Below you will find the faculty, subject teachers, and staff of Cape Ann Waldorf School.
The Cape Ann Waldorf School Faculty
Nursery: Caroline Mercier
Kindergarten: Lindsay Miles
1st Grade: Ana Reiselman
2nd Grade: Laura Quayle
3rd Grade: Sabrina Babcock
4th Grade: Brian Macdonald
5th Grade: Vanya Yoors
6th Grade: Rebecca Rugo
7th Grade: Connie MacLeod
8th Grade: Dianne McGaunn
Third Grade Teacher
Sabrina Babcock received her B.S. from Sargent College, Boston University, her Massachusetts elementary education certification from UMass-North Dartmouth, and her Waldorf Certification from Antioch New England Graduate School. She taught public elementary grades in Attleboro, MA, and taught at the Bay School, a Waldorf school in Blue Hill, Maine, prior to moving to Newburyport with her husband and two sons. Mrs. Babcock is now in her 20th year as a class teacher at the Cape Ann Waldorf School.
Fourth Grade Teacher
Brian Macdonald, a graduate of UMass-Amherst, has taught at CAWS since 1993. He recently completed taking a class from First through Eighth Grade. Mr. Macdonald received his teacher training at Hawthorne Valley School in Harlemville, NY, where he taught physical education and high school English. He received his Bothmer and Spacial Dynamics training with Jaimen McMillan, Co-Director of the Bothmer Gymnastics School in Stuttgart, Germany, during the first U.S. training session, held at Kimberton Waldorf School in Pennsylvania. Mr. Macdonald has over twenty years of experience in Waldorf schools, and has taught in the teacher training program of Antioch New England Graduate School in Wilton, NH. He resides in Salem with his wife, a former Waldorf kindergarten teacher, and is the father of three children.
Seventh Grade Teacher
Connie MacLeod began teaching at Waldorf schools in 2001. She completed her Master of the Art of Education in advanced Waldorf Studies through Touro University and Rudolf Steiner College. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tyler School of Fine Art at Temple University and has an Applied Arts certificate from her work with Michael Howard. She completed high school teacher training at the Center for Anthroposophy in Temple, NH.
Eighth Grade Teacher
Prior to becoming a Waldorf teacher, Dianne had careers in public and private accounting and in the computer industry. She left the corporate world to raise her two young boys during which time she gratefully discovered Waldorf education. Dianne has been a parent in 3 Waldorf schools since 2000, and has been a teacher since 2004. She holds a B.B.A. in Business from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an M.S. in Computer Information Systems from Bentley University, and a Masters in Education from Sunbridge College. She is currently on the Board of Trustees at Cape Ann Waldorf School. In her spare time she enjoys music, poetry, martial arts, blacksmithing, maple sugaring, farming, biking and yoga. She grew up in Bedford, MA and currently resides in Topsfield with her husband and their two sons.
Caroline grew up in New Jersey and from a young age, knew that she wanted to be teacher of young children. She attended Pfeiffer University where she studied Early Childhood Education. She came upon Waldorf Education when looking for a Nursery for her own daughter in 1991. She knew then that this was the path she'd been seeking for her family. Her career at CAWS began in 1995 as an assistant and aftercare provider which led to her being a Kindergarten teacher for several years. Now, she is happily returning to Waldorf School at Moraine Farm as a Nursery teacher. Caroline is currently attending the Sophia's Hearth Level 1 Professional Development Course in Keene NH. She has four children of her own who have all attended CAWS.
Lindsay Miles received her B.S. in English and Communications at
Southern Vermont College and after working at local farms and
greenhouses after college and at Phillip's Exeter Academy, she opened
her own Waldorf Inspired Home school and ran that successfully for 4
years before becoming a Kindergarten Assistant at the Tidewater
Waldorf School in Eliot, ME. Lindsay has completed the week long
intensive Early Childhood Training at Sunbridge College. This will be
Lindsay's fourth year at CAWS as a Kindergarten teacher. She has a daughter is in fourth grade and twins at home.
Lindsay lives at a farm in Ipswich with her husband, children
and all the many animals there. She enjoys working on the farm,
singing, knitting and felting and being active outdoors.
