle Wann
Director of Admissions & Marketing
Michelle Wann
Director of Admissions & Marketing

Michelle discovered Waldorf education in 2009, when her oldest son entered Pre-Kindergarten at SWS. After a 20 year career in sales and marketing for Xerox and Johnson & Johnson, Michelle is delighted to bring her experience to our Admissions program.

Now with two sons in the grades at SWS, Michelle loves sharing her passion for waldorf education and SWS to our surrounding communities. Working with our new and current families makes each day a special one for her.

Outside of school, Michelle loves to travel, exercise, and find new experiences to share with her boys.

University of Richmond, BS/BA- International Business and Marketing. Minor in French.

Barbara Freiberg
Fiber Arts Teacher
Barbara Freiberg
Fiber Arts Teacher

Barbara Freiberg has worked on and off for the Susquehanna Waldorf School for twenty years. She has worn many hats, kinder assistant, parent and child teacher, receptionist and parent. This year she is SWS's handwork teacher.

Barbara lives with her husband of thirty two years. He is a certified biodynamic farmer. Together they made sure that both of their daughters graduated from Waldorf Schools. Barbara feels discovering Waldorf Education has been a fabulous journey for herself and her family.

wendy dougherty
Kindergarten Teacher
wendy dougherty
Kindergarten Teacher

Twenty years and many incarnations ago, Wendy joyfully dove into the cool waters of Waldorf education and has yet to satiate her thirst. Having received her M.Ed. and Waldorf certification from Antioch University in Keene, New Hampshire, she returned to Pennsylvania after sixteen years teaching young, hearty New England souls. Wendy once believed she was called to teach the grades, until she was drawn into the kindergarten with all its magic and profound wonder. There, her soul sang its joyful song of recognition and her deep passion for early childhood was awakened. Wendy’s love of the kindergarten is fully embraced by her husband, John, and their four children: Lindsay, Connor, Maya and Jack. It is not unusual for Wendy to receive pleas for emergency millet rolls and honey butter from their eldest daughter, Lindsay, at the University of Vermont. Look for Wendy and her train of singing children as they explore the mysteries of Marietta’s natural world this year.

Penn State University—B. A.
Antioch University—M. Ed.
Antioch University—K-8 Waldorf certification
New Hampshire K-8 certification
Pennsylvania Private School Certification—Kindergarten
HANDLE Therapy—Intro training

linda heywood
Kindergarten Teacher
linda heywood
Kindergarten Teacher

Linda is from Wisconsin, a northern place, full of wind, wilderness, cold and lakes. She has always loved adventure. Moving to Pennsylvania, with its mountains, rivers and forests, she met her expectations for new possibilities—hiking, canoeing and a home in the woods.

When the opportunity arose to help begin a Waldorf school and teach its first class, love, courage and the blessings of the world buoyed her enthusiasm and energy. And so it began – a little school alongside a big river.

Twenty-some years later, this deeply joyful adventure into sharing life with young children continues, informed by Anthroposophy and the children themselves. Linda still feels the lake-like liftedness of daily joy and work, and usually—but not always—the wind is at her back, whispering, sometimes howling, encouragement.

joe nabholtz
Mandarin Chinese
joe nabholtz
Mandarin Chinese

Joseph Nabholz (Teacher Lee, “Lee Lao-shi”) has lived and taught English in Taiwan for four years, where he also learned Mandarin Chinese.  His interest in Asian culture and language began while studying at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC when he participated in a travel-abroad program that took him to Southeast Asia and Taiwan.  He has now moved back to his hometown in southern York County with his wife Fiona Lee and their 21-month-old son William.  He is delighted to share Chinese language and culture with SWS and looks forward to a fun, interesting semester. 

Rochelle Hildreth
Music Teacher
Rochelle Hildreth
Music Teacher

Rochelle first came to SWS in 2001, and spent 10 years as a class teacher bringing with her a deep and abiding appreciation for the art of teaching.  Before delightedly returning to SWS in 2014 as our Music teacher, Rochelle spent the last several years co-creating a nature based camp program, Heritage Creek Farm Camp, where she currently works as an instructional director throughout the summer months.  She also travels weekly to Annapolis, Maryland to bring the Arts of Waldorf Education to a homeschooling cooperative.  Rochelle brings a natural love of music and is most inspired by the quote of Plato, “Music gives a soul to the Universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”  Rochelle will be bringing Music to Grades 1-3 in the 2015-16 school year.  Her son Gabriel is in the SWS Class of 2019.

nina radanovic
Music Teacher
nina radanovic
Music Teacher

 

Ithaca College—Bachelor of Music
The American University—M.A.
Sunbridge College—Music Programs

michael cameron
Orchestra Teacher
michael cameron
Orchestra Teacher
jackie randazzo
Parent/Child Class Teacher
jackie randazzo
Parent/Child Class Teacher

Jackie has immersed herself in felting together the joys and challenges of parenting young children with the families in her care. When she first encountered Waldorf education it felt like coming home. Reawakened were childhood memories of exploring the forests of Sullivan County, frolicking in the streams and summers of peaceful meditation on her horse’s back. Her love of children, animals and nature dovetailed beautifully with the Waldorf pedagogy. She drank in her training at Sunbridge College and received her Waldorf Kindergarten Teacher’s Certificate. Jackie has taught and been involved with Waldorf education for fifteen years. She continues to craft together the joys of Waldorf parenting with young children while weaving life also as the mother of three beautiful daughters, supported by a loving husband, three dogs, one cat and two horses. Life is good.

Sunbridge College:  Waldorf Teacher Training Certificate