Our Faculty

Wendy Weinrich

Founder and Director of Mountaintop Waldorf School 
Lead Teacher for Grey Squirrels

Wendy 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 expand her understanding of the young child. Wendy is the mother of two grown sons, both of whom attended Waldorf schools.

Kathryn Meyer

Lead Teacher for Chipmunks


Kathryn 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 Chipmunks 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.

Sigrid D'Aleo

Lead Teacher for Red Foxes

Sigrid was born in the beautiful Mountains of Austria. She found Waldorf Education at a young age when she was an Au pair in the Hudson Valley. She began her studies at the Waldorf Institute of Sunbridge College in the early 90's where she received her Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Certification. Sigrid taught for 18 years at the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs where she co-founded a Forest Kindergarten with her colleagues. She has led workshops and has mentored and advised schools and teachers in the States and abroad on Outdoor Early Childhood Education and Child development. Sigrid is also a Certified Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, Colon Hydrotherapist, and Yoga Teacher, and she enjoys singing, knitting, hiking and traveling. She especially enjoys visiting her daughter Lucca who is a Waldorf Graduate and lives in Maine.

Edith Bolt

Assistant Teacher for Morning Grey Squirrels

Edith 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. She also recently became a grandmother. Her daughter struggled to overcome postpartum depression and as a result she has an increased empathy and motherly love toward new parents. 


Luz Heredia

Assistant Teacher for Afternoon Grey Squirrels

Luz completed her law degree from University of Medellin in Colombia, South America in 1990.  She was introduced to Waldorf Education in 2014 when she began participating at Mountaintop Waldorf School in community activities and soon became an assistant. She is currently completing a Waldorf Teacher Education program at the Alkion Center in Hawthorn Valley, NY.  She has a grown daughter and a young grandson whom she often cares for at home. Ms. Luz loves helping all the children and families at Mountaintop.


Barbara Kryzywonos

Aftercare Provider

Ms. Barbara 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.

Shawna Kimber

Assistant Teacher for Chipmunks

Shawna 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.

Carly Lynn

Lead Teacher for Red Foxes

Carly came to Mountaintop from the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs where she taught preschool and kindergarten for 13 years. During her time there, she helped to co-found and teach in the Forest Kindergarten, and she continues to love to work with children in nature in the forest kindergarten program at Mountaintop. Carly has completed a bachelors in Education and English Literature, and a masters in Early Childhood Waldorf Education from Sunbridge College. She is the mother of a college student who, as it is for so many of us, led her to Waldorf education. Carly is very happy to have joined the Mountaintop community.

Kate Werwa

Assistant Teacher for Chipmunks

Enrollment Coordinator

Kate has been working at Mountaintop since 2017, both in the office as administrative assistant and in the classroom as an assistant teacher, 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. 


Mark Nahnsen

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.

Hope Jinishian

Assistant Teacher for Chipmunks

Hope Jinishian has worked as a Waldorf Early Childhood Assistant Teacher in Massachusetts and Mexico. She also led a Waldorf-inspired neighborhood children’s project when she lived in rural Peru. She has a master’s degree in Social Work and in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management. She enjoys facilitating circles of dance, loves children and Mother Earth, and is delighted to be supporting children and families as a member of the Mountaintop community.


Mina Rogers

Parent/Child Teacher

Mina was born and raised in Tokyo. She discovered Waldorf education when her first son (who is now 23) was 6 months old.  She eventually worked as a nursery teacher for several years at the Garden City Waldorf School where her son was enrolled. There she also offered Japanese Parent-Child classes. She has a certificate in Waldorf Early Childhood Education from Sophia’s Hearth in Keene, NH.  At present, She is raising two young children (a second round!) and is eager to share her knowledge and experience with other parents.


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