Directory

First Points of Contact

Robyn Coe : Director of Admissions

Director of Admissions

Robyn Coe

Renée Far : Community Lead and Director of Enrollment

Community Lead and Director of Enrollment

Renée Far

Ms. Far has demonstrated her leadership during the past year as the Director of Enrollment, developing more robust systems for securing our enrollment targets early, and partnering with families to sustain their commitment to the school. Ms. Far has demonstrated her capacity for partnership on the Admissions and Enrollment team, in addition to serving as the administrative coordinator for Early Childhood. Ms. Far is a trained Waldorf teacher, and has several years’ experience working in our business office, which uniquely qualifies her to help guide the creation of this leadership model with an understanding of the points of intersection between our threefold system. Ms. Far is a member of the DEI Committee and thinks critically about the role of the school in responding to our collective social mission.

Learn more about our Leadership Team

Shawna Good : Admissions and Enrollment Coordinator

Admissions and Enrollment Coordinator

Shawna Good

Ed Brozman : Director of Development

Director of Development

Ed Brozman

Leadership Team

Kendra Smallwood : Operations Lead

Operations Lead

Kendra Smallwood

Ms. Smallwood joins our school after holding a key leadership position in administration and operations at Stanton House, a residency program for diverse adults inspired by Camphill Communities. At Stanton Home, Ms. Smallwood has been an influential collaborative partner for the Executive Director and the Board of Trustees during years of robust organizational growth. Ms. Smallwood is a primary author of the Stanton House strategic plan, and has introduced new practices for vision-aligned financial planning. Ms. Smallwood has extensive experience in non-profit development and fundraising for Stanton House. She is a self-starting leader, who is accustomed to performing in continuously developing roles.

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Christianna Riley : Pedagogical Lead and Pumpkin Patch Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Pedagogical Lead and Pumpkin Patch Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Christianna Riley

Ms. Riley has a deep commitment to Waldorf pedagogy, most recently demonstrating her leadership as the Co-Chair in Early Childhood and as a member of both the BWS Board of Trustees and Council of Teachers. Ms. Riley has a pioneering spirit, not only chartering the Pumpkin Patch outdoor kindergarten at BWS, but also serving as a founding teacher, EC Director, and Board member at the Primrose Hill School, a Waldorf School in Rhinebeck, NY. Ms. Riley is a Waldorf graduate herself, and has been an early childhood teacher for thirteen years. Ms. Riley was a member of the Leadership Transition Team that proposed the form of leadership BWS is embarking on. It was during this process of discernment that she felt called to step forward to serve as a member of the leadership team. Ms. Riley is an active member of the DEI committee, and has engaged in curriculum development and implementation of a Peace Education Program with the United Nations NGO World Peace Prayer Society.

Ms. Riley remains the lead teacher in the Pumpkin Patch. The prioritization of placing an active teacher in the leadership team is an intentional application of Waldorf governance ideals. Ms. Riley’s continued full engagement with the children of the Pumpkin Patch ensures that all of our leadership decisions are anchored to these very special souls at the beginning of their journey with us, and by proxy, all of the children at the Berkshire Waldorf School.

Learn more about our Leadership Team

Renée Far : Community Lead and Director of Enrollment

Community Lead and Director of Enrollment

Renée Far

Ms. Far has demonstrated her leadership during the past year as the Director of Enrollment, developing more robust systems for securing our enrollment targets early, and partnering with families to sustain their commitment to the school. Ms. Far has demonstrated her capacity for partnership on the Admissions and Enrollment team, in addition to serving as the administrative coordinator for Early Childhood. Ms. Far is a trained Waldorf teacher, and has several years’ experience working in our business office, which uniquely qualifies her to help guide the creation of this leadership model with an understanding of the points of intersection between our threefold system. Ms. Far is a member of the DEI Committee and thinks critically about the role of the school in responding to our collective social mission.

