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High School Faculty



History, Social Studies, English, Drama


Karl Schurman, Core Faculty, B.S., Empire State College; Princeton University; NYU Undergraduate Film School; Waldorf HS Teacher Education Program, New England Center for Anthroposophy (certificate of completion). From 2002 until coming to Monadnock, Karl taught in Waldorf high schools and as an upper grades class teacher, primarily at Green Meadow Waldorf School, Chestnut Ridge, NY. Over three decades of self-employed freelancing in the film business in New York City preceded Karl's Waldorf teaching career. He worked all over the US and in many parts of the world, including shooting the PBS documentary The World of Mother Teresa. He maintains a deep interest in cinema history, the French language, Native America, and mystical Sufi poetry. He spent his own high school years in Brussels, Belgium. Three of his four grown children are Waldorf High School graduates; he hopes his grandson, Ibrahima, will be one as well.

  Katie Schwerin, Guest Block Teacher, M.Ed., Antioch University with Certification in Waldorf Education. Following thirteen years of class teaching at MWS, Katie returned to school in 2009 to complete the Waldorf High School Certification at the Center for Anthroposophy. After graduating her last elementary school class in 2007, Katie resumed work at her family company, the W.S. Badger Company, Inc., bringing innovation and a strong impulse for social responsibility to the workplace. Katie has taken up leadership in numerous departments at Badger—from marketing to product development—and is currently COO, responsible for all aspects of this fast-growing and successful company. Through this work, Katie has significant hands-on knowledge of how to start and how to develop a healthy, sustainable, and responsible business.
  Patrice Pinette, Guest block teacher and tutor, M.F.A. in Writing, Vermont College of Fine Arts; Goldridge Eurythmy School, London School of Eurythmy; B.A. Kirkland and Hamilton College. After working in early childhood education at the Lexington Waldorf School, and pursuing eurythmy studies, Patrice became a high school teacher at High Mowing School, where she taught eurythmy, creative writing, literature and drama. Now, as a free-lance tutor and teacher, she’s writing,contributing to literary journals, collaborating with other poets andartists, and leading writing workshops for adults, including the Healing Arts in Education program at Antioch University New England and Center for Anthroposophy’s Renewal program. She lives with her husband in Wilton, New Hampshire, and loves family time with their two adult children, who are Waldorf graduates.



Daniel Houghton*, BSc (Honors I), Applied Mathematics andGeophysics, University of Otago, Dunedin New Zealand; MLitt inGaelic Poetry and Language, University of Edinburgh. Dan has taught mathematics at the Community College of Vermont since2011 and has been a touring musician for well over a decade.Between degrees he worked as a seismic research technician aboard Columbia University’s Research Vessel, RV Maurice Ewing and has also taught English to aerospace engineers in Toulouse, France. Dan currently lives in Vermont with his wife, son, goats, ducks, cats and dogs.


  Sean Wiley, B.A. Reed College. Sean lived in France while attending the Université de Montpellier as an undergraduate, and again as an English teacher in a French high school after completing two years of graduate coursework toward a degree in comparative literature. Sean has taught French in middle and high schools, and as an adjunct at Keene State College.



Surveying, Trigonometry & Calculus, and Projective Geometry

Mr. Falconbridge, Core Faculty, Ph.D. in Psychology/Physics; M.S., B.S. with First Class Honors in Biophysics, University of Western Australia; Certification, Waldorf HS Teacher Education Program, New England Center for Anthroposophy. He has worked as a Research Fellow and Adjunct Lecturer in the Physics Department at UWA and completed more than three years of post-doctoral work at UCLA and UC/San Diego. His Ph.D. thesis was entitled Learning to See: Principles of Plasticity in the Early Visual System and he has published various papers since around the theme of the brain’s remarkable ability to learn from its environment. He has served on the board of a developing Waldorf school in California and done volunteer work as an English and Maths tutor for underprivileged children in Malaysia. He and his wife, have three young children.



