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Faculty & Staff

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.

Main School Phone:  (919) 967-1858

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Administration Profiles

Christina Wise

Director of Administration • ext. 111 • cwise@emersonwaldorf.org

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.

 

Raelee Peirce

Director of Admissions • ext. 114 • admissions@emersonwaldorf.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.

 

 

Barbara Holloway

Director of Marketing • 919-480-1026 • bholloway@emersonwaldorf.org

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.

 

Deb Feinberg

Development Director • ext. 117 • dfeinberg@emersonwaldorf.org

Deb Feinberg first encountered Waldorf education as a child, joining the festival life at Green Meadow Waldorf School outside New York City. After a twenty-year career in television in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, she shifted her focus onto beginning a family. While living outside Washington, DC, Deb became an active parent at the Washington Waldorf School and Acorn Hill Kindergarten and Nursery. She also served on the Board of Acorn Hill for several years. After moving to Florida, Deb became the Admissions Director at Suncoast Waldorf School in the Tampa Bay area. She has also consulted to Potomac Crescent Waldorf School in Alexandria, VA and Sanderling Waldorf School in Northern Coastal San Diego County, CA. Deb is a fellow of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute, a former member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and past president of the board of the Washington, DC chapter of Women in Cable & Television. She holds a BA in Journalism and has studied at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC and Colorado Springs, CO. Deb is an avid birder and loves to learn the stories about how individuals and families connect with Waldorf education.

 

Kelley Wiley

Communications Director • ext. 113 • emersonian@emersonwaldorf.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.

 

Mary Deutsch

Finance Director • ext. 112 • mdeutsch@emersonwaldorf.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ian Ostrowski

Facilities Manager • ext. 129 • iostrowski@emersonwaldorf.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.

 

 

 

 

 

Lynda Hollar

Reception/Administrator's Assistant • ext. 110 • lhollar@emersonwaldorf.org

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.

 

Therisa Pienaar

High School Coordinator • ext. 120 • tpienaar@emersonwaldorf.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 • agray@emersonwaldorf.org

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.

 

Alexandra Zapata

High School Administrative Assistant• azapata@emersonwaldorf.org


Faculty & Staff Directory

KEITH BARTHOLOMEW
Soccer Coach
High School
 

 

CHRISTINA BECK
Eurythmy Teacher
cbeck@emersonwaldorf.org

ALAN BEST
Ultimate Frisbee Coach
High School

MENOLLY BENTLEY-DYESS
Kindergarten Assistant
Andrea Eichinger-Wiese's Class
mbentley-dyess@emersonwaldorf.org

AMBER BETTILYON
Volleyball Coach
High School

 

INGEBORG BOESCH
Pedagogical Chair
iboesch@emersonwaldorf.org

ROBYNE BORHANIAN
Grade 6 Teacher
rborhanian@emersonwaldorf.org

VIRGINIA CALLAGHAN
Girls Basketball Co-Coach
Middle School
 

 

STROUSE CAMPBELL
HS Life Sciences Block Teacher
scampbell@emersonwaldorf.org

JASON CHILD
Music Director
jchild@emersonwaldorf.org

 

CHRISTINA CLARK
Kindergarten Nap Teacher
EC Extended Day Lead Teacher

 

 

VIORICA COMANICIU
Grade 8 Teacher
vcomaniciu@emersonwaldorf.org

 

 

PATRICIA CORNELL
Kindergarten Teacher
pcornell@emersonwaldorf.org

YANINA CRIOLANI
High School Spanish Teacher
ycriolani@emersonwaldorf.org

 

KIM D'ANGELO
Spanish Teacher, Grades 1-8
kdangelo@emersonwaldorf.org

ROSCO DAVIS
After School Teacher
Lower School

rdavis@emersonwaldorf.org

 

MARY DEUTSCH
Finance Director
mdeutsch@emersonwaldorf.org

KYLE DUNLAP
Nursery Teacher
Morning Garden Teacher
kdunlap@emersonwaldorf.org

ANDREA EICHINGER-WIESE
Kindergarten Teacher
aeichinger-wiese@emersonwaldorf.org

 

MARK E-W
Artist in Residence
Blacksmithing Teacher
High School
blacksmithing@emersonwaldorf.org

 

DEB FEINBERG
Development Director
dfeinberg@emersonwaldorf.org


 

 

KENT FORD
Math Specialist Grades 6, 7, 11
Cross Country Coach
High School
kford@emersonwaldorf.org

