Faculty


Director of Mountaintop Waldorf School

Lead Teacher for Mixed Aged program
Wendy Weinrich has been a certified Waldorf Early Childhood Educator since 1996, having completed her training at Sunbridge Institute. She taught Kindergarten at Mountain Laurel Waldorf School for 11 years before starting Mountaintop School in 2007. Wendy has completed a three-year Advanced Therapeutic Course for Early Childhood Educators, which takes place in Denver, CO.  She received an MA in Dance/Movement Therapy from Antioch/New England in 1987.  She is continually striving to continue to expand her understanding of the young child. Wendy is the mother of two grown sons, both of whom attended Waldorf schools, and one of whom is about to finish his PhD in Mathematics.

 



Assistant teacher for morning Mixed Age program

Lead teacher for afternoon rest program
Elizabeth Carlson completed her Steiner/Waldorf Early Years Education training in 2011, and subsequently co-ran a small, early-years setting in Worcestershire, UK for three years.  She completed her eurythmy training in Dornach, Switzerland in 1976, and has taught eurythmy to lower school children in the US and the UK for more than 15 years. Elizabeth completed an MA in eurythmy in 2016, focusing on reflex integration and eurythmy. Born in Kingston, NY and raised in Woodstock, Elizabeth is pleased to be returning to the Hudson Valley area.  Elizabeth’s one son is 23 and presently completing his degree in Music Technology in Surrey, UK.

 


Assistant teacher for morning Mixed Age program

Edith  Bolt was introduced to Rudolph Steiner’s anthroposophy when she attended the Geert Groote School, a Waldorf High School in the Netherlands. She holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, and has been teaching  since 2002. In her teaching, she loves storytelling and helping children find their creativity in both the arts and in play. She has a grown daughter who currently is working as a math specialist and second grade teacher.

 

 

Assistant teacher for afternoon rest in Mixed Age program
Luz Elena Heredia completed her law degree from University of Medellin in Colombia, South America in 1990.  She worked for her town as a municipal lawyer, and she was a volunteer Constitutional Law teacher for several years at Padre Ramon Arcila Ramirez, a private high school. Luz came with her daughter to the US in 2001. In 2006, Luz received her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts at FDU.  She was introduced to Waldorf Education in 2014 when she began participating at Mountaintop Waldorf School in community activities, and Luz is now also a part of the aftercare program provided by Miss Barbara.  She completed the “Discipline with loving Awareness” seminar in 2018 through the Lifeways Program, and continues to learn about Waldorf education.  She loves helping all the children and families at Mountaintop, and especially loves to help with her grandson at home.

 



Forest Rest Teacher for afternoon Mixed Age program


Grounds and Maintenance Chief

Mark Nahnsen, LCSW, is a licensed social worker. He has specialized in family therapy since 1990. He also has a BA in Music Therapy and is a musician who brings his love of music to children of all ages. He has been assisting in the classroom for the past several years and is also the builder of the new schoolhouse. He is the father of two grown children. He and Ms. Wendy are happy to share their home with Mountaintop Waldorf School.

 

 


Lead Teacher for Little Ones Program

Kathryn Meyer started teaching at Mountaintop Waldorf School in 2013 as a founding faculty member with the Little Ones program. She completed her Waldorf Early Childhood Education training in 2018 at The Alkion Center  in Hawthorne Valley, NY.  She believes that caring for children in the Little Ones program is about creating an extension of the home. Working with parents and children alike brings her great joy. Kathryn also holds a degree in social work. She and her husband are raising two daughters, both of whom attend Waldorf schools.

 

 


Assistant Teacher for Little Ones Program

Shawna Kimber has been working at Mountaintop Waldorf School since 2010.  She is the mother of three Waldorf-educated boys, and has been involved with Waldorf education since 1997 when her first son was born. She studied photography at School of Visual Arts and has a BA from Eugene Lang College at The New School for Social Research. She experiences both the roles of teacher and parent as spiritual work.

 

 


Assistant Teacher for Little Ones Program

Kate Werwa has been working at Mountaintop since 2017, both in the office as administrative assistant and enrollment coordinator and in the classroom as a substitute, as well as with the youngest campers at summer camp. She holds a degree in English Literature, previously worked in publishing, and continues to do freelance copyediting work. Kate is the mother of two boys: one who attends a Waldorf school and one who is attending public school.  When she is not busy with those two, she enjoys cooking, reading, gardening, and walking.
 

 


After-Care Program
Barbara Kryzywonos
 is a mother and grandmother who has provided aftercare at Mountaintop since 2014. Her program is offered from 3pm to 6pm, Monday through Thursday. Miss Barbara is loved and much appreciated by all the children and parents.