Christina Wise

Director of Administration • ext. 111 •

Christina Wise has been a passionate advocate of Waldorf education since first discovering it 10 years ago.   Before finding Waldorf education, she worked as a Management Consultant for Deloitte Consulting, but Christina has spent the past decade serving the Suncoast Waldorf School in Palm Harbor, FL in a variety of roles: dedicated parent, Board President, Assistant Kindergarten Teacher, Class Teacher Substitute, Communications Coordinator, Marketing Chair, Finance Director, and most recently Administrative Director.  She is a graduate of the University of Florida and has an International MBA from the University of South Carolina and Wirtshaftsuniversität Wien.  She loves working with parents and teachers and applying her background and skills to advance the mission of Waldorf education to reach as many children and young people as possible.

Christina and her family are excited to be a part of the Emerson Waldorf community.  When she’s not talking about Waldorf, Christina enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, yoga, and knitting.

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Raelee Pierce

Director of Admissions • ext. 114 •

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 •

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 •

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 •

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 •

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 •

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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Frank Alexander

As a performing and recording musician with over 25 years experience, Frank Alexander can still recall with fondness the memory of borrowing a guitar for his earliest lessons. Through the consistent and inspirational support of his sixth-grade music 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 at Montgomery Junior College, Frank transferred to the University of Maryland College Park and performed regularly with jazz trios and big bands throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area throughout the 1990s. During this time he also accompanied and recorded with musical acts in styles ranging from rock, funk, R&B, and folk. In addition to teaching High School Guitar class at Emerson Waldorf, Frank currently divides his time privately teaching children and adults at the Musicians Learning Center in Raleigh and producing commercial cues and demo songs from his home studio.

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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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Kyle Dunlap

Kyle received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatrical Design from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and her certificate in Waldorf Early Childhood Education from Sunbridge College in Chestnut Ridge, New York.  Kyle has been Early Childhood Faculty at the Waldorf School of Princeton since 2011. Before that she was the lead teacher at the Butterfly House, a mixed-age early childhood home program serving families in Wilmington, North Carolina from 2008 to 2011. Prior to becoming a Waldorf teacher, Kyle lived and worked in Manhattan from 1999 until 2006, where she operated a fabric painting and dying studio while continuing her education in the sculptural arts at the National Academy School.  She strives to have the classroom be a warm and joyful place for the children and is thrilled to have returned to her home state to join the faculty at Emerson Waldorf School.

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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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Kathleen Stone-Michael

Miss Kathleen was born in Plattsburg, New York, received her undergraduate degree from SUNY Binghamton and her Masters in Synaesthetic Education from Syracuse University. She taught for several years at all grade levels, from K- College, and then went back to school for a degree in Interior Design. After working in commercial and residential design for a few years, she returned to teaching and trained in Waldorf Early Childhood Education at Sunbridge College in Spring Valley, NY. She then ran an in-home nursery in Atlanta, Georgia for 7 years before moving to Chapel Hill in 2001, enrolling her son at EWS, and becoming our third Kindergarten teacher. In 2004, she started our first Nursery class, and continues as a Nursery teacher. She also spearheads our puppetry program, giving puppet shows at EWS and in the wider community.

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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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