Below you will find the faculty, subject teachers, and staff of Cape Ann Waldorf School. 

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The Cape Ann Waldorf School Faculty

Nursery:  Elizabeth Stubbs
Nursery:  Yoko Yeaton
Kindergarten:  Lindsay Miles
Kindergarten: Mary Mansur
1st Grade: Laura Quayle
2nd Grade: Sabrina Babcock 
3rd Grade: Brian Macdonald
4th  Grade: Vanya Yoors (Carrying Teacher)
5th Grade: Rebecca Rugo
6th Grade:  Connie MacLeod
7th Grade: Dianne McGaunn
8th Grade: Anna Scalera

 

Faculty

Sabrina Babcock

Sabrina Babcock

Second 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 19th year as a class teacher at the Cape Ann Waldorf School.

Brian Macdonald

Brian Macdonald

Third 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.

Connie MacLeod

Connie MacLeod

Sixth 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.

Mary Mansur

Mary Mansur

Yellow Rose Kindergarten Teacher

Mary Mansur has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and a certificate in Waldorf teaching from Antioch New England Graduate School. Ms. Mansur has been part of the CAWS community since 1994 and has been teaching at CAWS since 1998, She is the Yellow Rose Kindergarten teacher. An experienced puppeteer, Ms. Mansur also leads the Waldorf Magical Strings Puppet Theatre. She has three sons, and she and her husband are beekeepers, candlemakers, and proprietors of Tomten Beeworks in Ipswich. Mary also recently completed a certificate in Biodynamic/Sustainable Beekeeping from Spikenard Farm, VA.

Dianne McGaunn

Dianne McGaunn

Seventh 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.

Lindsay Miles

Lindsay Miles

Red Rose Kindergarten Teacher

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 and is
entering her second year of Foundation Studies. This will be
Lindsay's second year at CAWS as a Kindergarten teacher and her daughter is in second grade.  
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.

Laura Quayle

Laura Quayle

First Grade Teacher

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.

Rebecca Rugo

Rebecca Rugo

Fifth Grade Teacher

A native of New York, Rebecca is an alumna of the Green Meadow Waldorf School, a graduate of Harvard University and previously worked as a research fellow at MIT. She has been a parent of the school for 10 years with two children currently in the grades. She and her family live in Ipswich.

Anna Scalera

Anna Scalera

Eighth Grade Teacher

Anna Scalera joined the faculty at Cape Ann W.S. in the summer of 2009. She received her Waldorf certification and a Masters in Education from Antioch University. Prior to joining the CAWS community, she worked with 4th, 5th, and 7th grade students at Mission Hill School, a pilot school in Roxbury, MA. Anna holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Conservation from the University of New Hampshire. She grew up in New Hampshire and currently resides in Salem, MA.

Elizabeth Stubbs

Elizabeth Stubbs

Nursery Teacher

Elizabeth Stubbs received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the School of Fine Arts at Boston University. For many years she was a fine artist and a teacher of art. Later she became a freelance illustrator. When her children were born, they led her to Waldorf education and in 1992, her family became part of the community at the Waldorf School of Lexington. She found herself particularly drawn to early childhood. She earned her MEd in Early Childhood Education with a Waldorf certificate from Antioch New England Graduate School. She has been teaching in Waldorf settings for many years, including a year in the Nursery at CAWS in 1999-2000. In her spare time she likes to draw, sew and felt and go to the circus.

Subject Teachers

Heather Collis Puro

Heather Collis Puro

Handwork 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 sixth 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

Daniel Foster

Spanish Teacher

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.

 

Jenny Helmick

Jenny Helmick

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

Kati Manning

German Teacher

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.

Karl Pulkkinen

Karl Pulkkinen

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

Susan Slowick

Music Teacher

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.

Betsy Vicksell

Betsy Vicksell

Accompanist

Betsy Vicksell has been involved at the Cape Ann Waldorf School since 1993, as a parent, a choral director and currently as a eurhythmy accompanist. She has a BA in music from Tufts University and her music teaching certification from Boston University. She has also studied Kodaly and Orff pedagogies at New England Conservatory and Boston Conservatory. She has taught music and art at Manchester junior/senior high school, piano at Waring school, and has maintained a private piano studio at her home in Essex for over 15 years.

Mari Yamaguchi

Eurythmy Teacher

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.

Vanya Yoors

Vanya Yoors

Movement Teacher & 4th Grade (Carrying 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 is now the Movement Teacher, leading the children in outdoor games, sports, gymnastics, and cross-country skiing. He is also currently the Fourth Grade carrying teacher.

Staff

Kristen Fehlhaber

Kristen Fehlhaber

Business Manager

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.  

Kelly Hiselman

Kelly Hiselman

Admissions Director

Kelly and her family have been members of the CAWS community since 2001 when they began their journey in Parent & Child.  Kelly grew up in Weston, Massachusetts, received a degree in Classical Languages from Tulane University in New Orleans, lived for many years on the West Coast in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland, Oregon before moving back with her family to Essex on Lake Chebacco.  She has worked in Parent & Child, Nursery, Kindergarten and Aftercare at CAWS and received her certificate in Foundation Studies of Waldorf Education from Antioch College.  In her spare time, she loves to take nature walks on Moraine Farm, read, do handwork and take field trips with her family to the beautiful historic seaside and woodsy areas of Boston's beautiful North Shore.

Susan White

Susan White

Administrator

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 12 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

 

Heather Collis Puro

Jonathan Cosco

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-ryĆ« karate. Jonathan lives in Ipswich with his wife Elise Zoli and their son Nathaniel, who is in second grade. 

Pam Fantini

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 Freysinger

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 Kennedy

Board Chair

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. 

 

Dianne McGaunn

Jonathan Poore

Jonathan Poore

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.

Susan White