 

XIWIEI (ECHO) FU
Grade 3 Teacher
efu@emersonwaldorf.org

AYIZE GLENN GRAY
Diversity and Equity Task Force Director
agray@emersonwaldorf.org

LAURA GUINAN
Art Teacher
High School
lguinan@emersonwaldorf.org

TED HALL
Athletic Director
PE/Movement Teacher
MS Cross Country Coach
thall@emersonwaldorf.org

KATY HARRIS
Ultimate Frisbee Coach
Middle School


 

KAYOKO HASEGAWA
Early Childhood Assistant
khasegawa@emersonwaldorf.org

LYNDA HOLLAR
Administrative Support
Middle School Volleyball Coach
lhollar@emersonwaldorf.org


 

BARBARA HOLLOWAY
Director of Marketing & Outreach
bholloway@emersonwaldorf.org

MICHAEL JUDGE
History Block Teacher
High School
MS Boys Basketball Coach
mjudge@emersonwaldorf.org

KRISTIN KELLY
Early Childhood Assistant

AMY KORTUS
 Humanities & Language Arts
High School & Grade 8
akortus@emersonwaldorf.org

DEREK KRATZER
Strings Ensemble Teacher
dkratzer@emersonwaldorf.org

 

CAROL KUBIK
    Handwork Teacher, Grades 2-8
ckubik@emersonwaldorf.org

 

WHITNEY MACDONALD
High School Basketball Coach
wmacdonald@emersonwaldorf.org

 

KEIANNA MATTHEWS
High School College Counselor & Community Service Coordinator
kmatthews@emersonwaldorf.org

 

SUZANNE MAYS
Lyre Teacher

KRISTIN McGEE
Biodynamic Farming Instructor
kmcgee@emersonwaldorf.org

 

KATJA MOOS
Grade 3 Assistant Teacher
kmoos@emersonwaldorf.org

 

PETER MOYERS
Practical Arts Teacher
pmoyers@emersonwaldorf.org

SHANNON O'CONNOR
Grade 5 Teacher
soconnor@emersonwaldorf.org

ROBIN OLSON
Kindergarten Teacher
rolson@emersonwaldorf.org

 

JESSIE ONUF-RABIUS
Humanities Teacher
High School
jonuf-rabius@emersonwaldorf.org

 

IAN OSTROWSKI
Facilities Manager
iostrowski@emersonwaldorf.org

 

 

RAELEE PEIRCE
    Director of Admissions
admissions@emersonwaldorf.org

 

THERISA PIENAAR
High School Coordinator
tpienaar@emersonwaldorf.org

 

CANDOR PLAZA
    Summer Camp Director &
Social Health Coordinator
summercamp@emersonwaldorf.org
cplaza@emersonwaldorf.org

 


CATHERINE REYES
Handwork Teaching Assistant
Grade 1
catherinedreyes@gmail.com

CAROLYN RICH
Kindergarten Assistant
Robin Olson's Class

 

 

ROB RICH
Math Teacher
Sustainability Teacher
High School
rrich@emersonwaldorf.org

 

KRIS RITZ
Grade 1 Teacher
kritz@emersonwaldorf.org

NIKOO ROODI
Nursery Nap Teacher &
EC Extended Day Assistant
nroodi@emersonwaldorf.org

BETH SHIREY
Piano Accompanist

 

 

LEIGH SPARACINO
Girls Basketball Co-Coach
Middle School

 


CLANCY STANLEY-BROWN
 Chemistry & Math
High School
cbrown@emersonwaldorf.org

KATHLEEN STONE-MICHAEL
Nursery Teacher
Morning Garden Teacher
kstone-michael

 

 

BENJAMIN TRUEBLOOD
Grade 4 Teacher
btrueblood@emersonwaldorf.org

 

CHRISTINA UDEN
German Teacher, Grades 1-7
cuden@emersonwaldorf.org

 

NATASHA VINAS
Kindergarten Assistant
Patricia Cornell's Class

 

KELLEY WILEY
Communications Director
emersonian@emersonwaldorf.org

SHANNON WILEY
Grade 2 Teacher
swiley@emersonwaldorf.org

 

CHRISTINA WISE
Director of Administration
cwise@emersonwaldorf.org

 

ALEXANDRA ZAPATA
Administrative Assistant
High School
azapata@emersonwaldorf.org

WENDY ZIEGLER
Handwork Assistant
wziegler@emersonwaldorf.org