Second Grade Teacher (on leave for Fall, 2014)
Laura Quayle grew up in the Adirondack Mountains of New York and received her B.A. in Government at Dartmouth College and has a Master's Degree in Waldorf Education from Antioch College. She has taught Spanish at the Rassias Foundation at Dartmouth and the Desert Marigold School in Phoenix. She returned to the East Coast in 2007 to become a class teacher at the Cape Ann Waldorf School.
First Grade Teacher
Ana grew up in Peabody, MA, and is very happy to be retuning to the area after spending time on the West Coast and in New York City. She holds Master's Degree Waldorf and Progressive Public Education from Antioch University New England and a BFA in Theatre from NYU's Tisch School of Performing Arts. Ana taught ESL and drama in New York City Public Schools as an employee of the Cypress Hills Development Corporation, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of the residents in the East New York/Cypress Hills neighborhood. She also taught in the Portland, Oregon school district and managed and directed a non-profit professional children's theatre troupe called the Portland Theatre Brigade.
When she is not teaching, she can be found practicing yoga, devouring books, and baking.
Sixth Grade Teacher
A native of New York, Rebecca is an alumna of the Green Meadow Waldorf School. She holds a PhD. in cancer cell biology from Harvard University and and previously worked as a research fellow at MIT. She has two children who graduated from the school. She and her family live in Ipswich.
Fifth Grade Teacher
Vanya Yoors grew up in New York City. He studied Environmental Education with the Audubon Expedition Institute and spent a year studying Tibetan language and collecting Tibetan folk songs in Nepal under the auspices of the University of Wisconsin. He then received his B.A. in Waldorf Education from the Rudolf Steiner College. He taught for four years at the Eugene Waldorf School in Oregon before coming to the Cape Ann Waldorf School in 1996 to take on a fourth grade class. After many years of teaching the grades, he served the school as the Movement Teacher, leading the children in outdoor games, sports, gymnastics, and cross-country skiing. He is now the 5th grade class teacher.
Heather Collis-Puro's family first discovered the Cape Ann Waldorf School in 2000, when she began Parent and Child Classes with her daughter. Her daughter is now in eighth grade, allowing her to give back to the school as a handwork teacher in the grades. Heather received her BA in Political Science and English from the University of Richmond in 1990 and for ten years she was employed by the Fund for Public Interest Research as an organizer, recruiter and Citizen Outreach Director. She learned to knit, sew and embroider at an early age and takes every opportunity to add to her repertoire of handwork. Heather and her family live in Lynn.
Daniel Foster comes to CAWS after having recently completed his U.S. Peace Corps service in Ecuador. For two years in the Andes, he taught environmental education and music education, and he led a composting project in his community. Daniel originally hails from New York where he, like his five siblings, graduated from The Waldorf School of Garden City. After earning his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Scranton, he volunteered for a year at a conservation corps for inner-city youth in Oakland, CA. He studied biodynamic farming at The Pfeiffer Center in Chestnut Ridge, NY, and worked at Camp Glen Brook to help develop its farm program. In his free time Daniel enjoys playing music, biking, gardening, and chopping wood.
Eighth Grade English
Jenny has taught in various capacities in the CAWS middle school since 2000 (English, math, main lessons). She holds an A.B. from Harvard University in Social Studies and an M.S. from Tufts University in Environmental Health/Urban and Environmental Policy. She also completed the three summer sessions of the Waldorf High School Teacher Training (Life Sciences) in Wilton, NH. Jenny originally came to CAWS in 1991 as a parent (her daughter Adrienne, CAWS Class of 1999, just completed a Master’s degree in Psychology). When she is not at CAWS, she works at an environmental consulting firm, where she specializes in making complex scientific information engaging and accessible. She lives in Salem, MA.
Kati Manning has taught German at the Cape Ann Waldorf School since 1988. She received her BA from Bowdoin College and continued post graduate studies in elementary and high school education at Salem State University. Ms. Manning is actively working in mentoring and training foreign language teachers in Waldorf schools across North America. She works with many of the local public schools as well as home schooled students and adults. Ms. Manning lives in Gloucester with her husband and their three children.
Girls' Basketball Coach
Karl has been the head coach for the HAWKS girls’ basketball program since its inception seventeen years ago. He has a long history with the school since he is one of its founding parents, having had two sons graduate from CAWS. He has served on the Board and on various committees in the school, as well as taken part in the Holiday Fair and the Shepherd’s Nativity Play. Karl especially enjoys the teaching aspects of the game of basketball, helping the girls develop both the fundamentals of the sport and a love for the game. Seeing all the girls improve on their individual and team skills and their self- confidence as players is very rewarding.
