Frank Alexander

High School Guitar Teacher •

Even as a performing and recording musician with 29 years experience, Frank recalls with fondness the memory of borrowing a guitar for his earliest lessons.  Through the consistent and inspirational  support of his first teacher, Mr. Gale, a love for the instrument and of music was born that has stayed with him to this day.  After completing three years of music theory, ear training, and jazz performance in Maryland at Montgomery Junior College, Frank transferred to the University of Maryland College Park and continued performing regularly with jazz trios and big bands throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area.  During this time, he accompanied and recorded with musical groups in styles that varied from rock, funk, R&B, and folk.  In addition to the Emerson Waldorf School, Frank currently teaches guitar privately at Quarter Note Music in Apex, NC and performs regularly throughout the Triangle area with his electric jass-rock trio Triplicity.

Hillary Burdette

Athletic Director •
Movement and Games Teacher, Grades 3-12

Hillary Burdette received her Waldorf Elementary Teacher certification from the Sunbridge Institute in 2013. During the 2013-14 academic year, Hillary served as the substitute teacher
for Grades 1-8, the high school history teacher, the assistant coach for the middle school cross-country team, and the head coach for the high school girls’ basketball team.

Hillary is also a pediatrician. She did her pediatric training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Before becoming a Waldorf teacher, she was an
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Hillary attended Emory University where she played soccer and basketball and ran track. She grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Strouse Campbell

High School Math & Life Sciences Teacher, Middle School Boys Basketball Coach •

Strouse Campbell teaches Earth and Life Sciences, subjects that have captivated his interest since his youth in the bayous of Gulf Breeze, FL.  After completing the International Baccalaureate high school program, he received his B.S. in Environmental Sciences and a Certificate in Documentary Studies from Duke University in 2007.  Since then, he has worked with many students of all ages in various areas of academic inquiry.  He resides in Durham along the Eno River, where he tends to his flock and forest.

Jason Child

Music Director •

Jason Child has been the Director of Music at Emerson Waldorf School since 2005. He became a full-time school music teacher in 1994 while living in Philadelphia and working in inner city public schools. Before coming to EWS, he taught in both public and independent schools, while also maintaining a private music studio, which means he has worked with children from age six months through 12th grade. Mr. Child grew up in Virginia, has a BA in Music from Earlham College, a Master’s in Music Education from Florida State University, and has done Foundation Studies coursework through the Center for Anthroposophy in Wilton, New Hampshire. He has also been a professional singer and plays the guitar and the trombone. At EWS, Mr. Child teaches Grade School Music classes, Chorus to grades 5-12, and Band to grades 6-12. He also serves on the Leadership Council of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America and is Vice President of the Association of Waldorf Music Educators. Mr. Child’s four children attend EWS.

Laura Guinan

Art Teacher, High School •

Laura Guinan came to EWS as a parent wanting meaningful education for her children. This interest blossomed into the study of Anthroposophy and a desire to integrate her life as an artist and educator with its ideals. With 20 years of classroom experience behind her, Ms. Guinan began teaching art in the Emerson Waldorf High School in 2008. In 2011, she completed her Waldorf High School Teacher Training through The Center for Anthroposophy and continues to seek opportunities to inspire her art and teaching. 

Laura grew up in Texsas, where she obtained a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas. Her love of art, culture, and travel has led her throughout most of the United States, much of Europe, Mexico, and Canada. After meeting her husband, a Texan living in Italy, she earned her MS in Art Education at The Pennsylvania State University, and then settled down for 8 years in Wyoming, where she made and taught art. While there, she won a Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship, as well as an Ucross Foundation Residency. Laura and her husband left the West for Chapel Hill in 2001.  They are currently happily raising their two children, Luci and Nico, and a bunch of chickens.

Becca Haque

College Guidance Counselor • ext. 25 •

Becca Haque (pronounced 'hawk," like the bird) comes to EWS with almost a decade of experience in college counseling, college admissions, and academic advising.  She recently earned her master's degree in counseling from North Carolina Central University.  Previously she was an academic advisor and program coordinator for nontraditional college students at Mount Olive College- RTP, and prior to that she was the college counselor for a boarding high school in Virginia.  She earned her bachelor's degree in history and psychology from Hollins University, a women's college in southwestern Virginia.  Becca loved Hollins so much that she worked in admissions there right after she graduated, and that's where she found her passion for helping high school students figure out what to do next.  A native North Carolinian hailing from the coast, she loves living here in the Triangle with her wonderful husband Tanvir, adorable 1.5 year old son Adam, and crazy mutt Bella.

