Faculty

At Spring Garden, as is true with all Waldorf schools, our experienced educators are in charge of student curriculum, while the administration concerns itself with the everyday business of running a healthy school.

Meet our faculty:

Kathy Miller — Nursery Preschool Teacher

  • LifeWays Childcare and Human Development Certificate
  • B.S. Early Childhood Education, University of Wisconsin, 2002
  • Associate Diploma of Social Science in Child Care Studies, Victorian University of Technology, Victoria, Australia

Julie Gannon — Preschool/Kindergarten Teacher

  • B.A. (Fine Arts), Hiram College, 2002
  • Foundation Year, 2009
  • Preschool Assistant, SGWS, 2004-2009
  • Preschool Kindergarten Teacher, 2009-present
  • Child Abuse Prevention, First Aid/CPR, Recognition of Communicable Diseases
  • Years with SGWS-11

Olga Lyuksyutova — Preschool/Kindergarten Teacher

  • M.S. (Chemistry and Ed.),Kiev State University,1986
  • Ph.D. (Chemistry),National Ukrainian Academy, 1990
  • Waldorf Certification,Rudolph Steiner College, 2001
  • Early Childhood Program,Rudolph Steiner College, 2004
  • In-services & Workshops, SGWS, 2002-06
  • In-services on Early Childhood Ed. O.D.E., 2005
  • Mentor, 2004-05
  • First Aid Training, 2003
  • AWSNA Conference, 2003
  • Years with SGWS-14

 

Marina Ristev Rana — Early Childhood Extended Day Lead Teacher/Parent-Child Class Teacher

  • B.S. (Education), Miami University, 2006
  • SGWS Early Childhood Assistant, 2013 – 2014
  • Waldorf Workshops – Sunbridge Institute, 2014
  • Waldorf Workshop – Waldorf Institute of Southeastern Michigan, 2015

 

Tori Bolanz — Early Childhood Extended Day Lead Teacher

  • B.S. (Education), University of Akron, 2004
  • SGWS Director of Aftercare Program, 2006 – 2012

 

Kristen Oberhaus–Grade One Teacher

  • B.A. International Business (Summa Cum Laude), Marietta College
  • SGWS Early Childhood Assistant, 2013 – 2015
  • Sunbridge College, Waldorf Certification (in process)
  • Highland Youth Girls Soccer Coach, 2009 – present
  • La Leche League, 2000 – present

 

Andrea Zeno — Class Two Teacher

  • B.A. (Education),Goddard College, 2001
  • M.Ed., Antioch University New England, 2004
  • Waldorf  Teacher Certification, 2004
  • SGWS Teacher, 2006 – 2009

 

Marie Paul — Class Three Teacher

  • B.S. (Education),University of Akron
  • Waldorf Certification
  • Founding member of SGWS
  • Years with SGWS- 33

 

Molly Sullivan — Class Four Teacher

  • B.S. Univeristy of Akron, Education Major: Grades 1-8, Minor:  Visual Arts
  • Waldorf Education Trainings 1993-2008
  • Substitute Teacher SGWS, 2012-13
  • Director, First Grace Childcare Center 2009-1012
  • Owner and Childcare Provider, 2006-2008
  • Admissions and Marketing Director, SGWS, 2000-2005
  • Parent & Child Educator, SGWS, 2001-2004
  • Preschool & kindergarten teacher, SGWS, 1996-2000

 

Chris Anderson — Class Five Teacher

  • B.A. Case Western Reserve University, Theatre/English
  • College of Santa Fe, New Mexico K-8 Certification
  • Early Childhood Assistant at SGWS for 2 years
  • Years with SGWS-6

 

Alyssa Humes — Class Six Teacher

  • Mrs. Humes is a graduate of Spring Garden Waldorf School.
  • B.S. Akron University (Education)
  • Student teaching at SGWS
  • Substitute teaching SGWS 2010-2012
  • Waldorf Foundation Studies
  • Years with SGWS-7

 

Carrie Burchett — Class Seven Teacher

  • B.A. University of Akron, Business and Organizational Communications
  • Substitute teaching at SGWS
  • Early Childhood Assistant at SGWS
  • Co-Founder and part time yoga teacher for Free Akron Yoga
  • Pursuing Waldorf Teacher Certification for Grades 1-8

 

Michael Gannon — Class Eight Teacher

  • B.A. (Psychology/Fine Arts),Hiram College, 1999
  • M.Ed., Antioch University New England
  • Waldorf Certification, Center for Anthroposophy
  • “Healing Forces in Waldorf Education”, Christof Weichert
  • Years with SGWS- 14

 

Caty Petersilge– Handwork Teacher

  • Masters of Education, Loyola University, 2013
  • Elementary 6-12 Certification Montessori Training, 2012
  • B.A. in Ceramics, Kent State University, 2011, Magna Cum Laude
  • Member: Kent State Honors College

 

Trista White — Spanish Teacher

  • B.A. in Spanish Education (K – 12), University of Akron, 2014, Summa Cum Laude
  • B.A. in Spanish, Minor in Media Production, University of Akron, 2014, Summa Cum Laude
  • Graduate: La Universidad de Valladolid, 2014
  • Member:  Sigma Delta Pi (National Spanish Honor Society)
  • Member:  National Society of Collegiate Scholars

 

Edward Grimes — Choral & Gardening Teacher

  • B.A. (Psychology), Kent State University, 1993
  • B.A. (Composition & Vocal), Kent State University, 1998
  • M.M. (Conducting), Kent State University, 1998
  • A.S. (Horticultural Science), OSU Agricultural and Technical Institute, 2011
  • Previous Experience
  • Assistant Choral Master, Opera Cleveland
  • Coordinator, Kent Classic Arts, Kent State University
  • Adjunct Faculty and Staff Accompanist, Kent State University
  • Years with SGWS- 8

 

Nancy Stewart — Physical Education Teacher / Athletic Director

  • B.S. (Education),Kentucky Christian College, 1987
  • Spatial Dynamics Institute, 1997-99
  • Spring Garden Waldorf School, 1993 (one semester full-time training; one semester co-teaching with Ms. Paul)
  • In-services on Waldorf Education, SGWS, 1993-2001
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Athletic Workshops
  • Years with SGWS- 28

 

Frank Vargo — Woodworking Teacher

  • Master Woodworker
  • B.A. Geography, University of Akron
  • Private business owner-woodworking
  • Years with SGWS-12

 

Jennell Woodard–Extra Lesson Teacher

  • Waldorf Certification
  • Extra Lesson Training
  • Founding member of the school
  • Years with SGWS-34

 

Diane Miskinis — Tutor

  • B.S., John Carroll University
  • Foundation Year
  • Waldorf Remediation Training
  • Previously an electrical engineer
  • Years with SGWS- 7

 

Dawna Lee – Speech Therapist

  • B.A. (Speech Pathology & Audiology), California State University
  • Masters Program Completed in Speech Pathology & Audiology, California State University
  • Professional License in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Years with SGWS – 15

 

Want to speak with a class or subject teacher in depth? Please visit us during our Open Houses throughout the year.