Susan Slowick holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Boston University School for the Arts where she received the Music Education Award. A student of Roman Totenberg and George Neikrug, she has performed with the Concert Opera Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of the Commonwealth, the Nashua Symphony, the Vermont Symphony, Symphony by the Sea, and the Cape Ann Symphony. Ms. Slowick currently lives in Magnolia and has been a member of the CAWS music faculty since 1989.
Mari Yamaguchi-Allen is a trained flautist, Waldorf early childhood teacher, and eurythmist. Before teaching eurythmy at Cape Ann Waldorf School, she was an early childhood teacher for many years. She is a gifted artist and teacher who loves to sing, bringing joy and humor to her work with everyone.
Kristen graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Geology. She received a Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Radcliffe and has worked at a variety of non-profits, including the AIDS Action Committee and the Boeing Employees Credit Union. She lives in Georgetown, MA with her partner Sophie and their son, who attends Cape Ann Waldorf School.
Susan White has worked in the field of Education and Administration for 35 years and has been involved with Cape Ann Waldorf School over the past 14 years as Administrator, teacher and parent. In addition to her role as Administrator, Susan also serves on the Board of Trustees, the College of Teachers, and the Management Team. She and her husband have a daughter who is a CAWS alumna and who now attends High Mowing Waldorf School.
Board Of Trustees
Jonathan is an attorney at Mintz Levin in Boston, where he practices real estate and land use law. He joined the Board at Cape Ann Waldorf School in 2010. In addition to his position on the Board, Jonathan co-chairs the Site Committee. His personal interests include sailing and kayaking; sustainable agriculture and land conservation; and Uechi-ryū karate. Jonathan lives in Ipswich with his wife Elise Zoli and their son Nathaniel, who is in second grade.
Pam Fantini has brought engaging leadership to the school since 2006, when she joined the Board of Trustees. She served as the President of the Board from 2008 to 2010 and has chaired the Development Committee throughout most of her tenure. Pam and her husband Chris live in Marblehead and have three children, Max, Olivia, and Jack, all of whom graduated from CAWS.
Pam has worked as a Psychologist in private practice in Salem, MA since 1988. She has a B.A. from Trinity College and a Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island. Pam did her Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship in Psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and she is a member of the American Psychological Association and the National Register of Psychologists.
When not working for the school or in her profession, Pam enjoys kickboxing, yoga, and hiking, then curling up in front of the fire with a cuppa joe and a good book.
Laura has owned and runs a clothing design business, Half Moon Bay Design in Marblehead for 18 years. She attended Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia and Graduated from Tufts University and The Museum School in Boston. She completed the one and two year Foundation Studies Programs through the Center of Anthroposophy in Keene N.H. Laura joined the CAWS Board of Trustees in 2010.
Laura assists in the Handwork Department at CAWS, currently working with the Grade Two. She is a chair of the Waldorf Community Association and is it’s liaison to the Board while also serving on the Site and Development Committees. Laura resides in Marblehead with her husband Chris and their son, who is in CAWS Grade Four. In her free time she enjoys yoga, running, skiing, sailing and all things handwork.
Cathy is a senior attorney at Wells Fargo in their investment advisory practice group. She joined the Board at Cape Ann Waldorf School in 2012. In addition to her Board involvement, Cathy serves on the Enrollment Committee and the Marketing Team. She resides in Byfield with her husband James and their three children. She grew up studying dance and continues to enjoy it.
Jonathan has been assisting the CAWS site committee for about 8 years. He was closely involved in the purchase and development of the current CAWS campus at Moraine Farm. Jonathan and his wife Sharon live in Gloucester with their two children who attended CAWS starting with the early childhood program. Madison is a recent graduate and Spencer is in the seventh grade.
Jonathan has a comprehensive design practice that includes site design, architecture, interiors, color, and the decorative arts. He has written a book on architectural color, has been widely published in the field of Historic Preservation, and is an architectural photographer. His photos have appeared in textbooks, trade books, and magazines.
In his spare time, when he is not rescuing and restoring old, unloved things for others to enjoy again, he can be found messing about with boats, bicycles, and banjos.