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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

See our full Faculty & Staff Directory


Administration Profiles

Christina Wise

Director of Administration • ext. 11 • 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. 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, 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.

 

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 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
EC After School Teacher

FRANK ALEXANDER
Guitar Teacher
High School

VICTORIA ARRIVILLAGA
Spanish Teacher
High School
varrivillaga@emersonwaldorf.org

 

KEITH BARTHOLOMEW
Soccer Coach
High School

CAROLYN BASKIR
Cross Country Coach
High School

CHRISTINA BECK
Eurythmy Teacher
cbeck@emersonwaldorf.org

STEPHEN BECK

Grade 2 Teacher
sbeck@emersonwaldorf.org

 

ALAN BEST
Ultimate Frisbee Coach
High School

 

 

INGEBORG BOESCH
Pedagogical Chair
iboesch@emersonwaldorf.org

ROBYNE BORHANIAN
Grade 5 Teacher
rborhanian@emersonwaldorf.org

 

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

 

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

 

JASON CHILD
Music Director
jchild@emersonwaldorf.org

VIORICA COMANICIU
Grade 7 Teacher
vcomaniciu@emersonwaldorf.org

PATRICIA CORNELL
Kindergarten Teacher
pcornell@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


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

GABRIEL ESTES
High School Guitar Teacher
gestes@emersonwaldorf.org

LAURA GUINAN
Art Teacher
High School
lguinan@emersonwaldorf.org

 

TED HALL
Athletic Director &
PE/Movement Teacher
thall@emersonwaldorf.org

BECCA HAQUE
College Guidance Counselor 
bhaque@emersonwaldorf.org


 

KATY HARRIS
Ultimate Frisbee Coach
Middle School

 

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

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

 

 

 

MICHAEL JUDGE
History Teacher
High School
mjudge@emersonwaldorf.org

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 1-8
ckubik@emersonwaldorf.org



 

MICHELLE LaCORTE
High School Math
6th 7th Grade Math
mlacorte@emersonwaldorf.org

SUZANNE MAYS
Lyre Teacher

KRISTIN McGEE
Biodynamic Farming Instructor
kmcgee@emersonwaldorf.org

 

DAGMAR MOCK
German Teacher

Grades 1-7
dmock@emersonwaldorf.org

 

CHARLES MONROE
Theater Art
High School
cmonroe@emersonwaldorf.org


 

KATJA MOOS
Substitute Teacher
kmoos@emersonwaldorf.org

PETER MOYERS
Practical Arts Teacher
pmoyers@emersonwaldorf.org

LAUREN NYLAND
Educational Support Coordinator
lnyland@emersonwaldorf.org


 

SHANNON O'CONNOR
Grade 4 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
summercamp@emersonwaldorf.org

CAROLYN RICH
Kindergarten Assistant
Robin Olson's Class


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

KRIS RITZ
Grade 8 Teacher
kritz@emersonwaldorf.org

 


 

BETH SHIREY
Piano Accompanist

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

 

MALINA STOYCHEV
Grade 6 Teacher
mstoychev@emersonwaldorf.org

 

BENJAMIN TRUEBLOOD
Grade 3 Teacher
btrueblood@emersonwaldorf.org

 

NATASHA VINAS
Kindergarten Assistant
Patricia Cornell's Class

KELLEY WILEY
Communications Director
emersonian@emersonwaldorf.org

SHANNON WILEY
Grade 1 Teacher
swiley@emersonwaldorf.org

CHRISTINA WISE
Director of Administration
cwise@emersonwaldorf.org

 

WENDY ZIEGLER
Handwork Assistant
wziegler@emersonwaldorf.org