Learn more about our Leadership Team

Class Teachers

Lisa Kolarsick : First Grade Class Teacher

First Grade Class Teacher

Lisa Kolarsick

Lisa Kolarsick joins Berkshire Waldorf School from the Waldorf School of Mendocino County in Calpella, CA. As a Specialist teacher there, she taught grade school Spanish and games, as well as first grade handwork, beeswax and creative play. Ms. Kolarsick has years of teaching experience both in and outside the classroom. She has been a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala, a teaching naturalist, a teaching artist, a yoga teacher and a farm and garden teacher. Ms. Kolarsick attended Skidmore College, and is a published poet. She will be an assistant teacher at BWS in tandem with earning her Waldorf teaching certificate at the nearby Alkion Center in Ghent, NY.

Safina Alessandra : Second Grade Class Teacher

Second Grade Class Teacher

Safina Alessandra

Safina Alessandra grew up in Switzerland where she had the privilege of being part of the vibrant Waldorf Community in Zurich. Her deep wish to understand the developing child led her to work, study and teach at Camphill Schools, a residential Waldorf school for children with disabilities in Chester County PA, for 14 years. There, her two sons attended and graduated from the Kimberton Waldorf School. Ms. Alessandra has spent the last 10 years widening her understanding of and experience in education first through working as a Kindergarten assistant, then through taking various roles within the Visiting Students Program at Hawthorne Valley Farm, and lastly through completing her BS in Early Childhood and Childhood Education at SUNY New Paltz. After receiving her NYS teacher certification, and prior to taking her current position at Berkshire Waldorf School, Ms. Alessandra taught math and language arts to elementary and middle school students as a private tutor and was part of a team of teachers supporting a student with autism.

Anna Taiga : Third Grade Class Teacher

Third Grade Class Teacher

Anna Taiga

Anna Taiga grew up near Moscow, Russia, and went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Human Resources from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For over a decade, she worked for a large global company, traveling internationally to facilitate leadership seminars and organizing managerial mentoring and coaching programs. She also spearheaded innovative workplace diversity initiatives. In searching for a spiritually rooted education for her children many years ago Ms. Taiga encountered anthroposophy and Waldorf education. She earned her Waldorf grades teacher certification from the Alkion Center at Hawthorne Valley. She taught high school English there before joining the Berkshire Waldorf School in 2017. Prior to her role as a class teacher Ms. Taiga served as a kindergarten assistant teacher, as a first grade assistant teacher and as a lead teacher for the Summer@BWS program. She enjoys bringing her love of cross-cultural music and singing into the classroom.

Victoria Cartier : Fourth Grade Class Teacher

Fourth Grade Class Teacher

Victoria Cartier

Victoria Cartier grew up in the Berkshires and attended the Steiner School from kindergarten through eighth grade. An experienced Waldorf teacher, she had already successfully completed an eight-year cycle at the Emerson Waldorf School in Chapel Hill, North Carolina when she joined the Steiner School faculty to lead the Class of 2018 from third through sixth grade. While teaching at Emerson Waldorf School, Ms. Cartier was not only a class teacher, but served as an art teacher in the 12th grade, taught recorder class to 6th, 7th and 8th grades and coached cross country running and tennis. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Arts in Waldorf Education from Antioch New England. Ms. Cartier’s mother, Virginia Flynn, is a Waldorf class teacher and teacher mentor who taught at Steiner in the early years of our school. Her brother, Evan Palazzo, also a Steiner alum, is already a parent at the school.

Tracy Fernbacher : Fifth Grade Class Teacher

Fifth Grade Class Teacher

Tracy Fernbacher

Tracy Fernbacher, class of 2025 teacher, earned her Master of Education in Waldorf Elementary Education from Antioch University (Keene, NH). She also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Management from Pace University (New York, NY) and a vocational teacher’s license from the New York State Department of Education. Ms. Fernbacher brings broad Waldorf teaching experience to her new position, including teaching at every grade level. She completed the residency portion of her Master’s program at the Steiner School in 2011-12, and has since taught under the mentorship of a core group of master teachers. While at the school, she developed and taught Chinese language courses for students in kindergarten through second grade. Similarly, Ms. Fernbacher taught English and substituted for multiple grades at the first Waldorf elementary school in China, the Chengdu Waldorf School in Sichuan province, while attending the Chengdu Waldorf Teacher Training Institute in 2009-10. Prior to her teacher training, Ms. Fernbacher was one of the founding parents of the Brooklyn Waldorf School, where she organized the institutional structure, articulated the vision through mission and value statements, and was instrumental in implementing the school’s groundbreaking three-tier tuition model, helping to create a school population that reflects the diversity of its community.