Michael Judge

U.S. History Teacher •

Michael Judge, a native of Washington DC, has always had a keen fascination with the past. He teaches History and Political Science in addition to the study of the prehistoric through Archeology, Anthropology, Paleontology, and Earth Sciences. His History degree is from the University of Maryland where he also completed the State of Maryland course work for high school social studies teacher certification. He holds Waldorf certificates in teaching and in spacial dynamics games. He also has a background in running businesses. He has taught Historic Ecology (1988-1997) to a wide public audience, including elementary schools through the college level, in Maryland for the Potomac River Commission. He was an academic tutor for over 400 adolescent youth-at-risk (1997 to 2003). He has been a Waldorf teacher since 2003 at Washington Waldorf School in Maryland and Potomac Crescent Waldorf School in Virginia. He also lectures widely around the USA on the subject of Human Evolution and has done so since 2005. Truly the past is but prologue.

Peter Moyers

Practical Arts Teacher •

Mr Moyers joined the Emerson Waldorf School faculty in 1992 as  a class teacher and took a class from grades 1-8. After a year’s sabbatical in Europe, he returned to EWS and continued class teaching in the middle school. In the fall of 2009, he became the Practical Arts teacher; he also teaches Circus Arts and helps direct many class plays. Mr. Moyers was born in England, spent his first three years in the Sudan, and the next ten years in Ireland. He then moved back to England and finished school and University there and in France. He did his Waldorf Teacher Training at Emerson College. Mr. Moyers has also worked as a carpenter and in a professional theater company.  He has been known to catch hummingbirds in his hand, and then release them when you least expect it! He is married with four children, all of whom have attended EWS.

Jessie Onuf-Rabius

Humanities Teacher & High School Chair, High School •

Ms Onuf-Rabius was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in the Virginia countryside, where she was enchanted by rolling hills and beautiful changing seasons. In high school, she discovered one of her lifelong passions: theatre. She found that she preferred being behind the scenes as a director, stage manager, lighting crew, etc. Ms. Onuf-Rabius attended the New School for Social Education, earning three degrees, including an MA in Psychology and an MFA in Theater Direction. She went to Los Angeles after getting married in 1998, received her teaching credentials from Los Angeles Unified School District in Special Education, and taught in the district for seven and a half years. In 2004, Ms. Onuf-Rabius gave birth to fraternal twins, Nicky and Julia, and began searching for the kind of education she wanted for her children. She discovered Waldorf Education, and in January of 2006 joined the Waldorf Institute of Southern California. In January of 2007, Ms. Onuf-Rabius began a long-term substitution assignment at the Westside Waldorf School and did practice teaching there. She continued to teach at Westside, both as a class teacher and as middle school support teacher, from 2008-2010. In 2010, she joined our high school faculty as Humanities teacher.

Larissa Parson

Humanities Teacher, High School •

Ms. Parson grew up in Washington, DC. Her deep love of books and learning led her to attend St. John's College as an undergraduate; she also earned an MA in Classics at Cornell University. Ms. Parson spent eight years living in the San Francisco Bay Area, and taught at The College Preparatory School and The Urban School of San Francisco. She is especially interested in helping students develop their authentic voice as writers and sharing her enthusiasm for literature and grammar with them. After the birth of her twins Nick and Dash in 2011, her family decided to move to the East coast to be closer to the boys' grandparents. The move happily coincided with an opening at Emerson in 2013.

Therisa Pienaar

High School Coordinator •

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. 

Rob Rich

Math Teacher, Grade 8 and High School •

Rob Rich joined the EWS Faculty in 2003 and teaches math in the High School. He previously taught in the suburban Boston area and is in the process of completing his Waldorf High School teacher training at the Center for Anthroposophy in Wilton, New Hampshire. Mr. Rich has a B.A. in Anthropology from Dartmouth College and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University. He has nineteen years of professional engineering experience designing, manufacturing, and testing high precision electro-mechanical devices for spacecraft.  He is currently working with a local architect on the design of a passive solar greenhouse. In addition to his many other accomplishments, he has hitchhiked from Paris to the Arctic Circle.

Richard Waynor

Chemistry Teacher, High School •

Richard Waynor earned a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Education at Rutgers University, as well as an M.S. in Wildlife Science studying warblers at Louisiana State University. He has worked as a lab technician and chemist for two years and has also worked on a number of research projects as a field biologist.  He began teaching science in 1996, and from 1998-2000 he taught at The Classical Academy Charter School in Clifton, N.J.  From 2000-2002, Mr. Waynor taught science in Rome, Italy and then taught high school science at an alternative high school in NJ from 2005-12.  He has been interested in Waldorf pedagogy for many years and participated in an Anthrosophical study group in Princeton NJ. After a year's sabbatical traveling and studying birds, he decided to further pursue his interest in Waldorf Education.  Mr Waynor highly values the arts in education, plays violin, and looks forward to teaching Atomic Chemistry, Optics, Thermodynamics, Mechanics, Organic Chemistry, Electricity, and Physics at EWS.

Caitlin Wells

Spanish Teacher, High School •

Caitlin holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Macalester College and has been teaching for 10 years – theater, ESL, Portuguese, and Spanish from Maine to Minnesota, and most recently at Carolina Friends School and CHICLE Language Institute.  After living in Brazil and Spain, she speaks Portuguese and Spanish fluently.  Caitlin is also an actor and designer with Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern in Durham.