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.

See our full Faculty & Staff Directory


Administrator Profiles

Steve Bennett

Director of Administration • ext. 11 • sbennett@emersonwaldorf.org

Mr Bennett comes to Emerson Waldorf School with a long, rich, and varied career in Waldorf Education in Australia. He began his work as a class teacher at the Lorien Novalis School on the east coast of Australia, taking a class through the full 7-year primary school cycle. During his 21 years at LNS, he was a class teacher, High School teacher, College Chair, Board of Directors Chair, and Financial Administrator. Starting in 2003, he spent the next 9 years at the Central Coast Steiner School, once again, in a variety of roles, most recently as Educational Administrator. Steve was also heavily involved at the regional and national level in Waldorf Education in Australia. Steve brings with him creativity, energy, grace, and a commitment to providing a quality Waldorf Education to EWS students.

Raelee Peirce

Director of Admissions • ext. 14 • 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. Nineteen 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, indulging in good food, wine, and music –  but mostly, she just likes witnessing the miracles of nature quietly unfold throughout the seasons.

Kelley Wiley

Communications Director • ext. 13 • 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. 12 • mdeutsch@emersonwaldorf.org

 

Ian Ostrowski

Facilities Manager • ext. 29 • 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 Stinson Hollar

Reception/Administrator's Assistant • ext. 10 • 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. 20 • 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.


Faculty & Staff Directory

LAURA ABAD
Nursery Assistant
Kathleen Stone Michael’s Class

KEITH BARTHOLOMEW
High School
Soccer Coach



 

CHRISTINA BECK
Eurythmy Teacher
cbeck@emersonwaldorf.org
 

STEVE BENNETT
Director of Administration
sbennett@emersonwaldorf.org

 

ALAN BEST
Ultimate Frisbee Coach
High School

INGEBORG BOESCH
Pedagogical Chair
iboesch@emersonwaldorf.org

ROBYNE BORHANIAN
Educational Support Tutor
rborhanian@emersonwaldorf.org


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STROUSE CAMPBELL
HS Math & Life Sciences
MS Boys' Basketball Coach
scampbell@emersonwaldorf.org

JASON CHILD
Music Director
jchild@emersonwaldorf.org


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VIORICA COMANICIU
Grade 5 Teacher
vcomaniciu@emersonwaldorf.org


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PATRICIA CORNELL
Nursery & Morning Garden Teacher, College Chair
pcornell@emersonwaldorf.org


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

MARY DEUTSCH
Finance Director
mdeutsch@emersonwaldorf.org

TIM DOWDALL
Ultimate Frisbee Coach
Middle School

 


 


KYLE DUPPSTADT
Drumming Instructor
High School
keduppstadt@gmail.com

AMELI FAIRMAN-EVANS
Kindergarten Teacher
afairman-evans@emersonwaldorf.org

 

MARIA JOSE FITZGERALD
HS Spanish & Math Teacher
mfitzgerald@emersonwaldorf.org

 

 

 

LAURA GUINAN
Art Teacher, High School
lguinan@emersonwaldorf.org

BARBARA HOLLOWAY
Director of Marketing
bholloway@emersonwaldorf.org

KATHLEEN JACKSON
College Guidance Counselor
kjackson@emersonwaldorf.org

 

MARY KIRCHOFF
    Athletic Director
Movement Teacher, Grades 3-12
athletics@emersonwaldorf.org

DEREK KRATZER
Strings Ensemble Teacher
dkratzer@emersonwaldorf.org

CAROL KUBIK
    Handwork Teacher, Grades 1-8
ckubik@emersonwaldorf.org

ERICH LEITH
Jazz Band Instructor.

SUZANNE MAYS
Lyre Teacher

KRISTIN McGEE
Biodynamic Farming Assistant
kmcgee@emersonwaldorf.org

 

RADHA MCNAMARA
Kindergarten Assistant
Ameli Evans' Class

JENNIFER MILLER
Grade 8 Teacher
jmiller@emersonwaldorf.org

JOELLE MILLER
German Teacher,
Grades 4-6
joellemiller@emersonwaldorf.org
 


 

DAN MOISE
Chemistry Teacher
High School
dmoise@emersonwaldorf.org

KATJA MOOS
German Teacher, Grades 1-3
kmoos@emersonwaldorf.org
 

 



PETER MOYERS

Practical Arts Teacher
pmoyers@emersonwaldorf.org


 

MARY BETH MUELLER
Biodynamic Farming Instructor
mmueller@emersonwaldorf.org

 

LAUREN NYLAND
Educational Support Coordinator
lnyland@emersonwaldorf.org

SHANNON O'CONNOR
Grade 2 Teacher
soconnor@emersonwaldorf.org

ROBIN OLSON
Kindergarten Teacher
rolson@emersonwaldorf.org

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

IAN OSTROWSKI
Facilities Manager
iostrowski@emersonwaldorf.org

LARISSA PARSON
Humanities Teacher
High School
lparsons@emersonwaldorf.org

RAELEE PEIRCE
    Director of Admissions
admissions@emersonwaldorf.org


THERISA PIENAAR
High School Coordinator
tpienaar@emersonwaldorf.org

 

 

CANDOR PLAZA
   After School & Summer Camp
Director
summercamp@emersonwaldorf.org

ROB RICH
High School Math Teacher
rrich@emersonwaldorf.org

CALYPSO KITTY
Rescued On Campus
Source of Great Inspiration

PAUL REILY
Cross Country Coach
Middle & High School
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KRIS RITZ
Grade 6 Teacher
kritz@emersonwaldorf.org

DEBORAH ROGERS
Grade 3 Teacher
drogers@emersonwaldorf.org

 

BETH SHIREY
Piano Accompanist

LYNDA STINSON HOLLAR
Reception &
Administrator's Assistant
lhollar@emersonwaldorf.org
 

KATHLEEN STONE-MICHAEL
Nursery & Morning Garden Teacher
kstone-michael@emersonwaldorf.org

MALINA STOYCHEV
Grade 4 Teacher
mstoychev@emersonwaldorf.org

BENJAMIN TRUEBLOOD
Grade 1 Teacher
btrueblood@emersonwaldorf.org

NATASHA VINAS
Kindergarten Assistant
Robin Olson's Class

KELLEY WILEY
Communications Director
emersonian@emersonwaldorf.org

SHANNON WILEY
Grade 7 Teacher
swiley@emersonwaldorf.org