Lower & Middle School Spanish Teacher
Kim D’Angelo graduated from Montana State University with a BA in Modern Languages and Education, and a specialization in flute pedagogy. She has lived in several Latin American countries, with professional experiences including performing as principal flautist in the city orchestra of Cuenca, Ecuador, and teaching ESL in Lima, Peru. While teaching HS Spanish for 6 years in Florida, Kim was a founding parent of a Waldorf preschool, and completed a semester of Waldorf teacher training. In December 2005 the D'Angelos moved to North Carolina to be part of the EWS community. Kim has completed foundation studies and Waldorf foreign language training, and now mentors, evaluates and provides workshops to language teachers in various parts of the country. Kim has taught Spanish at EWS in 1st-8th since the fall of 2006, including 3 years in the high school, where she developed a high school Spanish curriculum that connects and builds upon what is learned in the lower school, meets state standards, and follows Waldorf pedagogy. She created a summer community service culture program to Guatemala, now in its fourth year, for U.S. Waldorf high school students to work with Guatemalan Waldorf children. She is the mother of two Waldorf children, both of whom now support her with the Guatemala Waldorf connection!
Middle School Language Arts Teacher
Amy Kortus teaches English Literature, which is fitting since she can often befound 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 . Amy has done teacher training in Wilton, is enrolled in Foundation Studies, and has attended Renewal Courses in New Hampshire.
Middle School Math Teacher
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."
Middle School Math Teacher
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.
Middle School Coming of Age Teacher
High School Health, Wellness & Sexuality Teacher
Metta Prieto was born and raised on the island of O'ahu in the state of Hawaii, and grew up attending the Honolulu Waldorf School. Pursuing her education post High School took her Eastward across the US, as she studied Psychology as an undergrad in the state of Utah, and then landed in North Carolina for the Masters in Social Work program at UNC Chapel Hill. Ms. Prieto teaches both the Coming of Age Program (to 5th through 8th graders) as well as co-teaching the High School Health, Wellness, and Sexuality Program. She can't think of anything more exciting or more important than supporting parents, and guiding young people in the pursuit of healthy physical, emotional, mental, and sexual development!
Lower & Middle School Handwork Teacher
Mrs. Ziegler discovered Waldorf Education online while searching for a pedagogy that values holistic child development. In 2013, she began assisting Ms Kubik with Handwork lessons while completing her certification in the Applied Arts Program of the Fiber Craft Studio located at the Threefold Educational Center in Chestnut Ridge, NY. Previously, she earned a BS in Human Development and Family Studies, an AAS degree in Early Childhood Education, and several related certificates. For 20+ years, she has volunteered and taught in a variety of settings including public schools, preschools, child development centers, and summer camps.
Lower School Handwork Assistant
Sarah Hatami received a B.A. in Physics from Mount Holyoke College and an M.S. in Physics from the University of Colorado, then moved to Cali, Colombia to develop Science and Math curricula for Fundaec, a nongovernmental organization that provides High School education and training to children living in the rural areas of Latin America. Sarah and her husband moved to Carrboro in 2015 and immediately enrolled their two daughters at EWS. She loves Waldorf education and is excited to put her background to use at the High School, teaching both Physics and Bookbinding. In the mornings, she can be found at the Reception desk in the Main Office, answering the phone or putting band-aids on scraped knees.
Artist in Residence/Blacksmithing Teacher
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 EWS smithy, and photographing campus events. 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 graduated from the EWS high school in 2017, and his son Hans is a musician in Portland, OR.
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.
Practical Arts Teacher
Mr Moyers joined the Emerson Waldorf School faculty in 1992 asa 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 helps to teach circus arts and helps to 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.
Music Director/ 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.
Jason Child completed his master’s in music education in 1992, and has been teaching ever since. He began as music director at the Emerson Waldorf School in Chapel Hill, NC in 2005, and has taught 1st - 12th grade music, including choruses and bands. In 2017 his he was chosen by the faculty to be the lower school chair, and now teaches music only part time. Jason is member of the Leadership Council of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA), and is also involved in organizational development for Waldorf schools in the southeastern United States. Jason does mentoring and evaluation of teachers throughout North America, has been the keynote speaker for the Seminario Waldorf de AWSNA, 2015-2017, and has presented numerous workshops for the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America, the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools, the Association for Waldorf Music Education, and more. Jason’s is the father of four Waldorf students.
Laura Delauney, a NC native, has been involved with choirs in the Triangle since 2003. She came to the area to pursue her Master of Arts in Teaching at UNC-Chapel Hill. Since then, she has taught in various public school settings and worked with choirs of all ages in the community. She is excited to join the Emerson Waldorf School music program. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Delauney directs the Cary-Apex Youth Choir and sings with Women’s Voices Chorus in Chapel Hill.
Frank Alexander began his guitar studies over 30 years ago as a middle school student in suburban Maryland. After completing his Associates Degree in music 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 area. During this time he also performed and recorded with groups up and down the Northeast in styles ranging from R&B (singer/songwriter Kemp Harris) to rock (Into The World Screaming) to acoustic-folk (Luz Gruv trio). Frank has taught advanced and beginner guitar classes at EWS since 2014, and continues to share his love of music by teaching privately at the Musicians Learning Center in Raleigh.
The Emerson Waldorf School has been a large part of Suzanne’s life and her husband's since 1983. Her professional work is as a certified music practitioner (www.thegiftofmusic.net) bringing live, prescriptive-therapeutic music to the bedside for those who are ill or at the end of life. The instrument she uses is a large 49-string lyre. At the Emerson Waldorf School her lyre has been heard every December at the annual Spiral of Light.
Biodynamic Farming Instructor
Kristin McGee has had her hands in the earth since 1999 when she headed out to Perry-winkle Farm in Chatham County to learn a little about growing vegetables. She took that knowledge to the Peace Corps where she was an agriculture volunteer in Kenya, training women's groups on sustainable farming practices and working with children who have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS. Upon returning to the U.S in 2003, Kristin kept farming at an organic family farm while also pursuing her Masters of Social Work at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. When she is not at the farm, Kristin can be found near the EWS Kindergarten with her son, or at the Lower School with her daughter, or at home working with her hands.
Lower - High School Movement Teacher