Harry Kavros

Director of Administration

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Harry has a BA from Haverford College and a PhD in English, with a specialty in Renaissance literature, from UC Berkeley. He has held management positions on Wall Street, The Ford Foundation, Columbia Law School, and Fordham University. Though Harry is a recent transplant to North Carolina, he has already put down strong roots, joining the board of The Orange County Historical Museum, serving as President of The Friends of Orange County Public Library, and teaching English courses at Durham Technical Community College.


Raelee Peirce

Director of Admissions

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Raelee 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 son attends 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.


Deb Feinberg

Director of Development and Alumni Relations

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Deb holds a BA in Journalism and has studied at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC and Colorado Springs, CO. She is an avid birder and loves to learn the stories about how individuals and families connect with Waldorf education. She first encountered Waldorf education as a child, joining the festival life at Green Meadow Waldorf School outside New York City. 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.


Amanda Lee Anderson

Marketing Director

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As a child, Amanda was passionate about the performing arts and dreamed of being an actress. She got her degree in theatre and pursued acting professionally in New York after college. A job at the Durham Arts Council brought her to the Triangle and set her on a career path in nonprofit. Amanda brings years of experience in nonprofit communications, marketing, event planning and development to the EWS community. She enjoys using her creative sensibility and artistic lens to craft mission-centric marketing communications. Outside of work, Amanda enjoys volunteering at church and Junior League and keeping her HOA running smoothly. She’s excited to join the staff at Emerson and hopes to get involved with student productions.


Mary Deutsch

Director of Finance

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Mary started working as our full-time Finance Director in 2012. Her background in bank accounting and budgeting has allowed EWS to rely on her expertise and she is a beloved and integral part of the administration team. The Deutsch family moved from Richmond, VA where their children attended Richmond Waldorf. Both children attended Emerson Waldorf and are now thriving in College and Graduate School, their focus on Math, Science, and Accounting degrees!


Therisa Pienaar

Lower School Coordinator

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Therisa 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.


Lynda Hollar

Office Coordinator

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Lynda 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.


Sarah Hatami

Admin and Database Support

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Sarah has a Master’s Degree in physics and a strong interest in bookbinding and book conservation. She moved with her family to North Carolina in 2015 after many years living overseas. Her two daughters attend EWS.


Dana Nicholson

High School Admin Coordinator



Dana is originally from Texas and moved here in 1992. She met and married a local Chapel Hillian and has been here ever since. She has a background is in sales and real estate, and has two children enrolled in the school. Dana has been helping in the high school since the 2018-2019 school year.


Heidi Wester


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Ian Ostrowski

Facilities Manager

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Strong as a bear, wise as a mountaintop guru, noble and swift as a samurai, Ian patiently bears out the requests of the masses whilst beautifully and efficiently tending the EWS grounds and facilities.