Life Sciences & Algebra II

Mary Kay Costello, Core Faculty, M.S., Neuroscience and Behavior (research in circadian rhythms), University of Massachusetts, Amherst; B.A., Biology and Environmental Studies, Wells College. Mary Kay has taught biology, chemistry, and math in Waldorf High schools and public schools since 1979, first teaching at the Waldorf School of Garden City (of which she is also an alumna), later at the Hartsbook (Waldorf) School in Hadley, MA. As a teenager, Mary Kay spent several summers working at Camp Glen Brook, where she came to love the Monadnock region, hiking and canoeing it. She is passionate about science, the natural world, hiking, swimming, cross-country skiing, gardening, discovering plants and animals, and finding ways to protect the land, its plants, and animals. Mary Kay has three grown children and two grandchildren.



History of Music

Douglas Gerwin, Guest Block Teacher, Ph.D., Douglas has taught history literature, German, music, and life science at College and Waldorf high school levels for over 35 years. As Director of the Center for Anthroposophy (CFA) in Wilton, NH, he divides his time between adult education and teaching adolescents, as well as mentoring Waldorf schools across North America.Himself a Waldorf graduate, Douglas is the founder of CFA’s Waldorf High School Teacher Education Program, as well as the first executive director of the Research Institute for Waldorf Education. He is the author and editor of nine books on Waldorf education, as well as numerous articles on education and Anthroposophy. He co-authored the longitudinal study ofWaldorf graduates, The Results of Waldorf Education. His most recent publication, due out this year, is a collection of articles entitled Trailing Clouds of Glory: Essays on Sexuality and the Education of Youth in Waldorf Schools. Douglas and his wife, Connie live near Amherst, MA.


Survey of Architecture 

Patrick Stolfo, Guest Block Teacher & Mentor,B.A., M.A., is an educator and artist. Originally from Michigan, he studied sculpture and art history at Emerson College in England and education at the Waldorf Institute of Mercy College in Detroit. He has taught at middle school, high school, and adult levels in numerous Waldorf schools and teacher education programs for over 30 years. His artwork has been exhibited or installed in Michigan, New York, California, England, and Sweden.



Katie Schwerin, Block Teacher, M.Ed., Antioch University with Certification in Waldorf Education, 1994. Following 13 years of class teaching at MWS, Katie returned to school in 2009 to complete the Waldorf HS Certification, Center for Anthroposophy. After graduating her last elementary school class in 2007, Katie resumed work at her family company, the WS Badger Co, bringing innovation and a strong impulse for social responsibility. Katie has taken up leadership in numerous departments at Badger from marketing to product development and is currently COO, responsible for all aspects of this fast growing and successful company. She has gained hands on knowledge of how to start and how to develop a healthy, sustainable, and responsible business.




Juan Carlos Lancellottiwas born in Santiago, Chile. After high school, he studied aviation. He later turned his attention to exploring the arts. Juan Carlos completed a 3-year training in theater and also took private lessons in painting. The subsequent year, he worked in theater and TV productions. His interest in BMX bicycling led him to organize many BMXrelated events. Upon moving to the United States, Juan Carlos continued his pilot studies, organized artistic events, built BMX ramps, and helped organize major BMX contests. Juan Carolos’ interests in psychology and philosophy eventually led to his enrolling as a student at the American Eurythmy School in Northern California, where Juan Carolos completed his eurythmy training. In 2013, he worked at The Secret Garden Preschool in Ashland, Oregon, as the Eurythmy teacher, and participated in a year-long production of Shakespeare’s “The Twelfth Night,” with the Inland Isle Players.



Richard Clough, B.A. History/Theater Keene State College. Richard has been involved with the Performing Arts since his formative years. Starting as a musician, then moving to acting, and finally to dance, he has been teaching Social/Ballroom Dance in the Keene area since 1986. He is comfortable with the Smooth dances such as Foxtrot and Waltz, the Latin dances such as Cha Cha and Rumba, and Club dances such as Swing and Salsa. Rich strives to give students the tools to enjoy and express themselves to music individually and in partnership.


Physical Education

Micah Witri obtained his BS in Environmental Science from Northeastern University in Boston MA. He received a Certificate for a one year apprenticeship in Nature Connection Mentoring from The Vermont Wilderness School in Brattleboro VT. Micah is a Green Meadow Waldorf School alumnus. Before coming to MWHS Micah worked as a skills teacher, carpenter and nature program director. Over many years of nature connection, earth living skills sharing and trip leading, Micah has developed a love of teaching others to experience the natural world in new ways and with all their senses. He spends much of his own time out of doors in many different endeavors from fishing and tracking to birding and being still. Having grown up in a family with two Waldorf teachers, MWS has quickly felt like a familiar and welcoming place.