Mabel Albert : Sixth Grade Class Teacher

Sixth Grade Class Teacher

Mabel Albert

Ms. Albert joins BWS as our 5th grade class teacher. Ms. Albert received both her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Masters of Arts in Teaching degrees from Tufts University, Boston, MA.  After graduation, she accepted a teaching position at the Coolidge Corner School in Brookline, MA, where she taught art for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. During that time, she also worked at the Brookline Arts Center, teaching children of all ages. Most recently, Ms. Albert has worked as a substitute teacher in New Hampshire private and public elementary schools. Ms. Albert attended White Mountain Waldorf School from kindergarten through eighth grade. 

 

Jennifer Green : Seventh Grade Class Teacher and Student Support Coordinator

Seventh Grade Class Teacher and Student Support Coordinator

Jennifer Green

Jennifer Green earned her Master of Education degree from Bank Street School of Education (New York, NY). She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the State University of New York (Plattsburgh, NY). Ms. Green brings sixteen years of teaching experience to her new position, including teaching at every grade level.

Prior to teaching at Berkshire Country Day School, Ms. Green collaborated with a team of educators, board members and parents to plan and implement the opening of the Gateway Middle School in New York, where she taught core academic subjects including math, English, writing and history to children ages 7-15 with learning differences. She brings a broad cultural emphasis to her teaching, having developed a cross-curricular Spanish language and culture program, and created the middle school ceramics program, with a focus on sculpture and hand-building, glazing and kiln firing. While at the school, Ms. Green served as teacher support for new staff of the Gateway School of Mumbai, India, for which she organized and led professional development workshops for new teachers. Additionally, Ms. Green has worked individually with students to meet their educational needs and goals in English, math, writing, history, science and Spanish, and helped students prepare for high school entrance exams, create organizational systems and transition into high school.

Mark Eurich : Eighth Grade Class Teacher

Eighth Grade Class Teacher

Mark Eurich

Mark Eurich An experienced Waldorf class teacher, Mr. Eurich received his Bachelor of Arts in Education from Central Michigan University, majoring in Special Education, and taught for nine years in public and Montessori schools. He received his Master of Arts in Waldorf Education from Antioch New England. His first class at BWS graduated in 1997, his third in 2013. Mark took the Class of 2018 for the last two years of their journey, and is currently teaching the Class of 2022.

Early Childhood Teachers

Kirsten Hascup : Sun Room Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Sun Room Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Kirsten Hascup

Kirsten Hascup, an early childhood teacher for twenty years, comes to the Berkshires from Ithaca, New York, where she has been lead teacher in a mixed age kindergarten and faculty chair at the Ithaca Waldorf School.  Ms. Hascupholds a B.A. in Fine Arts from Cornell University and a Masters of Education from Antioch New England in Keene, New Hampshire, where she completed an additional two year certification in healing arts for classroom teachers with a concentration in painting and storytelling. She has led early childhood workshops at the annual Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN). Ms. Hascupis the winner of the Ernest L. Boyer Teacher Scholarship from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, “for the promise of exemplary contributions to the teaching profession.” Her appointment at the Steiner School is also a homecoming, as she spent a year working with longtime kindergarten teacher Michelle Kuziaat the Steiner School, to complete her Waldorf early childhood teacher training in 1999. Her daughter Isa will be in Second Grade this year.

