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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


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
EC After School Teacher

 

FRANK ALEXANDER
Guitar Teacher
High School



 

KEITH BARTHOLOMEW
Soccer Coach
High School


 

 

CAROLYN BASKIR
Cross Country Coach
Middle & High School

 

CHRISTINA BECK
Eurythmy Teacher
cbeck@emersonwaldorf.org

STEPHEN BECK

Grade 1 Teacher
sbeck@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
Grade 4 Teacher
rborhanian@emersonwaldorf.org

 


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HILLARY BURDETTE
Athletic Director
Movement Teacher, Grades 3-12
hburdette@emersonwaldorf.org

 

CALYPSO KITTY
Rescued On Campus
Source of Great Inspiration


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


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JASON CHILD
Music Director
jchild@emersonwaldorf.org


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JAN COERPER
Kindergarten Assistant
Andrea Eichinger-Wiese's Class
 

VIORICA COMANICIU
Grade 6 Teacher
vcomaniciu@emersonwaldorf.org

PATRICIA CORNELL
Kindergarten Teacher
pcornell@emersonwaldorf.org

 

 

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


 

 

MARY DEUTSCH
Finance Director
mdeutsch@emersonwaldorf.org

 



TIMOTHY DOWDALL
MS Ultimate Frisbee Coach
HS Basketball Coach

 

 


 

REBECCA DOWNS
Early Childhood
After School Teacher

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


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



LAURA GUINAN
Art Teacher
High School
lguinan@emersonwaldorf.org

 

 

 

BECCA HAQUE
College Guidance Counselor bhaque@emersonwaldorf.org

 

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

BARBARA HOLLOWAY
Director of Marketing
bholloway@emersonwaldorf.org


GAURA HUMEK
Nursery Assistant
Kyle Dunlap's Class
EC After School Teacher
ghumek@emersonwaldorf.org





MICHAEL JUDGE

History Teacher
High School
mjudge@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


 

 

JOELLE MILLER
German Teacher,
Grades 4-6
joellemiller@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 3 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

 


LARISSA PARSON

Humanities Teacher
High School
lparson@emersonwaldorf.org

 

RAELEE PEIRCE
    Director of Admissions
admissions@emersonwaldorf.org

 



THERISA PIENAAR
High School Coordinator
tpienaar@emersonwaldorf.org

 

 

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

 

FANG QIAN
Math Teacher
Middle School
fqian@emersonwaldorf.org

 

PAUL REILY
Cross Country Coach
Middle & High School

 

 

CAROLYN RICH
Kindergarten Assistant
Robin Olson's Class

 

 

 

ROB RICH
Math Teacher
High School
rrich@emersonwaldorf.org

KRIS RITZ
Grade 7 Teacher
kritz@emersonwaldorf.org

BETH SHIREY
Piano Accompanist

 

 

 

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


 

 

MALINA STOYCHEV
Grade 5 Teacher
mstoychev@emersonwaldorf.org

 

 

BENJAMIN TRUEBLOOD
Grade 2 Teacher
btrueblood@emersonwaldorf.org

 

NATASHA VINAS
Kindergarten Assistant
Patricia Cornell's Class

CAITLIN WELLS
Spanish Teacher
High School
cwells@emersonwaldorf.org

 

 

RICHARD WAYNOR
Chemistry & Physics Teacher
High School
rwaynor@emersonwaldorf.org


 

 

KELLEY WILEY
Communications Director
emersonian@emersonwaldorf.org

 

 

SHANNON WILEY
Grade 8 Teacher
swiley@emersonwaldorf.org

 

WENDY ZIEGLER
Handwork Assistant
wziegler@emersonwaldorf.org