Meenakshi Moses has been practicing yoga since 1985, and received teacher's certification (1988) and advanced teacher's certification (1990) from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers. In addition to Sivananda Yoga, she has also studied Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga.

Liza Dupuis has been a student of yoga for the past 27 years and a teacher for the past 6 years in Keene. Her background includes Ashtanga, Anusara, and therapeutic yoga, as well as Tantric philosophy, the foundation of Hatha Yoga. Her classes combine flowing vinyasa-style yoga and attention to alignment to help her students safely move deeper and experience more of themselves in their practice.

  Jennie Gryczka teaches Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga. She has been practicing yoga for over 15 years, completed her 200 hour Yoga Alliance training in 2002 and is working towards her 500 hour Advanced Certification. She is a certified Kundalini Yoga (as taught be Yogi Bhajan) teacher, a Conscious Pregnancy Yoga Instructor and is an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist. She brings her love of meditation, movement and interest in nutrition and healing to her practice and teachings.



Wind Ensemble

Bruce Elliot studied Jazz saxophone at the Hartt School of Music with Jazz Master Jackie McLean. He has been playing in and leading various musical groups around Keene since 1998. Bruce graduated from the Waldorf teacher training at Antioch New England Graduate School where he was classmates with MWS class teachers Tim Price and Michelle Turner. For five years Bruce was a class teacher at MWS. Currently he plays in two bands, The Nines, and The Terry Landis Band. He also works as a massage therapist at the Cheshire Wellness Center and is the database manager for More Than Wheels, a NH based nonprofit.


Classical Music Ensemble

Nell Wiener, B.A. Music, Wellesley College. Nell leads the Classical Music Ensemble at the high school, in addition to the choral and strings programs at the elementary school. Growing up in the music town of Ann Arbor, MI (where she attended a Waldorf school herself), she was, from early on, exposed to such artists and groups as Yo Yo Ma, Anonymous 4, Bela Fleck, Meredith Monk, and the Martha Graham Dance Company. She also had the opportunity to play in one of the most highly regarded high school orchestras in the country, which was where she truly fell in love with classical music. In college she went on to study music theory with Martin Brody and conducting with Lisa Graham. She has been teaching at MWS for 8 years and maintains a private studio offering instruction on the violin, the viola, and music theory.


Esther Ruth Holland Rhoades joined Monadnock Waldorf High School in the fall of 2014 as the director of the school’s a cappella choir. Esther has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Delaware. While at UD, she was the student assistant choral director of the internationally renowned University of Delaware Chorale under the direction of Dr. Paul D. Head. She has also received training at Westminster Choir College. After graduation, she taught high school chorus and music classes in both Lyndonville, VT and Conval High School in Peterborough, NH. Additionally, she has chaired the Monadnock Valley Music Festival, served as the Director of Music at First Church of Chris in Granby, CT, and directed the Children’s Chorus of Springfield in Massachusetts. Esther has been active in the American Choral Director's Association (ACDA) since 2005. She has been on the directorship boards in Delaware, Vermont, and is now serving as President for the NH chapter of ACDA. In addition to leading the a cappella choir at MWHS, she happily serves the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church as their Choir Director. When Esther is not making music, you can find her knee deep in chocolate chip cookies, biking, taking photographs, or writing comics.


Jason Koerber attended Pine Hill Waldorf School from K - 8. It was here that his love of music began. He started teaching when in high school and continued while studying at music at Keene State College. Jason is the founder & director of Elm City Music and teaches Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute and Improvisation. Jason performs regularly as a freelance artist and with the Ben Carr Music Project, the Half Diminished Swing Band, Nouveau Swing, and the Jacksonville Blues Band. He is also a former member of The Keene Chamber Orchestra, The Keene Jazz Orchestra, the Tom Foolery Band, the Josh Evans Trio, and the funk band Giza. Jason has appeared as a soloist with the KSC Chamber Orchestra and with the Pink Floyd tribute band Liquid Floyd. He has also performed with the Raylynmor Opera Company, The Hugh Keelan Ensemble, and The Monadnock Chorus and Orchestra. Jason has taught saxophone and clarinet at Vermont Academy - Saxtons River VT, The Putney School - Putney VT, The Greenwood School - Putney VT, The Open Music Collective - Brattleboro VT, and currently teaches at Elm City Music - Keene NH, and Peterborough Music - Peterborough NH. Jason has studied saxophone with Scott Mullett, Harvey Kaiser, Mario Bernardo & Craig Sylvern. He has studied clarinet with Richard Sanders, and Mario Bernardo and flute with Robin Matathias.