Holly Tierney : Sun Room Kindergarten Assistant

Sun Room Kindergarten Assistant

Holly Tierney

Christianna Riley : Pedagogical Lead and Pumpkin Patch Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Pedagogical Lead and Pumpkin Patch Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Christianna Riley

Ms. Riley has a deep commitment to Waldorf pedagogy, most recently demonstrating her leadership as the Co-Chair in Early Childhood and as a member of both the BWS Board of Trustees and Council of Teachers. Ms. Riley has a pioneering spirit, not only chartering the Pumpkin Patch outdoor kindergarten at BWS, but also serving as a founding teacher, EC Director, and Board member at the Primrose Hill School, a Waldorf School in Rhinebeck, NY. Ms. Riley is a Waldorf graduate herself, and has been an early childhood teacher for thirteen years. Ms. Riley was a member of the Leadership Transition Team that proposed the form of leadership BWS is embarking on. It was during this process of discernment that she felt called to step forward to serve as a member of the leadership team. Ms. Riley is an active member of the DEI committee, and has engaged in curriculum development and implementation of a Peace Education Program with the United Nations NGO World Peace Prayer Society.

Ms. Riley remains the lead teacher in the Pumpkin Patch. The prioritization of placing an active teacher in the leadership team is an intentional application of Waldorf governance ideals. Ms. Riley’s continued full engagement with the children of the Pumpkin Patch ensures that all of our leadership decisions are anchored to these very special souls at the beginning of their journey with us, and by proxy, all of the children at the Berkshire Waldorf School.

Learn more about our Leadership Team

Cindy Konrad : Pumpkin Patch Kindergarten Assistant

Pumpkin Patch Kindergarten Assistant

Cindy Konrad

Charlotte Hoppe : Rainbow Room Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Rainbow Room Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Charlotte Hoppe

Charlotte Hoppe is a Hudson Valley native and a graduate of Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School and SUNY Potsdam, where she studied Community Health and Nutrition. During the past year she worked as a kindergarten teacher and founding member of Cambodia’s first Waldorf-inspired early childhood program, and prior to that at Footprints International School as a 2nd grade teacher. Ms. Charlotte loves gardening, storytelling and handcrafts, and is so happy to join the beautiful Berkshire Waldorf School and welcoming faculty.

 

Jo Valens : Rainbow Room Kindergarten Interim Lead Teacher

Rainbow Room Kindergarten Interim Lead Teacher

Jo Valens

Kathleen Bissaillon : Rainbow Room Kindergarten Assistant

Rainbow Room Kindergarten Assistant

Kathleen Bissaillon

Beth Oakley : Rose Room Nursery Lead Teacher and Early Childhood Chairperson

Rose Room Nursery Lead Teacher and Early Childhood Chairperson

Beth Oakley

Beth Oakley earned her degree from Bennington College in Literature and Early Childhood Education. She discovered Waldorf education while student teaching public school in southern Vermont—and soon after began her teacher training at Alkion Center at Hawthorne Valley, where she earned her certification in Early Childhood Ed. She assisted for two years at the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs in both the nursery program and the forest kindergarten before beginning her career as a lead teacher a GBRSS in 2012. During that time she started a successful summer program at the school for nursery-aged children and helped to bring the first chickens to the kindergarten playground! Beth moved away to Los Angeles with her husband in 2015 and now happily returns to Great Barrington and the Berkshire Waldorf School with the new addition of her son, Gabriel. In her spare time, she enjoys knitting, crosswords, running, reading, and rock climbing. She is also a former ballerina and loves dance of all kinds.

Brian Kantor : Rose Room Nursery Assistant

Rose Room Nursery Assistant

Brian Kantor

Rebecca Ruof : Star Room Nursery Lead Teacher

Star Room Nursery Lead Teacher

Rebecca Ruof

Star Room Nursery lead teacher Rebecca Ruof grew up in Germany, where she attended a Waldorf school from kindergarten through high school. She completed her Waldorf early childhood teacher training at Sophia’s Hearth and Sunbridge Institute. Before becoming an early childhood teacher, Ms. Rebecca taught various subjects at Waldorf schools in Chestnut Ridge, Budapest, and Baltimore. She taught in the Nursery at Green Meadow Waldorf School since 2006, and as an adjunct faculty member at Sunbridge Institute for Waldorf early childhood teacher education. Her elder son is a student at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, and her younger son attends Berkshire Waldorf High School. 

