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Faculty & Staff

The faculty and staff at the Brooklyn Waldorf School are an energetic team of educators. Our teachers are Waldorf trained and have taught in Waldorf schools all around the world. They bring their combined experience to form a rich Waldorf curriculum here in Brooklyn. Together we learn from each other’s experiences and are motivated to work with cooperation and enthusiasm. Collaboration in planning and action encourages a school-wide interest and a deep feeling of responsibility for all aspects of BWS.

Teachers are guided by, and work within, a Waldorf school framework that gives indications toward curriculum, school communication and structure. All staff are encouraged and supported to continue on a path of lifelong learning.

To learn more about our faculty and staff, click on an individual’s name to read his or her biography.

TEACHING FACULTY

Early Childhood

Parent-and-Child

Meggan Gill, Lead Teacher
Assistant TBA

Nursery

East

Gun Blue, Lead Teacher
Cecelia Torres, Assistant

West

Jenn Wilenta, Lead Teacher
Aliya Birdoff, Assistant

Kindergarten

North

Monika Stanislawek, Lead Teacher
Hannah Westerman, Assistant

South

Monica Sibrizzi, Lead Teacher
Nneka Maginley, Assistant

East

Zohar Apple, Lead Teacher
Gillian Zagorski, Assistant

Lower School

Bianca Brousseau, First Grade Class Teacher
Joy Itiola, First Grade Assistant Teacher

Allison Stovall, Second Grade Class Teacher

Josephine Russo, Third Grade Class Teacher

Kelly Beekman, Fourth Grade Class Teacher

Steven Simonak, Fifth Grade Class Teacher

Middle School

Lidija Juka, Sixth Grade Class Teacher

William McKay, Seventh Grade Class Teacher

Chris Castelli, Eighth Grade Class Co-Teacher

Hank Mittnacht, Eighth Grade Class Co-Teacher

Specialty Subjects

Laetitia Berrier-Saarbach, Eurythmy Teacher

Chris Castelli, Mathematics & Technology Teacher

Orlando Colón, Movement Teacher
and Athletic Director

Jayanthi Bunyan, Music Teacher

Emily Yue Xu, Mandarin Chinese Teacher

Sibylle Johner, Music Director & Orchestra Teacher

Laura Montaño, Handwork Teacher

Constanza Ontaneda, Spanish Teacher

Dorke Poelz, Early Childhood Assistant and Grades Support

Martina Bonolis, Auxiliary/Community Outreach Programs and High School Placement Counselor

Learning Support Team

Liz Baring, Psychotherapist

Hannah Bleier, Educational Support Teacher

Fran Pado, Learning Support Instructor

Roberta Perlin, Learning Support Consultant

Christina Pantazis-Blades, Learning Support Chair

PARENT ASSOCIATION CHAIRS

David Bivins
 
Mara Leimanis-Ricard

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Randy Yuen, President

Alex Blades, Treasurer

Jeanne Baron
 
Meggan Gill, Faculty Representative

Denese Giordano, Administrative Representative

Cynthia Hammond
 
Mary Handerhan, Administrative Representative

Konrad Meissner
 
Christina Pantazis-Blades, Administrative Representative

Sinclair Smith

SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

Admissions

Christina Pantazis-Blades, Admissions Director

Sheila Shaw, Admissions Associate

Business Office

Mary Handerhan, Business Director

Lena Lvova, Business Office Associate

Annie Ng, Business Office Coordinator

Community Development

Denese Giordano, Administrative Director

Leecia Manning, Special Events Coordinator

Franco Pedicini, Communications Manager

Operations

Denese Giordano, Administrative Director

Tara Hempstead, Administrative Assistant

Tim Kacic, Building Superintendent

Emily Maynor, Front Desk/Office Support Associate

Kyron Parris, Front Desk Lead/Building Support