High School Chorus

Maria Belva, B.A., Psychology & Education, SUNY/Potsdam; MMus Choral Conducting, University of Maine; CMVT (Certified McClosky Voice Technician), McClosky Institute of Voice, Emory University. Maria is a professional choral conductor and private voice teacher based in Peterborough, NH. Her voice studio serves students of varying abilities and needs, from timid beginners to experi­enced soloists, from children to adults. She directs the Peterborough Children’s Choir (more than 70 children in four auditioned ensembles) and the Keene Youth Chorus, and is music director of the Peterborough Unitarian Church. Maria also is active as a soprano soloist throughout the Monadnock region. She sings with the Peterborough Chamber Singers.




Drawing, Stone Carving, Ceramics, Sculpture, Painting, and Film Arts

Kristin Powers, HS Chair, Core Faculty, H.S. Arts Program Director. B.F.A.Ceramics, Rhode Island School of Design. Kristin also studied stone sculpture, photography, and poetry at the Cleveland Institute of Art in Lacoste, France. Kristin, an artist and educator, hails from England and Canada and has lived in the Monadnock region for twenty-five years. In 1990 Kristin and her husband, Stephen, co-founded Trikeenan Tileworks, an internationally renowned designer and producer of hand-crafted ceramic tile. As CEO, Krisitn oversaw the operations of two factories in NH and NY and a retail showroom in downtown Keene. She was also a product designer and managed Trikeenan’s residential and commercial sales. Kristin has received many awards for product development, design, and marketing. As an artist she has exhibited in many shows over the years, most recently at Keene State College in an invitational exhibit entitled Offspring. Her three children, now grown, all graduated 8th grade from Monadnock Waldorf School. Kristin lives in Keene, with Stephen and their dog. She enjoys working in her garden, writing and singing.


Papermaking, Printmaking and Painting

Stephen Powers, B.F.A., Printmaking, Rhode Island School of Design. Stephen hails from the Boston area and has lived in the Monadnock region for twenty-five years. In 1990 Stephen and his wife, Kristin, co-founded Trikeenan Tileworks, an internationally renowned producer of hand-crafted ceramic tile. He has received many awards for product development, design, and marketing. Stephen designs and installs ceramic tile, and advises commercial designers and manufacturing clients on product design and process engineering. Stephen is a fabulous cook and musician, and enjoys mountain biking with his dog. Stephen lives in Keene with Kristin. Their three children, now grown and out of the house, all graduated 8th grade from Monadnock Waldorf School.


Wood Sculpture, Timber framing

Clay Sculpture

Patrick Stolfo (see Survery of Architecture above)



Stained Glass & Geometric Origami

Hans Schepker, Originally trained as an electronics engineer, Hans has practiced solid geometry through teaching at Waldorf Schools across the U.S. and Germany. Born and raised in Germany, geometry has always held a high position in his interests. Hans’s exposure to various and sundry crafts and trades during his formative years fostered a skill and interest in mechanics and working in wood and textiles. After time in the defense industry, he worked with the “soft” geometry of custom-made garments. Nine years of kite design and manufacture followed, which put geometry into the sky. Ever changing constellations of paper forms began to float from the ceilings in his house. He is now putting light bulbs into those same and other forms, now made of glass, illuminating private, corporate, and public spaces.


Weaving, Spinning & Knitting

Marcy Schepker is a tapestry weaver, soft toy maker, and community person with 36 years of experience as a weaver and teacher. She feels that the knowledge that each one of us is an artist, a crafts person, and an apprentice in our own capacity and that each of us has special gifts and needs is central to our lives and work. Central also to the success of her work is the core belief in the continual balance of each person’s creativity with the energy they draw from working together. She believes this process to be vital to being a crafts person, and also important as a social model. Her art builds bridges between people. Marcy’s Pear Tree Studio in nearby Harrisville has been written up in The Boston Globe and in Fiberarts magazine.