 

Nova Kent-Limon : Star Room Nursery Assistant

Star Room Nursery Assistant

Nova Kent-Limon

Somer Serpe : Parent-Child Garden Teacher

Parent-Child Garden Teacher

Somer Serpe

Somer Serpe trained as an artist and as a teacher, earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Parsons School of Design and her Masters in Waldorf Early Childhood Education at Sunbridge College. She currently teaches Kindergarten at the Steiner School where she has taught Nursery and Kindergarten since 2005. Somer is a northeastern regional rep for WECAN and serves as a mentor for teachers and inspirational coach for parents. In the classroom Somer enjoys puppetry, singing, gardening and creating healing stories for children and parents.

Eleana Peterson : Early Childhood Assistant

Early Childhood Assistant

Eleana Peterson

Eleana Peterson earned her Bachelors degree in Liberal Arts and Forestry at the University of New Hampshire. After eight years of being a photojournalist for the oldest newspaper in NH, the Portsmouth Herald, she then completed her Masters in Waldorf Teacher Training at Sunbridge College. Having taught in the grades at two other Waldorf schools, Eleana has assisted here at the Steiner School for both Nursery and Kindergarten over the past 13 years. She has also been a member of the Jemms (the Steiner based Morris/Garland team) since 2007 which performs each year for our May Day celebration.

Ms. Peterson holds a Master certificate in Reiki healing arts and offers sessions for the whole family – including pets. An avid traveler, Eleana has been to faraway places like Egypt and China. This summer she camped out amongst the largest trees in the world at Sequoia National Park.

WindRose Morris-Keating : Nap Assistant

Nap Assistant

WindRose Morris-Keating

Subject Teachers

Nicole Campanale : Grades Spanish Teacher

Grades Spanish Teacher

Nicole Campanale

We welcome Spanish teacher Nicole Campanale, a BWS alum who graduated with teacher Pamela Giles’ Class of 2001. Ms. Campanale received a BFA in Fiber Arts with a minor in Spanish from Temple University. Her love of Spanish began here, when Señora Nuñez recited poems and songs with her class in First Grade. Ms. Campanale has spent time in Spain gaining fluency in the language, as a teacher of Fiber Arts. Most recently, she served as an interpreter for Volunteers in Medicine in Great Barrington and a gardener for Crocus Hale in Lenox, MA.

 

Kevin Crowley : Athletic Director and Grades Games Teacher

Athletic Director and Grades Games Teacher

Kevin Crowley

Games and 8th grade English teacher Kevin Crowley comes to us most recently from the Bambujaya Bilingual School, a Waldorf-inspired school in Cambodia, where he was a speciality and ESL teacher in the grade school. Before that, Mr. Crowley spent two years as a lead teacher for Grade 3 at the Footprints International School. He is a graduate of the Academe of the Oaks (Waldorf School of Atlanta) and Oglethorpe University, where he majored in International Studies. 

 

Memrie Kelly : Eurythmy Accompanist

Eurythmy Accompanist

Memrie Kelly

Eileen Markland : Music Director

Music Director

Eileen Markland

Hadley Milliken : Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Teacher

Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Teacher

Hadley Milliken

Hadley Milliken holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA). She received her agricultural training from the Hanover County Master Gardening Program (Hanover, VA), and is certified in Biodynamic Farming by the Pfeiffer Center (Chestnut Ridge, NY). Ms. Milliken has over eight years of experience working at various small farms and habitat preservation organizations. She is the owner and head landscaper at Small Farms Rising, an edible landscaping company that utilizes biodynamics to design and maintain landscapes of heirloom vegetables, flowers, medicinal herbs, and children’s learning gardens. She has been known as “Farmer Hadley” to Steiner students since 2014, and with their help has built a kitchen garden, pollinator garden, herb and tea garden, dye garden and stands of raspberries, garlic and the “three sisters” – corn, beans and squash – in the holistic outdoor classroom that provides what she calls “a complete seed to fork experience.”

