Raelee Peirce

Director of Admissions • ext. 114 • 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.

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Adriane Fields

Director of Marketing • ext. 133 • afields@emersonwaldorf.org

Adriane Fields was born and raised in Greenville, NC. After 10 years of working in Early Childhood Education, she decided to pursue a career in communications. She received her B.A. from North Carolina Central University in May 2017.  Prior to graduating, Adriane completed several internships in communications and marketing. She discovered Emerson Waldorf School and knew she wanted to help bring awareness to all the wonderful things it has to offer through marketing and social media. In her spare time, Adriane enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, singing and photography. 

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Deb Feinberg

Development Director • ext. 117 • dfeinberg@emersonwaldorf.org

Deb Feinberg first encountered Waldorf education as a child, joining the festival life at Green Meadow Waldorf School outside New York City. After a twenty-year career in television in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, she shifted her focus onto beginning a family. While living outside Washington, DC, Deb became an active parent at the Washington Waldorf School and Acorn Hill Kindergarten and Nursery. She also served on the Board of Acorn Hill for several years. After moving to Florida, Deb became the Admissions Director at Suncoast Waldorf School in the Tampa Bay area. She has also consulted to Potomac Crescent Waldorf School in Alexandria, VA and Sanderling Waldorf School in Northern Coastal San Diego County, CA. Deb is a fellow of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute, a former member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and past president of the board of the Washington, DC chapter of Women in Cable & Television. She holds a BA in Journalism and has studied at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC and Colorado Springs, CO. Deb is an avid birder and loves to learn the stories about how individuals and families connect with Waldorf education.

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Kelley Wiley

Communications Director • ext. 113 • 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.

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Lynda Hollar

Reception/Administrator's Assistant • ext. 110 • 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 four adult children living outside the home.  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.

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Therisa Pienaar

High School Coordinator • ext. 120 • 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 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.

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Patricia Cornell


Miss Patricia has been at EWS for over 13 years. She brought with her many years of teaching experience in early childhood from traditional schools. Miss Patricia is a graduate of Sunbridge College of NY in Waldorf Early Childhood Education, holds her NC State Credentials from Durham Tech and is currently continuing her training in Early Childhood Development and Brain Gym. Her background includes a degree in design from F.I.T. in NYC and over 20 years experience in design and small business management.  Miss Patricia is a member of our College of Teachers and Board of Directors.

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Andrea Eichinger-Wiese


One of four children, Andrea Eichinger-Wiese has fond memories of a childhood spent in travel, due to her father's career in the Air Force. She developed an interest in Waldorf education while a student at the University of Oregon, from which she received a BA in Art Education.  Soon after she completed her Waldorf Kindergarten Training in Gloucestor England.  Mrs. Eichinger-Wiese has 25 years experience as a Waldorf Early Childhood teacher, including three years of operating her own kindergarten. She has been mentoring kindergarten teachers since 1996 and developed and implemented a curriculum for the Early Childhood Education Program at the Eugene Waldorf Teacher Training School in Oregon, where she served as an adult education teacher from 1992-2002. Andrea Eichinger-Wiese taught at Bright Water School in Seattle from 2005-12 and then at the Portland Waldorf School for two years before joining us at Emerson

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Robin Olson


Miss Robin has been teaching in our Kindergarten since 1995, and has two daughters who are alumnae of EWS. She has a BFA in Theater and Education from Arizona State University, and has been a Marketing Director, a freelance writer, and has taught theater at High School level. She did her Waldorf Early Childhood training at Sunbridge College in Spring Valley, NY.  Miss Robin also loves horseback riding, and teaches horseback riding lessons on the weekends.  She also serves as Chair of the EWS College of Teachers and serves on the EWS Board of Directors.

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Christina Beck


American eurythmist Christina Beck trained with Else Klink in the 1970s at the Eurythmeum in Stuttgart, Germany and went on to perform in the ensemble. In 1982, she became the pedagogical eurythmist at the Washington Waldorf School, a position she held for twenty-one years while also performing professionally. In 2005, she joined the core faculty of Eurythmy Spring Valley, training eurythmists and performing in the ensemble for eight years as well as directing the eurythmy teacher training in collaboration with Sunbridge College; until accepting a position in pedagogical eurythmy at Emerson Waldorf School in North Carolina in 2013. In addition to her work at the school, she collaborates with musicians, speech artists and others in performance, mentors waldorf teachers, eurythmists,  and eurythmists in training and teaches adult eurythmy classes.

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Robyne Borhanian


Robyne Borhanian began working at the Emerson Waldorf School eleven years ago and during this time was awakened to her love for teaching. At this time she began her Waldorf teacher training at Antioch New England Graduate School in New Hampshire. Her two oldest children attended the school, and their positive experiences increased Robyne's commitment to Waldorf education. Robyne completed her Master's in Education at Antioch and her Waldorf teaching credentials for both Early Childhood and Elementary education in 2010. Her oldest two children have gone on to attend college and now have successful careers, one a programmer for Google, the other a freelance screenwriter and composer. Robyne's youngest two continue to attend the Emerson Waldorf School. Robyne is particularly interested in ensuring that the learning and behavioral needs of all children are embraced and nurtured through a strong connection between teacher and child.

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Jason Child


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 have all attended EWS.

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Yanina Criolani


Yanina Criolani was born in Argentina and arrived in NC in 2005.  Among her degrees, she obtained an Elementary Teacher degree in Argentina and BA in Hispanic Linguistics from UNC Chapel Hill. At the moment, she is working on her Masters degree in Translation (focused on Literary translations). She is committed not only to teaching Spanish as a language, but also to connecting the students with all of the aspects of the Hispanic culture (tradition, food, literature, media, etc).   Sra. Criolani and Sra. D’Angelo created a very successful Student Exchange program between students from Sra. Criolani’s hometown in Argentina (Bustinza) and Emerson Waldorf.  Sra. Criolani loves to travel around the world and explore new cultures;  she also enjoys drinking ‘mate’ with friends.

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