Most of our teachers have Waldorf teacher training in addition to undergraduate or postgraduate degrees, and varied teaching and life experiences. Teachers, who are in daily contact with the children, have the ability to respond directly to student needs and parent concerns. They strive to connect with each family, building a network of support for each child. Teachers maintain open communication with parents through regular class meetings and email. If a parent has any concerns about their child, it is best to first approach the child’s Class Teacher with this concern.
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Director of Administration • ext. 111 • email@example.com
Christina Wise has been a passionate advocate of Waldorf education since first discovering it 10 years ago. Before finding Waldorf education, she worked as a Management Consultant for Deloitte Consulting, but Christina has spent the past decade serving the Suncoast Waldorf School in Palm Harbor, FL in a variety of roles: dedicated parent, Board President, Assistant Kindergarten Teacher, Class Teacher Substitute, Communications Coordinator, Marketing Chair, Finance Director, and most recently Administrative Director. She is a graduate of the University of Florida and has an International MBA from the University of South Carolina and Wirtshaftsuniversität Wien. She loves working with parents and teachers and applying her background and skills to advance the mission of Waldorf education to reach as many children and young people as possible.
Christina and her family are excited to be moving to the Chapel Hill area and joining the Emerson Waldorf community where her children will be attending 1st and 6th grades. When she’s not talking about Waldorf, Christina enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, yoga, and knitting.
Director of Admissions • ext. 114 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Raelee Peirce is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and, although she has lived out West and up North, thinks of herself as a North Carolinian. Raelee brings her knowledge and passion for parent education to her Admissions work. She is a trained Simplicity Parenting Leader and Parent Coach and formerly worked with family therapist and author, Kim John Payne. She and her husband have been in the EWS community since 2009, and their 2 children attend EWS. Shepherding families through the Admissions process at EWS is something that comes naturally to Raelee, and she feels blessed to be part of such a supportive community.
Director of Marketing • 919-480-1026 • email@example.com
Barbara Holloway discovered Waldorf Education when she was working in high-tech Marketing and seeking childcare for her as yet unborn daughter, Alexa. She wanted to make sure that the childcare she chose would align well with Alexa’s future educational path. Many years and four children later, Barbara is thrilled to merge her marketing experience with her teaching experience in Benin, West Africa, her International MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management (aka Thunderbird), and her BA in Economics and German from UNC-Chapel Hill to spread the word about Emerson Waldorf School. Beyond EWS, Barbara enjoys running cross-country with her dog, motorcycling, beekeeping, climbing mountains, yoga, and indulging in good food, wine, and music – but mostly, she just likes witnessing the miracles of nature quietly unfold throughout the seasons.
Communications Director • ext. 113 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelley Wiley was born in Phoenix, Arizona and was educated at Scottsdale Community College and Pima Institute of Technology. She has worked in Administrative and Customer Service positions for almost three decades. Kelley is married with two children, both EWS alumni. She and her husband started on the Waldorf path back in Phoenix, when their sons were in enrolled in Nursery and Kindergarten. Kelley has worked at Pine Hill Waldorf School and has served on the Board of Trustees and as the Auction Chair at the Waldorf School of Cape Cod. She enjoys playing racquetball and taking long walks with her husband.
Finance Director • ext. 112 • email@example.com
Facilities Manager • ext. 129 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Strong as a bear, wise as a mountaintop guru, noble and swift as a samurai, Ian patiently bears out the requests of the masses whilst beautifully and efficiently tending the EWS grounds and facilities.
Reception/Administrator's Assistant • ext. 110 • email@example.com
Lynda Stinson Hollar grew up moving every few years, from Kalamazoo as a young child, to places east and west, before finally finding her “roots” on a farm in Silk Hope, NC. Lynda is married and has two adult children living outside the home, and 2 step-children making their transitions into adulthood. She is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and a certified yoga instructor. Although not formally trained in the “wisdom of Waldorf,” she feels quite at home here from her 15 years of studying and eventually teaching Hatha yoga. Lynda has gained a deep reverence for all sentient life through the awareness and acute focus that one brings to yoga practice, and from time spent each day working on the farm. She believes that the universe has always conspired to lead her into a more authentic expression her innermost being, which is how she found her way to Emerson Waldorf School.
High School Coordinator • ext. 120 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Therisa Pienaar moved to North Carolina from South Africa in 2007. Her family fell in love with the Emerson Waldorf School, and her son joined the school in the second grade. Ms Pienaar immediately became involved in the community, taking on the responsibility of Treasurer for the Parent Organization and then moved into the Lower School office as an Assistant to the Finance Director. Therisa brings with her 12 years of experience as a teacher in both Independent and public schools in South Africa and also in Kenya. Because of the nature of her husband's job, the Pienaar family has moved around a lot, with the result that Therisa’s her teaching career ended up being very rich and varied. Her position as High School Coordinator draws on her love for working with children as well as her passion for Waldorf Education.
Ayize Glenn Gray
Diversity & Equity Team Director • email@example.com
Ayize Glenn Gray holds a Bachelor of Arts in Media Management from HBCU Clark Atlanta University and a Spiritual Counselor License from Agape University of Transformation & Leadership. He received his Life Coach training through Coaching Alliance and Landmark Education’s Seminar Introduction Leaders Program. He spent 20+ years working professionally in the motion picture industry as a Location Manager, Studio Executive, and Independent Producer in NYC and Los Angeles, respectively. He is most proud of his 8 years as a stay-at-home dad caring for his three children whilst homeschooling his oldest daughter using a Waldorf-inspired home school curriculum. He is also a self-taught, exhibiting painter and electric bass guitarist. He currently is a Licensed NC Broker/Realtor and owns a Real Estate Solutions company that redevelops under-performing properties. He also maintains a very limited private practice, coaching and counseling individuals and organizations through transformational change. He and his family reside in Durham, NC, and his three children are enrolled at Emerson Waldorf School.
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