Founder and Director of Mountaintop Waldorf School
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lead Teacher for Morning Grey Squirrels
Victoria is from Banjul, The Gambia. She holds a BA in African American Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a CDA in Early Childhood Development, and an AA in Textile Development from FIT. She is a writer and illustrator of two children’s books using textile collage. In 2017 she moved to Kingston, NY in order to raise her son and daughter closer to nature. Since moving upstate, she has enjoyed working with children as an Ulster County Head Start Lead Teacher specializing in social/emotional development and support, as well as an Assistant Kindergarten Teacher for Mountain Laurel Waldorf School. Victoria is honored to be fully embraced by the Waldorf community at Mountaintop School and is excited for the opportunity to care and nurture your child in a holistic and loving environment!
Lead 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.
Assistant Morning Teacher for Chipmunks
Lead Afternoon Teacher for Chipmunks
Kate has been working at Mountaintop since 2016, both in the office as administrative assistant and in the classroom as an assistant teacher with the youngest children. She also assists Ms. Wendy in directing the Summer Camp Program in July. She holds a degree in English Literature and in her former life worked in book publishing and copyediting. She was introduced to Waldorf education when the younger of her two boys enrolled at Mountaintop, and she fell in love with the pedagogy and the community. She is thrilled to continue to be a part of Mountaintop, and also enjoys volunteering at her sons' schools -- Onteora and Middle Way School.
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.