Kay became a parent at KWS 24 years ago. Her children, William, Bethany and Kelly, graduated in 1995, 1997 and 2002. Kay has been the Lower School Secretary for 18 years.
"What I like best is being part of an institution that believes strongly in protecting childhood, and witnessing the healthy development of children as they go through the grades." -Kay Alexander
Patricia is the current fourth grade Class Teacher. She has been teaching at Kimberton for eighteen years. Patricia was educated in several countries including England, Belgium and New Zealand. She studied English Literature and History at Auckland University; Drama at the Nola Millar Drama School, and Special Education in Northern Ireland. Patricia has attended many seminars and workshops in Waldorf Education and has completed three years of training in Spatial Dynamics.
"What enthuses me most about teaching at KWS is the children - their delight in learning about themselves, others and the world around them. Having the possibility to be with these young people and their parents is a great honor.
Sally is the fifth grade Class Teacher and a member of the Governing Team. She has been at Kimberton Waldorf School for 22 years. She attended Portland State University where she studied Arts and Letters and obtained 12 hours towards a Masters degree in English. At Sunbridge College, Sally did her Foundation Year and obtained her Teacher Training Certificate in Curriculum Courses Grades 1-8. She also attended Steiner Seminars and British Columbia. Sally also studied Curriculum Course 1-8 and received a Goethean Studies Certificate from Rudolf Steiner College. At the Waldorf Institute, she took Curriculum and Anthroposophy courses. Sally has special training in Computer Programming, Systems Analysis and Extra Lesson.
Sally's favorite part of teaching at Kimberton Waldorf School is the children: "I love the children! They bring refreshing qualities of innocence, openness and a desire to learn."
Liz teaches Physical Education to grades 5-12. She graduated from KWS in '96 before attending Bowdoin College ('00), where she received a degree in Government/Legal Studies, and a minor in Spanish.
Liz's favorite part of teaching at Kimberton: "I enjoy teaching at Kimberton because I love my students, and believe strongly in the power and practicality of Waldorf education."
Tim teaches chemistry and math in the high school and is in his first year at KWS. He received a BS in chemical engineering and engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University, a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and an MBA from the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University. Tim worked in the administration at Highland Hall Waldorf School in Northridge, CA for the last three years prior to coming to KWS.
I am looking most forward to working with the students in the high school in math and science and joining the KWS community with my family.
Mary teaches English and Humanities and just completed her nineteenth year at Kimberton. In addition to receiving a BA in English and Business, she has also obtained an MA in English and a Lifetime Certification for teaching at the Secondary and Adult levels. Mary has completed extensive Waldorf training with Moana Bowron, Betty Staley, and four years with the Bay Area Waldorf High School Initiative.
“What I like best about teaching at Kimberton are the students-their enthusiasm for learning and their creativity and openness, my colleagues-their dedication and creativity, and the parents-SO supportive.” –Mary Echlin
Raymond teaches Eurythmy and Drama, and has been at KWS for 22 years. She received her Certificate in Curative Education from Camphill Rudolf Steiner Schools, in Aberdeen, Scotland. Additionally, Raymond received her Eurythmy Diploma in 1978 and has continued master classes and programs in both the United States and Switzerland.
“What I like best about teaching at KWS is working with the adolescents, trying to engage them in this unique art form/Eurythmy, and helping the students develop their own voice(s)!” –Raymond Fried
Miriam was a class teacher at Kimberton before joining the school's early childhood faculty. She received her BA in Waldorf Education from the University of Plymouth in England, and also has received special training in bio-dynamics and beekeeping.
“I love watching the children play on our beautiful campus, especially in the spring when the magnolia trees are in bloom! I can feel a carefree and innocent joy in the children as they explore, and work, both outside and inside the classroom. The happiness and openness with which the children approach learning makes it a joy and privilege to teach them.” –Miriam Greiser
Therese Hubbell, White Rose Kindergarten teacher, was previously the lead Kindergarten teacher for the Mountain Oak School, a Waldorf charter school in Arizona. Therese has many years experience as a lead Waldorf Kindergarten teacher, beginning in 1988. She holds her Waldorf Early Childhood Education Training and Certification. Therese also holds a B.A. in Alternative Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education from Prescott College.
Therese grew up on a forty acre farm in Idaho, where she developed a deep love and appreciation for nature. In her early twenties she began to help out in a Waldorf based school near her hometown, and was hooked. She soon began her Waldorf Early Childhood training, and has been teaching ever since.
Chinyelu teaches Parent-Child Classes and Pre-School at KWS, and has been at the school for six years. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the New York Institute of Technology, and her Master of Fine Arts from California Polytechnic University in Pomona, California. Chinyelu has also received Waldorf Training in Early Childhood, and works with LifeWays to develop healthy childcare, parent-infant and parent-child programs, and training programs for caregivers, parents, and parent educators.
“What I like best about teaching at KWS is the amazing children, the wonderful colleagues, the beautiful campus, and the incredible curriculum.” –Chinyelu Kunz
Peter is a class teacher for grades one through eight, and has been at Kimberton Waldorf School since 1977. He received his BA from Millersville University and his MA from Adelphi University in New York.
“It is important to me that I can teach out of an understanding of the developing human being that allows for a real connection and a deeper relationship with the children and their parents.” –Peter Lehman
Tjitske teaches handwork in the first grades and has been at the school for over 25 years.
“I love my subject and the children!” –Tjitske Lehman
Lael is the Admissions Coordinator and has been at the school since the fall of 2010. Her two children, now in the 5th and 8th grades, have attended KWS since kindergarten and first grade. Lael, also a Waldorf graduate, received her BA in Health Arts from Goddard College, and additionally got her MA in Psychology with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saybrook Graduate School. She has completed special apprenticeship training in Biodynamic and Organic Horticulture, and obtained a certificate in Natural Health and Direct-entry Midwifery.
Lael also works as a doula and homebirth midwifery assistant, runs a 200-member Biodynamic Community Supported Agricultural Program at Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, and serves as Admissions Director at Camphill Village Kimberton Hills.
“What I like best is hearing the children sing in the mornings, touring through bright and cheerful classrooms, and working with inspiring and talented faculty and staff.”
Susan teaches German to the Lower School and has been at KWS for two years. She received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, MA from the University of Delaware, Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory, and Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College.
“I love seeing the young children learn a foreign language so quickly and joyfully at KWS. Our approach to educating the whole child here also feeds the whole of myself as a teacher and a spiritual being. We also work so collaboratively and supportively as colleagues, it is truly unique!” -Susan Schwaneflugel
Laura teaches Spanish, and in her 27 years at the school, has also taught lower school games. She received her BA in Spanish and Elementary Education Certification from Rutgers University, and Special Education Certification at the Master’s Level from West Chester University. Laura additionally has five years of training in Spacial Dynamics.
“I loved having my children here, but better are the strong connections to the students and families that have endured. I also feel that our students give so much to the world because of this education.” –Laura Turner