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.

Mark E-W (Volunteer)

Blacksmithing, Practical Arts, Photographer •

Mr. E-W, as we know him on campus, is a regular volunteer at Emerson helping Mr. Moyers in the woodshop, instructing high school blacksmithing and evening adult blacksmithing classes in the new EWS smithy, and photographing campus events. His career before retirement was predominantly behind a camera including teaching assignments as a photography instructor at Colorado State University and as a visiting professor at Montana State University in film and graphic design. In the mid 1970's Mr. E-W worked in the Hollywood film industry. He was retired due to a leg injury from an Oregon law enforcement agency where he served nine years as a sworn officer and training coordinator, and as a teacher at the Oregon Board of Police Standards and Training. Off campus Mr. E-W volunteers on the board of directors of several justice non-profit organizations and ROC Wheels, a wheel chair non-profit organization which brings mobility to severely handicapped children around the world. Other volunteer positions prior to his family's move to North Carolina included president of the board of an independent blood bank and serving on the vestry of Saint Mark's Cathedral in Seattle. Mr. E-W's wife Andrea Eichinger-Wiese is a kindergarten teacher at EWS, his daughter Alex is in the EWS high school and son Hans is a musician in Portland, OR.

Laura Guinan

Art Teacher & High School Chair •

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.

Ted Hall

Developmental Circus Arts Teacher
Ted joined the Emerson faculty in January 2015 as the Developmental Circus Arts teacher. He brings his diverse background to support cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development through his Circus Arts class.
Growing up in New Hampshire, Ted spent his summers on Lake Winnipesaukee and winters in the White Mountains fostering a love for movement and the great outdoors. In addition to competing in running, swimming, hiking, biking, tennis, boating, skiing, and snow boarding, he played team sports like soccer, basketball, and baseball. At Bowdoin College in Brunswick Maine, Ted was the captain of the men's soccer team and graduated with a degree in Government and French. Over the years, Ted has competed in over 100 triathlons of all distances, 24-hour mountain bike races, snowshoe races, cyclocross, and adventure races and performed as a clown in a youth circus. He coaches youth soccer, basketball, and baseball.
Ted was the movement teacher at the Pine Hill Waldorf School in Wilton, NH before moving with his family to Chapel Hill in 2013. He studies Spacial Dynamics under Jaimen McMillan at the Spacial Dynamics Institute in NY, and will graduate from the 5-year program in August 2016. Prior to becoming a teacher at Pine Hill, he served as the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and volunteered as a parent of his children who attended the school from early childhood.
To become a teacher at Pine Hill, Ted retired from a successful career in business, where he was a principal for the management consulting firm Hewitt Associates. He was also the Chair of the Board of Directors of Harbor Homes, a dynamic non-profit serving the homeless population in southern New Hampshire.
Currently, Ted lives in Chapel Hill with his wife Gina and their five children.

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.

Derek Kratzer

Strings Ensemble Teacher •

Derek Kratzer earned his Master’s in Music Education from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied string pedagogy under Dr. Brenda Brenner.  While at IU, he taught extensively in the Fairview String Project and also assisted Mimi Zweig in the IU String Academy.  As a double bass player, he performed in Indiana University orchestras and concert bands, and spent several years as a member of a bluegrass band and of various jazz combos.  He has toured in the US and Ireland, and shared the stage with groups such as the Del McCoury Band, David Grisman Quintet, Rusted Root, and Hot Buttered Rum String Band.  His love of teaching began with private bass and guitar lessons, and was deepened through an Americorps term in which he mentored middle school students and led an after-school guitar club.  He loves spending time outdoors gardening, hiking, and running, and is excited to have the opportunity to be involved in Waldorf education.

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 & Theater Arts Teacher High School, College Chair •

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. 

Fang Qian

Math Teacher Grades 7 & 8, Track Classes High School •

Fang Qian was born in China. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Application Technology at Tsinghua University in China in 2003. After 9 years of working as a software engineer, she came to the U.S. to study Waldorf Education in 2012. She completed the Grade School Teacher Training program in May 2014 at Rudolf Steiner College and joined EWS in August 2014. She loves math and loves to explore the beauty and joy in math with students.

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.


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.

Donovan Zimmerman

Puppetry Teacher, High School

Donovan Zimmerman is the co-artistic director and founder of Paperhand Puppet Intervention. Since 1999 he and Jan Burger have been creating multi-scaled multi-discipline puppet theater spectacles for all ages. Donovan’s award winning work ranges from giant puppets, taking 3-6 people to carry, to intricate shadows cut from paper. He is a maximalist, mask maker, and cardboard shaker who puts his skill, inspiration, and energy into making the world a better place.