Clancy Brown

High School Chemistry & Math •


Strouse Campbell

High School Life Sciences Block Teacher •

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. 

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 (Artist in Residence)

Blacksmithing, Practical Arts, Photographer •

Mr. E-W, as we know him on campus, is our Artist in Residence 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.

Kent Ford

Math Teacher Grades 11 & 12 •

Mr Ford Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Davidson College in 2009 where he received the "William D. Vinson Award" from the Department of Mathematics. This award recognizes unusual mastery in the field and significant promise for further study.

I love mathematics as an exploration of fundamental patterns, lending a guiding language to mystical inquiry.


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

Athletic Director & PE/Movement 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 movement classes and athletics.
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.

Michael Judge

U.S. History Block 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.

Amy Kortus

Humanities Teacher, High School •

Amy Kortus teaches English Literature, which is fitting since she can often be  found reading a book while attempting to accomplish other tasks (folding laundry, making dinner, waiting for the light to change). Amy received a B.S. in Literature with a focus in creative writing from Wheaton College, then went on to complete a M.S. in Church History at Wheaton the following year. For the last ten years, Amy has been teaching in a variety of capacities: in a high school classroom teaching English, at the kitchen counter homeschooling her children, and in her music studio giving private harp lessons. Amy completed her !rst year of teacher training in Wilton this summer, and is also enrolled in Foundation Studies. Amy and her husband Thomas live in Durham, where they take turns keeping track of their chickens (nine), children (four), and mismatched socks (nineteen and counting).

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.

Keianna Matthews

High School College Counselor & Community Service Coordinator •

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.

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. 

Jesse Onuf-Rabius

Humanities Teacher, High School  •

Ms. Onuf-Rabius was born in Washington, D.C., 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.

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.