Krista Palmer : Chairperson, Council of Teachers and Grades Handwork Teacher

Chairperson, Council of Teachers and Grades Handwork Teacher

Krista Palmer

David Rée : Grades Woodworking and Clay Modeling Teacher

Grades Woodworking and Clay Modeling Teacher

David Rée

David Rée joins Berkshire Waldorf School as our woodworking teacher. He received his Waldorf teacher training from Alkion Center (Ghent, NY), prior to which he earned a bachelor’s degree in music and environmental studies from Clark University in Worcester, MA. Mr. Rée joins BWS after six years in Camphill Village (Copake, NY), where, among many other jobs, he ran the  woodshop. Mr. Rée is thrilled to be merging his joy in woodworking with his deep interest in children and education.  He has two children in the school, in fourth and first grade.

 

Patti Regan : Grades Eurythmy, Chorus and Recorder Teacher

Grades Eurythmy, Chorus and Recorder Teacher

Patti Regan

Patti Regan teaches eurythmy in grades Kindergarten through Eight. She also conducts the middle school chorus.

Before joining GBRSS in 2014, Patti taught music at Green Meadow Waldorf School. She is also on the summer faculty of Sunbridge Institute has been teaching adult education classes there for over 15 years.

In addition to her educational background, Patti also brings over a decade of corporate experience from her work as a copy writer and technical writer at J. Walter Thompson Company and Ernst & Young LLP.

In her free time she enjoys singing in the Cantilena Chamber Choir in Lenox MA and pursuing a new hobby of mathematics. She also teaches workshops for adult educators at Sunbridge Institute.

Patti holds a Bachelor’s in music performance from Lawrence Conservatory, a M.Ed. in Instructional Design from Loyola University Chicago, a Waldorf Music Educator Certificate from Sunbridge Institute and Performance and Pedagogical Diplomas from The School of Eurythmy Spring Valley.

Staff

Sonja Barclay : Front Desk

Front Desk

Sonja Barclay

Leslie Bissaillon : Front Desk, Health and Safety, and Handcraft Fair Chairperson

Front Desk, Health and Safety, and Handcraft Fair Chairperson

Leslie Bissaillon

Karen Fierst : Director of Strategy and Leadership Advisor

Director of Strategy and Leadership Advisor

Karen Fierst

Josh Fisher : Facilities Manager

Facilities Manager

Josh Fisher

Jack Gleason : Director of Development

Director of Development

Jack Gleason

Jenna John : Administrative Coordinator

Administrative Coordinator

Jenna John

Janet Lee : Bookkeeper

Bookkeeper

Janet Lee

Mattias Pras : Facilities Assistant

Facilities Assistant

Mattias Pras

Robyn Coe : Director of Admissions

Director of Admissions

Robyn Coe

Renée Far : Community Lead and Director of Enrollment

Community Lead and Director of Enrollment

Renée Far

Ms. Far has demonstrated her leadership during the past year as the Director of Enrollment, developing more robust systems for securing our enrollment targets early, and partnering with families to sustain their commitment to the school. Ms. Far has demonstrated her capacity for partnership on the Admissions and Enrollment team, in addition to serving as the administrative coordinator for Early Childhood. Ms. Far is a trained Waldorf teacher, and has several years’ experience working in our business office, which uniquely qualifies her to help guide the creation of this leadership model with an understanding of the points of intersection between our threefold system. Ms. Far is a member of the DEI Committee and thinks critically about the role of the school in responding to our collective social mission.

Learn more about our Leadership Team

Shawna Good : Admissions and Enrollment Coordinator

Admissions and Enrollment Coordinator

Shawna Good

Ed Brozman : Director of Development

Director of Development

Ed Brozman