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High School Faculty

HUMANITIES

 

History, Social Studies, English, Drama

 
 

Karl Schurman, Core Faculty, Faculty Co-chair 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.

kschurman@monadnockwaldorfschool.org

   
 

Chris Becker, Core Faculty, M.A. in Philosophy & Religion, California Institute of Integral Studies; B.A. in Cultural Anthropology, Plattsburgh State University; California Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Science, National University. After completing a year of Foundation Studies and a summer teaching intensive at Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento, Chris has been teaching AP psychology, world history and geography, and civics in California public schools since 2013. He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area from upstate New York in 2007 to complete a Master’s degree, focusing on the work of Rudolf Steiner. Prior to this, he spent a semester abroad studying Buddhism in Bodh Gaya, India. Chris and his wife have recently relocated to the Monadnock region and are interested in starting a small farm in the near future. cbecker@monadnockwaldorfschool.org


   

John Deal, Core Faculty, M.A. folklore, Folklore Institute at Indiana University; B.A. cultural anthropology, Columbia University. A native of Central Massachusetts, John has lived in Manhattan, the Midwest, Queens, and Japan, and is delighted to have finally made his way back to New England. He has taught English and world history at independent high schools in the United States and abroad since 1998; when he isn’t teaching, he enjoys writing fiction and poetry, singing and acting, vegetarian cooking, and cartooning. John’s interests include modern Japanese history and literature, oral epic and improvisational storytelling, the poetry of William Butler Yeats, and just about anything else having to do with traditional culture and artistry. He and his wife are both passionate animal rights advocates, and are happy to be bossed around by nine rescue cats. jdeal@monadnockwaldorfschool.org


   
  Hillary O’Brien, Core Faculty
   

EARTH SCIENCES

 
 

Daniel Houghton*,B.S.c. (Honors I), Applied Mathematics and Geophysics, University of Otage, Dunedin, NZ; MLit in Gaelic Poetry and Language, University of Edinburgh. Dan taught mathematics at the Community College of Vermont, 2011–2015, 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); he also taught English to aerospace engineers in Toulouse, France. Dan currently lives in New Hampshire with his, wife, son, daughter, goats, ducks, cats, and dogs.


dhougton@monadnockwaldorfschool.org

FRENCH


 

PHYSICAL SCIENCES


 

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. mfalconbridge@monadnockwaldorfschool.org

LIFE SCIENCES

 
 

Kim McCormick, Core Faculty, B.S. in Environmental Studies at Cornell University; M.S.T. in Environmental Studies at Antioch New England Graduate School; Certification in General Science Teaching; Endorsement in Gifted Education; completed Waldorf High School Teacher Education Program, Wilton, NH. Kim grew up camping with her family, collecting bugs, and rescuing box turtles trying to cross the road. The daughter of two microbiologists, she has had a lifelong love of science and the natural world. As a girl, Kim dreamed of being a park ranger and wearing a really cool hat. She has held a variety of jobs over the years, including fabric store clerk, waitress, assembly line worker, temporary secretary, caterer, seamstress, environmental educator, community outreach worker, and regional director for Destination ImagiNation. Her childhood dream came true when she got to spend two summers as a state park naturalist in Massachusetts and live on the summit of Mt. Greylock in the Berkshires. (Alas, the uniform did not include a hat.) Although Kim became a public school teacher, her children attended the Charlottesville Waldorf School, where she was an active parent volunteer and came to understand the gift of a Waldorf education. When it was time for her oldest daughter to begin high school, the family relocated to New Hampshire to continue their Waldorf journey. When not teaching science classes, Kim enjoys taking long walks, entertaining family and friends, and traveling—preferably to her native Pacific Northwest. kmccormick@monadnockwaldorfschool.org

AESTHETICS

 
   
 

Economics

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.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION


   

Dance

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.

   
 

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.

 

 

ENSEMBLE MUSIC

 
 

Jazz and Modern Music 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.

belliot@monadnockwaldorfschool.org

   
 

String 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.

nwiener@monadnockwaldorfschool.org

   
 

American and Pop Music Ensemble

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.

jkoerber@monadnockwaldorfschool.org

VOCAL MUSIC

 
  Matthew Leese is known as a versatile conductor, baritone, clinician and stage director. His performing experience in the USA, Canada, Asia, Europe and in his native country New Zealand includes dozens of solo and ensemble performances and recordings. Dr. Leese received degrees in Voice from the University of Otago in New Zealand, the Longy School of Music, Indiana University and holds the Doctorate in Choral Conducting and Literature from the University of Illinois. In addition to directing the choirs at Monadnock Waldorf High school, Matthew is a core member of the medieval quartet LIBER and Kansas City professional choir Spire , Artistic Director of the Monadnock Chorus, Music Director of the Chamber Singers of Keene, Conductor-in-Residence of Voices of the Bay in St. Andrews, NB, Artist in Residence with the Boston City Singers, a volunteer for the Keene Music Festival and serves as a Lecturer in Music at Keene State College. Matthew and his husband Dan love living in Keene with their two mischievous cats Jack and Gus.

FINE ARTS

 
  Gretchen Murray, Core Faculty, Fine Arts Coordinator, B.A., Oberlin College, Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of Delaware; Waldorf HS Teacher Education Program, New England Center for Anthroposophy. Gretchen began her teaching career at the Kimberton Waldorf School where she taught practical and fine arts from 2013 to 2016. Her first love has always been drawing and painting. From a young age, one could always find her scribbling in a sketch book of some sort, and later painting in a variety of mediums. Another love of hers is the practical arts, and she has always found a great deal of satisfaction in making her own useful and beautiful things—whether it be through sewing, felting, house repairs, or anything else. In her spare time, and when she is not making art, Gretchen loves to be outside backpacking, hiking, canoeing, and spending time with her family. Their favorite place is the “camp” in Maine that her family owns, where they can be outside together and enjoy the lake and the call of the loons! She and her husband Andrew have four children who are either enrolled in or graduated from Waldorf School. They are fully looking forward to beginning a new life in New Hampshire.
   
   
 

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.